Crochet-a-longs have been really popular projects over the last few years, they’re such a great way to create a beautiful design while being part of a friendly, helpful community as well.
I know there’s nothing wrong with going slower and just admire others finished pieces in the meantime, but I always feel behind with the times and end up loosing momentum and that feeling of being part of a community.
So, i always knew that if I created a CAL of my own that it would be one that went at a much slower pace.
As I teach crochet, one of the things I hear quite a bit is that “I can only do a granny stitch” or “I couldn’t possible try that I can only do really simple stitches”
That’s just a lack of confidence in their own abilities as there are lots of different stitches made with the same elements as granny stitch or any simple stitch, they’re just rearranged in a different order.
Its because of these 2 elements that I came up with the 50 stitches CAL.
– 50 squares
– 50 stitches
– 50 weeks
Each square will then be joined together to make a beautiful sampler blanket.
Each square will be around 17cm on each edge, so easy to make in an hour or 2 each week. Each week will feature a new stitch or technique so you can expand your stitch range.
Each square will have a written step by step pattern as well as a video tutorial. There is a dedicated Facebook group for the project – Click here to join 50 Stitches Group
Now what do you need to know?
I’ll be using 4 colours in Rico Creative Cotton Aran, but this would make a great stash busting project so use as many or as few colours as you like.
If you’ve never worked with non mercerised cotton before, then be aware that the Rico can split. You may want to switch to another fibre type if you would find this troublesome.
Rico cotton aran is a thin aran (also called Worsted weight), so you can get away with switching to a DK (Double knit or light worsted) and still keep my finished sizes and hook sizes used.
Although I’m from the UK I use US terms. I will give the UK translations each week for all the stitches, but otherwise everything will be in US stitch terms including the tutorial videos.
Different stitches work up in different tensions, so to keep the squares the same size I’ve had to use several hook sizes. So it’s important that you pay attention to the hook size stated for each square, as it will change quite often. If you are uncomfortable using the small hook sizes for aran yarn, then go up a hook size. But if you do this you need to do the same for every square otherwise you will end up with squares of different sizes.
The hook sizes needed are:
I’ve calculated the total amount of yarn needed as 3500 metres or 3800 yards. This is a generous overcalculation, so should be plenty to get you through the entire project.
I’ve had so much fun putting this together, even though I’ve done more frogging in the last few weeks than I have for the whole of 2019 😂
I really hope you enjoy this project and that you get to try a few new stitches and techniques while doing it.
Please come and join the Facebook group and show us how your getting along, your beautiful colour combos and of course I’ll be there to give a helping hand too.