The Sunshine & Showers crochet alongside (CAL) undertaking was
featured within the first 13 problems with
Crochet Now journal
between March 2016 and April 2017. Using the months of
the 12 months because the design theme the crochet blanket undertaking
was designed by Jane Crowfoot and was initially launched
as a thriller crochet alongside – which implies that the design
was not revealed utterly till the top of the undertaking.
Each month of the 12 months noticed the discharge of a brand new sample
inside the journal.

The Sunshine & Showers crochet alongside undertaking was very
profitable over it’s first 12 months of launch so, now that the
patterns revert to us right here at Janie Crow, we have now determined
it could be a good suggestion to do it yet again!

Yarn Stories Version
Stylecraft Version

Between April 2017 and April 2018 the CAL undertaking will
as soon as once more be launched in month-to-month ‘bite size’ items. This
time the patterns will likely be launched by me (on this weblog) with
a house print obtain copy as an choice.

If you wish to be part of within the undertaking you merely have to
look out for the sample releases every month and then you definately
can select whether or not to comply with the weblog posts freed from cost
or obtain a sample for a minimal price. You even have the
choice to decide on to buy a devoted yarn pack (we
have a pack that makes use of Stylecraft Special DK and a pack that
makes use of Yarn Stories Fine Merino DK) or, as it is a nice
stash busting undertaking you may select to supply the yarn
shades your self.

The following weblog put up accommodates all of the superior info we expect you have to to work by this undertaking – the pictures and yarn info on the weblog is for the unique Stylecraft Special DK model. You can entry a free obtain of this info by following this link and you can find a obtain for the Yarn Stories model by following the identical link.

If you wish to comply with the undertaking (because it featured final
12 months) inside Crochet Now journal you have to to supply
again copies. Magazine points 1-5 have bought out, however you may
buy a brochure with these patterns in through our website. 

It appears that the
idea of thriller blankets or ‘make along’ tasks originate inside the
patchwork and quilting craft sector, the place ‘block a month’ or ‘Mystery
Blankets’ have been frequent place for greater than a decade, nonetheless, I first got here
throughout the thought in relation to knitting when my buddy and completed hand
knit designer Debbie Abrahams launched her knitted equal in 2007. There
are many KAL (Knit Along) and CAL (Crochet Along) tasks round today
and lots of them are free to affix in.
Lily Pond CAL 2015
Frida’s Flowers CAL 2016
The great thing about a
CAL undertaking is {that a} design is damaged down into chew dimension items. It can really feel
actually daunting being confronted with a big undertaking, with many various sew
sequences or methods to be taught as you progress by the design and
crocheters can typically really feel a bit demoralized or misplaced alongside the best way, particularly
in the event that they suppose they aren’t progressing quick sufficient. Dividing a big design
into doable items makes the entire course of a lot simpler and, with the invent
of CAL teams on social media platforms similar to Facebook, Twitter and after all
Ravelry, crocheters also can now really feel much less remoted while nonetheless finishing up
the solitary (but extremely therapeutic) craft from the consolation of their very own
Unlike all my
earlier CAL designs, this one is labored as a sampler in order that you’ll be
working numerous completely different stitches and methods in rows of crochet. To get an
thought of sampler type crochet blankets check out the next hyperlinks:
When I design a
new undertaking I nearly at all times achieve this with a theme in thoughts. There are quite a bit
of sampler type blankets already in existence, so I needed to design one thing
that had a recognizable design factor carrying by the entire undertaking. I
selected the thought of creating it a seasonal sampler blanket.

The CAL runs over
the course of the 12 months and so every part of the blanket could have a theme
that pertains to the month wherein you’ll be making it.

What stage of experience do you want?
I’ve designed
the blanket in order that it begins fairly simple. To full the primary a part of the
design you have to to know the best way to make a sequence, the best way to work double crochet
stitches, half treble stitches and treble stitches.

This undertaking just isn’t aimed toward full learners and there may be an assumption that your primary stitches and terminology. When an uncommon or barely difficult approach is featured the patterns embody step bt step photos and brief written tutorials. For primary sew phrases and tutorials we advise you to look on Youtube or a crochet methods e book or publication.

The Sunshine &
Showers blanket is made utilizing Stylecraft Special DK in a spread of  15 shades. The undertaking makes use of 1 x 100g ball of
every shade.
Special DK shades

The yarns pictured above are as follows (Left to Right – Top to Bottom)

1711 Spice

1067 Grape

1023 Raspberry

1241 Fondant

1080 Pale Rose

1709 Gold

1065 Meadow

1712 Lime

1820 Duck Egg

1005 Cream

1063 Graphite

1027 Khaki

1078 Petrol

1722 Storm Blue

1068 Turquoise

You can discover the shades and yarn quantities for the Yarn Stories Fine Merino model inside the obtain model of ‘Getting Ready’.

Crochet Along
tasks are an exquisite means of utilizing up yarns out of your stash, and the very fact
that we have now used a real DK weight of yarn for our blanket means you can
simply make yarn substitutions, however simply be sure to are utilizing yarns with a
related size to the Special DK (295 meters per 100g
ball), different smart you may run out of yarn.

It is my recommendation that you simply hold maintain of all of your yarn till the top of the undertaking – by this I imply all of the items you may undo and any items that look a bit frayed. Don’t be tempted to make use of any of the yarn for some other undertaking till you could have accomplished this one and be sure to hold every thing in a protected place. 

You will presumably
a mixture of the next hook sizes:
3.5mm, 4mm, 4.5mm
& 5mm hooks
The hooks you employ
will likely be depending on the stress you obtain – please learn additional on for extra
details about stress.
Along with the
crochet hooks, you have to just a few additional items of apparatus when working
by this undertaking.
In order to assist
you thru the making up technique of the blanket and so that you simply don’t unravel
your stitches between every sample launch it’s a good suggestion to make use of just a few
sew markers. I have a tendency to make use of small locking stitch markers – these seem like
little nappy pins and are actually protected because the stitches can not escape.
You could have a
lot of yarn ends to stitch in as you’re employed by the undertaking. It is my suggestion
that you simply sew in all of your ends as you go alongside so that you simply don’t find yourself with a
huge making up job after you have accomplished all of your crochet. I actually like bent tip needles, however for those who do not have one in every of these simply be sure to have a needle which isn’t too sharp and that the attention is giant sufficient to accommodate the yarn with out splitting it.
Scissors, tape measure and bag:
You will want a
sharp pair of scissors and a tape measure.
You may also
wish to kind out a devoted bag to your undertaking. I wish to make it possible for I
don’t muddle up my yarns with different issues or misplace any of them. Canvas luggage
or baskets are nice for this.

Abbreviations and Stitch Conversions:

The patterns are written utilizing UK terminology. You will discover a conversion chart and details about abbreviations and terminology inside the free ‘Getting Ready’ doc you can obtain by following this link. This doc is designed to present you a taster of what the obtain variations of the patterns will likely be like – obtain variations of the patterns will likely be obtainable at a value of 95p every from the start of the undertaking in May and will likely be obtainable for each yarn variations of the undertaking.
Crochet is by
nature an natural and inventive course of – it’s fantastic to choose up some yarn
and a hook and create motifs and ornamental items that ultimately make up a
bigger undertaking. Many crocheters are used to doing simply this with out considering
an excessive amount of about how massive their items come up and whether or not issues are being labored
to the proper stress.
Before you start
work in your crochet alongside undertaking I urge you to test that you’re working to
the proper stress, that’s the variety of stitches and rows measured over 10cm
If you obtain a
stress tighter or looser than the urged stress you can find that your
undertaking will differ in dimension to mine, that you’ll use a unique quantity of
yarn and presumably that your items will match collectively correctly within the making uop
The look of the
crochet stitches also can differ – a looser stress just isn’t as neat because the
customary stress, while a good stress could make your work stiff or cardboard
If you already
have your yarn and the proper hooks then you might be able to work your stress
Spending an hour
or 2 to work these blocks can seem to be a waste of time, however it’s REALLY
essential that you’re positive you might be working to the identical stress as the stress
the patterns are written for. As I’ve stated not less than twice already, a failure
to work to the proper stress will imply that your undertaking will come out a
completely different dimension and that you’ll use a unique quantity of yarn.
If you might be utilizing
Special DK and have full 100g balls you must have sufficient yarn in nearly all
of the shades to work your stress items and nonetheless have sufficient to finish
your CAL undertaking, however to be protected I labored my items utilizing a few colors I
already had.
Before you start
your stress piece have a take into consideration whether or not you take into account your self to be a
tight, unfastened or ‘middle of the road’ crocheter in relation to stress. If your
work tends to be a little bit stiff or you could have bother getting your hook by
your stitches, then the probabilities are that you’re on the tight aspect of ‘normal’,
nonetheless, in case your work tends to be a little bit floppy and your stitches are fairly
open then the probabilities are that you’re a unfastened crocheter.
Special DK is a
customary DK weight yarn, nonetheless I have a tendency to make use of a dimension bigger hook for it that I
do for different DK weights (I exploit a 4.5mm as a substitute of a 4mm)
When working a
stress piece it’s a good suggestion to work on extra stitches and rows that the
urged stress. I used 29 stitches for each samples.
Double Crochet – dc (US single crochet – sc)
Using 4mm or 4.5mm hook make 30ch,
Foundation Row: skip 1ch, 1dc into every ch to finish, flip (29sts)
Row 1: 1ch (doesn’t rely as a st) 1dc into every st to finish, flip (29sts)
Repeat final row
till a complete of 32 rows have been labored (together with basis row)
Lay your pattern on
a flat floor. Using a tape measure place pins 10cm (4in) aside alongside a
central row (horizontally) and rely the stitches between the pins

Using a tape
measure place pins 10cm (4in) aside alongside the central level of the swatch
vertically and rely the rows between the pins
Treble Crochet – tr (US double crochet – dc)
Using 3.5mm or 4mm hook make 31ch,
Foundation Row: skip 3ch (counts as 1tr) 1tr into every ch to finish,
flip (29sts)
Row 1: 3ch (counts as a 1tr) skip st at base of 3ch, 1tr into every st to finish,
working remaining st into 3rd ch of 3ch made at starting of final row
(tch), flip (29sts)
Repeat final row
till a complete of 15 rows have been labored (together with basis row)
Lay your pattern on
a flat floor. Using a tape measure place pins 10cm (4in) aside alongside a
central row and rely the stitches between the pins

Using a tape measure
place pins 10cm (4in) aside alongside the central level of the swatch vertically
and rely the rows between the pins
Please notice the
hook sizes above – a smaller hook is used to realize the treble crochet (US
double crochet) stress
The stress is
taken from unblocked swatches.
There is a slight distinction
in sew stress between the 2 items. A small distinction (1 or 2 sts) will
not have an effect on the looks of your piece as repeated rows are hardly ever labored for
greater than a few rows, nonetheless, for those who discover your work is getting wider
when working the rows with lengthy put up stitches (similar to treble and double treble
crochet) the strive utilizing a hook one other dimension finer.
Factors that may have an effect on your stress:
Many issues can
make a distinction to the stress you obtain; I’ve listed 5 of probably the most
frequent under:
1. Your stage of experience:
If you’re a
newcomer to the craft of crochet you could nicely discover that your crochet stress
will change as your capacity improves. When launching right into a undertaking like this
it’s price ensuring you could have put in sufficient floor work to make sure that you
are working in the appropriate means and that you’ve the power to work
2. Your temper or state of affairs:
If you’re a bit
pressured or have had a little bit of a tricky day you could discover that this may have an have an effect on in your crochet stress. Equally, having just a few
glasses of wine or watching a humorous or enthralling film while crocheting also can
trigger your stress to vary. As a basic rule attempt to crochet in the identical sort
of state of affairs at any time when attainable to make sure that every thing stays because it ought to.
It is sort of frequent
to realize the proper stress on a swatch solely to search out that it isn’t right
over a bigger piece. This is as a result of stress can change as we loosen up into the
rhythm of a repetitive crochet motion.
Make positive that you simply
measure your stress in any respect the locations I ask you to inside the sample simply to
ensure you might be persevering with to work with the proper stress
5. Measuring your stress swatch too quickly:
It is admittedly
essential that you simply measure your stress to not less than 10cm – if unsure measure
over a bigger piece, say 15cm and even 20cm simply to make certain. Putting the bottom
work in at this stage can prevent a whole lot of unpicking afterward.
If you could have achieved a unique stress to the
stress within the sample:
If you could have performed
your stress items and achieved extra stitches and rows to 10cm this implies you
are working too tight. Rather than attempting to vary your crochet methodology (by
consciously crocheting looser) merely change as much as a dimension bigger hook. If you
are nonetheless too tight then strive one other dimension bigger. Make a notice of what number of sizes
you could have needed to change by so that you’re positive to make the swap for every of the
hook sizes.
If you could have performed
your stress items and achieved fewer stitches and rows to 10cm this implies you
are working too unfastened. Rather than attempting to vary your crochet methodology (by
consciously crocheting tighter) merely change all the way down to a dimension smaller hook. If
you might be nonetheless too unfastened then strive one other dimension smaller.  As above, make a remark of what number of sizes you
have needed to change by so that you’re positive to make the swap for every of the 3
Having bother together with your stress over treble crochet
(US double crochet)?
Look on the means you’re employed the sew
Because of the
nature of a treble crochet (US double crochet) it is not uncommon to search out variances
in sew size and width even when the proper hook has been utilized in relation
to the one used to realize the proper stress over double crochet (US single
When we make a
treble crochet (US double crochet) we wrap our yarn across the hook first and
then work 3 actions drawing yarn loops by others to create the sew.
The stress achieved over every of those actions and the angle at which we
maintain our hook can have an effect on the stress of every step of the sew.

There is a video
link to Youtube here that explains yanking, using & lifting.

Pattern Launch Dates:

The patterns will likely be launched very 4 or 5 weeks (relying upon the month) and you can find an inventory of dates under:

Pattern Set 1: Tuesday ninth May 2017
Pattern Set 2: Tuesday sixth June 2017
Pattern Set 3: Tuesday 4th July 2017
Pattern Set 4: Tuesday eighth August 2017
Pattern Set 5: Tuesday fifth September 2017
Pattern Set 6: Tuesday third October 2017
Pattern Set 7: Tuesday seventh November 2017
Pattern Set 8: Tuesday fifth December 2017
Pattern Set 9: Tuesday ninth January 2018
Pattern Set 10: Tuesday sixth February 2018
Pattern Set 11: Tuesday sixth March 2018
Pattern Set 12: Tuesday third April 2018

I hope you’ll take pleasure in this undertaking and have my fingers crossed that the forth coming 12 months brings extra sunshine than showers!

Janie x


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