With about a month before The Enchanted Wood CAL begins I thought I’d share with you some more information so you can get planning; including yarn amounts and the colours that were used on both of the blankets.
I did mention some of the details in my first announcement post about the CAL (here) but I’ve got some more of the information I know you’ve been waiting for in this post. So let’s talk yarn!
Yarn Colours and Amounts
You will need at least 1500 / 1600g / 4425m / 4830yds for this CAL and I would suggest it works best in 8 – 10 different colours.
I mentioned before that I used Stylecraft Naturals Bamboo. + Cotton DK for my blanket which is lovely yarn to use. I used approximately the following colours in the following amounts:
Kits for both colourways have been put together by Black Sheep Wools:
|Stylecraft Naturals; 60% Bamboo, 40% Cotton||Balls||Grams||Metres||Yds|
|Part 1||Ecru (7128)||1||100||250||273|
|Part 2||Seafoam (7143)||1||100||250||273|
|Part 3||Bluestone (Shade 7164)||1||100||250||273|
|Part 4||Natural (Shade 7146)||1||100||250||273|
|Pumice (Shade 7154)||1||100||250||273|
|Part 5||Cameo (Shade 7166)||1||100||250||273|
|Nutmeg (Shade 7147)||1||100||250||273|
|Part 6||Celery (Shade 7155)||2||200||500||546|
|Part 7||Thyme (Shade 7156)||2||200||500||546|
|Part 8||Spring Green (Shade 7126)||5||500||1200||1365|
Then my lovely mum created her version of the blanket in Stylecraft Special DK, she used the following colours in the following amounts (though again in some colours you may have little bits left over):
|Stylecraft Special DK Colours||Balls||Grams||Metres||Yds|
|Part 1||Cream (Shade 1005)||1||100||295||322|
|Part 2||Parchment (Shade 1218)||1||100||295||322|
|Part 3||Mocha (Shade 1064)||1||100||295||322|
|Part 4||Camel (Shade 1420)||1||100||295||322|
|Part 5||Saffron (Shade 1081)||2||200||590||644|
|Part 6||Pistachio (Shade 1822)||2||200||590||644|
|Part 7||Meadow (Shade 1065)||2||200||590||644|
|Part 8||Sage (Shade 1725)||5||500||1475||1610|
Prices are £69.99 for Stylecraft Natural Bamboo and Cotton (16 x 100g in total) and £29.99 (15 x 100g in total) for Stylecraft Special DK. Black Sheep Wools ship from the UK to Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and USA, they also offer a click and collect for those who are very local (WA3).
I used a 3.5mm (US size E/4). If you were on the look out for a simple aluminium crochet hook (the kind I learnt to crochet with) then I have some in my Yarnybobs store or I also have other hooks and useful crochet tools linked in my Amazon Store.
Finished Blanket Size:
Both blankets finished up at roughly the same size when finished and measure Both blankets finished up at roughly the same size when finished and measure 122cm (48”) wide x 137cm (54”) long. The schematic for the blanket can be seen below:
I would suggest that this pattern is rated as easy / intermediate. There are some sections that require a bit more concentration to them, but I’ve added both the written pattern and charts which will hopefully help.
And don’t forget those all important CAL accessories and tools for making your blanket making:
- You can get 10% discount off any Dear Ewe stationery (WIP project cards and CAL yarn sample cards etc) and Dear Ewe project bags on the website with coupon code: ENCHANTED to assist with all your CAL endeavours!
- Beautiful bespoke CAL cards have also been created by Simply Shade Cards with the list of the all the yarns used, for Stylecraft Naturals and Stylecraft Special DK, as a perfect way to keep track of colours for the project.
- Exclusive stitch markers have been designed for the CAL by the wonderful MrsGMakes.
The pattern for this crochet along will be available for free here on the blog but sometimes it’s easier to have a printable PDF to refer to. The whole pattern therefore will also be available in a printer friendly PDF version in my Ravelry store (for a one off payment). Each weekly instalment will become ready for immediate download in either UK or US terms.
The Schedule, Updates & Support:
If you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the CAL details and get support if needed via the following links:
The Facebook group is a lovely place of support, there are crocheters there of all experiences and it’s likely that someone will be able to help you with any questions you might have. You can of course always contact me too here on the blog.
The hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL23 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: Ravelry, Facebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.
Ooo I’m excited! We can get our hooks stuck into part 1 on Friday 20 January – so save the date!!
Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx
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