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.
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.
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!
Day Tripper CAL by Katie Jones
Starting on the 4th May 2022 is the brand new cal from Katie Jones - the Day Tripper crochet-along! 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 spring-time crochet!
Find out more and get your Day Tripper CAL yarn pack from TheKnittingNetwork
Attention all amigurumi fans! The brand new #EasterFriendsCAL has just started and features 4 fabulous Easter amigurumi characters, with a new one being released each week between 14th March to 4th April. This fun CAL is a collaboration between 4 fabulous designers - @craftygibbon, @carascreationsaus, @valentincarlettini and @littleaquagirl. Just visit any of the designers instagram profiles for all the latest updates!
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! Starting 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
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!
New Under the Sea CAL by Stylecraft
Stylecraft have announced some exciting details of their new CAL for 2022 - the Under the Sea crochet-along designed by Catherine Bligh. This wonderful seaside-inspired throw starts with the getting ready instructions on the 22nd March, with the CAL starting on the 5th April and preceding with fortnightly parts until the end of July. Yarn packs go on sale on the 15th March so be sure to grab yours while you can!
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.
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).
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 ore experience 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.
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.
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.