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Announcing Our Spring 2010 Crochet-Along!

April 1st, 2010

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Crochet Beach CardiganEach season we host a knit- or crochet-along, a virtual event in which yarncrafters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. There’s no need to sign up; simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace.

We asked you what crochet garment you’d like to make, and you picked our Beach Cover-up/Cardigan! (Click on the photo to view and download the pattern.)

Our CAL host will be Kendra! She works at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio and is a crochet and knitting instructor, so she will have plenty of great insights for you. Click here to learn more about her. Look for her first post on Thursday, April 8. Until then, think about which supplies you’ll need and in which color you’ll be making this versatile cardigan! If you’re in the New York City area, stop by the Lion Brand Yarn Studio to see our version made in Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton in Khaki.

Lion Brand Yarn Studio Cardigan

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In the meantime, leave a comment and introduce yourself! Who are you? Where are you from? Who are you making this sweater for?

UPDATE: If you’re looking for new blog posts from Kendra, please click on the “Blog” button in the bar at the top of this website or bookmark to see ALL of our blog posts (with the newest post on top). Scroll down to see our various blog posts. To see ONLY blog posts on the crochet-along, see the right-hand bar here on the every page of the blog, then simply click the “crochet-along” link under “Categories” to see crochet-alongs past and present.

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  • Debbie O.

    Hello my name is Debbie O’Neill, I’m from Sound Beach, NY. This will be my first anything a long.:D It kind of scares me seeing the pattern called for 12 skeins. I’ve only made scarfs. Plus I hope to find this group again (it took me 4 days to find you all again :( ) I guess that shows how new to all of this I am. I too am concerned about the cost, but I did see joann’s has 25% off all yarns till the 9th. Someone mention I think Cotton Ease, I hope Kendra says that’s a good one for this. Thanks for letting me get me fears out of the way.
    Hugs, Deb

    Kendra says: Cotton-Ease is one that I recommend for sure! Just be sure to swatch and check your gauge. Welcome!

  • Grandma Susie

    Hello! This looks like a fun way to connect with the crochet community at large. This will be my 1st CAL. I’ve read many of the posts and I appreciate the insights into this project… yarn choice, cost, etc.

    I have two grandchildren and three grown children – all married. I usually crochet afghans, toys, hats, shawls and aprons as gifts for my family and friends. But, I plan to make the sweater for ME!

    I am 53 years old and have been crocheting since taking lessons when I was 18. Recently, I’ve been designing my own projects and people have raved about them. I’ve always embraced patterns that are whimsical. My favorite crochet project from years ago was a plant hanger in the shape & colors of a turnip. What fun!

  • Arizona

    Hi! I’m joining. I’ll be using Cotton-Ease (in the color Berry) for this project since I have it in my stash.

  • Christina

    Hi all! I did some comparison shopping for yarn and ended up with Bernat Satin for around $20 with 25percent off.I think it will work fine. I haven’t found time to start this yet so odds are I will quickly fall behind, but I’m sure going to try!

  • Vickie

    Hi to ALL!I returned my yarn to Hobby Lobby today. didn’t like it. But I did find cotton ease on enternet at JoAnn fabric on sale so ordered it in a summer blue[color of water]So wait for me,don’t get to far ahead! Vickie from Huntsville

  • Jacqueline

    Jacqueline in SoCal here. Should I have started crocheting already? I have my yarn and the pattern, but didn’t know if we are all going to “crochet along” with each other at the same time, which sounds totally awesome but maybe a little goofy since we are all in different places at different times….

    Kendra says: It’s all at your own pace, but I’ll have information and tips along the way if you want to wait to see that information before getting started, including yarn substitutions and the “no-chain foundation” method for starting a crochet project. Welcome!

  • Linda Kennedy

    I want to do this CAL, but since I am a LARGE happy person, none of them fit correctly. The problems is the upper sleeve and the seam area under the arms–all are just not right!

    I haven’t found a pattern that will work and I don’t want to use the money/yarn/time to make one that won’t fit.

  • Ginger St.Germain

    Hey my name is Ginger and i am from Gainesville, Florida. I am very excited to start this CAL. Have my yarn and hook Ready!

  • Evelyn Tucci

    Hi, my name is Evie and I live in Rhinelander, WI. I’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet sweaters since I was a teenager so am excited about this project. I’m in my late 40’s and since the last year and a half have had more time to crochet. I’m not secure enough in my work to try to substitute so I did buy the suggested yarn. It was on sale on the Herrschner’s web site. The yarn came today, just in time!

  • Linda

    I am Linda and live in Olympia, Washington. I just printed this pattern out last week cause I was going to make it for me and now I see this CAL – which sounds fun to do. I used to crochet when my kids were little. Started up when my daughter got pregnant with her first baby in 2007 so I have been crocheting baby blankets for three years, scarfs, hats and I knitted 25 pairs of slippers one Christmas for the family. So now I thought I make something for me and I am thinking that I might want enter something in the Puyallup Fair this year, depends on how it turns out. I bought a different kind of cotton yarn because of the cost of the organic cotton but it should work. Looking forward to starting up with all of you. :-)

  • Linda

    Hi, I am Linda from Pittsburgh PA and this will be my first crochet-along. I have had this pattern printed out and in my crochet file for a LONG time, so now I am looking forward to actually doing it! Planning a trip to Joann’s this week to look around for suitable yarn…would love to use cotton but I will have to see. Anyone know how many yards are in the recommended yarn so I can make calculations?

    Zontee says: Hi Linda, see this FAQ about substituting yarn to learn how to calculate yardage.

  • Joyce T

    thanks kendra and zontee for your help. i’m new to this web page and to this crochet along. i have done a knit a long over the winter on a different web site. i just have to get to know the web page and where things are at. so thanks again. happy crocheting.

  • Ann S

    Hello everyone! Ann in sunny SoCal. Haven’t decided on which yarn to use. Was at JoAnn’s today and the Vanna’s Choice is on sale 2/$5….for all of you considering that yarn. I’m excited to try this CAL. Sounds like fun. I’ve never made a garment before and am a bit nervous about fit, but sounds like we’ll be getting help and support. Let’s have some fun ladies!!

  • Julie West

    Hi, I’ve been wanting to KNIT a beach cover-up.
    Can you suggest a knitting pattern for one?

    Julie from Boone NC

    Zontee says: Hi Julie, why not check out this knit kimono. The yarn it’s show in is discontinued, but it would do well in a cotton (you can work a worsted-weight on a bigger needle to get gauge) or in Incredible ribbon yarn, which is the same gauge as the recommended yarn. Keep the trim or leave it off–up to you. Hope that helps!

  • Linda from Pittsburgh

    It’s me again, so excited to discover 12 skeins of natural colored Pima Tencel by Cascade Yarns in my stash!! do you think this is a good choice? it is worsted weight and I have enough, just have to get the gauge right.

  • Jill in “Bako” SoCali

    Thanks so much to everyone in this blog. I learned that the JoAnn’s yarn sale ends 4/9, and that Kendra said cotton-ease will work. I’m so excited. I’m going to JoAnn’s tomorrow. Hope I can get the yarn in Almond. πŸ˜€

  • Nora

    Hi, I am Nora in WI and I just learned to crochet a couple of moths ago. I love this sweater though, so I am joining this CAL and going to give it my best shot! :)

  • Barb

    Hello everyone! I’m looking forward to Kendra’s post tomorrow, especially the part about a no chain foundation. That’s new to me and I may give it a try. I still haven’t decided which yarn to use so I’m also interested in her substitution suggestions. I’m hoping to actually start working on this over the weekend. :)

    Zontee says: Hi Barb, just FYI, Kendra’s not going over the no-chain foundation until her second post, but if you want to give it a go before that, check out our FAQ about it by clicking here.

  • Dawn

    Hi, I’, Dawn from North Florida. I am looking forward to my first CAL. I never seem to get around to making anything for myself, so this will be fun.

  • Sharon Weingart

    I am so excited to do this cal….this will be my first. My goal is to have it done in time for camping season. Looks like nice sweater for cool nights and mornings.

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  • Barb

    I am interested in doing this but am a left handed crocheter. From what I can tell, that means I work from the opposite direction from a right handed person. Do I need to adapt the pattern then….and if so, how?

    Zontee says: Hi Barb, it shouldn’t matter, since the overall garment is symmetrical. You might have to follow the “left front” directions for the right and vice versa, but you’ll end up with all the parts.

    Kendra says: I’m left-handed! It works out just fine :) I’m just working it right-handed to ease any confusion, but feel free to ask if you encounter any lefty issues.

  • Mila

    This looks like fun!!
    Is there any way to make this shorter? I’m only 5 foot 3.

    Zontee says: Hi Mila, click here to see our Facebook album of various people in the office trying on the cardi. Two of the girls are about your height, and the cardi looks fine on them. Otherwise, if you want to make them shorter, just don’t make the pieces as long! Since this is one of those projects where you work even until you have a certain length, you can just pick a shorter length to work until.

  • Debbie O.

    When Kendra writes about yarns today, is it posted on this thread or do I go somewhere else to read her suggestions and instructions.
    Can you tell I’m new! πŸ˜€
    thanks, Deb

    Jess Says: Hi, Deb. Kendra made a separate blog post. Just go to to see the latest posts.

  • Debbie O.

    Does it make a difference if you buy the cotton yarn from a cone or skein?
    I see there are cotton cones that hold about 805 yards…
    thanks in advance!

    Jess Says: Hi, Deb. It doesn’t matter if the yarn comes in a cone or ball. Some yarns come in large cones to assist with machine knitting, but there’s no reason you can’t hand-crochet or knit with them.

  • Sasha T

    Awww. Just went to my lys and the dont stock Lion Brand! Im hoping the store I go to in the city has some, else I may have to order online which will take aaaaaages :-(

  • Carol

    I’m enthused, too…I only saw one post about recycling an old sweater. This was my first thought when I saw the project…I have a sweater I made about 6 years ago. Still LOVE the yarn, but could I take it apart and remake it in this updated pattern?

  • Marlene

    YAY! I’ve been wanting to join a crochet-along. And I’ve been wanting to crochet this pattern for a few years now. It’s been in my “to do” pile for some time. But the organic cotton is way out of my price range. I found a fun color of big balls of Bernat Handicrafter cotton. While it’s not my first choice of yarn, I made a shrug with this stuff last year and I’ve worn it non-stop for the past 2 weeks. It’s soooooooo soft and comfy now. Hoping that I have the same good crocheting Karma with this project. Ordered my yarn this morning. Can’t wait for the yarn to arrive to get started.

  • Jill

    How is everyone doing? It took me a minute to figure out that I had to click on Kendra’s link (on post #171 above) to get to her directions. I’m obviously not a blogger, lol. I hope everyone finds the way to her blog page.

  • Shanda

    I’m so excited for this CAL! I did the one last year with Stephanie Japel and the circle shrug and loved it. I also choose to use the cotton-ease as it is in my price range. Thanks for doing this! I am making this for myself.

  • http://Spring2010Crochet-a-long Agnes Maiuro

    This is my first crochet-a-long, and I hope I can keep up. Life is hectic and illnesses interrupt all the time. I think I’m going to use cotton-ease yarn, also. As long as it can be machine washed and dried, it’s a go! But, since this item is for me and another one for my daughter, I will probably shop on the web to obtain some inticing colors not included in the stores. How does this work…do we just start crocheting?

  • Jill A.

    Hi Agnes, click on: Kendras post #171 above Beach Cardi Crochet-Along: Let’s Get Going! | Lion Brand Notebook to get to her first blog page. In the last paragraph their is a link to the no-chain foundation. Have fun!

  • Denise David

    I would love to do this! can’t wait to get started, :)

  • Jacqueline

    Jacqueline from SoCal here. Learned a hard lesson about gauge swatches: I was so excited I went ahead and started the project, but it wasn’t until I had the fronts attached and joined at the shoulders that I discovered the measurements were all incorrect!!! (too small) I had assumed that since the rows were correct, the hdc’s were also, but not true :( . I’ve started over with a better yarn, and made a swatch, and yay, will adjust a little for length but hdc’s are right on. Hope this will help one person. :)

  • <fb:name linked="false" useyou="false" uid="1505979554">Louise Meeks</fb:name>

    I have a really basic question – Is there a simple way to find the yarn end when starting with a new skein that feeds from inside the center of the skein? Sometimes I find it easily and sometimes I end up with a tangled mess….

    Zontee says: Hi Louise, in fact we have an FAQ about it in the Learning Center, where you can find answers to many common questions. Click here to read it.

  • Joan T.

    A so excited to be doing something more than an afghan, slippers or hats! I too have chosen a more affordable brand of yarn and have started already. I am pleased to say I am happy with the results of what I have done so far!

  • Pearl S

    I am ready and excited. This is my first CAL, hopefully I will be able to keep up and stay on schedule. This should really be great. Can’t wait to see the finished project. I decided to use two colors of yarn, now have to decide the best way to incorportate both colors.

  • Andrea T

    I am truly excite to participate in the Spring 2010 Crochet-Along. This is my first CAL. I have crochet other items, but this is my first time crocheting a beach cover-up/cardigan. It should be fun crocheting with other people. I hope I can keep up with everyone. I am looking forward to see the finished project.

  • Jenna

    Hi everyone! I guess better late than never! My name is Jenna and I’m from Maryland. I love to crochet. I mostly make blankets and I’ve recently started making stuffed animals. This is my first time making a type of cardigan. I think this will be fun! happy crocheting!!!

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  • Bennette Brou

    Hello everyone, I got my yarn and ready to go. I love to crochet & I’ve been crocheting for a while but my first time with CAL.

    I have one question, does this Beach Cardi have a length? I am 5’1″ and I have noticed that a few things I’ve made was always too long for me. Is there an adjustment for length?

    Thank you and I’ll be hitting the needle tomorrow.

    Zontee says: Hi Bennette and welcome! If you look at the pattern, you will see that it tells you to work the two front pieces and the back piece until you have a certain length. If you want to make it shorter, just use a smaller measurement for that length (maybe 3 to 5 inches less, depending on where you want it to hit your body).

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  • Cheryl

    Hello, I am excited about CAL, but have we started this sweater yet? I’m not sure how to keep up: through email or just reading the blogs, I’m not sure, please help.

    Zontee says: Hi Cheryl, sorry for the confusion. We’re currently on the 6th week of working on the sweater. There are directions for following the new blog posts in the above post.

    See all of the crochet-along blog posts in the category “Crochet-Along“, accessible from the right-hand bar of any page of the Lion Brand Notebook blog.

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