Crochet Along – Convertible Cashmere Sweater – We’re finished!

LOCSweaterCowl_SMMy Convertible Cashmere Sweater is hot off my hook and ready to wear, just in time for the holidays! I spent the past week weaving in my ends (one day I really will start doing this as I go) and seaming the pieces together. Even though finishing work is usually not my favorite part of a project, it truly seemed to fly by. I love the removable cowl because it looks beautiful with the sweater, but will also be a versatile accessory I can wear with any outfit.

LOCSweater_SMThis project went so fast, and the finished design is so lovely, that it just might become a go-to pattern for me. Who knows – if I get started early enough, a few of my friends just might get one of these beauties for Christmas next year!

We’d love to see pictures of your finished sweater, as well as any other works-in-progress or completed projects you’d like to share with us. Don’t forget to stop by our Facebook page to show us what you’ve been working on!

Crochet Along – Convertible Cashmere Sweater – Sleeves and cowl

All of the crocheting for our Convertible Cashmere Sweater is now complete, and all I have left to do is sew the pieces together! I think the finishing work will go quickly, and I can’t wait to wear my finished sweater.

CCS sleeves and cowl

As a personal preference, I made my sleeves a bit shorter than the pattern called for. Then, I crocheted my cowl until it was 9″ long, folded in half. This design is truly stunning, and the gorgeous yarn is the perfect complement to the pattern.

How is your sweater coming along? Do you think you’ll have it finished in time to wear it to your holiday parties?

Crochet Along – Convertible Cashmere Sweater – The front is finished

Over Thanksgiving, I was able to find a bit of time (between the cooking, cleaning and eating) to work on my beautiful Convertible Cashmere Sweater and the front is now finished! The petal stitch pattern has created such a lovely fabric and I can already tell that my sweater will keep me toasty and comfortable this winter.

CCT front and back

I’m eager to start crocheting the sleeves next and I think the simple single crochet ribbing will be the perfect complement to the lacy front and back. Lion Brand’s LB Collection Cashmere yarn truly is a dream to work with! It seems that I can’t wait to work on my project a little every night because I love the way this yarn feels in my hands.

How is your sweater coming along? Did you also find a bit of time to crochet during the busyness of Thanksgiving?

Crochet Along – Convertible Cashmere Sweater – The back

convertible cashmere back finishedWe’ve finished the back of our Convertible Cashmere Sweater, and we can already tell that this top is going to become an instant favorite. After working the arm shaping, the rest of the back stitched up in no time. Next, I’ll begin making the front of my sweater, and I can’t wait to see it begin to take shape.

We hope you’re taking this opportunity to crochet this beautiful sweater along with us. How is yours coming along? Remember, we love seeing pictures of your works-in-progress! Feel free to email them to us, or share them on our blog or Facebook page so we can see what you’re up to.

Crochet Along – Convertible Cashmere Sweater – We’ve finished our gauge swatch!

The Crochet Along we’ve chosen for our Holiday 2013 Issue will truly be a treat to make and wear. The beautiful Convertible Cashmere Sweater was designed by Lisa Gentry, and we can’t wait to get started on it! This holiday season, we encourage you to spoil yourself or someone you love with this gorgeous garment, and crochet along with us as we make it together.

cashmere yarn

The yarn used for this project is Cashmere by LB Collection, and it is such a treat to work with. I’ve chosen color 098, Natural, but there are an array of beautiful colors to choose from.

Convertible cashmere gauge swatch

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this heavenly soft yarn, so crocheted my gauge swatch as soon as we received it. I ended up using a smaller hook than the pattern suggests to achieve the correct gauge of 4″ for 3 petals and 12 petal rows, and I think my sweater will fit perfectly. You can see that I worked 2 rows of single crochet at the bottom of my swatch to mimic the actual pattern. Since I’m using a smaller hook for the petal pattern, I will also use a smaller hook for the single crochet edging.

I’m super excited to start the back of my sweater over the weekend! What about you? Will you be making your Convertible Cashmere Sweater for yourself or as a thoughtful gift for someone you love? What color did you choose?

Crochet Along – Convertible Cashmere Sweater – Back arm shaping

We’re off to a great start on our Convertible Cashmere Sweater, and I can only imagine it’s because Lion Brand’s LB Collection Cashmere yarn is such a treat to work with. Every now and then, I find myself taking a break from my crocheting to “pet” my heavenly soft project, but the stitches still seem to be flying off my hook.

CCS back arm shaping cover

I’ve just started the arm shaping on the back of my sweater, so I should have the back finished soon. How is your sweater coming along? We hope you’ve taken this opportunity to spoil yourself with this amazing yarn!

Sneak Peek – Love of Crochet’s Special Holiday 2013 Issue

Many of us have already started thinking about our holiday crafting, but you will definitely want to set some yarn aside for the fun projects in Love of Crochet’s special Holiday Issue! With its beautiful and current designs, you’re sure to find something to crochet for everyone on your list (and something for yourself too).

04_LOC_4HOL13_HS_1_200pxIf you’ve been searching for the perfect sweater to make a fashionista in your life, try the Turquoise Tinsel Shrug. Using only one skein of gorgeous, specialty yarn, this shrug is quick to crochet and would make a great statement at a holiday or New Year’s party. The Convertible Cashmere Sweater is another fashionable garment that will flatter any figure. Its lacy, open stitches and ribbed sleeves will make it an instant favorite.convertible cashmere 200

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For the guy in your life, the Ice Fishing Gaiter is the perfect accessory to keep him warm and toasty this winter. It’s a perfect project for a beginner and can be crocheted in a flash.

monkey trouble 200Any kid will love the Monkey Trouble blanket and pillow. Stitch this set for a gift that will be treasured for years to come.

peppermint trio 200The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a few festive decorations in your home. Crochet the Peppermint Trio and you’ll have a table runner, hot pad, and trivet that are sure to bring some holiday cheer. Also, the Precious Gift Charms are an adorable way to dress up any wrapped gift. You could even use them as ornaments to hang right in your tree.

gift charms 200Our Holiday Issue goes on sale October 15th, so pick it up at a nearby newsstand or from our Crochet and Knit Shop. We can’t wait to get started on these fun projects! Which ones are you most excited for?