CAL – Crochet A-Long.

What could be more wonderful than connecting with people all over the world, who share the same passion as you?

A CAL brings us all together in harmony, working on the same project, sharing the fun and frustrations, learning something new, or practicing stitches we already know.

A CAL or Crochet A-Long is released a stage at a time, normally in weekly parts.

Once the project is finished, the separate parts will remain here for you to come back to, at any time you like.

If you are only just discovering one of these patterns you will still be able to receive all the help you need in my Facebook group Helen’s Hookaholics, which is like a permanent Crochet A-Long.

Mandala Madness

Whispers from the Past

Heart of Friendship

Sweet Caroline

  • Sweet Caroline Part 3

    Sweet Caroline Part 3   Welcome to part 3, the final part of this mini cal. This week I have seen more and more beautiful colour combinations, and some fabulous...

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  • Sweet Caroline Part 2

    Sweet Caroline Part 2 Welcome to part 2 of this mini cal. WOW, I have seen some amazing and beautiful combinations of colours, from part 1. Are you ready to...

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  • Sweet Caroline Part 1

      Sweet Caroline Part 1 Welcome to part 1 of the Sweet Caroline mini cal. I hope you have your yarn and hook at the ready. As I said in...

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  • Introducing Sweet Caroline mini cal

    Sweet Caroline Go on, you know you just want to start singing!! I am absolutely thrilled, and a little bit stunned, and very humbled, that my little group on Facebook...

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  • Part 5 Friends Holding Hands

      Welcome to part 5 of Heart of Friendship crochet a-long. In our final 2 weeks together,  you will be joining your squares and making the border, Friends Holding Hands....

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  • Part 4 Heart of Life

      Welcome to part 4 of Heart of Friendship crochet a-long. In this next 2 weeks you will be making square 3, Heart of Life. A simple square to represent...

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  • Part 3 Cushion of Safety

      Welcome to part 3 of Heart of Friendship crochet a-long. In this next 2 weeks you will be making square 2, Cushion of Safety. A cushion of softness, and...

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  • Part 2 Links of Friendship

      Welcome to part 2 of Heart of Friendship crochet a-long. In this next 2 weeks you will be making square 1, Links of Friendship. ♥ You will need to...

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  • Part 1 Love and Creation

      Welcome to the Heart of Friendship Crochet A-Long Part 1 In this next 2 weeks you will be making the centre square, Love and Creation. ♥ These hints and...

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  • Introducing Heart of Friendship CAL

      Heart of Friendship Crochet A-Long You can find the main post, with all the story behind it HERE "If you're alone, I'll be your shadow. If you want to...

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  • Whispers from the Past Part 9

    Welcome to the final part of Whispers from the Past crochet a-long. ♥  I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Massiel and the translation teams for the...

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  • Whispers from the Past Part 8

    Welcome to part 8 of Whispers from the Past. This week we make our corner squares, Alana, and make the final joins. Alana was the nickname my Uncle used to...

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  • Whispers from the Past Part 6 and 7

    Welcome to parts 6 and 7 of Whispers from the Past. Over the next two weeks, we will be making end, and side, panels. Please take note of when to...

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  • Whispers from the Past Part 5

    Welcome to part 5 of Whispers from the Past. This week's square is named for my Mother, Eileen. Mum is the most amazingly creative lady, she used to be the...

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  • Whispers from the Past Part 4

    Welcome to part 4 of Whispers from the Past. I am so pleased to see so many of you enjoying the Mattress Stitch join last week, I love the flat,...

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  • Whispers from the Past Part 3

      Welcome to part 3 of Whispers from the Past. This week I would like you to join me in honouring some amazing men, who helped to shape the person...

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  • Whispers from the Past Part 2

    Welcome to part 2 of Whispers from the Past I have seen some gorgeous examples of your Winnie's squares this week, with some amazing colour combinations. If you are on...

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  • Whispers from the Past Part 1

      Welcome to part 1 of Whispers from the Past. Hi, do you have your hook and yarn at the ready? The first part of this cal is named in...

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  • Introducing Whispers from the Past CAL 2016

      Introducing Whispers from the Past CAL 2016   A design using traditional stitch patterns, but with a modern twist. Well it couldn’t really not have a twist with me...

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  • A little bit more Madness

    Just a little bit more madness for you all.   Some of you may have seen the stunningly gorgeous Mandala Madness that Ineke Mooijenkind, from Gouda in the Netherlands made....

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  • Mandala Madness Part 18

      I am feeling a real mix of emotions. Sad that this amazing journey has reached the end. Humbled by the amazing response to my crazy design. So proud of...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 17

    Mandala Madness Part 17 Here we are at the penultimate week This week we continue to pay homage to the setting sun. I feel that many of you will have...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 16

    Mandala Madness Part 16 Where would we all be without the sun? The bright shining star that we, on this tiny green and blue planet, tend to take for granted,...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 15

    Mandala Madness Part 15 We are nearly there.... This week you will add a wreath of leaves to your mandala. Because each and every one of you is a winner!...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 14

    Mandala Madness Part 14 Did you ever play hop scotch as a kid? Well this week you are going to be hopping up and down, so make sure you jump...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 13

    Mandala Madness Part 13 All change!! Mandalas can represent many things in life, and change is certainly something we all have to deal with..... embrace the change...let yourself go with...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 12

    Mandala Madness Part 12 This week you will be building on part 11, creating a staggered pattern with long single crochet stitches, more looped double trebles, and the addition of...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 11

    Mandala Madness Part 11 I hope you are really proud of yourself..... after part 8 and part 10, there is nothing you can not do! AND some of you got...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 10

    Mandala Madness Part 10 This week you add beautiful, soft curves to your Mandala, with an intricate dots and diamonds pattern. The diamond shape has been used since time began...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 9

    Mandala Madness Part 9 Can you believe we are half way through this amazing journey of creativity and madness! WOW you guys and gals amaze me! I did wonder if...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 8

    Mandala Madness Part 8 “Mary , Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow…with silver bells and cockle shells…..” This week our flowers continue to bloom, and take on a...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 7

    Mandala Madness Part 7 I just love some of the names you have come up with for your Mandalas. Some for fun, some to honour people you love, some with...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 6

    Mandala Madness Part 6 Can you believe we are a third of the way through this madness!! A few of you spotted that there was no comment or description from...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 5

    Mandala Madness Part 5 I am completely amazed at the gorgeous colours many of you are using, and I am so pleased that so many of you, who are fairly...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 4

    Mandala Madness Part 4 This week we change shape again, this time into an octagon. The octagon symbolises balance between the material, and the spiritual, between heart and mind. It...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 3

    Mandala Madness Part 3 You are my sunshine…you make me happy when skies are grey… A line from a song I remember well from my childhood! It always makes me...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 2

    Mandala Madness Part 2 WOW, thank you all so much for your positive and enthusiastic response to part 1 :) I am blown away by the gorgeous colour combinations, and...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 1

    Mandala Madness Part 1 Can I just say SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, I am so excited, and a little daunted, but I am sure you will all forgive any mistakes I make, and...

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  • Introducing Mandala Madness CAL

     Mandala Madness CAL 2016 When Kimberly Slifer of the Official CCC Social Group on face book asked me to design a blanket/afghan for a CAL (crochet a-long) project for next...

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  • Mandala Madness CAL 2016 sneaky peek…….

                  Well if you have been wondering why I have been so quite...... I have been very busy in my crochet cave coming up...

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