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 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

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… 🙂 🙂

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

  1. Hi I’ve done my first two rows and about to start on the next two. I’m sticking with the coastal theme two as it will go well with the colours in my room creams and blues.

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  2. Love the idea of a spontaneous, slow and gentle CAL. I’d love to join and have plenty of stash to bust, but also far too many projects on the go – I daren’t start something else! I will follow progress with interest.

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  3. What a fab idea to use some of your stash. Like you I have huge amounts of left overs and look forward to using some on a CAL that is interesting and unobtrusive. Well done x

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  4. I just started to sponsor this little girl in Peru and was thinking about making a blanket for her but didn´t really know what kind to go with and also the whole “it´s such a big project” thing was kind of daunting. But this is perfect! So I´m gonna be hitting my stash on the weekend and join you in this relaxed (and my very first) CAL.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  5. I love that we’re both crocheting along together!! Thank you for the mention. I hope you don’t mind but I’m going to add your CAL to the Ravelry list that Fay from the Crochet Circle Podcast has. She is keeping a list so we can all see what kind of cals are happening in 2018. X

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  6. I love these colors and your photo spot! (Kinda want that back yard if that’s what it is. So cute!) I’ve tried doing a crochet-a-long and learned the hard way…have it all set up before you post it. We ended up with a major hurricane right in the middle and I’ve struggled since to get everything set back up correctly to finish it. (At this point, I’m going to do a full video of the pattern and post it as one.)

    Again, LOVE these colors!

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  7. Hi Ele, that’s such a fun idea and good motivation! I have a few projects going at the moment, so when I finish I will try to join in! I’m sure it will be amazing blanket!

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  8. I’m in! I need to work on lessening my stash too. I have said on my blog that I shall endeavour not to buy any yarn with acrylic in it this year unless it is for socks. I’ve been good so far 😆 Participating will help me deplete my acrylic stash and create a Christmas present. Another goal is to make all my gifts this year.
    Thanks so much for doing this ❤
    Tracey xx

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  9. Yay! I’m in! Four rows a week feels doable, and I’ve just finished them this evening and still have time for more crochet this week… Awesome! My stash is falling out of its box so it’s great to have a project I can use some in. Some of the balls are too small to do anything else with so thank you for this fab idea

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  10. Week 1 done!! I’ve lots of yarn from my previous cal’s and blankets so this is ideal. 4 rows for this week was just right, fun but not too much. I usually end up falling behind on the cals I have completed. A great idea.

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      1. Hi again, I have a quick question. Sorry I am still in week 1. I had to figure out the American terminology. My question is when I do my foundation chain can I use a double foundation chain, instead of a regular foundation chain? I don’t think it will change your pattern..

        Basically this foundation chain is more elatically and a bit easier to count…

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  11. I love the idea and what a brilliant motivation! I finally made time and finished 2nd row. I am hoping to finish the rest soon to be ready for more! Thank you Ele!!!

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  12. Hi Eleanora.
    Im the friend and Kay is right. We are super excited to join in and create something so lovely. All the different colours from your followers are beautiful and so inspiring. What a cool idea to bring together so many different people from all over the world, to create something out of a shared mutual passion and also something we can be proud of.
    Thankyou😊
    YOU GO GIRL!

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  13. Hi Eleonora,
    182 ch is a little too big for my first blanket, is there any way I can make is smaller ? Is the starting chain multiples of 2,4 or something else?

    TIA

    Emily

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    1. Hello Emilie…. a few people have asked this but because I’m designing this as we go I’m adjusting the stitch pattern on each row to fit with 180 sts. So I can’t give you a stitch multiple that will definitely fit for each row. However so long as you keep to the st count you decide to work with and adjust the turning chains accordingly ( if I need a turning chain of 4 you may need a different number as you may have ended on a different stitch!) then it will work! Hope that makes sense…. good luck! 😊💕

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  14. Hi! I’m looking for a scrappy project but I want to make it smaller. What does the starting chain need to be a multiple of please? I’ve seen yours is 182 but I’m struggling to calculate it to asmaller size. (I know I’m late to the party 😂) Thank you

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    1. Hi there… never too late!! It’s so hard to give a stitch multiple as I’m adjusting each row to fit with my 180 sts. But many people are doing it smaller. So long as you stick to whatever stitch cont you decide on and adjust the turning chains (as you may end on a different stitch to me) it should work! 😊😊

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