You might have noticed that I have been missing in action the last three weeks. I have not abandoned crochet. In fact, I have been doing nothing but crocheting. Well, as much as my “real life” will allow me to, at any rate.
Those of you who followed the Block a Week CAL 2014 will know that the CAL (crochet-along) was hosted by the Official CCC Social Group on Facebook (you have to be logged into Facebook in order to access the link to the group). The mastermind behind the CAL was my good friend Kimberly Slifer. In 2015 I will be teaming up with Kimberly again for another fun, mystery CAL.
Those of you who follow me on social media (or who belong to the Official CCC Social Group already) will have seen a few hints regarding what the blanket will look like and which design it is based on. Please do not assume anything. I know it is tempting to get started, but I suggest that you wait until the CAL actually starts.
Sophie’s Universe CAL 2015
Update: You can now find all the information and links for the CAL HERE. We have translations, videos, groups, and a map!
The CAL will start January 18th 2015, and will run for 20 weeks. Remember to mark the date on your calendar!
Please note that this project is a continuous, square blanket, which has been specifically designed for this CAL, not a lot of individual squares like the last one. It will be worked in the round, with photo tutorials for each part being released weekly on a Sunday.
All instructions will be written using US Terminology. See THIS CHART if you need help with US/UK conversion.
The pattern was designed for worsted weight yarn and a 5.5 mm crochet hook (US I/9 UK 5), which will give you a finished size of 1.8 meters squared. That’s just shy of 6 feet, for those of you who live on the other side of the pond.
You are not, however, limited to worsted weight yarn. I will be using Scheepjeswol for the CAL and I will be making 3 blankets, each in a different yarn weight (and therefore a different size). You can find more details about that below.
“But it’s Square!”
If you don’t like the idea of a square blanket, don’t fret. We will be supplying optional extra squares for those of you who wish to make the blanket rectangular. On top of that I will do a post that will give you the tools to “grow” your blanket yourself, should you wish to make it even bigger.
Yarns, Colours, and Yardages
Below you will find the size and total yardage details for the 3 different yarn weights (or sizes), as well as a list of the colours I intend to use for each one. Which colours and how many colours you choose to use is totally up to you.
A – Worsted Weight Yarn (Large Blanket)
This will be a nice big blanket. Not as big as a queen size bed, but certainly big enough to cover me from my head to my toes. I will be using 10 colours for this version and it will be the most subdued of the three.
Please Note: There are 2 weights of Stonewashed. I am using the Stonewashed XL, not the regular Stonewashed!
Yarn Weight: Worsted Weight (#4)
Hook Size: 5.5 mm hook (US I/9 UK 5) – I use, and LOVE, Clover Amour Crochet Hooks
Yardage: 3900 meters (4265 yards)
Finished Size: 1.8 meters x 1.8 meters (6′ x 6′)
Colours: Moon Stone (841), Amazonite (853), Green Agate (855), Blue Apatite (845), Canada Jade (846), Lemon Quartz (852), Deep Amethyst (851), Garnet (850), Corundum Ruby (848), Coral (856). (See below for amounts)
B – Double Knit Yarn (Lapghan)
This will yield a lovely lapghan-sized blanket. I am using 11 shades for this one and it will be quite the colour explosion!
Yarn Weight: Double knit (#3)
Hook Size: 4 mm hook (US G/6 UK 8) – I use, and LOVE, Clover Amour Crochet Hooks
Yardage: 3300 meters (approx. 3600 yards)
Finished Size: 1.4 meters x 1.4 meters (4’7 x 4’7)
Colours: Canary (2518), Light Rose (2513), Rose (2514), Bordeaux (2492), Cyclamen (2534), Olive (2531), Dark Turquoise (2511), Light Blue (2432), Pink (2480), Heath (2493), Violet (2519). (See below for amounts)
C – 4 Ply Yarn (Baby Blanket)
This is the perfect size for a baby blanket. I will be using 11 glorious shades for this small version.
Yarn Weight: 4 Ply (#2)
Hook Size: 3 mm hook (UK 11) or 3.25 (US D/3 UK 10) – I use, and LOVE, Clover Amour Crochet Hooks
Yardage: 2500 meters (approx. 2730 yards)
Finished Size: 1.0 meters x 1.0 meters (3’3 x 3’3)
Colours: Canary (714), Light Pink (718), Fuchsia (720), Dark Pink (719), Moors (726), Light Green (642), Turquoise (712), Light Turquoise (622), Violet (529), Heath (721), Light Purple (651). (See below for amounts)
Update: I have had quite a few questions about how many skeins/balls of each colour I will be using. Please note that I have not made all 3 blankets yet, so these predictions are only that: predictions! Nevertheless, you will probably find it useful to know which colours I intend to use more than others, so here goes:
- 23 x Moon Stone (841) – This is not a typo!
- 3 x Amazonite (853)
- 3 x Green Agate (855)
- 3 x Blue Apatite (845)
- 6 x Canada Jade (846)
- 3 x Lemon Quartz (852)
- 3 x Deep Amethyst (851)
- 3 x Garnet (850)
- 3 x Corundum Ruby (848)
- 3 x Coral (856)
- 2 x Canary (2518)
- 2 x Light Rose (2513)
- 3 x Rose (2514)
- 2 x Bordeaux (2492)
- 3 x Cyclamen (2534)
- 3 x Olive (2531)
- 1 x Dark Turquoise (2511)
- 6 x Light Blue (2432)
- 2 x Pink (2480)
- 2 x Heath (2493)
- 2 x Violet (2519)
- 1 x Canary (714)
- 1 x Light Pink (718)
- 2 x Fuchsia (720)
- 1 x Dark Pink (719)
- 2 x Moors (726)
- 2 x Light Green (642)
- 1 x Turquoise (712)
- 5 x Light Turquoise (622)
- 1 x Violet (529)
- 1 x Heath (721)
- 1 x Light Purple (651)
Buying Yarn from Deramores.com (Worldwide)
If you are interested in buying your yarn from Deramores, but you do not live in the UK, you will be excited to know that Deramores offers free international shipping if you spend more than a certain amount (depending on your country).
To access the international shipping options, click on the word (change) next to the flag in the top left-hand corner of the Deramores website. You can then select the applicable country.
Once you have selected your country, you will see the minimum spend required to receive free shipping. It is worth noting that you don’t have to pay import taxes on these purchases.
I am very excited about this project and cannot wait for the CAL to start. Are you in?