Crochet A Llama - A Free CAL




Welcome to the Crochet-a-Llama CAL! If you've never participated in a crochet-a-long you're in for some fun! 

I highly recommend reading through all of this post as my goal is for it to be informational and hopefully answer most of the questions you have with how it will work. 


If I've missed any key points please feel free to ask, I want this to be a fun event!



What's a CAL (crochet-a-long)? 

It's a fun event where a group of people work on each part of a pattern at the same time! This CAL will be in 3 parts, each being released a few days apart.


Where does it take place?

 The best place is in the Grace and Yarn Crochet Group on Facebook! 

With everyone being in different time zones and having different work schedules everyone will be crocheting at different times. The group atmosphere allows you to share photos whenever you'd like and questions are always welcome!

More than 100 of you have already shared you're joining us for this CAL, and many of you have shared this will be your first one! I'm so excited you'll be joining us!

While the Facebook group is the best place to interact with others participating in the CAL it is not necessary to join!

 You can also grab a friend(s) and crochet each part together or work on your own. Each part will be shared here on the blog and you can work at your own speed!

If you prefer a printable PDF version to work with, one will be available in my Etsy and Ravelry shop starting on Monday the 29th!


How do I find each part? 

There are many places each part will be shared! Each part will have it's own post here on the blog so here is a great place to find which part you are working on.

I will also hyperlink each part below in this post, so feel free to PIN it here to save to your favorite board!

I will also share each link on my Facebook business page as well as in the Grace and Yarn Crochet Group on Facebook.

You can also sign up for my newsletter and receive an email when each part is released! I'll also send emails when new patterns are posted so you won't miss any! 


When will each part be posted?


The CAL will start on Monday October 29th and will have 3 parts.

(Each of these will be hyperlinked as they are posted on their dates so you can find them easily!)








What are we making?


For this CAL we will be making this sweet llama! Feel free to make a boy or girl version (or both!).



Your finished llama will measure about 15 inches tall (from top of ear to feet). The legs and body are made as one piece and the head is sewn on separately. 

If you are new to making stuffed animals be sure check out this page for tips to learning amigurumi!

For both of my llamas I used plastic safety eyes, but these are my favorite eyes to use if you're making this for a little one under 3!

The pattern will be worked in the round and I highly recommend using stitch markers if you don't already.

This is one material you don't necessarily have to purchase. A piece of scrap yarn, safety pin or bobby pin will work just fine!

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It was hard to choose the colors for this project because I really wanted to use about 4 different shades! I finally decided on two, one for the boy and one for the girl.

White, ivory, beige, light brown, dark brown.....all would be super cute and add to the personal detail you can give your llama!


Materials

  • 100g size 4 worsted weight yarn in main body color (I used Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek in Ivory for the girl and Vanna's Choice in beige for the boy version) 
  • Small amount of light brown and color of choice for scarf/flower 
  • Crochet thread/embroidery floss for facial features 
  • 3.5 mm and 5mm crochet hook 
  • 12 mm safety eyes 
  • Scissors 
  • Tapestry needle (I love the bent tip needles!)
  • Stuffing 
  • Stitch markers (a piece of scrap yarn works great!)


(If you would like to learn why these are my favorite materials please visit my post here!) 


Abbreviations: US terminology 

SC- Single crochet 

SC INC- Single crochet increase 

INV DEC- Invisible decrease 

HDC- Half double crochet 

DC – Double crochet



This CAL is split up into three parts: 



Making the legs and body.




Making the head and facial features. 





Finishing touches! Making the arms, scarf and tail. 




See you on Monday with Part 1! Let me know if you have any questions now or along the way, I'll be happy to help! I look forward to seeing your beautiful creations!


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