Christmas Stitch Along: Study of The Journey

Christmas Stitch Along: Study of The Journey

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Crochet Study of the Journey Afghan

Crochet Study of the Journey Afghan

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.

The Crochet Crowd Book Cover

The Crochet Crowd Book Cover

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.

Study of the Journey Afghan Caron Cotton Cakes

Study of the Journey Afghan Caron Cotton Cakes

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

Quarterdeck Book Planning

Quarterdeck Book Planning

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.

ISBN: 978-1-77276-160-3

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

Gauge Check

  • 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

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Mikey, aka Michael Sellick, is the creator of The Crochet Crowd. From Nova Scotia, Canada. He is informal and teaches on YouTube to expand the global crocheters' knowledge of ideas and stitches.

Started unofficially in 2008 and transitioned into a full-time job in 2011. He is a stitch ambassador for Yarnspirations in teaching crochet. Most of the patterns he develops are free for you to enjoy.

44 thoughts on “Christmas Stitch Along: Study of The Journey”

  1. Lisa Seward says:

    I love it and can’t wait to make it my first stitch along was spring 2021 and I finished right on time and had no problems. I really enjoyed doing this stitch along and look forward to more.

  2. Carol Reams says:

    Looking forward to the crochet along for this afghan, bought the kindle version of the book today. I have a question regarding the Patons yarn, I am not familiar with that brand, is that a heavier yarn than regular worseted weight 4 ply yarn? Could worsted weight be use instead if using two strands?

    1. Mikey says:

      Patons is a step up, quality and content of raw materials wise versus Red Heart, Bernat and Caron. There are many sub-brands of Patons. Ther is a gauge here, you can do a gauge test with two strands to see how it will work.

  3. Barb Roeder says:

    I received my book today. Thank you Mikey!!! I want to print out the pattern of the study of the journey. But not from the book. Is there some other way to get it printed out?

    1. Wendy Maruna says:

      The only way to have the written pattern is from the book. We will not be offering a PDF download for that

    2. Mikey says:

      I’m sorry Barb… the pattern will be in the book. I am filming it so that people have at least one pattern in the book that is in video format.

  4. Mary Had A Little Yarn says:

    I am so excited for you and this book. Crochet Crowd is my go to YouTube channel when I want to crochet a unique gift or something for myself. I am learning to read patterns so your tutorials are so helpful, especially when learning new stitches. I will definitely be doing this CAL.

  5. Debbie Nestlehut says:

    I ordered my copy and cannot wait to read it and do the patterns. Thanks for being you!!!!!

  6. Marcie says:

    I just ordered your book. I appreciate how much time and creativity it took for it to come to fruition. I’m excited for it to be delivered and get started!

  7. Debbie Law says:

    I can not wait for the Christmas SAL. I have done every SAL since joining back July 2020. I am working on one now but it does not have a stitch diagram it would be nice if it had one. The pattern is desert dreams from yarnspirations.

    1. Mikey says:

      The stitch diagrams are expensive to make as a graphic artist is involved. I know a simple diagram I do takes hours. You can always email Yarnspirations and request they consider it. I have no clout with them to spend money on making that possible.

  8. marssie says:

    Ordered your book and can’t wait for it to arrive. I hadn’t done a stitch-along until the Puffy Flower experiment with Joann’s. While I consider the afghan beautiful, it was not the finished project but the process that pushed me out of my “double crochet doldrums.” I learned new stitches (frogged them, then learned them again and again) I never imagined I would. What a feeling of joy when I finished on time! Every time I look at that afghan I want to laugh at my stubborness and desire to quit every week. Now I’m considering the Christmas stitch-along to pull me through January. Not sure if I just log onto You Tube and look for your great tutorials but I’ll try to be on hand in 2022. Thank you for sharing your art and craft.

    1. Mikey says:

      Stitch samplers and Stitch Alongs force me to break my habits. I have discovered stitches through them. Most of them are designed by others but my summer ones and the items in the book is my own thought process. Life is short to always do the same stitch. This article here will have the video updated as they come available.

  9. Lisa says:

    Going.to pick up my copy of the book in a day or 2 on hold at Barnes and noble cant wait to get it and do the project and to see what else is in there THANK YOU MIKEY

    1. Mikey says:

      Thank you for your trust to purchase.

  10. Deb Carlson says:

    I’ve ordered my book and I am excited to join the Christmas journey. Now the decision of what color. So many choices.

    Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. My blankets have all turned out beautifully.

    Deb

  11. Krista says:

    Which of the Caron Cotton Cakes was the one you used for your prototype here? It’s gorgeous.

    1. Mikey says:

      it was like silver cloud, lavender and blue… I don’t know the exact names but it’s the large format. I used 2 balls of each of the colours.

      1. Heather says:

        Hi Mikey got your book today love it can’t wait to start my first pattern keep up the wonderful work you do
        Heather from ontario

  12. Raymond (Ray) Knight says:

    Hi there Mike,
    My name is Ray and insomuch as have an insatiable passion for all things fibre related, being a male knitter and hand spinner my interest is being taken from the beauty of quite amazing knitting designs evolving as they are to the equally evolving beauty of crochet!
    I need to put the ‘bkinkers’ on the eyes (so to speak) to keep focused on my objective.
    Recently, I have been seeing some incredible designs formulated in crochet that leave me quite mystified and equally engaged.
    Surely, I know that all the stitches eg. single crochet, double, treble. etc, etc. but I have so much difficulty in finding the ‘stepping stones’ from learning and identifying individual stitches that go into the creation of the overall patterns.
    Can you please guide me to understand crochet patterns.
    I have the knowledge of the most basic of granny squares but I also have a picture of a table piece in my phone that I could show you but I don’t know of the legallity of forwarding the image and it is that image that is giving me the desire to call upon you for help.
    Incidentally, I do not have a credit card but would agree to offer you oayment for items via international money order if that is agreeable with you?
    It has been such a long time since I have bought anyting from overseas I don’t even know if international money orders still exist.
    My ever present reason: above my desire to become more wonderfully creative with the world’s enhancement of crafting excellence is such that I’m trying to save to bring my overseas family here to Australia obviously si as to bring our relationship to ultimate TOGETHERNESS!
    Withe so much torment, brutality, drunken abuse within families throughout the world (need I elaborate?I think not) I frequently tell people that I cannot come home from work at the end of each day and simply and softly touch just one fingertip to that of any one of my family let alone give them each a loving hug or kiss. They are not even living at the end of the street from me, They are indeed in anither country!
    My craft work is my ‘escape’ (to some extent if you will) from some of life’s traumatic reality! Please Mike I plead with you for help!
    Thanking you in anticipation.
    Ray

    1. Mikey says:

      Morning Ray, I don’t want your money nor do I sell my services like this to the consumer base. What you are asking of me is to reverse engineer a pattern by looking at the stitches which technically I cannot do without it impacting the designer or publisher that holds the rights to the design. Even if you knew the stitches, you would still need to figure out the stitch counts and much more, so it will get dicy on the legality as you mentioned.

      I prefer not to do that to another designer’s concept, even if the pattern is really old. We strive to stay above the table.

      I’m sorry, I don’t want to go off the rails and do something where I don’t feel it’s morally correct to do. If I was an average crocheter and just crocheting for fun, it may have been different but I think people rely on me to play by the rules and I prefer to stay within the rules so I don’t compromise myself.

      Hugs from Canada. Michael

      1. Ella Guillot says:

        Hi Mickey, Just ordered my book. As we speak am working on the Study Geometry and so looking forward for the Christmas follow along. Thank You for all you do. Since, I’ve turned back to Crocheting after being absent for a period of 20yrs., It’s been such a wonderful journey for me. And am amaze how far crocheting as come. Be good to yourself and as always God Bless you both.

      2. Mikey says:

        Welcome back to the wonderful stitching journey. Thank you for purchasing our book. It’s crazy really on the yarn choices people have and they still complain. LOL. Have a great long weekend, wherever you may be. It’s a long weekend here in Canada.

  13. Raymond (Ray) Knight says:

    Hi there Charlene,
    My name is Raymond but please call me Ray as it is somewhat more casual which suits my lifestyle.
    As a male knitter (dating back to around 1951) under the guidance of my much loved but of course now, sadly departed grandma, my knitting has proved to be very much my ‘escape’ from trauma in my life!
    More about this a little later.
    Added to my knitting, I have also gladly included hand spinning and dearly want to add crochet and (believe it or not) Navajo weaving.
    At 79 years of age, do I have the years ahead of me to clearly master the pinnacle of all that is to learn and enjoy from these beautiful crafts? I think not but I sure want to master all I can!
    One of two other added concerns is such that I do not have a strong knowledge of the internet and how to navigate around within it, plus, my age again creates concerns as to how to develop a powerful absorption of learning capacity.
    I have pleaded with a number of ladies both near and far for hrlp to understsnd it slk but sadly the returns of such help have been faaaarrrr less than provided by loving but lost grandma.
    Can I therefore call upon you please to assist me to climb to higher levels of crochet from the most basic of granny squares

  14. Ravini Budhoo says:

    I’ve pre ordered your book, so so excited! I’m not a blanket person, I can’t seem to finish the ones I’ve started. But oh how I love this one!!! I’m definitely joining your Christmas stitch along. I’m trying to get some nice yarn so I can start as soon as my book gets here. Thank you Mikey 🤗🤗🥰

    1. Mikey says:

      Thank you for your support. I don’t need another blanket either! haha

  15. Krista says:

    Ooh I must know which of the Caron Cotton Cakes you used for your prototype here.. is it Rose Whisper? Book already preordered and looking very forward to it here in the US!

  16. Charlene says:

    Pre-ordered three books, one for me and two for gifts. Love your stitch alongs and am grateful for all you and your team do for our crochet community.

  17. Susan Carter says:

    It looks amazing. I am looking forward to the arrival of your book. So happy for you. Without your video of the pepermint throw I would have never figured it out. Been following you ever since. Thank you for all you tips and tricks. Again I am very excited to get your book to really see a bit of your journey.

  18. Karen Stout says:

    I am so excited for you guys, and for us. Your sweat, love and tears have produced a beautiful gift for us. Your work has been a means of comfort and distraction for me during a times when I was recovering from surgery, dealing with this pandemic, and helping my child through some rough times. I can see with every project the care and love you put into them. You and Dan deserve this wonderful success. I feel lucky to get to ride along with you on this journey and to recreate your designs. Congratulations! Stay safe and take care.

  19. Pat West says:

    Seems like it must be a good sign. When I called up your title in Amazon, they had a “best seller” flag on it.

  20. Kim Zabroski says:

    Hi
    Mikey
    I Ordered Your Book For My Birthday Present this Year
    The Blanket Looks Beautiful
    Can’t Wait to Get My Book and My Yarn
    Thank You for Everything that You Do
    God Bless You
    Kim

  21. TJ says:

    Sounds like a great project. Pre-ordered the book so I’ll get it as soon as it’s available. Thanks for being so kind and inspiring Mikey!

    1. Kristin Hayton says:

      Mikey,
      Is there a yarn similar in feel to Patons Inspire? My local Joann’s (In Washington State USA) doesn’t have it. I would love to order it from Yarnspirations if I like the feel. Thank you for all you do for this wonderful community.

      1. Mikey says:

        Patons tends not to be in major yarn stores with exception to a couple things. It is available at Yarnspirations.com if you want. The one colour is now sold out but you can see the colours and sub. The colours are inspired by the outdoors of people’s homes that are painted or in brick format from homes across Canada. Thus Patons Inspired. 😀

  22. Myrna Armstrong says:

    Ordered your book the first day you talked about it! I have learned so much from your CAL/SAL’s in the two years I’ve been part of The Crochet Crowd! Your patterns and iTube videos have made my journey back to crochet memorable! Don’t stop what you are doing because I’m sure all your hard work, like me, is very appreciated! Thank you!

    1. Mikey says:

      It’s my pleasure. Thanks so much for your support.

  23. Dianna says:

    So incredibly excited for you! I will most certainly be purchasing and stitching along. You give so much of yourself and your talent to us, it is the least I can do!!

    1. Mikey says:

      Super appreciate your enthusiasm. 🙂 Let’s hook together.

  24. Bonnie Ratcliff says:

    I can’t wait to get my book so I can get started on this!! I want to do it for a Christmas present for my son so I guess I’ll have to wing it since the videos don’t start until after Christmas. But I feel assured that if I run into a problem I can count on you or your team to help me out. Beautiful design!! I love it!
    One question… you said you did this in chunky format, does that mean using the pattern I can use Bernat Blanket?? I love the feel of that yarn and I have a gob of it to “get rid of” LOL!!

    1. Mikey says:

      No it’s Chunky #5. Bernat Blanket is #6. I have gobs of that too! you probably have more as I have been on a BB Diet, if there is such a thing.

  25. Kelly Morris says:

    I’ve never participated in a crochet or knit a long and I’ve been in the craft over 20 years…lol and still consider myself a beginner. I don’t feel I’m at the advanced level…at least in quality. But I am my own worst critic! I’m going to pre order the book. Hopefully it’s on amazon.

    1. Mikey says:

      It is on Amazon or your can order it in your local bookstore. The ISBN is in the article if you want to locally order it to support your local bookstore. Up to you. We are our worst own critics. I am guilty of that big time.

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