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Union Jack Beginner's CAL!



First off, my sincere apologies for the still image the folks at Vimeo.com chose for that video....holy hell....they're off the Christmas card list...
Hello and welcome to the first Totallee CAL!!
The purpose of this Cal is to:
Give complete beginners the opportunity to try out the Crochet-By-Numbers technique.
A chance to complete a small piece from start to finish.
Ask any questions no matter how silly they seem
HAVE A BIT OF FUN!
I won't be putting time limits on any of the steps as this is a go-at-your-own-pace thing
So please feel free to take part at any time, ask questions via the tag board on the left hand side menu and give it a whirl !
First things first, we need to get you a pattern!!!....


Pattern!

You will need:
A crochet hook between 3mm and 4.5mm in size
Scissors
20gms?! (in other words, not very much!!) (Australian 8ply) of the colours listed in the colour key below!
Coffee, dozens of packets of M&m's and 1 comfy arse chair!

First line (RS) is RightSide, second line (WS) is WrongSide.
This pattern is RIGHT HANDED and starts from the bottom.
The first stitch on the first row is the bottom right hand corner of the final piece.
Tie off's must be pulled through after completing a WS row.

Cast on (CHAIN) 25 stitches // and away you go!!

RS Row 1: colour:2 sc24

WS Row 2: colour:2 sc24

RS Row 3: colour:2 sc2, colour:0 sc1, colour:1 sc2, colour:2 sc4, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc4, colour:1 sc1, colour:2 sc4, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc2, colour:2 sc2

WS Row 4: colour:2 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:2 sc3, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc4, colour:1 sc1, colour:2 sc3, colour:1 sc2, colour:0 sc2, colour:2 sc2

RS Row 5: colour:2 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc2, colour:2 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc4, colour:1 sc1, colour:2 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc2, colour:2 sc2

WS Row 6: colour:2 sc3, colour:1 sc2, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:2 sc1, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc4, colour:1 sc1, colour:2 sc1, colour:1 sc2, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:2 sc1, colour:2 sc2

RS Row 7: colour:2 sc4, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc3, colour:0 sc4, colour:1 sc2, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc2, colour:2 sc4

WS Row 8: colour:2 sc5, colour:1 sc2, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc4, colour:1 sc2, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:2 sc5

RS Row 9: colour:2 sc6, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc4, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc1, colour:1 sc2, colour:2 sc6

WS Row 10: colour:2 sc2, colour:1 sc8, colour:0 sc4, colour:1 sc8, colour:2 sc2

RS Row 11: colour:2 sc2, colour:0 sc20, colour:2 sc2

WS Row 12: colour:2 sc2, colour:0 sc20, colour:2 sc2

RS Row 13: colour:2 sc2, colour:0 sc20, colour:2 sc2

WS Row 14: colour:2 sc2, colour:0 sc20, colour:2 sc2

RS Row 15: colour:2 sc2, colour:1 sc8, colour:0 sc4, colour:1 sc8, colour:2 sc2

WS Row 16: colour:2 sc6, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc4, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc1, colour:1 sc2, colour:2 sc6

RS Row 17: colour:2 sc5, colour:1 sc2, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc4, colour:1 sc2, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:2 sc5

WS Row 18: colour:2 sc4, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc3, colour:0 sc4, colour:1 sc2, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc2, colour:2 sc4

RS Row 19: colour:2 sc3, colour:1 sc2, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:2 sc1, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc4, colour:1 sc1, colour:2 sc1, colour:1 sc2, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:2 sc3

WS Row 20: colour:2 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc2, colour:2 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc4, colour:1 sc1, colour:2 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc1, colour:1 sc3, colour:2 sc2

RS Row 21: colour:2 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc2, colour:1 sc1, colour:2 sc3, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc4, colour:1 sc1, colour:2 sc3, colour:1 sc2, colour:0 sc2, colour:2 sc2

WS Row 22: colour:2 sc2, colour:0 sc1, colour:1 sc2, colour:2 sc4, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc4, colour:1 sc1, colour:2 sc4, colour:1 sc1, colour:0 sc2, colour:2 sc2

RS Row 23: colour:2 sc24

WS Row 24: colour:2 sc24


The Basics!

Time to get this CAL on the road!!!!!
Please feel free to copy, paste and print the pattern from above out. This will make it much easier to follow and cross off each of the stitches as you complete it
FIRST THINGS FIRST
If you are new to the world of crochet, Welcome !!
Although the union jack pattern may seem a little daunting at first, feel absolutely free to take your time, ask questions and make truckloads of frustrating mistakes because if you are anything like me when I first started, i'll consider you strange if you don't feel like stabbing your computer screen with your crochet hook at the first colour change
So let's start with the 2 basic crochet stitches that are used in the CBN technique... the CHAIN (c) and the SINGLE CROCHET (sc)...

CHAIN STITCH



This video from Lionbrand.com is great at showing you how to work a chain stitch. There are also terrific pictures and step by step instructions on their page HERE!

SINGLE CROCHET STITCH



This video from Lionbrand.com is great at showing you how to work a single crochet stitch. There are also terrific pictures and step by step instructions on their page HERE!
As with the chain stitch, these guys are much better at teaching it than me


Step-By-Step Vlogs!

CAL VLOG - PART 1

This introductory vlog covers the materials being used and demonstrates the chain stitch and the single crochet as we crochet the first 2 rows of the union jack !! Remember to ask questions or leave feedback on how you are going via the tagboard on the letf-hand side of the page


Okay, just watching the video back (cringing as I do so..) the 4th single crochet stitch I do on the first row, I actually double-crocheted that by mistake, it wasn't a loose stitch at all, so don't pay attention to that bit, because clearly I wasn't either lol


So hopefully you will have your two rows of blue border and are now ready to start introducing colour !!
Don't panic if you still haven't got the hang of the single crochet stitch yet. Be sure to watch the tutorial videos and pace yourself through the introductory vlog and it will come eventually


CAL VLOG - PART 2 - Colour!


This second vlog walks you through how to do the colour changes for our union jack on a Right Side (RS) row. I'll apologise in advance for being a little side-tracked during this - I really shouldn't have music on in the background!! Distracting!! And as you'll see i'm EASILY distracted !!
Any questions, don't hesitate to ask!!
I hope you're all enjoying it thus far !!


CAL VLOG - PART 3 - Pull Throughs!


This third vlog tries to demonstrate how to pull those pesky tie-off's through when you've completed a Wrong Side Row! If you're still unsure as to how to go about it, Todd over @ CROCHET BY NUMBERS . COM has some fabulous training videos that show the technique as well! Hopefully between the two, you'll get the hang of it super quickly and be on your way
REMBEMBER - Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!! And certainly don't hesitate to send me pictures of your completed Union Jacks !!! E-mail them to Poprocker85[@]totallee[.]net




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