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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. 

  • cynthia

    I like the style as well but wish it was another size up for us girls who ate little bigger on top.

  • Brenda Davis

    Solid color for me too!

  • Bobbi

    I’ve been crocheting since I was a little girl and this will be my first attempt at an article of clothing- I wouldn’t dare trying to make it for someone else!

  • Sharon McIndoe

    Sharon McIndoe
    I am very disappointed. The yarn is not available at Michaels or Joann’s. I would love to make this.

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

      Hi Sharon, Unique is already available to our retail partners, but since they may
      only change over their shelves at a particular time of year, we can’t
      control what they’ve put out at any given time. We always recommend
      checking with a sales associate to see if they have the product coming
      in and/or if they can special order it for you. If you’d like to use a
      different yarn, we recommend our Tweed Stripes as a similar color-change
      yarn in a similar weight. Hope that helps!

  • Pam

    Can the patterns of the other two projects voted on be obtained from Lion Brand for individual use?

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

      Hi Pam, they’re free on LionBrand.com–you can use the search box there to pull them up or click on the names of the patterns in the original voting post above “click here to vote” to get to them directly. Enjoy!

      • Pam

        Thank you!

  • Sunshine

    Hi All! I am in the Pacific Northwest so I am going to make this with long sleeves. I am going to use up my scrap yarn for the stripes with 2 rows of black yarn in between each color change for unity. I think that will make it dressier but that’s okay. I may also edge it in black and make black yarn buttons but I will decide this when I get to that point. Good luck with yours, everyone.

  • Sunshine

    Hi All! I am in the Pacific Northwest so I am going to make this with long sleeves. I am going to use up my scrap yarn for the stripes with 2 rows of black yarn in between each color change for unity. I think that will make it dressier but that’s okay. I may also edge it in black and make black yarn buttons but I will decide this when I get to that point. Good luck with yours, everyone.

  • Kelli

    I will probably make it in one color as well. Just not sure what yet.

  • Melissa

    Melissa from Los Angeles…..I love the color pallette! I can wear it with so many different outfits. I hope to wear it when I am traveling. I purchased the kit with 25% off.

  • Melissa

    Melissa from Los Angeles…..I love the color pallette! I can wear it with so many different outfits. I hope to wear it when I am traveling. I purchased the kit with 25% off.

  • dixie miss

    Love this sweater… Can’t wait to start this..

  • Kemer

    I wish I knew how to Crochet . I am a knitter although I have tons of how to books and hooks in the hopes of teaching myself to Crochet. I love the looks of this Cardigan

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

      Hi Kemer, don’t forget to check out our YouTube video playlist on learning to crochet: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7E9A9C1809C7D601
      or visit learntocrochet.lionbrand.com for written and illustrated instructions. Don’t forget that these blog posts stay up after the event, so you can always come back to them and make the sweater in the future!

  • Jean

    I think it is a shame that you included patterns to vote for that don’t fit a number of your customers. I would have enjoyed participating and since LB works with their designers, you could have specified that it had to fit up to a 3 X.

    Since your ultimate goal is to sell yarn, you missed the mark here. 3X buys more yarn than Small. Sad.

  • Sybil M.

    The kit has Unique, which is a 5-bulky yarn, and Vanna’s Choice, which is a 4-medium yarn. If I change to a different yarn, maybe one color for the entire project, should I get a 4 or 5 weight?

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

      Hi Sybil, Unique is on the thin side of bulky weight and Vanna’s Choice is on the thick side of medium, which is why we are able to use them together. Look for a yarn that falls into that range (our Homespun, Tweed Stripes, Martha Stewart Crafts Alpaca Blend, and Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton are good examples). Hope that helps!

  • Sherry

    Yea! I found it on ravelry! Now I hope to find a way to make it 3x or 2x! Any help to do that?

  • Linda B

    I love this cardigan, but with all those color changes, I am a little worried about weaving in all those ends. Does anyone know if that’s a problem?

  • Linda B

    I love this cardigan, but with all those color changes, I am a little worried about weaving in all those ends. Does anyone know if that’s a problem?

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

      Hi Linda, crochet-along host Lauren will talk about handling the color changes. If you’d like, you can wait until she talks about it in her blog posts. All of the blog posts stay up after the event, so you are welcome to work “behind” the project and decide about making it after she discusses the options.

  • Gwensie.

    This is beautiful but not for me as there is no cover for my arthritic neck which I have to have.Gwensie.

  • Gwensie.

    This is beautiful but not for me as there is no cover for my arthritic neck which I have to have.Gwensie.

  • Pam

    HI! I am from Raymore, Missouri. I look forward to making this sweater. It has been a while since I have crocheted a sweater. I have been crocheting for over 30 years.

  • Kay

    Getting back into crocheting. An Xmas gift for my daughter

  • sue beckenham

    I agree with many women here. I can’t do this one because I am a 2X/3X. Us large and lovelies are routinely ignored. So sad, cause there’s more of us than there are the skinny gals!

  • Nancy D

    I didn’t vote for this one either. Need a bigger size too. The way I look at it is I just saved myself some money and time. And I can always do the other pattern by myself.

  • Jenny

    This is a charming jacket. The CAL is new to me but I’m sure it will be fun. I’ve ordered the kit.

  • Emmari

    This will be my first crochet-along and my first time making a piece of clothing, I usually make blankets, I am very excited! I live in Durbanville (outside Cape Town), not sure if my yarn shop has the yarn specified, will try out a few until I have the right gauge. Am looking forward to following the posts and to trying a more complicated pattern than my usual square blanket!

  • Bracken

    Hi, I have never made a crochet garment before but am an experienced knitter (learned in the 70s) who recently started to knit again after a 10 year gap with your spring knit along which I really enjoyed. I have never managed to do anything other than squares with crochet so I am very keen on this project. I expect to finish probably a month or two behind everyone else though since it is going to be a big learning curve for me.

  • Guest

    This looks like a fun pattern, but I don’t understand how it works – the pattern seems to mix a bulky yarn (Unique) with a worsted weight (Vanna’s choice) without changing the stitch numbers or hook size. Won’t it get all bunched up and uneven? Do you just have to crochet more loosely when you are working with the worsted weight?

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

      Hi there, since Unique is on the thin side of bulky weight and Vanna’s Choice is on the heavy side of medium weight, they can be worked together in the pattern at the recommended gauge and stay even. Hope that helps!

  • Patrice Nielson

    This looks like a fun pattern, but I don’t understand how it works – the pattern seems to mix a bulky yarn (Unique) with a worsted weight (Vanna’s choice) without changing the stitch numbers or hook size. Won’t it get all bunched up and uneven? Do you just have to crochet more loosely when you are working with the worsted weight? Did I miss something?

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

      Hi Patrice, since Unique is on the thin side of bulky weight and Vanna’s Choice is
      on the heavy side of medium weight, they can be worked together in the
      pattern at the recommended gauge and stay even. Hope that helps!

  • Teresa Butler

    I am an avid crocheter and designer with 40+ years of experience. I will be adjusting the pattern to my size (3X/4X) based on my gauge swatch. I really like the stripes and how the FPDC pulls color down into the rows below. Even though I am increasing the size, this cardigan/coat is worked in pieces and should not impact the self-striping of the yarn very much.

  • Title Lady

    I’m Lorraine from Palmetto, Florida. I have been crocheting about 2 years. Self taught. I plan on using different colors making a joseph’s coat of many colors.

  • Gary

    Hi I’m gonna donate mine to Macmillan cancer nurses in memory of me mum. she taught me how to crochet when she taught me sisters how to knit cos I couldn’t get the knitting right and it was too wet to go out.
    Gary.

  • Diane M. Pierce

    This is my first CAL but I’ve been crocheting for 45 years. I once made myself a fully lined crochet coat and made lots of clothes for my 3 girls. Of late, though, mostly been crocheting afghans, doll clothes, hats and scarves. Anxious to get my game up again!

  • njcrochet

    sorry won’t be joining you, far too many fpdc stitches

  • Judy

    Hi ,My name is Judy and I , Too am interested in the instructions for size 2x .I love this sweater and will be making it for my granddaughter first (and myself if I get the larger size)

  • Barbara from MS

    Yikes! Why oh why, isn’t this pattern in a 2 or 3X? I would love to try this but will have to pass. Please let us know if someone can figure how to increase the pattern to a larger size. I voted for the “top down” pattern because it was in a larger size. So disappointed.

  • Donna H

    This is my first time joining one of these “a-longs”. I love the look of this cardigan and am going to try to make it for myself. I have been crocheting and knitting for a very long time (like 40 years) but seldom get past the baby blankets and Christmas presents. Retired now, so hope I can make time to try and actually finish something exciting. Will be asking questions. Thanks for a group like this.

  • Carole Anderson

    Hi from the azure coast. This will be my first CAL. I love the colors in the photo, that’s one of the reasons why I voted for it! But I have to order the kit, have it sent to my home in soCa and have my sister send it to me here in France, so I might not get to start with y’all right away.

  • Janet

    I’m anxious to make this. I hope to use yarns from my stash and will then give it to my crochet group at Church to use in Christmas baskets.

  • Carole Anderson

    Greetings from the azure coast. I love the silhouette and the colors in the pic, it’s the one I voted for. This will be my first crochet-along. I have ordered the kit to be delivered to my house in soCal, from there my sister will have to send it on to me here in France, so I might not get to start with y’all right away. I am 51 years old but skinny, built much like the girl modeling the cardi in the pic, so stitching this up should be pretty straightforward. I have only crocheted clothing twice before so I’m inexperienced in 3-d projects

  • Charity

    Charity from Chico, CA. I would probably be the only one I know who would wear homemade clothes, haha, so I think I’ll make it for me. But im gonna give it more thought because id love to give it as a gift.
    Definitely subbing with a solid color (are you kidding?)
    And if I learn anything, it will probably be time management since I’ll be trying to find time to finish this around my 9 month old, my 4 year old’s first year in a charter school, running my own craft business from home, gardening/canning AND remodelling the house!!

    Hmmm…. come to think of it, I never finished the Inishturk KAL from three years ago. DRAT!! ;)

  • Lynda

    This is the one I voted for YEA!!! I’m a crochet instructor who is always tailoring classes to my students preferences or making gifts for other people. This CAL project will be just for me and if it goes well I will introduce the pattern to my class. I voted for this pattern because of the colors used and the pockets. A stylish cardigan with pockets is a great addition to brighten up my wardrobe and a classic pattern that will last for years. I’m always modifying patterns, changing colors or yarn types but this time I think I’ll stick to the pattern and colors exactly as they are pictured. Good luck everyone! Can’t wait to see everyone’s photos.

  • Giovanangela

    I have been crocheting since I was young and I have made many different things. Mostly I make sweaters, hats and booties for babies. This time I am making this cardigan for myself, something that I haven’t done in 30 years!. I love color so this project will be enjoyable. This is the first time that I have ever joined a discussion group and I am really looking forward to being in contact with other crocheters since know one I know crochets or knits.

  • Becky

    It is very cute, but I voted on one that came in a larger size. I won’t be making this since it does not come in a size for me. :-(

  • Linda Harvey

    This is very cute but I can’t afford to spend that much on yarn for one sweater project. Hope some future projects will be smaller or use less yarn.

  • Ann from Southern California

    I absolutely love the colors! I have never made a garment before, only afghans, baby blankets, scarves, but this one looked so pretty that I thought I’d give it a try. I have been crocheting for about 40 years, so I’m hoping that whatever I’ve learned will help with this major project. Can’t wait to receive the kit I ordered!

  • Sue

    I have read a lot of comments on the need for a bigger size pattern. Will anyone be posting a modified larger pattern?

  • Rose Baker

    Am I missing something? Do the instructions say work two strands together? That’s way to hot for me. I’ll be doing a single strand and solid coler

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

      Hi Rose, no, the pattern is single stranded. You’ll see that each color is designated a letter (A, B, C, D, E) and the pattern tells you which color to use at which time. Hope that helps!

  • Sue Roman

    I went to the store to buy yarn for this project today. I couldn’t find unique yarn, I went to two stores. When is it coming out?

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

      Hi Sue, Unique is already available to our retail partners, but since they may only change over their shelves at a particular time of year, we can’t control what they’ve put out at any given time. We always recommend checking with a sales associate to see if they have the product coming in and/or if they can special order it for you. If you’d like to use a different yarn, we recommend our Tweed Stripes as a similar color-change yarn in a similar weight. Hope that helps!

  • zuccini4

    I need a 2X pattern also, because four children and time has not been kind to me.

  • Peggy

    Count me in! Ordered my kit last night. Can hardly wait to start my first CAL. I do have one question about the color sequence, though. The pattern (under “Stitch Explanation”) says the stripe sequence is A-B-C-D-E-D. But, in the picture, it really doesn’t look like the brown and gray stripes are side by side. Am I just seeing this wrong; or is this a typo?

    • Giovanangela

      Hi Peggy. I am confused about the stripe order too. The directions state to do them in the A B C D etc. order but then it says to do every other row. Do they mean the last two rows? I need clarification on that. Also, I want longer sleeves but since the sleeve is worked from the cuff up to the shoulder, I don’t know how to lengthen the arm. Does anyone have any ideas?

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

        Hi Giovanangela, yes, the stripes are each two rows. In the “Stitch Explanation” section of the pattern, it says:
        STRIPE SEQUENCE
        *Work 2 rows with A, 2 rows with B, 2 rows with C, 2 rows with D, 2 rows with E, 2 rows with D; rep from * for Stripe pattern.

        Hope that helps!

        • SkyeStitch

          Here’s where I found a discrepancy (typo?) which may clarify Peggy’s original question:
          In the portion of the instructions I printed out yesterday showing the color photos of the yarns (it’s already been corrected on the LB website) Color C was depicted as Unique Harvest, & Color D was Vanna’s Choice Charcoal Grey — which indeed would show the grey & brown (VC Chocolate/Color E) side by side following the pattern as Peggy describes. But, down by the materials list, it labeled Harvest as actually being Color D (4 balls) & the VC Charcoal as Color C (2 balls) which is more consistent with the photo of the finished jacket. Have I untangled the mystery?
          But no worries — today on the webpage, the Charcoal & Harvest are reversed to reflect their evidently correct letter order, in both the color swatches & the materials list.
          So all should be well! (I went ahead & ordered the kit anyway, which I assume will have the right amounts of the right colors to get the right sequence!) Hope this helps clear up possible confusion for anyone who printed out an earlier version of the page…

          • Peggy

            Thanks, SkyeStitch! Yes, you untangled the mystery. I appreciate your help!

        • Giovanangela

          Thanks for responding Zontee,
          I read over the pattern several times and realized that the statement about changing color every other row just meant staying in the 2 row color sequence. ( I can have brain fog sometimes) Your response has confirmed that. Now, do you have any suggestions on how to increase sleeve length since it will be worked from the cuff end up?

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

            Hi there, first off, have someone help you measure your arm from your shoulder to your wrist so you know the length you’ll need (from the point where your shirt’s body joins the sleeve, down to the wrist). Mine is 21 inches, for instance. Now, if I were making the Medium, the total length of the sweater right now is 14.5 inches on the schematic…so I’d have to add 6.5 inches). Looking at the pattern, I would say that you could repeat the section up to row 5 until you have approx 6.5 inches in the 5-color repeat (getting as close to 6.5 inches as possible), and then continuing to row 6.

            Also, keep in mind that each week, Lauren will be covering a different part of the pattern, so while I’m happy to answer some questions, I’d also recommend that you follow along each week in case she’s going to cover that topic later for the entire group. Hope that helps!

          • Giovanangela

            Thanks so much! That really does help.

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

            I checked with Lauren, and she is going to talk about lengthening the sleeves in a later post, so stay tuned!

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