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Ella Tied Cardigan Crochet-Along: Week 1

Welcome to the Fall Crochet-Along.  We will be crocheting the Ella Tied Cardigan together! The sample pictured below is crocheted in 24/7 Cotton® in the color Café Au Lait.

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The Yarn

24/7 Cotton® is a worsted weight, mercerized cotton with a little sheen to it.  There are 24 different colors to choose from. I am crocheting mine in the color GRASS.  If cotton is not for you, there are dozens of other options on the Lion Brand website.

To best search, just go to the website, choose MEDIUM WEIGHT as your filter, and see all of the yarns that will work with this gauge. At first glance, I think it would be fun to see it crocheted in Heartland®, Textures®, Amazing®, or Landscapes®!  And for an acrylic solid alternative, Vanna’s Choice® has a ton of colors to choose from as well.

To motivate you to choose cotton like I did, you can get 20% off when you buy 9 or more balls of 24/7 Cotton® with the coupon code 24/7Cotton2016 through October 28th!

Color Choice

Choosing a neutral like charcoal, ecru, camel or taupe will make your sweater very versatile with your current wardrobe, but I wanted to encourage you to consider a fun color for your cardi.  Consider the colors you have in your closet.  I like to color code mine, so it is easy to see I own a lot of blue and a lot of pink.   I chose GRASS because the green is a complimentary color to pieces I already own.  Take a look at a color wheel and you will find which colors compliment each other.

Alternately, crochet up the cardi in the color that is most flattering to your complexion and choose it as your outer layer EVERY DAY this fall!

Getting Started

If you already have your yarn, DO NOT skip the step of crocheting a gauge swatch. The pattern suggests using an I hook.  After gauging, I went down to an H, and honestly I wish I had gone down to a G.

The v-stitch is created in multiples of 3. Chaining 27 or 30 as your initial gauge swatch chain will give you enough fabric to check your gauge.

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I know you are anxious to just get started, but it’s VERY important to meet gauge if you want your sweater to fit like the photo!  And it is a good chance to practice the V-stitch, as that stitch is the main stitch of this project.

Grab your yarn! The coupon is good through October 28th, start swatching so that you are ready to begin this gorgeous cardi!  Happy Crocheting!

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  • Peggy Payne

    How many skeins do you need for this pattern?

  • Bethany

    Hi Penny! At the top of the post is a link to the pattern. It is where you see "Ella Tied Cardigan" in blue text. If you click on that it should take you to a screen where you can download the pattern. I did that, and the pattern says that a V-stitch is (dc, ch 1, dc) in indicated stitch or space. Hope that helps!