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CAL! Got Gauge?

Crocheting a gauge swatch is not always the most exciting part of starting a new project, but it is one of the most important parts. This is especially true when stitching a garment.

It is important to match both the stitch and row gauge to ensure that your finished project will match the dimensions provided in the pattern. In addition to that, crocheting a swatch is the perfect opportunity to confirm that you like the fabric created by your chosen yarn. Once you find a hook that gives you the correct gauge and a fabric you love, you are ready to start your project.

Our Gauge Swatches

The original samples of Rosie & Chelsea were crocheted using Swish Worsted, a favorite here at the office. Everyone in the office is using Swish Worsted for the CAL, but the crochet hooks used vary in style and size.

Ranielle was able to achieve gauge using a 4.5mm Dots Hook, the suggested size in the pattern.

Liz G is using a 4.5mm Dots hook. She was slightly under gauge pre-blocked but was able to get gauge with blocking.

Andi was able to achieve row gauge but not stitch gauge using a 4.25 mm metal hook. Luckily Andi is an experienced garment maker and has plans to adjust for her stitch gauge discrepancy.

Liz L is using a 4.5mm metal hook and is slightly off gauge (approx 1/8″) making her swatch larger than gauge. This larger gauge means her finished sweater will be slightly larger than the measurements listed in the pattern, but because she wants an oversized fit, she’s happy with the result.

Regan tried several hooks to get gauge. He ended up on a 3.5mm metal hook.

Kate had no issues getting gauge using a 4.5mm Brights hook.

Jen also got gauge using a 4.5 hook and is using the new Ophire hooks.

Everyone was able to achieve gauge or come up with a plan to work with their personal gauge. Now that the swatching is over we are ready to start the sweater making!

What about you? Are you stitching along?


CAL! Yarn Selection

After deciding which sweater to stitch, the team still had the difficult choice of picking their yarn and colors. Luckily, this team has strong preferences making the decision a quick and easy one.

The original samples were made in Swish Worsted, a super soft and squishy 100% Fine Superwash Merino Wool. We are all huge fans of this yarn so yarn selection was an easy decision.

The decision for which colors and how many to use was a bit more challenging and we are all adding our own spin on our color choices. Because the stitch pattern for both sweaters is a simple extended crochet stitch it makes changing up the width and number of stripes, or color blocking, an easy modification.

Stitching Rosie, the raglan sweater are Ranielle, Liz G, Andi, Liz L, and Regan

Stitching Chelsea, the circular yoke sweater, are Kate and Jen

Which sweater, yarn, and color combo did you choose? Be sure to tag your own work under the hashtags #teamrosie / #teamchelsea / #wecrochetcal. We can’t wait to see your sweaters.


New CAL

Get your favorite hooks and your Swish Worsted, and crochet along with us!

Here’s the Hook:

What: Crochet the Rosie or Chelsea Sweater along with us

When: February 7th – March 19th

Skills to know: Extended Single Crochet, Single Crochet decrease

Who: Everyone who wears sweaters, especially first time sweater makers

Our team loved our newest collection My First Sweater, and it inspired us to stitch sweaters for ourselves. The collection features 5 designs covering most sweater shapes and is the perfect introduction to sweater making. From seamless to seamed, each pattern in this collection combines simple stitches with easy shaping to create sweaters you will reach for again and again.

We decided to limit our options to the Rosie & the Chelsea–both sweaters featured similar top-down construction with minimal seaming. The main difference is Rosie is a raglan and features colorful stripes, while Chelsea is a circular yoke with simple color blocking. We are all using Swish, a super-soft fine superwash Merino Wool.

Be sure to check back next week to see everyone’s color and sweater choices.

We’ll be sharing our own progress both here and on social media under #teamrosie / #teamchelsea / #wecrochetcal. Share your own work under the hashtags, too!


Summit Slipper Socks CAL Check-In

Are you participating in our Summit Slipper Socks Crochet Along? Well we are! We were able to get about 12 team members from WeCrochet and Knit Picks to stitch along with us, so we’re here to show off their handiwork.

First of all, if you haven’t joined but would like to, you can either post in the comments of the CAL Blog Post, or right here in this one! We also talk about it each Wednesday at 9:30am PT/12:30pm ET in our Facebook Live, so join us there if you have questions or want to show off your project.

On a board background, a pair of finished summit slipper socks on sock blockers, along with a partially-finished pair and a couple balls of yarn

Get your Summit Slipper Socks Materials:

You can buy Summit Slipper Socks Kits for less than $10!

Kits are available in 8 colorways, or simply buy a ball each of Fable Fur and Mighty Stitch.

Download the free pattern: Summit Slipper Socks

Check out Our WIPS!

At the top of this post, you’ll see progress from two of our team members who chose the Green & Grey Kit.

The full pair was crocheted by our Outreach Director, Stacey. She claims to have never followed a crochet pattern but we don’t believe her after seeing this! (Also, you can check out some crochet patterns she has written herself!)

The WIP pair is by our new IDP Program Administrator, Alena. We love those little yarn hank stitch markers she’s using!

On a board background, two partially-finished Summit Slipper Socks in hot pink, along with hooks and yarn balls

And, we have a couple people who chose the Pink & Pink Slipper Kits. These were made by Liz L., our new photographer (who just started crocheting but she’s taking off like wildfire!), and Hillary, our Creative Director.

Oh look, there are some cute tools shown like these cute stitch markers: Enamel Stitch Markers – Crystal Gems and our Radiant Wood Hook.

Now it’s your turn! Show us your Summit Slipper Socks in the comments!


Join our Crochet Along: Summit Slipper Socks (November-December 2021)
A pair of feet wearing crocheted slippers with a fur cuff. Text that says "Join the Summit Slipper Socks Crochet Along"

You are cordially invited to join us in our new Crochet Along, featuring the Summit Slipper Socks pattern by Jennifer Olivarez.

Get the pattern here: Summit Slipper Socks

About Summit Slipper Socks:

Summit Slipper Socks will keep your feet cozy during lazy weekend mornings. A textured lattice detail is crocheted with post stitches at the top of the foot, and a wide faux-fur cuff around the ankle adds a touch of luxury.

Slipper is worked in unjoined rounds from the toe up, then worked in turned rows to form the sides of foot and heel. Heel is sewn together and cuff is added around the ankle opening.

Choose your yarn:

Mighty Stitch + Fable Fur

Or use our pre-selected combos in the Summit Slipper Socks Kit.

There are 8 combos to choose from (plus you get a discount when you buy the kit!) A few of the options:

How to Join the Crochet Along:

To participate in the Summit Slipper Socks CAL, join and post here

CAL Timeline:

Join us on Wednesdays at 9:30 AM PT for our Facebook Lives, where we’ll be doing our CAL check-ins!

Start date: November 24th

  • November 24th: Week 1—Toes & Foot
  • December 1st: Week 2—Heel & Fable Fur
  • December 8th: Week 3—Second sock follow up

CAL Check-in: Clean Sweep Rug
Clean Sweep Rug crochet pattern: A top-down view of a rectangular multicolored striped rug in blue and green tones, with fringe on the ends. Layered on top of it to the right is a round multicolored rug in red/purple tones. A pair of yellow retro running shoes is sitting on top of the round rug.

Hi Crochet-Alongers! How are you progressing on your Clean Sweep Rug, our current WeCrochet CAL? If you’d like to join (or just get caught up on all the CAL details), go here to find the Clean Sweep Crochet Along information.

By now, you should have already chosen your yarn, selected a color palette, and gotten started on your rug! Let’s check in on our team to see how they are doing.

Heather’s Clean Sweep Rug

Heather Mann headshot: Marketing Coordinator

Heather (that’s me!) is the Marketing person on our team, and responsible for things like working with crochet influencers, posting on social media, and hosting the WeCrochet Podcast! I’m an advanced crocheter who loves to work with lots of colors in every crochet project, so the Clean Sweep Rug is a perfect CAL project for me to have fun mixing and matching colors.

I’ve also been keeping tabs on our community members who are participating in this CAL in its Ravelry thread.

Heather's Clean Sweep Rug yarn: Brava Mini pack and a ball of Chroma Twist Worsted in Wednesday

I had a package of Brava Minis in my stash (the Red edition, which is scheduled to be back in stock at crochet.com at the end of May!), and paired it with another worsted weight yarn from my stash: Chroma Twist Worsted in Wednesday (a gray-black).

Getting started with the Clean Sweep Rug

There was a question in the Ravelry thread about the Row numbering in the pattern.

My advice:

Follow the pattern as written and ignore the names of the rows bc they’re wrong.

Tips for beginners:

  • Do the first 3 rows in the MC so you can establish the pattern. It’s pretty fussy if you switch colors during those establishing rows.
  • Make sure your slip stitches are not too tight or you’ll be annoyed the whole time when trying to get your hook back into the sl st on the next row.
  • The rectangular version MIGHT be less awkward than the round version but I haven’t tried it.
  • If you dislike weaving ends, go with the rectangular version because the ends turn into fringe!
  • After a few rounds you’ll get into a flow.
Heather's Clean Sweep Rug in progress

Because this version of the rug is crocheted in the round BUT there’s a turn on every row, I ran into some issues when I noticed I forgot to turn on a round (or two??) so now my wrong side/right side isn’t consistent. I’m not going to frog though!!

I use the first version of a project to work out all the snags, so I keep going instead of ripping out my progress (unless it’s a really devastating mistake). I’ve made lots of mistakes on this, want to hear about them?

  • As mentioned before, I accidentally forgot to turn the work at least once, so the center of this doesn’t match the outside.
  • I mixed up the MC with the alt color rows so this is gonna look very different than the original sample.
  • Because I mixed MC with CCs, I like the wrong side of the colors better, so now the wrong side is the right side (for me).
  • It’s also bulging out in the middle but curling on the ends. I hope that blocking will fix it, especially because I used a wool for the MC (a fiber which should relax once its blocked).

If you’d like to join us, or check other people’s progress, visit the Clean Sweep CAL thread on Ravelry.

If you share your progress on social media, use the hashtag #WeCrochetCAL or #CleanSweepRugCAL

Here are some we found on Instagram:

How are you doing on your Clean Sweep Rug? Share in the comments!


Join our Crochet Along: Clean Sweep Rug (April-June 2021)
Clean Sweep Rug crochet pattern: A top-down view of a rectangular multicolored striped rug in blue and green tones, with fringe on the ends. Layered on top of it to the right is a round multicolored rug in red/purple tones. A pair of yellow retro running shoes is sitting on top of the round rug.

You are cordially invited to join us in our new Crochet Along Challenge, featuring the Clean Sweep Rug pattern by Katy Petersen of KT and the Squid (@ktandthesquid).

Get the pattern here: Clean Sweep Rug Pattern OR get it in WeCrochet Magazine Issue 6!

About the Clean Sweep Rug

Clean Sweep Rug crochet pattern: A top-down view of a rectangular multicolored striped rug in blue and green tones, with fringe on the ends. Layered on top of it to the right is a round multicolored rug in red/purple tones. A yellow rotary phone is sitting on top of the round rug.

Get ready for some spring cleaning with this stunning rug in many colors designed by Katy Petersen from KT and the Squid (@ktandthesquid)! The Clean Sweep Rug uses worsted yarn and can be made as a rectangle or circle and in multiple sizes.

Get the Clean Sweep Rug pattern.

Choose your Yarn:

Brava mini packs: A photo of a lot of blue and green mini skeins of Brava yarn on a white background. Text that says "100% Premium Acrylic, 600g/1308 yards; packs of 24 colors, 25g each"
Brava Mini Packs are a great choice for this project because they have so many shades of color-coordinated yarn in a single pack!

While we recommend Brava Worsted for this project (so many colors, hard-wearing and washable, and you can’t beat the price), this is also a great opportunity to clean out your stash and use colors you have on hand. Pick many colors or stripe just a few; the choice is up to you!

Brava Worsted: A top-down view of four regular-sized skeins of Brava in two blue shades and two green shades. Text says "100% Premium Acrylic, 100g/218 yards; available in almost 50 colors."
Brava Worsted comes in 100 gram skeins and tons of colors and is a great value.

What color palette do you prefer?

  • Cool tones (blues and greens, white)
  • Warm tones (reds, oranges, yellow, purple, cream)
  • Neutrals (Grays, white and black, or browns, tans and cream)
  • Retro (brown, orange, yellow, red, purple, with a dash of pink)
  • Bright (classic rainbow in various shades: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple)
  • Pastels (lighter, softer colors like pink, mint, sky blue, lavender)
  • Insert your own color palette idea here!
Brava 500: An image of a jumbo skein of blue yarn with a hand on top of the skein for scale. Text "100% Premium Acrylic, 500g/1090 yards; available in 12 colors."
To minimize ends to weave, Brava 500 is our jumbo 500 gram skein of premium acrylic yarn. Coordinates with all the other Brava sizes, and comes in 12 colors. Great choice if you are making a large rug!

How to Join the Crochet Along:

To participate in the Clean Sweep Rug Crochet Along, join and post here:

CAL Timeline:

Clean Sweep Rug Crochet Along Timeline
The CAL Schedule. See below for text from this image.

April 1: Gather yarn from your stash or pick your favorite colors in Brava and place an order.

April 15: Try out the stitch pattern and get a swatch started. Join the WeCrochet Ravelry group or WeCrochet Family Facebook Group, and follow along in CAL discussions.

April 29: Post pictures of your rug in progress on social using #CleanSweepRugCAL and tag @wecrochetofficial and @ktandthesquid.

May 13: Aim to be about halfway through your selected size by this point.

May 27: Post another round of pictures on social and admire everyone else’s color selections.

June 10: Finish up that project!

June 17: Block your project (see our tips for blocking in WeCrochet Magazine, Issue 3 or in our learning center: How to Block Your Crochet.)

June 24: Post pictures of your final project in your home for everyone to admire.

We hope you’ll join us!


WeCrochet Podcast Episode 26 – How to Crochet a Temperature Blanket like Toni Lipsey

On today’s episode of the WeCrochet Podcast, we’re talking all about temperature blankets! Whether you’re new to temperature blanket or do them every year, we are celebrating all the variations to this classic project.

First up Sara and Heather chat about the weather and the idea of temperature blankets, which are a snapshot of weather trends in a given location over an entire year. 

Then Katelyn gives Sara an overview of the who, what, when, where and why of temperature blankets, with lots of helpful hints about how to organize your temperature blanket yarn, picking a fiber to use, and more. Katelyn loves temperature blankets but she also loves something else. Find out in this episode.

Finally Heather talks to Toni Lipsey, the crochet designer behind TL Yarn Crafts, who designed our Temperature blanket Crochet Along. Toni brought the temperature blanket back into favor with crocheters, and she shares the ways she’s debunked common misconceptions, paving the way for many people to create stylish temperature blankets that they’ll be proud to curl up with at the end of the year. Toni and Heather also come up with the 2020 slogan of the year.

Join the Crochet ALong: Document your year in color when you make the Bias Granny Temperature Blanket using a curated palette in Swish worsted yarn. Each granny square is joined as you go for a comfy, oversized throw blanket. Adjust the colors and temperature gauge to fit your local weather range. By New Year’s Eve, your new favorite blanket will be complete, complete with 365 happy memories.

Listen, rate, review and share this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get podcasts!

Mentioned in this Episode:
WeCrochet Magazine Issue 5
Crocheting A Temperature Blanket
Crocheting A Temperature Blanket: Picking Colors and Yarn
Crocheting A Temperature Blanket Choosing a Location and a Time Period
Crocheting A Temperature Blanket: Picking Stitch Patterns and Yarn Storage
CAL Link 
Bias Granny Temperature Blanket
TL Yarn Crafts
Swish Worsted
Comfy Worsted
Wool of the Andes (Superwash)
Mighty Stitch
Shine
Palette
CotLin
Brava

Timestamps:
0:00 The Opening with Sara and Heather
5:37 Katelyn and Sara
15:00 Heather and Toni
40:25 Credits

Toni’s 2019 Temperature Blanket

Toni’s 2020 Temperature Blanket in progress

ID: The bottom right corner of the Bias Granny Temperature Blanket with colorful granny squares with shades of orange, red, grey, pink and yellow.

CAL Check-In: Faux Fade Wrap – Progress Report
Janine Myska and her crochet Faux Fade Wrap

Hi Crochet-Alongers! How are you progressing on your Faux Fade Wrap, our current WeCrochet CAL? If you’d like to join (or just get caught up on all the CAL details), go here to find the Faux Fade Wrap Crochet Along information.

By now, you should have already chosen your fade colors, made a swatch, and have made some progress on your shawl. Let’s check in on a few people to see how they are doing.

Zoey’s Faux Fade Shawl Progress

Freddy kreuger inspired yarn color palette
Zoey’s color palette is Freddy Kreuger-inspired

If you don’t remember from our last check-in post, Zoey is our digital graphic designer (responsible for all our pretty downloadable calendar wallpapers, WeCrochet emails, and other goodies), and she’s a beginner crocheter who decided to jump in and join the Faux Fade Shawl CAL, with a Freddy Kreuger-inspired yarn color palette.

So how is Zoey doing on her shawl now? She’s making great progress. “I literally never thought I was going to make it past row 1’s turn,” she said. But guess what, she’s made it to her second color already!

Zoey's Faux fade shawl progress

Notice that Zoey is using a locking stitch marker to keep track of which side of the shawl needs the increase stitches. She is also counting her rows with a Kacha Kacha Crochet Counter, which helps her keep track without stress.

Producer Sarah’s Progress

Producer Sarah holds up her finished Faux Fade Shawl, which is a gradient that goes from dark brown to tan to blue to green to yellow to pink to purple.

And BAM! Producer Sarah finished her wrap last weekend, and WOW does it look amazing! All those random single balls of Palette she had really came together to create a beautiful final product. “I’m kinda proud,” she admitted.

Join the Next CAL!

A top-down view of a hand holding the edge of a crocheted temperature blanket in warm colors.

In case you missed it, we have announced our next Crochet Along, and it’s a big one! We’re taking all of 2021 to make a Temperature Blanket. Feel free to join in on the fun.

Now it’s your turn. Share your Crochet Along progress photos on social media and tag us (@wecrochetofficial on Instagram), and use the hashtag #WeCrochetCAL and #FauxFadeCAL.


Join our Crochet Along: 2021 Temperature Blanket

Join us for the ultimate CAL (crochet along)! We’ll join crochet designer Toni Lipsey through 2021 in making her Bias Granny Temperature Blanket! What is a temperature blanket? It is a way of documenting the temperature throughout a given year.

A top-down view of a hand holding a crochet hook against a partially-completed crocheted temperature blanket in orange, rust, and gold tones.

1. Get the pattern:

About the Bias Granny Temperature Blanket

Document your year in color when you make the Bias Granny Temperature Blanket. This temperature blanket chronicles the temperature for each day of the year using one of three carefully curated palettes in Swish Worsted yarn. Each granny square is joined as you go for a comfy, oversized throw blanket. Adjust the colors and temperature gauge to fit your local weather range. By New Year’s Eve, your new favorite blanket will be complete, complete with 365 happy memories.

Get the pattern here: Bias Granny Temperature Blanket

2. Choose Your Yarn & Color Palette:

Toni designed this blanket for use with Swish Worsted, and has put together 3 color palettes using that yarn (see below), but you are also free to create your own color palette!

Get the 2021 Temperature Blanket Kits at 20% off!

If you want to create your own color palette, we will provide tips and tricks for that in a future blog post, or check out the WeCrochet Podcast episode 12: Show Your True Colors, in which we talk about how to choose colors for your project, and Toni Lipsey gives tips on how she chooses her wonderful color palettes.

Toni’s Swish Worsted Palettes

If you like, pick one of Toni’s 3 suggested color palettes in Swish Worsted:

A yarn color palette called "rainbow bright" featuring a range of rainbow colors in Swish Worsted yarn.
A yarn color palette called "Warm Tropics" featuring a range of warm colors in Swish Worsted yarn.
A yarn color palette called "Cool Coastline" featuring a range of cool colors in Swish Worsted yarn.

3. Create a Temperature Gauge

Use this temperature gauge to assign a color to a temperature range that works for your location (for example 31-38 degrees is assigned the Dove Heather colorway). Each day throughout the year, you’ll make a small granny square motif in the color to match the high temperature each day. At the end of the year, all the squares will be joined together to create a blanket documenting the year.

Here’s a gauge you can save to fill out:

Toni has made temperature blankets for a few years now, and we can’t wait to join her with this project in 2021! It’s a great reason to find time to crochet every day, and each person’s blanket will be unique to them! Be sure to share your progress with #WeCrochetTempBlanket2021!

How to Join the Crochet Along:

To participate in the 2021 Temperature Blanket Crochet Along, join and post here:

CAL Timeline:

You have the whole year to do this one!

This graphic is a list of the timeline for this CAL. Text for the timeline is shared below this image.

December 1: Pick one of Toni’s color palettes. We have kits available on crochet.com or check out the color offerings in Swish Worsted and create a color palette of your own.

December 7: Order your yarn! Be sure to get your order in before the end of the year, so you’ll be ready to start crocheting on January 1!

December 14: Look over the pattern and work up a practice granny square.

December 21: Assign your color palette to temperature ranges for your area. Pro tip: if you live in a climate where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate very much, assign a smaller temperature range so you can still use all the colors throughout the year!

January 1: Begin! Start making granny squares to match the daily temperature and keep it up as the year progresses!

February 1: First check-in! Share pictures of the squares you’ve made so far on social media with #WeCrochetTempBlanket2021

June 1: Second check-in! Share more photos and admire how everyone’s colors have started as the seasons change.

November 1: Last check-in! Share more photos of your progress. See the colors start to change again.

December 31: Finish up and share your photos! Use this day to join all your motifs together and finish up the crochet border. Be sure to share your photos so we can see your year’s worth of work and start getting ready for the temp blanket of 2022!

Watch Toni’s Join As You Go Tutorial: