What’s a CAL?

I know you’re waiting patiently for more videos to be posted and I’m hoping to get to that today and over the weekend but in the meantime I wanted to share another popular crochet acronym:

CAL – Crochet Along

A crochet along is typically an event hosted by companies or designers over the period of a month or longer. During the event, a small portion of a pattern will be released each week so you can work along side other crocheters to make the same project. Participating in a CAL has a number of benefits:

– You get to work with other people who are doing the same exact thing as you so you can learn from each other. If you have a question, the odds are really good that someone has already asked or others will benefit from your asking. Never be afraid to ask for help!

– If you have a hard time picking colors or types of yarn, you’ll find endless inspiration in the group because you’ll get to see everyone else’s work!

– Designers will often provide video tutorials to follow along with when you are getting started.

– It doesn’t matter if you start late or have fallen behind – there is always someone right there with you!

– The pattern being shared is typically free and a great way to pick up a new pattern that may become a paid pattern later.

At the time of this posting, I am participating in two different CALs and trying really hard not to join a third since I also have a few non-CAL WIPs that I hope to have done before Christmas. (How is it so close to Christmas already?!)

1) Ubuntu – This CAL features a design by Dedri Uys and is being hosted by Scheepjes. This CAL started mid-September and I’ve fallen behind but it has been an incredible learning experience. I was hesitant to start because the pattern is so complicated but the help in the Facebook group and corresponding videos on YouTube have been incredibly helpful. Since this is my first CAL, I splurged and purchased the large blanket kit. Buying the kit means all of the yarn is there with enough of each of the colors required plus a few extra goodies with a nice box to store everything while I am working. All I have to provide is a hook and my time and patience.

2) Havana – This gorgeous pattern by Tinna Thorudottir Thorvaldar is an absolutely amazing crochet pattern. It looks incredibly complicated but is made of super simple stitches and is a great piece for a beginner. You can find the pattern (free at the time of this posting) on Ravelry, join the CAL on Facebook in the Pippin Crochet Club and see videos on YouTube. The genius of this pattern is in the simplicity! The entire design is achieved with chain stitches, slip stitches, single and double crochet stitches – which I’ll have tutorials for soon! Additionally, I have reached out to Tinna and have her permission to share tutorials for Havana as long as I don’t share the actual pattern in the video so I will be able to help soon. Yay! I don’t have a lot of progress on my blanket yet but I promise I will share a photo as soon as I do so keep an eye out for that!

Furls is also hosting some fun CALs but I am trying so hard not to jump in on this adorable Rhiannon Slouch Sweater. I’m so weak though… I am sure it is just a matter of time before I am making my first wearable!

If you haven’t created a Ravelry account yet, I would like to encourage you to do that today and maybe you can add me as a friend while you are there! You can add patterns you like as favorites, grab some free patterns to add to your library and find loads of inspiration.

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