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The Malia CAL (Fall 2017 Crochet-Along)

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The Malia CAL-is officially over but the patterns will remain on my blog free for use! I’ve left the original CAL information below.

Malia Beanie | Malia Slouchy | Malia Infinity Scarf | Malia Buttoned Cowl | Malia Newborn Beanie | Malia Earwarmer | Malia Messy Bun Beanie | Malia Boot Cuffs | Malia Wrist Warmers

Remember, All Access Passholders get ALL of these patterns in ad-free format, plus ALL of my other patterns (past, present, and future… that’s over 90 so far!!), too… for a once-only cost of $19.99! Click here to find out more about what crocheters like you are calling “the best twenty bucks I’ve ever spent.”

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First Things First… What’s a CAL?

A CAL (Crochet-Along) is an online event where a pattern (or series of patterns) is released over the course of a number of weeks, and a community of crocheters works on it together. The Malia CAL will begin on October 25 and last for 4 weeks.

I’ve designed this CAL so that you can pick and choose which patterns you want to create based on your own personal style! The first week is hat week, which includes a beanie and a slouchy version of the Malia Hat. The second week is scarf week, which includes an infinity scarf and a buttoned cowl. (The third week is a bonus week, which I’ll talk more about later.) So, you can choose which patterns you want to make… or, make them all! Each pattern from the first 2 weeks will include a video tutorial. All patterns are sized for a teen / adult (with the exception of one of the bonus patterns).

Here’s the Schedule:

You’ll find all of the links for the CAL right here as they are released.

Week 1: Malia Beanie + Malia Slouchy
Week 2: Malia Infinity Scarf + Malia Buttoned Cowl
Week 3: BONUS WEEK! Malia Newborn Beanie + Malia Earwarmer + Malia Messy Bun Beanie
Week 4: BONUS BONUS WEEK! Malia Boot Cuffs + Malia Wrist Warmers

(What’s Bonus Week, you ask? Well… it’s a week of awesome bonuses, like more patterns for you using the beautiful Malia stitch pattern, plus even more goodies that I can’t reveal yet!)

Join the CAL Facebook Group

Life is better together, right? That’s the heart behind a crochet-along, too! If you’re on Facebook and want to join our private group to ask questions, post progress pics, or just meet new friends while you work through the CAL, request your invite by clicking here. The group will remain open for a few weeks after the last week of the CAL and will be archived on January 1, 2018 (which just means that no one can join or post, but current members can still see old posts). Click here to join the Facebook Group.

Choose Your Yarn

For these patterns, you’ll want to look for a soft aran weight yarn. Aran is part of the #4 family of yarn weights and is just a tad bit thicker than worsted. The three yarns listed here are my recommendations for this CAL; I’ve gauge-checked all of them and come up with the same results (see later section, “Check Your Gauge”). Of course, you can choose any yarn you want, as long as you can match gauge!

Rustic Romantic | Yarn Bee
The absolutely gorgeous yarn you see in my CAL photos is Rustic Romantic by Yarn Bee (a Hobby Lobby brand). As soon as I saw it I was smitten! The colors, though limited, are sophisticated and charming. If you’re into the rustic modern look and you love natural-looking hues, this is a great option. It is 85% acrylic and 15% hemp; the hemp provides those beautiful white flecks running throughout the strands that gives it a weathered look. It is surprisingly soft and warm, with great stitch definition and absolutely charming color names like “Faded Porch Swing” and “Blueberry Bushel.” It is machine washable but lay flat to dry, so if that’s an issue for you, it’s something to consider. Rustic Romantic sells for $5.49 for 228 yards.

I Love This Yarn | Hobby Lobby
A staple for Hobby Lobby shoppers, I Love This Yarn is a soft aran available in a huge range of colors, from bright and cheery to soft and subtle. Besides solid colors, it also offers various shades of metallic, tweed, and multis. It has good stitch definition, good drape, and you get 355 yards in a $3.99 skein, making it a great option if you’re budget-conscious. It’s 100% acrylic and machine washable and dryable.

Vanna’s Choice | Lion Brand
One of Lion Brand’s most popular yarns, Vanna’s Choice comes in a large selection of colors and is readily available in most large craft stores and online. It has a similar look and feel to Rustic Romantic (minus the hemp) and usually rings in at about $3.99 for 170 yards.

How Much Yarn Do You Need?

Because this CAL includes two different hat styles and two different scarf styles to choose from, you’ll need to determine which patterns you want to make in order to know how much yarn you need. Here is the breakdown of each pattern and how much yarn it uses:

Beanie (Week 1): 200 yards
Slouchy (Week 1): 260 yards
Infinity Scarf (Week 2): 580 yards
Buttoned Cowl (Week 2): 355 yards

On Week 3 of the CAL (a.k.a. “Bonus Week”) I’ll be revealing a few more patterns that use the same beautiful stitch pattern, but those are a surprise (and we won’t be making them together) so I won’t have yarn totals for those until Week 3. Same for Week 4.

Check Your Gauge

Before you jump into these patterns, you need to check your gauge. Why is it so important? Because we all crochet differently! You and I could use the exact same yarn and the exact same hook and the exact same pattern, and mine could come out larger or smaller than yours. It’s not such a big deal for things like scarves and cowls, but for a hat, it’s important. Don’t put all the work into this project only to end up with a hat that is too large or too small!


The importance of checking your gauge for this project cannot be understated. Because of the construction of the hats, it is difficult to adjust mid-pattern if you discover yours is turning out too large. Even if you typically do not complete gauge checks, I strongly encourage you to do so this time. To ensure the best results, the gauge check is a swatch taken straight from the patterns. Upon completion, you should have a 4” square. If yours is larger, consider using a smaller hook or a thinner #4 yarn. If yours is smaller, consider using a larger hook.

Pattern for Gauge:
Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. (16)
Row 2: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (SK next ST, LBS in next ST) 7 times. SC in final ST. (16)
Row 3: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (16)
Row 4: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 14 STS. SC in final ST. (16)
Row 5: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (16)
Row 6: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (LBS in next ST, SK next ST) 7 times. SC in final ST. (16)
Row 7: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (16)
Row 8: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 14 STS. SC in final ST. (16)
Row 9: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (16)
Rows 10-16: Repeat Rows 2-8. (16)

Now grab a ruler and measure the square. Is it 4″? Great! Stick with the I (5.5mm) hook. Is it smaller than 4″? You might need to go up a hook size or choose a thicker yarn. Larger than 4″? You might need to go down a hook size or choose a thinner yarn. Once you’ve determined what hook size and yarn will get you the correct gauge, remember it; you’ll use the same hook all throughout this CAL.

Get Ready, Get Set…

Now that you’ve chosen which patterns to make, joined the Facebook group, chosen your yarn and checked your gauge, you’re ready to jump into the Malia CAL!

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  • JeTua Amos October 17, 2017, 8:36 pm

    I would love to join in this CAL! I don’t have a Facebook, but I will follow along here. I wish you would’ve said #3DK yarn…I’ve just purchased a few Lion Brand Mandala yarns…(❤). Thanks for the opportunity. Your website is the best. I follow you on Ravelry as well!

    • Rebecca October 18, 2017, 10:42 am

      Glad to have you! I LOVE #3 yarn. It tends to scare newbies off though, so I avoided it for the CAL 🙂

      • JeTua Amos October 20, 2017, 3:11 pm

        Thanks so much for replying! I appreciate all that you do❤

      • Mary October 27, 2017, 8:48 pm

        You are so right! Anything less than a light bulky weight frightens me ? I’m self taught, thanks to YOU. I’m late to the game, but am starting the CAL as soon as I can find some Vannas Choice in my stash (which is improportionate to the number of projects I’ve actually finished and for the short time I’ve been literally addicted to crochet). Thank you for everything!

  • Laurie Andrus October 17, 2017, 8:48 pm

    This will be my first cal! Excited to participate. ☕

    • Rebecca October 18, 2017, 10:42 am


  • Maddie N October 18, 2017, 12:29 am

    I don’t use Facebook. Is there another way I can join the CAL?

    • Rebecca October 18, 2017, 10:44 am

      Hi Maddie! The Facebook group is just an extra way to follow along, but it’s not required. If you’re on my email list, that will be the best way to make sure you don’t miss anything, but you can also bookmark this page because I’ll be updating it with current pattern links as we go along. Welcome!

  • debbie goodwin October 18, 2017, 2:56 am

    I’m really slow due to arm injury . Takes me an evening just to do gauge, can I still join even tho I won’t finish with every one

    • Rebecca October 18, 2017, 10:44 am

      Of course! A CAL is really just about the community of everyone working on the same pattern. But the patterns aren’t going anywhere so you are welcome to work at your own pace!

    • Beth October 19, 2017, 9:34 pm

      We can tag along together, Debbie. I have pain in my left hand and have to be really careful to take it slow and easy. But I love crochet!

  • helen pescod October 18, 2017, 3:14 am

    Cant wait for this. Love your designs & ideas x

    • Rebecca October 18, 2017, 10:45 am

      Aww thanks! I’m excited!

  • chris October 18, 2017, 3:51 am

    Went to facebook to join. It said it is a closed group? Did I do something wrong?

    • Rebecca October 18, 2017, 10:46 am

      All you need to do is click the “join” button to request an invite. (Public groups tend to get a ton more spammers, so we’re keeping this one closed) 🙂

  • Lore A Lacny October 18, 2017, 8:29 am

    Checked ‘I love this yarn” online. It is sale priced at the moment.

    • Cherrie October 18, 2017, 10:40 am

      Thanks for the notice of the sale!

  • Jean K October 18, 2017, 8:42 am

    I am looking forward to the CAL! Your patterns are beautiful. I have plenty of worsted, but not aran, so will use from my stash this time.

    • Rebecca October 18, 2017, 10:45 am

      Thank you! Welcome!

  • Tanya October 18, 2017, 10:17 am

    Hi. New to Cal’s. Where do I find the patterns and how do I keep in touch. I have not done one before. Thanks Tanya

    • Rebecca October 18, 2017, 10:47 am

      Welcome! If you are on Facebook, then joining the group I mentioned in the post above is the easiest way to stay in the loop. The links to the patterns will also be posted on this page as they are released (starting October 25).

  • Cherrie October 18, 2017, 10:40 am

    I’ve never been a part of a CAL so I am excited to join this one! And it gives me a great reason to go yarn shopping! (As if anyone needs a reason to go yarn shopping!)

    • Rebecca October 18, 2017, 10:47 am

      Lol! Have fun! 🙂

  • PATTY STANSFIELD October 18, 2017, 12:32 pm

    The link to your fb page is not working.

    • Rebecca October 18, 2017, 4:25 pm

      I’m not sure, it’s working fine for me 🙂

  • Sue Driscoll October 18, 2017, 1:51 pm

    Hi, I have always wanted to be a part of a crochet group. I am not an advanced crocheter. I love to crochet but there are still many things that confuse me. So happy to crochet with the group and maybe learn from them too.

    • Rebecca October 18, 2017, 4:25 pm


  • Jerri October 18, 2017, 3:20 pm

    Is this a paid C.A.L. ?

    • Rebecca October 18, 2017, 4:25 pm

      It’s free! All patterns will be free on my blog.

  • Bertha Godwin October 18, 2017, 4:23 pm

    where did you get the fur balls on your CAL hats

    • Rebecca October 18, 2017, 4:26 pm

      I make them 🙂 It’s really easy and I’m working on a video tutorial for it!

  • Jennifer Barber-Bishop October 18, 2017, 5:24 pm

    Yay! I’ve never done a CAL before but these patterns looks so great I can’t wait to start! 🙂 Thanks so much!

  • Margie October 18, 2017, 8:31 pm

    I’m so excited about this CAL! It will be my first. I’ve joined the Facebook page and go to Hobby Lobby tomorrow for yarn… oh the joy.

    I recently found this fabulous site and I’ve been making the Huntley Gift Bags, which are adorable! Love 24/7 yarn… great tip! I plan to add purse magnets and either a fun jewel or a flower (thanks for amazing ideas and patterns, Rebecca!) and give them to my grand nieces with some goodies inside.

    I’ve only ever made baby blankets… your site is so full of patterns that a 2D crochet novice can understand and I’m officially now crocheting in 3D! Ha!

    Can I also say that spending $19.99 for the All Access Pass to get beautiful patterns has been the best money I’ve spent recently. So nice not to have ads and you’ve formatted them beautifully. Printing them and making a binder… love it!

    You’ve brought such joy to so many, what a gift that is. Lord bless you for sharing your gifts with all of us! Amazing…

  • Leslie October 19, 2017, 12:33 pm

    This is my first cal and I’m so excited!! Love your patterns!!

  • Liz October 19, 2017, 6:17 pm

    was just making my circle to check my gauge. shouldn’t round 5 be (2 HDC in next ST, HDC in each of the next THREE STS) ?

    I wrote the number 3 in caps to show what I changed.

    • Rebecca October 19, 2017, 6:20 pm

      Yes ma’am, you are definitely right 🙂 I’ll get that changed! Luckily it’s just the last round and won’t affect the finished measurement. Whoops!

  • Kelly October 19, 2017, 7:28 pm

    Never done a CAL. I have commitment issues? Excited to give it a try!

  • teresa October 20, 2017, 3:07 pm

    My first CAL…..I am terrible at hats so I am hoping this will help

  • Brenda Allen October 20, 2017, 10:19 pm

    I am so excited to get your email about the MALIA CAL. I have not done one since we did the wildflower Shoulder bag. What to I need to do to get I. On the new Malia Cal.

    • Deborah October 26, 2017, 9:48 pm

      Loved the Wildflower bag. Need to make another one of those

  • Linda Salinas October 22, 2017, 10:37 am

    Just submitted my request to join the CAL. This is my first and it sounds like great fun.

  • Brenda October 23, 2017, 11:14 am

    I definitely want to be a part of Cal group my first time.
    I was wondering I’ve tried twice to make circle and still need smaller hook . I’m using Rustic Romantic and I think I might have to use a G hook will to get gauge. Is that alright?

    • Rebecca October 23, 2017, 6:10 pm

      Hi Brenda! Are you a part of the Facebook Group (link in post above)? I posted a video in there about the “golden loop” which you might find helpful. You can certainly use a G hook but if your stitches are getting really tight and stiff it might affect the finished hat.

      • Brenda October 23, 2017, 7:03 pm

        No I’m not. I’m sorry I don’t do Facebook. But no the stitches don’t seem to be tight and it still feels soft. With the H hook my diameter was around 4 and half inches. With the G hook right on 4 inches. Thanks . Rebecca your patterns are beautiful and thank you so much for the opportunity to try these free.

  • Delores October 25, 2017, 1:43 pm

    I just realized this section… duhhh. If my yarn is 3ply, should I double it?

    • Rebecca October 26, 2017, 10:08 am

      Either way you’re going to need to meet gauge, so I would do whatever you need to do to do that 🙂

  • Jessica Thompson October 29, 2017, 3:58 pm

    Thank you so much for putting all the work into this CAL!! It’s an amazing pattern and it’s been a great group to be a part of. I’m going to put my phone away and start my 3rd hat. 🙂

  • Constance October 30, 2017, 2:26 pm

    Love your videos ❣️ I’m a beginner crocheter & video Plus written is very helpful until I learn how to read patterns ?

  • Nicky M November 2, 2017, 11:19 am

    I love the Malia Beanie! It’s super big, though. Part of that was my fault. (And by part, I mean all … LOL). My head is pretty big so I tend to always go up a hook size by default when following a hat pattern. My second hat is perfect! I went back to the size I hook and decreased the number of stitches on round 3 from 84 down to 75. I’ll post to the FB page once I finish the pom pom. I’m in love. Definitely going to do a third.

  • Anne Hause November 10, 2017, 8:14 pm

    I made a sample run of the Malia slouchy hat. It is just Too Cute!!!!!

  • LINDA Frazier November 11, 2017, 3:01 pm

    How do I print the patterns for the Malia cal

    • Rebecca November 11, 2017, 6:26 pm

      You can copy and paste them into a word document and print from there. I also have nicely formatted ad-free pdf versions for sale, and those links can be found with each individual pattern. 🙂

  • Kim November 11, 2017, 9:24 pm

    Hi, i pulled a “sometimers” and accidentally defeated my pattern. i purchased the pattern bundle from you for $5.00. Would you resend that link?
    Thank you so much!!!

    • Rebecca November 13, 2017, 7:19 pm

      Hi Kim! I will be sending out updated PDFs to everyone in the CAL Bundle group, hopefully tonight, so watch for that email 🙂

  • Michelle Anne November 12, 2017, 4:52 pm

    My beanie is almost done and its fabulous! Only downside is everyone wants one! ?

  • Diane Ward November 21, 2017, 9:21 am

    Can you please tell me what yarn is comparable to the Yarn bee for the malia hat?

    • Rebecca November 21, 2017, 2:34 pm

      Vanna’s Choice or I Love This Yarn have similar gauges 🙂

  • Laurie Mayfield January 3, 2018, 6:59 pm

    I made, ripped out and made again the “shiplap slouchy hat” and both time the hat is too big and falls off my head easily….. 2nd tie I even went down a size in my hooks but still too big….. is it suppose o be that way or is it suppose to be snug-ish around my head lie a reg. beanie would be

    • Rebecca January 3, 2018, 7:24 pm

      No, it should be snug. What yarn did you use, and did you do a gauge check?

  • Debbie Swaim January 6, 2018, 12:58 pm

    I just clicked on the Malia Beanie and there are no written instructions for it. Video and new tags are showing but pattern isn’t there anymore. Did something happen to it?

  • Tamara February 25, 2018, 10:16 am

    I finished the infinity scarf but I can’t seem to get it to sit right when I double it over. Any suggestions ?

    • Rebecca February 26, 2018, 2:45 pm

      I suppose I would just practice a bit with it? 🙂

  • Alice November 14, 2018, 11:56 am

    I found this pattern on YouTube, thank you so much for sharing it!! I Love, love, love this slouchy & my 11yr old daughter can’t wait to wear it! But I need help understanding the guage instructions… In “Row 2: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (SK next ST, LBS in next ST) 7 times. SC in final ST. (16)” what does the “LBS” mean?
    Also, I’m doing the guage because I’m attempting to make it with a Bernat blanket yarn! I’ll let you know how it turns out. 🙂

    • Rebecca November 14, 2018, 9:20 pm

      Hi Alice! LBS is Large Bean Stitch. If you watch the YouTube tutorial, I show how to do it 🙂 However, I’m not sure it would even be possible to meet gauge using Bernat Blanket yarn. That is incredibly thick compared to what I used.

  • June Turner December 22, 2018, 11:55 pm

    I love the looks of the Malia beanie .