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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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  • Mindi Jones

    Top Down Crochet Jacket

  • Marian

    I love the look and pockets on the colorfully modern jacket, but the size won’t work. I will settle for the top down but will make it longer and wish for pockets. If the colorfully modern one could include directions on how to make it the right size, or have more sizes added, that would be my choice hands down!

  • Mary Ann

    Love the Top Down

  • daholte

    I love the Sunset Shrug – so unusual and pretty!

  • becky

    Oh this is a tough decision. Colorful modern or top down…..

  • Priscilla

    I like the top down jacket too but I do like the colorful one with pockets. Always need pockets for those incidental things especially when you have a grandchild. Can’t decide. So I leave it to the one with the most votes.

  • Dona

    Top Down Jacket

  • Therese

    I voted for the Sunset Shrug! It would make a perfect gift for several of my friends!

  • Carelli

    Top Down jacket for m, too. Versatile, adapting to different colors, flattering design.

  • Lori D

    New to the crochet-along. Love all three patterns, so will be happy with whatever wins. I enjoy this site & have used it often for ideas and patterns. :)

  • Rita McFarlane

    Love the top down jacket!

  • Sewpink

    Looking forward to this, hopefully the colorfully modern jacket………

  • LuAnne

    Looks like alot of you agree with me. The Colorfully Modern Jacket is beautiful, but not sized for us bustier gals. Maybe if we all ask politely Lion will add/adjust the pattern up for us. I voted for it — hope I can figure out how to make it bigger. If not, I’ll be doing the Top Down, only longer.

  • nannyo

    love the top down-would go with so many thinks.

  • Jenn

    top down jacket. looks interesting and could use alot of your leftover yarn

  • Beth

    Colorfully Modern Jacket.

  • Bot

    i like all of them but voted for Sunset Shrug as it has more neck cover.

  • Carol Shaffer

    None! I don’t like any of them!

  • Grace

    Something fun and unique- SUNRISE SHRUG!

  • Grace

    Oops! Sorry… I meant SUNSET SHRUG. But if I change colors maybe I cuold call it SUNRISE..

  • Stacey Chaffee

    I’m sad to see the first two patterns are being over looked just because they don’t fit the larger sizes. I personally think they’re much cuter. I do wish the crochet patterns had less boxy designs. It seems that if we want shaping knitting is our only option. I hate how slow knitting comes along though :/

  • Abby

    Voted for the colorfully modern jacket. Want to do it in college colors for my daughter.

  • Lorene Beadles

    I love the colors and texture of the modern jacket but want to make a top down for myself. I have made to down baby sweaters and dresses. I voted for the top down but could the stitches be changed to be the same as the modern jacket?

    • Zontee

      Hi Lorene, I’d suggest trying some swatching of those “front post” and “back post” stitches (that give the Colorfully Modern Cardigan its texture) to get comfortable with them, and you can experiment to add them into your design. Try Google or Bing to find some great tutorials on how to do them if you’re not familiar with them. Good luck!

  • Sandi MacMillan

    Sunset shrug is gorgeous! Love the colours just as they are. If it doesn’t get voted, can we still get the pattern? Brand new to your site and loving it :-)

    • Zontee

      Hi Sandi, absolutely! All the patterns are free on Just use the search box on the site, or click on the names of the patterns above the “click here to vote” link in the blog post to go directly to the patterns. If you have a account set up, you can click the “favorite” button on each pattern to save each one to your account. Enjoy!

  • S

    Love the Colorfully Modern Jacket. Beautiful!

  • Linda B

    Is there a picture anywhere of the front of the Sunset Shrug? I love the back, but would like to see the front view.

    • Zontee

      Hi Linda, just click on the name of the pattern above the “click here to vote” link to see the pattern–and a front view–on Hope that helps!

  • lmc

    I like the Modern Jacket. But can it be made bigger?

  • Pat

    I like both the top down and the colorful jacket but the top down won over the colorful jacket only because I think it goes with more outfits

  • Anne

    Love Fisherman’s Wool and Amazing lives up to its name in every way – Top Down gets my vote! However Sunset is very tempting. I really want to make up some thing big with the new Heartland – the colors are just spectacular!

    • Zontee

      Heartland really is lovely! If you like afghans, be sure to check out its afghan patterns for some cool options. Click on “Patterns” on and use the menus to choose “afghans” and “Heartland” as filters for your search. Hope that helps!

      • Anne

        Thanks so much Zontee! Looks Like Colorfully is the winner… I’ll have to queue up an afghan in Heartland after the CAL! Quilt Inspired Americana is looking mighty tempting.

  • WaterValleyGal

    I would love to make the top down jacket! It looks like a very wearable item and never doing a top down sweater before, I would love to try doing it.

  • Sonia Kirwan

    I love the sunset shrug. Even if it is not voted can I get pattern? Sonia

    • Zontee

      Hi Sonia, all of the patterns are free on–use the search box or just click on the names of the patterns in the blog post (above the “click here to vote” link).

  • msretired

    I like the Top Down Jacket.

  • GrandMa’s Hands

    Namaste! I’m an Experienced Crocheter; I voted for the, “Colorful Modern Jacket”. It appears to be a bit challenging…I’m always open to learn new stitches and techniques! I do hope it is voted in however, I look forward to which ever project gets the Vote. Happy crocheting Everyone!
    GrandMa’s Hands

  • toodles

    The colorful modern is absolutely G R E A T! ! ! I really hope I will be able to follow on line. I would so love to learn more stitches than the beginner two or three that I do. Hope this one wins and it would be so great in a solid color.

  • Linda

    The sunset shrug looks really nice. Easy to make and with the multi colors goes with everything.

  • 541judy

    The top down jacket.

  • ivy

    please can you give us more baby knitting and crochet patterns….thanks

  • Juanita van Rensburg

    I also vote for the top-down jacket!

  • severino

    a man’s sweater would be awesome once in a while

    • Zontee

      Hi severino, we do try to throw in some men’s and unisex sweaters in our crochet-alongs and knit-alongs (our Inishturk Sweater and Saturday Morning Hoodie project are good examples), but it does sometimes depend on the patterns our designers are working on for the season. However, don’t forget we some great men-friendly patterns on–type “man sweater” into the search box to see some options. Enjoy!

  • Pixie

    My vote goes to The Top Down Jacket. I love the look and and know it would be comfy too!

  • Nicki

    Have never done this before, I love the modern jacket, but if it doesn’t get picked would I still be able to get directions on how to make it long sleeved?? Been crocheting for a long time but just learning to read patterns

    • Zontee

      Hi Nicki, unfortunately we’re not able to provide customization options for patterns that aren’t chosen for the crochet-along. However, since it’s a top-down pattern, you could lengthen the sleeves pretty easily by continuing to crochet them longer. I also recommend the free online community as a great resource where you can ask other users for advice on customizing your project. Hope that helps!

  • Pandastamper

    this will be fun!!!!

  • Kim

    The Sunset Shrug is just soooo seventies and a fabulous item for the coming season, both in Australia, for the upcoming spring where I am, and the Northern Hemisphere’s fall. It would be great for layering for the cooler evenings and the days that have that breeze that chills. Chic

  • Benu Bhalla

    Top Down Crochet Jacket

  • Daryl

    Colorfully modern jacket is my pick.

  • Betty Davis Todd

    Oh Yes, Top down Jacket — what level would this be rated? I’m new to crocheting.

    • Zontee

      Hi Betty, just click on the “click here to vote” link or the name of the patterns above it in order to see additional details including the skill rating. Hope that helps!

  • Lyzzal

    I voted for the sunset shrug. Regardless of the winning pattern, I would like info provided on how to resize the garment to be SMALLER. I realize I’m in the minority here, and I sympathize with crocheters who want patterns available in extended sizes in the + direction. However, as an intermediate crocheter, I have always found it easier to increase size in patterns than to decrease size below the smallest given. Most patterns don’t have instructions for XS, much less tips on taking it in. Being a very petite person, I realize some customization is likely necessary for any garment I crochet for myself.from a pattern. I do wish there were more patterns for adult clothing that started small enough to make it easier to drop a size with my own techniques. Someone needs to write patterns for sizes 00 to 4X!

  • Rose Lanier

    I like the sunset shrug

  • rochelle1115

    Shrug – want to make it as a gift

  • SkyeStitch

    Got back from vacation too late to vote — good thing I think all three are pretty!
    My personal choice would have been the top-down jacket, since I’ve been eager to try a project with Amazing yarn, plus I would like to learn how to use the top-down technique and also how to shape a raglan sleeve.
    I agree with all the commenters who will be wanting advice on lengthening the sleeves; I’m also in the minority who would welcome instructions on how to adapt the pattern for a more petite frame.