As we finish 2019 and head into a new decade, it's time to get ready for MooglyCAL2020! In this post, you can see my finished MooglyCAL2019, see the colors I'll be using for 2020, and get the schedule for the coming year!
Disclaimer: Materials provided by Yarnspirations; this post includes affiliate links.
First things first, let's finish up 2019! It was another amazing slate of designers this year, and it was so much fun to explore their ideas and styles and learn all sorts of new crochet tricks!
You can get the complete list of links to the squares on the post for Block 24! Or if you like to be able to see them all on one page, check out the MooglyCAL2019 Pinterest board!
And here's my finished blanket! This year was a little different because there were a couple of alternate squares I did for another CAL that I wanted to include. So I made a 5 block x 5 block blanket - and gifted it for Christmas last week!
For joining, I used a variation of my Tight Braid Join technique, where I chained 3 between the sc sts, instead of chaining just 2. This created a lacier join that I felt matched the look of the squares this year really well.
My Border for MooglyCAL2019
For the border, I wanted to echo the laciness of the join, and worked it as follows, using the White yarn:
Rnd 1: Join to any ch sp, ch 1, sc in same ch sp, *ch 3, sc in next ch sp; rep from * to corner, (sc, ch3, sc) in corner ch3 sp; rep from * around.
Rnd 2: Sl st to next ch sp, *2 sc in ch sp, ch 1, skip sc; rep to corner ch-3 sp, work (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner ch sp; rep from * around, join.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in ea st and ch-1 sp to corner, (sc, ch2, sc) in corner ch-2 sp; join and break.
New Yarn Colors for MooglyCAL2020
And now it's time to start planning MooglyCAL 2020! This year I'll again be using Red Heart With Love - it's soft, easy care, readily available across the US, and has lots of colors to choose from.
So here are my colors for 2020: Lilac, Aubergine, White, and Light Gray (which will be the color for joining as well)!
I didn't have any leftover blues to speak of from 2019, other than an extra skein of the white. So I've gone with the same quantities - I ordered 2 skeins of each of the purples and the white, and 6 skeins of the grey. I did make 2 extra squares, so I would've had extra blue had I not done so - but not enough to buy less.
Planning Your Own MooglyCAL2020 Afghan
So What is this all about?
If 2020 will be your first MooglyCAL, then welcome and we're so happy you're here! This is a year long crochet along - all free! - featuring 24 afghan square or blocks, designed by 24 different professional crochet designers. It started in 2014, and has been getting better every year!
The squares are released every 2 weeks with a post on Moogly, where I share my notes, my version, and helpful links and tutorials. There is a link to the new square at the bottom of my notes, where you can get it direct from the designer!
You can make them all, or pick and choose, add extras - it's up to you! There is nowhere you need to sign up to join, but there is a fantastic Facebook group for the CAL (lots of pattern help there!) and a MooglyCAL2020 Pinterest board you can follow if desired!
You can also leave a comment on this blog post and check "Notify me of new posts by email" and you'll get an email any time there is a new post on Moogly. And you can sign up for the free Moogly weekly newsletter at the top of this page - there's always a link to the latest MooglyCAL post included!
Now for the details!
I recommend Red Heart With Love of course! But you should pick your own colors, and if you want 12" squares, make sure the yarn is a "4" worsted/aran weight. If you prefer to use a DK or "3" weight yarn, the squares should be about 10" square.
The average crochet square uses 150 yds of yarn. To make all 24 squares, plus have extra for joining and borders, I recommend purchasing 4420 yds of yarn total. How you distribute this is up to you! Some people use one color for the whole blanket, others 2 or 3 or 4, and some even just pull from stash making a crazy colored blanket! It's up to you!
For the hook, I always use my Furls US-J, 6mm Candy Shop hook for the Moogly Crochet Along – it’s super slick, and works perfectly with this yarn! Plus that is the size all the designers will use. You can use a smaller hook if you tend to crochet loosely, or a larger hook if you tend to crochet tightly. But I do recommend that you use the same hook throughout the CAL, as that makes final joining easier.
Once again, there will be 24 new patterns by 24 fab designers! A mix of previous year's designers and new names are on the slate for this year, but it's always a surprise until I announce them! They are all hand-picked by me, and they have promised that their CAL patterns will remain forever free. If they close down their blogs, then the patterns are to be uploaded to Ravelry.
If a pattern pops up that isn't your cup of tea, feel free to skip it! You can go back to the previous years' CALs and find a substitute you'd like to try or pick one of your own from the hundreds of beautiful afghan squares out there.
PLEASE NOTE: The designers all hold the individual copyrights for their patterns. They may choose to make videos of their patterns, and you can certainly request them from the designers.
In addition, there are videos linked in the notes for specific stitches and techniques that may help you with the pattern. But making full tutorial videos for other people's patterns is a violation of copyright so ONLY the pattern designer can do so.
In other words - you don't have to already know how to read patterns to participate in this CAL, but you do need to be willing to learn how!
The squares are released every two weeks throughout the year, on Thursday mornings at 10am Central US time. We begin in January, and then the last square debuts one day early - the day before American Thanksgiving!
This gives you a chance to grab the pattern before the holiday, and it gives you the entire month of December to join and edge your blanket. The joining and edging patterns are up to you, but there are lists of both on Moogly provided along with the CAL for inspiration.
Here is the MooglyCAL2020 Schedule:
January 9 and 23
February 6 and 20
March 5 and 19
April 2, 16, and 30
May 14 and 28
June 11 and 25
July 9 and 23
August 6 and 20
September 3 and 17
October 1, 15, and 29
November 12 and 25
What does this CAL make?
What can you do with 24 afghan squares? There are several options!
4 blocks x 6 blocks - 4' x 6' afghan
3 blocks x 4 blocks - 2 3' x 4' baby blankets
add an extra square - 5' x 5' afghan
pair them up and make 12 12" pillows
add a bunch more and make whatever you want!
Get Ready, Get Set... MooglyCAL2020 is Almost Go!
So what do you need to do next? First, be sure to join the Facebook group and follow the Pinterest board if desired! And sign up for the newsletter and/or check the box and comment to make sure you don't miss a square!
Then, go get your yarn! If you choose a yarn that doesn't have dye lots, you can purchase it as you go through the year. But most yarns you'll want to get matching dye lots for, so I recommend buying it all at once if possible. (Remember the 40% off coupons usually available from JOANN, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby!)
Finally, look for the first square to debut here on Moogly on January 9, 2020! I can't wait to share it with you! As you make your squares, feel free to share photos in the Facebook group, or on social media - and tag me #mooglyblog or @mooglyblog so I can see them too!
Thanks so much for crocheting along with me! I can’t wait to see all the beautiful blankets you crochet this year! You can follow Moogly on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr, and don’t forget to sign up for the free newsletter at the top of the page! Thank you to Yarnspirations, Furls, and Chetnanigans for providing the materials for this crochet along.