Knitcraft CAL AW18 – Falling Leaves Crochet Along

Cosy up in style this season with a handmade blanket, planned with the perfect yarn selection. The Falling Leaves CAL features a range of techniques, suitable for beginners and intermediate level crocheters. The blanket consists of a number of different style blocks, with a chic cream, mustard and plum colour scheme.

Every Friday from 19th October we will be adding a section of our pattern to the blog for you to follow and enjoy. Over the course of seven weeks, you’ll be able to piece together an autumnal crochet blanket design.

This CAL project has been designed by Lisa @the_wee_house_of_crochet and Lynda @lyndascraftroom, after taking inspiration from the changing seasons.

Make sure to join our Knitcraft Crochet Along page on Facebook, where you can meet other people joining in on the CAL and find answers to any questions you may have. 

The project bundle includes the three shades of Women’s Institute Soft and Smooth yarn. Each ball is 400g, and the bundle gives you three balls of Cream, one ball of Plum and three balls of Mustard. This bundle is an online exclusive, so click the button below to purchase on the Hobbycraft website.

Buy the Falling Leaves CAL Bundle Online

 

You Will Need Abbreviations

Note: This pattern uses UK terms

ch – chain

slst – slip stitch

dc – double crochet

htr – half treble crochet

tr – treble crochet

dtr – double treble crochet

ttr – triple treble crochet

bpdc – back post double crochet

fpdtr – front post double treble crochet

mb – make bobble

Pattern Notes
  • When joining in a new yarn, join on last pull through of previous colour
  • Blocks will measure approximately 7 inches. Tension is not critical for this project providing it is
    kept the same throughout
  • Pattern notes for specific blocks will be found on the weekly patterns
  • The finished blanket measure approximately 64 x 50 inches (including border), the size will vary
    depending on individual tension

 

Week One
  1. At the very beginning of a bobble row pick up plum, lay plum against your work.
  2. Now work your double crochets as per the pattern, crocheting over the plum yarn.
  3. When the pattern states to make bobble move the main colour yarn out of the way (to the back of your work), pick up the plum yarn and yarn over (leaving the main colour stitch on your hook).
  4. Insert your hook back into the same stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (you should now have 1 plum and 1 main colour loop on the hook).
  5. *Yarn over, insert hook back into stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops** You should now have 2 plum and 1 main colour loops on the hook.
  6. Repeat from * to ** a further 3 times. You should now have 5 plum and one main colour loops on the hook.
  7. Pick up the main colour yarn that you moved to the back, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on your hook.
  8. Give the plum yarn a little tug so it sits snug, your next double crochet will need to be a little tight.
  9. You can then push the bobble through to the front.

 

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

mb – make bobble – at the very beginning of a bobble row pick up plum, lay plum against your work. Now work your double crochets as per the pattern, crocheting over the plum yarn. When the pattern states to make bobble move the main colour yarn out of the way (to the back of your work), pick up the plum yarn and yarn over (leaving the main colour stitch on your hook). Insert hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (you should now have 1 plum and 1 main colour loop on the hook).

*Yarn over, insert hook back into stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops**

(you should now have 2 plum and 1 main colour loops on the hook)

Pattern note: Ch1 does not count as a stitch

 

Method (make 9)

Using cream, ch24

Row 1

Starting in the 2nd ch from the hook, work 1dc in each st across. Turn (23dc)

Row 2

Ch1, work 1dc in each st across. Turn (23dc)

Row 3

Repeat row 2 (23dc)

Row 4

Ch1, work 2dc, mb, work *1dc in the next 5sts. mb* repeat once more.  Work 1dc in the next 5sts, mb, then work 1dc in next 2sts, fasten off plum. Turn (19dc, 4 bobbles)

Rows 5-7

Repeat row 2 (23dc)

Row 8

Ch1, work 5dc, mb, work 1dc in the next 5sts.  mb, work 1dc in the next 5sts, mb, then work 1dc in next 5sts, fasten off plum. Turn (19dc, 3 bobbles)

Row 9- 11

Repeat row 2 (23dc)

Row 12

Repeat row 4 (19dc, 4 bobbles)

Rows 13-15

Repeat row 2 (23dc)

Row 16

Repeat Row 8 (19dc, 3 bobbles)

Row 17 – 19

Repeat row 2 (23dc)

Row 20

Repeat row 4 (19dc, 4 bobbles)

Row 21 – 23

Repeat row 2 (23dc)

Row 24

Repeat row 8 (19dc, 3 bobbles)

Row 25 – 26

Repeat row 2 (23dc)

Border

Using cream work ch1, 1dc, ch2, 1dc in the last st, Continue to work around the block, evenly placing a total of 23 dc into each side with a ch2 in each corner, you will need to work these stitches evenly. Join with a slst and fasten off yarn (92dc)

Using Plum, join yarn into the last dc of any side, ch1, dc, in the same st. *dc into the ch2 corner sp, ch2, dc in the same space. Work 1dc into each st along the side. Repeat from * until the end, join with a slst. Fasten off yarn (100dc, 4 ch2 corner spaces)

 

Week Two

Materials

 Womens Institute Soft and Smooth Aran in Cream (5 blocks)

Mustard (4 blocks)

Plum

5.5mm crochet hook

Scissors

Needle

 

Stitch abbreviations

ch – chain

tr – treble crochet

bptr – back post treble crochet

fpdtr – front post double treble crochet

 

Method – make 9 blocks (5 cream, 4 mustard)

Using cream or mustard, ch24

 

Row 1

Work 1tr into the 4th ch from the hook, work 1tr in st across. Turn (22 sts)

Row 2

Ch3 (counts as a st throughout), 1tr into the next st, work *bptr around each of the next 4sts, tr in the next 3sts. Repeat from * once more. Bptr around each of the next 4sts, tr in the last 2sts (working the last tr into the top of the ch3 from previous row). Turn (10tr, 12bptr)

Row 3

Ch3, 1tr into the next st, *skip 2sts, work fpdtr around next 2sts, working in front of the last 2sts fpdtr in

skipped sts, tr in the next 3sts. Repeat from * once more. Skip 2sts, work fpdtr in next 2sts, working in front of the last 2sts fpdtr in skipped sts, tr in the next 2sts. Turn (10tr, 12fpdtr)

Row 4 – 12

Repeat rows 2 & 3, your last row (12) should fall on a repeat of row 2.

 

Border

Using the same colour as your block work ch1, 1dc, ch2, 1dc in the last st, Continue to work around the block, evenly placing a total of 23 dc into each side with a ch2 in each corner, you will need to work these stitches evenly. Join with a slst and fasten off yarn (92dc)

 

Using Plum, join yarn into the last dc of any side, ch1, dc, in the same st. *dc into the ch2 corner sp, ch2, dc in the same space. Work 1dc into each st along the side. Repeat from * until the end, join with a slst. Fasten off yarn (100dc, 4 ch2 corner spaces)

 

 

Week Three

Materials

Womens Institute Soft and Smooth Aran in Cream, Mustard and Plum

5.5mm crochet hook

Scissors

Needle

 

Stitch abbreviations

 ch – chain

dc – double crochet

tr – treble crochet

 

Pattern notes

 Ch3 counts as a stitch throughout

Change colour in the last stitch of previous row

 

Colourways

  1. Cream (1 row), Mustard (3 rows), Cream (1 row), Plum (3 rows), Cream (1 row), Mustard (3 rows) Cream (1 row)
  2. Mustard (1 row), Cream (3 rows), Mustard (1 row), Plum (3 rows), Mustard (1 row), Cream (3 rows), Mustard (1 row)

 

Method – make 9 blocks (5 in the first colourway, 4 in the second)

Using cream or mustard, ch24

 

Row 1

Work 1tr into the 3rd ch from the hook, work 1tr in st across. Turn (23 sts)

Change to Mustard or Cream

 

Rows 2 – 4

Ch3 (counts as a st), tr into each st across (23)

Change to Cream or Mustard

 

Row 5

Repeat row 2 (23)

Change to Plum

 

Rows 6 – 8

Repeat row 2 (23)

Change to Cream or Mustard

 

Row 9

Repeat row 2 (23)

Change to Mustard or Cream

 

Rows 10 – 12

Repeat row 2 (23)

Change to Cream or Mustard

 

Row 13

Repeat row 2 (23)

 

Border

Using Mustard or Cream work ch1, 1dc, ch2, 1dc in the last st, Continue to work around the block, evenly placing a total of 23 dc into each side with a ch2 in each corner, you will need to work these stitches evenly. Join with a slst and fasten off yarn (92dc)

Using Plum, join yarn into the last dc of any side, ch1, dc, in the same st. *dc into the ch2 corner sp, ch2, dc in the same space. Work 1dc into each st along the side. Repeat from * until the end, join with a slst. Fasten off yarn (100dc, 4 ch2 corner spaces)

 

Week Four

Materials
Womens Institute Soft and Smooth Aran in
Cream and Plum
5.5mm crochet hook
Scissors
Needle

What is Tapestry Crochet?
Tapestry Crochet is very similar to standard crochet; it uses ordinary stitches, but uses different coloured yarn at the same time. So you crochet in usual way but change yarns from time to time to create a pattern. There are usually two types of instructions available, one is written and one is chart. We have provided a chart for you as it is much easier and allows you to see where the colour changes happen. On simple patterns its much easier to count too! You will follow the chart back and forth as you turn your work, both sides of the block will look the same. It is important not to crochet tightly. We are going to work with both cream and mustard, when the chart calls for a particular colour we will simply crochet over the colour we are not using and then pick it up again when we need it.

Please make sure you watch the YouTube tutorial.

Stitch abbreviations
ch – chain
dc – double crochet

Pattern notes
Please note, tapestry crochet does not suit everybody, you do not have to complete this pattern if it is not for you, you can swap this out for any other crochet block throughout this CAL.

Ch1 does not count as a stitch

When changing colour, on the last st, before you complete the last yarn over, bring the new colour up and yarn over with the new colour. Continue to work over the colour you no longer need to use.

Method – make 9 blocks (5 using the first chart, 4 using the second)

Using cream or mustard ch 27
Row 1 Work dc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each st across, changing colour on the last yarn over. (26)
Rows 2 – 26 Follow the charts below, do not fasten off. (26)

First Chart

Second Chart

Border
Using mustard or cream work ch1, 1dc, ch2, 1dc in the last st, Continue to work around the block, evenly placing a total of 23 dc into each side with a ch2 in each corner, you will need to work these stitches evenly. Join with a slst and fasten off yarn (92dc)
Using Plum, join yarn into the last dc of any side, ch1, dc, in the same st. *dc into the ch2 corner sp, ch2, dc in the same space. Work 1dc into each st along the side. Repeat from * until the end, join with a slst. Fasten off yarn (100dc,
4 ch2 corner spaces)

Week Five

 

Materials
Womens Institute Soft and Smooth Aran in
Cream, Mustard and Plum
5.5mm crochet hook
4.5mm crochet hook
Scissors
Needle

Stitch abbreviations
slst – slip stitch
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
htr – half treble crochet
tr – treble crochet
dtr – double treble crochet
ttr – triple treble crochet

Pattern notes
Ch1 does not count as a stitch.
If you prefer you can use invisible thread to sew the appliqués on.
The leaf appliqués are made using a smaller hook and will not lay flat.

Method – make 9 blocks
Using cream, ch24
Row 1
htr in second ch from hook, htr in each ch across. Ch1 (does not count as a st), and turn. (23)
Row 2
htr in each st across, ch1 (does not count as a st) and turn (23)
Rows 3-18
Repeat row 2 (23)
Border
Using cream work ch1, 1dc, ch2, 1dc in the last st, Continue to work around the block, evenly placing a total of 23 dc into each side with a ch2 in each corner, you will need to work these stitches evenly. Join with a slst and fasten off yarn (92dc)
Using Plum, join yarn into the last dc of any side, ch1, dc, in the same st. *dc into the ch2 corner sp, ch2, dc in the same space. Work 1dc into each st along the side. Repeat from * until the end, join with a slst. Fasten off yarn (100dc,
4 ch2 corner spaces)

Leaf appliqués – use a 4.5mm hook

Oak Leaf – make 2 in plum and 2 in mustard

Ch16
Row 1
tr in the third ch from hook
tr in the next 3 chs
htr in the next 4 chs
dc in the last 6 chs
ch3, slst in the second ch from hook, slst in the third ch (this creates the ‘tail’ of the leaf)
Row 2
Working in the other side of your original ch, slst in the first ch
dc in the next ch
htr in the next ch
dc, ch2, slst in the next ch
slst in the next ch
dc in the next ch
htr in the next ch
tr in the next ch
tr, ch3, slst in the next ch
dc in the next ch
htr in the next ch
tr in the next ch
tr, ch3, slst in the next ch
tr x4 in the next ch
Row 3
We will now be working back in to row one. Your first st is made up of the 2 chs you skipped when you placed a tr in the third st from the hook, slst into the top of the ch.


slst, ch3, tr in the next st
tr in the next st
htr in the next st
dc in the next st
slst, ch3, tr in the next st
tr in the next st
htr in the next st
dc in the next st
slst in the next st
slst, ch2, dc in the next st
htr in the next st
dc in the next st
slst in the last 2 sts
Fasten off yarn leaving one long tail to sew the leaf to the block. Only sew the leaf down the ‘spine’, leaving the edges to curl up.
Sew a mustard leaf and a plum leaf on 2 blocks

Elm leaf – make 2 in plum and 2 in mustard

ch13
Row 1
slst in second ch from hook
dc in the next ch
tr in the next ch
dtr in the next 2 chs
ttr in the next 2 chs
dtr in the next 2 chs
tr in the next ch
dc in the next ch
slst in the last ch
ch3, slst in the second ch from hook, slst in the third ch (this creates the ‘tail’ of the leaf)
Row 2
Working in the other side of your original ch, slst in the first ch
dc in the next ch
tr in the next ch
dtr in the next 2 chs
ttr in the next 2 chs
dtr in the next 2 chs
tr in the next ch
dc in the next ch
slst in the last ch
Fasten off yarn leaving one long tail to sew the leaf to the block. Only sew the leaf down the ‘spine’, leaving the edges to curl up. Sew a mustard leaf and a plum leaf on 2 blocks

Birch leaf – make 2 in plum and 2 in mustard

ch9
Row 1
dc in the second ch from hook
htr in the next ch
tr in the next 2 chs
dtr in the next ch
tr in the next 2 chs
dc x4 in the last ch
Row 2
Working in the other side of your original ch, tr in the first ch
tr in the next ch
dtr in the next ch
tr in the next 2 ch
htr in the next ch
dc in the next ch
slst in the last ch
Row 3
We will now work around the whole leaf
dc x9
ch3, slst in the second ch from hook, slst in the third ch (this creates the ‘tail’ of the leaf)
dc x9
slst in the last st
Fasten off yarn leaving one long tail to sew the leaf to the block. Only sew the leaf down the ‘spine’, leaving the edges to curl up.
Sew a mustard leaf and a plum leaf on 2 blocks

Willow leaf – make 2 in plum and 2 in mustard

ch18
Row 1
slst in the second ch from hook
dc in the next ch
htr in the next ch
tr in the next 4 chs
dtr in the next 5 chs
tr in the next 2 chs
htr in the next ch
dc in the next ch
slst in the last ch
Fasten off yarn, rejoin in the first dc of row 1 to start row 2
Row 2
dc in the first st
htr in the next st
tr in the next 5 sts
htr in the next 3 sts
dc in the next 2 sts
slst in the next 4 sts
Fasten off yarn leaving one long tail to sew the leaf to the block. Only sew the leaf down the ‘spine’, leaving the edges to curl up.
Sew a mustard leaf and a plum leaf on 2 blocks

Poplar leaf – make one in plum and 1 in mustard

Make a magic circle, ch1 (does not count as a st)
Round 1
7tr in ring. Slst into first tr to join
ch3, slst in the second ch from hook, slst in the third ch (this creates the ‘tail’ of the leaf)
Round 2
dc, htr in the next st
htr, tr in the next st
tr, dtr in the next st
dtr, ttr, dtr in the next st
dtr, tr in the next st
tr, htr in the next st
htr, dc in the next st
slst in the next st
Fasten off yarn leaving one long tail to sew the leaf to the block. Only sew the leaf down the ‘spine’, leaving the edges to curl up.
Sew a mustard leaf and a plum leaf on 1 block

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