Crochet-Along

The Official Veronica Shawl CAL

Sept 12-18: Gather your Fall 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet, yarn, and hook. Review the pattern and swatch.

Sept 19-25: Rows 1-10

Sept 26 - Oct 2: Rows 11-25

Oct 3 - Oct 9: Rows 26-40, weave in ends and block


 

Oh how I do love shawls! The Veronica Shawl by Dora Ohrenstein is especially eye-catching with its nautilus shape and soothing mathematical pattern. Draping beautifully around the neck, the simple stitches in this shawl makes it a perfect travel project.


   

The Official Eolande Shawlette CAL

June 2- 8, 2014: Purchase the Summer 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet, and gather your size 10 thread and Size 7 steel hook, along with a boatload of tiny beads. Review the directions, then review them again. If you are new to filet crochet, you might practice the stitches with yarn and a larger hook.

June 9- 15, 2014: Work Rows 1-25

June 16- 22, 2014: Work Rows 25-50

June 23- 29, 2014: Work Rows 51-70

June 30- July 6, 2014: Flip chart. Work Rows 71-100

July 7- 13, 2014: Work Rows 101-125

July 14- 20, 2014: Work Rows 126-139, including added "tabs"

July 21- 27, 2014: Begin working border.

July 28- August 3, 2014: Finish working border.

Aug 4-10, 2014: Work beaded rose closure. Block shawl. Wear happily, and load pictures to the member gallery (include the tag "Eolande Shawlette"!) 

 

Oh, lovers of filet crochet, here is your dream come true! Kathryn White's Eolande Shawlette from the Summer 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet has traditional block mesh stitches, as well as half-mesh stitches to soften the edges of shapes within the shawlette and crossed stitched to add texture. We'll be creating this gorgeous shawlette over the course of about two and a half months. Feel free to join in at any point-we'll be here all summer!  
 

The Official Chevron Cowl CAL

May 2, 2014 – May 9, 2014: Download the free Chevron Cowl pattern, gather your Tunisian crochet hook and yarn, and complete the Tunisian foundation row.

May 10, 2014 – May 16, 2014: Work first 10 rows.

May 17, 2014 – June 6, 2014: Work up to and including the final bind off row.

June 7, 2014 – June 13, 2014: Seam, block, and load your pictures to the member gallery (don't forget to include the tag "Chevron Cowl".

Blogs

Join the Free Chevron Cowl Crochet-along

Chevron Cowl: Creating Tunisian Stripes

 

Sheryl Thies designed an innovative and easy cowl with her Chevron Cowl. This fun accessory is crocheted using fingering weight yarn and a Tunisian crochet hook.

Modify your own cowl, working it in a solid color, variegated yarn, stripes, or add your own embellishments.

                              

     
         

The Official Buttercream Shawl CAL with Lindsay Jarvis

(Attn: I have pushed back the start date for this!)

Mar 9-15: Pick your yarn colors, swatching, share!

Mar 16-22: Linen section 1, Mohair section 1, and Linen section 2.

Mar 23-29: Mohair section 2 and Linen section 3.

Mar 30-Apr 5: Mohair section 3 and Linen section 4. Weave ends and block

 

Annette Petavy combined two very different fibers for this gorgeous shawl, firm linen and soft mohair. The mixture of the two creates an incredible texture that is as much fun to wear as it is to make. 

As a long time lover of mohair, I was instantly drawn to this shawl. The color and texture combinations are so decadent and pleasing to the eye! Play around with different hues for a completely new look, or recreate the delicious Buttercream palette from the magazine.

The Official Pulse Purse CAL with Sarah Read

Jan 1 - Jan 7: Pick out thread, get gauge, share swatch pictures of fabulous color combinations.

Jan 7- Feb 28: Make body of bag.

Mar 1 - March 14: Make handles.

Mar14 - March 31: Sew lining, finish bag.


 

The name "Pulse Purse" suits this project so well. As soon as I saw the submission for it, my pulse quickened a bit, and as I waited by the mailbox for the sample to arrive, my EKG probably looked a lot like the zigzag in the pattern. I love bags! I love thread! I love crocheting! And I know a lot of you do, too. So let's make this bag together! 

The bag is worked in three colors, with yarn carried up the side of the work, so don't worry about weaving in a million ends. The body of the bag is one piece of fabric that is folded and sewn into shape. Handles are worked off of the body, and a fabric lining is sewn in.



 

The Official Frostpane Wrap CAL with Sarah Read

Start date: October 28

Oct 28-Nov 15: Work through Row 30

Nov 15-Nov 30: Finish body of shawl

Nov 30-Dec 10: Edging and blocking


This gorgeous half-circle shawl increases with a lovely web-like V-stitch pattern. The Jade Sapphire Lacey Lamb yarn is soft and drapes like a dream. Size 8 seed beads dot the stitches like dewdrops for some added weight and glamour. The beads are added as you go with a small hook, so no need to pre-string them.

          
     
 
 

The Official Network Shawlette CAL with Marcy Smith

Oct 28-Nov 1: Rows 2-7

Nov 3-9:  Rows 8-14

Nov 10-16: Rows 15-21.

Nov 17-23: Rows 22-30.
 

In the Accessories 2014 special issue of Interweave Crochet, Annette Petavy designed the lovely Network Shawlette with intriguing shaping that expands as you work, kind of like your network of Facebook friends.

The shawl's foundation row is the side that drapes along the shoulders. Usually, when you start here, the work gradually decreases. Not so with this shawlette! It actually increases, to create a luxurious ripply swath of fabric toward the outer edge, ending in delightful blooms at the edge. The pattern is only thirty rows long, but every row is different, for a spectacular adventure. If you're working on this in the evenings, plan on crocheting about one row an evening, unless you're particularly speedy at working laceweight. 

Yarn used in magazine: Valley Yarns 8/2 Tencel (distributed by WEBS)
     
 
 

The Official Morning Webs Shawl CAL with Lindsay Jarvis

Oct 28-Nov 1: Buy magazine, purchase yarn, and crochet swatch. Complete Rows 1-10.

Nov 3-9:  Rows 11-30. 

Nov 10-16: Rows 31-45.

Nov 17-23: Rows 45-50, edging, finishing, and blocking.
 

Kathryn White designed the beautiful Morning Webs Shawl for the Accessories 2014 special issue of Interweave Crochet and it looks to be as much fun to make as it is to wear!

Kathryn used Zitron Traum Seide (distributed by Skacel), a luxurious yarn that is 100% silk! This light yarn, worked in a V-stitch, creates a lovely fabric with fabulous drape. Though the silk works nicely, other lace weight yarns could easily be substituted. Do check out the colors available in Zitron Traum Seide though, they are truly gorgeous. 

The shawl is edged with dewdrop cluster stitches... does that sound appealing or what?!  With a repeatable pattern that you can memorize after several rows, this project has excellent potential to become a "go-to shawl".

   
 
 

The Official Boulder Bolero CAL

Sept 15, 2013 - Sept 21: Buy magazine, purchase yarn, and crochet swatch.

Sept 22, 2013 - Sept 28: Make yoke.

Sept 29, 2013 - Oct 5: Make body

Oct 6, 2013 - Oct 12: Make sleeves.

Oct 13, 2013 - Oct 19: Make buttons and sew on.
 

In the Fall 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet, Doris Chan designed a cropped cardi with cable raglan shaping.

Doris used Cascade Venezia Sport, a Z-twist lightweight yarn. If you haven't crocheted with a Z-twist yarn, you are in for a treat. Much of the yarn on the market is S-twist. As you crochet, it unplies because of the way the yarn is looped over the hook; this results in a subtle fattening of the stitches. Venezia twists in the same direction as the crochet loops, resulting in crisp stitch definition.

This sweater is designed as a cropped sweater, including a bit of waist shaping. It does not lend itself to lengthening.


     
 

The Official Solar Wrap CAL

June 20 – 30: Pick out yarn.

July 1 – 31: Make long strips.

August 1 – 15: Make short strips.

August 15 – 31: Join strips, block, dance party.

  For the Summer 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet Daniela Nii designed an elegant motif shawl. The Solar Wrap is worked in light-weight cotton, making it perfect for spring and summer.

Daniela used Austermann Algarve, a 100% cotton yarn, to create the crisp shapes of the lace design. This pattern will work well with just about any yarn, any weight or fiber. You could work it in worsted weight with fewer strips for a fun scarf, or if you need a bite-sized version, work the Soleil Lariat, also in the Summer issue, which uses the same motif for a great accent necklace. Dare I say, it would make a lovely thread bedspread? I had to talk myself down from that one...

         
       
         
 

 

The Official Saturn Sweater and Pluto Pullover CAL

Jan 7, 2013 – Jan 12, 2013: Buy magazine, purchase yarn, and crochet swatch.

Jan 13, 2013 – Jan 26, 2013: Make yoke.

Jan 27, 2013 – Feb 10, 2013: Make body

Feb 11, 2013 – Feb 24, 2013: Make sleeves.

Feb 25, 2013 – March 8, 2013: Make buttonband or placket, work surface crochet, sew on buttons. 

 

In the Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 issues of Interweave Crochet, Linda Permann designed sister sweaters, a cardigan and a pullover. In the Winter issue, she explains how to convert a cardigan pattern to a pullover and a pullover to a cardigan.

For this CAL, you can make either of the sweaters, whichever suits you best. I will be making the Saturn Sweater, because I'm a cardigan kind of gal. This beginner-friendly pattern is ideal for a first sweater project. It has a bit of waist shaping, which adds swerve without being binding. If you prefer a looser fit, be sure to purchase more yarn. The surface crochet is a great finishing touch, but perhaps you'd prefer to work it solid, or incorporate stripes as you crochet it. Truly, this is a blank-canvas sweater. Make a little sketch and color it in to create your own design.

The Zara yarn (by Filatura di Crosa) used for both sweaters is an excellent yarn for this project. It's soft, smooshy, washable wool. And it comes in a terrific range of colors.

This is a generous schedule, but you'll probably have a hard time pacing yourself once you start. I'll share tips along the way and pop in to the Forum to answer questions, give advice, and (most fun of all) check out images of your WIPs and FOs.

         
     
         

The Official Sylvia Sweater CAL by Sharon Zientara

Nov 7, 2012 -- Nov 17, 2012: Buy magazine and purchase yarn.

Nov 18, 2012 -- Dec 1, 2012: Make Back of sweater.

Dec 2, 2012 -- Dec 15, 2012: Make Fronts of Sweater 

Dec 16, 2012 -- Dec 29, 2012: Make Sleeves.

Dec. 30, 2012 -- Jan. 12th, 2013: Set In Sleeves, Make Ribbed Border, Attach Buttons, Sew Trim. 


For the Fall issue of Interweave Crochet, I challenged myself to design "the essential cardigan."

Since I like feminine cuts with a little bit of special detail, I made a fitted, scoop-neck cardigan with set-in sleeves and crocheted chain stitch embroidery. The Sylvia Sweater is a great beginner crochet garment, as it features an easily memorable stitch pattern and just a bit of waist shaping. It is meant to be worn with little to no ease, but if you want something a little less fitted, you could either eliminate the waist shaping (you'll be able to crochet it in the blink of an eye!), or just go up one size. It's crocheted with The Fibre Co. Canopy Worsted, a luscious, smoosh-able blend of alpaca, merino, and bamboo that is available in quite a lovely palette of colors.

It's great with an every day sort of outfit, but I think the trim also makes it a perfect pairing for holiday party dresses. You could even
add some beads for extra sass! So, pick up your hook and yarn, the Fall issue of Interweave Crochet, and come crochet-along with me! I'll be here in the Forum to answer questions, give advice, ogle yarn...whatever.

 



Crochet Oya: A Create Your Own CAL
by Shelby Allaho, Victoria Hewerdine Thornton, Dora Ohrenstein, P. K. Olson, and Natasha Robarge

June 8th, 2012 -- June 16, 2012: Select Oya pattern and item to which it will be applied. Purchase and/or stash-dive for yarn or thread.

June 17, 2012 -- June 23, 2012: Determine desired length of edging, and crochet to desired length.

June 24, 2012 -- June 30, 2012: Prepare or create items to which Oya will be applied.

July 1, 2012 -- July 7, 2012: Attach item to Oya as desired. Complete any finishing as necessary.

The bounce of wee flowers, a swirl of color, delicate loops, and lacy trim add just the right finishing touch to garments and other projects.

This is a "Create Your Own" CAL. Choose your Oya pattern from our Summer 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet. Designs include Traditional Oya, Loopy Edging, Tiara Trim, Bruges Border, or Swirl Edge. Decide where you would like to apply your Oya from the ideas included in the issue, or whatever else tickles your fancy!

These Oya are worked in an assortment of yarns, from fine thread to a chunky weight wool including Lizbeth thread size 20, Blue Ridge Yarns Luxury Linen, Louet Gems in three weights, Nazli Gelin Garden thread size 10, and Berroco Linsey.

 Join us on the blog to get inspiration, encouragement, and different methods for applying Oya to fabric. 

 

 

Goldilocks' Hat
by Marty Miller

June 1, 2012 – June 7, 2012: Download Goldilock's Hat pattern and get yarn.

June 8, 2012 – June 12, 2012: Work through Rnd 10.

June 13, 2012 – June 15, 2012: Work through Rnd 26.

June 16, 2012 – June 19, 2012: Finish brim and flower or earflaps.

Blogs

The Basics of a Crochet Hat: Let's Start at the Crown


 

 

This fabulous crocheted baby hat is the perfect project for a beginning crocheter. Worked in Lion Brand LB Collection Pure Wool, a worsted weight yarn, an experienced crocheter could finish Goldilocks' Hat in an evening for the perfect quick crochet gift, and the pattern is perfect for those just learning to crochet.

For those of you who want to whip up a hat for a little boy, keep an eye on the blog for information on adding stripes and earflaps instead of the flower and ruffle.

 
         

 

Meadow Shawl
by Kathy Merrick

April 5, 2012 – April 20, 2012: Pick colors and get yarn!

April 20, 2012 – May 20, 2012: Work first 4 rows of motifs (22 motifs)

May 20, 2012 – June 20, 2012: Work next three rows of motifs (27 motifs)

June 20, 2012 – July 20, 2012: Work next three rows of motifs (36 motifs)

July 20, 2012 – August 20, 2012: Work next 2 rows of motifs (29 motifs)

August 20, 2012 – September 20, 2012: Work one front section (28 motifs)

September 20, 2012 – October 20, 2012: Work other front section (28 motifs)

October 20, 2012 – Nov 1, 2012:  Edging

 

It's a shawl, made of Nazli Gelin thread, and designed by Kathy Merrick. Of course this means I have to make it, right? It's the perfect recipe for happy stitching.

If you'd like to join in the Meadow Shawl crochet-along, head to the forums! I'll be going at a nice leisurely pace of around one motif per day, reveling in the fact that this lightweight cotton thread makes for great warm-weather crocheting; perfect for a few stolen moments on the front porch, sipping iced tea.

You can find the Meadow Shawl pattern in the Interweave Crochet Spring 2012 issue.
     
         

 

Swingy Skirt
by Victoria Hewerdine Thornton

March 16, 2012 – March 24, 2012: Order yarn and get gauge.

March 25, 2012 – March 31, 2012: Work Rounds 1-13

April 1 – April 7, 2012: Work Rounds 13-27

April 8 – April 14, 2012: Work Rounds 27-40

April 15 – April 21: Finish & Twirl!

 

 

Worked in the round from the top down, the Swingy Skirt, from Interweave Crochet Spring 2012 has double-crochet at the top for coverage, and then it flows out into longer treble-crochet, with increases to create gently undulating flares. Elastic cord is crocheted into the waistband for an easy fit.

This fun skirt is worked in Lion Brand LB Collection Cotton Bamboo, a perfectly lightweight spring yarn.

       
         
 

Sir Stephen the Bunny

March 12, 2012 – March 16, 2012: Download 8 Free Crochet Amigurumi Patterns: Amigurumi Crochet with Crochet Me eBook and order yarn.

March 17, 2012 – March 23, 2012: Crochet head.

March 24, 2012 – March 30, 2012: Crochet body.

March 31, 2012 – April 6, 2012: Crochet arms and legs.

April 7, 2012 – April 13, 2012: Crochet soles, ears, and vest.

April 14, 2012 – April 20, 2012: Finish and cuddle!

 

Last week I invited you to vote for the amigurumi who would star in our National Crochet Month Crochet-along. And the winner, with 50% of the votes, is Sir Stephen the Bunny!

Sir Stephen the Bunny is a great pattern for experienced and beginning crocheters alike. This cuddly stuffed animal was inspired by antique toys. Download 8 Free Crochet Amigurumi Patterns: Amigurumi Crochet with Crochet Me eBook for free.

This adorable bunny is crocheted with Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton.

         
     
 
 

Fancywork Cloche

November 12 – November 19, 2011 Order yarn and pattern and get gauge
November 20 – November 26, 2011 Work Rounds 1-5 of Body
November 27 – December 3, 2011 Finish Body Section
December 4 – December 10, 2011 Work Rounds 1–5 of Top
December 11 – December 17, 2011 Finish Top Section
December 18 – December 24, 2011 Block and Gift!

 

  Front post single crochet stitches and carefully placed decreases create an intricately textured lace beanie in Simona Merchant-Dest's Fancywork Cloche. You can find the pattern in the Interweave Crochet Accessories 2011 issue (available in print while supplies last as well as digitally.)

This beautiful hat is worked in Alpaca with a Twist Socrates, a wonderfully warm alpaca blend yarn.
         
     
 

River Walk Wrap

November 7 – November 13, 2011 Order yarn and pattern and get gauge.
November 14 – Nobember 20, 2011 Finish 5 repeats of pattern.
November 21 – November 27, 2011 Finish 10 repeats of pattern.
November 28 – December 4, 2011 Finish 15 repeats of pattern.
December 5 – December 11, 2011 Finish 20 repeats of pattern.
December 12 – December 22, 2011 Block.

 

A six row repeat worked in laceweight silk creates the simple elegance of the River Walk Wrap. You can find the pattern in the Interweave Crochet Summer 2011 issue (available in print while supplies last as well as digitally.)

 This light wrap is worked in Halcyon Yarn 2\12 Gemstone Silk, a luxurious 100% silk yarn.

 
     


Betty's Tunisian Tee

September 26 – October 10, 2011 Order yarn and pattern and get gauge.
October 11 – 31, 2011 Work first and second base triangles.
November 1 – 21, 2011Work first and second body blocks.
November 22 – December 12, 2011 Work bust and back blocks.
December 13 – January 2, 2011 Work sleeves.
January 3 – January 9, 2011 Finishing.

Blogs

Sweater Workshop: Betty's Tunisian Tee

Betty's Tunisian Tee: Finding the Stitches

Betty's Tunisian Tee: The First Body Block

The strong lines and textures created with a combination of Tunisian knit stitches and Tunisian purl stitches make Betty's Tunisian Tee a uniquely use of the Tunisian technique. You can find the pattern in the Interweave Crochet Fall 2011 issue (available in print while supplies last as well as digitally).

This Tunisian top is worked in Stitch Diva Studios Studio Silk, a lustrous, 100% silk yarn that lends its elegant gleam to this glamorous tee.

Check out the Betty's Tunisian Tee Sweater Workshop for more information on this top's unique construction.

 
     



 

Petal Pullover

July 4 – 17, 2011 Order yarn and pattern and get gauge.
July 18 – July 24, 2011 Work in the round to "Shape right back".
July 25 –- August 7, 2011 Finish back.
August 8 – August 21, 2011 Finish front.
August 22 –- August 27, 2011 Sleeves.
August 28 – September 19, 2011 Finishing.

Blogs

Beginning the Petal Pullover

Watching Lace Grow: A Blocking Story

 

If your summer is heating up or you are just looking for a great lace project, join Toni for the Petal Pullover Crochet-along. You can find the pattern in the Interweave Crochet Spring 2011 issue (available in print while supplies last or digital). Once finished, this top can be worn year-round with a variety of layering options.

This pullover is worked in Louet Merlin, a heavenly linen and wool blend that keeps the lace light and the stitches defined.

 


 

Owlivia & Little Livvie

June 24 – June 30, 2011 Get pattern and yarn.
July 1 – July 7, 2011 Work body.
July 8 – July 14, 2011 Shape back and tail, make face.
July 15 – July 21, 2011 Make beak, wings and feet. Weave in ends.

Blogs

Owlivia & Little Livvie: Show & Tell Your FO's!

 

Join assistant editor Sharon Zientara for our very first amigurumi crochet-along. Owlivia and Little Livvie were published in the Summer 2011 issue of Interweave Crochet. This is a great beginner project or a way to get your feet wet with our crochet-alongs.

Make Owlivia in Red Heart Soft Yarn, or challenge your skills (as well as your eyesight!) with tiny and sweet Little Livvie, the thread version, worked in Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet Thread size 10. Either way, this is an adorable project to keep or give as a gift to anyone who could use a little crocheted happiness.

         
 


Dahlia Shawl

Schedule
May 25 – June 6, 2011: Get pattern and yarn.
June 7 – June 17, 2011: Work first repeat.
June 18 – July 15, 2011: Complete repeats.
July 16 – July 29, 2011: Work edging.
July 30 – July 31, 2011: Block.

Blogs

Lace Shawl Blocking

Join our resident shawl lover, Sarah Read, as she begins the Dahlia Shawl crochet-along. The Dahlia Shawl was published in the Interweave Crochet Spring 2011 issue and includes stitch diagrams for the shawl body and edging. This shawl calls for Manos del Uruguay Lace yarn. A luxurious blend of baby alpaca, silk, and cashmere, this Manos yarn is a pleasure to work with and wear. 


 
     




Chain Reaction Afghan Project

Schedule

This is an ongoing Crochet-Along. We'll do a square a week, starting June 20. Check out the forum to see the schedule. See you there!

 

 

Gather up your crochet group and make a Chain Reaction Afghan together! Of course, you can make one on your own, but how much faster and more fun if you work on one together! This project is a great tool for learning new stitches and color combinations. Use the colors we selected, make your own color choices or make a colorful stash-buster afghan. See the forum for details on where to locate the patterns. For each afghan made and donated, Interweave will donate $5 to Warm Up America.



 
     



Moth Wings Shrug

Schedule
March 31 – April 6, 2011 Order yarn and pattern.
April 6 – April 13, 2011 Get gauge!
April 13 – April 20, 2011 Work base row of motifs.
April 20 – April 27, 2011 Complete the right front.
April 27 – May 4, 2011 Complete the left front.
May 4 –May 11, 2011 Complete the back.
May 11 – May 18, 2011 Complete the sleeves and collar.
May 18 – May 25, 2011 Complete the edgings and block.

Blogs

Joining Motifs as You Go: The Moth Wings Shrug

Constructing the Moth Wings Shrug Sleeve

A Motif Wedding Shrug

We can’t wait to begin the Moth Wings Shrug! You can find the pattern in the Interweave Crochet Summer 2010 issue or sold individually in the Interweave Store. The pattern calls for Nazli Gelin Garden, a luxuriously soft and relatively inexpensive thread. As you create this elegant shrug, you will learn how to join motifs as you go and work with thread. We can’t wait to crochet with you!

***Sizes 39 (41, 44)" Work 1 more full row of motifs on the fronts and back for a total of 70 full motifs.

 
     




Sydney's Sideways Socks

Schedule
March 3
March 10, 2011: Order yarn and the pattern.
March 10
March 20, 2011: Get gauge!
March 20
April 1, 2011: Complete the increase section.
April 1
April 20, 2011: Complete the even section.
April 20
May 1, 2011: Complete the decrease section.
May 1
May 7, 2011: Finishing.

  We’re having a blast getting started on our Sydney’s Sideways Socks crochet-along! The pattern can be found in our Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010 Special Issue, and we’re using Wisdom Yarns Poems Sock (distributed by Universal Yarns). These are great socks, and they are worked in a ribbed stitch from side-to-side, for a perfect fit. Come join us!