I’m joining a CAL. CAL is short for Crochet ALong, for anyone who doesn’t know what that is. I’ve got the feeling that 2014 will be the year of CALs. There are so many different ones going on at the moment, mood-blankets, squares, scarves… quite a lot to choose from. I wanted a CAL where I can learn something new, even though I still might end up also joining the whole mood blanket hype. I’m planning to do my own  “Am I in the mood of doing a small granny square today or not?” thing. We’ll see if I end of with a blanket at the end of it but it’s at least something that is feasible around work ;). Anyways as this is quite an alternative way to join a CAL I wanted to actually properly join one in which I’ll be learning new stitches, which I’ve never done before. It’s actually Dedris’ fault as she mentioned this CAL group. So now I’ve said that I’ll be participating in this CAL and try to post my results every Tuesday (you see I’m trying to get some sort of blog routine ;)). Anyways for everyone who wants to join it’s still not too late to say hello to the Official CCC Social Group on Facebook, they’ll get you all the info you need and also post the pattern of the week every weekend.

Week 1 Odyssey

The pattern of the week one is the Odyssey square by Letitia Sherriff.

Cal square week 1

You’ll need:

  • 5 mm hook
  • yarn of your choice ( I used Stylecraft Special DK in denim, mocha and parchment for my square)

Finished size:

Now that’s an interesting one. There is actually a big discussion in the group, which hook size to use and in the end it all depends on which yarn you’re using and also how tight you tend to make your stitches. I tend to crochet quite tight, which means that for everything which is supposed to end up as I blanket square I usually go up a hook size. But as long as you stick to the same hook size for every square in this CAL you’ll be fine and still end up with a blanket. It just might be a little bit smaller or bigger than someone else’s. Mine ended up being 10 by 10 inches.


This square needs serious blocking, if you don’t like to block your squares than I’m sorry this won’t be the right square for you. But it looks really nice when its properly blocked :)

If you want to follow my colour palette here is a little list of my colour choices:

flower after round 4

Round 1-3: Denim

round 4

Round 4: Mocha

round 5

Round 5: Parchment

round 6

Round 6: Mocha

round 7

Round 7: Parchment

round 8

Round 8: Denim (stopping at this point would make a lovely coaster :))

Starting from round 9 the square got wonky but as I said nothing what blocking can’t fix ;)

Round 9: Parchment

Round 10: Denim

Round 11: Parchment

Round 12: Mocha

Round 13: Parchment

Round 14: Mocha

Round 15 Parchment

Cal square week 1

I would love to see how your square turned out so please feel free to link your end result to the CALs Flickr group or post it onto the CAL groups page.

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I’m San and I’m the voice behind Loopsan. I’m a scientist by day (oh-no nerd alarm ;-)) but at night I turn into a crafter with heart. I love to crochet, bake, travel, keep memories in photographs and love everything DIY.


    • San Reply

      Thank you Hazel! You should check out the fb group. Pretty sure you’ll like it there :) x

  1. I love your square! You’ve inspired me to join the fb group too and I’m attempting the square (a little late) tonight before there’s another one posted tomorrow eek hope I finish! Can’t wait to see your next one. X

    • San Reply

      Thank you :) Can’t wait to see how your square will turn out :) x

  2. Please may I join the CAL? Also how do I get the patterns I have missed? Thank you Helene

    • San Reply

      Hi Helene, the CAL is happening in the facebook group were the patterns are being posted every Sunday. All the patterns can be found on Ravelry and I usually link to them as well :) Can’t wait to see how your squares will turn out :) San x

  3. where do I find the patterns for the blocks? I have been saving the posts as PDF and just realized there are no
    instructions :-(

    • San Reply

      All the patterns are linked as I’m not the designer of the blocks. You just need to hoover with your mouse of the block name and it’ll lead you towards the original pattern :) Hope that helps :)

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