As the world prepares to watch the Wimbledon final this weekend, we're gearing ourselves up for the final of the Wimbledon Picnic Blanket CAL.
For this CAL you will need Stylecraft Special Aran (100% acrylic).
2 x 100g (196 m) balls of Stylecraft Special Aran (100% acrylic) Pistachio (1822) and 1 ball in each of Raspberry (1023) and Cream (1005). This CAL is crocheted on a 5.5mm hook.
It's been an absolute ball so far, but if you've missed it, there's no need to throw the towel in. The patterns are still available to download:
Those of you who are up to speed can get the latest download here now.
The exclusive colour way was chosen to evoke the spirit of Wimbledon, combining fresh grass green with a strawberries and cream hue. We think the blend epitomises English summertime whether you're a tennis fan or not.
Let's have a look at the champion crocheters from last week. We love to see photos of your progress so please keep on posting. A big thanks to the people who have shared snaps this week.
Jennie has worked extra mandala squares for her blanket, opting for a four by four rather than a three by three.
Susan lays her mandals out beautifully below in the original Wimbledon CAL colour way.
In this week's instalment, you will be sewing up your blanket squares and working an edging. Use our helpful step-by-step shots for extra support.
The method of sewing up we've used in this pattern is mattress stitch. Begin by arranging your motifs as pictured in the pattern in 3 by 3 rows. For this stage you will need a large darning needle.
Have your right sides facing upwards and beginning at the bottom corner chain space, insert your darning needle as indicated.
This is what it should like when you turn your work over.
Then poke the needle under the loop of the first stitch on the other square.
Bring needle back into the first space you came out of on the right-hand square and up under the next stitch.
Then bring your needle back down in the same place you came out of on the left-hand side and back up under the next stitch.
Continue in this way.
When pulled together (not too tightly), the stitch will look like this.
The yarn you've sewn up with shouldn't be visible so you can use the same shade throughout.
Once you've sewn all your squares together you are ready to work your edging.
With right side facing join pistachio to any corner chain space (chsp).
Yarn around hook and bring to the front.
Work one double crochet (dc).
Then work a dc.
Then another dc into the same corner chsp.
Then commence with 1 chain (ch), miss a stitch, 1 dc in next stitch as stated.
Once you come to the next corner chsp, this will also be a join with the next motif, you work as stated in pattern using images as a guide.
After skipping the stitch before the corner chsp work a dc into it.
Work a ch stitch over the join and another dc into the corner chsp of the next motif.
Carry on in this way working 2 dc into the corners of the blanket.
When you've done this all the way round, skip a stitch and start on the second round.
You will be working the first instruction of round two into the space indicated below.
Carry on with the sequence of working a dc into a chsp then skipping the next stitch with a ch for the number of rounds stated. In total this will be six rounds of edging.