A year ago, a group of us Finnish crochet designers started to work on a blanket crochet-along. The timing was to celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence. I don’t think any of us would have guessed how widely the project would spread! Now that soon one-third of the squares have been published, there are thousands of people taking part in the CAL. Just check out the map where those who have wanted to have marked their town or area.
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There are 19 Finnish crochet designers who have created patterns for altogether 28 different squares. They are based on the Finnish national epic Kalevala. The project is free to all. There are several suggested colourways for you to choose from. Of course, many people just create their own.
I’m one of the designers and there are two of my squares in the project. It has been a long process with all the proofreading, testing and translations to 8 languages. It will be great to see all the different colours people will create using my patterns!
Edited: Even though the CAL has now ended, it is not too late to crochet the blanket. The patterns will be available indefinitely.
Here’s the official Kalevala CAL site and here a link to the international Facebook group. In the group, you can see lots of photos of the finished squares from all around the world. You can chat with others doing the project and get help if you need it.
Here you see two types of my favourite crochet hooks. When you crochet a lot, it is important to use a hook that fits well in your hand! I make lots of crochet videos and in them I like to use colourful hooks.