October 23 – Week 9
This week you can extend your border even more. Part 2 of the border has now been released. Look how beautiful all are turning out to be.
Find all parts in link above, and please continue to share your photos.
October 16 – Week 8
The First border will really give your blanket a neat and finished look. Just think, all of those ends will magically disappear, no weaving in required, as promised from the very beginning. For this week and the next 2, you will be getting different parts to the border and you may use one, two or all three. This is what it should look like after border 1.
There are video tutorials available that will be very helpful in doing this section. If you got your head start on Sunday, you are ready for the design part. If not, all of that set-up information is included here as well.
October 13, 2019
Today you get a bonus! If you have finished part 7, Hurray for you! We have already seen some gorgeous ones out there. You are certainly ready to begin your border. Schedule-wise, part 8 comes out on Wednesday the 16th, but Moira Douglas, the very talented designer, is kind enough to give you a head start with the beginning rounds to set up the border. If you are not ready yet, and want to prolong the enjoyment of working on this project, no worries. This part is also on Week 8, so you can get everything on Wednesday anyway.
You can find all the parts so far, by following this link:
Part 7 – October 9, 2019
Getting to the home stretch on the body of the afghan. If you think Part 7 looks familiar, it is because this section is like Part 1 but you are reversing the colors. This has been such a great pattern to work with so far, the ease of working it, the texture, and the feeling of accomplishment of learning something new (at least for me). We are all enjoying seeing all of the beautiful colour combinations out there.
As you can see from the photos below, Part 7 really balances the whole blanket out.
So head on over to Daisyknots and get started on your part 7 as well.
Keep sharing those photos!!
Part 6- October 2, 2019
This new part is another one that works up so well. Funny that Moira Douglas mentions “snail” for this one, because it was my first impression as well, but in a good way. This is the second to last section of the blanket, and then onto the border. These past weeks seemed to have gone by so fast and the blanket grew into a size that you can already start to use.
Here are some more beauties to check out.
Working on my own and loving every moment of it. Thank you to those sharing their progress. We are thrilled that you are participating in this CAL. If you have not already started, it is not too late.
Here is link to all of the sections so far, up to Part 6.
Part 5 – September 25, 2019
You have passed the half way point, closer to the finish and looking fabulous. Check out this next pattern which has now been released. From all the beautiful photos posted, it looks like everyone is enjoying this immensely. I know I am. Here are some Testers’ photos.
Each one is just so gorgeous, you cannot go wrong with your colourways.
Here is the link to daisyknots to get all of the parts up to part 5. If you have not already started, it is never too late. Make sure you read through this whole post, down to the introduction, to answer any questions you may have.
Part 4 – September 18, 2019
Congratulations! You have reached the mid point of the body of afghan. Part 4 is another beautiful pattern, and once completed you will have less than half way to go before the border. Here are photos from some of our testers so you can see just how fun this one turned out to be.
We also have some amazing new photos of the complete sampler provided by the designer herself, Moira Douglas. These were taken on a recent trip to the Island of Tiree in the Scottish Hebrides. I just love this scenery behind the gorgeous afghan, just so perfect for this particular colourway.
Here you go, link to daisyknots, where you will find Part 4.
Keep sharing your photos on our CAL Crochetalong facebook page. We love seeing them.
Part 3 – September 11, 2019
Week 3 is now available. It was great to see all of the beautiful afghans growing these past two weeks. This one is sure to add to the beauty of your blankets. Here are some of our testers’, who worked diligently behind the scenes. As you can see, all colourways work well.
So here you go, the link to the pattern, where you can find parts 1, 2 and 3 so far.
Have fun, and continue to share your progress. We love it!
Part 2 – September 4, 2019
It was so exciting to see all of those lovely starts to your blankets. Some finished in no time, others stayed up into the wee hours to finish last night, and others may be just beginning, or waiting to begin. Either way, there is no rush, enjoy the journey. This is going to be one of those blankets that you will admire and say with pride, “I can’t believe I made this!!!” You will also by now have realized that all of your previous fears are gone. It really is not as hard as it looks. In fact, it is fairly easy, especially as you get the rhythm of the stitches.
So, ready or not, here is the link to get you to Part 2. I know I will be working on mine today.
Here is some eye candy for you, more beautiful work from our amazing group of testers, showing part 2.
These are some of the yarns used. As you can see, all turn out great.
Part 1 – August 28, 2019
Ready, set, start! Part 1 has been released and you are about to begin a beautiful adventure. A special Thank you to Moira Douglas of daisyknots for sharing this beautiful pattern with all of us. As you can imagine, a lot of time and effort went into this and we certainly appreciate it.
For some, you have already gotten the hang of this amazing technique, for others, this is a whole new world of crochet. Such a beautiful look, that to me seems like a tapestry. Here are some photos from some of our testers, to help you get even more inspired.
Do be sure to read the introduction, as well as the complete pattern before you begin. As always, we cannot wait to see your new beginning and look forward to seeing all the completed blankets in the future. Below is the link to get the pattern. You’ve got this. Remember, there are videos to help you along the way.
Introduction – August 14, 2019
It is always very exciting to introduce a new CAL, and this one is just so stunning, I cannot wait to get started on it myself. It reminds me of tapestry dating back to ancient times and it is so amazing to witness such creativity and be able to have the opportunity to partake in this sharing. All the inspiration you need, along with yarn information is now live at daisyknots. Moira Douglas has spent so much time not only in designing this beautiful afghan, but as a great teacher, she has made it very explicit for all to understand. The videos will help even a novice to make a masterpiece, and the information on supplies will not leave you second guessing. And it is all for free, to us, all over the world! Thank you so very much, Moira Douglas, for sharing your talent with us. The crochet world really is a beautiful place to be.
So, head on over to daisyknots, download the introduction and find out all you need to do. Read carefully as there are some other links in the introduction that will be very helpful and may answer some of your questions. There is even a short video on how to use the mosaic technique. Then get yourself ready for part 1 to be released on August 28th.
The CAL will run until the end of October, when the final part of border gets released. Imagine what a great holiday gift this would make to someone very special. Even if it is for yourself. Mine will be a gift to myself, to remind me of the beautiful bedspreads my mom used to make with her loom, many years ago. While I don’t have a loom, I can certainly enjoy the look made with a crochet hook. I will be sure to treasure it and be proud that I learned something new.
If you have not already joined our event, you can do so here:
Keep in mind that you must be a member of our facebook group CAL Crochet A Long in order to join the event. Once you hit “going” on the event you will get notifications for when the parts get released.
AND, as promised, here are some spectacular ones made by our very talented group of testers from CAL Crochet A Long. As each part gets posted, you will be seeing more photos. Of course, you will have to share yours as well.
PRE-Intro: August 7
We are very proud to share with you this beautiful new CAL from Moira Douglas of daisyknots. While you will have to wait until August 14 for the official Introduction, and August 28th for Part 1, we do want to give you a little head start, and sneak peak. More photos, testers’s ones as well, will follow on August 14. Just wait and see all the glorious color combinations our talented team of testers has come up with.
When I first saw this pattern, I was in awe, and my first thought was that there was no way I could do this. I have been crocheting for over 45 years and never tried this technique. But, once you learn the language of crocheting, this should be a breeze. Especially because, Moira Douglas is a teacher of crochet, macrame and machine embroidery, with a degree in Textiles. So, with all her knowledge and teaching experience, she has made it very easy for anyone of any skill level to at least give it a try. I know I will certainly do so. The pattern is mostly in chart form, but with associated keys, is written in UK terms, and best of all, comes with instructional VIDEOS. No excuses, you can do this. That is what I tell myself.
As far as yarn requirements, everything is on the event. Follow this link, hit GOING, and you will be notified whenever things get updated.
Just had to share this beauty, one of many more to come. Made by a talented CAL Crochet A Long member of the testing team. Using Caron’s Simply Soft yarn and 5.0mm hook, this one measures approximately 62″ x 84.” Actual sizes will vary depending on the type of yarn you use, hook size, and tension.
So, follow your dreams, because being covered by this beautiful blanket will be sure to bring you sweet dreams. Join the event, share your photos once you start, and learn something new if you have not done this type of technique before.
If you would like to see more of Moira’s work, check out her blog at: