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Celebrating Crochet: a Multi-CAL Event

Posted by Lianka Azulay on

March is National Crochet Month and although for most of us, crocheting is celebrated year-round, the Bonita Patterns team is never shy to find an extra excuse or holiday to justify a party.  With the goal of honoring our craft in style, we are launching “Celebrating Crochet”: a multi-project CAL event with FOUR designs to crochet along with you.

Celebrating Crochet” will run from Tuesday, March 13 through April 30, 2018 (but feel free to join us whenever your schedule allows, we are an understanding bunch), and you can participate in any or all of them. We have curated the projects based on difficulty, expected completion time, and variety of technique.

If you might be wondering what a “CAL” (Crochet Along) is, check HERE.

How to Join the CAL

News, schedules, instructions and the free (for a limited time only) patterns for our CALs events are posted on our Bonita Patterns Blog, but the latest scoop and real value of support you’ll receive by Joining the Bonita Patterns CALs group on Facebook. We also recommend you sign up to our Newsletter to receive updates.

On to our projects info:

Crocodile Stitch Poncho CAL

Our first project is the much expected Crocodile Stitch Poncho. This beauty is a head turner and one of those must-have in your wardrobe statement pieces. Seriously, who can resist the texture of these scales?

I personally love ponchos for its practicality and its special “magic power” to make me look impeccably fashionable, even when I’m in a hurry and wearing a not so elegant outfit underneath it. This Crocodile Stitch poncho has been my favorite this season and I’m hoping it will be in yours too!

The pattern is rated intermediate and it is a no-fuss project that you can somewhat meditate while crocheting it. The poncho was design in sizes Small through 3-XL and was made with our Bonita Yarns Dream Baby, an unbelievably soft 100% acrylic self-striping yarn available in 26 amazing colorways. The poncho showcased in pictures was made with Dream Baby in Mountain Shades colorway.

Crocodile Stitch Poncho CAL Schedule:

***As  special offer, during our “Celebrating Crochet Multi-CAL Event”, we are offering a 15% off yarn purchases at Bonita Patterns & Yarns. Use coupon code CROCHETMONTH at checkout.***

***IMPORTANT FINE PRINT: This CAL pattern will be FREE (for a limited time) from Tuesday, March 20 through Wednesday, April 17, 2018, in serial form as published on the Bonita Patterns Blog. The pattern will be posted in parts on the blog, and the free version will include affiliate links and ads.

Crocodile Stitch Kimono Top CAL

Whether you are a veteran or beginner crocheter, in my ramblings with other like-minded crafters, I have found that most fear crocheting clothing items such as sweaters and dresses. Perhaps we have seen way too many portraits of ill-fitting handmade sweaters on media and became fearful of trying.

If you are a dedicated beginner or an intermediate crocheter who’s still intimidated by making your first garment. You are in the right place. We love designing garments and it is just yet one of those projects that many fear because some constructions are unnecessarily complicated. If you can crochet flat rectangles, you can make and infinite number of clothing. The Crocodile Stitch Kimono is made of three rectangles.

This design was a big hit when one of our talented CAL members, Monica Orey posted it and share with us that it was one of her first crochet projects ever! We love adventurous beginners!  She shared with us that the construction was so easy, and all the compliments and pride she felt by wearing a top made by her built her confidence and now she’s hooked in crocheting all types of clothing.

Bonita Patterns CALs member, Monica Orey, “rocking” her Crocodile Stitch Kimono Top. Gorgeous lady, amazing crocheter!

Crocodile Stitch Kimono Top CAL Schedule:

  • WED, March 14, 2018 (AVAILABLE NOW): Supplies List HERE
  • WED, March 28, 2018: Part one of Poncho pattern
  • WED, April 4th, 2018: Part two of Poncho pattern

***As  special offer, during our “Celebrating Crochet Multi-CAL Event”, we are offering a 15% off yarn purchases at Bonita Patterns & Yarns. Use coupon code CROCHETMONTH at checkout.***

***IMPORTANT FINE PRINT: This CAL pattern will be FREE (for a limited time) from Tuesday, March 14 through Wednesday, April 17, 2018, in serial form as published on the Bonita Patterns Blog. The pattern will be posted in parts on the blog, and the free version will include affiliate links and ads. If you’d like to start early on the full pattern, you can purchase a discounted, ad-free, printable PDF, with photo tutorial HERE***

Crocodile Stitch Leafy Cowl CAL

If you are looking for a quick, yet unique project, look no further! The Crocodile Stitch Leafy Cowl is the perfect project. Here we have altered the traditional crocodile stitch to create a pretty leaf effect which gives this capelet a unique look and drape. The cowl showcased in pictures was made with Dream Baby in Forest Degrade colorway.

***IMPORTANT FINE PRINT: This CAL pattern will be FREE (Free for a limited time. Gloves not included. Cowl pattern only) from Tuesday, March 20 through Wednesday, April 30, 2018, in serial form as published on the Bonita Patterns Blog. The pattern will be posted in parts on the blog, and the free version will include affiliate links and ads. If you’d like to start early on the full pattern, you can purchase a discounted, ad-free, printable PDF, with photo tutorial HERE***

Crocodile Stitch Leafy Cowl CAL Schedule:

  • TUE, March 20, 2018 (AVAILABLE NOW): Supplies List HERE
  • TUE, April 10, 2018: Part one of Leafy Cowl pattern
  • WED, April 17, 2018: Part two of Leafy Cowl pattern

The Crocodile Stitch Leafy Fingerless Gloves makes the perfect match for this cowl. If you would like to make a the gloves, from March 14 through April 17, the gloves pattern is being offered at a 50% discount for only $2.75 from December 12, 2017 through February 28, 2018. No coupon needed, please find the pattern HERE.

We had so much fun with our first event, “Stitching an American Dream” that we couldn’t wait for more. Our Facebook Group Bonita Patterns CALs kept us in awe with the beautiful creations you made from our patterns. Most of all, our Facebook CAL group is much more than than just working on a pattern together, it is also, or even mostly, about community, mutual support, and fun! You can join our Facebook group HERE.

***As  special offer, during our “Celebrating Crochet Multi-CAL Event”, we are offering a 15% off yarn purchases at Bonita Patterns & Yarns. Use coupon code CROCHETMONTH at checkout.***

Crocodile Stitch Hooded Vest CAL

On our quest to create beautiful garments that you can not only have fun crocheting, but showcase your skills to the world, we have designed the Crocodile Stitch Hooded Vest. This project follows our fundamental requirements: unique, easy and flattering to all body shapes. The vest is rated intermediate and is available in sizes Small through 3 XL.

This is a premium Crochet Along project and there are two ways to sign up:

How do I Sign Up?

You can make this Crocodile Stitch Hooded Vest by purchasing the pattern only OR by purchasing the yarn required for the project and receiving the pattern FREE.

Option a) Pattern Only:

You will be automatically signed up on the Crocodile Stitch Hooded Vest by purchasing the pattern. Link to purchase pattern will be available on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (see schedule). During the CAL, the pattern is being offered at a 50% discount for only $3.00 from March 20, 2018 through April 30, 2018. No coupon needed. PURCHASE PATTERN HERE

The pattern instructions will be emailed to you as PDF files, in serial format or clues. For each clue, you will receive a “Pattern Update” message and you will be able to download each clue PDF file. Once the last clue is released, you will also receive a final PDF file containing the full pattern.

Option b) FREE Crocodile Stitch Hooded Vest CAL Pattern with Yarn Purchase 

Purchasing the Bonita Yarns Dream Baby suggested for the project at Bonita Patterns & Yarns you will be automatically signed up on the Crochet Along and receive the Hooded Vest clues by email as PDF files, in serial format or clues. For each clue, you will receive a “Pattern Update” message and you will be able to download each clue PDF file. Once the last clue is released, you will also receive a final PDF file containing the full pattern

Crocodile Stitch Hooded Vest CAL Schedule:

  • TUE, March 20, 2018 (AVAILABLE NOW): Supplies List HERE & Links to join (FREE with yarn or 50% off pattern only)
  • FRI, April 13, 2018: Part one of Hooded Vest pattern
  • FRI, April 20, 2018: Part two of Hooded Vest pattern

 

Let’s Crochet Along!


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