CAL’s

I joined a few more Crochet-Alongs. The bunny with the antler headband is called Christopher the Bunny. The designer is LittleAquaGirl. Her Esty shop is here.  For $5 a month, amigurumipatterns.net is hosting CAL’s. I decided to try it. The pattern was very well written. There was a lot of pictures which helps when sewing the bunny together. There is a forum where the designer is active. This comes in handy if there are questions regarding the pattern. I probably won’t keep this subscription as $5 a month adds up and I already have a lot of patterns I want to make. My payment for December already processed, so I will be doing it for one more month at least 🙂

The mitten was super fun and fast to make. It is designed to be a gift holder but I plan on using it as a decoration. I can see making more of them. There are so many color combinations. This was hosted by Happily Hooked Magazine. I have an annual subscription to the magazine. The pattern was also well written. You can get the pattern on Ravelry here (you do not need to have the magazine.) The designer is Sonya Blackstone.

Moose

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The Friendly Redfox hosted another CAL. This one was for a moose and reindeer. The pattern is here.  The pattern was well-written and the moose worked up quickly.  She released the pattern in three pieces. I wasn’t reading too closely and missed the directions on where to attach the legs. They were at the bottom of day one – oops! I attached them a little too far back so it doesn’t sit as easily as it would if the legs were attached closer to the front.  He is a nice addition to winter decor.

Bernat Blanket Mystery CAL

This is the second year I have participated in the Bernat Blanket Mystery CAL put on by JoAnn Fabrics and The Crochet Crowd. It was kind of a boring, simple pattern last year. but this year it was fun. There was a lot of variety in the stitches. There was surface crochet, basket weave, Jacob’s Ladder. . . My favorite is Jacob’s Ladder. For those unfamiliar with it, it is the braid in the gray stripe.  It is fun to make and adds so much to the blanket. I still need to block this blanket. You started in the center with a circle and then you crochet to make it a square. I ended up making the square a little tight so it is buckling.  The blocking will help it to lay flat. Since it is made out of blanket yarn and tight stitches, the blanket is very heavy and warm despite not being a huge blanket.  It was a lot of fun to do.

Cardigan

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I haven’t made many adult sweaters. Cre8tion Crocheter hosted a Fall CAL with her Keep Me Warm Cardigan.  I decided to join. I used Caron Big Cakes. This was the first time I had used the yarn. I really like it. It works up nice, has smooth color changes and has a slightly mottled look.

I did make gauge (I hate swatching but I did do it for this sweater). It ended up big and is a little boxy. There isn’t a lot of shaping that is done in the pattern. It is a well written and easy to follow. I will wear this Cardigan as more of a jacket. The pattern was released in  parts for free on her blog during the CAL but she also has it for sale here.

Friendly Red Fox CAL’s

This past summer, The Friendly Red Fox hosted a couple CAL where she released parts of her patterns for the Elephant and Molly for free on her blog. You can find them here at Ravelry: Elephant  and Molly.

They were both fun and quick to make.  Her one tip that was new to me, was to use plastic hair rollers in the neck to keep the neck from flopping.  I had my sister grab some for me at the dollar store so I could try it.  It works pretty well.

She also demonstrated a way to change colors to prevent a step/jump in the color.  Basically the first stitch of the new color is a slip stitch.  It seemed to help make the color change less noticeable.

I recommend her patterns. Her blog is here: The Friendly Red Fox.

Red Heart Holiday CAL

20170921_121022502_ios.jpgFor the past couple of years, Red Heart has hosted a 12 week Christmas Crochet-A-Long (CAL). In 2015, I made a lot of the patterns but last year I wasn’t interested in the patterns they had.  The 2017 CAL just started. This is the first week’s pattern put on by Pattern Paradise.  You can find it here.

The placemat is made out of cotton yarn.  I couldn’t find a Christmas Green at my local store so I used an Evergreen color I had on hand. I did enjoy making it. The border turned out nice. The last round is done on the wrong side and gives it a little bump/dimension. The snowman’s face was challenging for me. I am not that good at faces.

I will make a second placemat so I have a pair. The red base was a little time consuming to make as every other row is done in back loops.  It used an H hook which was nice for my wrist. I personally don’t make much with cotton yarn as it hurts my wrist to use that yarn. This pattern was too cute for me to turn down making.