Introducing Whispers from the Past CAL 2016

Introducing Whispers from the Past CAL 2016

 

Introducing Whispers from the Past CAL [crochet a long] 2016

 

A design using traditional stitch patterns, but with a modern twist.

Well it couldn’t really not have a twist with me designing it!!

 

I am thrilled and honoured to share this design with you all, as a CAL (crochet-a-long) hosted by the CAL-Crochet A Long group on Facebook. If you have not joined this group, I suggest you do. It is a fun and very friendly group full of lovely people, just like you and me, who love to play with hooks and yarn.

This is my second cal of this year. I know I may just be the most crazy person you ever met, but there are two reasons for this.

Firstly I enjoyed my first cal Mandala Madness, so much, and have recieved so much love, and positive feedback, through thousands of comments and emails, and an amazing amount of pleasure to see so many people having so much fun.
Secondly I am about to embark on an amazing adventure, and I am not sure if I will be able to create any large projects for a while.

 

My Nana taught me to crochet, many years ago, when I was a young child. I have the most wonderful memories of the blankets she used to make with a very simple, four petal flower.

 

I wanted to base this design on some of my fondest crochet and crafting memories, using a combination of traditional stitch patterns, but putting my own twist on them. Also wanting to make it an easy project for anyone of any skill/experience level.

Each week I will share some of my memories with you, and tell the story behind the stitches you will be working.

The cal lasts for 9 weeks, and the pattern will remain free on my website indefinitely.

Each week you will either be making, squares, panels, or working around the entire project.

There are also four different joining techniques used in the project, all with full photo tutorial instructions. As usual, with any of my designs, I like to encourage you to try something new, to learn and grow.

The finished blanket is rectangular, but there are lots of options for you to change the shape or size to suit your own creative or “snuggle worthy” needs.

Please remember this is my design and is covered by copyright law. You may share a link to this page with anyone, you may print off the photo or written tutorials for your own use, but please do not alter or change in any way.
Please love and respect me, as I love and respect you.

 

 The Fun Begins on Thursday 13th October 2016

You can follow the pattern on my blog.
Download a full photo tutorial (pdf).
Download a written pattern (pdf) with just a small photo.

The pattern is being translated by an amazing group of ladies from the CAL - Crochet A Long group on Facebook and will be translated in many different languages.
And there will also be a UK terms photo tutorial.

 

♥ Useful Stuff

♥ Tutorials ~ The patterns of each part will be published here, on my blog, every Thursday evening at 7pm approx. UK time (UTC), this is to allow everyone around the world some weekend crochet time.
♥ Printing/PDF ~ You will find a choice of downloads on each weekly part post on my blog. You will have the choice of a full photo tutorial or a simple written pattern.
♥ Newsletter. If you haven’t done this yet, be sure to subscribe to my Newsletter and please ensure you add me to your safe senders, so that you don't miss a single step of this CAL.
♥ Ravelry ~ Please, add this CAL to your Ravelry queue, and feel free to join my Ravelry group.
♥ Facebook ~ Be sure to check out and join Cal Crochet A Long which will host the Whispers from the Past Cal 2016, and where you will always find friendly, helpful advice to keep you going.
Don’t forget to like my Crystals and Crochet face book page for information about the CAL and other projects I am working on.
♥ Translations ~ I am thrilled to announce that my CAL will be translated into many different languages, by an amazing team of ladies from the CAL - Crochet A Long group on Facebook.

 

♥ Translations

Afrikaans
Danish - Dansk
 Dutch - Nederlands
Finnish - Suomi
French - Français
Geman- Deutsche
Greek - Ελληνικα
Hebrew-Intro
Korean-intro
Norwegian-Norsk
Persian-  فارسی
Spanish - Español
Swedish- Svenska

I am looking forward to this international project and the amazing energy the crochet community has to share.

 

♥ Stitch Abbreviations and Special Stitches

US standard abbreviations are used in this pattern.
An abbreviation chart is included on the front page of each part of the CAL.
Also there will be detailed instructions, about how to make special stitches used in the pattern for each part.

 

♥ Difficulty

I encourage anyone of any level of experience to try this project, it is easily achievable for beginners.

 

♥ What will you need?

Hold on and we will get there... first some information about what I used and what is available for you to follow along with.

 

♥ Yarn Options

This cal has been sponsored by Stylecraft Yarns, and I would like to thank them very much for supplying the yarn for me to play with. 🙂

There are 4 yarn packs available to buy using Stylecraft Special Double knit or Aran, these are premium acrylic and are my favourite yarns to work with.
The main stores to order from are Deramores, Love Knitting, and Wool Warehouse, who deliver all around the world.

Some of the online stores may be out of stock now but you will always find the packs available in my shop with Deramores.

The links to purchase yarn packs can be found below, I do recieve a very small comission for these packs if you use the links below, so I would ask that you use these links and if you are sharing with friends that you share a link to this page. Namaste

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 ♥ Pretty Pastels

Soft pastel colours, reminiscent of the 50’s (before my time! just...)

The thoughts and feelings behind these colours are of the soft vintage look, of Soda Fountains, and the early days of “Rock and Roll”, think big hair and big skirts as you jive away with this colour pack.

Pack includes: Stylecraft Special Double Knitting.
Duck Egg x 3, Cream x 3, Wisteria x 3, Soft Peach x 2, Lemon x 2.

Deramores
Loremar
Love Knitting
Wool Warehouse
Thank you for using these links and supporting me as a designer.

 

 wftppb

  ♥ Paint Box

Bright hippy child colours, the paint box of the inner child, the colours of the 60’s.

When everyone learned to express themselves freely, to step outside of the box and enjoy life with the innocence of a child. Something we all need to do as often as we can!

Pack includes: Stylecraft Special Double Knitting.
Bluebell x 3, Aspen x 2, Pomegranate x 2, Violet x 2, Shrimp x 2, Saffron x 2.

Deramores
Loremar
Wool Warehouse
Thank you for using these links and supporting me as a designer.

wftpbs

 

 ♥ Brown Sugar

Think 70’s, the Rolling Stones, when everything was “groovy”.

I have great memories of learning to crochet bags for myself and these were the “in” colours. Even my bedroom was decorated in these colours!

Pack includes: Stylecraft Special Aran.
Parchment x 6, Dark Brown x 5, Copper x 4, Camel x 4, Gold x 3.

Deramores
Loremar
Love Knitting
Wool Warehouse
Thank you for using these links and supporting me as a designer.

wftppp

 ♥ Purely Patriotic

To me Red, White and Blue is something that touches most of us at some point in our lives.

I remember in the 80’s wearing these colours a lot!
Including “ra-ra” skirts and track suits, and of course “Nike” trainers, but not all at the same time!!

Pack includes: Stylecraft Special Aran.
Cream x 14, Pomegranate x 4, Denim x 4.

Deramores
Loremar
Love Knitting
Wool Warehouse
Thank you for using these links and supporting me as a designer.

 

The finished full size blanket is approx.:

Double Knitting with a 4mm hook:  51 ½ inches x 63 inches / 131 cm x 160 cm

Aran /Worsted with a 5.5mm hook:  68 inches x 81 inches / 172 cm x 204 cm.

 

For those of you going in your own colour direction, you will need approximately.

Double Knitting weight 3835 m/4186yds, 4mm hook.

Worsted/Aran weight 4312 m/ 4708yds, 5.5mm hook.

Please remember because of personal working tension these amounts are only approximate.

Please allow for colour changes and get more rather than less.... it's always better to have a little left over than run out and not be able to get the same dye lot or even for the colour to have been discontinued...yes that makes ya so mad...right!

I look forward to sharing a little more happy, hookin’ time with you all.

 

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49 Responses

  1. […] Whispers From The Past 2016 CAL […]

  2. […] If you haven't read the introduction post, then please find it here. You will find all the information on Yarn Packs, how much yarn you will need, hook sizes, the […]

  3. Kaz

    Hello Helen, thank you so much for your latest CAL. I have just ordered the yarn in pastels and I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone else once I have finished my W.I.P. Mandala Madness

  4. […] If you haven't read the introduction post, then please find it here. You will find all the information on Yarn Packs, how much yarn you will need, hook sizes, the […]

  5. […] If you haven't read the introduction post, then please find it here. You will find all the information on Yarn Packs, how much yarn you will need, hook sizes, the […]

  6. […] If you haven't read the introduction post, then please find it here. You will find all the information on Yarn Packs, how much yarn you will need, hook sizes, the […]

  7. Hi Helen, another beautiful piece of art with so many beautiful memories crocheted into each stitch!!
    With your post about your dad and grandfathers, made me also think about my dad and the wonderful memories I have of him now that he is bedridden and not able to talk much
    Thank you so much for this, I will be starting mine today

    • Helen Helen

      Bless you, much love to you and your Dad 🙂

  8. […] If you haven't read the introduction post, then please find it here. You will find all the information on Yarn Packs, how much yarn you will need, hook sizes, the […]

  9. Will be making this to honour the elderly lady who taught a young mum of four boys to have a bit of me time by crocheting. The boys all appreciate it now they have children and ask for pieces.roll on January when I can make a start.

  10. […] If you haven't read the introduction post, then please find it here. You will find all the information on Yarn Packs, how much yarn you will need, hook sizes, the […]

  11. Hi Helen! I’m just waiting for this beautiful pattern to come out! I ordered my yarn from the links above and beyond excited to begin my 1st CAL with you!!

  12. Hi Helen, thanks for what looks like a lovely CAL. I am sooooo happy to see a CAL that uses the only yarn I like to use now, so many of the others are all using Scheepjes and I tried that and did not like it personally. I made 3 of your “I Want That Bag” and use them all the time when I’m at the shops and get so many complements on them, when people tell me how clever or talented I am to have made them I simply reply “thanks but really Im just recreating some one elses’ work that is the talented person who made the pattern.” I will be starting this CAL a bit on the late side, as I am working on a Sophie and a 3D cube blanket atm, but this is next on my hit list….
    And thanks again for another great CAL

    • sorry I meant the fat bottom bag not I want that bag

      • Helen Helen

        I knew what you meant 😉 lol it was Wink from a creative being that did the fat bottom bag, and I used Dedri’s Sophies Garden for mine 🙂 but yes Stylecraft is gorgeous yarn, my fav too 🙂

  13. Hi there Helen. This is beyond beautiful. Will Ester be doing videos again? I think it’s such a valuable tool. Many people have commented on the MM page that they are dyslexic and that the videos helped them so much. As a teacher I always look for ways to help those who require extra assistance. I hope you will consider my request.
    Much love and appreciation.
    Tania

    • Helen Helen

      Hi 🙂 I too am dyslexic, which is why I always do photo tutorials. I have done some helpful videos, but not full ones, and Esther is very busy and as you can appreciate these things take a lot of time. But there is lots of help available, so just shout out if you need help. 🙂

  14. Looks beautiful! I’d love to give this a try

  15. I’m in, enjoy your work.

  16. One more week! I can hardly wait!

  17. […] Le 13 octobre, Helen nous proposera un nouveau CAL, je vous laisse le soin de découvrir en avant première les détails à travers son blog http://www.crystalsandcrochet.com/introducing-whispers-past-cal-2016/ […]

  18. Thank you Helen. I’ve just been a bought my yarn, very excited. Need to finish current WIP so I can concentrate all my efforts. Going for the purely patriotic option in Aran but using pretty pastels.

  19. Hi! Is the Stylecraft Special Aran a 3 or 4 ply yarn? I have to go the economy route and use Red Heart Super Saver yarn; is the Aran similar to RHSS? Thank you for your wonderfully challenging CALs!

    • Helen Helen

      A UK Aran is the same as a Worsted weight, so RHSS is similar thickness 🙂

  20. Love this! I’m going a little further into the past with my colors – 1930s Bungalow! 🙂

  21. Oh Helen its gorgeous – Just what I needed – something not too challenging for winter nights in front of the TV. Not sure which colourway I love them all.

  22. Can;t wait for the new CAL. I have it marked on my calendar. 🙂 Thanks for a new one and I look forward to making it

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  24. The link to Deramores just takes you to their main page…is there a way to look up the yarn needed for this event on their website?

    • Helen Helen

      If you click on the link below any of the colour pack details it will take to to the page for that colour pack 🙂

  25. Wow! I have taken the plunge and ordered my kit! I just hope my basic skills are up to it. I love, love all your designs Helen and cant wait to get started, I hope this will be the first of many xx

  26. Was just waiting for the right reason to order some special dk as I have never been able to try it before… Thanks Helen!!! I went with the paint box colors and I am soooo excited!

  27. Mia

    My very first cal and when asking 15-year old daughter what colors to go with she said: Is it for me?! Cause I really like Paint Box! So guess what colors ?! 😉

  28. I am so glad to see you are starting a new CAL, can’t wait! You have a GREAT talent and I LOVE you’re designs. I am currently working on the Dream Weaver afghan. I have learned sooo much from it. Thank You!

  29. Can’t wait! It starts 3 days after my birthday! My hubby just have me a $50 gift card for Michael’s for our 9th anniversary! I get to go yarn shopping! Now I just need to decide on yarn & colors!

  30. Kay

    I’m going Purely Patriotic and I can’t wait 🙂

  31. Jo

    Oh Helen just feeling a little down… Should still be asleep but woken up early & thinking I’ll just check my emails . Oh WOW you have made me feel so much better.. Thanks so much Whispers from the past sounds wonderful and just the tonic I need. I’m on row 104 of Mandala Madness, think I’ve been dragging my heals a little not wanting it to be over! Now I have absolutely no excuse. Thank you so very much. X

    • Helen Helen

      you still have 4 weeks to finish MM, enjoy every stitch 🙂

  32. Must say, I am a bit chuffed that I am going to attempt this the same time as every one else. My first crochet along. Its all a bit exciting. Now must dash wool warehouse is calling my name….buy yarn….buy yarn….lol

    • Helen Helen

      lol 🙂

  33. Ordered my yarn this morning, going with Brown Sugar 🙂

    • Helen Helen

      Fantastic 🙂

  34. Pat

    I’m very happy to see that your are doing another cal, I already style craft yarn ready to go! Thanks

  35. the colours you have used look fab, cant wait to start

  36. how exciting, it looks fab, cant wait to do this one, might try …….. so hard to decide which one,

  37. Woohoo can’t wait to tart this!!! I love your designs and I love making blankets. Thank you so much for all your hard work 🙂

  38. Wow another cal ❤thank you
    Your mandala madness taught me so many stitches i can now tackle anything 🙂
    Looking fwd to this new cal 🙂

  39. Just ordered my Pastel’s can’t wait just love the look of this thanks for sharing your amazing talent x

    • Helen Helen

      you are most welcome, and thank you 🙂

  40. Will cotton yarn be available as I am allergic to wool?

    • Helen Helen

      The yarns in the packs are all 100% premium acrylic… I can’t work with wool either 🙂 but you could easily use cotton if you prefer 🙂

  41. Looking forward to starting, loving the Paint Box colours!

  42. My grandma taught me to crochet when I was 11. I loved reading your blog, and look forward to the crochet a long! I have very fond memories of sitting with my grandma, she taught me to sew by hand, also! By 16, I was making granny square baby blankets and purses. Thank you for sharing, and reminding me of such great memories. I think I’ll go call my grandma now. Lol (p.s. her name is Helen!) 🙂

    • Helen Helen

      wonderful 🙂

  43. Hi Cristal. I loved your mandela madness!!! I was waiting for the pattern every thursday and had alot ofun making it and I am going to hang it on a high big wall in my house. Looking forward for this next project. Is Esther going to do video’s again? I hpe so. They are so helpfull. Thanks again. Greetings from Israel

    • Helen Helen

      Hi 🙂 You will not need videos as all the stitches are very simple.. but I will be doing a few video tutorials myself 🙂

  44. Jan

    Can’t wait! What a beautiful project. Thank you so much!

  45. Yea, I can’t wait. Love your designs.

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