Fruit Garden CAL – The Most Stunning Versions

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This time I’m reviewing Fruit Garden CAL – a stunning blanket designed by Jane Crowfoot, so brace yourself, fans of Crochet A-Longs! This particular project was released in 2020, but it remains one of the most popular among crocheters.

I wrote about CALs before, so if you are interested, be sure to check out Anna’s Tales CAL – The Most Beautiful Versions, Rozeta CAL Ideas, or Nature’s Walk CAL Ideas.

A few words on Fruit Garden Blanket

When designing this blanket, Jane Crowfoot took inspiration from the artworks of English artisan and embroidery designer May Morris.

The blanket combines various floral squares and rectangle motifs, which are tied together with ornamental edging. The modular nature of the blanket makes it easy to work on it, because you join all the pieces together in the last stage of the work. You can also use the squares to make other projects, such as pillows!

What is a CAL?

This kind of project is released in parts over a period of time, such as a month or two, usually because it’s big, or incorporates many different elements. Crocheters who joined CAL, are working simultaneously on their projects week by week, as well as share their progress and solve problems in dedicated groups. Sounds cool? I think so!

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Is CAL a kind of project for me?

It definitely is, if…

  • you are a fan of long-term intricate crochet projects,
  • you are easily bored with repeatable patterns,
  • having other crocheters working alongside you will motivate you to keep going.

It’s not, if…

  • you want to see the final result quickly,
  • your schedule does not allow for regular crocheting (unless you want to do it in your own timeframe and you won’t be frustrated for not keeping up),
  • you are a total beginner, or you are not ready to spend time learning new techniques.

What do I need to make this blanket?

As with any other project, you need to download the pattern (which is massive!) and buy the yarn supplies. If you are feeling creative, you can make your own color combination, but there are four color schemes available as kits you can buy. More on that below!

Where can I find this pattern?

This CAL is available for free on stylecraft-yarns.co.uk, where you can download all parts in PDF format. You can also read more about the project on janiecrow.com, or purchase a yarn kit from Jane’s shop.

The pattern consists of many parts, so to make things easier, Jane created a book, which you can purchase through janiecrow.com/store. For those of you who use crafters’ social media, you can learn more about the project on ravelry.com.

Crochet roundup

There are so many amazing projects based on this pattern, and crocheters come up with new ideas everyday. These examples show how versatile this project can be, and how many beautiful versions you can make by simply changing the colors.

Please note that all of the projects presented below are versions of original free crochet pattern by Jane Crowfoot. All the relevant links are provided in the first part of the article.

Vibrant Tones

Gratitude Fruit Garden CAL Version by Adri Smit

Warm and cold tones go together very well, so keep it in mind if you want to create a nicely balanced colorway! In the photos you can see how Adri used blue hues as a background, but incorporated reds and pinks in the flower motifs to make them pop.

This project is a version of a free pattern by Jane Crowfoot, and you will find all the links you need in the first part of this article.

Lily Secret Fruit Garden Version by lilyteolc

Stonewashed yarns and pastel colors are a fantastic choice for this project, because they play nicely with victorian vibe of the lacework. As you can see below, Lily is great with colors, and she knows that each square will benefit from two or three hues stronger than the background.

This project is a version of a free pattern by Jane Crowfoot, and you will find all the links you need in the first part of this article.

Fruit Garden CAL Version by Bokkyshome

Now this is a cheerful blanket, isn’t it? Crocheter called Bokkyshome created a true vibrant spring garden, combining blues, pinks and greens. A masterpiece like this calls for proper exposure, so don’t be afraid to put it on the wall instead of leaving it on the couch!

This project is a version of a free pattern by Jane Crowfoot, and you will find all the links you need in the first part of this article.

Fruit Garden CAL Version by Sinem Büyükdağ

Rectangular piece called Acanthus took its name from ornamental leaf decoration, and it’s beautifully recreated in crochet! Sinem chose very unusual colors for their blanket, but the final effect is very eye-catching. Take a look at it below and let me know in the comments if you like it or not!

This project is a version of a free pattern by Jane Crowfoot, and you will find all the links you need in the first part of this article.

Light and Delicate

Acanthus Wall Hanging Version by Hello Miss Maker

I’m in love with this colorway by Hello Miss Maker, because it’s subtle like spring flowers! All she chose to make from this big project was Acanthus rectangle, and I can totally understand it. Why? Because this lacy piece alone is so intricate and beautiful, that it will be a stunning wall decoration. Take a look at the photo and see for yourself!

This project is a version of a free pattern by Jane Crowfoot, and you will find all the links you need in the first part of this article.

Cherry’s Fruit Garden CAL Version

Remember, the only limit is your imagination, so feel free to mix and match the pieces of this project however you like. Cherry decided to go for white and beige squares and arranged them like a chessboard – isn’t it fun?

This project is a version of a free pattern by Jane Crowfoot, and you will find all the links you need in the first part of this article.

Light Fruit Garden CAL Version by Adri Smit

I still can’t believe Adri made not one, but TWO of these blankets… But they are so different from one another! This light cream version has original yellow border with dark blue Acanthus motifs, and light green adds to the spring-like feel of the floral blanket.

This project is a version of a free pattern by Jane Crowfoot, and you will find all the links you need in the first part of this article.

Dark Hues

Fruit Garden CAL Version by Berna Yurtsever

I have a feeling that this colorway fits just perfectly with this Victorian pattern, because it’s mysterious, sophisticated and elegant! Black background of the central square looks like a bed of water at night, with red flowers drifting on top. Berna created a true masterpiece!

This project is a version of a free pattern by Jane Crowfoot, and you will find all the links you need in the first part of this article.

Fruit Garden CAL Version by Diana Phillips

Diana decided to go for contrasts and it works amazingly well here, so take a look at the picture now! Black center doesn’t feel heavy, because it’s balanced with light border, full of soft tones. See the beauty of Diana’s version in the photos below.

This project is a version of a free pattern by Jane Crowfoot, and you will find all the links you need in the first part of this article.

Fruit Garden CAL Version by mvb2303

Crocheter behind mvb2303 chose Night and Dusk colorway, which is one of the four official colorways for this project. It means that you can buy the kit and follow the exact recipe! It’s a fantastic way for all of you, who don’t feel confident choosing the hues for such big project.

This project is a version of a free pattern by Jane Crowfoot, and you will find all the links you need in the first part of this article.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. these are truly works of art. They are inspiring to get back into crochet which I haven’t done in years but now that I am over 65 it’s time once again.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! I am an intermediate crocheter and I can really appreciate the time and skill that went into these. Just lovely!

  3. Acanthus, I absolutely 1000% love the rectangle pieces, I would do anything to learn how to organize calor like the artists in this article. People need to realized that crocheteers are artists just like those who paint with oils or acrylics. I am a painter, seamstress, but I donot have the skills of combining colors like these remarkable artists, Thanks for.
    sharing their beautiful works of Art

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