Granny Square Academy CAL FAQ

Here is all the information you need to know for the Granny Square Academy CAL.

General FAQ

What is the Granny Square Academy CAL?

GSA CAL by Shelley Husband

A CAL is a Crochet-A-Long where lots of folks work together on the same patterns over a set time period.  The best bit about a CAL is connecting with the others doing it all around the world, sharing their progress on social media.  It’s fun!

The Granny Square Academy CAL will use my book/ebook Granny Square Academy (GSA) for the patterns.

What will we make for the CAL?

We will make an 8 x 8 squares sampler lap blanket using all 10 patterns in GSA. Your yarn weight choice will determine the size of your blanket.  A sampler made with 8 ply/DK/light worsted yarn  will be approximately 118 cm/46 inches square.

Granny Square Flair Sampler by Shelley Husband

When does it start and how long does it go for?

The CAL starts on Monday May 10th, and a new part will start each Monday after that until 26th July 2021.  There will be 12 parts in all.  Parts 1 to 10 we will make squares.  In Part 11 we will join them all up and add the border.  Part 12 will be a wrap up, where I share some participants progress.

How do I get the patterns?

The 10 patterns are in my Granny Square Academy book or ebook. You will need a copy of Granny Square Academy to participate in the CAL.

If you don’t have a copy yet, you can get 10% off in my store by entering the code GSACALFUN at checkout. The code will work for both the book and digital version.

Please note I can only send books within Australia and New Zealand.  If you are elsewhere and would like physical copy of Granny Square Academy, head to Amazon or other online book retailer in your country and search for it.  Most times it will appear.  If you can’t access it, then the digital version from me is your best option.

The discount is valid for the duration of the CAL.

Simply add either the book or PDF to cart and add the code GSACALFUN at checkout.

Or click one of the “Buy Now” buttons below to add to cart, then enter the code at checkout. (Price shown is pre-discount)

How will I stay up to date with the CAL?

Once the CAL starts, on the scheduled Mondays, I will send/post the week’s to do list in 4 places;

  1.  I will email everyone signed up to my CAL emails.  (To get CAL emails, sign up for my newsletters. Make sure you click on the “edit preferences” link at the bottom of any of my emails and check the CAL box.)
  2. I will post in my Facebook group (request to join my group to be able to post there – there are some questions to be answered before you will be accepted)
  3. I will post on my Facebook Page.  (Like/follow the page to get updates in your feed)
  4. I will post on Instagram.  (Follow the #GSACAL2021 tag to make sure you get updates there)

You can follow along any way you like.

I’m a beginner, can I really do this?

If you’re willing to have a go you can!  This is designed specifically for beginners!  If you can make a traditional  granny square, you absolutely have all the skills you need.

GSA is FULL of extra help.  Pages and pages of it. Plus, there are videos for all 10 patterns  and mirrored videos for the left handed folks.   You’ve got this!

extra help in GSA

What will I learn?

Oh so much! Too much to list here, but here are some of the big lessons;

  • how to read a written crochet pattern
  • how to change colours
  • how to weave in ends
  • how to join granny squares
  • plus loads of tips and tricks to make your crochet sing.

Where can I get help?

So many places! Your first place to check is the book or PDF. The help there is really very extensive!  If you’re still stuck, head to my Facebook Group, reply to a GSA CAL email, tag me in a photo on Instagram asking your question and you’ll get the help you need.

How much yarn and what hook size do I need?

You can use any yarn weight and hook size you like.  Here are the approximate yarn needs in 3 yarn weights.

4 ply/sock/fingering: 3.35 metres/3.66 yards per gram

1,700 metres/1,860 yards; 3.5 mm hook

8 ply/DK/light worsted: 2.485 metres/2.718 yards per gram

2,000 metres/2,190 yards; 4.5 mm hook

10 ply/aran/worsted: 1.8 metres/1.97 yards per gram

2,400 metres/2,625 yards; 5.5 mm hook

I say approximately as you choose 4 of the 10 squares to make an extra time in addition to what we do each week and they all use a varying amount of yarn.

You can use any yarn.  Compare the metres/yards per gram for your yarn of choice.  If your yarn has more metres/gram, you will need less, if your yarn has less metres per gram, you will need more. is a great website to compare yarns.  I used Bendigo Woollen Mills 4 ply, 8 ply and 10 ply for the above calculations.

Bendigo woollen mills cotton

Where can I share my progress?

On Facebook in my group or on Instagram using the tag #GSACAL2021

Pattern specific FAQ

How do I read your patterns?

If this is the first time you’re using my patterns, have a read of this post where I explain my method and reasoning behind it. But really, it’s much more detailed in GSA.  The first lesson will have you reading patterns in no time.

Are there charts as well as written patterns?

Yes! They are included in Granny Square Academy. One of the lessons covers how to read them too!


What terminology is it in?  UK or US?

Both!  I talk a bit about which one to choose in the first lesson and both are provided so you can try them both and see which one suits the way your mind works best.

Will there be videos showing me how?

Yes! Don’t worry, they’re not showing you every stitch of every part – just the start and end of rounds plus the repeating part you need to know. I’ve kept them as short as I can. They’re linked to in the book and PDF.

Left handers, I have also included links to mirrored videos so you can see without having to do the extra mental acrobatics.

Granny Square Academy in progress

Any thing I’ve missed?

Shoot me an email with your question  or comment below and I’ll add it here if I think it’s one that others may benefit from too.


23 thoughts on “Granny Square Academy CAL FAQ

  1. Penney Nicholas

    Shelly, how many squares of each pattern would we be doing? I’m doing the crochet tournament at the same time and need to consider whether I’ll be able to keep up with both! Thanks.

    1. Shelley Husband Post author

      Hello! We’ll be making an 8 x 8 squares blanket – so 64 in all. 6-ish per week. You should be fine with the tournament. The projects for that are totally doable as well in the time frame.

  2. Cheryl Panter

    Hi, I have two questions. I am very new to crocheting. I would like to make a larger blanket. Can I just add some additional squares and how do I determine how much extra yarn? Also, I am assuming this is not a live class and I can watch videos anytime around my schedule? These are probably things I should know but wanted to confirm. Thank you from the US!! Cheryl

    1. Shelley Husband Post author

      Hi Cheryl 🙂 Ah it really depends how big you want to make it. Use my size as the base. Doing a 128 squares blanket means you double everything. If you want it to be only half as big again, then add 50% more. It will all be very approximate as the squares all use a different amount of yarn and it will depend which ones you do more of. But that should be enough to get you in the right ball park.

      And yes, this is totally doable at your own pace and time. There is no where you must be and no need to keep up. It’s all there for you whenever you are ready.

      I hope you enjoy it if you do join in. 🙂

  3. Susan

    Hi Shelley
    I am so excited. I have had your book for awhile, but just kept putting it off. Now, I’m motivated! I’m using a fingering weight yarn. Will there be a border & if so, how much yarn will be needed?
    Thank you

  4. Sherri

    I have a huge stash of Bendigo 8 ply Cotton. Would it be suitable? Would be lovely to actually reduce what I have on hand.

  5. Sarah

    Hi Shelley!

    I have my ebook and looking at the yarn requirements above- I would love to make them in two colours would that just be 50/50 of the above requirements?


    1. Shelley Husband Post author

      HI Sarah! Yay!

      It really depends on how you decide to change colours – eg if you do the centres all in one colour and the outer rounds all in the other, also using that for joining and border, you’ll need more of the second colour. But if you’re doing it say changing colour every round, you should be ok with 50/50.

      50/50 is a good start though. Once you’ve done a few, you’ll see if you’re using more of one colour and be able to get more hopefully

  6. Verónica

    Hola Shelley yo compré hace bastante tiempo el libro en PDF y creo que no venía con videos. Cómo puedo conseguir los videos?
    Un abrazo

  7. Regina McClean

    Hi Shelley,
    I have some 10 skeins of Deramores Anti-pilling DK yarn 100g in one color. According to your above instructions, I will need approximately 2,000g, if I use a 4.5mm hook correct?

    I know I’ll need to purchase more yarn in any case.

    Thank you

    1. Shelley Husband Post author

      It depends on the metres/gram of your yarn. The one I used is 2.485 metres per gram. If your yarn is similar, then you’ll need 2000 metres not grams as I did 🙂

  8. Juie

    I’ve only just found your fabulous website & products, I’ve only been crocheting since the beginning of the year. I’m sorry that I’ve only just discovered your CAL at the latter stages of it & am wondering if there will be another one happening in the near future?

    1. Shelley Husband Post author

      Hey Julie

      You don’t need a CAL to do this. Everything you need is included in the book/PDF. It was designed as a work at your own pace thing originally. But having said that, there are always folks doing it and sharing in my Facebook Group. I may do it again as a CAL but no firm plans as yet.


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