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.
The End Project
What will it be? A scarf? A shawl? A wrap? A blanket?
I have intentionally left it open what you will make out of the squares. “Wrapped In Jamie” is a play with words. You can look at it as creating some sort of wrap from all those squares relating to Jamie so that YOU are … well, wrapped in Jamie.
Or you can wait for the “Claire Square”, our first pattern in Season 2, which is dimensioned in a way that the 12 squares fit perfectly around it. So Claire (“Her again!”) is wrapped in Jamie.
Or you can wait a little longer and add another 8 squares forming Part 2 of the CAL and add them to your project.
I have outlined a few options in a separate post to give you some visuals.
For more information about yardage and yarn recommendations, please visit this post.
Wrapped in Jamie is inspired by the story of Jamie and Claire Fraser, known as the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
One day I was working on a crochet project while listening to the audible version of the books (read by the fabulous Davina Porter, who really brings the story alive through her tone of voice, the character interpretation and the accents).
Inspired by a particularly intense moment, I imagined what this story would look like if it was told in crochet pattern and voilà, the idea for the Outlander Pattern Collection was born.
Wrapped In Jamie is Part 1 in this collection. It is about events in Jamie’s life before he meets Claire.
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.
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:
DROPS Baby Merino: 24.5 x 24.5cm / 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
Lincraft Cotton 8ply: 29cm x 29cm / 8″ x 8″
DROPS Paris: 37cm x 37cm / 14 1/2″ x 14 1/2″
Test and Design
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″ in size.
Show and Tell
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 fro 10cm x 10cm (4′ x 4″)
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 mine from Deramores and even though I’m in Australia and it usually takes forever for parcels to arrive, this was an exception. (Link to Deramores below is an affiliate link, meaning they give me a small “Thank you fee” for referring them at no extra cost for you, but I’d do it either way because I was happy with the service.)
Pictures and Tutorials
Finally, for the “how to…” pictures and tutorials I used a simple Cotton 8ply yarn from Lincraft, which would give 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 is 17 sts x 22 rows for 10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″).
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 to squares together and fit a 40cm / 15″ cushion – perfect.
I got my DROPS Paris from LoveKnitting, which is now lovecrafts. (Affiliate link below)
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: All patterns will be available as PDF prints for your convenience 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: Our host, CAL – Crochet A Long, has a translator team working on the project. Currently the CAL will be translated into 13 languages:
The pattern may not be translated without permission of the designer.
Collaborations: CAL – Crochet A Long have been so kind to take me under their wing and have offered to host this CAL. I am very grateful for their help. Together we will find someone who can do a video tutorial for left-handed crocheters, so we have you covered, too.
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.