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Announcing Our Summer 2012 Crochet-Along: the Glittery Shrug!

Each season 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.

The Votes Are In!

Thousands of you voted, and this season, we'll be making the Glittery Shrug in Vanna's Glamour. This crochet-along will be hosted by Vanessa, one of our fantastic associates at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio (our retail store & education center in New York City).

If you're wondering how you can integrate your shimmery shrug into your wardrobe, I've highlighted 3 ways you can wear it--with items straight from my closet: (1) for a party or fancy night out, pair your shrug with a classic LBC (that's little black dress!) and some matching shimmery heels; (2) for work--keep it classic with a simple blouse, a pencil skirt, a chunky necklace and simple pumps; (3) for easy, breezy weekends, I recommend just throwing it over jeans and a tank; I've added a beaded bracelet (since it's got mid-length sleeves) and some fun sandals to finish off the look!

Crochet-Along Next Steps

This week, we ask you to gather your materials and download the pattern (click here for the pattern). In addition to Vanna's Glamour, you may consider substituting with yarns like Sock-EaseLB 1878, or Jamie for non-glitter options in various palettes and fibers. While these yarns are slightly different weights, they can be worked to the same gauge as the pattern.

Small Medium Large 1X 2X
Vanna's Glamour 7 balls 7 balls 8 balls 8 balls 9 balls
Sock-Ease 3 - 4 balls 4 balls 4 balls 4 balls 4 - 5 balls
LB 1878 1 cone for any size (over 2000 yards in a cone!)
Jamie 10 balls 11 balls 12 balls 12 balls 13 balls
Approx. Yardage 1350 yards 1400 yards 1550 yards 1600 yards 1750 yards

Click here for our FAQ on substituting yarns.

Next Thursday, Vanessa's first post will cover gauge swatching in both single crochet and also the mesh pattern. Her post will also show some samples of gauge swatches in the above yarns, in case you're still on the fence--so come back on next Thursday for a new blog post here on the Lion Brand Notebook!

In the meantime, please leave a comment and introduce yourself! Tell us who you are, who you're making this shrug for, what outfit you might wear with it, and what you hope to learn!

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  • Jen :)

    :( So bummed...wanted to 'crochet along' with the Temair Throw. Maybe next time!

  • USEyourRightToVOTE

    bummed here too....i was hoping for the tunisian
    good luck to those who will be doing the shrug

  • Pandameisje

    Yeah, happy we are doing the Shrug!!! This will be my first Shrug/sweater kind of crochet project, so I am very curious how it will end up...
    I will join the ravelry group on this one, I'm Pandameisje there

  • Rae

    YAY! The shrug won! This will be my first attempt at a shrug/sweater as well. So glad I'll have help through it if I get stuck. 

  • Jeanne Steinhilber

    This will be my first crochet along... excited to get started, just hope I can keep up.

  • Rae

    I'd be interested to see the shrug in a variegated yarn like the Jamie Yarn-Summer Stripes. I'm not sure yet what color I will choose. Thanks in advance, Lion Brand, for posting different swatch samples from the yarn listed. That will be helpful!

  • Grace Jones

    I'm excited! I am looking forward to reading more about mesh crochet

  • Rhale21

    I'm retiring this year from 26 years of teaching and social work.  I'm beginning a new career for the end of my work life.  I happened to have already started this pattern in black.  I got confused and put it away but I've gone onto other things.  I'll pull it out and start over so I can crochet along. 

  • Carolee

    Yippie, now have to choose yarn, thinking right now that LB 1878 might be most cost effective and I do like two of the colors. I am altho still working on the KAL cardi ( very slow kniter) much faster crocheter.

  • Janisv4

    I love this shrug, but looking at the directions for bpdc and fpdc, looks like i'll have to skip it this time, as I'm just a single crochet and double crochet kind of person.  But it's beautiful and i envy you all for making it.  Hope to see pics of finished products, have fun

  • Bethany

    I am really excited to do this shrug (I have had this pattern bookmarked for awhile and needed this push to get going)! I'm feeling a little crazy, though, as I don't really understand the measurements. I understand the back length, but how do I use a circumference to choose my size?

  • Delores

    This will be my first crochet along. I am really excited to do the shrug. Pattern printed, know to decide which yarn to use and what color.

  • Marilee

    I have the yarn already, so am excited for this  CAL. 

  • Hcgogan

    I'm in. I already had some of the yarn I bought while it was on sale with the intent of making something for my daughter. I was so pleased to see the shrug had won. We live in North Carolina, but she'll be starting college in August in New York City. So, I'm getting busy with needles and hooks to help her transition to the colder weather. I figure a scarf, a shawlette and this shrug will give her what she needs for autumn evenings. Then I'll move on to shawls, ponchos and sweaters. The color I have is the navy/royal blue. The color changes as the light hits it and I love that about it.

  • Kelly_a_herring

    I am so excited about this CAL!!! I'm making this shrug for me. Finally taking time to make a few things for myself instead of always making things for others. I can't wait to go buy yarn!

  • jojomatt

    I haven't done a CAL along before. I have downloaded patterns and followed what others did but this will be my first time. Looking forward to the challenge.

  • Shortyssutures

    Zontee, this is a super cute shrug! Thanks so much for the alternate yarn recommendations. I have some yarn in my stash that I think would have wonderful drape (100% Alpaca) for this type of garment. I'm really good at starting projects (but not finishing them) so I'm hoping that I will actually complete this one. Can't wait to hear more about it as other crocheters participate. ~Kelly

  • Lorraina

    I've already started it in LB.Topaz and it's wonderful yarn, smooth and nice to work with. It's for me but i've 2 wee problems and both are good ones; i've lost 30 lbs since beginning and hoping to lose 20 more. My shrug could end up too big but can't change the pattern size now as i'm about half way. Just found out i'm going to be a great-grandma in Sept and now i'm all baby-googly eyed. As the happy young couple don't want to find out beforehand if it's a boy or girl this means i'll be crocheting both blue and pink layette sets. Great problems - what to work on first! This is the first crochet i've done in 20+ yrs. Happy days are here!

  • Jennifer Sherman

    I am having trouble making up my mind about color.  There are so many choices.  I am looking at swatches and my wardrobe and trying to decide.  Can't wait to see what everyone else is choosing for colors.

  • Elenaeml

    just order the materials....hope they come in time.   I think this shrug is super cute.   Although I am using the Vanna yarn I did like having alternative choices in yarn.   Hopefully crocheting-along will help me finish-along too.   Like some others I am good at starting but not so good at completion.

  • Klemelson

    This will be my first crochet along. I'm glad it is the shrug

  • Bmwflower

    Hi ~ I've printed off the pattern and there's a printing problem - on page 4 - the bottom inch or so of printing is double printed.  Can this be fixed?

  • Nancy Heckman Wagner

    I haven't done a CAL before, but it sounds really interesting. Do we need to sign-up somewhere to get the notifications? 

  • Nancy2160

     I love this shrug! I'm going to do this crochet first! Even though I have other projects that need finishing I'm really loving this project! Already sent the pattern to my kindle, now for my yarn choice....yay!

  • Patricia

    Can you use a pure cotton thread for this and if so how much of it will I need.  I use only pure fibers for clothing.  Might consider the wool on the cone but prefer cotton for the summer

  • jlovelady

    So, I don't have any of the yarn listed and I don't have the money to go buy more yarn.  What shall I do???  I have tons and tons of yarn in tubs, but I don't have anything that what they are calling for....boooo.

  • Candi Rhynalds Smith

    My new daughter-in-law asked me last summer if I could make her a shrug for the reception after marrying my son. I was sad but had to be truthful and tell her that I wasn't that comfortable making one and not sure she would like it but at some point later when I am a better crocheter I would make her one. How fabulous that the shrug won and now I can learn along with others. Looking forward to starting.

  • Sillybiochemist

    How do I know what size range I am in? Thanks!

  • ITHE

    Alright! Will give this a go. Looks pretty and will be wearing this with my Miss Me Jeans and tanks. Please be patient with me if I ask silly questions. This will be my first "big" project.

  • SewUnicorn

    I've been following this blog for years, but this is the first time I'm planning to join in on the CAL.  This is also the first time I'm going to be making something intended as apparel - all of my prior projects have been scarves, blankets, towels.... stuff that I didn't need to piece together and weren't dependent on gauge.

    I haven't figured out yarn yet. I know I have a bunch of category 2 yarns at home, not sure if I have any Cat1 weight. So I'll probably have to go shopping.

  • Loni

    This my first crochet along! So excited! It looks like the sock ease will be more washer and dryer friendly. I am fairly new to this so please let me know if I am wrong.

  • Diva Hadley

    I am going to attempt a CAL. I better finish my scarf project first so I can focus on this. This will be my first clothing article that isn't an accessory. Very excited. 

  • trashy crochet

    really looking forward to making this, x

  • Lhxp73

    Looking forward to this crochet along. Going to make it for my 17yr old granddaughter

  • Lynne

    Really excited about this. I had already started making this but am self taught so I always have a lot of trouble doing new things. I learn from my mistakes. Now I'll be able to follow along and learn as I go.

  • Denise Royal

    Really wanted to do the tunisian but I think I will try this one. 

  • Lorraina

    As i'm not a very experienced crocheter i felt i had to be safe and use the yarn called for; it was just the colour that was hard to chose. As i'm rather reserved i felt that some were too sparkly and bright for me so i picked Topaz which i thought would be good for a blond or anyone actually and could easily be dressed up or down as the 3 Ways to Style show (thanks for that btw!) The parts of my shrug that i've done so far have lots of stretch but i don't know if that's because of the yarn or because of it being the product of crochet. I am interested to know if cotton yarn will turn out stretchy as well.  

  • Jean Michael

    I did the crochet along last year and it was a sweater. I am so excited to do another. I just have to get out to get my yarn. I called around and our local stores carry it. I will only be limited in color by what they carry. It was awesome to be able to ask a ton of questions last year. I am sure I will have more this year as there are a couple new stitches.

  • Emily

    I really excited as this is my first LionBrandYarn hosted Crochet-Along, and I absolutely adore this shrug! I will be making it for myself. And if I like it, I'll be making some more from sisters and mum and nanna! I;'m 'emaleebrooke' on Ravelry!

  • Kathy Anderson Guzzo

    I am Kathy Anderson and can't wait to get started.  I am going out to get the yarn in the next couple days.  I live fulltime in a 40' motorhome and always need great projects to keep me busy.  Thank you for doing this wonderful shrug!

  • GretchenP

    Hmm, trying to decide on this one. I'd like to try my first semi fitted garment with a group but...... I have recurrent tendinitis in both wrists and it gets painful if I do post stitches. Trying to decide if the amount of post stitches in the pattern is within my pain tolerance.

  • Gaduval1

    This shrug drew my vote, so I think I will need to participate in the CAL! I don't want to purchase any more yarn right noe, but I have wevral cones of the 1878. So, I guess I'm good to go!

  • Katie

    My first crochet along... I am exciting, need to go get yarn, any suggestion on color that woul go with green?

  • Vmmoseng

    Yay! I'm so excited cant wait to start!

  • Narelle @ Cook Clean Craft

    I love the look of this shrug/cardigan and am really looking forward to the CAL. Better head to the craft store to get some yarn tomorrow!

  • Brittany Whittenberg

    Hi-my name's Brittany, and this will be my first crochet along! I'm so excited! :-) I'm using the Jamie yarn, in light pink. I bought the yarn online, so I don't really know who I'll give it to until I can actually see the yarn in person. 

    Is there anything on Ravelry for this event? Here's my profile: 

    Can't wait to start! :-) -Brit

  • Carine-dellys

    Bonjour, mon prénom est Carine. Je suis française et je suis abonnée à votre news-letter que j'adore.
    Je vais essayer de suivre semaine après semaine les posts pour la réalisation de ce magnifique gilet.
    Sinon, je ne manquerai pas de venir vous voir au magasin à New York, lorsque je viendrai l'année prochaine.

  • Una Beaumont

    Hi, my name is Una, I live in Scarborough UK. I have been so excited in the past couple of week about this project!  I just hope I'll cope with the pattern as I am a beginner in crochet (originally knitter), but i'm also relying on my knitting club for advice....  :-)
    It feels absolutely mint to be part of this group to realise the same project!
    Thank you xxxxxx

  • Amhagen22

    I'm excited to give it a try. New to crochet so it might turn out as a place may :).

  • Karen

    This is my first CAL and I may need help with this.  I would like to make one for me (pink) and one for my niece.  It will be nice to have help if I don't understand the pattern.

  • Knitters59

    I will be attempting to crochet I always end up with less stitches! I loved to make this for my daughter in law. Would I be able to use cotton bamboo yarn? Just wondering my first crochet along. Excited to start.

  • Candice Cooper

    Hello to everyone. :D This will be my first CAL. I am excited about making this project and hope I can keep up due to this being an active time of year for me. I am new to crocheting but have successfully made a few things (mostly hats and socks) and I'm in the middle of an intermediate level throw for a family member (which is turning out to be beautiful).

    Good luck to everyone on this project. :D

  • Lori Remenicky

    This will be my first attempt at anything other than doilies or afghans...we'll see how it goes. I'm exited to try it!

  • Julie

    This shrug has been on my list for ages - I think this is a SIGN I need to do it =)
    Happy to join you fine people.

  • Marcia Carlson

    I'm so happy the shrug won.  This is the first time I have the materials and the pattern before the crochet along and can join in.

  • Lindy

    I'm so glad to have found this Crochet A Long - never joined one before - and this is just in time to make this glittery shrug for my dghtr who has a wedding to go to in September.  I think this shrug will be just the right weight to wear over a dressy dress in Virginia USA!    I'm going to use the suggested Topaz color and am looking forward to this project!   Thank you!

  • Lois

    I learned to crochet about a year ago and absolutely like it better than knitting.  Never before joined any CAL, and am really happy to be crocheting along with everyone else.

  • Cpayne

    So happy for those of you who said you are retiring (that is, if you are happy about it.)  I hope that you enjoy it more than I do!  I have many things to do to keep me busy but I miss daily being with people!

  • Beverlywebre

    Crocheting is my passion. I made this shrug several months ago.  It came out BEAUTIFUL!  So many compliments every time I wear it.  The directions were great and easy to follow. I highly recommend using the recommended thread.  This color goes with just about everything in my wardrobe.

  • Artfully Done

     I love to crochet.  I've been wanting to make a shrug for ages but never got around to it.  Now's the time for me!  I'd love to wear it with jeans or slacks.

  • Lindaostruszka

    Bought my yarn today can't wait to start . This will be my 1st crochet along.

  • Valencia Taylor

    Will questions be answered here or on the Ravelry page?  I'm not sure how to measure to get the right size.  Any suggestions?
    thanks for the fun crochet-a-long!

  • Patty

    Well, I voted for the shrug, but upon closer inspection, I don't really like the dolman type sleeves. So I think I will watch you all create it while I work on some UFO's.

  • Lori

    I've not made any sweaters or clothing before, so I'm going to join you.  I won't be using any sparkle yarn, though.  I'll look at the substitutions you post before making a choice.  A white shrug might be nice and could be used during the summer for cooler evenings or air conditioning.

  • Renee Murratti

    Hi This is my first crochet along going today to michaels to get Vannas yarn! See you next week.

  • Vivien

    I am a fresh beginner in crochet (self-learn for 2 months) and have been doing amigurumi only. This is my first time joining crochet in clothing and am so glad there will be help available as I simply got lost in reading the pattern. I will crochet it for myself first, then hope to crochet it for my mother and sisters. Feel so excited now! Hope to succeed in this! =))

  • Nancy

    Looking forward to this project.  I have never made a garment in crochet, although I've crocheted a number of flat things.  I bought the Glamour yarn for this project in charcoal, which should be perfect.  Having this on-line support will be helpful as I learn new skills.

  • Kelly_a_herring

    I bought my yarn!!!! I'm so excited to get started. I bought Vannas Glamour Topaz.

  • Jean Michael

    I just got my Vanna's Onyx Glamour yarn. Can't wait to start. 

  • Mary Ann Mijanovich

    I ordered my yarn and chose Glamour Sapphire.  Actually, my granddaughter LOVES that color so I bought some extra to make her a shawl.  Can't wait to start our project.  I am making it for myself and will model it to see if anyone else would like one too!

  • Robin Brzozowski

    WOW!  What a great group!  I've never done a CAL but I'm pretty sure I've picked the right one to get started with.  So much enthusiasm!  Can't wait for the fun to begin.  I also joined the RAV group since I seem to spend a lot of time there! Happy crocheting all!

  • Lorraina

    Zontee, thanks for the assurance that the shrug can be flexible in size and worn in a variety of ways.

  • Lindy

    Hi Zontee!   For those of us who have bought our yarn and are straining at the gate so to speak to start, would it be okay to go ahead and do the swatch this week?  before Thursday's first 'lesson'?   I've never done a CAL so don't know what is expected each week - will you be letting us know what we're expected to accomplish or do we just go ahead, jump in, and post any questions and/or problems we have as we go along??   Thanks for your input!

  • Bonnie

    Hi, I'm looking forward to making this shrug for my daugher's birthday in September.  I thought of her as soon as I saw the pattern.

  • monicaih

    My first CAL...I'm all the way in Australia....a very looooonnngggg distance CAL!!
    Looking forward to it.
    Do I need to register? I am a current Ravelry memeber and get the Lion Brand newsletter.

  • Pami45_1962

    Hi my name is Pam, This will be my First Crocheted Garment, Usually I stick to aghans.  I went ahead and made the gauge swatch, mine came out 4 1/2 inches.  Can't wait til next Thursday to the post to see how to fix this.

  • generation Sue

    Super excited to participate! I have never made any clothing but always wanted to try. :) This shrug will be for me. Now to decide on a color and purchase my yarn :)

  • Caitlin Contreras

    I can't wait to start this super cute cardi! Although an experienced crocheter, and don't generally need tutorials, I am looking forward to joining the LB community! I live in an area that doesn't have a good yarn crafters group, so online might be really fun!

    I am hoping that this shrug works up quickly and is more tailored than other LB patterns so I can make several for friends and family.

    They will be super cute paired with everything from jeans to my favorite linen Bermuda shorts to a few vintage summer dresses I rescued from an estate sale!

  • michelle

    Hi Zontee,
    It would be nice to see more 'regular size' patterns also modeled by plus size models. Sometimes it is hard to imagine what the 1X or 2X will look like when the model is XS! How about it?

  • Solange

    A gauge post would be great! I live in South America so we don't have the type of yarns you find here and I never know what to use instead. Looking foward to my first crochet along!

  • NancyKay

    I would love to make this shrug to wear at the office in air conditioning.  This is my first crochet along and I'm very excited.  Off to buy the yarn now.  Can't wait to start. Hope I can keep up.

  • Lindarh

    I am wondering about sizing.  What are the measurements for the different sizes.  Am not sure whether I should make a small or medium size.

  • Zontee

    Hi Lindarh, check out the following chart of size standards from the Craft Yarn Council (the industry group whose standards we use in sizing) and pick based on your bust size: 

    Keep in mind though that since this is a shrug, you can also choose to make a larger size if you prefer a looser look. Hope that helps!

  • Marty

    First time for me in this crochet along.  It will be interesting to learn new things. I have crocheted for just a few years, but I want to get out of scarfs and blankets.

  • Jands516

    I was thinking of making a shrug - sewing it.  But this is great - I am in!


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  • Ski Croghan

    I can't wait! I will be making this shrug for my self in thr suggested yarn but in a different color light blue glitter. I will wear it to my husbands compant Christmas party in December. I am a retired accountant and disabled so I don't get out much but this is one event me and my trusty scooter make it to every year unless I am in the hospital (2009 and 2011). See you along the way!!! Ski

  • Maureen

    Cpayne I think you would enjoy your retirement if you join groups who share your interests, I belong to several clubs including a craft group, . We meet once a week to do our knitting, crochet, sewing, card making etc together. We show each other what we are making, help with problems, teach newcomers and generally have fun together.
    Very best wishes to you

  • Erin Stewart

    I love to crochet during slow times at work.  This is a perfect project, because it seems we are all always taking off or putting on sweaters all through the day.  This will be to keep at work for when the temperature in the building is always changing.

  • Beckykporter

    I'm in!  So glad I stumbled on to this!  I am a school teacher and summer is about here.  I was surfing for a summer project and just happened upon this.  Can't wait to start.  Just ordered the yarn.  Should be fun!  :-)

  • Abrdvm

    Just getting started, but really excited to be working along with so many other crocheters.  Looking forward to an elegant finished shrug.

  • pami45

    Okay I'll admit it, I've already started but I'm stuck on Row 7, the directions are a little confusing.  Sigh, I can't wait til Thursday's post.

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    Love love love this shrug, but have never crocheted:(  Will you ever be doing this shrug knitted? Will be signing up if you do!!

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