Announcing the Picnic Basket Shawl Crochet-a-Long!

Picnic Basket Shawl CAL with @ucrafter, free #crochet pattern

A few weeks ago, I was chatting with members of the Underground Crafter Ravelry group about a summer crochet-a-long (CAL). Everyone agreed that the project should be both portable (for summer travel) and lacy (so it could be used right away).

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I found Malabrigo Sock in a beautiful colorway, Lotus, at my local yarn shop, Knitty City. I spent some time swatching and thinking about special techniques, like broomstick lace or hairpin lace, but I wasn’t convinced that carrying the extra equipment around would meet the portability requirement. It’s no secret that I love pineapples, and I eventually settled on this lovely stitch, which reminded me of a picnic basket.

Picnic Basket Shawl CAL with @ucrafter, free #crochet patternAnd this shawl definitely meets the portability requirement.

Picnic Basket Shawl CAL with @ucrafter, free #crochet pattern

Everything you need for the shawl fits into a project bag.

If you peek inside, you can see that the bag is only half full, even with 2 skeins of yarn, a scissor, the hook, my pattern notes (including several extra pages of revisions and handwritten notes), and my Chibi tapestry needles and case.

Picnic Basket Shawl CAL with @ucrafter, free #crochet pattern

The finished shawl will roll up small enough to fit easily into your picnic basket.

Picnic Basket Shawl CAL with @ucrafter, free #crochet pattern

The Picnic Basket Shawl pattern will be released free on the blog in 4 weekly clues during the CAL. (If you’re feeling impatient or want an easy-print format, you can opt to buy a PDF version of the pattern on Craftsy!)Click to buy the ad-free PDF version of this @ucrafter pattern on Craftsy

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I’ve shared a schedule below, but of course you can crochet at your own pace, and you can make your shawl larger or smaller.  To be entered in the giveaway, you must share a picture of your completed shawl by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, August 31, 2015.  More details about prizes will be available in after all the clues are released.

Picnic Basket Shawl CAL 2015 Schedule

Wednesday, July 1: Gather your materials!

  • You can find the full materials list here on the Ravelry pattern page. Don’t forget to add the Picnic Basket Shawl to your favorites!

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Monday, July 6: Rows 1-3

Monday, July 13: Rows 4-6

Monday, July 20: Rows 7-9

Monday, July 27: Final Row and Fnishing Instructions

Monday, August 3: Giveaway prizes and how to enter

Crochet at your own pace!

Monday, August 31: The big reveal: Flash your shawls on Ravelry, Facebook, G+, or Twitter, and/or your blog for a chance to win awesome prizes!

I’m looking forward to crocheting together!

If you’ll be joining in, let me know in the comments!

146 Comments

  1. Pat Thompson
    July 1, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    I’ll be joining in!

  2. Diane Dicke
    July 1, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    I would love to be a part of this!

  3. Elaine Miller
    July 1, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    I am a beginner compare to others. Will the pattern be explain so a newly like me will be ok. Thanks
    I do not known how to blog just Facebook

    • July 1, 2015 / 3:41 pm

      Elaine, thanks for asking. You don’t need to know how to blog to participate and you are definitely welcome to say hi on Facebook (I’m there a lot, too)!

      The pattern will be written in a style similar to what you might find in a magazine, but I’ll be sharing some pictures to help people out. Please do let me know if you have questions.

  4. Shirley Wilson
    July 1, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    Hi:
    I shall be joining your Picnic Basket Shawl Crochet along. But I think I’ll be a bit late as I have purchase my wool and also find a LYS that sells Malabrigo Sock Yarn. I really like your crochet alongs, because they are very interesting and easy to follow. I’m kind of a slow crocheter but I do eventually get my projects done.
    Thank you, shirley

  5. Betty Lewis
    July 1, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    I am looking forward to participating in this CAL! Thank you!!

  6. Alex
    July 1, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    Looking forward to trying this stitch as it looks lovely. Xx

    • July 1, 2015 / 3:37 pm

      Thanks for joining in, Alex! I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

  7. Peggy
    July 1, 2015 / 4:15 pm

    I’ll be joining in on this lovely shawl pattern. Hope I can remember to come back to this page when it starts next week. 🙂

  8. judy
    July 1, 2015 / 4:30 pm

    I think I have yarn that will work for this. Thanks for the CAL!

  9. July 1, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    First project like this I’ll be attempting but I absolutely love how it looks.

  10. Debbie Rivere
    July 1, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    I’ll be joining.

  11. Vikkie Alkas
    July 1, 2015 / 5:24 pm

    I’ll be joining

  12. Heather
    July 1, 2015 / 6:08 pm

    I’m in. Fingers crossed I can use up some of my hoard. LOL nothing like having another reason to buy yarn. 🙂

    • July 2, 2015 / 3:10 pm

      Haha, well I bought the yarn for this project, too, Heather – it was just calling to me. And yes, there might have been something else suitable in my stash ;).

  13. Beth
    July 1, 2015 / 6:23 pm

    I would like to join CAL

  14. Cassandra Botner
    July 1, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    The shall join along

  15. Becky Wright
    July 1, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    That shawl is so pretty and perfect for warm California on those cool autumn nights. I’m going to give this a try.

    • July 2, 2015 / 3:09 pm

      Oooh, you’re making me think of a trip to California, Becky! Thanks for joining in.

  16. Malissa
    July 1, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    I’ll be joining.

  17. Lisa Young
    July 1, 2015 / 11:42 pm

    This looks beautiful! I hope I have a suitable yarn in my stash!

  18. Shelia C
    July 2, 2015 / 9:17 am

    I’m in, I have some luxurious Ruby yarn that is very thin (but rated as a 3?) that I’m going to use. I just ahead to go ahead and buy the pattern on Craftsy tho, but will follow with the group! Hopefully this one will stay mine!! I usually gift or sell most of what I make.

    • July 2, 2015 / 3:07 pm

      Shelia, I know all about that problem! I give away a lot of what I make, too, but this one’s a keeper :).

  19. Stacey
    July 2, 2015 / 10:19 am

    I’ll be joining! Looks beautiful

    • July 2, 2015 / 3:07 pm

      Thanks for joining, Stacey! I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

  20. Debbie Zotian
    July 2, 2015 / 12:26 pm

    Beautiful pattern – looking forward to trying this.

    • July 2, 2015 / 3:06 pm

      Thanks so much, Debbie! Don’t forget to share a picture of your finished project :).

  21. Christina
    July 2, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    This is the first CAL that I am joining. I am fairly new to crocheting and looks like a great project to take on a long flight. I am really excited to try this shawl, think it will make a nice gift for my sister this Christmas.
    Thanks for the link for the Underground Crafter, already signed up so I don’t miss the information at the end of the month!!!
    Many Thanks!!

    • July 2, 2015 / 3:06 pm

      Welcome, Christina, and I always love to be part of someone’s first CAL. I think you’ll have a great time!

  22. linda
    July 2, 2015 / 2:28 pm

    Count me in

  23. Wendy
    July 2, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    Would love to join in but it seems that once I find websites like this I forget where it was. I am not a fast “hooker” but I am hoping I would be able to finish this before my son’s wedding on Aug 8th.

    • July 2, 2015 / 9:44 pm

      Ooh, this would be great for a wedding, Wendy! You can join the email list, bookmark this page, or follow me on Facebook or Ravelry to stay on top of the updates.

  24. feza
    July 3, 2015 / 9:06 am

    I’ll be joining. I like the pattern 🙂

    • July 3, 2015 / 12:09 pm

      Thanks so much, feza! I’m looking forward to seeing what you make!

  25. Susie Repko
    July 3, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    Count me in! I’ll be starting late because I’ve got to finish up a present for someone, but I’m looking forward to this!

    Susie

  26. Diane
    July 3, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    Joining! Lovely pattern … Can’t wait!!

  27. Maria
    July 3, 2015 / 6:02 pm

    I’m excited to join!

  28. Karen Sites
    July 3, 2015 / 11:46 pm

    I’d like to join in the fun.

  29. Kristen
    July 4, 2015 / 12:04 am

    My 1st CAL, and I have just the yarn for this project in my stash…

  30. sandi0263
    July 4, 2015 / 3:11 am

    i am joining in!

  31. pockets
    July 4, 2015 / 10:17 am

    I’m gonna try it… hehehe see how well I can do…

  32. Fran
    July 4, 2015 / 5:05 pm

    Joining all the way from Scotland x

  33. Mary
    July 5, 2015 / 9:03 am

    I will be going

  34. Sharon
    July 5, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    I love shawls and wraps and am really looking forward to this CAL. Thank you for presenting this as the stitches you chose are just lovely. Love the colors, too.

    • July 6, 2015 / 12:21 am

      Thanks, Sharon! I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  35. July 6, 2015 / 9:34 am

    Hi Marie,
    I’m ready and looking forward! Hope I can follow 🙂
    Barbara/Eireen (on Ravelry)

  36. Beth
    July 6, 2015 / 11:55 pm

    I’ll be joining, as soon as I can get to my LYS for the yarn. Lovely pattern!

  37. mary baribeau
    July 7, 2015 / 6:17 am

    I am just now seeing this CAL. I would like to join in if isn’t to late. I have some cashmere yarn, could this be used for this project?

    • July 7, 2015 / 11:43 am

      Welcome, mary! You can definitely use cashmere for this project. Depending on the thickness of the yarn, you may need to start with more or fewer chains.

      • mary baribeau
        July 7, 2015 / 10:01 pm

        It is very thin. There is no needle gauge on the ball. There is 698 yards in one ball. I have never worked with cashmere yarn or mohair. I have 396 yards of mohai, silk and rayon as well.

        • July 8, 2015 / 12:04 pm

          mary, I think you are best off trying the skein with the most yardage, unless you are planning to make a smaller shawl.

  38. Kathleen
    July 7, 2015 / 10:57 am

    I’ve never done a crochet along in real time before- I always seem to find the time to start the project towards the end or or after everyone else is done. I started on part 1 yesterday, making your CAL the first time I’ll actually be doing the same thing everyone else is (possibly a first for me in all parts of my life…. :^ }

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  39. Shannon A.
    July 7, 2015 / 5:41 pm

    I’ll join in! Thanks for posting this. I’ve been looking for a pineapple shawl pattern that was simple.

  40. Darlene
    July 11, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    It would be nice if you started your tutorials on a weekend. Instead of on a Monday.

  41. Wanda S
    July 12, 2015 / 4:37 pm

    I am fairly new at crochet but I look forward to trying a cal this will be my first.

  42. Anika
    July 13, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Looking forward to this. A little late, but I just finished the first three rows after finding this last night. Thanks

  43. aardvark
    July 13, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    I’m gonna jump in late with some pink Merino stashed yarn – fingering.

    • July 13, 2015 / 11:29 pm

      Sounds lovely, aardvark! I’m looking forward to seeing your version.

  44. Vickie
    July 13, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    I’d like to join you, I just found this but I haven’t done this before.

  45. shelley
    July 18, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    I just found this and it looks interesting.

  46. Nana
    July 21, 2015 / 4:48 am

    I’m in… It is my first CAL as well. Thanks for the pattern, it’s lovely! XD

  47. Vicki
    July 21, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    Hi! It’s funny, another vendor at the market where we sell asked me on Saturday if I could make a lightweight shawl for her. I looked through my patterns and found one, then I found an even lighter one on All Free Crochet (new post) and yours showed up as “You may also like”! I believe this may fit the bill for what she wants–a lightweight shoulder wrap to wear with her anniversary dress! I’m so excited! I think she’s going to love it! Thank you! Your timing couldn’t be better!

    • July 22, 2015 / 5:21 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Vicki, and I’m so glad to hear that this shawl might be perfect for your customer! I’d love to see pictures when you finish.

  48. Cynthia Rose
    July 22, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    Hi,
    I would like to join if it’s not to late. I just purchased some Merino Lace yarn. I just had to have. Lol
    I’ve never worked with anything but worsted weight. I would like very much to make your shawl. A cal and fine yarn a first for me. 🙂

  49. Susan Nash
    July 23, 2015 / 6:42 am

    If I can find enough fingering I’ll be with you!

  50. Susanne
    July 24, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    Just stumbled over your CAL. What a lovely pattern! I’ll go rifle through my stash, there should be some suitable yarn somewhere…

  51. johnsyoko
    July 24, 2015 / 7:23 pm

    Joining late but Im in!

  52. Fran
    July 25, 2015 / 8:46 am

    I just found your CAL and would like to join. I hope it’s not too late!

  53. Michele Berg
    July 31, 2015 / 7:10 am

    A little late to the party, but I’m in!

  54. Jo
    August 1, 2015 / 2:09 pm

    Better late than never…just starting

  55. Debra
    August 6, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    I just found this CAL and I am thrilled! I have this beautiful silk lace weight yarn from Darn Good Yarn that I want to make a light weight summer wrap with. I have been looking and looking for the last few weeks for the perfect pattern, and I believe I have just found it. I’m in with a big smile on my face and looking forward to catching up.

    Debra

    • August 6, 2015 / 11:17 pm

      So glad to hear you’re joining us, Debra! I can’t wait to see your version.

  56. Tina
    August 8, 2015 / 12:14 pm

    Hi I just found your cal via moogli.com I hope it isn’t too late to jump in. I am new to lace so want to practice, if it comes out allright it

    will be a Christmas present for a family member.
    Tina

  57. Tina
    August 8, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    I tried to buy the pattern from craftsy but it says you don’t accept pay pal payments outside of US so I cant get it.

  58. Chantal
    August 10, 2015 / 12:39 pm

    I just saw the news of this CAL on the Moogly newsletter. I want to join in (hope its not too late). I have the PERFECT yarn for this (somewhere in my stack of yarn… I’ll have to dig… I might need a shovel!). I was keeping it for a nice shawl but never found a pattern I like, until now. Can’t wait to get home and find my yarn to get started! 🙂 I’ll join the group on Ravelry tonight.

    • August 11, 2015 / 7:59 pm

      Welcome, Chantal! I think you’ll have enough time to join in and even enter the giveaway.

  59. September 2, 2015 / 4:02 am

    I would love to be a part of this!

    • September 2, 2015 / 1:10 pm

      Paula, thanks for stopping by! The “official” crochet-a-long has ended, but you are welcome to crochet at your own pace and share your pictures when you finish up!

  60. Julie in San Diego
    September 13, 2015 / 4:27 am

    I just found you, so I’ll b e doing it late, but it should not matter. Pretty pattern.

  61. pat cooper
    May 21, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    Looking forward to working on this, my first CAL

  62. Susan Dunn
    July 3, 2016 / 8:00 am

    I always find these things too late! I’ll be following along at this much later date!

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