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Whether you’re new to garment crocheting or an old pro, the Alchemy Cardigan will transform what you think is possible with a hook, some yarn and your own two hands. This lightweight sweater is perfect to toss on for some summer stargazing or layer with a long-sleeve shirt in the colder months.

Worked sideways to create flattering vertical rows, the entire sweater is made with different applications of a simple double crochet stitch (UK treble crochet). A few modern details, like cuffed sleeves and wooden buttons, ensure this cardigan will be a wardrobe staple for years to come. Released in four separate manageable stages, in this crochet along, you’ll learn some new intermediate-level techniques and then have a chance to master them with plenty of step-by-step practice.

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The yarn

The Alchemy Cardigan is crocheted in Lion Brand Vanna's Style, an easycare super soft acrylic DK yarn that comes in 18 complementary colors.

Yarn requirements:

S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X

6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11) balls of Lion Brand Vanna's Style

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While the Alchemy Cardigan CAL will include a few intermediate-level techniques, like simple increases and decreases, creating crochet “X” stitches and seaming, the weekly video tutorials will teach you each new skill step-by-step.

Especially if you’re a beginner-level crocheter, this CAL is the perfect opportunity to expand your crochet skills with the help of detailed video tutorials and a community of crochet companions that are making the same project as you. Think of us as one big virtual crochet club here to ensure that in a month, you have a sweater you’ll feel really proud to wear!

How The Alchemy Cardigan Crochet Along Will Work:

Each of the four stages of the CAL will be released weekly for free on Make & Do Crew. If you’re a couch crocheter, you’ll probably want to purchase the ad-free, printable pattern PDF, which will also be updated weekly as the CAL progresses.

Beginning May 7th, Part 1 of the pattern and the step-by-step video tutorial will be released on Make & Do Crew. There will be lots of helpful crocheters in the LoveCrochet CALs Facebook group working right alongside you, so be sure to hop over there to join in.

Each following Monday for the next three weeks, a new stage of the pattern and an additional step-by-step video tutorial will be published on Make & Do Crew. You can take as much time as you need to complete each stage--they’ll be waiting there for you whenever you’re ready!

Week 1: Kickoff, explanation of project, pattern and video tutorial for cardigan back.

Week 2: Pattern and video tutorial for cardigan fronts.

Week 3: Pattern and video tutorial for sleeves.

Week 4: The grand finale! Pattern and video tutorial for seaming it all together and adding pockets and ribbing.

Join us!

During the CAL, we’d love to see your sweaters (in progress and finished) on Instagram. Use the hashtag #crochetcrew and #alchemycal to show off your stitches.

First things first: you’ll want to order your yarn and purchase the pattern PDF so that you’re all set for the CAL kickoff on May 7th. I can’t wait to crochet along with you!

CAL Facebook group

Week 1

We're happy to introduce part 1 of our CAL where Jess will kick off the CAL, explain the pattern and guide you through the cardigan back!

Week 2

Welcome to part 2 of the Alchemy Cardigan CAL! This week, Jess shows you how to crochet the front of the cardigan.

Week 3

Part 3 of the Alchemy Cardigan CAL is here! This week, Jess shows you how to crochet the sleeves - put some arms on that cardigan!

Week 4

The final part of the Alchemy Cardigan CAL is here! Jess shows us how to seam the cardigan, add pockets and ribbing!

Celebrate the joy of creating! Share your craft and knowledge or pick up some tips.

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