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Help Pick the NEXT Crochet-Along Project!

August 7th, 2013

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It’s that time of year again! Crochet-along with us as we make one of the following garments!

But FIRST you have to help us pick the pattern! Learn more about the patterns on Sunset ShrugColorfully Modern JacketTop Down Crochet Jacket.

« Click here to vote. »

Help Pick Our Fall 2013 Crochet-Along Project!

A crochet-along is a virtual event, where all the participants make the same project together. Follow along with crochet-along host Lauren here on the blog and share your comments and photos. There’s no need to sign up, and it’s free to join(New to crochet-alongs? Check out our guide here.)

The winning pattern will be announced next Wednesday on the blog—when we’ll also give you details on picking up your supplies and getting started on the project!

Votes must be cast by 12:00 am Eastern August 13, 2013. You must use the link above to vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes.

Knitters, look out for a knit-along later this year, here on the Lion Brand Notebook.

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  • Julie Silver Robertson

    The top down jacket is beautiful! Where do I go online to follow along on the CAL?

    • Zontee

      Hi Julie, it will be here on the Lion Brand Notebook (, so just check the main page next Wednesday to see the results. To see only crochet-along related posts at any time, just click on “Crochet-Along” under categories on the right-hand sidebar.

  • Genevieve

    definitely top down jacket, looks like the one that opens to more personal interpretations of the pattern, much more wearable than the others, too…

  • PMMcD

    Just this morning I was wondering when the next CAL would be. I voted for the Top Down Jacket.

  • SueAnn

    Love the colorfully modern jacket.The length,style,just about everything about this jacket is great.

    • Jen

      I agree :) I’ll probably try that one even if it doesn’t make the cut for the CAL.

  • Deebee

    Top down jacket. Only one in my size. I find that the “fits all’ don’t fit us BBW (big beautiful women).

    • greening

      Agree, Top Down Jacket. I like the Colorfully Modern Jacket, too, and would probably vote for it and would make it if it came in 2X-3X. It seems as if it could be expanded to those sizes and would be flattering to plus-size women, but it’s a little complicated to try to upsize on my own. It’s not a choice for us if only one garment comes in plus sizes. Deebee is right that “one size” on the shrug wouldn’t work for us without looking skimpy and tight. There were quite a few larger knitters who made the last KAL, Tranquil Top, but they tended to be younger women who prefer a closer fit than some of us.

    • dc

      I’m with you! I’d love to do the modern one, but size dictates top down…still pretty…but…..

    • Zontee

      Hi Deebee, just wanted to let you know that we’ve added sizes to the Colorfully Modern Cardigan. See this blog post for details:
      Plus we’re only on the first CAL post, so we hope you’ll join us!

  • Laura

    Had a hard time deciding between the Colorfully Modern Jacket and the Top Down Crochet. Ended up voting for the Top Down Crochet Jacket but would love to try to make both.

  • flygirl

    I love the sunrise shrug, but being a beginner crocheter I vote for top down jacket.

  • Angela

    Voted for the top down…but will the other patterns be available also. I think the colors of the cardigan shown lost it some votes but the style is lovely would like to make it. Love this site. Thank you.

    • Zontee

      Yup! All the patterns are linked above the “click here to vote” in the post. Just click on their names to access them on (or just go to and type in the first few words of the name into the search box to pull them up).

  • Little Lamb

    I like the Sunset Shrug.

  • Karen

    I like the Colorful Jacket. Pretty.

  • Suz

    Sunset Shrug is Beautiful

  • Amy Burzinski

    Voted for “colorfully modern” but don’t like the colors – would totally love in a solid!!!

    • Zontee

      No problem! We’ll definitely talk about custom color schemes for your projects during the crochet-along!

      • Amy Burzinski

        Awesome! It looks like a great pattern and a very versatile garment!!!

  • kimarie webber

    The colorfully modern jacket will go with anything it has so many colors, and it’s long enough to hide that which you want to hide. The length will also make one look taller and slimmer. It also has lovely texture in the design and it looks warm, but not too warm. What’s not to like?

  • bluekittygp

    The modern colorful jacket is beautiful. Why can’t you size it up for the plus sized woman?

  • Betty Boghosian

    The Sunset Shrug looks so fun. I love it

    • Tammy Lewis

      I love it too! With the motif in the middle, it would look cool over just a tee, with jeans!

  • Cindy

    I voted for the Top-down jacket….would prefer it to have wrist-length sleeves…is that possible? Otherwise very usable!!!! Thanks for letting us vote!!!!

    • Zontee

      Absolutely–that’s one of the best things about a top-down design: it’s easy to length sleeves and the body.

  • Ruth DeLany Varner

    I really like the colorfully modern jacket. My 2nd favorite is he sunset shrug. :-)

  • Ruth DeLany Varner

    I really like the colorfully modern jacket. My 2nd favorite is he sunset shrug. :-)

  • Eneida

    Love all three patterns, but I find the Top Down pattern interesting so I gave it my vote.

  • katiegrav .

    I really had a hard time placing my vote. I really loved them all. I did end up voting for the Sunset Shrug as it says it’s easy, looks comfortable and interesting. I really like the sunset design. It looks perfect for this fall and winter. Keeping fingers crossed!

  • Jessica Cumming

    I was thinking the modern jacket could be done in a solid color to make it more versatile.

    • Zontee

      Hi Jessica, yes, you can absolutely do it in a solid color. We will go over color schemes and choices as part of the crochet-along.

  • Judy

    LOVE the Colorfully Modern Jacket!! I really like not only the colors, but the pattern as well. I’ve been crocheting/knitting “baby stuff” for my new granddaughter, and I’m ready for a change.

  • Gamma2Hoot

    Hi all… So new I squeak at this BUT excited to join and try! Will there be step by step you tube by any chance :-))

    • Zontee

      Hi there, there won’t be video, but each week, crochet-along host Lauren will walk through an element or two of the pattern that you may need guidance on (with photos!). You can work along with her each week, or work at your own pace and refer to her blog posts for guidance. All the blog posts will stay here on the blog indefinitely, so you have as much time as you need to finish your project.

  • Judith Stuck

    I don’t crochet.

    • Zontee

      Hi Judith, we host knit-alongs here on the blog a few times a year as well. You can click on “Knit-Along” in the right-hand menu to check out previous ones (and even tackle one of those projects if you so wish!). Hope that helps!

  • Donna Snyder

    I like the length of the Colorfully Modern jacket, but vote for the Top Down Jacket. Have not ever participated in a crochet-along so I’m excited no matter what the choice is!

  • Dana Greenlee Southard

    Top down crochet jacket is great! Can’t wait.

  • Kathryn

    I would love to see something with shaping, not so boxy. Finer yarns and more detail.
    thank you for the wonderful incentives and ideas!

  • Nice Jasmine

    Colorfully Modern Jacket since I like the pattern and it’s longer. I made something similar to the Sunset Shrug but it didn’t look good on me because I’m very busty. The other one is just too short to look good, either. I would also like to try out the Imagine yarn.

  • Oldgirl

    I prefer the Modern Jacket, but it isn’t big enougn for me, so had to choose the Top Down. However, I would make it in a solid color, as I think those horizontal stripes would make a larger woman look really LARGE! And I would lengthen the sleeves and the length, as larger women look better in a jacket that is a more lower hip length. I just wish all of the choices would include projects that fit the larger gals, as there are a lot of us out here. I’m looking forward to making this if it’s chosen! Thanks!

  • Judy

    Love the modern jacket .Like the length and all the colors ,I can use up all my scraps!

  • Giantmousie

    Why all three-quarter length sleeves? Not practical as a winter garment, so why go to all the t
    rouble to make it? I have tried extending sleeves on patterns like these with no real success due to my own incompetence without a pattern!

  • CatherineMcClarey

    I just voted for the Sunset Shrug, which appears to be the easiest and hopefully would be roomy enough to fit me (it surely would fit either my daughter or my mom); I would definitely want to consult with the intended wearer on what colors they’d want it made in (I would probably go for less dramatic contrasts myself). I love the yarns in the Top Down Crochet Jacket (and the explicit inclusion of plus sizes), but might not have the patience for the increased difficulty of the construction (an Intermediate pattern, as opposed to Easy for the Sunset Shrug)

  • Mozelda

    Hey–Disappointed that all the sweaters don’t come in sizes 2x/3x; but all the sweaters would be fun to crochet. For that reason my vote is for the Top Down Jacket.

  • Karen Harrison

    Will all three patterns be available soon?

    • Zontee

      Hi Karen, all of the patterns are already available. Just click on their names above the “click here to vote” link above or search for them on by typing the first word or two of the name into the search box. Hope that helps!

  • Linda

    I like the topd down jacket

  • mozelda

    When will this CAL begin?!?

    • Zontee

      Hi mozelda, we will announce the winning pattern next Wednesday and give details on picking out your yarns. Then a new blog post will be up each Wednesday afterwards for several weeks until we work through the project. Hope that helps!

  • L. Anderson

    Top down jacket, please. I love all three, though!!

  • Savannagal

    Oh how I wish I could crochet. I love the Colorfully Modern Jacket.

    • Zontee

      Check out our “Learn to Crochet” video playlist on YouTube–and perhaps you can take on the project in a little bit!
      Here’s a link:

      The crochet-along blog posts always stay online after the event, so if that project wins, you can refer back to them in the future!

      • Savannagal

        Thanks Zontee. I will check it out.

  • Michelle Crimm

    I like them all but I would opt to add length on the sleeves. (personal preference)

    • Zontee

      If one of the two jackets wins, we’ll definitely talk about that (and other customizations) during the crochet-along.

      • Michelle Crimm

        The sleeves on the shrug should be customized to lengthen. At least from what I can see of it. Not a very good view but I love circular jackets and sweaters.

        • Zontee

          If the shrug wins, we will certainly talk about how to seam it to customize the fit, but since it’s made in one piece without separate sleeves, making the whole piece larger to lengthen the sleeves will make the collar and length longer too. But yes, we will go over customization options regardless of the pattern!
          For alternative views, please click on the pattern names in the blog post to see the patterns.

          • Michelle Crimm

            No because if the sleeves are part of the whole piece. just reattach for making the sleeves longer………..

  • Wendy Zachariewicz

    I pick the top down jacket ! Love the variety of colors.

  • Lee

    I’m sorry to say but none of these patterns are appealing. They all look frumpy and boxy. I’m no spring chicken but I wouldn’t wear anyone of them. How about some more up-to-date styles that look eloquent or tailored.

  • Tracy Keffer Kohlbeck

    I love the Colorfully Modern Jacket!

  • SC

    The colorfully modern jacket would be very versatile and chic…over a monochromatic ensemble, jeans, the sky’s the limit.

  • Laura

    love the colorful modern jacket, looks like you can use solid color and a contrast for pockets, but need larger sizes 1x will not work.

  • Dee

    I voted for the top-down jacket-really like it!

  • Linda Monk Graimm

    The top down sweater is my vote. How do I follow the CAL also, please?

    • Zontee

      Hi Linda, check back each Wednesday on the Lion Brand Notebook ( for a new post or on other days, just click on “Crochet-Along” under categories on the right-hand sidebar to pull up only crochet-along posts. For more details, I recommend that you click on the link to the guide to crochet-alongs (in the post above) for more info. Hope that helps!

  • Shirley

    I vote for the sunset shrug, it is beautiful.

  • Gloria Patterson

    Sunset Shrug

  • rose2489

    I like the Top Down, but I can’t wear or even crochet wool. Is there a good alternative?

    • Zontee

      Hi rose2489, we’ll definitely go over yarn substitutions if that pattern gets chosen. In the meantime, if you’re interested in making it on your own, I’d recommend Cotton-Ease or Vanna’s Choice as good non-wool options. Check them out on for more info and, if you need more help substituting, check out this FAQ for more information on substitution:
      Hope that helps!

  • newfiegal

    I love the Sunset Shrug….it looks so fun and colourful!!