Have you tried a crochet-a-long (CAL)?

My Phoenix Blanket

I finally did it!  I joined a crochet-a-long (CAL)! I was hesitant in the past to join one because I just didn’t have the time to keep up every week. If you are new to the concept, let me explain. It’s a group that you join on a blog or facebook where everyone crochets the same pattern, usually over several weeks. The pattern is provided for free and the participants share their progress as well as ask questions each week. Well, I decided to do it even if I couldn’t “keep up” weekly. Yes, I am a few weeks behind, but I’m still getting it done and it is fun and inspiring to watch other people learn and create right along with me!

Phoenix CAL – Part 2 complete


My first CAL is with by Vanessa Smith using her Phoenix Pattern. I found this CAL on Facebook. I don’t even remember how I became a member of the Facebook group. Probably through something I clicked on Pinterest. I wanted to join this group because the pattern was gorgeous and it looked challenging. I love learning new stitches and believe me, this pattern has a ton of them! It has been quite a challenge, but in a good way. As you can see from the photo, my Phoenix blanket is only just begun. I am using Red Heart Ombre yarn in Sweet Treat. I’m not a huge fan of this yarn. It has a rough texture and it separates a lot making some of the stitches difficult. I will show an updated photo once it’s complete!

Vanessa has very detailed patterns each week which are free and she also has video tutorials that you can purchase for $5.00 (for all). I highly recommend purchasing the video since some of the techniques are a little tricky and they give you great insight into the pattern. Believe me, they will save you a lot of time and frustration. For a link to Vanessa’s Phoenix CAL click here.  I hope you decide to give one a try.  You will love the sense of community and acceptance.

Be sure to let me know if you’ve done a CAL before and what you think about them in the comment section below!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way by Hooked on Sunshine and am sharing her information out of pure respect and gratitude for her pattern.

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