Welcome to the Wrapped In Jamie CAL. I am soooo excited to share this Crochet Along with you.
I have been working on this project for a year by the time it will be released. Can you believe it? I had no idea that it takes so long to prepare a CAL. Maybe I should have started with something smaller, but now it is almost finished anyway, so we might as well go with it.
Wrapped in Jamie is inspired by the story of Jamie and Claire Fraser, known as the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
One day, while I was crocheting a simple project and listening to the last of the currently available audiobooks (read by the fabulous Davina Porter, who really brings the story alive through her tone of voice, the character interpretation and the accents), I was wondering what I could crochet and listen to next. I did not want the story to end and thought how nice it would be to “crochet the story”. It is my core belief that “Everybody’s got a Story” andI wondered what this specific story would look like if it was translated into a crochet pattern. Hence, the idea for an Outlander Pattern Collectionwas born, which later turned into the Wrapped In Jamie CAL, and the design was born.
Seasons 1 to 3 of the Wrapped In Jamie CALis the story of Jamie’s timeline and his life until he meets Claire in 1743 translated into a set of patterns.
How to Approach This CAL
The Project And Your Options
The idea for this project is to create an item you can wrap yourself in – hence Wrapped In Jamie. Everything will be provided in the CAL to give you several different options. You can make a square or rectangular blanket, a long scarf, a triangular shawl or a plaid-like throw.
You will find lots of resources on the Wrapped In Jamie Resources page, like layout suggestion sheets with and without square numbers that you can download and which you can use to plan your project and your colourways.
I have outlined a few layout options in a separate post to give you some visuals.
For more information about yardage and yarn recommendations, please visit this post.
The project is designed to suit an inquisitive beginner or intermediate crocheter. Most stitches are basic and special stitches are usually explained in detail. There will be video tutorials for all squares, which should make following along even easier. For those who prefer charts, they will be available, too.
These patterns are kept as simple as possible, using only the most basic stitches where possible. Special stitches are usually just a combination of basic stitches, like front posts, or sets of double/treble/double-treble crochets together. They are usually explained in the respective pattern, however there is an accompanying collection of the most common “special stitches” and their prerequisites (Wrapped In Jamie CAL Stitch Collection).
Patterns are written for right handed crocheters. Most of them are symmetrical, so left handed crocheters can just swap instructions ‘right’ for ‘left’ where applicable.
Size will depend on your choice of yarn. I have used three different types of yarn as specified below, which gives me a variety of not only size, but also different looks and feels.
Standard squares without the optional border are:
DROPS Baby Merino: 15.5cm x 15.5cm / 6 1/8″ x 6 1/8″
Vera Moda – Florentine Collection – Selce: 19cm x 19cm / 7.5″ x 7.5″
Lincraft Cotton 8ply: 21cm x 21 cm / 8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″
DROPS Paris: 25cm x 25cm / 10″ x 10″
Standard squares including the border are:
Test and Design Square Yarn
I used yarn from the Vera Moda Florentine Collection in Selce, which is a composition of 49% Wool, 48% Acrylic and 3% Nylon for the initial testing.
The yarn manufacturer recommends a 4.0mm(US F(5)-G(6)/UK 8/Japan 7/0) hook, but because I am a bit on the loose side when it comes to crocheting, I used a 3.5mm (US E(4)/UK 9/Japan 6/0) crochet hook. This usually gives me approximately the same size as if using the recommended hook size.
Gauge is 24 sts x 32 rows for 10cm x 10cm
The main part of the squares is 18.5 x 18.5cm / 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ if made from this yarn. I did not crochet borders around the test squares.
Show and Tell Squares Yarn
The Show and Tell squares were made in DROPS Baby Merino, which is 100% wool and sooo supersoft!
Even though a 3mm (US C(2)-D(3)/UK 11/Japan 5/0) hook is recommended, I also used the 3.5mm hook. This gave me soft, fluffy, squishy and beautiful squares with great definition.
Gauge is 24sts x 32 rows for 10cm x 10cm (4′ x 4″)
Sizes for this yarn are:
Main inside part only: 16.5 x 16.5cm / 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
Including the border: 24.5 x 24.5cm / 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
I got my Drops Baby Merino from Wool Warehouse and they have agreed to provide yarn kits in the most beautiful colourways.
Pictures and Tutorials
Finally, for the “how to…” photo tutorials I used a simple Cotton 8ply yarn from Lincraft (a Australian craft store), which gives me a fantastic stitch definition with a 4.0mm(US F(5)-G(6)/UK 8/Japan 7/0) hook as recommended.
Gauge is 22 sts x 30 rows for 10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)
I also made squares in Drops Paris with a 4.5mm (US g(6-7)/UK 7/Japan 8/0) hook (recommended 5mm – US H(8)/UK 6/Japan 8/0) to triple test the pattern and to use for a blanket later.
Gauge of this yarn is 17 sts x 22 rows for 10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″).
The inside part is huge: 24.5 x 24.5cm / 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
The square including the border is 37 x 37cm / 14 1/2″ x 14 1/2″
This would be the perfect size for a small cushion. Add a row of single crochet or two, sew two squares together and fit a 40cm / 15″ cushion – perfect.
I got my DROPS Paris from Wool Warehouse, who also provide yarn kits in both Drops Baby Merino, Drops Paris and soon Stylecraft Special DK!
Of course you can use any yarn or colour you fancy. This is just what I used and since gauge is not super essential, feel free to use your favourite yarn.
A table with the yardage for each of the squares in three different yarns is available here.
Here is the yardage for the following yarns:
DROPS Baby Merino (Sock/Fingering/4ply, 50g = 175m / 191 yds):
Gauge: 24sts x 32 rows for 10 x 10cm / 4 x 4″
254g (890m) for the first 12 squares without the border
(Between 21 and 26g per square – exact listing will follow)
35g (123m) for the border of each square
DROPS Baby Merino Yarn Kits are available from Wool Warehouse here
Florentine Collection (50g = 185m / 202 yds):
Gauge: 24sts x 32 rows for 10 x 10cm / 4 x 4″
270g (540m) for the first 12 squares without the border
(Between 23 and 26g per square – exact listing to follow)
I have not made any borders around these test squares, because I will try a blanket option without them.
Lincraft Cotton 8ply (50g = 100m / 109 yds):
22sts x 30 rows for 10 x 10cm / 4 x 4″
540g (1080m) for the first 12 squares without the border
(Between 45 and 49g per square – exact listing to follow)
78g (156m) for the border of each square
DROPS Paris (50g = 75m / 82 yds):
17 sts x 22 rows for 10 x 10cm / 4 x 4″
888g (1260m) for the first 12 squares without the border
(Between 70 and 76g per square – exact listing to follow)
121g (182m) for the border of each square
DROPS Paris Yarn Kits are available from Wool Warehouse here
As always, if your tension is different to mine, your yardage may vary. Make sure you err on the plus side. You might want some extra yarn left over for an optional border around the finished project.
Written Tutorials: Each new part of the Wrapped in Jaime CAL will be available indefinitely on this website once released. There will be lots of pictures and step-by-step instructions to explain critical points.
Video Tutorials: Accompanying the written instructions, video tutorials for each of the patterns will be available. Like the pictures and the written instructions, they are intended to explain the bits that might be tricky for a beginner and need to be used in conjunction with the written pattern.
Prints: Patterns in US terminology will be available as PDF prints for convenient off-line use for a small contribution. It is not a requirement to download the ad-free versions as all the patterns are and will be displayed on the website for free, although they may make your life easier.
Languages: We are aiming to have this pattern translated into as many languages as we can. If you are experienced and would like to contribute to this project in the way of helping with translations, please send an email to admin at blacksheepcrochet dot com.
No pattern or part thereof may be translated without the designer’s permission.
If you don’t find any yarn that you like at the Wool Warehouse, there is also Deramores who ship internationally. (Link below)
The CAL starts September 1st, 2019.
New square patterns will be released weekly, along with the pictures and videos.
Am I already freaking out? You bet!
I would like to express a big THANK YOU to the following people:
Polly Plum from Every Trick on the Hook for sharing her advice so freely and generally when I approached her. Polly’s Stardust Melodies CAL was one of the most enjoyable CALs I participated in and the blanket I made with the squares from this CAL has won me 1st prize at the local country show.
It was your CAL that made me fall in love with squares again and your designs highly influenced mine.
Dedri Uys from Look at What I Made for her infamous Sophie’s Universe CAL. It was this project that not only reminded me of my love of crochet, but also allowed me to gently upgrade my skills while for once finishing a project.
It was your CAL that upped my crochet skills after a few year break and your standard of pattern description is my aim.
Tatsiana from Lilla Björn Crochet for her great overlay crochet patterns, which are always a joyful challenge. Your designs are always cute and playful, yet the perfect amount of challenge to make them special.
It was your Spirits of Life Wrap CAL that inspired me to venture out on my own design adventure.
Marinke Slump from A Creative Being, who sadly has moved on to the other side. Her mandalas were the first projects that showed me that crochet can be quirky and fun. It all continued from there. You will never be forgotten.