Summer Direction CAL Spoiler

Hopefully you’ve heard that my Summer Direction CAL (Crochet-A-Long) is starting on Friday, August 20, 2021 – that’s only 2 days away! Yay!

But, I’ve been asked a few times about yardage and I totally get wanting to gather yarn and prepare so I’m copying and pasting my yardage charts here. Two days isn’t that long to wait… but I’m a people pleaser! So, let’s please some people!

This CAL is written for both of my favorite techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. It is designed so that you can choose how wide you want to make your piece. The YouTube walk-thrus will show me doing the single-width base. If you have lots of yarn and lots of time you can make it bigger!

Side note: when crocheting, I often don’t meet my own gauge. Blankets and scarves are very forgiving. For my mosaic sample I used a tighter tension than normal (my hands were more tense on the video compared to when I’m relaxing in a comfy chair and crocheting) and I actually got 20 stitches x 18 rows in a 4″ space. My yarn was a bit thinner than the yarn I used for my official gauge swatch as well.

Oops – bit of a size difference between my two samples. I am better at meeting gauge with my interlocking sample. The mosaic is a bit shorter and narrower (some of that gets corrected with the envelope border).

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Interlocking Crochet

Important Details

  • US Crochet Terminology
  • Full blanket chart 169 x 165
  • Repeat chart is 18 squares wide (plus 7 squares for border lines) x 165 tall
  • Full blanket measurements approximately 42” x 41”
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (1970 – 2020 yards total for a blanket)
    • Main color (MC) – 985 yards plus 50 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 985 yards
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows (of one color) = 4”

To figure out how many stitches you begin with:

LFM FoundationScarf (single width)(3 repeats)Blanket (9 repeats)
Finished Size (41” height includes all the sections of the original designs)6.5” x 41”14” x 41”42” x 41”
MC Windows to start (repeats x 9) + 3 = windows  9 + 3 = 12 windows(3 x 9) + 3 = 30 windows(9 x 9) + 3 = 84 windows
Or MC Chains to start (windows x 2) + 4 = MC Chains  (12 x 2) + 4 = 26 chains(30 x 2) + 4 = 64 chains(84 x 2) + 4 = 172 chains
AC Chains to start (repeats x 18) + 8 = AC Chains18 + 8 = 26 chains(3 x 18) + 8 = 62 chains(9 x 18) + 8 = 170 chains

Yardage Estimates (worsted weight, gauge 16 DC x 8 rows of one color = 4”)

LFM YardageScarf (single width)(3 repeats)Blanket (9 repeats)
Yardage per color = base + repeats40 + (105) = 14540 + (105 x 3) = 35540 + (105 x 9) = 985
Optional SC Border = base + repeats20 + (3) = 2320 + (3 x 3) = 2920 + (3 x 9) = 47
Total Yards = first row x 2 (for MC and AC), plus optional border145 x 2 = 290 + 23 = 313355 x 2 = 710 + 29 = 739985 x 2 = 1970 + 47 = 2017

Overlay Mosaic Crochet

Important Details

  • US crochet terminology
  • Full blanket chart 169 x 165
  • Single width chart 25 x 165, repeat width 18
  • Full blanket measurements approximately 42” x 41” (not including fringe or envelope border)
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (Blanket: 2280-2780 yards)
    • Main color – 1140 yards
    • Contrasting color – 1140 yards
    • Plus optional envelope border – 500 yards
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 16 rows = 4”

To figure out how many stitches you begin with:

I’ve listed 3 width options for an example; you can choose any number of repeats!

Mosaic FoundationSingle widthFour repeatsNine repeats
Finished Size not including fringe/envelope border (41” height includes all the sections of the original designs)6.5” x 41”20” x 41”42” x 41”
Chainless SC Foundation Repeats of 18 + 9(1 x 18) + 9 = (18) + 9 = 27(4 x 18) + 9 = (72) + 9 = 81(9 x 18) + 9 = (162) + 9 = 171
Or, chain and SC back Add 1 to the final number above27 + 1 = 2881 + 1 = 82171 + 1 = 172

When determining yardage, I design for two colors: Main Color and Contrasting Color. You could do a gauge swatch to get a more accurate representation of your yarn and personal gauge but if you’d like to use my estimates keep in mind I use a 4.5 mm hook and a thicker worsted weight yarn (4 – medium).

Mosaic YardageSingle widthFour repeatsNine repeats
Yardage Per color = base + repeats60 + (120) = 18060 + (120 x 4) = 54060 + (120 x 9) = 1140
Plus optional envelope border = base + repeats275 + (25) = 300275 + (25 x 4) = 375275 + (25 x 9) = 500
Total Yardage = first line x 2 (for MC and AC), plus optional border180 x 2 = 360 + 300 = 660540 x 2 = 1080 + 375 = 14551140 x 2 = 2280 + 500 = 2780
My full-width blanket, in progress. Amethyst is my Main Color, Retro Stripes is my Contrasting Color. Both of these are Red Heart yarns, medium 4 weight, but the retro stripes is definitely thinner. They are still working well together though!