3 Ways to Crochet-A-Long in 2017

It’s a new year, in case you hadn’t noticed. I myself am still finishing 2016’s work, so I hardly have that “fresh start,” “new year, new me” feeling.. it’s the same ol’ 2016 me until I finish these projects and move on to the Next Big Thing. About this time last year, that big thing was my Vibrant Vintage CAL. With so many participants and a new square each week, I had a lot of fun keeping busy!

CALs are a beautiful way to make the coming of the new year count. An easy-breezy commitment with a support group net of crafters that paves a surefire road to accomplishment. But this year I don’t have time to run a CAL. I do miss it though, so 2018 here I come ๐Ÿ™‚

For now, check out these CALs from some seriously talented crafters that are sure to draw a crowd.

1. Hygge Wrap

Make the gorgeous and elegant Hygge wrapย by Kirsten of HaakMaarRaak – available in three color-ways. This is the Scheepjes CAL for 2017 – wow! ย It has just the right combination of easy and challenging bits, perfect for a CAL. And just take a look at the photos – my fingers are itching to make this one, especially with the cross-stitch sections.

Here’s the teaser pic with the three different color-ways. Lush!!

And beautiful modeled shot:

Make it!! – Browse the no hassle color packs for this CAL at WoolWarehouse*!

2. Temp Blanket!

Rock the popular Temperature Blanket with Susan of The Felted Button. Pick any of her spunky designs and join her in the CAL fun! Don’t want the year-long commitment? Susan advises you to pick a special year and use the recorded temps for a quick make. She used the daily temperatures from her daughter’s birth year to make a gift for her. I love this idea!

My favorite of her patterns that I think would also be great for this CAL is the Basket of Rainbows Blanket. That Border is the perfect final touch!

Make it!! – Check out yarn brands with wide color ranges in different materials, like wool:ย KnitPicks Palette*, acrylic: Scheepjes ColourCrafter*, or cotton: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton*.

3. Moogly CAL

Stick with learning more creative ways to granny with the 2017 Moogly CAL. Tamara has curated a very unique mix of forever-free squares that are sure to keep your interest for this lovely make.

Make it!! – She recommends using Vanna’s Choice* or Vanna’s Choice Heather* yarn for this piece. Or a combination of the two! Love it!

Those CALs should keep you on track to at least complete one project this year – haha trust me the only reason I don’t have a pile of WIPs is because I always frog them!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ That’s the secret… get rid of the evidence…


And here’s an added CAL bonus: Sophie’s Universe, the sensation of 2015 by Dedri Uys, has been made into a book!! To find yarn packs to make Sophie, or buy the wonderful book – both perfect additions to your crafty shelves – head to the LookAtWhatIMade shop*.

Have fun in 2017 with these lovely CALs! And as always, Happy Crafting!

(Photo credit of Dedri Uys book above goes to the crafter herself, as seen on her Instagram)

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  1. Thank you for the info on these CALs. I’m sorry to see that you won’t be doing one yourself this year, I really enjoyed Vibrant Vintage last year. I don’t remember if I ever dropped you a line to say thank you for that one, so, Thank You for that one :D, it was an outstanding CAL, and I really appreciate the time you put into giving it to us.
    Lisa in Alabama

    • Oh, very sweet of you to say! I have a lot of my plate, or you could say, “on my hook” this year, so there are lots of exciting things to come. I have a CAL planned out and ready to go when I do have the time to design it ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for popping in to say hello!
      Happy crafting,
      Rachele C.