OctaCal CALS – Part 4

This is week 4 and therefore Part 4 of the CAL. If you have been keeping up then you will have a beautiful array of octagonal motifs ready to join into your blanket or wrap. Week 4 adds a final round to each motif which is used to join them together as you go. Part 4 of the pattern shows you how to do this with diagrams and photos to help you.

Part 4 has now been added to OctaCal Blanket and OctCal Wrap on Ravelry. As usual, previous purchasers will have received and email from Ravelry with a link.

Want to see them how the joining looks? Well here is a couple of wrap motifs joined:

You will find this joining surprisingly easy and before long you will have joined them all and will be waiting for the final joining motif in Part 5 next week 🙂

The CALs are hosted on Ravelry and Facebook. Hopefully I’ll see some there 🙂

The final joining motif is quick and cute – you’ll have to wait to see it next week!

Happy crocheting xxx

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OctaCal CALs – Part 3

Week 3 means Part 3 and my favourite motif. I have seen some beautiful Part 1 and 2 motifs and I am so excited to see what you make with Part 3!

Part 3 of OctaCal Blanket and OctCal Wrap patterns have been published on Ravelry and previous purchasers will have received an email from Ravelry with a link. For each design there are 2 versions – one in UK crochet terms and one in US crochet terms, so be sure to download the correct version for your preference. If you haven’t purchased yet you can find the patterns on Ravelry here: OctaCal Wrap and OctaCal Blanket

Want to see them? Well here they are, blanket on left and wrap on right:

I can’t wait to see some new motifs!

The CALs are hosted on Ravelry and Facebook. Hopefully I’ll see some there 🙂

Next week is the joining round, where we add an extra round to each motif and join them into a blanket or wrap using the ‘join as you go’ method.

Happy crocheting xxx

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OctaCal CALs – Part 2

How are you getting on with Part 1 of the CAL? I have seen some lovely colourful motifs from Part 1, from autumnal colours to deeps colours and all very beautiful.

Today Part 2 of OctaCal Blanket and OctCal Wrap have been published. For each design there are 2 versions – one in UK crochet terms and one in US crochet terms, so be sure to download the correct version for your preference.

Previous purchasers should have received an email from Ravelry with a link. If you haven’t purchased yet you can find the patterns on Ravelry here: OctaCal Wrap and OctaCal Blanket

Part 2 are simple motifs, like sunflowers, designed to show off the colour of your yarn. They are also more relaxing to make, so a bit of a rest from last week! It may even give you a bit of time to catch up on sewing your ends before Part 3 next week 🙂

Want to see them? Well here they are, blanket on left and wrap on right:

I can’t wait to see some new motifs!

The CALs are hosted on Ravelry and Facebook. Hopefully I’ll see some there 🙂

Next week is my favourite motif and it’s a little more tricky.

Happy crocheting xxx

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OctaCal CALs – Part 1

Today’s the day!

Part 1 of OctaCal Blanket and OctCal Wrap has been published. For each design there are 2 versions – one in UK crochet terms and one in US crochet terms, so be sure to download the correct version for your preference.

If you have already purchased a pattern then you should have received an email from Ravelry with a link.

If you haven’t purchased yet you can find the patterns on Ravelry here: OctaCal Wrap and OctaCal Blanket

The CALs are hosted on Ravelry and Facebook.

Have I forgotten something?

Oh yes, want to see Part 1? Here are the motifs, blanket on left and wrap on right:

I can’t wait to see your motifs!

Happy crocheting xxx

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3 days to go!

It is only 3 days to the publishing of Part 1 of the OctaCal CALs, so I thought you may appreciate a couple of sneak peeks at the finished blanket and wrap!

On the left is the OctaCal Wrap, in soft colours and a lovely 4ply yarn. On the right is the OctaCal Blanket in blues, greens and greys and a chunky yarn.

Which one will you make?

Don’t forget the early bird discount closes at midnight GMT on Friday 29th January use coupon code EARLY on checkout to get 50% off the pattern price.

The CAL patterns are on Ravelry here: OctaCal Wrap and OctaCal Blanket

The CALs will be hosted on Ravelry and Facebook.

Until Saturday.

Happy crocheting xxx

OctaCal discounts

Today was the day I had planned to launch the OctaCal CAL but, as I mentioned in my last post, I decided to launch a few days early. So, instead of the launch, today I am reminding you of the discounts available for the CAL.

The 75% discount ends at midnight GMT tomorrow (Sunday 10th January) – using coupon code SUPEREARLY at checkout.

As soon as the 75% discount closes, the 50% discount opens, so from midnight tomorrow until midnight GMT on 29th January you will obtain 50% discount if you use coupon code EARLY on checkout.

The CAL patterns are on Ravelry here: OctaCal Wrap and OctaCal Blanket

The CALs will be hosted on Ravelry and Facebook.

Happy crocheting xxx

Launching now – the 2021 CAL

I am publishing this blog post a few days earlier than planned because I thought you would appreciate a little more time to prepare for the CAL.  I was spurred on by an email from one of my regular yarn suppliers to say that deliveries would take a little longer in the current new lockdown in the UK!  I wouldn’t want anyone planning on joining the CAL to be held back because of yarn delays, so I pulled out all the stops, polished the patterns and prepared to launch today.

The patterns are called OctaCal Blanket and OctaCal Wrap.  The name derives from the octagonal motifs and the fact that this is a CAL. The patterns are now live but, of course, only the introduction so far which provides details of yarn, sizes, number of motifs to make, colours used, layout, abbreviations and tips. Each is available in UK and US crochet terms.  The motifs and border will include charts and joining diagrams.

The CAL starts on 30th January when the first motif will be added to the patterns.  Each pattern uses 3 octagonal motifs, a joining round, a filler motif and a border.  That makes 6 parts in all, released at weekly interval.

The blanket uses chunky weight yarn, I used Stylecraft Special Chunky in 7 colours:

The wrap uses a 4ply/fingering yarn in 8 colours, I used a luxury yarn called CaMaRose Tynd Lamauld but I have included actual meterage used in the pattern so you can choose a more affordable yarn if you like:

The patterns are on Ravelry and are available with early bird discounts for a few weeks:   

OctaCal Blanket and OctaCal Wrap

Early bird discounts:

75% discount for purchases from now until midnight GMT on Sunday 10th January, making a reduced price of only £1. Use coupon code SUPEREARLY at checkout

50% discount for purchases after midnight GMT on Sunday 10th January until midnight GMT on 29th January, making a reduced price of £2. Use coupon code EARLY at checkout.

The CAL will be hosted in my Ravelry group and on Facebook.

So come and join the fun!

Happy crocheting xxx

Coming soon.. the 2021 CAL

My New Year has started with the crisp white of snow and this is perfect weather for blanket making, wrapped up snuggly at home surrounded by wool which grows and adds warmth to your lap!   It’s not surprising that there are so many blanket CALs starting around now as it is the blanket season here in the northern hemisphere.  As usual I have planned a blanket CAL but this year is a little different because the motifs I designed can be made into a wrap or a blanket.  Let’s be honest, if you love motifs then you will know that they can be joined together to make just about anything – from a coaster to a blanket or garment.  In a way it makes sense to design a joint project; maybe if you are in the southern hemisphere you would prefer a wrap or maybe you have far too many blankets and the thought of a wrap is quite appealing?

Whichever you prefer I have designed both and the CAL will run these side by side.   The main motifs are octagonal and they are almost identical in the wrap and blanket, there is also a filler motif and a border, the border being different for wrap or blanket.

More details will be available in a few days when I publish the introductions to the patterns, which will include the yarn, the stitches, the layout and a few tips.  You will have to choose between wrap and blanket as the patterns are different, but the patterns will be at a discount until the CAL starts which is planned for Saturday 30th January.

Meanwhile I think it only fair to share a sneak peek:

The blanket is lap sized and made in chunky yarn so it makes up really quickly (although you could make it bigger if you like), the wrap is made in 4 ply yarn and is more delicate.

Happy crocheting xxx

Goodbye 2020

I can’t say I am sorry that 2020 is ending, it has been a difficult year around the world. However, there were some good things that emerged during the year and one was the reconnection with crafts, many more people have enjoyed the process of making.

When I look at my designs of 2020 I can’t say it was my most productive year, but this was because I took more pleasure in following other people’s designs, enjoying the ebb and flow of following something rather than developing something. Even so what I did publish in 2020 included some of my all time my favourites from simple coasters to my favourite blanket so far, Honeycomb Web. It also demonstrated that I love the colour blue!

All these designs will not be possible without an army of testers and some great tech editors and I thank them all for their support. And thank you to everyone who has supported me by purchasing, downloading and sharing their progress.

2021 will be just as challenging as 2020 for most of us but I can see light at the end of the tunnel so I am starting the year with plenty of positive thoughts.

Wherever you are in the world and whatever you plan for 2021 I wish you the best and happiest new year.

Happy crocheting xxx