I can’t believe it’s only one week before my new Peacock Tail Bag CAL begins! And I am so excited about it. Seems like it’s right time to give you all the details about this project. If you haven’t chosen yarn and shades yet – that’s also the right time to do that.
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What is this CAL about?
As you can see from the name and pictures this CAL is about a bag. From the very beginning I wanted it to look like a peacock tail. So I chose certain colors and tried to build exact shape.
The front of the bag is made in overlay crochet technique and is covered with front post stitches and clusters. And the back is very simple – with colorful stripes. This bag has a fabric lining with small pocket and magnetic clasp. Adjustable strap allows to wear it as a cross-body bag or just over one shoulder.
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- Tutorials. Each Wednesday a new Part (detailed tutorial with written instructions and pictures) will be published here, on my blog. Around 4pm (Easten european time).
- Printing/PDF. You can find a green Print-Friendly button at the bottom of every post on my blog. You can use it to print the tutorials (with or without pictures) and also to convert them to pdf’s. If you are not sure how to use this button, please, check a very helpful tutorial HERE.
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- Ravelry. Please, add this CAL to your Ravelry queue. You can also join my official group on Ravelry where the information about each tutorial will be published and where you can also share your finished projects or ask questions.
- Facebook. Don’t forget to join my Facebook club. And be sure to check Official CCC Social Group which will host this CAL.
- Pinterest. I’ve created a new board on Pinterest HERE where all the tutorials of this CAL will be added after being published on my blog.
- Instagram. Please use hashtag #PeacockTailBagCAL along with the pictures of your projects on Instagram. So that we all can find them and admire :)
- Video. All videos for this CAL will be kindly recordered by Esther Dijkstra from It’s all in a Nutshell. You can view each video in the end of each post!
- Languages. This CAL will be translated into Dutch, German, Spanish, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, French and Hebrew. As planned at the moment, translations will be available for download as pdf files.
Yarn and Kits
I used Linen Soft yarn by Scheepjes in 5 shades for my bags (both Deep and Pastel version) – 6 skeins in total for each bag (two skeins of one “main” shade which is also used for the bag’s band). In my opinion, Linen Soft is ideal yarn for this project as it’s very natural in look and touch, the colors are rich and it’s also quite stiff. With just a perfect sturdiness for the bag.
Shades for Pastel version: 1 x 612, 1 x 613, 1 x 624, 1 x 629 and 2 x 619
There are complete kits available for purchase at Wool Warehouse* HERE and HERE (international shipping). Each kit includes yarn pack, lining, bag handle, magnetic clasp, metal D-rings and white medium interfacing. The kits are being sold very fast, and new batch is in stock again (at the time of posting).
!!! UPDATE: Because kits are so popular both types of lining were totally sold out. According to official information from Wool Warehouse, after current batch of kits is sold out - new kits will no longer be available for purchase via this retailer. But good news is that you can now purchase separately bag handles, magnetic clasps and D-rings HERE and create your own kits (with the lining of your own choice).
Linen Soft is DK weight yarn. If you haven’t tried this yarn before – please, check my review HERE. If you would like to create your own colorway, you can use your own shades and purchase separate skeins on Wool Warehouse* HERE, Paradise Fibers* (US) HERE or in your local shop. If you intend to use different yarns - please, choose solid and contrasting colors to make overlay image vivid!
You will also need a 2.75mm or 3mm (C) crochet hook. I used Clover Soft Touch* and am very happy with it. Exact size of your hook will mostly depend on your personal style of crochet and gauge (see Gauge below).
US standard abbreviations are used in this pattern. But if you are used to other terms, please check this Crochet Translation Project which might be helpful in translation to your language. There will be detailed instructions about how to make every stitch given in the pattern for each week.
Skill level: Intermediate (or Adventurous Beginner)
Very often I am asked if this CAL (and overlay crochet technique in general) is suitable for beginners. This is a very difficult question and I am not sure if the answer really exists. Last year I wrote about my own opinion and you can read it HERE.
If you have never tried overlay crochet before – please, make sure to check Circles of the Sun CAL (HERE) before you jump into Peacock Tail Bag CAL. Please, make 2-3 squares using written instructions and video’s. This will give you a very clear idea of what my coming CAL will look like. You will get acquainted with the pattern style and special techniques. Like “needle join” for example. If you make several squares and feel confident with front post stitches, skipping stitches, keeping correct tension – then yes. Peacock Tail Bag CAL is right for you.
If you haven’t done this yet – please, check Overlay Crochet section on my blog. I published all the important information about this technique. I would recommend to you to have a look at it before you start the CAL.
The size of your bag will naturally depend on yarn and hook you use. My bag is approx. 39 cm (15 ½”) wide in widest place and 35 cm (13 ¾”) tall.
After 6 rounds circle with double crochet stitches measures 10cm (4”) in diameter.
The gauge is important here in two aspects. If you, like me, use Linen Soft yarn you should really keep an eye for gauge because if you crochet too loose, you can run out of certain shades and will not have enough yarn to finish the bag. Also you should be careful while making front post stitches – they are always made to the height of working round/row. They should not pull or be too loose.
Peacock Tail Bag CAL Timeline
(Links to all the tutorials as they become available)
Part 1 17 August 2016
Part 2 24 August 2016
Part 3 31 August 2016
Part 4 7 September 2016
Part 5 14 September 2016
Part 6 21 September 2016
Part 7 (Lining) 28 September 2016
Feels like this is everything you need to know. If I missed something, please, don't hesitate to ask in comments below.
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