Mayan CAL Yarn Requirements

Hi folks!

So you want to go yarn shopping or see if your stash has enough yarn for the Mayan CAL. Well, you’re in the right place!

Options!

The Mayan Crochet Blanket motif is equally beautiful made in one color to show off the stitch work, or worked in multiple colors for a kaleidoscopic effect.

Before we get to the numbers, you need to make 2 decisions.

  1. Single colour or multi-coloured
  2. How many squares you’ll make.  4 and 9 will give you a square blanket and 6 will give you a rectangular one.

Colour/s

Single colour

I used Bendigo Woollen Mills 8 ply cotton yarn in latte for my 6 squares single coloured sample.

Mayan CAL by Shelley Husband

If you want to make a single coloured blanket like my 6 square sample, you’ll need :

4 squares blanket – 118 cm x 118 cm (46″ x 46″)  :

1,800 metres 8 ply/DK/light worsted yarn (or 1,970 yards) That means 5 x BWM 200 gram balls.

6 squares blanket 118 cm x 172 cm (46″ x 68″) :

2,700 metres 8 ply/DK/light worsted yarn (or 2,960 yards) That means 7 x BWM 200 gram balls.

9 squares blanket 172 cm x 172 cm (68″ x 68″) : 

4,030 metres 8 ply/DK/light worsted yarn (or 4,410 yards) That means 10 x BWM 200 gram balls.

 

Multi-Coloured Version

I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK to make my 4 squares multi-coloured version. You can purchase it from Love Knitting/Crochet here.

Multi Mayan Crochet Blanket by Shelley Husband3

 

If you want to make a blanket like my multicoloured version, you’ll need this many 50 gram balls of each colour (1 ball = 125 metres/137 yards).  These calculations are based on what was used to make the 4 square sample.  As the balls are only 50g, these numbers are very close so you won’t have too many leftovers.  If you would like to ensure you have plenty of leftovers, consider getting an extra ball of the last 4 colours.

4 squares blanket

Colour 1 : 423        Buttercup yellow x 1

Colour 2 : 418        Mandarin Orange x 1

Colour 3 : 420        blood orange x 1

Colour 4 : 415        pillar red x 1

Colour 5 : 416        Red wine x 2

Colour 6 : 431        Evergreen x 3

Colour 7 : 430        Grass green x 2

Colour 8 : 440        Sailor Blue x 5

Colour 9 : 435        Kingfisher blue x 5

6 squares blanket

Colour 1 : 423        Buttercup yellow x 1

Colour 2 : 418        Mandarin Orange x 2

Colour 3 : 420        blood orange x 1

Colour 4 : 415        pillar red x 2

Colour 5 : 416        Red wine x 2

Colour 6 : 431        Evergreen x 4

Colour 7 : 430        Grass green x 2

Colour 8 : 440        Sailor Blue x 7

Colour 9 : 435        Kingfisher blue x 8

9 squares blanket

Colour 1 : 423        Buttercup yellow x 1

Colour 2 : 418        Mandarin Orange x 2

Colour 3 : 420        blood orange x 2

Colour 4 : 415        pillar red x 2

Colour 5 : 416        Red wine x 3

Colour 6 : 431        Evergreen x 5

Colour 7 : 430        Grass green x 5

Colour 8 : 440        Sailor Blue x 10

Colour 9 : 435        Kingfisher blue x 11

Other yarns

Of course you don’t have to use the same colours as me or the same yarns. Yarnsub is a great website for finding appropriate substitutes, but you don’t have to find an equivalent yarn.  You can use a completely different yarn.

If you choose a heavier weight yarn, such as a 10 ply/Aran/worsted weight yarn, add about 10 to 15% to my figures as you will need more.  Of course, your final blanket will be larger but that doesn’t matter.

If you are using a finer yarn like 4ply/sport/fingering etc, you will need less. I am not sure how much less and of course your blanket will be a lot smaller.

I want you to use whatever yarn makes you happy.

These online retailers are all great for yarn shopping ;  Deramores,  Love Knitting and Wool Warehouse.

 

Mayan CAL by Shelley Husband

Happy stash diving or yarn shopping!

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23 thoughts on “Mayan CAL Yarn Requirements

  1. Shirla Ghadaki

    This helps greatly. Thank you for the information. Now to figure out what I want to do…one color or more.

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  2. Kate

    Hi Shelley, would you mind posting a photo of all the colours that you are using please? It would be interesting to have a look before I decide.
    Thanks ?

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    1. Shelley Husband Post author

      I will once I have the yarn to make it LOL. It will be the colours you see here, I’ll just be adding some of the darker green and blues in the lighter green and blue sections.

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  3. Betty

    Yes I think this covers what I need to know about yarn choices. I’m so looking forward to this CAL! Your designs are beautiful!

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  4. Shaylen

    Hi Shelley!!!

    I love Premier home Grande Cotton,its 85% cotton and 15% polyester and 700yds do you think it will work for this?? What size hook did you use?? I want to do it in White,Cream and Beige.

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    1. Shelley Husband Post author

      Hi there 🙂 I am afraid I don’t know that yarn. What you could do is try the Mini Taster pattern I just posted and see how it goes. I used a 5 mm hook for mine but the recommended hook size is a 4 mm with the yarn I used. Have a play with a few different hook sizes and see what effect you like the best.

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  5. Anastasia

    Hi Shelley what’s the equivalent of the Bendigo Mills yarn you used as it’s not available in the U.K. And I want a similar latte effect to your single colored version

    Thank you x

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    1. Shelley Husband Post author

      There are so many options! Have a look at the Yarnsub website I mentioned and see what it recommends as equivalent and see if any of them are similar. Personally, I think the Stylecraft Classique cotton and King Cole Cottonsoft are good substitutes, but I haven’t tried all the available yarns 🙂

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  6. Rie NATALENKO

    If I were to use 8 ply cakes for the 9 square blanket, would 1 cake per square and one to join the square together be adequate, do you think?

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    1. Shelley Husband Post author

      It depends on the yarn you’re using. If it’s the Bendigo cotton then one for each square will be ample and one for joining and border should be ok too with your leftovers from the squares maybe being needed.

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  7. Donna

    Hi Shelley, I’m really looking forward to the start of this CAL though I still haven’t decided what yarn or how many colours or ANYTHING 😀
    I do have a question; should the 68″ x 68″ blanket be 8 squares and not 9? I can’t see how you can make a square blanket out of 9 squares 🙁

    And now all I need is a morning to myself so I can cruise all the yarns sites and pick my yarn, wish me luck 🙂 🙂

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    1. Shelley Husband Post author

      Yay Donna 🙂

      The main motif is square so for a 9 square blanket it is laid out 3 x 3 which makes a large square. The 6 squares blanket is rectangular as it’s 2 x 3 🙂 Hope that explains it 🙂

      And good luck! Yarn shopping is fun but it can be hard to make those decisions 🙂

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  8. Gina

    Yay Yay Yay! I”ve got my yarn(ON SALE!) and I’m ready to start! I plan on making the 6 square. Have to use 4 weight as DK is too hard to find around here.

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  9. Vimala

    I am going to stash dive for this cal and hopefully find the required amount in my stash. I am looking forward to the cal

    Reply

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