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Introducing Whispers from the Past CAL 2016

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Introducing Whispers from the Past CAL [crochet a long] 2016

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


A design using traditional stitch patterns, but with a modern twist.

Well it couldn’t really not have a twist with me designing it!!

I am thrilled and honoured to share this design with you all, as a CAL (crochet-a-long) hosted by the CAL-Crochet A Long group on Facebook. If you have not joined this group, I suggest you do. It is a fun and very friendly group full of lovely people, just like you and me, who love to play with hooks and yarn.

This is my second cal of this year. I know I may just be the most crazy person you ever met, but there are two reasons for this.

Firstly I enjoyed my first cal Mandala Madness, so much, and have received so much love, and positive feedback, through thousands of comments and emails, and an amazing amount of pleasure to see so many people having so much fun.

Secondly I am about to embark on an amazing adventure, and I am not sure if I will be able to create any large projects for a while.

My Nana taught me to crochet, many years ago, when I was a young child. I have the most wonderful memories of the blankets she used to make with a very simple, four petal flower.

I wanted to base this design on some of my fondest crochet and crafting memories, using a combination of traditional stitch patterns, but putting my own twist on them.
Also wanting to make it an easy project for anyone of any skill/experience level.

Each week I will share some of my memories with you, and tell the story behind the stitches you will be working.

The cal is in 9 parts, and the pattern will remain free on my website indefinitely.

Each week you will either be making, squares, panels, or working around the entire project.

There are also four different joining techniques used in the project, all with full photo tutorial instructions. As usual, with any of my designs, I like to encourage you to try something new, to learn and grow.

The finished blanket is rectangular, but there are lots of options for you to change the shape or size to suit your own creative or “snuggle worthy” needs.



♥ Useful Stuff

♥ Tutorials ~ The patterns of each part will be published here, on my blog, every Thursday evening at 7pm approx. UK time (UTC), this is to allow everyone around the world some weekend crochet time.

♥ Printing/PDF ~ You will find a choice of downloads for each weekly part.

♥ Translations ~ I am thrilled to announce that my CAL will be translated into many different languages, by an amazing team of ladies from the CAL – Crochet A Long group on Facebook.

Whispers from the Past will be available in

US terms – photo tutorial – written pattern – and some video tutorials
UK terms – photo tutorial – written pattern

And also in the following languages

Afrikaans, Danish – Dansk, Dutch – Nederlands, Finnish – Suomi, French – Français,
German – Deutsche, Greek – Ελληνικα, Hebrew – עברית, Korean – 한국어., Norwegian – Norsk,
Persian – فارسی, Spanish – Español, Swedish -Svenska

The pattern was translated by an amazing group of ladies from the CAL – Crochet A Long group on Facebook and will be translated in many different languages.
I am looking forward to this international project and the amazing energy the crochet community has to share.

♥ Stitch Abbreviations and Special Stitches

An abbreviation chart is included on the front page of each part of the CAL.
Also there will be detailed instructions, about how to make special stitches used in the pattern for each part.

♥ Difficulty

I encourage anyone of any level of experience to try this project, it is easily achievable for beginners.

♥ What will you need?

Hold on and we will get there… first some information about what I used and what is available for you to follow along with.

This cal has been sponsored by Stylecraft Yarns, and I would like to thank them very much for supplying the yarn for me to play with. 🙂

There are 4 yarn packs available to buy using Stylecraft Special Double knit or Aran, these are premium acrylic and are my favourite yarns to work with.

Yarn Packs

Pretty Pastels

Stylecraft Special Double Knitting

3 x Duck Egg
3 x Cream
3 x Wisteria
2 x Soft Peach
2 x Lemon

Whispers colours per round

Recommended hook 4mm – G
Finished size 131 cm x 160 cm / 51 ½ inches x 63 inches

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Paint Box Colours

Stylecraft Special Double Knitting

3 x Bluebell
2 x Aspen
2 x Pomegranate
2 x Violet
2 x Shrimp
2 x Saffron

Whispers colours per round

Recommended hook 4mm – G
Finished size 131 cm x 160 cm  / 51 ½ inches x 63 inches

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Purely Patriotic

Stylecraft Special Aran

14 x Cream
4 x Pomegranate
4 x Denim

Whispers colours per round

Recommended hook 5.5mm – I
Finished size 172 cm x 204 cm / 68 inches x 81 inches

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Brown Sugar

Stylecraft Special Aran

6 x Parchment
5 x Dark Brown
4 x Copper
4 x Camel
3 x Gold

Whispers colours per round

Recommended hook 5.5mm – I
Finished size 172 cm x 204 cm / 68 inches x 81 inches

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For those of you going in your own colour direction, you will need approximately.

Double Knitting weight 3835 m/4186yds, 4mm hook.

Worsted/Aran weight 4312 m/ 4708yds, 5.5mm hook.

Please remember because of personal working tension these amounts are only approximate.

Please allow for colour changes and get more rather than less…. it’s always better to have a little leftover than run out and not be able to get the same dye lot or even for the colour to have been discontinued…yes that makes ya so mad…right

I look forward to sharing a little more happy, hookin’ time with you all.

 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.

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1 review for Introducing Whispers from the Past CAL 2016

  1. Betty Yancy

    All of the colors are so very vibrant and so happy.The others are so calming and soothing !! I cannot decide what l want!

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