This is exciting – I’m hosting a ‘Crochet Along’! (Week 1)

img_2994.jpgI’m hosting my first ‘Crochet Along’ (CAL) – I’m calling it the ‘Seaside Stash Busting Blanket’ and it would be fabulous if some of you will join me!

Here’s the story behind my idea…

Last week over on Instagram Mollie Makes Magazine hosted ‘Mollie Makers Week’ – each day there was a prompt to share a photo. I was a little late joining in but took part over the last three days where I shared photos of my ‘fave make’, ‘craft stash’ and finally ‘inspiration’.

This is the photo along with my explanation which I shared for ‘craft stash’…

Oh my! Today the prompt is ‘Craft Stash’ for #molliemakersweek – it would be far too embarrassing to show you all of my #craftstash which extends from under our bed, to a basket by the sofa, to a desk in the living room and a cupboard in the hall! It’s not even very well organised I’m afraid!! Having been a maker for all my adult life I’ve accumulated so many things and people who know me and my love of craft have generously given me lots over the years too, especially any unwanted yarn! So here’s just a little snapshot of yarn and fabrics that I brought out into the front garden this morning…

And it’s this photo that really got me thinking about all that yarn and I’ve come up with the fun idea of an unofficial and unplanned ‘Crochet Along’!

Seeing all that yarn under my bed made me really want to use it all to make another blanket but I really don’t want to start a big project like a blanket at the moment- I don’t really have enough time as I have other potential projects and commissions in the pipeline (as well as my day job and family life to keep up with!!!). But how about if I crocheted no more than 4 rows per week and write the pattern as I go? That would mean by about September time (this is going to be a slow CAL!) I’ll have a finished crocheted blanket with the pattern all written up and it wouldn’t have taken over in any way!! 😊

Well that’s what I’ve decided to do and it really would be lovely if you joined me!

I’ll do a blog post each week with the 4 rows worked, together with the written pattern. I’m literally going to make it up as we go along! There’s no pre-planning of colours or stitches… the only rule is that I will only use the DK yarns from my existing stash and do no more than 4 rows per week!

It will be a big blanket and I guess I’ll work about 140 rows meaning if I do 4 rows per week it will take 35 weeks (but I won’t be putting any pressure on myself to finish it by a certain date and I may give myself some weeks off!)

I announced this over on my Instagram on Monday asking if anyone would like to join me and ‘Wow’! – I have been so touched and overwhelmed by the response! I had no idea how many people would want to crochet along with me and I’m so happy that there’s now over 50 people and some are as far away as Australia and the USA! I’m so excited! It’s amazing that there are so many people who are going to join me in this slow and gentle ‘cal’ which will result in a gorgeous blanket, I promise! 😊 😊

IMG_2947So here goes, first four rows in UK terminology:

Abbreviations: ch: chain, rep: repeat, st(s): stitch(es), tr: treble

With 4.50mm hook (you may prefer using a smaller or larger hook depending on your tension and the yarn you’re using) make 182ch

Row 1 1tr in 4th ch from hook, (3 missed ch count as first tr), 1tr in each ch to end, 3ch (counts as first st of next row), turn (180 sts)

Row 2 Miss first st, 2tr in next st, continue with (miss 1 st, 2tr in next st) to end finishing with 1tr in final st of row and join with a new colour at end of final st, 3ch, turn (89 groups of 2tr with 1 tr at each side)

We are now working ‘V Stitch’ to create the ‘V’s’…

Row 3 Miss first st, continue with (2tr inbetween the sts from previous row) to end, 1tr in final st, join with a new colour at end of final st, 3ch, turn

Row 4 Rep Row 3

IMG_2911 And that’s it… four rows started, put it away, get back to other crochet projects and we’ll do another four rows next week…

IMG_2910 Coincidently, fellow crochet blogger Rosina from ‘Zeens and Roger’ has announced her first CAL this week too! A completely different kind of CAL which sounds fun so head on over to her blog to find out more about it…

Happy crocheting Everyone… 🙂 🙂

126 comments

    1. Hi Cheryl… I have done YouTube tutorials myself for the more complex rows… I provide links to these as we go through the weeks. For the simpler rows any basic crochet book or basic beginner crochet tutorials would be good as they are just simple stitches… so long as they are UK as I use Uk terminology which is a little different to US… good luck!

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  1. This looks wonderful! I hope I’m not too late to join in- although I have a lot to catch up on! I also have a crazy wool stash in many different cupboards and bags- I love this idea to help me use it all. Thank you for sharing your knowledge ❤️

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  2. You made my day! Thanks a bunch for making me feel like enyoying my future retirement with crochet projects by the sea… Have just started a ripple blanket and catch up with this lovely project asap… Thanks again…

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  3. Hello Eleonora, I just discovered this today from a Facebook post and it looks wonderful! I’m wondering if anyone has ‘translated’ your pattern to US terminology? I’ve tried patterns with UK terminology before and end up with a problems along the way.

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  4. Hi just seen your stash busting blanket. I have lots of wool to use so think this is ideal to do. Will this be on your blog for a while? As got other things to do 1st.
    I’m looking forward to starting this. Thanks for sharing

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  5. Hi
    I’ve just found your coastal blanket and love it, and all the beautiful colour variations everyone is making.
    My friend and I here in Sydney would love to make the blanket! Should we follow it week by week or what do you suggest?thanks
    Michelle

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    1. Hi Michelle… lovely to have you and your friend joining in! It’s up to you how you follow it… the weekly blog posts have lots of photos and extras but a couple of people have uploaded PDF’s of the pattern so far onto the Facebook group page ‘Coastal Crochet CAL’ – makes it easier to print out! Good luck.. 😊❤️

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  6. Hi Eleonora
    I’m Michelle’s friend Leanne (mentioned above). Having never picked up a pair of knitting needles or a crotchet hook in my life, I think I’m both excited for the challenge and a little nervous!! Thanks for including us at this late stage – your work is stunning. Just a quick question though. What type of wool are you using? I have had to purchase my wool (no stash to bust here!!) and have bought 8ply wool or wool blend. I’m up to making the bobbles and my blanket just seems really chunky. I prefer the sleeker look of yours and the others I have seen online. I’m thinking I may have to return what I haven’t opened and start again. I would appreciate your advice.
    Thanks
    Leanne

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    1. Hi Leanne,
      It’s so lovely to hear that you are crocheting along! My blanket and most others being crocheted have used DK yarn which is the 8ply equivalent in Australia… mine is the cheaper 100% acrylic. So I am unsure why yours feels so chunky… maybe you need to go down a hook size? Beginner crocheters are often looser in tension which will make a difference to the overall look and feel and going down to a 4mm hook may help?? Also, although 8ply is 8ply, there is a difference to how yarns look and feel depending on content. I love wool but it does of course feel different to acrylics… so maybe go back to have a look and feel… crochet a little swatch (10cm x 10cm) to see how the yarn crochet’s up…. it would be a shame to spend so long on a blanket that you’re then not happy with so getting it right now is important…. GOOD LUCK! 😊❤️❤️

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