VIRSA – The Heritage CAL – Introduction

VIRSA – the Heritage CAL, created by Aisha Talha Paracha, Attiya Shah, Gul Ammar, Naina Sohail and Saleha Waseem, is a true work of art. This CAL is inspired by the Artisan Handicrafts of the Pakistani culture, sharing the incomparable beauty of these works in the medium of crochet…..

This crochet along will take us into the world of Truck Art, Wood Art, Kashmiri Embroidery and more. The introduction to each Part will share the heritage of each handicraft and examples of the actual works from each area, followed by a crochet pattern that recreates these stunning pieces. Each week will have 2 squares released in this 8 part CAL, finishing up with the border that is created in 2 different crochet techniques (with a standard option available for those not skilled in Tunisian crochet).

For those of you who have been following CAL – Crochet A Long for a while, you will recognize Saleha Waseem from the Jahanara Shawl Wrap CAL which was cohosted in 2020. This wrap brought us the history of the eldest daughter of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and the beautiful stitch work designed to portray the story behind the “Most Powerful Woman” of her time……

Jahanara Shawl Wrap – Saleha Waseem

Be sure to download your copy of the Introduction so you can see various suggestions for color ways and requirements for this cal.

Ravelry Link: VIRSA – the Heritage CAL

SCHEDULE:

  • Intro: 03/16/2021
  • Week 1: Gul: 3/23/2021
  • Week 2: Atiya: 3/30/2021
  • Week 3: Saleha: 4/6/2021
  • Week 4: Ayesha: 4/13/2021
  • Week 5: Naina: 4/20/2021
  • Week 6: Saleha/Join: 4/27/2021
  • Week 7: Saleha/Border: 5/4/2021

SUPPLIES:

•Yarn:

  • FINGERING: Approximately 500-750grams
  • DK: Approximately 1050grams
  • WORSTED: Approximately 1800grams

•Hook: suggested sizes:

  • Fingering: 2mm, 2.5mm and 3mm
  • DK: 3.5mm, 4mm and 4.5mm
  • WORSTED: 4mm, 4.5mm and 5mm

Stitch Markers

Scissors

Yarn Needle / Tapestry Needle

The following photographs share the vision of each designer and their personal color choices, which can be found in the Introduction with information on yardages, yarn weights and required hook sizes as well!

“Mor” – the Peacock
“Dhanak” – the Rainbow
“Shangrila” – the Resort
“Tota” – the Parrot
“Shafaq” – the Twilight

The beautiful stitch work in this cal will leave you in awe of the pattern, and awaiting the next installment. Be sure to check back here for the next part…. you won’t want to miss this one!

Until next time……

Happy Crocheting,

Jo💗

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