I’ve been holding my breath for a couple of weeks now, trying to decide if and when I should start my very first crochet along (CAL). Truth be told I’ve never actually participated in a CAL myself so I decided to jump in feet first with my NEWEST design which I am calling The Elizabeth Cardigan.
The Elizabeth Cardigan – Crochet Along (CAL)
I decided to name this beauty The Elizabeth Cardigan because that is the stitch we’ll use. This stitch is also called the Mini Bean stitch, but I think the name “Elizabeth” really jazzes things up, don’t you think? I mean really, could you imagine sporting a “Mini Bean” Cardigan?! Ha!
I have designed this cardigan to be customizable for many body types. I’ve done this with some of my others patterns, such as the Cold Shoulder Coverup that was such a hit last summer (let’s bring that back around, mmmkay?) and as in the Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy pullover and the Four-Hour Fall Sweater. If you’ve made any of those designs – and even if you haven’t! – you can make this slouchy cardigan! All we need are a few body measurements, worsted weight yarn, and a 6mm hook!
Elizabeth Cardigan CAL Yarn Suggestions
Because this is a “slouchy” cardigan and we are not constructing shoulders, the fabric along the shoulder area will naturally pull and stretch. Because of this you want to use a medium/size 4/worsted weight/Aran yarn without a lot of give to it. Some good examples of this would be:
Note that the yarn in the photo is the I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby. While this yarn is gorgeous and I did use it for the first run, this yarn does have a stretch factor that, in my experience, the yarns mentioned above do not have. You can totally use I Love This Yarn, and it will be soft and squishy and you’ll probably love your cardigan – but it may be a bit too slouchy after a few wearings/washings. Because of this I recommend using one of the brands listed above.
We are using a J/6mm crochet hook and the gauge is: 6 Mb sts and 11 rows = 4” square
I am using about 1500 yards for the “large” size and I believe that most sizes will be similar in yardage. The change in yardage will come into play if you are taller than 5’9″ or shorter than 5’5″. Of course, as always I am available to answer any questions you may have before we start!
How a Crochet Along Works
The point of a crochet along (CAL) is to release portions of the pattern at a time, so that we are all “crocheting along” with one another as we make our cardigans. You’ll start part 1 when it is released, then part 2, part 3, etc. How fun is that?!
There will be FOUR parts to this CAL:
Part 1: Released on 3/15 – get started HERE!
Part 2: Released on 3/22
Part 3: Released on 3/29
Part 4: Released on 4/5
I thought this CAL would be perfect to get our feet wet (for those of us that have never done a CAL) because of the way I need to explain each portion. There is a reason we are doing the back the way we are, and a reason we are doing different heights for different sizes. Because of this it is imperative that you read the entire text accompanying each of the parts!
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