Welcome to the Wrapped In Jamie CAL. I am soooo excited to share this Crochet Along with you.
Wrapped In Jamie is my first “bigger” design and the first CAL I have attempted. I have been working on this project for over a year until the time I started to release the first pattern. And that was mainly just designing and writing the pattern down. I will be writing an extra post about my experience as a first-time CAL-hoster. It was – and at the time of writing this, still is – quite the journey!
Squares 1-6 are written in the ‘old Petranese’ – a system that uses numbers and letters to describe the stitch placement.
Squares from S7 onwards will be written in the ‘new Petranese’, which we were hoping would be easier to read and translate.
Squares 1-6 will be updated as we go. Patterns in the shop will be clearly marked OLD and NEW. If you purchased an old pattern, you will automatically be sent the NEW pattern as soon as it is released.
The squares will look the same, only the writing of the pattern is different. Please make yourself familiar with the new Outlanding Stitch Compendium as eventually all patterns will be available in the NEW Petranese only.
Wrapped in Jamie refers to the characters in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novel series. It is the story of a woman, Claire, who accidentally falls through time in a stone circle in Scotland. Now, 202 years earlier, she meets Jamie, a young Highlander. While they experience many adventures and challenges, they fall in love with each other.
If you don’t know the story yet – read the books, watch the videos or listen to the audio books while wrapping yourself in Jamie! If you do know the story, well, just enjoy it again!
One day, while I was crocheting a simple project and listening to the last of the currently available audio books, 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”, and I wondered what this specific story would look like, if it were translated into a crochet pattern. Hence, the idea for an Outlander Pattern Collection with 12 designs was born, which later grew into the Wrapped In Jamie CAL – with 20 different squares, a big Claire Square, additional three sizes of triangles and three different suggestions for a border.
Each of the squares has its own ‘Background Story and Designer’s Thoughts’ page. Here is a link to an overview of the stories that have already been published: https://blacksheepcrochet.com/design-background-stories/
How to Approach This CAL
There is a Wrapped In Jamie Resources page with step-by-step instructions how to prepare for this CAL and links to all related pages.
Here is a super-quick recap:
- Read the Introduction and The Outlanding Stitch Compendium for the WIJ CAL well – it is available for free in my webshop: https://blacksheepcrochet.com/shop/
- Choose your layout.
- Choose your colourway (Jamie, Scotland, Claire or your very own).
- Choose your yarn or get one of the yarn kits we have put together for you.
- If you decide on choosing your own yarn, check the required yardage.
- Read through the complete pattern on the website or download the ad-free US terms PDF for a small contribution*. https://blacksheepcrochet.com/shop/
- Read the complete round before you start crocheting it. Make yourself familiar with the special stitches mentioned in each round.
- Get into it. The best way to learn is to do ;-)!
*You are not obliged to purchase the PDF as all information will be available for free on the website. You may, however, find a print version more convenient – easier to mark your progress, and you can take the pattern with you.
Translated PDFs will be offered for free in my shop. I don’t have the capacity to provide a free pattern page for every language, and the translation teams dedicate their time and effort as a service to my “Black Sheep Flock”, so that crocheters from all around the world can participate. If you want to support my work and help covering costs to provide this service to you, there is an option to make a small donation.
Just like the TV-series of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels, this CAL is divided into three ‘Seasons’. You may choose to crochet all parts, but you don’t have to. This project offers you lots and lots of possibilities – you can use all or only some of the squares. Some suggestions are listed here: https://blacksheepcrochet.com/wrapped-in-jamie-cal-project-options/
Season 1 shows you 11 different stages in Jamie’s life. It tells you about the things that are important to Jamie and/or had an impact on shaping him into the man he has become when he ‘meets’ Claire in Square 12. The (optional) square border is also part of the patterns in this season. You can make a nice wrap, shawl or scarf or even a blanket with these 12 squares only. A simple border is included that will keep the focus on the square designs.
https://blacksheepcrochet.com/wrapped-in-jamie-cal-yardage/ includes suggestions for choosing colours and tables that give you the amount of yarn you need for three sample weights (fingering, DK and Aran). There is also an instruction how to calculate the yarn you will need for your project, as well as sample sizes with the different types of yarn.
All Season 1 squares are listed here: https://blacksheepcrochet.com/wrapped-in-jamie-cal-season-1-squares/
Season 2 gives you the big Claire Square and another eight small squares, relating to Jamie, Claire and Scotland. We will show you some new layout options and a medium sized border that can be adapted to suit different projects.
Season 3 brings it all together with a set of three different sized triangles, which you will need to finish our largest project suggestion – the Diamond Kilt Claire 20. I’ll also show you how to finish with a larger border option.
You can find a detailed overview of the seasons on the website:
The Project And Your Options
The idea for this project is to create an accessory you can wrap yourself in – hence Wrapped In Jamie. Everything will be provided in the patterns to give you lots of different options. You can make a square or rectangular blanket, a long scarf, a triangular shawl, a plaid-like throw or realise your very own idea.
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 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 classified as intermediate, but it was 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. Currently they are “Unofficial Design charts”, and there will be an explanation how to read them.
The 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 i.e. pairs of trebles crocheted together in different combinations. They are always listed and explained in the first part of every pattern and before the round they are used in. The Outlanding Stitch Compendium (free PDF in my webshop) gives you an overview of the basic stitches and their variations, and it will teach you how to read my “Petranese system” of special stitches. Please make yourself familiar with this system before diving into the CAL.
Patterns are written by and for right-handed crocheters. However, they are all symmetrical, and instructions for left-handed crocheters are added where necessary.
Stitches are always made in both loops unless stated otherwise. When a stitch is made in front, behind or around another stitch in a different round, the corresponding stitch of the current round will be considered as worked and must therefore be skipped. This is very important to remember, as it is not mentioned in each round!!!
Example: sc, fpdc, sc reads as follows: single crochet, front post double crochet, single crochet.
The extended version of this would read: sc, fpdc, skip 1 st, sc in next st.
In order to avoid confusion, it is assumed that when you work a stitch other than in the current round, the corresponding stitch must be skipped in order to avoid unnecessary increases: increases are ONLY made in the corners.
Every Wrapped in Jamie pattern starts with a reminder of the essentials!
Abbreviations (US Terminology) for the Basic Stitches
Basic Stitches you should know
- For each special stitch you make in front, behind, around or in the front loop of another stitch from a previous round, you must leave the corresponding stitch behind or in front of the special stitch unworked (skip 1 stitch) unless instructed otherwise.
- The ch1 at the beginning of the round does not count as a stitch and will be skipped when we slip stitch into the first sc at the end of each round.
- Keep the slip stitch that closes the round loose as it will replace the sc below as the last stitch of the next round.
- Visuals are read from right to left.
Each square in this collection consists of 20 rounds, respectively 30 rounds if you choose to work the optional square border. Each side of the square is increased by 2 stitches per round, which means each round has 8 more stitches than the previous one (2 stitches x 4 corners).
The big Claire Square (Season 2) is an exception in terms of size but not stitch count. She is the same size as 4 normal squares, is made in 60 rounds and does not have an extra border.
The stitch count for each side is always odd.
The size of your finished project 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 in cream from Lincraft (an Australian craft store), which gives me a fantastic stitch definition with a 3.5mm(US E(4)-G(6)/UK 9/Japan 6/0).
Gauge is 22 sts x 30 rows for 10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)
Needle and hook: 4mm
Meterage: 100m per 50g
I sometimes use this yarn in the video tutorials too, alternating with Flinders Cotton 8ply from Spotlight (also an Australian craft store). The yarn is super soft and the drape is divine, using the same hook as above.
Gauge is 21 sts x 29 rows for 10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)
Needle and hook: 4mm
Meterage: 115m per 50g
My crochet tension is rather on the loose side, so I usually use a smaller hook than suggested.
Drops Paris is one of my favourite cotton yarns. Some people find it splits easily and I have observed that indeed some batches seem to split more than others. I never had a real problem with that though and I love the extreme colour choice this yarn provides. I use 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 before it goes out to the editors.
The squares made from this yarn will be used for a square blanket in the “storyteller colourway.
Gauge is 17 sts x 22 rows for 10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)
Needle and hook: 5mm (US8/H-8)
Meterage: 75m per 50g
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 started September 1st, 2019.
The first six squares have already been released and you can find the links to them here:
However, the new team I work with has encouraged a change in my way of describing stitch placement, which makes more sense and is easier to read and translate. You can find an explanation of it here:
When we started to update the previously released patterns to the new system, we found a number of errors. As a result, the CAL is currently paused to restart once the update is complete and the remaining Season 1 squares are prepared at an appropriate level before they are released.
Since the update and preparation takes longer than I have anticipated, I can’t give an exact restart date yet, but I can assure you that we are all working like crazy in the background to give you the next six Season 1 squares asap.
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.
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