Announcing Our Summer 2011 Crochet-Along Featuring the Mesh Raglan Pullover

Each season we host a knit- or crochet-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 sweater.

We asked you what crochet garment you’d like to make, and you picked our Mesh Raglan Pullover!

My name is Kendra and I'll be your CAL host! I work at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, Lion Brand's unique retail & education center in New York City, where I am both a crochet and knitting instructor and I can't wait to work through this project with you. Click here to learn more about me. Each week I'll have a post here about my progress through the sweater full of information I've found helpful and hope you will as well. This is meant to be an interactive process so please ask questions here and in our Ravelry group so I--and the other crocheters involved--can help! Click here to join our Ravelry group, and add your photos to our Flickr group here.

CAL BadgeTo start, this week is just about getting your yarn and other materials together. The pattern is made in our Recycled Cotton, which is a fabulous worsted-weight, cotton-acrylic blend that is made from the discarded fabric from tee-shirt production. It comes in beautiful tweed shades and has a great drape making it perfect for a summery top.

Cotton-Ease and Lion Cotton are other great summer yarns, which are both worsted weight and come in a wide variety of colors. Cotton-Ease is another cotton-acrylic blend where the addition of acrylic lends a stretch and drape to the cotton, making it a wonderful choice for garments. Lion Cotton is 100% cotton, which gives it great strength and structure, but it can also make it a little heavy for use in a sweater. Given the open fabric of this top, however, it could also make for a good choice.

As with any yarn substitution, you'll need to figure out how many balls of your chosen yarn the top will take. The top is written for five sizes, and here are the number of balls for each of our recommended yarns:

Size S M L 1X 2X
Recycled Cotton 3 3 4 4 5
Cotton-Ease 3 3 4 4 5
Lion Cotton (Solids) 3 3 4 4 4
Lion Cotton (Multis) 3 3 4 4 5
Approx. yardage
550 550 750 750 925

Editor's note: If you're planning on modifying the pullover in terms of length or planning on keeping your gauge swatch, you may want to purchase an extra ball, just in case.

Now which size should you make? This top is meant to have a slightly loose fit, meaning it has some positive ease, so you want to select a size which measures a little larger than your bust measurement. When in doubt, it's useful to measure a top you own, whose fit you like, and pick the size closest to that garment's measurements.

Starting next week I'll be sharing my progress through the top, starting with the all-important gauge swatch! I'll also give you an overview of the construction of the garment so you'll know how it's going to come together. The following posts will work through the top starting with creating the yoke, moving on to the underarms and body, then the sleeves, and lastly the finishing work and blocking to make your garment perfect! So pick out your yarn, gather your hooks and stitch markers, and check back next week as this CAL really gets going!

Say hello! Leave a comment and tell us who you are, where you're from, and who you're making this top for!

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  • Sherrie Brittig

    fabulous!  just ordered my yarn in Rose Coral

  • Kochk

    I have a light green homespun yarn, three skeins, that I got on sale. I'm thinking of trying that for this pattern.

  • Kochk

    I have a light green homespun yarn, three skeins, that I got on sale. I'm thinking of trying that for this pattern.

  • Rebender

    I was really hoping this would be the project!  I have been wanting to make this top for a lon time.  I can't wait to go out tonight and get my yarn!
    Renee

  • Rebender

    I was really hoping this would be the project!  I have been wanting to make this top for a lon time.  I can't wait to go out tonight and get my yarn!
    Renee

  • http://www.restlessgrace.blogspot.com Grace

    I didn't vote for this pattern because the side picture wasn't good and I wasn't sure whether or not I liked the style. Now that I can see the front view I think I like it better and I'll be looking forward to watching the CAL posts to see it in even greater detail.

  • Bethany

    I'm excited to make this top!  I think I want to make it a little longer (I like the tunic length that's popular right now), but I'll wait and see how it turns out.  I haven't done a CAL before, although I followed a little bit last year, and I'm excited for a chance to have feedback at different stages of the project.

  • Christie

    I am so excited this won the vote! I will pick up my yarn this weekend, and follow along. I wanted to do this one as a crossover from doing afghans and scarves, I have never done a fitted garment before.

  • Anne Fatato

    I would love to join this but not sure what yarn I would most want to use from my stash (must use stash yarn or can't do this project at all)  

  • Debbie

    How much crocheting experience do you need to do this?

  • Theresa

    I'll be trying to get my yarn this weekend too!  Love this top, thinking of making it for me!

  • Kathleen Harrison

    Will there be a winter project?  I just started the crochet shrug using Lion Brand Homespun yarn.  Don't really have time for two projects.  thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/cori.hull Cori Hull

    Very excited! This pattern has been on my "to make" list for a while now. Gonna try to squeeze it in amidst all of the baby blankets I need to get done, should be fun! Now to pick out some yarn...

  • Doc030235

    Im excited too ..have never done anything like this and cant wait to get moving :D

  • Enngee

    I love the Recycled Cotton yarn.  I had already printed out the pattern from your website and bought the Rose and Green yarns.  It will be great working along with you as we work on this top.

  • http://www.cookcleancraft.com/ Narelle @ Cook Clean Craft

    Yay! I wanted to make this one. Count me in. Off to find some yarn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1127797094 Jean Michael

    I am going to try it but I have never used stitch markers before. Will I have the skills I need? I recognize all the stitches in the pattern and have done them before. I plan to make it for myself. I also have never had to do a gauge swatch before. So I guess I have to wait until next week to start.

  • Olena H

    I voted for this pattern not only because I liked it best, but because it was the only green out of the other three red photos. This is my first CAL and im looking forward to it. I am making this just because...for the experience of a CAL. =)

  • Bwheaton

    I am so disappointed.  As a Plus Size crocheter I was really hoping one of the other items would win.  But a 45 1/2 inch bust is just a little too small for me.  Maybe next time!!!

  • Judy S

    Looking forward to trying this pattern.  Every project is a learning experience.

  • Jan >^..^<

    Well, this isn't the one I voted for, but after seeing the new pic, I like it!  I don't, however, like cotton yarn.  Soooo ... I'm gonna try this with some yarn I bought that I loved but had no project for.  It's Vanna's Choice in Seaspray Mist - a light green and white varigated yarn.  I think it will love fabulous (similar to the pic)!

    Thanks for the hint about measuring a shirt I like the fit of to gauge size!  Great idea!  Yeah, I am making this for myself!

    Jan from NC >^..^<

  • Jan >^..^<

    Well, this isn't the one I voted for, but after seeing the new pic, I like it!  I don't, however, like cotton yarn.  Soooo ... I'm gonna try this with some yarn I bought that I loved but had no project for.  It's Vanna's Choice in Seaspray Mist - a light green and white varigated yarn.  I think it will love fabulous (similar to the pic)!

    Thanks for the hint about measuring a shirt I like the fit of to gauge size!  Great idea!  Yeah, I am making this for myself!

    Jan from NC >^..^<

  • Groovythreads

    I think I have a few skeins of Cotton Ease in my stash - I think I might try this :)

  • Sue Yowell

    Looking forward to making this...I voted for it :-)

  • Kelly

    Im thinking I might make this for myself from the bamboo/ silk blend I bought for a wedding shall and never could get the hand of the pattern. This top looks really cute!

  • Cathee

    Looks like not only a fun project, but a very useable one as well. Looking forward to the CAL. Thanks!

  • Bmhines4

    Never made a piece of clothing before that wasn't a scarf...guess this is as good a time as any..this is cute, but I'll be making it longer. :)  When does it start? or can we start right away?

  • Bmhines4

    Never made a piece of clothing before that wasn't a scarf...guess this is as good a time as any..this is cute, but I'll be making it longer. :)  When does it start? or can we start right away?

  • Addie904

    I voted for this and this is my first CAL project . I want to make this for myself - I have never made a garment before .
    Looking forward to starting - will get my yarn this weekend

  • Foromo22

    I'm Rosie from San Jose, CA. Would this pattern be suitable for a beginner? Not sure I can follow the pattern.

  • Wendy

    I've never done a CAL before...about how long does it take?  Have never made an actual garment where gauge really matters, so this would be a great learning experience me. 

  • Kathleen

    I was already planning on making this top! I saw it in the Lion Brand magazine! I have the yarn also! It was on sale awhile back online! I was going to wait 'til all my other projects were finished, but not now!

  • Mary Orens

    Looks great! I just "unknit" a light blue sweater last week that would be great for this CAL, and a daughter with a birthday coming up in August!! Great timing!

  • Lynn

    I'm A knitter, but I think I will try this.  Can't hurt to expand my horizons, right?  Hope I can do this and still finish my two other projects in a timely manor.  I do know how to crochet, just haven't done much of it lately.  Going to check my stash now.

  • Gaylena Carly

    this looks very nice and maybe easy... i would try to make this....

  • Cherylr56

    I voted for this and am going to try to work on this along with baby announcement cross-stitch plus finishing crocheting a shawl a friend started in 1976!

  • Ziminskyl

    What are the finished bust measurements for this sweater?

  • Leeannekochka

    I have a different brand of cotton yarn in a couple of varigated colors.  I undid what I had started so I can start on this, that project was going nowhere anyway!  ;).  It's in pastels, white, green, aqua, lavender.  The pattern looks pretty easy for those of you who are relative beginners. 

  • Elly

    My first fitted project! Looking forward to it.
    I also plan to make it longer, hopefully we can discuss that when we get there.
     

  • D_dolittle

    By coincidence, I had just started working on this when I noticed it was a candidate for CAL! This is my first CAL and I am enjoying it.

    I am Delilah from Winnipeg. I am using UltraPima by Cascade Yarns in white. I did not do a gauge swatch, so I will do one now before I continue with the top. I'll let you know how that goes - I may have to start the top over. :(

    I am also planning on making it longer, as others have mentioned.

    For those asking about the level of difficulty - the stitches are easy, it is the interesting construction that some may find a challenge. So far I have had no trouble. The instructions are clear and easy to understand.

    The yarn is very silky with a lovely drape. I am making the top for myself. I plan on wearing it often - in the summer only of course!

  • Jeanette McGlothin

    I have never done a crochet along... but this project looks like something I could do and I am very interested in it... but I need a larger size than the pattern allows.  I need a 3X-Large.  Any suggestions on how to do that would be greatly appreciated. Thank You!

  • Donna

    This isn't the pattern I voted for but choosing was difficult because I liked them all.  I plan on still making some of the others.  I have my yarn and I'm excited to get going!  

  • CatalpaKay

    I'm trilled this is the pattern that won the vote.  I had bought yarn to make this during the winter, and it is still in my closet.  I'll be taking it out tonight and will be making guage swatches.  I'm still new at doing garments and swatches.  What if one hook is too big and the next size down is too small?  Should I just pick the closest one.  It always seems like it should be perfect and mine never are.   

  • Wenda

    if you are to pick your size according to your chest measurements and the pattern only says s,m,l,or xl...what are the measurements for these?  Don't want to make something that doesn't fit!

  • Lettie

    Ohhh ... I really want to do this project (I've never done a CAL before), but I have soooooooooo many projects in process already that I should really finish.  What to do ... what to do ...  ?!

  • Ginger

    I was wanting to make this for my sister for her birthday.  May not be finished in time for that, but it will be a surprise for later.

  • Stephanie

    saw this pattern last week and started with yarn in my stash, so simple.  Easy to follow instructions.  Great project, goes fast, will do again with suggested yarn.

  • Vicel

    Can the sleeves be made a little longer?  Such as 3/4 length?

  • liz

    I'm excited to try this. I am terrible at getting the gauge right though!! I am going to use some Bamboo Silk i got on sale in a sort of denim blue. It is a little lighter weight than the yarns they are recommending. Is that going to be a big problem. I always crochet tighter than a pattern calls for too.

  • marty

    My first CAL or KAL for that matter. Looking forward to seeing how it goes.

  • Montanameanjean

    Love this pattern! And I can't wait to get started! This is my first crochet along.

  • Montanameanjean

    Love this pattern! And I can't wait to get started! This is my first crochet along.

  • Pat

    HI everyone.  I am so excited that this is the pattern that I voted for too.  I just started learning how to read patterns.  There is a group in  my area that meets 3 times weekly, so I have alot of help with my new projects.  Can't wait to start. Got to get the yarn now so see ya later.  Pat

  • Pat

    HI everyone.  I am so excited that this is the pattern that I voted for too.  I just started learning how to read patterns.  There is a group in  my area that meets 3 times weekly, so I have alot of help with my new projects.  Can't wait to start. Got to get the yarn now so see ya later.  Pat

  • Webswan

    Forgot to vote but this is the one I wanted! Will go out to LYS for yarn tomorrow! I learned to crochet a couple of years ago on an LB CAL.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Laura-Cahall/100002030385119 Laura Cahall

    I really like this one. I voted for it. can't wait to get start. I am going to pick my yarn out this week end. 

  • Maggie Roll

    First tiime for me I an anxious to get started.
    Maggie

  • Cham741

    Some things can't be kitted or crocheted, but some can like sweaters, hats, socks ect.  But is just doesent look right to were (exept on babys and little kid) tanktops and shortsleves. I does not attractive at all.

  • Sue

     Some things can't be kitted or crocheted, but some can, like sweaters, hats, socks ect.  But is just doesen't look right to where (exept on babys and little kids) tanktops and shortsleves. It does not attractive at all ;(

  • PamperdPoodle

    Wow... you guys don't know how to spell and stuff......

    Some things can't be kitted or crocheted, but some can, like sweaters, hats, socks ect.  But is just doesen't look right to where (exept on babys and little kids) tanktops and shortsleves. It does not look attractive at all ;(  

    Right...

  • Jmcconnellsoho

    Hey I don't know if anyone mentioned this but sizing is not important for this project. This project is top down which means you can try it on as you go and if it's not large enough, keep working the raglan increases until it is.  So don't pass it up if you don't see your size.  For newbies this also means that your gage is not super important because you can try it on as you go- stop making increases if your gage is too big but it fits or add more increase rows if your gage is too small.

  • I really like this project but will need to incorporate a slit or v-neck in the front because of a comfort issue. I am experienced with crochet. Any suggestions?

  • Blabrant1

    I wanted to do the last CAL but never had time to. I am so excited to do this one!

  • Ullery

    There are lots of questions that were not answered - when do you answer the questions, or do you just leave us hanging?

  • Jean F

    All my crochet supplies are in storage since I am between homes right now.  I guess I will just have to go buy new stuff so I don't fall behind in my first CAL!

  • Tinisha C

    Not what I voted for but, excited about the adventure never the less Thaanks for the help.

    Tinisha

  • dinak

    I used to crochet for my grandpa years ago but haven't done a large item in quite a while.  This will be the perfect project to get started again - I'm thinking blues!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZP2YWI7DV4APV4MUS7KY5HGBGY

     This top was a maybe in my pile of items to make.  But the new picture sold me.  I will try to fit it in with the piles of baby items that I am am making.  All three of my children are expecting at the same time.  So far there are two girls coming.  I will find out soon what the last one is going to be.   I know, TMI, but I am excited.  I haven't purchased my yarn yet. I will this weekend. I am excited to start this CAL. It will be nice to make something for myself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/geneva.lowery Geneva Lowery

    I am so excited..this was the pattern that I chose. I have just ordered my yarn and am looking forward to getting started. This is the first CAL/KAL in which  I have participated.

  • Barbara Bee

    Hi there, will be my first CAL also and my first something to wear.  Am a knitter, always having trouble having the right amount of stitches left at the end of a crochet row but will just count every row end, I guess. 

    A couple of people mentioned different endings i.e. longer length to top and elbow length of sleeve, which I would also like.  Will there be someone to guide us for style changes?  Looking forward to this new horizon :-) Barbara Bee

  • Jennie

    This is a really cute top, but I’m not sure if the sizing will work
    for me. In order to have enough positive ease, I’ll need a bigger size
    than what is listed on the pattern size. Since this is a top-down
    construction, will it be enough to simply start with more stitches? Or
    are there more involved shaping considerations?

    Thanks!

     

  • Ajpav

    Hi--This is my first crochet along and this is the pattern I voted for so I am very happy.  I'm from Central Jersey and is happy that Kendra is just a 50 minute ride away.  I've been wanting to take a visit to the studio so maybe this will give me a push I needed to visit.  I've been crocheting since I was 5 years old so crocheting has been a love of mine for 50 years.  I am looking forward to our weekly blogs--have a great 4th.

  • Mcgigi

    I am excited about this CAL. This pattern is my choice

  • Noraida

    This will also be my first crochet-along!  I am very excited and looking forward to learning how to put a crochet garment together!  I did not choose this project but now I really love the look.  I was at a project standstill and now I am ready to jump right in!  I visit the studio now and then.  It is a wonderful place to shop, browse and meet others that share your passion for knitting and crochet!  Thanks so much! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.hagytoothman Jennifer Hagy Toothman

    I am going to make this (my first garment) in the yellow recycled cotton. 

  • mimi

    I have enough Cotton Ease in a nice shade of green I think I'll use. I lost 25 pounds over the past few months and need new summer tops that don't hang off me, so I'm not sure what size to make, but I'm sure I can figure it out. I also wonder if I can make the sleeves a bit longer? This very short length isn't flattering to women over 40. I may try to make it them about 3 or 4 inches longer if I can do it without the sleeves looking like wings. I like the length of the body. 

  • Natalie Valente

    So glad this one was picked for the project.   I am making mine in Lion Brand acrylic knitting worsted in black. After the project is done.  This will make a great pullover for  a cotton top.

  • Ashley

    What other kinds of yarn do you think would work for this project besides cotton?  I love this pattern-very excited about working with it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1063051856 Susan Knight Dunn

    This is my first time joining the crochet a long.  I'm going to try doing this in the cotton.  I make a lot of home decorator stuff in all cotton, so I always have plenty at hand.  This way I don't have to go out of my way to buy yarn for something for me!  I only do that for the grandchildren;)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DH6ID73QDILJEV4AGVBRGTV5JQ CarolH

    YIKES!  I am so excited to start this project...I have never done a CAL before, and have only tried a couple of very simple garments...for my daughter.  I'm nervous, but excited!

  • Basingleton623

    Is the cotton yarn pre-shrunk? I'd hate to make it, then wash it and have it turn out too smal..

  • Gaduval1

    I voted for this project, and hope to jump in as the CAL progresses. I'm considering the LB organic cotton, or some other yarn from my stash. I'll be working on a couple of aran knit sweaters and trying to keep up with my Associate's classes at the same time, so if I fall away, know that I remain with you all in spirit.

    Happy Stitching!

  • MaryS

    This sounds great!  I've made lots of hats, scarfs, shawls, etc, but wanted to make a gament and have been hesitant.  Looking forward to learning more as I work through this garment.

  • Nancy

    Darn, I had some Bamboo/acrylic microfiber that I'm looking for a use for--it doesn't have a weight number on it, but it looks an awful lot like a 1 or 2 weight.  (I hate it when it's not marked!)  So, I guess that goes back into the closet and I dig a little deeper...Something that won't be too hot in an Arkansas summer...

    My name is Nancy, and I'll be making it for myself (as soon as I find the yarn)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q7YWPJHN3SAZHSUX7ULAACRR5A Rae

    This will be my first "A Long" of any kind, so I'm rather excited and just a little nervous.  I won't be able to start unil next weekend.  I have to wiat for payday to get the yarn.  I just don't have enough in my stash of any one color to do it.  It's too small for me, so I'll be making it for my sister. Can't wait to go choosing colors!

  • geeta

    I had not voted for this but now to learn how to crochet sleeves would love to join CAL
    please bear with me, Thanks

  • http://www.patpearsonsstudiocd.artfire.com Create2free

    Hello Pat here from OKC. I will buy my yarn this weekend. I'm too am excited to try this CAL. Like many others, I too like a longer length somewhere between where it is and a tunic length. This will be my first garment.

  • SophieMops

    I have a bamboo yarn in my stash I think I will try for this one. I have never been in a CAL before nor crocheted many clothes, but I hope I will be OK.

  • I participated in the awesome afghan CAL over the winter and cant wait to try this top.  As a seasoned crocheter, I have done many afghans, scarves and the like, but have never done a top.  Im off to get yarn today!

  • I participated in the awesome afghan CAL over the winter and cant wait to try this top.  As a seasoned crocheter, I have done many afghans, scarves and the like, but have never done a top.  Im off to get yarn today!

  • For all you "nervous nellies",  if this CAL is anything like the winter afghan CAL they had, instructions will be precise, pictures will be included for the stitches and directions, and not only will the moderator help you, but so will the whole blog network.  Relax, enjoy, and, if you cant get to the current weeks instructions, they remain posted so do it on your own pace.  I finished the afghan about a month after the end of the tutorials! Caryn in NJ

  • SheaShea

    I am finishing a dress in bamboo, so I know that this top will work real fast.  I have plenty of cotton so I will use what I have.  I crochet fast so I will try to slow it down.  Will see you on Thursday.

  • Beth R

    I love raglan shaping- it's amazing how you create shoulders and sleeves from one piece. I've only done it in knitting, and I'm excited to try it with crochet. I have a bunch of "I Love this Cotton" in buttery yellow from Hobby Lobby, so I'll probably use that. I can't wait to wear this and show it off!

  • Scharfey4

    Do you have measurements for the different sizes?

  • Cheryll

    In reading over the pattern and trying to select some yarn (I'm on a yarn diet and want to use up stash) I realized I have an issue with gauge swatch instructions:
    Gauge is given as 18 sts + 7 rows = 4"
    Does that mean in pattern stitch? What stitches and what kind of rows?

  • http://twitter.com/yjleebest1996 yoonjae LEE

    I'm from South korea and i'm looking forward to use a acrylic and cotton based beige cone yarn for me

  • Hi! For all of you asking questions about sizing and pattern modifications, the future blog posts will cover those issues so check back each week! Looking forward to working on this with all of you :)

  • M2hall

    This will be my first CAL and my first clothing item. Already made my gauge piece with DC. Did IUsethecorrectstitch?

  • Lmcnully

    Hi, I'm from Texas, and I'll be making this for my daughter. I'm really glad the next blog is going to cover the gauge swatch, because I can't figure out how to make it "in pattern"! I'll be watching.

  • Cathee

    Hi. I'm Cathee from Wisconsin! I just ordered my Recycled Cotton today in the lovely green as shown. Am so anxious to get it and start! Looks like a fun project.

  • Weezzie02

    hello my name is louise in michigan i have never made a sweater no confidence only scarfs and afghans i will try this with some help i may be able to make it thanks

  • Janice Eagan

    Hi, My name is Jan, I'm a SAHM and I live just outside Providence, R.I. I've been crocheting for several years now and give most of my works away as gifts to friends and family. I have even sold a few on etsy. I've never made a garment before and I'm excited to try this pullover. I'm making this one for myself.

  • Olivia

    Has anyone finished the Yoke and started the portion where it says mark the sleeves /underarms.  I am stumped.  I know I am starting earlier than our start date but I was excited to get rolling.   Can someone help with the instructions where it says Notes:  Join with sl st to mark the sleeves.....  

  • Tina

    I've got my yarn wound up and ready to go! can't wait to get started!

  • Asiverson

    I've just ordered my yarn from LB and downloaded and printed out the pattern. I'm usually a knitter, but do some crochet and this top looks spectacular. I ordered the recycled cotton yarn, which I also just used to knit up a tote bag. And I want to say that I enjoyed working with this yarn so very much; I'm looking forward to crocheting with it now.What is the start date for the CAL? July 7th?

  • BQ

    I bought the Recycled Cotton today on Clearance (hooray!) at Joanns so I am ready to go.  I started to read thru the directions and the update/corrections at the top of the pattern (some in black, some in red) were very confusing.  Will that be explained next week when we start?

  • ljd

    My first CAL. I now have courage to give a pattern like this a try.  Will probably use Cotton Ease from my new, but growing stash.  Will make it longer than picture.  Need explanation of how to do the sample for sizing...not sure I understand what the pattern stitch is?  

  • Robin_s_berg

    I am excited about this project. It's going to be fun choosing the yaen color for this top.

  • Enngee2

    I'm having trouble figuring out how to count stitches for the gauge swatch I'm making. Do I work the swatch in the V stitch? Do I count how many Vs fit in 4"?

  • Helene

    I can't wait to start but I have to admit i am already having trouble figuring out how to do the gauge swatch. Any advice?

  • Sckingsbury

    This looks fun with just enough challenge to keep me interested. I'll be using Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in boogie blue for my daughter, size M. Do you think it would be too stiff?

  • gwoods

    Hi!  This is the one I voted for so I'm excited to do this.  This will be my first CAL and my first fitted project.  Have to go get the yarn this week-end.  Looking forward to the experience and what I will learn.  I'm from Ohio and will be making this for myself.

  • Linda

    I'm LInda from NJ.  I'm an experienced crocheter but I am also having trouble with the yarn swatch.  I've been doing it in the V-stitch and it's entirely too large.  I'm down to a size E hook and it's still too wide.  I may try just swatching 18 dc and see if it matches.  Already figured I would make the small even though measurement-wise I'm a medium.  I've worked with cotton yarn before and it stretches alot.

  • Mimi

    Reading the pattern I note there isn't a good explanation of the appropriate stitch pattern for the gauge swatch. I'm pretty sure the V st. is only for increasing and decreasing.... and a mesh stitch is used for the body of the sweater. 

    I want to make a swatch before starting. Help please. 

  • Linda - San Diego, CA

    I read the pattern and the V-stitch is only being used for the increase.  Based on that, I think the 18 sts would be the dc, ch 1 that is used throughout the pattern (9 dc and 9 ch).  I measured and it comes out with the 4 in gauge swatch using these stitches.  Describing the top as "This airy lace top is created with a V-stitch pattern." is very deceptive since the V-stitch is only used for increases. Hope this helps.

    I'm making mine with a strip pattern changing color every 5th row using the left over cotton ease yarn from another project.  Colors are taupe and mushroom stripes with paprika trim.

  • Linda - Las Vegas

    I plan to make this project for my 13 year old granddaughter.  Have not selected yarn yet, but will do that this week.   Looking forward to making something a little different than my usual baby blankets.

  • Linda Lee

    My neighbor gave me a lot of beautiful tape yarn.  Could I use it for this project?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jadewarrior777 Donna Drury Smith

    i'm doing mine in handicrafter also...i am hoping it will be softer after washing...

    did my guage swatch and was almost dead on the first try...am making an XL since the measurements for the L would be just fitting, and i would like it to be loose to go over a tight fitting tank...but, am going to try it on after i get the first couple of rows to make sure it's not too big...the tie around the top row should be able to take up any slack if its just barely too big...

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diane-Hunt/595385322 Diane Hunt

    Hi everyone, greetings from New Brunswick, Canada. Have just completed a move and as soon as I find my boxes of yarn I will begin. I'm sure I have something on hand I can use. If not, Michael's is just down the road. I'm so glad this pattern was chosen. I voted for it because I figured I would get the most use out of this garment, and if it turned out as beautiful as it looks I'll make a couple more for gifts. Can't wait to get started.

  • Tnconrad12

    i am making this top already.  i had decide before I see the blog.  i am making it in acrylic and am wondering why garments aren't usually made with acrylic.  

  • Scharfey4

    In making the guage swatch it says 18 stitches = 4 inches. Is that 18 V- stitches? So how many do you chain?

  • Joasho123

    This will be my first project as a group! I'm very excited and can't wait to share. I haven't decided on my color yet.

  • Lmc Johnson09

    Sad that his sweater's dimensions are not large enough for my fluffiness.  Very cute top!

  • Cara343

    I'm so glad this was the selection for the CAL.  I've had this on my to do list, downloaded the instructions and even had the the yarn bought already.  So ... trying to get a jump start, I'm stuck already. :-(   The instructions after the 1st round say to turn.  If you're working in the round, why would you turn your work?  I'm already confused, and so glad to have the CAL for clarification!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1120793540 Heather Miller Cover

    So excited! This will be my first CAL and my first top (or, more accurately, first finished top). :) Now I just have to decide what color to use...
     

  • sweet47

    I just ordered my recycled cotton yarn in the seagrass color.  I can't wait to start.  This is my first crochet-along.  Looks like fun.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-S-Williams/100001078443744 Jennifer S. Williams

    I can't wait to start tomorrow!  I chose a yarn from my stash:  a competitor's (whoopsie!) version that is 75% recycled cotton and 25% polyester.  I hope I don't get burned....should be ok if I actually do the swatch, which will be NOVEL for me!  

  • Jody Widner

    Good morning from Southwest Georgia! I was so excited to find out about the crochet-a-long and anxious to get started that I went out on Monday morning and got my yarn.  With the limited options at our local stores I wound up choosing some Vanna's Choice in Seaspray.  The yoke flew by and I had joined the bottom of the sleeves before I went to bed that night.  Last night I finished it and I am so proud!  It will be a gift for a friend of mine that is moving away.  I just wanted to say that even though I have completed my own pullover that I will be watching the blog in order to learn things that I could do differently or better.  I love this pattern and will definitely be making it again!

  • Ajpav

    Great job--I love the color.  

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  • Hemcover

    Started today using Cotton Ease in Lake. I like the idea of doing this pattern in a tunic length, too- it would make a great beach cover-up!

  • Jeanette McGlothin

    Tomorrow is my birthday!!!  My yarn (my gift from my wonderful grandmother from whom I inherited my love of crochet) just got here!  For buck bang, I purchased from a discount house.  I am using a soysilk/wool/hemp mix.  It was supposed to be worsted weight... but it is DK-LIGHT which I learned is a weight class of 3, not 4.Can I still use it?  And if so, how does this change what I do? Your help is greatly appreciated.

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  • Vickiepatt

    Love  this top and the CAL .Last thing I did with you was the beach cardi. Great fun.I .am in Huntsville Al. CAL reminded me how much I like to crochet!

  • marty

    what happens next? I joined, but haven't heard anything about the next step. I can't find anything on the website. how does this work?  Do you communicate with us, or do we have to go somewhere to find out what to do. I have never done one before so I am clueless..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1120793540 Heather Miller Cover

    Finished! I'll post my pic on Flickr, but I think it turned out well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1120793540 Heather Miller Cover

    Finished! I think it turned out well. I did end up adding a few rows to the bottom so that I can comfortably wear it with low-rise jeans, though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1127797094 Jean Michael

    I am 2/5 of the way through because I just started my 3rd ball of yarn. This is fun. I can't wait to finish.

  • Cheeria3

    Zontee, hi there I started my row 1 and when I got to row 2,  I ended up with the same number of dc (80) for size 1X which I had in row 1,  instead of the 84 stitches I should have ended up with for  row 2.   I kind of got lost after making my V stitch do I then dc into the last leg of the V stitch from the previous row.  I hope you understand what I have done.I'm hopeful that your next blog post on thursday will address how to make the increase.

  • marigoldgirl

    Thank you for doing this crotchet-along. It gave me the confidence to participate and make a project this is more challenging than what I usually make. Once I got going it became easier to follow and understand the directions - with the help of the blog!

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