Ah! It’s finally time to share the Codex Alera CAL with you all! I’m so nervoucited, as my kids would say. That’s nervous and excited mixed together. The Codex Alera CAL is a crochet along inspired by the Codex Alera book series by Jim Butcher. This is a fantasy series of six books. The new pattern I have designed for this 2021 crochet along is called Alera Shawl.
The Alera Shawl is an asymmetric triangle shawl that begins at one pointed end and increases to the opposite side. It transitions through three different stitch patterns, each with it’s own unique texture. This design was inspired by a particular clothing item in Furies of Calderon, the first book in the Codex Alera series. I don’t want to say more about it’s inspiration. That will be part of our discussion in the group when we get to it in the book. You can see some of the textures in the shawl close up in the picture below.
The difficulty level of the pattern is Easy+. The finished measurements are about 19 1/2″ deep x 67″ long.
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How does this Crochet Along work?
The Crochet Along is a special event. Everyone that participates talks together in my Facebook group, The Studio Bunch, about the crochet pattern, their projects, and in this case, the first book in the series! The idea is to read, or more likely, listen to the audio book, as you crochet your shawl, and talk with everyone else about both throughout the two-week event. There will be a giveaway leading up to the event, and three prizes to giveaway during and at the end of the event!
How do I participate?
Get your yarn right away so that you will have it in time for the crochet along! The pattern takes two skeins of Oasis Sport from Ancient Arts Yarn. You can use any available color, however, if you want your shawl to feel true to the book, you will want to use the color Syrah, as I did. Ancient Arts is generously offering all participants 10% off the yarn for the CAL! Order your yarn here and use the code GARWOOD10 at checkout! If you prefer to work with stash yarn or something that is more available to you, feel free! You’ll want 700 yds of a thinner sport weight yarn that is as close to 80% Merino and 20% Baby Camel as possible.
You will also need a G (4 mm) crochet hook, or whichever size allows you to match my gauge, and a yarn needle.
Next follow me and Ancient Arts Yarn on social media! There will be a giveaway and other chatter about the event ahead of time and you won’t want to miss it! You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. And you can also find Ancient Arts Yarn on Facebook and Instagram. Specifically, you’ll want to follow us both on Instagram for the pre-event giveaway!
Next, join my Facebook Group The Studio Bunch. That’s where all of the CAL discussion will take place.
The pattern will be available free here on my blog, but if you want a PDF so that you can print or save it, you’ll want to head to Ravelry to buy it. It will be released in stages. If you purchase the pattern, there will be updated PDFs to get when the event begins and when a new section is released. If you are viewing the pattern free here on my blog, come back to this post to get the new sections. If you can’t use Ravelry, but want the PDF, it will also be available on Etsy. However, I’m not sure if their system will work well for the release in stages, so bear with me if there are some hiccups with that.
As we gear up for the event, DO post on social media about the event! Please use the hashtags #codexaleraCAL and #bananamoonstudio. And please tag me @bananamoonstudio and Ancient Arts @ancientartsyarn when you post!
And, very importantly, before we begin, you need to get the book! Get Furies of Calderon, the first book in the series, with my Amazon affiliate link right here. Or, if you’d like to keep this event free, check the book or audio book out from your local library! As we discuss the book in the group, there will be a designated chapter each day and no discussion of the chapters after that will be allowed. We don’t want to spoil it for those that aren’t reading/listening as fast as others!
Not a fan of wearing red? It may not be true to the book, but will still be beautiful and fun to make in one of the other colors of Oasis! Here you can see It’s Pink!, Irish Linen, Irritated Grapes, and Beach Paradise.
What was that about giveaways?
I did say giveaways, you read that correctly! So what about those giveaways?
I’m so excited about these! My co-hosts at Ancient Arts Yarn are being so generous and I’m so happy for all of you!
For this crochet along there will be a pre-event giveaway for one winner. That lucky winner will get two skeins of Oasis Sport free to crochet their shawl and the free pattern download! You’ll need to start by following both me and Ancient Arts Yarn on Instagram. Find me here. Find Ancient Arts Yarn here. The giveaway will take place on Instagram starting April 16th. The winner will be announced on the 20th! That should allow you to get your yarn before the CAL begins on May 1st.
Also, there will be three giveaways during the event! Entries for those giveaways come from social media posts that include the event hashtag #codexaleraCAL. Every time you post on Instagram or Facebook with that hashtag, you get an entry for the giveaways. Remember that those posts have to be public, otherwise we can’t see them to count them.
One prize will be given when the second section of the pattern is released. This prize is two skeins of Ancient Arts Yarn Lascaux Worsted and a free pattern download from me of your choice! Lascaux Worsted is the yarn I used to crochet my Pemba Mittens. It is 25% Manx Loaghtan, 75% Punta Arenas Wool. This yarn supports the preservation of of the Manx Loaghtan sheep, a rare breed native to the Isle of Man. It also supports the wool industry of South America, which is where you will find Punta Arenas.
A second prize will be given when the third section of the pattern is released. This prize is the golden braid shawl cuff you see in the pictures of the Alera Shawl along with a Banana Moon Studio stitch marker and button. the cuff was made by Knox Mountain Knit Co.
The third and final prize will be given at the end of the event, May 15th. This prize will be two skeins of Ancient Arts Yarn Revival Worsted, which is the yarn I used to make my Chandler Cowl, and a free pattern download of your choice from me! Revival is a yarn made of 49% Wool, 34% Mohair, 11% Nylon, 4% Acrylic, and 2% Silk. The fibers used to make it would normally be considered waste fibers at the mill because they are left over from the making of other yarn. Instead of being thrown away, these fibers are spun into yarn, and you have the joy of crocheting with something good for the environment!
Now, for the Alera Shawl pattern!
Each section of the Codex Alera CAL pattern will have it’s own page. The links for these won’t be live until that section is officially released. The page for each section will also include a tutorial video for that section. The stitches used are not difficult, but I want to make sure that everyone gets going on the right foot for each section!
Section two can be found at this link. It will be released on May 8th.
Section three is here. It will be released on May 13th.
And the reading schedule
As you discuss the book in the group, please don’t discuss anything past the chapter of the day. No spoilers!
May 1 Chapter 4
May 2 Chapter 7
May 3 Chapter 10
May 4 Chapter 13
May 5 Chapter 16
May 6 Chapter 19
May 7 Chapter 22
May 8 Chapter 26
May 9 Chapter 29
May 10 Chapter 32
May 11 Chapter 35
May 12 Chapter 38
May 13 Chapter 41
May 14 Chapter 44
May 15 Chapter 47
Happy crocheting everyone! I hope you’ll join us!