Christmas 2021 will ring in an unconventional stitch along called The Study of the Journey. It is rare for a paid pattern to be filmed but as a tutorial host and our other Study of Series are filmed, I felt it was important to film this to lend support to our community.
The blanket is a journey of stitches I have learned since 2008. It’s a heavy mix of textures that will have you feeling an incredible sense of pride. A tremendous amount of thought when into the execution of the ordering and colours. Designed with only 3 colours.
This pattern is in our first ever book that launched in September 2021. Simply called The Crochet Crowd, Inspire, Create and Celebrate.
I’m Taking a Chance On You
Usually, when a paid pattern is filmed, it lends itself to people handing over the pattern illegally through doing copies and distributing the pattern without purchase. No, the individual pattern isn’t available for purchase as the cost of the book is affordable with 15 patterns with high-quality photography and diagrams that Daniel has done.
So, I am directly asking you not to hand over the pattern freely and allow people to purchase the book as literally there are 1000’s hours invested into the book. I took a stand with my publisher to trust in us and he agreed it was okay. I told my publisher that I cannot put out a book with no pattern support for at least one project.
The finished sample was done with the following:
Patons® Inspired™ (150 g/5.3 oz, 203 m/222 yds)
- Contrast A – Silver Gray Heather 4 Balls
- Contrast B – Pacific Blue 4 Balls
- Contrast C – Sapphire Teal 3 Balls
Use size 6.5 mm, U.S. K/10.5 hook or hook size to obtain gauge. The project total is 1547 m/1692 yds. You will have some yarn leftover on the last ball of each colour assigned. Measurements approx 60” x 60” [152.5 x 152.5 cm]. Gauge 12 sc and 13 rows = 4” [10 cm].
I did this afghan in chunky format, which is unusual for me, but it grows faster and gets you to the finish line faster.
The design really taxed me in conceptual and thought processes. Our testers did multiple different yarn options that are in the book such as Caron Simply Soft, Caron Cotton Cakes and Scheepjes Colour Crafter. I did the original prototype in Caron Cotton Cakes but I wanted something heavier.
Cotton Cakes Gauge: 13 sc and 14 rows = 4” [10 cm]. Colours I used in prototype shown above as as follows:
Caron® Cotton Cakes™ (250 g/8.8 oz, 485 meters/530 yards)
- Contrast A Silver Cloud, 2 Balls
- Contrast B Cream, 2 Balls
- Contrast C Lilac, 2 Balls
To get this monster to sit down flat from going from the huge circle to the square was my nemesis but I kept trying. I vowed I wasn’t going to leave the table until I had the right mathematics and trials. I sat at the dining room table from the morning to sunset during July 2020 to figure it out. Testing, frogging, testing, frogging and so on.
The Crochet Crowd Book
Our book is available for ordering (pre-orders depending on stock levels), available for order at your local book stores and/or online sources.
Book officially launches in September 2021 though pre-orders are now being processed and shipped.
This was one of the hardest things I have ever done to create. Your purchase means a lot to me personally. We do almost everything pattern and video support for free. Investing in me keeps the tutorials and free patterns pumping out.
Please consider a purchase and if you want to play along with the free tutorials for this stitch along, the book will be our guide and the pattern won’t be shown on camera but just following the book instructions step by step.
Timeline – Launching Sundays
- December 26, 2021 (Boxing Day) – Rnds 1 – 10
- January 2, 2022 – Rnds 11 – 19
- January 9, 2022 – Rnds 20 – 24
- January 16, 2022 – Rnds 25 – 29
- January 23, 2022 – Rnds 30 – 37
- January 30, 2022 – Rnds 38 – 46
- February 6, 2022 – Rnds 47 – 59