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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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  • Trudes

    Count me in! I have been looking for a pattern to use some luscious yarn I bought for a tunisian crochet tunic — a cotton polyamide blend in DK — but after 9 inches its already really heavy! I think this open work pattern will be perfect for this yarn/tape, a gorgeous slate/lilac color — and I already own Crochet So Fine. Really looking forward to this first CAL and seeing every one’s results.

  • Stephanie Miller

    this is beautiful I will try to make it for my daughter, It might be too advanced for me though I just started crocheting again in the last year. My Mom taught me as a child and I just know the basics.

  • Traceyrose Zappola

    The sweater is really beautiful. I am anxioous to get started and make one for myself and two for friends for the holidays. I am oing to make mine in cream color and theirs in black. Thank you for the pattern and support. good luck everyone.

  • Mayurakshi

    Cant get lion brand yarn in India HELP!!!!

    Zontee says: Hi Mayurakshi, we do in fact ship to India from Click here for info on international orders.

  • BetsyK

    I’m in! Gotta order my yarn now!

  • Nani Debi

    Look forward to making this for myself

  • Renee


    I am also still much of beginner. I decided to join the crochet along but I am going to use a fine #4 DK cotton (another brand, sorry) so I know I’ll have to make some adjustments. I didn’t want to invest too heavily in yarn, just in case I had real problems.

    I have never done a garment, only simple afghans and scarfs but hey, you gotta try sometime. I look forward to blogging my progress and occasionally asking my blogging friends for help.

  • Dee

    I am also a BBW (big beautiful woman). i am going to make this as suggested on the blog wit one hook size larger, and then measure against a cardi in my closet to see if its good. I’m wondering, if we add stitches ie:if XL needs X stitches and L x-2 stitches would a 2X be x+4? would this work? IF the larger hook doesn’t work out that’s what I’ll try.

  • Carey

    I’m definitely doing this! I’ve never made a garment before and so many of them look “marmish.” I think I may need to adapt the pattern to my short-waisted bod, but I’m ready for the challenge!

  • Elaine Lewis

    This is my first Cal and first crochet project. Hope I can do it. I just happen to have enough microspun yarn to complete this project. Hope it turns out as nice as the picture. I’ll need help from all you CAL gals.

  • Cathy Taylor

    This is my first CAL. I am making the cardi for my daughter. I have not made many garments but this is so pretty. This is also my first blog. Granny goes global! LOL

  • cathy

    It’s my first CAL too! Can’t. Wait!! I chose Alpine Wool.

  • Edna

    Alas… I am ALSO a more generous size than the 1X that this pattern gives. I would have loved to make this cardi since it looks like it would be comfortable without making me too warm.

    I looked at the ‘alternate’ plus size sweater… sorry, it just doesn’t cut it. It would be nice if designers didn’t view the plus-sized body as something “tacky” to be covered by something equally as “tacky”. We may be larger but we like stylish clothing too.

    I may try to increase the size of this sweater but, honestly, it just upsets me that there is a need to do that. I believe there are many more 2X sized women than there are XS sized.

    Perhaps those who are going to attempt to up-size this can compare notes along the way?

    Zontee says: Hi Edna, yes, in fact it looks like there are several people comparing notes on upsizing the pattern in the Ravelry group. Be sure to stop by and check it out for notes and support.

    In addition, Kristin will be addressing modifying the size of the garment in her week 4 blog post, so hang in there.

  • Terri

    What a wonderful fall project. Can’t wait to get started. Just can’t decide what color I want.

  • Mary Spurlock

    I will be making this for my mother. hope she will enjoy. haven’t made anything like this in years maybe I can get back in the grove..It looks truely beautiful..

  • sue

    sounds like fun. count me in.

  • <fb:name linked="false" useyou="false" uid="743447615">Deb Henderson Parks</fb:name>

    Started today after researching the stitches online…done through row 10!

  • Bobette

    Just saw the post, can’t wait to start. Going shopping today after work for yarn.

  • Karla Aikens

    I would love to do this I have not done any adult sweaters but I would love to do this.

  • Tracy

    Yeah!! This will be my first crochet a long. I am going to make the cardigan for my sister and I think I will use the Baby Alpaca yarn, it is soooo soft!

  • Jane

    This is my first crochet-along and my first garment. Looking forward to the challenge!

  • Dawn

    I really enjoyed the last CAL I did, the hexagons. I to am a larger person, and am just going up a yarn and hook size. Should work out just about right, based on my swatching. And if it doesnt fit right, well, I can give it to away. The joy is in the doing as well as the end.

  • Cathy

    I’m in. Always wanted to participate in a crochet along. Just got Kristen’s “Happy Hooker” book and love it. I’m not yet a 1X, but I plan on making one in that size as incentive. For those who want to participate and aren’t yet at the 1X size, you might want to make it as an incentive. If not, consider making a smaller one as a donation to Salvation Army or another agency for the holidays.

  • Pam J

    I am a recreational knit/crocheter and this will be the first clothing piece that I have ever made as well as my 1st CAL and blog!!! 21st century had arrived in Sullivan IN!! HA HA
    I saw this piece, how delicate and ultra-feminine it looks and I immediately thought of my 16 yr old daughter. Had to get the okay on the look and color, but fortunately she fell in love with this piece too!!
    Have decided to go with the yarn used by creator as I could not find anything comparable to the quality and feel of the micro spun. Ordered my yarn yesterday and can’t wait to get started.

  • Karen

    I’m in the UK and cannot get the microspun (or any Lion Brand wool without excessive postal charges, so I’m thinking of using either Mirage by King Cole (a lovely, soft DK yarn spun from 50% wool and 50% premium acrylic in a wide range of shaded, space-dyed colour combinations), or more prosaically Kool Kotton (a lovely, soft blend of 50% cotton and 50% acrylic in a DK weight).

    Slightly worried that the Kotton would be too bland, with too coarse a texture and remind me of “granny crochet”. But then the Mirage makes me worry that the colours won’t merge well in long crochet stitches……

    Arggh, well need to order the wool soon……. any suggestions welcome.

    I kind’ve wish the CAL was the Serene box pleat top as I have been drooling over that, but I am scared of committing to so many motifs!!!

    Good luck everyone!

    Zontee says: Hi Karen, don’t forget that you can purchase Lion Brand products in the UK through our distributor, Banyan Tree Yarns.

  • Anna

    I’m so excited but scared at the same time. what if i can’t do it? it will be my first garment and i’ve only been crocheting for less than a year. i’ve don’t blankies and scarfs. I will go for it if all you lovely crocheters out there will give me pointers when in need. can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait! = )

  • Tracee

    I am so exciting about this crochet along. I have the perfect yarn for it. :)

  • Kristin

    I ma a recent converts from knitting to crochet and this will be my first CAL and first garment – just blabkets and scarves before. Looking forward to wool shopping – the cardigan will be perfect for the English Winter.

    As an english viewer it would help to have hook/needle sizes and yarn weights in UK as well as USA!

    Zontee says: Hi Kristin, for hook/needle equivalents, please see this FAQ and for yarn weights and UK equivalents, please see our Yarns by Weight page.

  • Nancy

    My daughter and I are going to do this together! Hers will be turquoise, mine in the blush. We ordered the microspun — we love its shiny look. Wish they had a pink just a bit brighter than the blush, but not fuschia.

  • Jami M

    I pre-ordered Crochet so Fine and it is wonderful. Although I have never made a garment before, I chose the pattern you are featuring and already have the micro-spun in a soft lavender. I am hoping this ongoing blog will bolster my confidence and get me going.


  • Carrie

    Love this cardigan! I have only made hats and scarfs, so hope I can do this. Thank you!

  • TraceyJean

    I came a little late to the party, but I’d definitely like to join in. Gonna check my stash tonight as I’m pretty sure I’ve got something that will work, maybe even some Microspun. If not, I’m sure Michaels/Joanns will welcome a visit. I’ll be making this baby for me. Never made a garment before, but I’d like to give this one a shot. I’m happy to see something for us crocheters that doesn’t require a bunch of granny squares.

  • Eileen

    I just saw this and am going to join for the first time. Can’t wait to get started

  • Caroline

    I have joined the CAL and am using stash yarn elsebeth lavold silky wool in a pale grey/green.Needed to use E hook to get gauge. I crochet fairly loosely as well. I have also finished to the place where it says 40 spaces and I also have 44. Counted out the next row and it would not match. Any suggestions? It is an interesting pattern and even though I am struggling a little with learning new stitches it is very pretty and I can’t wait to continue.

  • Linda Pena

    I’m in. Seems good for a lefty. No buttons or buttonholes on the wrong side. or to have to think about.

  • Evelyn Tucci

    Hi! I already have 2 CALs from earlier this spring to finish but when I saw the beautiful pattern and realized I had a couple of skeins of MicroSpun I just had to try it. Getting the right gauge was frustrating, tried several different brands of hooks and sizes and ended up with Clover soft touch size B. The bamboo hooks kept catching the yarn on me. But once I started, I couldn’t believe how well the pattern seems to flow-one skein of yarn went by very quickly, which gave me hope I’d actually finish a project! I’m using the Mocha color, it does have a pretty sheen and feel it.

  • Vonnie Byers

    I picked soft lavender microspun over the weekend and started crocheting last night. It’s working up beautifully! I’m on row 4 today. I always mark the right side of the fabric, but I can’t tell from the pattern which side to use as the right side and both sides are really pretty! Can someone tell me which side is the right side?

  • Veronica Carmichael

    Cannot find the Lion BRAND here in Ontario Canada. We have Bernat softee which looks like it might work.Otherwise I will have to make a quick trip to States next week.

  • Yvette in Philly

    Hello all,

    This is my 1st CAL. I am not online a lot mostly for work and school. I would rather be stitching.
    I love Kristin Omdahl’s work and I have several of her books including Crochet so Fine! Her stuff is so Fly that when I go into the LYS even the ones that don’t have any crochet (can u imagine) They all are intrigued by Ms. Omdahl’s designs. She put the SEXY back in crochet. I going to make a copy of my pattern and buy my yarn now. I am excited to get started.

  • Neva

    I live inb Johannesburg South Africa. I have crochet’d all my life and I love this cardi. Just right for the rainy season which will start in October. We are in spring now and summer is about to commence. Love this news letter.

  • Renee

    I have already started! I just couldn’t wait!! I am up to row 10 and it is working up beautifully. It is going so quickly, I can hardly believe it. I had to put it aside to finish another project for scarves for the USO but then I will be able to get started again. I am anxious to hear how others are doing.

  • Jill H

    hi all i started last week right after i signed up. couldn’t wait.I couldn’t fine the microsun and did’t want to wait for an order. so i’m using a bamboo blend in coral. Iam on row 15. I like the beginning the way it increases without adding any more chan spaces. My goal is to finsh this project so I can ware it thanks giving.

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  • Hannah P

    I have already started and am using knitpicks sportshine yarn in cream color. So far it looks fantastic.

  • Zontee

    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for leaving your comments on this introductory post. We ask that you click here to read Kristin’s first blog post on choosing yarn and color, and to leave your comments there.

  • Cherie Estok

    I am anxious to begin this CAL. It’s a lovely pattern and would be a nice present for my granddaughters.

  • Lynda S

    I can’t wait to get started! I love this pattern and want to make one in every color, but I think I will start with the sterling. It will look great with black and white, which I wear a lot.

  • Carol Torrens

    I also have a different number of spaces on row 8 than the pattern. I am using a lighter yarn and an F hook to get the gauge and making a size M. I ended up with 44 spaces instead of 42 but all was fin until that row 22 spaces on row 7 was correct and two space in each …somehow it doesn’t add up..?I guess I will need to wait to see what the rest of the CAL group come up with.

  • Allison Mason

    I can’t wait! This sweater is gorgeous, and i will love wearing it to school! Hopefully the CAL will help me find some other teenage crocheters. Just hope I have time with schoolwork… who actually uses geometry? :)

  • Michele Hoover

    I can’t wait to start my first CAL – I hope I’m not too late – I need to find yarn. I LOVE Microspun – I think I will use it and likely will use mocha since I am a very neutral dresser.