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Announcing Our Summer 2012 Crochet-Along: the Glittery Shrug!

May 17th, 2012

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Each season we host a crochet- or knit-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 as you crochet your project, and feel free to share your comments and/or photos as you progress.

The Votes Are In!

Thousands of you voted, and this season, we’ll be making the Glittery Shrug in Vanna’s Glamour. This crochet-along will be hosted by Vanessa, one of our fantastic associates at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio (our retail store & education center in New York City).

If you’re wondering how you can integrate your shimmery shrug into your wardrobe, I’ve highlighted 3 ways you can wear it–with items straight from my closet: (1) for a party or fancy night out, pair your shrug with a classic LBC (that’s little black dress!) and some matching shimmery heels; (2) for work–keep it classic with a simple blouse, a pencil skirt, a chunky necklace and simple pumps; (3) for easy, breezy weekends, I recommend just throwing it over jeans and a tank; I’ve added a beaded bracelet (since it’s got mid-length sleeves) and some fun sandals to finish off the look!

Crochet-Along Next Steps

This week, we ask you to gather your materials and download the pattern (click here for the pattern). In addition to Vanna’s Glamour, you may consider substituting with yarns like Sock-EaseLB 1878, or Jamie for non-glitter options in various palettes and fibers. While these yarns are slightly different weights, they can be worked to the same gauge as the pattern.

Small Medium Large 1X 2X
Vanna’s Glamour 7 balls 7 balls 8 balls 8 balls 9 balls
Sock-Ease 3 – 4 balls 4 balls 4 balls 4 balls 4 – 5 balls
LB 1878 1 cone for any size (over 2000 yards in a cone!)
Jamie 10 balls 11 balls 12 balls 12 balls 13 balls
Approx. Yardage 1350 yards 1400 yards 1550 yards 1600 yards 1750 yards

Click here for our FAQ on substituting yarns.

Next Thursday, Vanessa’s first post will cover gauge swatching in both single crochet and also the mesh pattern. Her post will also show some samples of gauge swatches in the above yarns, in case you’re still on the fence–so come back on next Thursday for a new blog post here on the Lion Brand Notebook!

In the meantime, please leave a comment and introduce yourself! Tell us who you are, who you’re making this shrug for, what outfit you might wear with it, and what you hope to learn!

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  • Knitters59

    I will be attempting to crochet I always end up with less stitches! I loved to make this for my daughter in law. Would I be able to use cotton bamboo yarn? Just wondering my first crochet along. Excited to start.

    • Zontee

      Hi there, our LB Collection Cotton Bamboo is close enough in gauge that it should probably work. As always, it’s best to make a test swatch and see if you like the drape and texture of the fabric when the yarn is worked to the pattern’s gauge. Hope that helps!

  • Candice Cooper

    Hello to everyone. 😀 This will be my first CAL. I am excited about making this project and hope I can keep up due to this being an active time of year for me. I am new to crocheting but have successfully made a few things (mostly hats and socks) and I’m in the middle of an intermediate level throw for a family member (which is turning out to be beautiful).

    Good luck to everyone on this project. 😀

  • Lori Remenicky

    This will be my first attempt at anything other than doilies or afghans…we’ll see how it goes. I’m exited to try it!

  • Julie

    This shrug has been on my list for ages – I think this is a SIGN I need to do it =)
    Happy to join you fine people.

  • Marcia Carlson

    I’m so happy the shrug won.  This is the first time I have the materials and the pattern before the crochet along and can join in.

  • Lindy

    I’m so glad to have found this Crochet A Long – never joined one before – and this is just in time to make this glittery shrug for my dghtr who has a wedding to go to in September.  I think this shrug will be just the right weight to wear over a dressy dress in Virginia USA!    I’m going to use the suggested Topaz color and am looking forward to this project!   Thank you!

  • Lois

    I learned to crochet about a year ago and absolutely like it better than knitting.  Never before joined any CAL, and am really happy to be crocheting along with everyone else.

  • Cpayne

    So happy for those of you who said you are retiring (that is, if you are happy about it.)  I hope that you enjoy it more than I do!  I have many things to do to keep me busy but I miss daily being with people!

  • Beverlywebre

    Crocheting is my passion. I made this shrug several months ago.  It came out BEAUTIFUL!  So many compliments every time I wear it.  The directions were great and easy to follow. I highly recommend using the recommended thread.  This color goes with just about everything in my wardrobe.

  • Artfully Done

     I love to crochet.  I’ve been wanting to make a shrug for ages but never got around to it.  Now’s the time for me!  I’d love to wear it with jeans or slacks.

    • Artfully Done

       How do I get my pic to show next to my name?

      • Yaa Asantewaa

        Hi, Ths is The Queen; just upload a pix of yourself that you like…

      • Zontee

        Hi there, you’ll need to create a account (which is the commenting system) or log in when you comment with an existing account like Yahoo or Facebook to import your photo from those accounts. Hope that helps!

  • Lindaostruszka

    Bought my yarn today can’t wait to start . This will be my 1st crochet along.

  • Valencia Taylor

    Will questions be answered here or on the Ravelry page?  I’m not sure how to measure to get the right size.  Any suggestions?
    thanks for the fun crochet-a-long!

    • Zontee

      Hi Valenica, questions will be answered both here and on the Ravelry page–we encourage you guys to read the comments first to check if your question has been answered first (I have already answered about sizing, for instance) and then helping each other with any feedback. Hope that helps!

  • Patty

    Well, I voted for the shrug, but upon closer inspection, I don’t really like the dolman type sleeves. So I think I will watch you all create it while I work on some UFO’s.

  • Lori

    I’ve not made any sweaters or clothing before, so I’m going to join you.  I won’t be using any sparkle yarn, though.  I’ll look at the substitutions you post before making a choice.  A white shrug might be nice and could be used during the summer for cooler evenings or air conditioning.

    • Zontee

      Hi Lori, Jamie (one of the listed yarn substitutions above) has a wonderful, crisp white that might work for you. 

  • Renee Murratti

    Hi This is my first crochet along going today to michaels to get Vannas yarn! See you next week.

  • Vivien

    I am a fresh beginner in crochet (self-learn for 2 months) and have been doing amigurumi only. This is my first time joining crochet in clothing and am so glad there will be help available as I simply got lost in reading the pattern. I will crochet it for myself first, then hope to crochet it for my mother and sisters. Feel so excited now! Hope to succeed in this! =))

  • Nancy

    Looking forward to this project.  I have never made a garment in crochet, although I’ve crocheted a number of flat things.  I bought the Glamour yarn for this project in charcoal, which should be perfect.  Having this on-line support will be helpful as I learn new skills.

  • Kelly_a_herring

    I bought my yarn!!!! I’m so excited to get started. I bought Vannas Glamour Topaz.

  • Jean Michael

    I just got my Vanna’s Onyx Glamour yarn. Can’t wait to start. 

  • Mary Ann Mijanovich

    I ordered my yarn and chose Glamour Sapphire.  Actually, my granddaughter LOVES that color so I bought some extra to make her a shawl.  Can’t wait to start our project.  I am making it for myself and will model it to see if anyone else would like one too!

  • Robin Brzozowski

    WOW!  What a great group!  I’ve never done a CAL but I’m pretty sure I’ve picked the right one to get started with.  So much enthusiasm!  Can’t wait for the fun to begin.  I also joined the RAV group since I seem to spend a lot of time there! Happy crocheting all!

  • Lorraina

    Zontee, thanks for the assurance that the shrug can be flexible in size and worn in a variety of ways.

    • Zontee

      No problem! Hope it helps!

  • Lindy

    Hi Zontee!   For those of us who have bought our yarn and are straining at the gate so to speak to start, would it be okay to go ahead and do the swatch this week?  before Thursday’s first ‘lesson’?   I’ve never done a CAL so don’t know what is expected each week – will you be letting us know what we’re expected to accomplish or do we just go ahead, jump in, and post any questions and/or problems we have as we go along??   Thanks for your input!

    • Zontee

      Hi Lindy, with all the CALs, feel free to work at your own pace (faster or slower) and just know that we’ll be here (the group and the CAL host) each week with new input, in case you need some guidance. 

  • Bonnie

    Hi, I’m looking forward to making this shrug for my daugher’s birthday in September.  I thought of her as soon as I saw the pattern.

  • monicaih

    My first CAL…I’m all the way in Australia….a very looooonnngggg distance CAL!!
    Looking forward to it.
    Do I need to register? I am a current Ravelry memeber and get the Lion Brand newsletter.

    • Zontee

      Hi Monica, like it says in the top paragraph, there’s no need to register. Just follow along and comment at your leisure. Feel free to join the Ravelry group too (linked in the blog post at the bottom) if you want!

      • monicaih

        Thanks Zontee!….Hooks at the ready!!

  • Pami45_1962

    Hi my name is Pam, This will be my First Crocheted Garment, Usually I stick to aghans.  I went ahead and made the gauge swatch, mine came out 4 1/2 inches.  Can’t wait til next Thursday to the post to see how to fix this.

    • Rae Gallaher

      You could go down 1 hook size to see if that makes a difference. Good luck!

  • generation Sue

    Super excited to participate! I have never made any clothing but always wanted to try. :) This shrug will be for me. Now to decide on a color and purchase my yarn :)

  • Caitlin Contreras

    I can’t wait to start this super cute cardi! Although an experienced crocheter, and don’t generally need tutorials, I am looking forward to joining the LB community! I live in an area that doesn’t have a good yarn crafters group, so online might be really fun!

    I am hoping that this shrug works up quickly and is more tailored than other LB patterns so I can make several for friends and family.

    They will be super cute paired with everything from jeans to my favorite linen Bermuda shorts to a few vintage summer dresses I rescued from an estate sale!

  • michelle

    Hi Zontee,
    It would be nice to see more ‘regular size’ patterns also modeled by plus size models. Sometimes it is hard to imagine what the 1X or 2X will look like when the model is XS! How about it?

    • Zontee

      Hi Michelle, since we generally only make one sample per pattern for photography, we have to show it on a model whose size it is. Sometimes they are plus size (as with our Cafe Coat or Dinner at Eight top); sometimes they are not–it really depends on the size of the sample. 

      However, one of the best parts of the crochet-alongs is that people share their photos! So if you are in doubt about whether this is the shrug for you, don’t forget that you are welcome to work at your own pace, so you can feel free to hang back and see the photos as they’re shared by our participants!

      • michelle

        Thanks for the reply Zontee.

  • Solange

    A gauge post would be great! I live in South America so we don’t have the type of yarns you find here and I never know what to use instead. Looking foward to my first crochet along!

  • NancyKay

    I would love to make this shrug to wear at the office in air conditioning.  This is my first crochet along and I’m very excited.  Off to buy the yarn now.  Can’t wait to start. Hope I can keep up.

  • Lindarh

    I am wondering about sizing.  What are the measurements for the different sizes.  Am not sure whether I should make a small or medium size.

  • Zontee

    Hi Lindarh, check out the following chart of size standards from the Craft Yarn Council (the industry group whose standards we use in sizing) and pick based on your bust size: 

    Keep in mind though that since this is a shrug, you can also choose to make a larger size if you prefer a looser look. Hope that helps!

  • Marty

    First time for me in this crochet along.  It will be interesting to learn new things. I have crocheted for just a few years, but I want to get out of scarfs and blankets.

  • Jands516

    I was thinking of making a shrug – sewing it.  But this is great – I am in!


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  • DawnMarie Helin

    Hi everyone! Joniing late but anxious to start.  I am making this for my daughter; this is my second crochet-a-long Thanks for the yarn tips!.

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  • Ski Croghan

    I can’t wait! I will be making this shrug for my self in thr suggested yarn but in a different color light blue glitter. I will wear it to my husbands compant Christmas party in December. I am a retired accountant and disabled so I don’t get out much but this is one event me and my trusty scooter make it to every year unless I am in the hospital (2009 and 2011). See you along the way!!! Ski

  • Maureen

    Cpayne I think you would enjoy your retirement if you join groups who share your interests, I belong to several clubs including a craft group, . We meet once a week to do our knitting, crochet, sewing, card making etc together. We show each other what we are making, help with problems, teach newcomers and generally have fun together.
    Very best wishes to you

  • Erin Stewart

    I love to crochet during slow times at work.  This is a perfect project, because it seems we are all always taking off or putting on sweaters all through the day.  This will be to keep at work for when the temperature in the building is always changing.

  • Beckykporter

    I’m in!  So glad I stumbled on to this!  I am a school teacher and summer is about here.  I was surfing for a summer project and just happened upon this.  Can’t wait to start.  Just ordered the yarn.  Should be fun!  :-)

  • Abrdvm

    Just getting started, but really excited to be working along with so many other crocheters.  Looking forward to an elegant finished shrug.

  • pami45

    Okay I’ll admit it, I’ve already started but I’m stuck on Row 7, the directions are a little confusing.  Sigh, I can’t wait til Thursday’s post.

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  • Dcamalot

    Love love love this shrug, but have never crocheted:(  Will you ever be doing this shrug knitted? Will be signing up if you do!!

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