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Top Down Crochet Jacket Crochet-Along: Swatching

September 11th, 2014

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CAL_08282014Welcome all to the 2014 Fall Crochet Along! I’m Grace and I will be guiding you through the Top Down Crochet Jacket. This is a great project that should give most a little challenge. (If you haven’t acquired your materials yet, you still can: http://lby.co/1liJ1a1.) Throughout the next 5 weeks we will explore swatching, raglan shaping, working with multiple colors and much more. If you are a beginner don’t let the skill level discourage you. We are all here to support each other. Throughout the project post your questions and I’ll be here to help. I also invite other experienced crocheters to share their knowledge so we can all learn from each other.

There are so many things that excite me about this project. I love wooly yarns like Fisherman’s Wool®. While at first is may seem a little rough it softens up wonderfully with wear, the longer you wear it the cozier it gets, perfect to cuddle up with this coming winter! The self-striping colors of Amazing® are beautiful and add so much interest without the extra work. For those of you who don’t need such a warm wooly sweater there are plenty of yarns that you could substitute. For something wool-free and machine-washable I would suggest substituting Vanna’s Choice® for the Fisherman’s Wool® and Landscapes® for the Amazing®. For my project I will be using Fisherman’s Wool® in Nature’s Brown and Amazing® in Strawberry Fields .

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Announcing Our Fall 2014 Crochet-Along Project: the Top Down Crochet Jacket

August 28th, 2014

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Several times a year we host a crochet- or knit-along, a virtual event in which knitters and crocheters 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!

Thank you for voting for our crochet-along! The winning pattern is … the Top Down Crochet Jacket!

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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!

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TAKE TWO! Help Pick Lion Brand’s NEXT Crochet-Along Project!

August 14th, 2014

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We heard you loud and clear — you’re looking for a bigger challenge!

Thanks to all of your feedback, we revisited our selections for this year and picked out a more challenging line-up to choose from!

So let’s do a hard reset and try that again — vote for the Fall Crochet-Along now! Voting ends Wednesday, August 27th, 11:59pm EST!

Clockwise from top left:

  1. Top Down Crochet Jacket (last year’s close runner-up, skill level: Intermediate (Level 3)
  2. Sunset Poncho (made with our new yarn Landscapes®, skill level: Intermediate + (Level 4)
  3. Open Air Shrug (one of our most popular patterns this year, skill level: Easy + (Level 3) – see front view)
  4. Portland Poncho (made with long-time favorite, Heartland, skill level: Intermediate (Level 3)

« Voting is now closed. »

The winner is the Top Down Crochet Jacket! Thanks to everyone who voted!

A crochet-along is a virtual event, where all the participants make the same project together. Follow along with our crochet-along host Grace DiLorenzo 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 Thursday, August 28th here. At that time we’ll also give you all the details you need to pick up your supplies and get started on the project!

Votes must be cast by 11:59 am Eastern August 27th, 2014. 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.


Video: How to Do Front and Back Post Stitches

February 15th, 2014

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Maggie Weldon is a crochet expert who loves to share her expertise with those wanting to master the art of crochet.

Make beautifully textured colorwork projects with this simple stitch! Maggie Weldon illustrates how to do front and back post double crochets, half double crochets, and single crochets. Watch the video below to learn these easy techniques:

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Colorfully Modern Crochet-Along: A Few Fabulous Finished Projects!

September 30th, 2013

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If you’re still working on your crochet-along project, don’t fret! There’s no time limit and the blog posts stay up here on our blog. But just in case you need a little more motivation, here are a few finished projects to inspire you!

Angie, amood on Ravelry, made her chic version in heathery Heartland yarn:

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Another Raveler, renizzardo, used the recommended colors for her stylish jacket:

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Lion Brand Yarn Studio Manager Michelle joined in on the fun too–she made her cardigan in Unique in Passion Fruit, Oceania, and Moonshadows and Vanna’s Choice in Espresso and Dark Grey Heather for a darker palette.

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Keep sharing your photos with us here and on Ravelry! We can’t wait to see your finished project!

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A Fun Crochet-Along for You to Join at the Petals to Picots Blog!

September 29th, 2013

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Little Boy Blue BlanketWe’ve teamed up with Kara at the Petals to Picots blog to bring you a new crochet-along with one of our newest patterns, in one of of our newest yarns!  Kara has just announced she’ll be hosting the crochet-along for the Little Boy Blue Blanket made in Heartland.  Kara starts the official CAL instructions tomorrow, and will be conducting the CAL through early December.  This way, you have enough time to possibly turn this blanket into a holiday gift for someone!

There will be new instructions posted for the CAL every two weeks so that you’ll have enough time to work up each section.  The pattern is considered an intermediate level, and requires knowledge of the single crochet (sc) and double crochet stitch (dc).  There’s fun color work in the project, so it will be fun to see everything come together at the end.

There is an official Ravelry group for the CAL so you can share your progress, ask questions, chat with other members and more.  Stop in, say hi to Kara and the rest of the group, and get ready to start a fun new crochet project!  We look forward to seeing plenty of great projects.

Check out Petals to Picots tomorrow for the first set of instructions.  Are you ready to get crocheting? Let us know if you’ll be participating in the comments below.


Colorfully Modern Cardigan Crochet-Along #4: Blocking, Seaming, and Surface Stitches

September 11th, 2013

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Colorfully Modern Cardigan Crochet-Along #4: Blocking, Seaming, and Surface StitchesHi guys! I see a lot of you have finished your cardigans already. Looking good! Don’t forget to post pictures.

[Editor's Note: Click here to see photos in our Ravelry group, and if you'd like to leave a photo here on the blog, click in the commenting box and you'll see a little "mountain range" icon. Click it to browse to your photo on your computer and upload it to your comment.]

I considered making the sleeves a little longer, but in the end, I decided in the end to make them the same length as in the pattern. However, if you’d like to lengthen your sleeves, it should be pretty easy to do.

Lengthening the Sleeves

The easiest way to lengthen the design is to just work the number of chains for your size and work even until your sleeve has however much longer that you’d like than the one in the pattern, then follow the pattern as set.

The pattern schematic tells us that the sleeve-to-armpit measurement is 9 inches for all sizes. Let’s say that I want my sleeve to be 16.5 inches (16 to 17 inches is a standard length for women’s sleeves). That’s 7.5 more inches. Our pattern gauge tells us that each row is 0.31 inches (4 inches ÷ 13 rows = 0.31 inches per row).

7.5 inches ÷ 0.31 inches per row = 24.19 rows

Our color repeat is ABCDED and each color is used for 2 rows, so 24 rows is two full sets of all of the colors. Therefore, I’d do 24 rows straight, before following the pattern as set. (If you want to make your sleeves longer or shorter, you may need to do a partial repeat of the color pattern, so be sure to plan for that.)

Tips on Blocking

After the sleeves,  I had all the pieces finished, so it was time to block. Don’t skip this step! It can make your garment look much more professionally-made and neaten up any uneven stitches. While you can block after your entire garment is done, many people find it helpful to block your garment before sewing it together, as this way you can correct the measurements of any part where your tension may have changed a little.

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Colorfully Modern Cardigan Crochet-Along #3: The Fronts and Pockets

September 4th, 2013

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Colorfully Modern Cardigan Crochet-Along #3: The Fronts and Pockets | Lion Brand NotebookHi everyone! I hope you guys had a great holiday weekend and those sweaters are coming along nicely! This week I was busy making the fronts of my cardigan. I know a few of you wondering about how the pockets join to the body, so we’ll start with that.

Making the Pockets

I had a little trouble joining the pockets, as I just assumed I knew what to do, so I didn’t read the pattern carefully, and kept wondering why I didn’t have enough stitches left at the end! Learn from my mistake! To join the pocket-lining, work the number of stitches required for your size, on the body of the cardigan as normal (this is a wrong side row, so it’s all in single crochet), then skip the first stitch of the pocket lining (this is where I kept going wrong!) and work across the top of the lining, skip the last stitch and skipping 17 body stitches from the first join, single crochet in the next body stitch and work to the end.

Colorfully Modern Cardigan Crochet-Along #3: The Fronts and Pockets | Lion Brand Notebook
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Colorfully Modern Cardigan Crochet-Along #3: The Fronts and Pockets | Lion Brand Notebook
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Colorfully Modern Cardigan Crochet-Along #2: Making the Back & Changing Colors

August 28th, 2013

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CALbadgeHi everyone! I’ve been very impressed by all the pictures I’ve seen of your projects so far and so many great color combinations!

[Editor's Note: Click here to see photos in our Ravelry group, and if you'd like to leave a photo here on the blog, click in the commenting box and you'll see a little "mountain range" icon. Click it to browse to your photo on your computer and upload it to your comment.]

Making the Back & Changing Colors

This week I worked on the back of my cardigan. To avoid having to weave in all those ends, I had planned to carry the colors up the side and hide them in the seaming process, but I found that having 5 balls of yarn attached to my project at all times drove me a little crazy! So instead I decided to weave the ends in as I crocheted, hiding them by holding the ends of the new and old colors together on the WS of the work and crocheting over them as I made the stitches. Now all I’ll need to do is snip off the ends when I’m finished. This is my favorite method of hiding ends for crochet, especially for color-work.

Colorfully Modern Cardigan Crochet-Along #2: Making the Back & Changing Colors | Lion Brand Notebook

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Colorfully Modern Cardigan Pattern: Now Available in 2X, 3X, 4X!

August 21st, 2013

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Colorfully Modern Cardigan Crochet-Along | Lion Brand NotebookWe had requests from quite a few of you for larger sizes so that you could participate in our Crochet-Along—and since we’d love for you to join in, we’ve worked with our tech editors to grade up the pattern for additional plus sizes.

Click here to download the UPDATED pattern.

We have also added kits for these larger sizes. Save 25% when you order all of the materials described in the pattern.

Click here to order the kits for 25% off.

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