May 17th, 2012
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-Ease, LB 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.
|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|
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!