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Join Us for Our Special Guest Crochet-Along!

September 15th, 2010

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Several times a year, here on the Lion Brand Notebook, we like to host a knit- or crochet-along. The idea is that it’s a virtual event that brings yarncrafters 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, work on your projects at your own pace, and comment when you feel like it!

A special fall project from Crochet So Fine

For our fall crochet-along (CAL for short), we’ll be making the stunning Pearl’s Cardigan, a pattern from the book Crochet So Fine by Kristin Omdahl…and as a special bonus, Kristin herself will be hosting the CAL! We are thrilled to have her helping us through this pattern — Kristin will be blogging every Wednesday starting next week for the CAL, answering your question and sharing insights into this beautiful crochet cardigan.

Connect with us! Not only are we working on the CAL here, but you can also find us on Ravelry in our CAL group and on Flickr. Share your pictures, ask questions, and comment on those websites, in addition to here at

Ready to get started? Click here to download the pattern at!

Pick out your yarn! For this CAL, Kristin will be making her cardigan in the recommended Microspun, a silky-soft micro-fiber that comes in a ton of bright and muted colors, but for those of you who are looking for other DK-weight options, you may want to consider options from our LB Collection of luxury fibers at affordable priced including: Baby Alpaca, Cotton Bamboo, Superwash Merino, and our brand new Angora Merino.

Have a blog or website? Add this badge to show that you’re participating! Right click or Ctrl+click on Macs to save the image to your computer; then upload it to your blog.

Finally, we want YOU to leave a comment and introduce yourself! Tell us who you are, where you’re from, and who you’re making this sweater for! Welcome and thanks for joining us!

UPDATE: In response to your comments, Kristin says that she will talk about modifying the pattern (including larger sizes, sleeve length, body length, etc.) in week 4 of her blog posts, so please hang in there and your questions will be addressed at that time.

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  • Rebecca

    I chose microspun sterling. I like the idea that it can be played down, like a grey, or dressed up for its shine.


    I would like to use up yarn from my yarn stash, as oppose to buying new. Could you let me know if a 4 ply acrylic will work? Wait…I will probably have to wait until we start gauging duh. But if you know please let me know. Thanks.

  • Jett

    Oh! I haven’t done one of these yet! Unfortunately I am going to be a few days behind- exams are nasty! But this weekend I shall hopefully be able to pick up the hooks and play with everyone else!

  • Terri

    My yarn arrived today – my color of choice was grape purple. Seems to be the fall color this year. I can’t wait to get started. Hopefully tonight.

  • Paula

    I’d love to join. Not sure I understand how, and hope it’s not to late. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • Carrie

    My grandma’s name is PEARL too and this is so perfect. I started this super pattern on a business trip. I made my co-worker drive and I sat in the back of the car and crochet for hours. What a TREAT!

  • Karen A.

    This is a beautiful cardigan and one that will be useful here in Florida. I am going to try to crochet along with everyone else, however, I am taking an online class and my not be able to keep up.

  • Tricia

    I’m in and so excited to begin! Will have to shop for yarn asap. I will be making this lovely cardigan for myself. :)

  • Linda Swett

    I will make this for my daughter, and just bought the yarn in buttercup. I have never made a sweater before, as I seem to be deficient in understanding measurements — never have had any successful attempts. Look forward to crocheting along and hopefully this one will come out right.

  • Donna

    Looks like fun. This will be a great way to crochet a sweater while avoiding possible pitfalls.

  • Linda

    This is a great project! Can’t wait to get started.

  • Julie

    I am going to make this cardigan for my daughter as a Christmas gift. I chose Lilac in the Lion Brand Microspun. I am looking forward to the experience and fun !



  • Jan

    Really want to join along for the crochet. However, I am a lefty. How does one read the pattern when crocheting left-handed. So far I’ve only made scarves, shawls and hats. Easy for a lefty to handle.

  • Barbara

    Looking forward to making this cardi for me. I am thinking something in a fall color to wear Thanksgiving, to remind me how thankful I am that my grandmother taught me how to crochet 50 years ago!

  • Cindy Thompson

    This looks like a fun pattern, I like to learn something new with each project I do…I am also working on another crochet along for an afghan….this should be fun – working on 2 at once – let the fun begin!!

  • Karen A.

    At the beginning of the pattern, there are several special stitches that are used for the cardigan (3-dc-cl, etc.) However, the explanation for the stitches are on various pages of the book the pattern came from. I did not see the explanation anywhere else. How do we get to those stitch explanations?

    Zontee says: Hi Karen A., don’t worry, we’ve provided them. They are on the pattern details page under “Stitch Explanations”. Click here to see the pattern details page.


    Paula on Wednesday we just started to pick our yarn and introducing ourselves…this week (Wednesday) we will begin our gauge. I had no luck with my stash I need more yarn, I buy enough beer and snuff for my husband on a weekly basis and get nothing for me, so off I go to my local craft stores. If they have this yarn I will be choosing black. I will post later what color I end up with. EXCITED…….

  • Marie White

    I have never joined a group like this before, but I know it’s going to be great fun while learning how to make a stunning looking cardigan. I live in Canton, GA, just 20 miles north of Atlanta. I’ve been crocheting all my life and just love it. It’s how I unwind after a hectic day at the office. I don’t know which yarn I will use as of right now, but will find it sometime this week. Can’t wait to get started.

  • Maria Topete

    This is my first CAL and I have not picked my color, but I will use microspun. I will buy my yarn this week. Cannot wait to get started.

  • Nancy Mottley

    I am anxious to get started on this cardigan . I have spent a lot of time looking for something this lovely. Is it possible to use cotton cream since I am allergic to wool.?

    Zontee says: Hi Nancy, first of all, Microspun is a micro-fiber acrylic, so it has no wool content. Second of all, yes, you can use whatever yarn you prefer, as long as it’s a category 3 (DK) weight/thickness yarn.


    Ok, what a bummer neither of my craft stores have the specific yarn needed. I chose a merino wool blend from caron called country in deep purple. It says nothing about weight but on those pictures on the back (and there are a few) it looks like it’s a 4 medium. I wish there was a universal stamp on all skeins instead of symbols. I will try it.

  • Barbi

    Waiting for my order to come. The Fall weather influenced my color choice – green. I’ve not done a crochet group before and I’m excited to join in on the fun!! The whole sizing swatches scares me. After reading the blog post on it though, I definitely will – why make a darling cardigan that won’t fit!!


    I have moved to Ravelry.

  • Barb dale

    Thanks for the stitch explanations, I did not have a clue and all my guess were wrong

  • Renee

    I am so bummed out. When I first purchased my yarn I didn’t buy all that I needed. So of course, when I went back to Michael’s to get the rest of what I needed. There was none. Not just none of the color that I needed but no Microspun at all. I don’t know what that Michael’s is doing but there were just racks and racks of empty shelves. I’m not sure if they are bringing in different brands or what but now I will have to wait and order my yarn on line. So disappointed!

    Zontee says: Hi Renee, please be sure to share your feedback with your local Michaels manager. For stores, your feedback can be valuable to pass onto their corporate offices, who often make the decisions on their yarn departments.

  • Barbiola

    This is my first crochet-along. I am looking forward to completing my Pearl Cardigan along with all the other fine crafters online. I plan using Cleckheaton Studio mohair 8 ply in light green. I am hoping the mohair will soften the pattern, giving it a more impressionistic feel.

  • Marian

    Microspun is not my first choice for this project. Instead, I like Vanna’s Glamour … perhaps in gold! Wow, wouldn’t that look fabulous? Or maybe … in Black, Wow! Wow! That would make a sensational evening wrap … or a hip stylish day time look with blue jeans, black pumps, & a white blouce. Kristin’s pattern is so singularly beautiful … I cannot wait to get started.

  • Eileen

    I chose Microspun French Vanilla, it is so pretty. I had some problems in the beginning with splitting yarn, so I decided to change the brand of crochet hook and it worked. I was into the body of the sweater and left it next to my chair and our dog got the yarn and had a good time undoing all of the work, I finally was able to undo the entire thing and am ready to start again. If any of you have a puppy in the house, beware, they love the yarn :(

  • Yvette in Philly

    I have complete gauge swatch. I am using Cotton Fleece by Brown sheep in a medium Pink color. Pink because I am a breast cancer survivor and Pink is my favorite color. This yarn is a #3 weight and blended cotton like Microspun. My sweater fabric will be great for layering in the winter time and on its own in the spring here in Philly. Kristin I LOVE the design element with the top of the yoke looking like 3 strand of pearls. I am now working on the yoke and it is easy and beautiful.

  • Lynne

    Hi: I am new to “talking” to people on the web so I hope you understand me and I am using the proper etiquette.

    Had crocheted the yoke and find it to be too short for me. I added an extra row of “pearls” and plan to add an extra row of “body” type stitches. Is it better to add the extra row before or after the increase row 15? Thanks in advance for your kind assistance. P.S. I have ripped this out twice – I am not giving up because the sweater looks great.

  • Nena

    First of all Thank you for this site and this service.
    Hello, my name is Nena. I am in Corpus Christi, Texas and currently out of work-unemployed that is. I have crocheted since I was 12, my mother could not follow english instructions and would watch me and follow my instructions to learn patterns. Like any gift, I do not use it much. I am making this sweater for a friend of mine who I just learned has breast cancer and undergoing chemo. She is gets cold easier and I was looking for caps to make her when I saw this sweater. I know I am late joining, but hopefully I can pick up more yarn to complete this along with a cap. Any suggestions on a matching cap. Thanks.

  • Maria Rios

    I was not aware Lion Brand had a Crochet Along. I want to join the new one coming up in September. I wanted to add the badge as instructed above, but when the image is saved it does not have the URL address. Help.

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