Tadaaaa! It is coming! The Hooked and Locked CAL, or in short the HAL CAL. Today I’m officially announcing it.
The HAL CAL learns you how to do the Interwoven or locking crochet technique. A technique that is not difficult at all, you will be able to master this very quickly!
When does the CAL start and end
The start is planned on September 20 2018. We will then start with the practice piece, and then I will publish a new part each week, so that the planned end date will be December 13. This way everyone, that wants to give this blanket as a present for Christmas, can finish it in time. And if you want to keep it just for yourself, it will be finished before it really starts getting cold! The release days are on thursdays (Amsterdam time).
In the picture above you can already see the first half of the blanket. If you look closely you can already see a lot, and that’s maybe a little bit unusual for a CAL. But for a lot of you I’m quite an unknown designer, so I want to pull you over the line a bit to step into this. And the second half, that I’ve finished designing, will still be a secret.
What to expect during this CAL?
- Video’s for the practice piece, where you learn the technique, and for the start of the blanket. I will publish them on YouTube on my channel, so please subscribe already: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheCraftsteacher
- Information here on this website about the technique, downloads of the pattern charts and the written versions of the pattern. And pictures! Lots and lots of pictures! So that you can check if it’s right what you’ve crocheted.
- Facebookgroups: if you want to ask questions, show pictures of your work, and want to help others by answering questions, then this is the link for the English group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HookedAndLockedCALEnglish/ . I also have a group for this in Dutch: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HookedAndLockedCALNederlands/.
I’ve used Alize Cotton Gold for this blanket. You will need 8 balls of 100 grams for color 1 and 8 balls for the other color. I used color numbers 01 and 279, but of course you can use any combination you like. Mine has a bit of a Greek appearance, but you can also do it in warm fall colors. The only thing that’s important is that the colors have enough contrast to take care the motifs stand out well.
You can order this yarn at De Wolman (click here for his website). He’s also standing on a couple of markets (see the website), so you can touch the yarn and see it if you have the opportunity.
Next to this you need a lot of stitchmarkers, preferably in many different colors. I made detailed instructions for the setup, and for the patterns that need more counting, where I use them a lot , so that you hardly can go wrong.
I made a little video to introduce this CAL with you. So you can see the blanket (the first half) and I also tell what you’ve been reading above. So take the time to watch it for a moment: is fun!
And then I will see you at the start on September 20!