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Wanderlust CAL Week 3 Rocky River

Wanderlust CAL Week 3 – Rocky River

Hey crocheters!  Welcome to Week 3 of the Wanderlust CAL.  This week we will be crocheting the Rocky River square.  I am switching things up this week and only offering one square option this week.  What did you guys think of Benji the Black Bear?  Wasn’t he just the cutest?!

FYI

If you haven’t joined yet, there is still time!  Hop over to the original post for the details here and then check out Wanderlust CAL Week 1 – The Happy S’more here.  I promise you won’t regret getting in on the fun!

Keep in mind, the Wanderlust CAL can be personalized.  You can decide to do each release and have a large blanket to snuggle under or you can just do some of the releases and make a lap blanket, baby blanket, or pillows!  You can also personalize each release with whatever colors suit your style… really, the possibilities are endless with this CAL.  I will be providing the colors I chose to use on my squares, but again, feel free to get creative and share!

Supplies Needed:

  • Red Heart Yarn – Medium Weight (4)
  • Colors for the Rocky River:  Medium Thyme, Shaded Dusk, Grey Heather
  • Hook Size:  G or H (I opted for H)
  • Yarn Clips
  • Scissors
  • Yarning Needle
  • Rocky River Graph

Stitch Options

  • Bobble *** I will be using the bobble stitch for the Wanderlust CAL
  • C2C
  • Mini C2C

Facebook

I have a private Facebook group (Wanderlust CAL) for everyone that would like to participate in the Wanderlust CAL.  My hope is that the Facebook group will allow us to share our creativity with yarn choices as well as with the type of stitch you decide to use.  It will also act as an avenue to ask questions if we run into issues.

Wanderlust CAL Schedule

I will continue to release on Fridays, since this seems to be working for everyone.  This way it allows you to get your yarn on the weekend and still have time to complete the square.  My goal for the Wanderlust CAL is to have the last release be on Friday, December 8th… so long as everything goes according to plan.

Official Hashtag for sharing on Instagram:

#wanderlustcal and I would love for you to share your progress along the way as well as your finished piece(s).  I really put a ton of heart into this project and I would love to see everyone’s creativity with each square release.

Blog Sign Up

I would recommend and appreciate you subscribing to my blog.  This will ensure you will not miss a release or any information regarding the Wanderlust CAL.  If you do subscribe, don’t forget the double opt in for signing up for the blog.  When you initially sign up, you will receive an email that you need to verify you do want to sign up for my blog.  Once you do that, you should receive my emails.  However, if you don’t see it in your inbox, be sure to check your junk mail.

Subscribe to Dreams and Caffeine

I am providing this as a FREE pattern for you to use.  You may sell any finished items made with this pattern, but I would love a link back to this post.  Please do not sell or repost this graph/pattern as your own and please do not use my pictures.  Thanks!

I will be doing the Wanderlust CAL along with you, which means I have not completed it ahead of you.  If you run into issues or have questions, please feel free to email me or post in the Wanderlust CAL Facebook group.  Please share and encourage anyone you know that enjoys crocheting to join us.  I also wanted to say thank you all so much for participating in the Wanderlust CAL!  Be sure to post to Instagram using #wanderlustcal.

Cheers,
Lisa

 

 

Wanderlust CAL Week 3 The Rocky River

 

Wanderlust CAL Week 3 The Rocky River

 

 

Wanderlust CAL Week 2 - Benji the Black Bear

Wanderlust CAL Week 2 – Benji the Black Bear

Good morning!  Welcome to Week 2 of the Wanderlust CAL.  This week we will be crocheting Benji, the Black Bear (feel free to name him or her whatever you prefer). I just love this square… so adorable.  This week there will only be one square option, but get ready for next week, because choices will need to be made!!!

FYI

If you haven’t joined yet, there is still time!  Hop over to the original post for the details here and then check out Wanderlust CAL Week 1 – The Happy S’more here.  I promise you won’t regret getting in on the fun!

Keep in mind, the Wanderlust CAL can be personalized.  You can decide to do each release and have a large blanket to snuggle under or you can just do some of the releases and make a lap blanket, baby blanket, or pillows!  You can also personalize each release with whatever colors suit your style… really, the possibilities are endless with this CAL.  I will be providing the colors I chose to use on my squares, but again, feel free to get creative and share!

Supplies Needed:

  • Red Heart Yarn – Medium Weight (4)
  • Colors for Benji the Black Bear:  Black, Buff, Café Latte, Coffee, Grey Heather
    *If you prefer a lighter background to the Coffee (dark brown), then I would suggest Aran Fleck.
  • Hook Size:  I recommend G or H (I opted for H)
  • Yarn Clips
  • Scissors
  • Yarning Needle
  • Benji the Black Bear Graph

Stitch Options

  • Bobble *** I will be using the bobble stitch for the Wanderlust CAL
  • C2C
  • Mini C2C

Facebook

I have a private Facebook group (Wanderlust CAL) for everyone that would like to participate in the Wanderlust CAL.  My hope is that the Facebook group will allow us to share our creativity with yarn choices as well as with the type of stitch you decide to use.  It will also act as an avenue to ask questions if we run into issues.

Wanderlust CAL Schedule

I will continue to release on Fridays, so that you can get your yarn on the weekend and still have time to complete the square.  My goal for the Wanderlust CAL is to have the last release be on Friday, December 8th… so long as everything goes according to plan.

Tips and Tricks

WEAVE IN ENDS AS YOU GO ALONG!!!!  I promise it will make your life way easier once you’ve completed the Wanderlust CAL!

The more colors of yarn you have per square, the easier it is for the yarn to tangle.  I recommend checking out my friend Amy from The Quiet Homemaker’s post on her DIY Bobbin Holder as well as her Facebook Live Video showing it in action.  Super helpful… definitely check it out!

Official Hashtag for sharing on Instagram:

#wanderlustcal and I would love for you to share your progress along the way as well as your finished piece(s).  I really put a ton of heart into this project and I would love to see everyone’s creativity with each square release.

Blog Sign Up

I would recommend and appreciate you subscribing to my blog.  This will ensure you will not miss a release or any information regarding the Wanderlust CAL.  If you do subscribe, don’t forget the double opt in for signing up for the blog.  When you initially sign up, you will receive an email that you need to verify you do want to sign up for my blog.  Once you do that, you should receive my emails.  However, if you don’t see it in your inbox, be sure to check your junk mail.

Subscribe to Dreams and Caffeine

I am providing this as a FREE pattern for you to use.  You may sell any finished items made with this pattern, but I would love a link back to this post.  Please do not sell or repost this graph/pattern as your own and please do not use my pictures.  Thanks!

I will be doing the Wanderlust CAL along with you, which means I have not completed it ahead of you.  If you run into issues or have questions, please feel free to email me or post in the Wanderlust CAL Facebook group.  Please share and encourage anyone you know that enjoys crocheting to join us.  I also wanted to say thank you all so much for participating in the Wanderlust CAL!  This is my first crochet-a-long and I am just loving it.  I had a blast creating it and I have enjoyed seeing everyone’s creativity with their squares.  Be sure to post to Instagram using #wanderlustcal.

 

I love Crochet “Bear”y much!
Lisa

 

Wanderlust CAL Week 2 - Benji the Black Bear
Wanderlust CAL Week 2 - Benji the Black Bear
Wanderlust CAL Week 1 - The Happy S'more

Wanderlust CAL Week 1 – The Happy S’more

Welcome to the first release of the Wanderlust CAL!  I decided to kick things off right with the Happy S’more square!  I have provided two square options this week…the Smiling Happy S’more OR the Happy S’more (no face).  Both are adorable and oh so fitting for the Wanderlust CAL.  I figured the Happy S’more had to be the first release because who doesn’t love s’mores?!

Keep in mind, the Wanderlust CAL can be personalized.  You can decide to do each release and have a large blanket to snuggle under or you can just do some of the squares and make a lap blanket, baby blanket, or pillows!  You can also personalize each release with whatever colors suit your style… really, the possibilities are endless with this Cal.  I will be providing the colors I chose to use on my squares, but again, feel free to get creative and share!  If you are wanting more details on the Wanderlust CAL or direction for tutorials on stitch options, please check out the original post for it here.

Supplies Needed:

  • Red Heart Yarn – Medium Weight (4)
    • Colors for Smiling S’more:  Black Super Saver, Heather Gray Super Saver, Light Raspberry Super Saver, Buff Super Saver, Coffee Super Saver, Red Heart Sparkle Soft White
    • Colors for S’more (no face):  Heather Gray Super Saver, Buff Super Saver, Coffee Super Saver, Red Heart Sparkle Soft White
  • Hook Size:  G or H
  • Yarn Clips
  • Scissors
  • Yarning Needle
  • The Happy S’more Graph – Smiling S’more
  • The Happy S’more Graph – No Face S’more

Stitch Options

  • Bobble *** I will be using the bobble stitch for the Wanderlust CAL
  • C2C
  • Mini C2C

Facebook

I have a private Facebook group (Wanderlust CAL) for everyone that would like to participate in the Wanderlust CAL.  My hope is that the Facebook group will allow us to share our creativity with yarn choices as well as with the type of stitch you decide to use.  It will also act as an avenue to ask questions if we run into issues.

Wanderlust CAL Schedule

I will continue to release on Fridays, so that you can get your yarn on the weekend and still have time to complete the square.  My goal for the Wanderlust CAL is to have the last release be on Friday, December 8th… so long as everything goes according to plan.

Official Hashtag for sharing on Instagram:

#wanderlustcal and I would love for you to share your progress along the way as well as your finished piece(s).  I really put a ton of heart into this project and I would love to see everyone’s creativity with each square release.

Blog Sign Up

I would recommend and appreciate you subscribing to my blog.  This will ensure you will not miss a release or any information regarding the Wanderlust CAL.  If you do subscribe, don’t forget the double opt in for signing up for the blog.  When you initially sign up, you will receive an email that you need to verify you do want to sign up for my blog.  Once you do that, you should receive my emails.  However, if you don’t see it in your inbox, be sure to check your junk mail.

Subscribe to Dreams and Caffeine

I am providing this as a FREE pattern for you to use.  You may sell any finished items made with this pattern, but I would love a link back to this post.  Please do not sell or repost this graph as your own.  Thanks!

Please remember I will be doing the Wanderlust CAL along with you.  This means I have not completed it ahead of you.  If you run into issues or have questions, please feel free to email me or post in the Wanderlust CAL Facebook group.  Please share and encourage anyone you know that enjoys crocheting to join us.  ITS GO TIME!

Let’s Get Hooking!
Lisa

 

Wanderlust CAL Week 1The Happy S'more
Wanderlust CAL Week 1The Happy S'more

 

Wanderlust Crochet Along

Wanderlust Crochet Along – Join Today!

Recently I have really been getting back into the groove of crocheting and have seen a ton of crochet alongs (CAL).  Someone creates a pattern and then releases it in segments for everyone to crochet together.  I absolutely fell in love with this idea because I don’t live near anyone that crochets.  In general, I crochet by myself and even when I share my projects with others, I can’t really share the details of how I created it or what was difficult, because they have no idea what I am talking about.  So, I’ve decided its time I jump on this bandwagon of CALers and create my own pattern to share!  Enter the Wanderlust Crochet Along!

Wanderlust… such a wonderful word!  I love the meaning and I love that it makes my heart happy.  Since I am in the amazing PNW and our family loves the outdoors and all it offers, I decided to base my Wanderlust CAL off of my surroundings.  The great thing about the Wanderlust CAL is that you have plenty of opportunity to personalize it or make it your own.  You can decide to do each release and have a large blanket to snuggle under or you can just do some of the releases and make a lap blanket, baby blanket, or pillows!  You can also personalize each release with whatever colors suit your style… really, the possibilities are endless with this CAL.

Now let’s get down to the details!

What you will need

  • Yarn clips – I highly recommend using these
  • Scissors
  • Yarning Needle
  • Crochet Hook: G or H
  • Yarn – Medium weight (size 4) yarn
    • I am using Red Heart Super Saver, but feel free to use whatever yarn brand you prefer, so long as the yarn weight is the same.  Feel free to mix types of yarn as well… the possibilities are endless.  I have a heard a lot of good things about I Love This Yarn at Hobby Lobby, so you may want to consider this brand as well.

Stitch Options

  • Bobble – If you are not familiar with this stitch, please check out Ashleigh at Sewrella.  She has a great tutorial on it.
  • C2C – Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me is the queen of C2C graphgans!  Here is a detailed tutorial on the C2C technique.
  • Mini C2C – Angela at Chaos & Chop Suey has a video that demonstrates the mini C2C stitch.

Need to Know How to Color Change

  • Bobble Stich – Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me has an awesome tutorial (with video) on color change for the bobble stitch.  Definitely worth reviewing before starting the Wanderlust CAL.
  • C2C & Mini C2C – Jess at Make and Do Crew has a detailed post on how to color change in C2C, which is definitely worth checking out if you are not familiar with it.

Releases

I will release on Friday mornings in hopes of giving you the weekend to supply shop and get a head start on that week’s release.  I will also provide the colors I have selected for that week’s release, but feel free to use your own for your square.

Square Size

Size will vary depending on the hook size you select and the type of stitch you decide to use.  I will be using the bobble stitch and size H hook.  As we get started we can each share how large our squares are based on the hook size and type of stitch we each chose to use.

Bonus & Alternate Releases

Some weeks I will provide bonus squares and other weeks I will provide alternate squares.  There will also be a header and footer release.  Feel free to do them all or only do the ones you like.  This is the beauty of this Wanderlust CAL, you can make it your own.

Facebook

I will have a private Facebook group for everyone that would like to participate in the Wanderlust CAL.  My hope is that the Facebook group will allow us to share our creativity with yarn choices as well as with the type of stitch we decide to use.  It will also act as an avenue to ask questions if we run into issues.

Official Start Date

The first release will be on Friday, September 29th.

Wanderlust CAL Schedule

I will release each pattern on Fridays.  My goal for the Wanderlust CAL is to have the last release be on Friday, December 8th.  This way if you would like to give it as a gift you have time to finish the last square, block, and sew it together, with just enough time to wrap and put under the Christmas tree.

Tips and Tricks

WEAVE IN ENDS AS YOU GO ALONG!!!!  I promise it will make your life way easier once you’ve completed the Wanderlust CAL!

Official Hashtag for sharing on Instagram

#wanderlustcal and I would love for you to share your progress along the way as well as your finished piece(s).

Blog Sign Up

I would recommend subscribing to my blog so you will not miss a release.  Don’t forget the double opt in for signing up for the blog.  When you initially sign up, you will receive an email and you’ll need to click the link to verify you do want to sign up for my blog.  Once you do that, you will receive my emails.  However, if you don’t see it in your inbox, be sure to check your junk mail.

I will be doing the Wanderlust CAL along with you, which means I have not completed it ahead of you.  Please keep checking back… I will start posting portions of the Wanderlust CAL so you will know what it looks like before starting.  I am so excited!  Please share and encourage anyone you know that enjoys crocheting to join us.  Friday, September 29th is go time!

Cheers,
Lisa

 

Wanderlust Crochet Along
Wanderlust Crochet Along