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

Twixmas Mandala CAL Finale!

Wow! This Twixmas has flown. I hope the CAL has kept you occupied and brought some colour into your Twixmas. The last part has now been added to the pattern and purchasers will have had a message from Ravelry notifying them.

Here is the spoiler from Part 5 yesterday

Would you like to see the final mandala? As it is the last day I think I am allowed a final spoiler!

These 2 are so different because of the different colour schemes, which just demonstrates what I love about mandalas 🙂

The pattern can be found here.

I hope you have enjoyed this CAL, there will be another starting at the end of January – my annual blanket CAL which is also a wrap CAL this year! More about that in a few days.

Happy crocheting xxx

Twixmas Mandala CAL Part 5

It’s 30th December today, only one day left of the Twixmas CAL! Part 5 has now been added to the pattern library and Ravelry will have sent messages to purchasers to let them know. Only one day, or 2 rounds, to the finish!

Here are the spoilers from yesterday, Part 4:

The pattern can be found here.

Until tomorrow, happy crocheting xxx

Twixmas Mandala CAL Part 4

Day 4 of Twixmas means Part 4 of the Twixmas Mandala CAL has been published. Purchasers will have had a message from Ravelry and the new part will be in your library.

I have seen some lovely Part 3s so far, the varying colour schemes make the mandalas look so different!

Here are my spoilers for Part 3

Only 2 more days to go!

The pattern can be found here.

Until tomorrow, happy crocheting xxx

Twixmas Mandala CAL Part 3

Part 3 of the Twixmas Mandala CAL has been added to the Ravelry pattern library. If you have purchased the pattern then Ravelry will have sent you an email notifying you and adding it to your library. Don’t forget there are 2 versions, make sure you open the correct version for your preferred crochet terms (UK or US).

Here’s the spoiler for Part 2; I made 2 versions – the one on the left is the 4 ply version and the one on the right is the double knit version.

I love how mandalas change as new rounds are added!

The pattern can be found here.

Until tomorrow, happy crocheting xxx

Twixmas Mandala CAL Part 2

Part 2 of the Twixmas Mandala CAL has been added to the Ravelry pattern library. If you have purchased the pattern then Ravelry will have sent you an email notifying you and adding it to your library. Don’t forget there are 2 versions, make sure you open the correct version for your preferred crochet terms (UK or US).

Here’s the spoiler for Part 1. I prefer my mandalas to have a flat centre so they can have something placed on them without wobbling! So this one is flat:

The one on the left is made in 4 ply cotton the one on the right in double knit cotton.

I used all the colours from my design in this centre which made the slow transition of each round more interesting.

Part 3 will be published tomorrow and the spoiler for Part 2 will be here on the blog.

Don’t forget the pattern is here, and projects can be shared on Ravelry or Facebook.

Happy crocheting xxx

Twixmas Mandala CAL Part 1

I hope you all had a lovely day yesterday, whether you celebrate the occasion or not. I love the opportunity for a good roast dinner!

Twixmas, the days between 25th December and the start of the New Year, has begun and that means the Twixmas Mandala CAL has started! Part 1 has been uploaded to the Ravelry pattern library and if you purchased it you will have had a message from Ravelry that it is now in your library. If you haven’t yet purchased it you can find it here.

Part 1 is the first few rounds but it gives you a lovely dose of colour as it uses all 7 colours! It’s a very grey day here in the UK so the colour is a welcome boost for me. Don’t forget there are 2 versions, one in UK crochet terms and one in US crochet terms, so make sure you use the correct one.

No spoilers from me today, but I will share some tomorrow. Meanwhile, feel free to add photos of your progress on Ravelry and Facebook.

Happy crocheting xxx

Twixmas Mandala CAL 2020

The fun begins!

Although the Twixmas Mandala CAL 2020 starts on 26th December when Part 1 is published, the introduction to the pattern is available now here.

The introduction provides information on yarns I used and the stitches used in the pattern, plus some useful hints and tips. Until midnight GMT on 24th December you can get a discount of 75% off the pattern, no coupon code required.

The CAL is for fun, a few bright rows of crochet each day during the holidays, starting on 26th December and finishing on 31st December.  The best fun is choosing your colours!   The pattern includes the colours of yarn that I chose but that is a guide, the beauty of mandalas is how they can look completely different in other colours.

Join in the CAL on Ravelry. And have fun choosing colours!

Happy crocheting xx