What is the Marine Life Crochet Along?
The Marine Life Crochet Along (or ML CAL for short) is a 15-week blanket crochet along project. This blanket is made up of 12 separate Corner-to-Corner (C2C) squares. Each square has a simple single crochet border. Sandwiched in between all of the squares is a handful of decorative, interlocking panels using the raised ripple stitch.
The first 12 parts of the CAL consist of a different form of marine life (think sharks, octopus, etc.).
Part 13 covers adding borders and dealing with those pesky yarn tails.
In part 14, we make the interlocking ripple stitch panels that outline each square–don’t worry, there is a detailed tutorial!
And lastly, we talk about assembling your Marine Life blanket in part 15 (including how to line your blanket with fleece, if you so choose).
You can find each part of the CAL at the bottom of this page.
Is this blanket easy enough for a beginner?
If you’re familiar with graphghans and/or the C2C stitch, this will be as easy as making a splash in a puddle. But if you’re not familiar with either of those things, you may find it a little more challenging. As such, I’ve listed this project under the “Intermediate” skill level according to the standards set by the Craft Yarn Council.
Skill Level: Intermediate
If that makes you nervous about diving into this project, don’t worry! I’ve got some great resources for you in the next paragraph.
What do I need to know to get started?
Before starting this blanket project, I recommend that you have at least some experience with making graphghans, even if only a little. But if you’ve never done a graphghan before, don’t worry because I’ve got you covered!
This particular blanket will be made in the Corner-to-Corner (or C2C) stitch. If you want to learn more about this particular stitch, check out my free video tutorial series: The Corner-To-Corner Basics.
If you want to learn even more about graphghans in general (including detailed tutorials on changing colors, carrying your yarn, bobbins, etc.), take a look at my Graphghan Boot Camp (GBC) online course! Registration for Graphghan Boot Camp is open NOW. This course teaches you every single thing that you need to know about graphghans. It’s packed with all of my very best tips, tricks, and “industry secrets”–plus, it comes with 20+ pages of helpful freebie cheat sheets!
To learn more about GBC, click here.
Trust me, anyone can make a graphghan–including you!
Will there be email reminders for this crochet along?
Absolutely! After each part is posted here on this page, I’ll send an email reminder to everyone on the Marine Life CAL email list. That email will have a photo or two and a direct link to that part of the CAL.
Update 12/21/18: There will be no more email reminders for this CAL. You can find all of the information you need on the pages below (scroll down).
What kind of materials do I need?
For this project, I recommend Stylecraft Special DK yarn and G/4.00mm hook. I’ll also be using the Corner-to-Corner stitch.
Update 8/28/2018: There were a couple of typos on the materials list! You’ll only need 6 skeins of Duck Egg and 5 skeins of Storm Blue. Apologies!
You can find the materials list for this project here, which includes the estimated yarn amounts in the different colors used for this blanket. Note: this materials list does not include any yarn for the bonus squares.