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Announcing Our Fall 2013 Crochet-Along Project: the Colorfully Modern Cardigan

August 14th, 2013

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Several times a year 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. Want to learn more? Click here for our guide.

The Votes Are In!

Over 20,000 (wow!) of you voted for our next online project, and the winning pattern for our crochet-along is the Colorfully Modern Cardigan!

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Feel free to pick up this badge to use on your blog, Ravelry, etc to show that you’re participating! (Right-click on PCs or Ctrl+click on Macs to save it to your desktop and upload it to your site)

Crochet-Along Next Steps

1. This week, download the pattern (click here for the pattern) and read it through so you have a sense of how the project is going to take shape. We’ll be walking you through a different element each week, so don’t worry if you see anything you’re not familiar with!

2. Gather your materials.  Since this pattern features our brand new yarn, Unique, we are offering kits in each size for 25% off as a special treat!

Click here to view & order the kits at 25% off.

Want to substitute yarns? Learn more about substitution with this FAQ.

Several of you mentioned wanting to make the project in a solid color–we recommend Vanna’s Choice for this effect, and we believe that it will take approximately 11 (12 to 14, 12 to 14, 14 to 16 balls) of yarn for the various sizes. Since this design was created in stripes, it’s a little trickier to estimate how much yarn will be used in the solids, which is why there’s a little bit of a range.

3. Introduce yourself below! Tell us who you are, where you’re from, who you’re making this cardigan for, and what you hope to learn!

Plus, if you’re on Ravelry, click here to view and join our companion Ravelry group for the crochet-along.

Join us next week to talk about gauge and starting the project. 

  • Grace

    So Cute! I think like substitute with Amazing.

    • kplamp

      Are you thinking to use two strands, or modify the stitch counts in the pattern to accommodate the gauge difference?

      • Grace

        I’ll probably swatch with a single strand and adjust the numbers depending on the swatch.

        • April At Ala-murphala

          I’m working on my swatch with one strand, using 10mm hook. Have you finished yours?

  • michelle

    I think this will be fun. I’ll probably substitute yarn.

  • Shirley Joyner

    I’m going to do this in a solid color.

  • Jane

    Love this but think I will use homespun instead

    • Lyn Zalk

      Got an email the other day and they are now including larger sizes!!!!

  • http://tumblr.com.premmell/ Patty Remmell

    Adorable but it would be nice if there were larger sizes (the reason I did NOT vote for this one).

  • Janie

    Hi, I’m Janie from Austin, Texas. I’ve been crocheting for a little over
    35 years. I’ll be making this gorgeous cardigan for myself actually. I
    will probably sub the yarn…not 100% sure just yet. Can’t wait to get
    started on it though :)

  • Patricia Dawkins

    Can’t wait to get started. I love the colors just the way they are.

  • Valery Cagney

    Hi I have been crocheting for over 25 years. I usually make baby and childrens items but I am going to make this cardigan for my mother for Christmas in a solid.. :)

  • Renea Tutt

    I’m looking forward to making this for ME! I usually make things for other people but this I’ll make for me.

  • Resort Lady

    too bad the sizes are so small. Would love to make this in a plus size.

  • TessaJo Vowels-Whosoever

    is there a 3x version???

  • Jen

    I’m so excited for this CAL! I voted for this pattern :) I’ll definitely be making this for myself.

  • Wendy K Hahn

    Not sure what yarn I will use, but will make it with long sleeves.

    • Pam

      I’d love it in long sleeves also.

      • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

        Hi Pam, crochet-along host Lauren will talk about lengthening the sleeves in one of her later posts, so stay tuned!

  • Marian

    I want to be excited because I thought this was the prettier sweater, but the sizes are for Twiggy and her skinnier friends. If someone were to work on real woman sizes I would be doing this CAL. As it is I guess I will have to find something else to make.

    • greening

      I think all sizes from XS up could be beautiful. Not every pattern lends itself well to an extended range of sizes, but this design could look good on everyone if more sizes were available. Yarn companies usually do KAL/CAL’s to promote a new yarn, bring attention to their patterns or just to sell more yarn. More people (including bigger people) buy more yarn, so why not make it easy for them to make their size? When this design was submitted, someone at LB should have told the designer, “It’s beautiful! We like it so much, we’d like to share it with more crocheters. Please add a smaller size and a 2X/3X. Thank you so much; we love it.” Since this has happened before with LB KAL/CAL’s, I have to wonder if it’s the personal preference of the person who picks the designs to choose from.

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi Marian, we’ve added larger sizes, so be sure to check out the pattern and the
      kits! See the new blog post for more info:
      http://blog.lionbrand.com/2013/08/21/colorfully-modern-cardigan-pattern-now-available-in-2x-3x-4x/

  • Cheryl

    I have been crocheting for about 40 years. I mostly make blankets, shawls,and scarves.(for everybody else). Early in my learning I tried to make a baby sweater and failed big time. So this will be my first attempt at something other then a square/rectangle. Also this will be for ME!!! Can’t wait to try it out.

  • TatorOfSuburbia

    Hello, I am Tatianna. I taught myself to crochet about two years ago. I am from Glendale, Arizona and I will be making this cardigan for myself just to see if I can actually finish a big project like this.

  • BusyBee

    I’m Marge from Port Charlotte FL. Making this for myself. Yes it does get cold here. I work at JoAnn Fabrics so I’ll get yarn when on sale. WooHoo!

  • 36pets

    Hi I’m Barbara from Vegas, I may do 2 at the same time. A tweed to hide dog hair for home and dog park, and a more colorful on for going out and about to work and stores etc. .This will be my first clothing ( not counting scarves and wraps) Looking forward to it. I have been crocheting for 40 years. learned at a grass hopper age.

  • Morgen Marshall

    How fast does this go? I crochet pretty fast & can finish a sweater in a week.

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi Morgen, we will probably work on the project over about 5 weeks. However, you can always work at your own speed! Feel free to share photos of your progress here to help and inspire other participants!

  • Juli Williams

    this one isn’t for me. no plus sizes and just doesn’t appeal to me

  • Patti

    I hope Lion Brand is paying attention to the comments!

  • Traci K Couch

    im traci – - i’ve been crocheting since 14 – -when i was taught in Children’s Hospital Columbus. These mothers of other patients taught me — i started out making a dish cloth – -and when i fisnished – - it covered my bed. Have had the bug ever since – ;) – - -want to make 1st one for my self – - – love sweaters

    • JeAndra

      JeAndra in Columbus Ohio. I’m going to try this one too. Going in to look at yarn today. Unsure if I will use the one listed or something different.

  • Rebecca

    I really want to try the CAL but am worried it is above my skill level. Is there enough information in the weekly postings and comments to help someone along who has limited knowledge? I have crochets a few baby afghans but nothing except square/rectangular patterns.

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi Rebecca, based on my experience, I would say that it depends on you. If you are comfortable pushing your skill level, we have had many first-time garment makers learn new skills with our crochet- and knit-alongs. But if you’re not 100% sure, read through the different stitches and skills in the pattern, look them up online, and try them on a swatch beforehand, so you have a chance to practice before making the actual garment. Keep in mind that all the blog posts stay up permanently, so you can always work a little bit behind the blog posts to give yourself extra time. Hope that helps!

      • Dianne

        Thanks, this was my concern too. I’ve done a ruffle shrug, but nothing with multi-pieces. It looks exciting, though. I am currently doing a blanket with a FPDC/BPDC pattern so I have lots of experience with this stitch!

  • Suzan

    I am from Hammond, IN (the Chicago area). I have been crocheting for 40 years. This is the first time I’ve participated in a group. I will be substituting the yarn, but haven’t decided which one yet. I make mostly baby blankets, but I have done a cardigan before.

  • Carol Pina

    I love this and just printed out the pattern. I am in western N.C. and it will be cooler weather in no time. I was wondering why the yarn is a 5 and 4 weight mix I have huge amounts of 4 worsted weight and very little 5, could I use all 4?

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi Carol, since Vanna’s Choice is on the thicker end of category 4 yarns and Unique is on the thinner side of category 5 yarns, we’ve used them together. If you can find a yarn that is within that range, and you like the texture of the fabric when you swatch it to the recommended gauge, you could certainly use it.

      • Carol Pina

        Thank you so much for your quick reply. That really helps me feel more able to make a good choice and I will be very careful of the gauge. love Carol

  • Annette

    Such a pretty sweater! I will also be switching out yarn and will be trying to adjust the size as well. Also, I would like to make it with longer sleeves…I’m from Wisconsin and short sleeved sweaters don’t keep your arms warm :) This is my first crochet-along. I have been crocheting for 40 years and I make a lot of crocheted animals and hats right now. But, I have crocheted a bit of everything from cotton thread items to big afghans.

  • wendy ozeri

    I might try this with the group. Might be cute. Probably won’t substitute.

  • JudyAA

    I am returning to crochet after a long break so this will be a challenge for me. This is also my first Crochet-Along. I am taking no chances, I ordered the kit! I’m making this for myself – I think it will look great with jeans.

  • JAB

    Curious what the break down was on the votes. Seems to me from these comments and the comments on the voting page that there was another pattern that was more popular than this….just saying….

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi JAB, this pattern had 40% of the vote, which was almost 8 percentage points more than the next pattern (the Top Down Raglan Jacket), so it won by a rather significant margin.

      Keep in mind that, if this pattern isn’t for you, we do crochet-alongs every year (and there are other crochet-alongs on the yarn community Ravelry.com), so you may find other projects that appeal to you!

  • Sepa68

    I’ve ordered the kit and will make it for my mom for a weight loss celebration/Christmas gift. Can’t wait to begin.

  • Gina

    I wish there was a 2x size too. I’m wanting to make this for myself, and that’s the size I need. Thanks!

  • Janet Schumacher

    Love the pattern. Will probably change the colours to just 2 colours so I can wear with more of my clothes at work.

  • Cathy

    Hi my name is Cathy and I live in Mid-Coast Maine I have been knitting since I was three years old and taught myself to crochet at the age of 16 only have done granny squares or ripple blankets have always wanted to learn how to do more… that is what I want to get out of this I find reading crochet patterns very confusing so I may have lots of questions… haven’t decided yet if I am going to make this for myself or for my sister….

  • April At Ala-murphala

    Yay! the one I wanted won! However, I too, like many of you, need a larger size. I knit more than crochet, so I’m just guessing, but it looks like the sizes are determined by multiples of 2-4 stitches. Is it reasonable to assume that I can add 8 stitches to the back piece, and 4 to the sleeves and front pieces to increase the size to 3X? (If not, I’ll just fake it…) I’m April from Indiana and I always miss the Knit or crochet alongs that I see in various places, so I’m glad I caught this one!

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi April, I think it sounds like a reasonable idea. Just keep an eye on the armhole area (your length would have to be 10.5 inches before the should shaping, to make sure the sleeves fit into it correctly). Please share your progress, as I’m sure that others would be interested in learning from your experiences!

      • April At Ala-murphala

        Thank you! I will certainly chime in as we move forward. How much extra in the way of yarn would you predict for this kind of adjustment?

        • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

          Hi April, we’ve actually worked with our tech editors to add larger sizes, so check out the pattern for yarn requirements. Hopefully it makes your project a little simpler too. See the new blog post for more info:
          http://blog.lionbrand.com/2013/08/21/colorfully-modern-cardigan-pattern-now-available-in-2x-3x-4x/

          • April At Ala-murphala

            Thank you! I’m working on my swatch as we speak, using a lighter weight yarn but the same size hook. Directions on going larger will make things so much simpler once I get my gauge right! I’ll read the blog!

  • Bobbi

    I didn’t choose this pattern because I’m a new self taught crocheter. I hope they add a ‘dumbed down’ version of this pattern. It’s a big yarn investment and don’t want to waste it or become frustrated due to my inability. Please take this into consideration for those of us that aren’t as able as some of crocheting sisters!!

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi Rebecca, based on my experience, I would say that you will need to be able to read patterns, but as long as you’re comfortable doing that, you can read through the different stitches and skills in the pattern, look them up online, and try them on a swatch beforehand, so you have a chance to practice before making the actual garment.

      Keep in mind that all the blog posts stay up permanently, so you can always work a little bit behind the blog posts to give yourself extra time to practice the skills before making that investment. Hope that helps!

  • Kathy Scozzari

    This looks cute hope I can keep up. I’ve never done one of these before.

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi Kathy, since all of the blog posts stay up once they’re released, you can feel free to work at your own pace and refer to them when you’re ready for each step. Hope that helps!

  • Megan Bell

    I love this. So glad this one was picked. I will probably also use homespun (one of my favorites!) in a solid color. I am Megan and I live an hour outside of Philadelphia, near Lancaster. This is my first time making a piece of clothing and am so excited to see how it turns out! Since it is my first, I will probably keep it for myself

  • Margaret

    I’m fairly new to crocheting (about 3 yrs) and this will be my first crochet along and first intermediate project. If I do this I’ll use the yarn shown. It’s a very pretty cardigan and it will be for me.

  • Tisha White

    Love this pattern but the number of colors is a little daunting, so I think I will try this with a solid color. Can’t wait to see all the finished projects from this one

  • Linda Rinaldi

    I am looking forward to working on this project. I am making it for my daughter. I love the color choices.

  • Debbie

    I am in the SF Bay Area of California. I have been crocheting for a very long time, but don’t usually have much time for it and usually make gifts for others. This is my first CAL and I plan to make it for me. I will likely try to make it smaller. (I wish crochet patterns included true Petite sizes.) I love the look of this pattern. I cannot find Unique in my area, so I ordered the kit and will wait for it to arrive.

  • Rebecca

    Do we still use size N crochet hook if we substitute Vanna’s Choice yarn? I am in Quincy IL. This will be my first CAL & most ambitious project. I can’t wait to begin!

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi Rebecca, the hook size in the pattern is just a recommended starting place. The hook you use for the pattern should always be the one that gives you the correct gauge. We will go over gauge swatching in next week’s blog post, but if you’re itching to get started, read this FAQ from our website about making a gauge swatch: http://www.lionbrand.com/faq/7.html

  • Molly

    This my first crochet along project. I have never made a crocheted sweater. I am excited to get started!

  • Terrie Murphy Colborn

    I posted a message but I dont think that it worked. My name is Terrie and I am from California. I think that I will make this for myself. I have never done a crochet along before.

  • Sybil M.

    Hi! I’m Sybil from suburban St. Louis. I have crocheted for more years than I care to admit, but in my favor I did start when I was a kid. I’m excited about this CAL because I have downloaded lots of patterns for clothing, but haven’t made one yet. I hope being a part of this will keep me motivated. My projects have ranged from afghans to accessories (hats, scarves, mittens, laptop case) to a few Amigurumi dolls. I consider myself to be pretty advanced with crochet, but I still need a pattern (can’t make my own, yet). Good luck to all of you who join me!

  • Sybil M.

    Hi! I’m Sybil from suburban St. Louis. I have crocheted for more years than I care to admit, but in my favor I did start when I was a kid. I’m excited about this CAL because I have downloaded lots of patterns for clothing, but haven’t made one yet. I hope being a part of this will keep me motivated. My projects have ranged from afghans to accessories (hats, scarves, mittens, laptop case) to a few Amigurumi dolls. I consider myself to be pretty advanced with crochet, but I still need a pattern (can’t make my own, yet). Good luck to all of you who join me!

  • Eliz

    Can’t wait to get started. I’ve been crocheting for 25 years. Have never made a sweater. Excited to try.

  • Jodel

    I’d like to make a shorter version of this, say 20 or 21 inches long instead of 30 (for the size large), and leave off the pockets. I’d use the same sleeve length shown with the pattern. Can I get an estimate of how much less yarn to get? I like the colors used in the photo. I’ll make this for myself, and it’ll be my first sweater.

  • SunsetFoxy

    The instructions seem kind of complicated but at least I can take my time. Depending on how much the “sale” is I might empty out my tote bag of Micheal’s clearance skeins. ;)

  • Lori

    I’ve never done a crochet-along project with a group before, so I am looking forward to it!

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