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Vajra TCAL – Part 1

We are in the third week of the Vajra TCAL and this week we are going to start working on the scarf! If you were able to make your gauge swatch and are comfortable with all the stitches in the swatch, this won’t be hard at all 🙂

TCAL Schedule

  • March 25 – March 31: Get your supplies!
  • April 1 – April 7: Let’s en-gauge 🙂
  • April 8 – April 14: Part 1 (Rounds 1 – 10)
  • April 15 – April 21: Part 2 (Rounds 11-20)
  • April 22 – April 28: Part 3 (Rounds 21 – 30)
  • April 29 – May 5: Part 4 (Rounds 31 – 40)
  • May 6 – May 12: Part 5 (Rounds 41 – 50)
  • May 13 – May 19: Part 6 (Last part – Rounds 51 – 62)
  • May 20 – May 26: Final submissions for the grand prize and judging 🙂

Pattern

If you haven’t already bought it, you can find the pattern on Ravelry and Etsy. You need to use the coupon VAJRATCAL to get a 25% discount on the pattern until May 19, 2019.

Week 3 – Part 1 (Rounds 1 – 10)!

This week, we will start making the scarf! The target is to be able to make the first 10 rounds. The only thing that you need to learn outside of what’s in the gauge swatch is working in a round with 2 colors. Here’s a video tutorial:

Left handed

Right handed

Here is a photo tutorial for making the bsc and fsc stitches with two colors:

Left handed

Right handed

Here’s a list of thinks to keep in mind when you are working on your scarf:

  1. Keep your tension consistent – As my scarf grew, my stitches started getting a little loose. I think that was because the weight of the scarf was pulling it down as I was working on it.
  2. Make sure that the scarf isn’t curling – You must have figured out the perfect yarn/hook combination for yourself while making the gauge swatch but you still need to make sure that the scarf doesn’t curl too much. If it does, you can try making the swatch with a bigger hook to see if that works out better for you.
  3. Count Count Count – This is the most important thing in this scarf. I have lost focus and made a lot of mistakes. I had to frog a bunch of times for this reason and I learnt my lesson after a little bit. I never stopped counting after that! 🙂
  4. Visually inspect your scarf (ideally) after every repeat or after every few repeats. It is easier to frog a small section and redo it rather than having to frog an entire round.
  5. Twist or no – twist – You will make this decision this week. In either case, don’t forget to join with the right side of the project facing you.
  6. Have fun!

Some people have expressed that they would like to make a straight scarf and it is possible to do that. You will have to cut the yarns (both forward and reverse pass ones) after making each row and reattach them at the beginning of the next row. You can choose to leave the loose ends as a fringe or sew them in. You could even seam the ends to make a loop if you’d like.

Don’t forget to take pictures!! Share them on the group and on Instagram using the hashtag #vajratcal.

Video tutorials

I have right and left handed video tutorials on my Youtube channel. You can find all my Tunisian crochet video tutorials here.

Here are tutorials to help you make the gauge swatch:

  1. Rib Stitch
  2. Forward Slant Combination
  3. Backward Slant Combination
  4. Gauge swatch – you can see me make the gauge swatch and follow along if you’d like.

Right handed

Left handed

How to participate

  • Newsletter: If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to my newsletter to get all important updates of this TCAL.
  • Join my TCAL: If you would like to officially join the TCAL, join my KnitterKnotter Hangout group on Facebook. I will schedule a live video in the group every Monday at 6.30 PM CST for me to be able to connect with you in real time 🙂
  • Instagram: You can follow me to get updates there and if you choose to share photos of your project, please use the hashtag #vajratcal so that I can find them.
  • Pinterest: You can find all tutorials related to this TCAL on my Vajra TCAL Pinterest board.
  • Facebook: If you would not like to join my group, you can find updates related to this TCAL on my Facebook page.
  • Ravelry: I will be grateful if you created a project on Ravelry. As a designer, it gives my pattern some credibility and it is a great way to show off your scarf too 🙂

Prizes

Denise Interchangeable has kindly offered to sponsor the prizes for this TCAL. There will be 6 prizes in all – one at the end of each part (See TCAL schedule above).

At the end of each of the first five parts, one person will win a Pink Tunisian Crochet set. It consists of one hook (You will be able to choose a hook size – they range from 3.75 mm to 15 mm), two cords, two end buttons and one extender for cord to cord connections.

Note: These prizes are for US residents only. Non-US residents will receive a Denise Interchangeable gift card worth $20 instead.

One person will win the grand prize at the end of the TCAL which will be the Denise2Go Complete Crochet set!! It consists of twelve hooks, seven cords, four end buttons and 2 extenders that come in a pretty fabric and portable case.

I have the Denise Interchangeable Hook Kit* and I love it. I used it to make the Vajra scarf and have continued to use it for my other projects too.

Note: Everybody (US and non-US residents) is eligible for the grand prize! 

How to win

Instagram: Tag your TCAL progress photos with #vajratcal as many times as you like. (Your Instagram account must be public.)

Facebook:  Join the KnitterKnotter Hangout Facebook group and post your progress photos to that week’s TCAL update thread.

I will look at both Instagram and Facebook at the end of every week and choose one winner (You must have completed the part for that week to be eligible). It’s that simple!

Resources

These tutorials will be helpful in getting a head start on this pattern.

Share your pictures with me!

I really hope you liked this pattern. I would love to see your version of this design so please share your pictures with me!
– Share them on Instagram with the tags #knitterknotter, #madewithknitterknotter, and @knitterknotter
– Share them in my Facebook Group
– Create a project on Ravelry

I strive to offer my patterns for free and that is possible only with your support. Please share this pattern and your pictures as much as possible. Every share counts 🙂

Copyright and Terms of Use

This pattern is for personal use only. You are welcome to make and sell handmade items using this pattern but you are required to credit the design to Arunima Goel @ KnitterKnotter by linking back to https://knitterknotter.com. Do not publish or sell this pattern, in part or in full and do not make any video tutorials of this pattern without my permission. When featuring KnitterKnotter in pattern roundups, blog articles or Facebook posts, you may use one of my photos and provide a link back to the original source.

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