It was a long year, lots of deleting and redesigning of squares and ideas but I made it. I finished my 2020 blanket CAL, the C2C Coffee Squares! This blanket has been just a joy to create and I’ve loved seeing your projects shared on social media. I am so appreciative of all of you who followed along and encouraged me to keep going and designing.
I decided to make this blog post to help explain how I put together the final blanket, both in the arrangement of squares and the seaming. I hope it helps!
The break down for this blanket is 6 big and big small squares, so I had to find a fun way to arrange them so that the blanket was a good size and all the rows were the same height and width. With symmetry in mind, I decided making it 2 each for the rows was the best way forward. Below is a graph of how I arranged the blanket. You can adjust as you’d like but I thought this would be a nice visual to help you see how I did it. The numbers are the months, January is 1 for example, and it goes to December’s number 12 on the bottom right-hand side.
I used the same technique for seaming on this blanket as I did on my Concentric Squares Throw (it’s also the same border I used on my Cozy Coffee Throw) . This is a very simple technique, here’s a photo tutorial that hopefully help.
For the first square you will create a border that subsequent squares are joined to: with the RS facing you, create a slipknot on your hook (this will make your first sc a standing st, if you’d rather pull up a loop and ch 1 to create your sc you can), sc into the first st on the corner (this can be a ch-3 space or a dc), [ch 3 and skip the next block,*sc into the space between the blocks, ch 3 and skip the next block,* repeat from * to * across until you get to the last block, sc into the last st of the block, ch 3, sc into the same st as the last sc,] repeat from [ to ] twice more, ch 3 and skip the next block, *sc into the space between the block, ch 3 and skip the next block,* repeat from * to * across until you get to the last block, sc into the last st of the block, ch 3 and slip st into the first st. Fasten off, weave in your ends and block your square if desired.
For the 2nd afghan square and on: with the RS facing you line up the new square with the square or squares you want to join it to. Repeat the instructions for the first square until you get to the edge or edges where you want to join your squares.
Starting at the corner: sc into the last st of the block, ch 1, slip st into the corner ch-3 of the square you’re joining to, ch 1, sc into the same st as the last sc, *ch 1, slip st into the next ch-3 of the square you’re joining to, ch 1, skip the next block, sc into the space between the blocks,* repeat from * to * the rest of the way down the side. If you’re joining multiple squares, repeat the corner and side instructions until you get back to your first st, join with a slip st.
A warning: When I designed the squares I didn’t realize that the smaller squares being 1/2 the size would result in 1 additional ch-3 space on each side. That means, when you’re working your smaller squares you’re going to have to double up the ch-3 at the corner and the first ch-3 right next to it, you will be working the slip st from those into the same ch-3 space that you’re joining it to. I hope that makes sense. If you need any further clarification, please let me know in the comments and I can help. I swear I will take this into account for 2021’s C2C blanket.