Introducing Virtue crochet along for 2022.
Below you will find all the information you need to plan for and join us in this year’s project.
Please read all the information carefully.
For a translated version of this introduction please scroll down to Terminology and Languages and click on your prefered language.
The cal will run for 8 weeks starting Friday 30th September 2022, with the final part on Friday 18th November 2022.
A few of you suggested that this year we should call the CAL Patience!
As I was designing this year’s pattern this saying kept going over and over in my mind…
“Patience is a virtue, possess it if you can, seldom found in woman, and never in a man”
So, I started to think of all the other virtues we as human beings should practice, things like Patience – Kindness – Honesty – Charity – Contentment – Humility – Diligence – LOVE.
It is my personal belief that when we love who we are as a person it becomes easy to live our lives in the energy of Love and practising the virtues mentioned above means that we come from a loving place, so the cycle keeps building and we keep radiating Love to ourselves and to all around us.
Copyright: © Helen Shrimpton, 2022. 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 host 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 www.crystalsandcrochet.com or to the Facebook group with anyone.
♥ You may do whatever 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. ♥
♥ 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.
You will need to become a member of my website, either free or monthly, as every pattern will be downloaded from the free patterns section in your dashboard, you can come back to it as many times as you like.
At the top of the pattern page – click on Access Patterns or sign in if you are a member. This will take you to the Free patterns section.
Click on the picture of the part you want to download.
Choose your option/language.
The pdf will then open for you to download
♥ 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.
Virtue 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 Virtue Danish – Dansk Anja Hoberg – Tina Risager Holst.
Introducing Virtue Dutch – Netherlands Simone Ypkemeule – Josephine Schuurman.
Introducing Virtue French – Français Marie Tremblay – Valerie Favreau – Marie Eve Poncet.
Introducing Virtue German – Deutsch Astrid Seidel – Ursula Prandtstetter – Monika Llau.
Introducing Virtue Italian – Italiano Olga Selis, Erika Sanna, Silvana Albanese Tabacchi.
Introducing Virtue Spanish– Español Elizabeth Pintado, Lynda Hernández,Teresa Sánchez, Julia Veloso Pazols
♥ 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.
There will be two yarn packs available, please see details below.
Each of the yarn packs has plenty of yarn to make the colourway 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 colourway 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 allowing for colour changes is:
Naturals Cotton Bamboo – approx. 3600 metres – 3950 yards – 3.5mm hook. Finished size: 134.5cm / 53 inches. (Similar to 4-ply whirls/twirls)
Normal Double Knit yarn – #3 weight – 8-ply – approx. 4500 metres – 4921 yards – 4mm G hook – Finished size 165cm / 65 inches.
Aran – Worsted – #4 weight – 10-ply – approx. 4704 metres – 5144 yards – 5 mm H hook. Finished size 178 cm / 70 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.
Virtue – Diligence
Stylecraft Naturals Cotton/Bamboo
5 x Ecru
4 x Natural
3 x Umber
2 x Peach
2 x Canyon
Recommended hook – 3.5mm E
Finished size: 134.5 cm/ 53 inches square.
Virtue – Patience
Stylecraft Special Double Knitting
5 x White
3 x Sherbet
3 x Turquoise
2 x Petrol
Recommended hook 4mm – G
Finished size 152 cm / 60 inches square.
Thank you to all of the testing team, I love you ladies.
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.
Virtue can be made as a baby blanket as shown below.
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Linda Mailhot –
Just loved working on this pattern…. So much so, I’m about to begin a 2nd one. Thank you so much Helen.
Ali Mather –
Lovely pattern, thanks Helen…you are a gem!
Natalia Galarza –
Hermoso diseño. Siempre tan precisos patrones y bellisimas combianciones de color. Gracias por tantas bellezas. Saludos desde Argentina
Kim Orecchio –
Love it. I am making this soon as I receive my yarn. Thank you for another beautiful blanket,
Cassandra Dunbar –
What size hook did Ineke use for the baby blanket? I’ll be using DK yarn.
follow the link to her Ravelry project, the details will be there 🙂
Sabrina Goodson –
Thank you for sharing another beautiful CAL.
Theresa Du Toit –
The best patterns and the best tutorials I have ever came across. The most beautiful items with easy tutorials. Thank you
Ellie Bond –
Thank you for another beautiful design. I’m looking forward to the cal. First Time I have done a cal at the same time as others. Looking forward to the FB group chat with it. You are awesome Helen.
Trisha Efford –
Thank you so very much once again Helen for your generosity & beautiful patterns. Very excited
Best wishes Trisha Efford
Lisa Goodale –
Your’s are the most beautiful patterns I’ve ever seen. I never thought I would be capable of making one but you make it so understandable and less scary. Thank You so much.
Mari Baker –
Received my yarn last week and it is absolutely beautiful. Can’t wait to start crocheting the blanket
Tammy DeFreest –
So excited! I ordered my yarn yesterday with express shipping to make sure it arrives in time!
Tanya Riopel –
Can’t wait to start your new Crochet Along. Love your beautiful patterns!
debi shahar –
You have in this post a blanket “Ineke’s Baby Blanket”. Can you share the combination of the colors in this work? I love it so much.
You can follow the link to Ineke’s Ravelry page for the information on the yarn she used.
ANGELA REEVES –
Beautiful! So nice of you to do free patterns. Just one suggestion the hooks are way to small. Maybe do they next one with at least a J or even a K.
You can use whatever yarn weight and hook size you like. I always work with double knit yarn and a 4mm G hook or slightly smaller.
If you were to use a 6mm J or 6.5mm K hook you would be using a chunky/super chunky yarn and your finished project would be enormous.
Annette Sharpe –
Enjoy making your patterns
Elizabeth OBrien –
Can’t wait to start this on3
Cassandra Dunbar –
Just ordered my yarn today. Can’t wait to start. Gorgeous pattern as always!
Catherine Bryce –
Another beautiful design thank you Helen and thankyou to the ladies who test the patterns it is lovely to see them in all different colours …well done all!
Janet Taplin –
Looking forward to starting this if the yarn becomes avilable before 30th September
Judy Walker –
Helen, your patterns are great and I am looking forward to starting this one. You always seem to outdo yourself.
Troy Staudt –
I’ve never participated in a CAL before. Your patterns are amazing! Cant wait to get started
Rachel Steyn –
Your patterns are amaizing
Love them all and can’t wait for “Virtue” to start☺
Talia Beebe –
Yay so excited!
dawn harvey –
An introduction offering all the answers to questions you might have. Beautiful pictures with different colorways. Lots of links to help find what I need. Thank you, Helen. You’ve outdone yourself. Cannot WAIT to get started! 🙂
Susan Robson –
Really looking forward to this – a fabulous design to keep me occupied over the upcoming long dark evenings. Thanks in advance Helen and your great team of testers x
Keri Bernier –
Bless you, Helen, for always coming through with the absolute BEST CALs in the universe! You are a truly magical being.
Monika Liddle –
This is a beautiful blanket. Can’t wait to get started.
Gabriela Bruno –
Looking forward to start the CAL. Thank you for another awesome design. I’m already in love with it.
Helen Henshaw –
I was so excited to check my e-mail and see a new CAL!
Pauline Baker –
Fantastic info as always!
Fran Everitt –
Wonderful patterns, make crocheting so much fun!
Jacki Moorcroft –
Can’t wait, your patterns are so addictive, have ordered wool and waiting with baited breath.
yla wood –
you are the best
Geraldine Dunegan –
Absolutely love your patterns!!