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Introducing Octagonical

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Introducing Octagonical crochet along for 2020

Below you will find all the information you need to plan for this year’s CAL.

Octagon–i-cal was what kept going round and round in my mind as I started to work on the design for this year’s crochet a long, so I guess this one had to be octagonal in shape.

The meaning of the number 8 is harmony, peace, and balance, something that we all need to embrace in this day and age.

8 is also the symbol of resurrection and regeneration and is like the infinity symbol showing us that there is never an end, only a continual journey through life, and I am thrilled that we are all going to come together for another part of our journey.

There is a central mandala, and the design then changes to an octagon.

Legal – Respectful bit……

Copyright: © Helen Shrimpton, 2020.  All rights reserved.
This beautiful new CAL, crochet a-long, will be hosted in the Facebook group Helen’s Hookaholics.

 Please remember this is my design and I have spent thousands of hours working to bring you this free pattern and all the support that goes with it. My testers and translators have also spent hundreds of hours making sure this pattern is everything you have come to expect.

Each part of the CAL will be available here on my website, with links in the Facebook group.

The pattern is exclusively for members of my Facebook group and website members, it is covered by copyright law.
Any translations are only with permission from me, sharing any part of this pattern/cal is not allowed.
You may not copy, share or publish any part of this pattern or my photographs in any format.

Please make sure you ask permission from me, should you wish to participate in any other group to make this cal, either online or in person, this will not be allowed until after the CAL has finished.

 You may share a link to or to the Facebook group with anyone.

 You may do what ever you like with your finished item….sell it, save it, gift it, hang it from the local flag pole!!

 You may share a link to my website or Ravelry store with anyone, you may print the PDF for your own use, but please do not alter, change or share in any way.

 Please love and respect me, as I love and respect you. 

PDF Downloads

Each week you will find the pdf to download from my website, there will be links posted in the Facebook group Helen’s Hookaholics, and a special file with links to all the information you will need.

I recommend becoming a member of my website, either free or monthly, as every pattern you download will be saved in your dashboard so that you can come back to it as many times as you like.

To download the pattern you will need to scroll to the bottom of the post for the relevant part until you see Choose an Option.

Click the down arrow – select the terms or language you wish to work from and add to basket.

From basket go to check out and ensure you are signed in, or if checking out as a guest you only need to enter your email address to have the download link emailed to you, also as you complete the check out an order window opens with the download link underlined on the right, so you can download immediately. 


 There will be a choice of US terms and UK terms in both photo tutorial and written only pattern and, also full video tutorial support in US terms.

Octagonical has been translated by an amazing team, to help people from all over the world to join together to create this beautiful blanket.

This introduction has also been translated to help everyone understand how to enjoy this Crochet A-Long.

Click to download pdf in your chosen language.

Introducing Octagonical Danish– Dansk  Anja Hoberg – Tina Risager Holst.

Introducing Octagonical Dutch– Netherlands  Simone Ypkemeule – Josephine Schuurman. 

Introducing Octagonical French– Français  Marie Tremblay – Valerie Favreau –  Marie Eve Poncet.

Introducing Octagonical German – Deutsch Astrid Seidel – Ursula Prandtstetter – Mona Llau. 

Introducing Octagonical Hebrew – עברית Sarit Grinberg – Iris Fait – Tami Sultan Nudelman – Tali Shchori – Rozi Rozalia Brand. 

Introducing Octagonical Italian – Italiano Olga Selis, Elena Mandelli, Silvana Albanese Tabacchi. 

Introducing Octagonical Russian – русский   Anastasia Moroz, Daria Nassiboulina. 

Introducing Octagonical Spanish – Español  Rosanna Maggi Churin, Gema Blasco. 

Introducing Octagonical Swedish – Svenska Liebe Linn, Moa Cleve.

Introducing Octagonical Urdu – اردو  Rubia Khawaja, Zouja E Ammar. 

 Thank you so much for your time and hard work to enable so many people from all around the world to join us in this CAL.

How much yarn will you need?

There will be three yarn packs available from Deramores and Woolwarehouse, two are Stylecraft Special Double Knitting, and one is the gorgeous new Stylecraft Naturals cotton bamboo.

Each of the yarn packs has plenty of yarn to make the colour way to the finished size using the hook size recommended.
However we all have slightly different tension so I do recommend making a very small test square just to make sure that you will achieve the recommended results and have plenty of yarn.

To make a test square and check your tension, and to see which hook size works best for you, please see this tutorial Tension and Gauge

I always encourage you to create your own colour way to personalise your blanket, either for you or the lucky person who receives it as a gift.
There is a colouring sheet to download a little further down.

The total amount of yarn needed is: 
Normal Double Knit yarn – #3 weight – 8-ply – approx. 4048 metres – 4418 yards – 4mm G hook – Finished size 170cm / 67 inches.

Naturals – approx. 3528 metres – 3852 yards – 3.5mm hook. Finished size: 142cm / 56 inches.

Aran – Worsted – #4 weight – 10-ply – approx. 5224 metres – 5713 yards – 5 mm H hook. Finished size  185cm / 73 inches.

How much yarn you need depends on how many colours you chose to use.
Please see the details of the yarn packs below to give you an idea.
The Balance Yarn Pack uses 15 different colours and the Harmony Yarn Pack only uses 5 colours – there will be spare yarn in every colour.

Yarn Packs

Octagonical – Harmony

Stylecraft Special Double Knitting

5 x Cream
4 x Parchment
2 x Cypress
3 x Lincoln
4 x Apricot

Octagonical Colours Per Round

Recommended hook  4mm G
Finished size: 170cm / 67 inches.

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Octagonical Balance

Stylecraft Special Double Knitting

5 x Silver
1 x Proper Purple
2 x Lavender
1 x Lapis
1 x Cloud Blue
1 x Empire
2 x Turquoise
1 x Green
1 x Spring Green
1 x Citron
1 x Lemon
1 x Spice
1 x Clementine
1 x Lipstick
1 x Powder Pink

Octagonical Colours Per Round

Recommended hook 4mm – G
Finished size: 170cm / 67 inches.

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Octagonical Peace

Stylecraft Naturals Cotton/Bamboo

4 x Surf
3 x Seafoam
2 x Ecru
2 x Wedgewood
2 x Coral
2 x Azalea
2 x Buttermilk

Octagonical Colours Per Round

Recommended hook 3.5mm – E
Finished size: 142cm / 56 inches.

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To help you to choose your own colours Raelene Berry has produced this fabulous colouring sheet for you.

Octagonical colouring sheet


Here are some of the beautiful examples made by my fabulous testing team along with links to their Ravelry project page to share with you the yarn and colours they used.



And finally, because I know many of you will want to know what Octagonical will look like in just one colour.

This is the beautiful blanket made by Rosanna Maggi Churin who is part of the Spanish translation team.

Rosanna used 30 balls [4140 meters] of Stylecraft Batik in Cream with a 4mm hook.
Finished size 67 inches/ 170 cm.

 Please remember all of my patterns are covered by copyright law and may not be copied or shared in any way. You may share a link to my website or Ravelry store with anyone, you may print the PDF for your own use, but please do not alter, change or share in any way.

 Please love and respect me, as I love and respect you. 

 The best way to be in the know with all I am up to, is to follow crystalsandcrochet on Facebook.

 If you need help and advice, the quickest way to find support is to join Helen’s Hookaholics Facebook group. There you will find a very supportive group of likeminded people. It’s also a great place to share your crystalsandcrochet makes, and see what others are making, and see what I am up to.

 If you are not a fan of Facebook you can always email me with any questions you may have by using the contact form here.

 Please feel free to sign up to my YouTube channel for lots of helpful video tutorials.

13 reviews for Introducing Octagonical

  1. Deborah Hurt-Canter

    I adore this site, such glorious patterns and complete instructions!

  2. Joanne Pilon

    Thank you, Helen xo Another gorgeous design. Your written, pictures, and video makes it easy for me to follow.

  3. Abigail Court

    I cannot believe I only just stumbled across your website. I just began the octagonal and cannot wait to see what it looks like with the colors for my living room. Looks like I’m making the new blanket rather than buying it! Thank you so much for all of your hard and generous work!!

  4. Lois Ray

    Love Helen’s patterns. I have been telling all of my friends who crochet about your website.

  5. Judi Bailey

    Never have i stayed so in love with anyone else’s patterns

  6. veronique pantocrator

    Amazing and superb as usual, thank you helen

  7. Margaret Wallace

    gorgeous designs

  8. laurence cherif

    hello Helen,
    will you do some video tutorial, thank you from Belgium

    • Helen

      Yes there will be video tutorials 🙂

  9. Joshie McConnell

    So many beautiful patterns, i just stare in awe

  10. Lenka Havlíčková

    Wow, that’s wonderful, I love the unsual octagon shape

  11. Tisha Bakke

    Am very excited to start this. I’m thrilled to see this well before it starts! Put it in my day planner and Calendar already!

  12. Margaret Rennie

    Love your patterns just finishing sacred space my first one

  13. Kerryn Scott

    Full of wonderful, clearly written information as usual. Looking forward to the CAL

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