Would anyone be interested in a a freeform CAL? There was one on Ravelry at the beginning of the year, I missed it but the thread is great - the organiser posted a different rule each week such as 'throw a dice and do the that amount of DC' or 'take your birth date away from your age and do that amount of slip stitches.'
The results were fascinating, each persons' work came out completely differently but looked beautiful. I'd really like to have a go if anyone else would like to join me.
1. Using your favourite hook and whichever yarn comes out of your stash first, chain the average age of your household
2. DC an amount of stitches equal to the number of letters in your full name
3. It's Monday. Boo. Lets cheer ourselves up by using the brightest yarn we have and whichever hook suits it best. I'd like you to measure your foot in centimetres and do that amount of trebles. If the number exceeds the amount of stitches you already have then either start a new row (count the turning chain as another treble) or carry on round the corner of your base chain using the other side.[/b]
4. 3rd June instruction. sticking with the foot theme, please do a cluster for each pair of shoes you own How to do clusters here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzW77bU6pm8
and here -http://www.ehow.com/how_2084105_crochet-cluster-stitch.html
5. Good morning - 4th June instruction. Please change to a thinner yarn and smaller hook and we're going to do Single Crochet Lace (1sc, 1ch, 1sc in each stitch) for the day of your birthday (so as I'm on the 29th I'll be doing 29 sets of 1sc, 1ch, 1sc).
6. 5th June instruction. Randomly change yarns and hook accordingly, first one out the stash as before. Today we're doing filet crochet choosing the number from the page of the book or magazine you're currently reading filling in every tenth square.
If you're near the end of something the length of Deathly Hallows feel free to add the page number together until it becomes reasonable.
How to filet crochet here - http://www.smartcrochet.com/tutorial.shtml
7. It's Friday! Let's play. Take a breath, how many times can you say the phrase 'floppy fluffy puppies' before you need to take another or you trip over your tongue? That many shell stitches please in your own choice of yarn.
How to shell stitch here http://www.ehow.com/how_2044293_make-crochet-shell-stitch.html
8. Please change to the yarn or hook with which you're most comfortable because today we're doing a speed trial. Three minutes to HDC like the wind.
9. June 8th Instruction. One Solomons Knot (or Lovers Knot) for each spice or herb jar in your kitchen.[/b] Solomons Knot instructions here http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art4830.asphttp://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa122698.htm
(I think this one is clearer)
10. 9th June. Changing yarns again I'm afraid, something fatter if you have it and again using a suitable hook. Do a slip stitch, then SC, then HDC, then DC, then TR, then Double Treble and keep stepping up - how tall will you go? when you get to YOUR highest stitch do a second one of your tallest then step all the way back down again.
10th June instructions - I'm having to post early as tomorrow morning will be chaos (school sports day and I have a picnic for I don't know how many people and work and my husband home all day - apologies for any confusion)
As ever change yarn and hook as you desire and we're doing Popcorn stitches for every Craftster bookmark you have.
Popcorn stitch here http://www.expertvillage.com/video/28022_crochet-popcorn-stitch.htm
(this is the best one I found, I'll try to post my own directions tomorrow)
11th June instructions. A really pretty stitch today, please add up the digits in your phone number until it becomes reasonable and star stitch that number
Star stitch here - it looks quite straightforward but I'll admit I haven't tried yet.http://crochet.about.com/library/blstar_stitch.htm
12th June. Nice easy one today. Change colour again if you wish and using your favourite/lucky number, do that amount of front post double crochet.
how to here - http://www.crochetkitten.com/tutorials/fpdc.html
13th June. Pick a card from a normal deck or use online generator (there are loads of them out there) counting Aces as 11 and pictures as 12 and do that amount of back post doubles.http://www.geocities.com/riverglorious/Patterns/backpost/bpdc.html
14th June pick out a coin from your purse and do alternate front and back post DCs to value of that coin.
15th June Change your hook to one with a straight shaft if possible because today we're doing Tunisian crochet Roll 2 dice or again use the random number generator http://www.random.org/
to get your number of stitches then roll one dice for your number of rows
How to here http://www.crochetme.com/Apr_May_2005/reads_tunisian.html
16th June We're over halfway! Today we're going to make a ruffled section. Change to a smaller hook and yarn as necessary then three chain and 2 dc into each stitch for each window in your house/apartment, 3 chain again turn and 2 dc in each of those DC's.
17th June Today 1 berry stitch for each door in your house/apartmentberry stitch
18th June (Apologies again and again and again) today we are are doing a Chinese fan stitch for every colour you're wearing chinese fan stitch
if these instructions aren't clear chain 3 then 12 DC in third stitch from hook and repeat as necessary.
19th June change colours and double trebles for every letter in your Crafster name
20th June count how many colours you've used so far in this project and Astrakhan (or twisted loop stitch) for each one
Astrakhan stitch here Astrakhan stitch
21st June use a smaller hook and with the same yarn as yesterday slip stitch the first number you see
22nd June Picot the number of items you are currently wearingpicot stitch
23rd June Oh! You are NOT going to like me for this one. Count how many items you are wearing and Bullion Sitich for each one. (Please don't throw things at me.)BULLION STITCH
24th June Nice easy one today. Please change yarn again, either texture or colour and 1 extended single crochet for each year you spent in formal educationextended single crochet
25th June It's exactly 6 months until Christmas! One treble for every gift you think you'll make this year.
26th June We're going back to picots but picot crowns this time, change colours (and hook accordingly) and one for every present you meant to make last year. Like this
ch 3, sl st in first ch made of ch-3 to make a picot, ch 4, sl st in first ch made of ch-4 to make another picot, ch 3, sl st in first ch made of ch-3 to make a third picot, single crochet in the same place as the first single crochet that was made for this 3-picot group
If that doesn't make sense try these instructions
Look at the highlighted steps 1-4 and 5-7
27th June 1 crab stitch for each cup of tea or coffee you drank yesterday crab stitch
28th June Today Loop stitch your age Loop Stitch
29th June Todays instruction depends on how many candles you last lit be it a birthday, religious occasion, dinner, whatever and we're doing -
Backward Front Loop Slip Stitch - Bring the yarn in front of the hook. Insert the hook going from back to front under the back loop. Yarn over. Draw yarn through both loops on hook. (It doesn’t matter which direction you yarn over for these backward stitches. Try both directions and use the one that is easiest for you.) I've taken this instruction from a blog called a A Yarnified Life
30th June Our last instruction - June has flown by for me, I really hope you've all had a good month and thank you so much for your support, I didn't think this would take off but you've made it so much fun. Anyway enough gushing here we go one last time 1 corkscrew spiral for every stitch you've learnt this month.