It's been a heck of a year, but the MooglyCAL2020 was one big success - so that means it's time to plan for MooglyCAL2021! In this post, you can see my finished 2020 afghan, see the colors I'll be using for 2021, and get the schedule and information you need to join in for the coming year!
Disclaimer: Materials provided by Yarnspirations; this post includes affiliate links.
The designers this year came up with 24 more amazing designs! We all learned new stitches and techniques, and all the finished blankets I've seen so far have been amazing!
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 MooglyCAL2020 Pinterest board!
And here's my finished blanket! This year I made a 5 block x 5 block blanket by including one extra square that I designed - the Leaping Stripes and Blocks Squared.
On to MooglyCAL 2021!
How the MooglyCAL works
If 2021 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!
The Yarn for MooglyCAL2021
This year I'll again be using Red Heart With Love - it's soft, easy-care, and has lots of colors to choose from. Right now it's hard to get ahold of lots of yarns, so I've been ordering mine from different places. I don't have them all yet, but I do have them picked out!
So without further ado, here are my colors for 2021: Tangerine, Celtic, Lettuce, and Eggshell!
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 12" 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!
The Hook for MooglyCAL2021
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.
The Patterns for MooglyCAL2021
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. This year I *may* make some additional videos, but we have to play it by ear as each square is designed.
In addition, there are videos linked in the notes for specific stitches and techniques that may help you with the pattern.
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 Schedule for MooglyCAL2021
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 MooglyCAL2021 Schedule:
January 7 and 21
February 4 and 18
March 4 and 18
April 1, 15, and 29
May 13 and 27
June 10 and 24
July 8 and 22
August 5 and 19
September 2, 16, and 30
October 14, and 28
November 11 and 24
What Can You Make with the MooglyCAL2021
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... MooglyCAL2021 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.
Finally, look for the first square to debut here on Moogly on January 7, 2021! 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, and Instagram, and don’t forget to sign up for the free newsletter at the top of the page - every issue includes a link to the latest CAL square! Thank you to Yarnspirations and Furls for providing the materials for this crochet along.