Lammas Day Mini Crochet Along Announcement

I’m delighted to announce a free mini summer crochet along, sponsored by the lovely people from Anchor Crafts, for a brand new design called the ‘Lammas Day Shawl’ 

Lammas is a festival, which falls on August 1, that traditionally celebrates the start of the harvest. Inspired by this festival, and to celebrate the launch of Anchor Crafts newest yarn; Anchor Organic Cotton, I’ve worked on a design with a head full of the images of ploughed fields, ripened grain, growth and the coming together to harvest the crops.

Over the space of a four week period we will crochet a triangular shawl which will be a perfect wrap for autumn evenings – I’m hoping you’ll picture warm late-summer sunsets over wheat fields every time you see it!

I’ve crocheted the wrap using five earthy, harvest themed shades of Anchor Organic Cotton; Natural, Sunflower, Rocky Orange, Earthy Brown and Red Dunes – aren’t they lovely! Yellow shades of the sun and harvest; orange and reds as things ripen, and a rich brown for for prosperity and gathering.

Anchor Organic Cotton is spun into an un-mercerised 4-ply yarn resulting a natural soft touch and matt finish. The colours are inspired by nature and created with vegetable bases dyes from 100% cotton GOTS certified fibres, created for conscious crafters who care for the environment. I’ve loved having the opportunity to create something special for you with this yarn.

CAL Details:

  1. There is no charge to join the CAL; anyone can join in as long as they have some yarn and a hook. 
  2. You can favourite / add this project to your Ravelry library here.
  3. All featured pattern elements in the CAL will be FREE of charge pattern on this blog and a FREE PDF sponsored by Anchor Yarns will be available on their website.
  4. As I release a new part of the pattern each week I will show you exactly how to tackle every stage of the design. The crochet along is supported by video tutorials, as well as step by step written instructions and charts.
  5. There are four parts in total to this wrap; one section will be released each week. For those that like a deadline I will be adding new details every week on a Friday – see below for the dates of the schedule. For those that want to hook when they have the time then that’s fine too; there’s no pressure to this CAL it’s all about having fun!
  6. The pattern will be available in UK Crochet terminology (a handy conversion chart is available here). I will also always include any helpful information about each element including links about special stitches with the release of each new section.

The Schedule:

The landing page for the CAL is available from the CALS AND MALS drop down at the top of the page (here), where I will link all the details in one place but you can also see the dates for the CAL below;

Lammas Day
1 August 2021
CAL Planning – Yarn amounts and hook size and details on support for the CAL
13 August 2021Part 1 – Ploughing and Sprigs
20 August 2021Part 2 – Shoots and Growth
27 August 2021Part 3 – Bringing in the Wheat
3 September 2021Part 4 – Abundance and Heritage

If you’ve never joined a CAL, but fancied giving it a go, this four part pattern might be the perfect time to try. CALs are a great way to learn new skills and techniques as well as enjoying creating a beautiful finished piece alongside other crafters.

Updates and Support:

Keep up to date with the details via the following links:

The hashtag for this CAL is are #LammasDayCAL #proud2craft #anchorcrafting and #kcacouk for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Lammas is a great time of year to work on honing your own talents, to learn a new craft, or get better at an old one! So set August 1 as the day we’ll start working on a beautiful wrap together.

I can’t wait to share this new crochet along with you!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx


Filet Fantastic Crochet Along Planning

There’s just a week left now until Filet Fantastic begins! In today’s post I’m going to 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 1800g  (36 x 50g balls / 4,680m) of yarn for this CAL and I would suggest it works best in at least 12 different colours.

I mentioned before that I used Scheepjes Riverwashed for my blanket which is some of my favourite yarn, I used the following colours in the following amounts (though in some colours you may have little bits left over):

Scheepjes River Washed ShadesBallsGramsMetres
Avon (956)150130
Mississippi (946)2100260
Nile (944)2100260
Mersey (961)2100260
Murray (960)2100260
Ural (959)3150390
Narmada (962)3150390
Amazon (951)3150390
Tiber (958)3150390
Wheaton (950)4200520
Colorado (941)7350910
Steenbras (942)4200520

Then my lovely mum created her version of the blanket in Scheepjes Colour Crafter, she used the following colours in the following amounts (though again in some colours you may have little bits left over):

Scheepjes Colour Crafter ShadesBallsGramsMetres
Maastricht (1246)1100300
Vlissingen (1723)1100300
Gent (2002)1100300
Eindhoven (1114) 1100300
Brussel (2004)1100300
Charleroi (2016)2200600
Ameland (1725)2200600
Middleburg (1003)2200600
Brugge (2003)2200600
Hengelo (1084)2200600
Drachten (1827)44001200
Meppel (1061)2200600

❤️🧡💛 Kits for the CAL are available from Black Sheep Wools 💚💙💜

Prices are £105 for Riverwashed packs (36 x 50g balls) and £42 for Colour Crafter packs (21 x 100g balls) all with a Black Sheep Wools project bag to help keep you organised.

Currently the Colour Crafter packs are showing as sold out (eek!) BUT I’ve just actually had an update from Black Sheep Wools that they are coming back into stock really soon! You can sign up to be notified when it comes back into stock on the website’s Colour Crafter page. The really great news is that Black Sheep have now also confirmed that they are back to shipping from the UK to Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and USA again as of this week. They’ve also started a click and collect for those who are very local (WA3). 

Hook Size:

Just so you have all the info together this is just a reminder of the hook size; you will need a 3.5mm (US size E/4) for either version of the blanket. 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 175cm / 1.75m (699 inches / 5ft 7 inches) squared. The schematic for the blanket can be seen below:

CAL Accessories:

And don’t forget those all important CAL accessories and tools for making your blanket making:

  • Exclusive Filet Fantastic blanket ‘progress keepers’ have been designed for the CAL by the wonderful MrsGMakes. The gorgeous stitch markers are available in two colourways (pink or purple) and are adorned with a beautiful Austrian Crystal and Tibetan silver star charms!
  • You can get 25% discount off Dear Ewe stationery (WIP project cards and CAL yarn sample cards) and Dear Ewe project bags on the website with coupon code: FILET 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 Riverwashed and Colour Crafter, as a perfect way to keep track of colours for the project.

Digital Pattern:

As before I am also offering a downloadable PDF e-book of the crochet along, I will be collating the pattern, of 28 pages, into a single printable file.  During the duration of the CAL this pattern will be released part by part, via Ravelry updates, so as not to spoilt anyone’s fun. Please note you will only have to purchase the pattern once, updates will be automatically added so your pattern is updated each week.

Due to technical difficulties on Ravelry I have had to create a brand new link for the ebooklet listing, sorry for everyone else who favourited the other link, hopefully when Ravelry get in touch I’ll get them merged together.

❤️🧡💛 Purchase the CAL e-book on Ravelry 💚💙💜

Shortly after the CAL has finished the PDF will also be added to my Etsy and LoveCrafts stores also.

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 #KCACOUKCAL21 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Ooo I’m excited! Only a week left to go and we can get our hooks stuck into part 1!!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx


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