Introducing the Crochet Girl Gang CAL with Paintbox Yarns
We’re thrilled to introduce the Crochet Girl Gang CAL with Paintbox Yarns. Join us for a fabulous crochet-along with Potter & Bloom and Steel & Stitch!
Crochet along with us and make a beautiful blanket with a gorgeous geometric design! Bloggers and crochet designers Emma Potter from Potter & Bloom, and Emma Friedlander-Collins from Steel & Stitch have joined creative forces to design a thoroughly modern crochet blanket that will look deliciously stylish draped across your sofa.
Join our crochet-along with Paintbox Yarns and learn how to crochet different kinds of granny squares, from simple stitches to cables, special stitch borders, tassels and multi-colour pom poms. We have exclusive video tutorials and we’ll be celebrating, chattering and working alongside you on Facebook, Instagram and in our own fun Community too.
What is the Crochet Girl Gang?
Emma Potter, from Potter & Bloom explains: “The #crochetgirlgang is an online, mainly instagram, community of like-minded crochet addicts. If you browse the hashtag you will see that it is full of wonderful crochet makers, sellers, designers and yarn obsessed girls who just want to have fun, make stuff and be nice to one another.
“I created the #crochetgirlgang hashtag in March this year as a way to promote positivity, solidarity and respect in the rapidly growing online crochet community. I felt lucky to have a strong gang of supportive women cheering me on as I grew my crochet career, especially because sometimes social media, in particular instagram, can leave you feeling a little bit isolated and vulnerable.
It’s nice to know that there are people out there who will make you feel good about what you do and appreciate the hard work that goes into every creation. Sometimes just one person saying they love your picture can make all the difference to your day, especially if you’ve been having a bad one.
I wanted everyone to feel like that, to create an inclusive community where all the gang feels supported by their peers and even people who are new to crochet or new to Instagram can get their creations shared and applauded.
You don’t have to join the gang, there is no elaborate initiation ceremony, you don’t have to have a certain number of followers, nor is anyone excluded. All it takes to be in the gang is to use the hashtag whenever you post a crochet picture, enjoy looking at other people’s gorgeous crochet creations and maybe leave a positive, happy comment from time to time.”
Our fabulous blanket is crocheted in Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran using a 5mm hook. It measures 64″ x 38″ (162 x 96 cm) and you can choose from two borders, with pom-poms or tassels.
Emma Potter of Potter & Bloom has chosen a sweet pastel palette with gentle sherberts, perfect pinks and a pom pom edge!
A tumble of autumn leaves has inspired Emma Friedlander-Collins from Steel & Stitch, with rich, warm reds and oranges and a flourish of tassels.
Potter & Bloom began life as a blog, a sort-of crochet blog, and over time, Emma’s love of blastingly bright colour and crocheting granny squares took over, and she is now a freelance crochet designer/teacher/maker and the head honcho of the #crochetgirlgang movement. Emma’s designs can be seen in major UK crochet magazines and websites, and her fabulous YouTube video tutorials are a great first step to getting the whole world hooking.
Emma began her design career in 2011, and thanks to the success of her fabulous designs she has written three books – Crochet Dress Up, Big Hook Crochet and most recently, 35 Crocheted Bags. She’s been featured in Mollie Makes, Simply Crochet and Inside Crochet to name but a few, and teaches crochet workshops up and down the land.
She is one of our regular LoveCrochet blog contributors, and we love her inspirational colour advice!
What you’ll need
We’ve created fabulous colour packs matching the Potter & Bloom and Steel & Stitch colourways. The specially discounted colour packs have a whopping 25% off until the 19th October!
The Potter and Bloom Colour Pack
Dreamily pastel, Emma Potter’s zesty sherbert shades are brought to life with an injection of mandarin orange and winter white. This blanket is at home in a modern home or nursery, with fun multi-coloured pompoms at each corner. The pack contains two balls each of: Seafoam Blue, Peach Orange, Blush Pink, Daffodil Yellow and Mandarin Orange, and six balls of Paper White.
The Steel & Stitch Colour Pack
Toasty warm autumn tones are Emma Friedlander-Collins’ inspiration to celebrate the season. Cleverly blended with a deep grey, mustard, orange and reds make this the cosiest blanket ever. The pack contains two balls each of: Mustard Yellow, Mandarin Orange, Blood Orange, Tomato Red and Red Wine, and six balls of Slate Grey.
Pick your palette!
Create your own colourway! The beauty of having your own Paintbox, is that you can pick your own palette! There are 60 fabulous shades to choose from in the Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran range, and for the CAL, you will need five accent colours plus one signature shade to border the squares.
Inspired by the beach? Choose aqua tones, sea greens and sandy yellows. Love the Northern Lights? Build a night sky shot through with neon green and purple hues. Monochrome? Naturals? Princess pinks? With a whole paintbox palette to choose from, you can create your dream colourway.
Our blog editor Merion loves late summer hedgerows, and decided to reflect the gentle greens and purples in her blanket, bordered with a misty grey – this is her hedgerow colourway! Which colours will you choose for your personal colourway?
Merion’s hedgerow colourway includes shades Racing Green, Slate Green, Pistachio, Raspberry Pink and Rich Mauve, and a border shade of Misty Grey. Keep an eye on the blog to see how the colours come together.
What to expect
Skill level: the Crochet Girl Gang CAL is ideal for beginners and adventurous beginners. You will learn how to crochet granny squares with different central motifs using standard crochet stitches plus borders and sewing up. There will be also be a whole host of video tutorials every week from Emma Potter and Emma Friedlander-Collins, and Facebook updates on our LoveCrochet CALs group!
Join the community
- We’ll be moderating the #CrochetGirlGang instagram page, so don’t forget to tag your creations with #CrochetGirlGang for a chance to be featured.
- Follow Paintbox Yarns and show us your palettes on Instagram with #PaintboxYarns and #PickYourPalette.
- Upload your projects on the community with our HotTag CrochetGirlGangCAL.
- Follow Potter & Bloom and Steel & Stitch on instagram.
The CAL will run from 26th October until 30th November! Here is our handy timetable of dates!