Hi folks!

This is where you’ll find all the information you need to know about my Mayan CAL.

Mayan CAL by Shelley Husband


General FAQ

What is the Mayan CAL?

Inspired by the mystical geometry of the ancient Mayan people, this intricate crochet blanket is reminiscent of the Mayan calendar. For clear instructions and helpful how-tos, join me for the FREE Mayan Crochet Blanket Crochet-A-Long!

What does CAL mean?

CAL stands for Crochet-A-Long where lots of people work on a pattern in stages at the same time. It’s fun!

What will The Mayan CAL make?

The Mayan CAL will make a blanket. We will make one large 20″ (51 cm) square a few times and, after joining them, add a simple border. You can decide on the final size of your blanket by choosing how many of the squares you will make.

I’ll be posting examples of a 6 square and a 4 square blanket soon.

I will give you yardage calculations for 3 options over on the Yarn Requirements page.

The approximate size of each option is :

4 squares = 118 cm x 118 cm (46″ x 46″)

6 squares = 118 cm x 172 cm (46″ x 68″)

9 squares = 172 cm x 172 cm (68″ x 68″)

Multi Mayan Crochet Blanket by Shelley Husband4

When will the CAL start?

The CAL will start on Tuesday 31 October.

How will I stay up to date with the CAL?

I will be posting all patterns with tips here on the blog, but to get them delivered to your inbox and make sure you don’t miss anything, sign up for my newsletter. Make sure you check the Mayan CAL box.

Newsletter & CAL signup


Tick which ones you’d like


Mayan CAL 2017

Siren’s Atlas


I’m a beginner, can I really do this?

I’m going to say if you’re willing to have a go you can.

If you know how to do a granny square you really do have the skills to do this – honest. Sure there are other stitches and techniques used, but I will explain them all fully to you.

Plus, I will make videos for all parts of the CAL so you can watch me do it and have a go yourself. AND I will be giving you lots of hints and tips with photos along the way. You’ve got this!

2017 CAL coming soon by Shelley Husband

 Is it free?

Yes! I will be posting all parts of the pattern here on the blog and sending them to the inboxes of those signed up to get the emails.

You do have the option to purchase an ebook version that will have the entire pattern plus charts and be available now (scroll down for info).

How much yarn will I need?

It depends what size blanket you want and if you are doing the single colour or multicoloured version.

You can find all the yarn information here on the Yarn Requirements page.

These online retailers are all great for yarn shopping :  Deramores,  Love Knitting and Wool Warehouse.


If gauge is important to you (ie matching my sizes exactly), try the free Mayan CAL Mini Taster pattern based on the centre of the Mayan CAL square to check it.

What size hook should I use?

I used a 5 mm hook with my 8 ply/DK yarn, but the recommended hook is a 4 mm.  I do tend to crochet tighter than most, but I also like the added drape you get using a bigger hook.

You can use whatever you like with your yarn of choice if matching my size isn’t important to you. Start out with the size recommended with your yarn and see how you go. Play with different hook sizes and see what you prefer.

My favourite hooks are Knitpro Waves and Clover Soft Touch.

crochet hooks shelley husband

How will it run?

Once the CAL starts, every Tuesday morning (or Monday afternoon/evening depending where you are) , I will email the new pattern part to everyone signed up the get the CAL emails.  I will also post the new pattern part here on the blog. Each of these methods will have a link to download the pattern part.

I will also post when a new part is available on my Facebook Page, my Facebook Group, Instagram and in my Ravelry Group.

There will be a project for the Mayan CAL on Ravelry once we start with links to the blog posts to download the pattern parts.

How do I download the Pattern Part from the Blog post?

Simply click on the “download now” button that has your preferred terms.  Easy! They look like this : (nothing will happen if you click on these buttons)


The pattern may download straight to your device or it may open in a new tab of your internet browser. Please make sure you have unblocked pop ups for my website or you may not see it.

If it opens in a new browser window, on a Microsoft Windows system, when you move your mouse, you’ll see some icons appear in the top right corner. Click on the down arrow to save it to your device or the print button to print it. If you use Evernote or Dropbox, you may see an option to save it there.  What shows on your device will depend on your settings. This is what mine looks like :

If you have an Apple device, I believe doing a long press on the open file will bring up a menu with an option to save to iBooks or similar.  (I don’t have an iPad or iPhone to check that for you, but that’s what our friend google tells me.)

Will the patterns be available in other languages?

Not this time I’m afraid.  Sorry.

Where can I get help?

So many places! Your first place to check is the blog post about the part as I will be talking about any tricksy bits and giving hints with photos there as well as linking to the YouTube video I’ve made.

If you’re still stuck, head to the Ravelry Group, my Facebook Group, reply to a Mayan CAL email, tag me in a photo on Instagram or reply to the relevant blog post asking your question and you’ll get the help you need.

Mayan CAL by Shelley Husband

I’ve joined late, where can I find the patterns?

Links to all the pattern parts will be on the Mayan CAL page or in the ebook you can purchase now.

Will the patterns be in the Spincushions Crochet App?

Kind of. Clicking on the Blog link will be the best way to use my Spincushions Crochet app to get the patterns. I can only add patterns by updating my app which I only do once a month. I have no control over the timing of when upgrades go live, so the blog link is your best bet if using my app.

Can I get the full pattern now?

You sure can! All the parts together have been put together in one handy ebook. The ebook has the written patterns, hints and tips, round by round photos, links to the videos of every stitch used in the pattern. PLUS it has a special bonus of the full charts for the Mayan pattern. These won’t be posted anywhere but the ebook.

You can purchase the ebook now.

The Mayan Crochet Blanket Pattern is available in lots of places, click the links below to get your copy now.

Or, if you’d rather just go through my direct website shop (hint : it’s cheaper if you do as it’s in Australian dollars), then you can order the ebook right here, right now! It is in PDF format so you don’t need an e-reader to use it.

You will be charged A$5.99 and you’ll get a new email with a link to download the PDF ebook. Just choose your preferred terms and you’ll be taken straight to checkout when you click the pretty blue button.

Thanks so much! I really do appreciate your support for my crochet design work 🙂


Pattern specific FAQ

What will be included in each pattern?

Each part of the CAL will have a PDF pattern available in either UK or US terms here on the blog.

This PDF pattern will include :

  • a clearly written pattern
  • round by round photos
  • link to video made by me of the part

You’ll also find hints and tips for each part of the CAL on the blog with photos so you will have all the help you need.

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.

Why do you start and end your rounds like that?

Check out my free Granny Square Crochet for Beginners ebook, my seamless crochet tips post or my YouTube video explaining it all if you are unfamiliar with how I write my patterns.

I start each round in the middle of the corner as that helps everything look pretty much seamless. Checking out how I make a traditional granny and becoming familiar with my method will help you be able to complete the CAL with ease.

Are there charts as well as written patterns?

Yes! They are in the Mayan ebook only. (Details of that up the page a bit)

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’ll be linked to in all emails and blog posts and posted on my YouTube Channel.

How do I change colour?

I like to end one colour with a slip stitch and generally start the next colour with a standing stitch. Not sure what that is? Check out my video explaining it here. It’s easy!

standing stitch by Shelley Husband for Kaboom CAL

My blocks are bigger or smaller than yours?

It really doesn’t matter because we are only making one pattern over and over so your squares should all be much the same size. Your blanket may be slightly different in size as well, but unless you use embroidery thread or super duper bulky yarn, the difference won’t be that big. It really is ok. If you do want to match my size, try making the mini taster square as your gauge swatch.

What is blocking?

Blocking is a little trick that helps make your work look a lot better. I do it very simply by pinning each block to a foam board and squirting it with steam from my iron. Job done! I made this blocking board myself by ruling lines on a foam mat. There are heaps of varieties of them on Amazon if you’d rather have a ready to go blocking board.Mayan CAL taster blocking by Shelley Husband


How’d you like to win enough Bendigo Woollen Mills Cotton to make the entire 6 square blanket? Well you can! For your chance to win, sign up for the Mayan CAL emails.  I will draw the winner on the CAL start date.

Plus I have 2 of these fabulous crochet pins by Jodie Ric Rac on offer too – not the blue one, that’s mine 😉

Thanks to Bendigo Woollen Mills  for supplying this prize and the yarn I used to make the sample and to Jodie for the pins!

How can I connect with others doing the CAL?

Lots of ways! It’s always lovely to hook along with others, sharing your progress and having fun. Here are a few links to the places you can do that :

On Instagram, tag with #mayancal
In my Ravelry Group (and Rav projects)
In my Facebook Group

That’s it! (I think)

If I have missed anything, please just ask. I will update this post with anything new everyone could benefit from.

So that’s it – I hope you enjoy the CAL!

xx Shelley

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10 thoughts on “Mayan CAL FAQ

  1. Jennifer Bakdwin

    Thanks Shelly, Excited Yes, Colour and yarn Yes, Size enough yarn for 9 squares, decided to do one colour, I am using cotton yarn from Bendigo Wollen Mills. Hopeing I have chosen the right colour difficult to tell from small colour chart. Choose “Glaizer”

  2. Terri Drake

    I have ordered your Ebook for the Myan CAL. I think I now have all the patterns you have published as ebooks and love each and every one of them. Thank you so much for sharing your time, your talent and your creativity.


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