Yesterday was a grey day here, with rain, and grey clouds, and the temperature went down. Crocheting a blanket is just a nice thing to do then. The blanket has reached a length now that it lays nice and warm on your lap while working on it. And if you’re like me and don’t like the cold, this is not quite a punishment, don’t you agree? 🙂 This week we will provide for some sunshine ourselves. We will crochet sunshine! When you’ve come to this part, the interwoven or locking crochet technique should be something that you manage quite easily I assume, so that won’tRead More →

Mailboxes??? Well, that was the first thing that popped up in my mind. You will probably know, the opening in the door where the mail comes in (in Dutch houses). Maybe you will see something totally different when you see it, but I thought this was okay 🙂 🙂 🙂 .  About the name so far. It is a nice and simple pattern again, just like last week, so you don’t need the stitchmarkers. Next week we will have a pattern with more counting, and that will be a real  figurative pattern. You can see it on the facebook group picture for the HAL CAL,Read More →

Index Part 1, Intro and making central pattern wider: click here to go to that page Part 2, Making the central pattern smaller: that’s this page Part 3, Widen the borders: click here Part 2: Removing squares from the central part For the removal of squares from the central part you apply the same technique. You will leave the first and last 6 stitches of the pattern intact. After that you delete the same number of stitches on both sides right on the inside. I elaborated on 2 examples for deleting 1 square on both sides or 2 squares.  Part 3: Making the borders wider ForRead More →

The hearts It was so nice again to see that you picked up the hearts of the previous part of the HAL CAL so well, despite the fact it needed a lot more counting than the patterns before that. But you were totally ready for it! The first 3 parts asked quite some concentrating still to master the technique better and better, but it just went great! Of those who showed their progress on the facebook group it was also nice to see how their color choices worked out.  Not everyone was charmed by the hearts, and that’s totally okay.  We do not all loveRead More →

This probably is the most romantic part of this blanket: the hearts. I know some of you joined just because of this part 😀 . It maybe is also a challenge again. Not because it’s difficult, but just because you have to count more and keep your head with it. But it’s such a fun pattern to make. Frequently look to the frontside when working on the backside, because you will notice an error so much quicker there! I’ve added extra instructions with the pattern to help you keep on the right track with counting. So get your stitchmarkers already. Or some scrap threads, goodRead More →

Index Part 1, Intro and making central pattern wider: that’s this page Part 2, Making the central pattern smaller: click here to go to that page Part 3, Widen the borders: click here to go to that page Adapting the HAL CAL pattern: can it be done? I received the question of a couple of people if the pattern of the Hooked and Locked CAL could be made wider or smaller. At the introduction I said that you should keep to the number of stitches, because the pattern parts are made for that. But of course you can adapt it. It’s just not that IRead More →

Why this special This special is especially focused on ‘reading’ the pattern charts for interwoven or locking crochet. In the facebook groups of the Hooked and Locked CAL people wanted to learn better how this goes exactly. During the video and also here on the website I did pay attention to it, but the focus on the crocheting, especially at the start, was too distracting. Of course there are the written versions of the pattern, but for those who are more visually focused I will dive into this more deeper here. Video The video for this subject can be found here. Or look at theRead More →

Fun to see how it goes! It is so great to see how it goes with the previous 2 parts, the bottom border and the crosses.  It is not really visible here on the website, but on the facebook groups a lot of pictures are shown  (sorry for the ones who follow this without facebook). It is clear that the setup for most people is something that you have to bite through abit, but after that the crocheting is delightful. And I’m happy to see almost everyone experiences it this way. It is also very nice for me to notice that all the materials IRead More →

Are you ready? Because here we go! We will start today with the pattern of the big blanket.  It was so nice to see how you worked on the practice piece. For most of you the start was a doorstep that had to be taken,  but almost everyone agreed that once you got it how to do this, it wasn’t very difficult after that. So if you still have doubts, or if you didn’t manage to do it yet, please don’t give up. And maybe you will succeed with the new video’s. A slightly different way of crocheting row 1 In the first video ofRead More →

Index for part 1 Intro and setup: click the link to go to that page Row 1:  click the link to go to that page Row 2 and further: that’s this page  How to use the next pages of the pattern From this page on I will give you the links where to download the patterns. I will also provide collages of pictures that show you how it looks when you’ve finished your row. Pictures of the side that you’ve been working on, and pictures of the other side, so you can check if what you’ve done looks the same. I’ve made close ups of the start, theRead More →