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Top crochet-alongs CALs of 2022

Crochet-alongs are a great way to get stuck into a project, we take a look at this years Top Crochet-along CALS.

Best CALS 2022
Published: September 26, 2022 at 12:00 pm
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If you're wondering 'what is a CAL?' - well we're not talking about calories or Californians, we're talking about crochet-alongs! These fab crochet along projects are hugely popular among new and more experienced crocheters alike, as they encourage a real sense of community with fellow crocheters who are also making the same project.

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Crochet-alongs are generally patterns for larger projects such as blankets, where the patterns are released in stages so that people can crochet the individual parts at the same time. Many CAL's have associated hashtags or facebook groups so that people can share photo's of their progress and completed crochet along projects. Lots of crochet-alongs are also available with accompanying yarn kits, so that you know you have all the yarn and colours to make your project from start to finish.

There's loads of different CAL's out that are released throughout a year, and many of the patterns are free, so we'll be updating this list regularly so take a look at some of our favourite crochet-alongs that you can hook up in 2022 (and be sure to check in regularly for the latest updates!)

New Talavera Blanket CAL from Simply Crochet

In issue 122 of Simply Crochet we've just launched our brand new Talavera Blanket crochet along! Designed by Ana Morais Soares, this stunning blanket is made over 7 parts, starting in the centre of the blanket and working outwards. This Spanish-inspired blanket is packed full of fun new stitches for you to learn and plenty of eye popping colours, so get your copy of issue 122 (which is also available as a back issue or digital issue if you missed it) and get started today!

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Echoes Mystery CAL

From October 10th- December 18th, The Frosted Stitch and Knot Bad Britt will be running their own mystery crochet along. It's the perfect CAL for autumn as it'll teach you how to make your very own fingering weight shawl. All the patterns will be uploaded to Knot Bad Britt's blog and will run for 10 weeks.

Sign up and get your 10 week Mystery CAL

Black Sheep Wools HoHoHo Crochet Along

Start feeling festive with Black Sheep Wools HoHoHo crochet along. Created with Rosina Plane, this funky crochet blanket celebrates all things Christmas. Featuring overlay mosaic crochet technique, you can choose from three different colourways, modern, sepia and traditional.

Pick up the yarn packs from Black Sheep Wool and download the pattern from Rosina’s Ravelry page.

Happy Square CAL

We are SOOO EXCITED by this brand new CAL from Hobbii! The Happy Squares CAL is a mystery crochet-along design by Sandra Torrance aka @littlegoldennook, and as it is made up of happy squares it's also appropriately being launched on 15th August 2022 - which just so happens to be Granny Square Day! The project is made of 5 parts which are supplied to you in 4 weekly emails once you sign up, and of course there's a CAL kit available to buy too!

Find out more and get your Happy Squares CAL yarn pack at Hobbii.com

Hobbii Happy Squares CAL

Chainspotter Tee CAL

If you fancy trying to hook up your first garment this summer, you could always join in with the Chainspotter Tee CAL from thefibreco.com. Designer Lindsey Newns has designed this beginner friendly tee, and when you sign up to the CAL you'll receive tutorials, tips and tricks direct to your inbox. The CAL runs from the 14th July to the 24th August, so grab your hooks and get hooking!

Find out more and sign up for the Chainspotter Tee CAL at thefibreco.com

Chainspotter Tee CAL

Strawberries & Cream Crochet Blanket CAL

We're big fans of crochet colourwork, but it is a technique that has some elements that many people struggle with. Thankfully super-star designer Hannah Cross has created an amazing crochet-along to help you conquer colourwork! The Strawberries & Cream crochet blanket CAL runs from the 1st-31st of July and Hannah has included a range of options to suit every type of crocheter (and their budget). You can either follow the CAL for free on her blog, purchase an ad-free pdf of the pattern, or sign up for the online course which as well as the pattern includes ad-free and bonus videos, tips and resources!

Find out more and join the Strawberries & Cream Crochet Blanket CAL at HanJanCrochet.com

Strawberries-and-Cream CAL

Day Tripper CAL by Katie Jones

The brand new Day Tripper crochet-along from Katie Jones started on the 4th May 2022, but you can still get all of the free pattern parts, and yarn packs are still available! This CAL features Katies signature colourful style and marvellous motifs to create a stunning blanket made in Sirdar yarn. The pattern will be free and runs over 5 weeks - we this such a colourful crochet project is perfect for summer-time crochet!

Find out more and get your Day Tripper CAL yarn pack from TheKnittingNetwork

Katie Jones Day Tripper CAL

Postcards with Love CAL by CoastalCrochet

If you're looking for the perfect crochet-along for the summer, then the new Postcards with Love CAL is perfect for you! Launched on the 20th May 2022, this beautiful blanket by Eleonora Tully (aka CoastalCrochet) celebrates the quintessential British seaside holiday - complete with beach huts, sea and sunshine! So whether you're holidaying abroad, having a staycation, or just hooking away at home - this crochet-along is the relaxing break we all need this summer!

Find out more and buy the Postcards with Love CAL yarn pack at WoolWarehouse

postcards_with_love CAL

Hidden Treasures CAL by Anna Nikipirowicz

One of the first crochet-alongs of 2022 was the amazing Hidden Treasures CAL, designed by Anna Nikipirowicz and brought to you by West Yorkshire Spinners. This cal has just came to a finish and was made up of 6 weekly parts, however all of the parts are still available for free as well as having accompanying video tutorials. There are two variations to make: a 2-colour blanket and a multi-colour blanket, both made up of 6 beautiful crochet squares that use a range of techniques and are cleverly arranged to create a truly stunning blanket!

Find out more on the West Yorkshire Spinners website

Best CALS 2022

If you're looking for some fab quick makes, check out our free granny square patterns or the Top home decor crochet patterns, or alternatively hook up a quick small blanket baby with our How to crochet a baby blanket tutorial or our Free granny square baby blanket crochet pattern.

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Patchwork Cardi CAL by MakeAndDoCrew

The majority of CAL tend to focus on fancy stitches or motifs for big beautiful blankets, but if you fancy hooking up a gorgeous garment then we think you'll enjoy this Patchwork Cardi CAL by Jess of MakeAndDoCrew. This awesome design can be made in either the multi-coloured Original colourway or the ombre style Lite version, and is made up of just 4 parts (each with an accompanying video for each part too).

Find out more about the CAL here or buy the ad-free pattern on Etsy

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Hook N Learn CAL from Simply Crochet

We couldn't help squeezing one more of our own previous CALs in! If you're still relatively new to crochet, and maybe think some of these CAL's look a bit difficult, then you should definitely check out the Hook 'n' Learn crochet-along! Designed by Lucy Croft and published in Simply Crochet during 2018, this 12 part crochet-along is a brilliant project for both beginners and more experienced crocheters. Each part of the blanket is made up of different stitches, so it's a great way of widening your stitch repertoire! You can buy the full pattern, as well as finding plenty of handy tutorial videos and more on our Hook 'n' Learn crochet along post.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed checking out these inspiring crochet-alongs, don’t forget if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.

Authors

Matt SpiersDigital Assistant, Gathered

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.

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