SistersInStitch + Yarn and Colors

“Come away with me and take a stroll by the sea and listen to the song of the ocean on the
docks. 
Lets saunter in the sunlight and feel the summer slowly arrive, and take a walk in the deep woods of the island. Let’s exhale and take some time to simply be, to relax and create. Let’s travel in the mind to the Swedish archipelago and all the beauty it has to show.”

The story behind..

Island Stroll CAL how it beganIt all started a long time ago, after the Butterfly Effect CAL in 2019. We had just finished it and was already busy planning the next one. The idea was a big blanket with all the ten squares I had designed for the Ultimate Granny Square Sourcebook. It then turned into another idea, and after many months it became the two gorgeous designs it is today; a blanket as well as a pillow. I’ll tell you more about it in a Vlog entry during the CAL, promise!

The Island Stroll CAL brings you floral squares that we slowly turn into beautiful octagons and then finally join together. This CAL consists of one main pattern yet brings you two options of makes depending on which yarn you choose to work with. Either you go for the luxuriously luscious blanket in our Super Must-Have, or for the stunningly textured pillow in the Must-Have yarn. No matter which one you end up choosing we will spend eleven wonderful weeks together, embracing the mindfulness that is overlay crochet.

Getting the opportunity to work so closely together with Yarn And Colors again is absolutely fantastic. I’m sending all my love and thanks to their incredible team. And I couldn’t have made it without my two amazing friends and testers: Ilse from @mycroshed and Lina from @krokoklint. The laughs and froggings we have shared together over this time is absolutely precious to my heart. 

And finally: to share this pattern and the experience with you in our beautiful crochet community is just beyond amazing. Thank you for being here! We are so happy that you have found your way to our homepage and hope that you will join us on this wonderful adventure that is the Island Stroll CAL. It’s gonna be a blast!

The pattern

Skill level
3/5

The Island Stroll CAL 2022 is a gorgeous luxuriously textured blanket and pillow designed by Therese Eghult for SistersInStitch in collaboration with Yarn and Colors. It is divided into 11 parts and runs for as many weeks; starting at the 6th of May and ending on the 15th of July 2022.

We rated the skill level ’intermediate’ but one of our testers had very little experience making granny square and managed to make the pattern anyway. We will guide you through our written pattern with comprehensive video tutorials all the way from start til end.

The free pattern parts and video tutorials will be released every Friday here on SistersInStitch and over at Yarn and Colors. As we only speak English (and Swedish) the pattern are written in US-terms and the tutorials will be shown in those too. In the Island Stroll CAL: Stitch Guide you will find techniques, abbreviation and terminology lists to help you out a long the way, and they are including UK and Swedish shortenings! 

And as always, when the CAL is finished; the pattern and tutorials will all stay available here on SistersInStitch so that you can crochet whenever the time is right for you.

The Materials

All you need to partake in the Island Stroll CAL is some yarn that you love to work with, a hook that goes with it, a scissor along with a needle to work away the ends, and lastly some stitch markers too help out when joining. If you are making the pillow you will also need a pillow insert (which is included in our pillow kits). 

Together with Yarn And Colors we have put together three absolutely stunning colorways for the Island Stroll blanket and pillow. The designs are inspired by the island fauna and nature so the colorways are named after the three elements to my beloved morning strolls: Saunter in the sunlight, Stroll by the sea and Walk in the woods. I hope you can single down a favourite amongst these, I myself love them all to bits. 

And we have a little extra of course..

..in every Island Stroll Blanket Kit you’ll have a chance of finding the GOLDEN TICKET! With this ticket you win a free kit for an Island Stroll Pillow in the colorway of your choice to double the fun or gift to a someone dear to join in on the crochet fun too. There is only one ticket and there will be only one lucky winner. So hurry and get your hands on a Island Stroll Blanket kit quickly: happy treasure hunting!

The yarn Kits

A romantic and bright kit with six colors in sweet pink, golden mustard and creamy hues.

The Island Stroll Blanket is designed with Super Must-Have; a 100% mercerised cotton yarn with the same lovely smooth shimmer yet in double the size of the Must-have! Super Must-Have comes in 100 grams balls with 115 meters/125 yards. The finished blanket measures 130×130 cm (160 cm on the diagonal). 

The Island Stroll Pillow is designed with Must-Have; a 100% mercerised cotton yarn with a lovely shimmer that comes in 50 grams balls with 125 meters/137 yards. The finished pillow measures 50×50 cm (the kit includes the pillow insert).

Stroll by the sea

A classic and calming kit with five colors in soothing blue hues and gentle creamy tones. 

The Island Stroll Blanket is designed with Super Must-Have; a 100% mercerised cotton yarn with the same lovely smooth shimmer yet in double the size of the Must-have! Super Must-Have comes in 100 grams balls with 115 meters/125 yards. The finished blanket measures 130×130 cm (160 cm on the diagonal). 

The Island Stroll Pillow is designed with Must-Have; a 100% mercerised cotton yarn with a lovely shimmer that comes in 50 grams balls with 125 meters/137 yards. The finished pillow measures 50×50 cm (the kit includes the pillow insert).

Walk in the woods

A cozy and moody kit with seven colors in the shades of mossy greens, deep browns and bright pinks.

The Island Stroll Blanket is designed with Super Must-Have; a 100% mercerised cotton yarn with the same lovely smooth shimmer yet in double the size of the Must-have! Super Must-Have comes in 100 grams balls with 115 meters/125 yards. The finished blanket measures 130×130 cm (160 cm on the diagonal). 

The Island Stroll Pillow is designed with Must-Have; a 100% mercerised cotton yarn with a lovely shimmer that comes in 50 grams balls with 125 meters/137 yards. The finished pillow measures 50×50 cm (the kit includes the pillow insert).