Where has the time gone?! MooglyCAL2022 was yet another year full of amazing squares, fantastic designs, and wonderful crocheters all supporting each other. Now, it's come to an end... which means it's time to plan MooglyCAL2023! In this post, you can see my finished 2022 afghan, see the colors I'll be using for 2023, 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.
As always, we've had 24 amazing designs by 24 talented designers! Every year I learn a new tip, trick, stitch, or technique - usually a few! It's such a joy to get to try all these patterns.
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 MooglyCAL2022 Pinterest board!
And here's my finished blanket! Well, as usual, there are a few ends to weave in yet...
On to MooglyCAL 2023!
How the MooglyCAL works
If 2023 will be your first MooglyCAL, then welcome and we're so happy you're here! This is a year-long crochet along, featuring 24 afghan squares or blocks, designed by 24 different professional crochet designers. It started in 2014, and has been getting better every year! Is it the longest running online crochet along ever? I think it just might be!
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 MooglyCAL2023 Pinterest board you can follow if desired!
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The Yarn for MooglyCAL2023
This year I'll once again be using Red Heart With Love - it's my favorite for afghans! But this year, I've tasked the designers with using their choice of With Love or Caron One Pound. Both are 4-Medium weight and are a good substitute for each other. And this way, they will have more colors to choose from - as do you!
This year, I decided to mix it up again, and use just 3 colors: White, Pewter, and Light Gray! I've chosen this ultra-neutral palette for a couple of reasons.
First and foremost, I'm excited about the challenge of working with this color combo. I think it will make for some really interesting squares, and the finished blanket will be perfect for the bed in my guest room. Additionally, I hope that my squares will make a great "black and white" image for those who wish there were coloring pages for the squares to plan their own color layouts!
Of course, you should pick your own colors - however few or many you want! If you want 12" squares, make sure the yarn is a 4-Medium. If you prefer to use a DK or "3" weight yarn, the squares will likely be about 10" square.
On average, a 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 a whole bunch, and some even just pull from stash making a crazy colored blanket! It's up to you!
The Hook for MooglyCAL2023
For the hook, I will be using a Susan Bates US-J, 6.0 mm Twist and Lock hook for the Moogly Crochet Along, and all the designers will use the 6.0 mm hook of their preference. 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, as your loops will be closer to the same size.
The Patterns for MooglyCAL2023
As always, there will be 24 new patterns by 24 fab designers! A mix of previous year's designers and new names are included, and they are a surprise (to you - not me, haha!) until the square is announced! 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 to your liking, 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 thousands of beautiful afghan squares out there. There is often a lot of inspiration for these in the Facebook Group!
The easiest way to visually browse past year's patterns is via their Pinterest boards: MooglyCAL2022, MooglyCAL2021, MooglyCAL2020, MooglyCAL2019, MooglyCAL2018, MooglyCAL2017, MooglyCAL2016, and MooglyCAL2015.
PLEASE NOTE: The designers all hold 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 MooglyCAL2023
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 MooglyCAL2023 Schedule (already released blocks linked on their dates):
What Can You Make with the MooglyCAL2023
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!
How to Join the MooglyCAL2023!
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 5, 2023! 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 don't forget to use the tags #MooglyCAL2023, #mooglyblog and #yarnspo!
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, Tik Tok, 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 for providing the materials for this crochet along.