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Block 24 Courtesy of Nicki’s Homemade Crafts


MooglyCAL2023 Block 24 courtesy of Nicki's Homemade Crafts

MooglyCAL2023 Block 24 is our final square for 2023, but our first ever CAL design by Nicki’s Homemade Crafts! The Striped Christmas Mosaic Square is a beautiful and versatile block that’s perfect in any set of colors. Get all the details for this free crochet along, as well as the free pattern link below!

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The 2023 Moogly CAL Schedule

Click the name of the squares to go to their posts and get the patterns!

January: That 70s Square and Jan’s Joy-full Jamboree Block
February: Garden Gables and Bluebell Afghan Square
March: Granny Around the Block, Framed Carnation Square, and Framed Tidal Moon Square
April: All Lined Up Blanket Square and Fairy Wings Square
May: Celtic Blanket Square and In The Middle Square
June: Shapeshifter Square and Golden Braid Square
July: Sweet Summer Square and Pop Fidget Square
August: Reminiscence Square, Ocean Foam Square, Clematis Garden Square
September: Checkered Granny Crochet Blanket Square and Mosaic Tile Block
October: Pinwheel Square and Favorite Flower Square 
November: Verdant Spring Square and THIS POST

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Block #24:

Striped Christmas Mosaic Square

by Nicki’s Homemade Crafts

MooglyCAL2023 Block 24 courtesy of Nicki's Homemade Crafts

Above you can see the square that she made, featuring both 2 and 3 colors. Below is my CAL square, in my 3 colors!

MooglyCAL2023 Block 24 courtesy of Nicki's Homemade Crafts

The Details (and Going Forward!)

My Notes: As mentioned, this is our last square for 2023 – but this crochet along will continue into 2024! I will be going LIVE on November 30 on the Moogly YouTube Channel to show all the ways you can combine your squares to make blankets, pillows, and even bags! Then, on December 29, I will go live again to share my (hopefully) finished blanket, and the schedule and info for 2024! In the meantime, click here for some joining ideas, and free border crochet patterns! Remember, how you finish up your blanket is up to you, and your chance to make it your own!

The Striped Christmas Mosaic Square is just right for ending our year! This design is pretty in holiday colors, but not a “holiday square” otherwise. Made in center-out mosaic it is interesting, but not difficult. Great for both crochet beginners and mosaic lovers, this one works up in just an evening or two. All that said, this pattern uses non-standard pattern writing format and a few unique abbreviations. Be sure to read all the notes before you begin! But don’t be intimidated – there’s also a tutorial video!

I chose to carry my 3 colors along rather than breaking the yarn every round. This did lead to just a little bit of “peek through” but saved over a dozen ends. If you prefer a cleaner look, try breaking the yarn and seamless finishing each round before joining with the first stitch of the next round.

Helpful Links and Tutorials: Magic CircleBLO Back Loop Only and FLO Front Loop Only, and Seamless Finishing.

Sizing: My square got to 12″ as written after Rnd 19. But everyone’s gauge is different so be sure to measure as you go! Learn how to adjust for size HERE to make sure all your squares are the same size. Remember that the 12″ is measured across and up and down – not diagonally corner to corner.

What I Did: I used a Susan Bates US-J, 6.0 mm Twist and Lock hook, and Red Heart With Love, and my color scheme was as follows (see pics for more info on placement):

Rnd 1: White
Rnd 2:
Light Gray
Rnd 3: White
Rnd 4:
Pewter
Rnd 5:
White
Rnd 6:
Light Gray
Rnd 7:
White
Rnds 8:
Pewter
Rnd 9: White
Rnd 10:
Light Gray
Rnd 11:
White
Rnd 12:
Pewter
Rnd 13:
White
Rnd 14:
Light Gray
Rnd 15:
White
Rnd 16:
Pewter
Rnd 17:
White
Rnd 18:
Light Gray
Rnd 19: White

This square required mild blocking. I used the wet blocking method, or you could use light steam.

The Pattern:

CLICK HERE FOR THE PATTERN FOR BLOCK #24

PLEASE NOTE: The designers all hold individual copyrights for their patterns. They may choose to make videos of their patterns, and you can certainly request them from the designers. In addition, there are videos linked in the notes for specific stitches and techniques that may help you with the pattern.

To print or download the pattern for free you can use the Print Friendly button (if provided on the site) or CLICK HERE for PrintFriendly.com and enter the pattern URL there. If you need help with Print Friendly, please see the tutorial here. Or you can copy and paste it to a word style document. Alternatively, if you are on a mobile device or tablet, you can bookmark the live page (which always guarantees you’ll see the latest version) or take screenshots.

Show Off Your Squares!

If you share your photos on social media, be sure to use the hashtags #mooglycal2023 and #yarnspo and tag me @mooglyblog so I can see them too! And don’t forget to share them in the MooglyCAL Facebook Group! Thank you all for CAL-ing with me!

And finally, here’s a pin of MooglyCAL2023 – Block 24 for your own Pinterest boards!

MooglyCAL2023 Block 24 courtesy of Nicki's Homemade Crafts

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