I am working away at getting the Mayan CAL ready for you but I know you are keen to start so I thought I’d let you have this little taste of the CAL while you wait. (Sign up to get CAL emails here to make sure you don’t miss it!)
This pattern is based on the centre of the main Mayan CAL pattern so you’ll really have a head start on the CAL by playing with this pattern. It’ll also give you an bit of an insight into the way I write my patterns, if you haven’t made one of my patterns before.
This square has a couple of other uses too. If you really want to match your final Mayan CAL blanket to mine in size, you can use this pattern as your gauge swatch! Much better than doing rows of dc/sc hey?
Just so you know, matching gauge isn’t really necessary in this case – we’re not making a garment so fit isn’t an issue, but it is important if you are relying on my yardage calculations.
If you are using this pattern as a gauge square, try the yarn and hook you think you’d like to use for the CAL and see what your final size is. Mine is 12.5 cm (5″). If yours is the same – bingo! You’re all set.
If it’s too small, try the pattern again using a bigger hook. If it’s too big, use a smaller one. Keep playing until you hit the magic number.
Make a note once you match size of the yarn and hook you used and you’ll be ready for the CAL.
Make your Mayan Blanket bigger!
Another way you can use this mini pattern is if you’d like to change the finished size of your Mayan CAL blanket. You can make a heap of these squares and add them as you like – perhaps between large squares or around the outside or both! It’s up to you.
4 of these mini squares will be the same size as the big one we’ll be making for the CAL so it’s really easy to play with layouts.
Things to note about this pattern
I will be doing videos for the CAL but I haven’t done one for this square. The only thing that you may have an issue with is the puff stitches. Here are my tips for doing them without swearing.
- Make sure you when you pull up your loops you do pull a decent length up – if you don’t you won’t be able to pull the hook through them.
- When pulling your last yo through the loops, pull down on the wraps with your non-hook hand while pulling up with your hook as you pull it through.
- You may need to pull through the final loop on your hook on it’s own.
Mayan CAL Mini Taster Pattern
So here is it, just click on the button with your preferred terms on it to download your copy of the pattern.
Or you can grab a copy of the pattern from my free app.
If you need help with this or any of my patterns it’s easy!
The Mayan CAL FAQ page is where you’ll find a lot of help.
Tell me more about this CAL?
So there you go! I hope this makes the waiting a little easier!
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