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Introducing the Alchemy Cardigan Crochet Along

A lightweight summer crochet cardigan with cuffed sleeves and wooden buttons. Free pattern and video tutorial from Make & Do Crew.

Join makers and doers around the world each each week in May to learn to crochet your own modern, lightweight cardigan, aided by real-time support and weekly step-by-step video tutorials!

Join the makers and doers around the world each each week in May to learn to crochet your own modern, lightweight cardigan, aided by real-time support and weekly step-by-step video tutorials! Get your Lion Brand Vanna's Style yarn from LoveCrochet.com today!
The Alchemy Cardigan Crochet Along 2018 is part of a partnership with my friends at LoveCrochet.com. This post contains affiliate links.

Raise your hand if you like modern comfy sweaters, video tutorials and other people who love yarn. Me too! That’s why I’m thrilled to announce a new project I’ve been working on for quite some time with my friends at LoveCrochet.com.

A lightweight summer crochet cardigan with cuffed sleeves and wooden buttons. Free pattern and video tutorial from Make & Do Crew.

I’m convinced Make & Do Crew has the most friendly and creative “hookers” in all the internet land, so I’m super excited for us all to come together (digitally speaking, at least!) and make a project side-by-side during the month of May.

Are you already hooked?! Great, head to LoveCrochet.com to grab your yarn pack and a copy of the printable pattern. This crochet along party kicks off May 7! 

Never done a crochet along and need more details? Watch the :30 video below to see this lightweight sweater in action and then read on!

What is the Alchemy Cardigan Crochet Along?

A crochet along simply means that crocheters across the land all make the same pattern at the same time. You choose your yarn color and then in May, the four stages of the CAL will each be released weekly on MakeAndDoCrew.com and in the printable pattern PDF available for purchase on LoveCrochet.com.

If you’re a couch crocheter, you’ll probably want to purchase the ad-free, easily printable pattern PDF, which includes a helpful stitch chart and schematic. Grab it here!

The Staycation Cardigan crochet pattern PDF includes a griddle crochet stitch chart as well as a sweater schematic.

How does this crochet along work?

Beginning May 7th, Part 1 of the pattern and the step-by-step video tutorial will be released on MakeAndDoCrew.com. Each stage of the CAL will be offered for free right here on the blog or you can purchase the ad-free, printable PDF with stitch chart for $5 here. You’ll only pay once, but then the PDF will be updated each week so can download it with the instructions for the new CAL stage.

Lacy, lightweight crochet cardigan pattern from Make and Do Crew and LoveCrochet.com. Join the Alchemy Cardigan Crochet Along 2018 using Lion Brand Vanna's Style yarn. The Alchemy Cardigan Crochet Along 2018! Join Make & Do Crew and LoveCrochet.com each each week in May to learn to crochet your own modern, lightweight cardigan, aided by real-time support and weekly step-by-step video tutorials! Improve your skills and make a sweater you're proud of! Featuring DK weight Lion Brand Vanna's Style.

There will be lots of helpful crocheters in the Love Crochet CAL Facebook group working right alongside you, so be sure to hop over there to join in.

I’m also excited to announce that Make & Do Crew new has a new crochet community of our own on Facebook. Come join in our own little group here to share photos of your projects, ask questions and get to know other yarn-lovin’ makers & doers like you.

Each following Monday for the next three weeks in May, a new stage of the pattern and an additional step-by-step video tutorial will be revealed. 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 is released. (UPDATE: Find Part 1 here.)

Week 2: Pattern and video tutorial for cardigan fronts is released. (UPDATE: Find Part 2 here.)

Week 3: Pattern and video tutorial for sleeves is released. (UPDATE: Find Part 3 here.)

Week 4: The grand finale! Pattern and video tutorial for seaming it all together and adding pockets and ribbing is released. (UPDATE: Find Part 4 here.)

Lion Brand Vanna's Style yarn in colors teal and charcoal, available at LoveCrochet.com.

Where and when do I get my yarn?

Now! The crochet along begins in less than two weeks, so head to LoveCrochet.com to purchase your favorite color of Lion Brand Vanna’s Style. This yarn is lovely to work with, completely washable and wonderful for warm weather crocheting. Plus, Love Crochet’s price is fantastic — you can make the whole sweater starting at less than $30! Order now here so your yarn will arrive in time for the CAL kickoff on May 7th!

While at Love Crochet, you can also easily see the details on hook size and other supplies you’ll need for the CAL.

A special note to those chunky yarn junkies: Before you start thinking that we’re gonna be crocheting with dental floss, let me assure you that this DK weight yarn is still going to give you a healthy dose of the quick gratification you crave. Because this cardigan is fairly fitted, the total amount of crocheting is less than something like the Habitat Cardigan making it a perfect project to whip up over the course of a month.

The Alchemy Cardigan Crochet Along 2018! Join Make & Do Crew and LoveCrochet.com each each week in May to learn to crochet your own modern, lightweight cardigan, aided by real-time support and weekly step-by-step video tutorials! Improve your skills and make a sweater you're proud of! Featuring DK weight Lion Brand Vanna's Style.

Can I make the sweater at a later date?

While we’d love to have you join us real time, the pattern and video tutorials will be available here on Make & Do Crew and on LoveCrochet.com after the CAL concludes, so you can order your yarn now and crochet at whatever pace works best for you.

What comes next?

• Be sure to order your yarn here and purchase the ad-free PDF here if you’ll want a printable copy of the pattern when it’s released.

• Join the Love Crochet CAL Facebook group and the Make & Do Crochet Crew Facebook group to meet other helpful crocheters.

• If you’d like, enter your email address below to be notified as soon as the first stage of the CAL is released!

Just received your yarn in the mail? Starting your sweater? SHOW US! I’d love to follow along with your Alchemy Cardigan journey. Use #alchemyCAL and tag us on Instagram (@lovecrochetcom and @makeanddocrew) to show off your stitches!

Please shout in the comments if you have any questions or if you already know you’ll be crocheting along with me. I’d love to hear from you!

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45 Comments

  • Patricia
    April 28, 2018 at 3:45 am

    So disappointed! A bekautiful Cardigan but no buttons, except on the sleeves ( to add insult to injury). Knitters have a choice of cardigans with or without buttons, but for those who crochet, it’s really hard to find a button up Cardigan. Sorry, I shan’t be making this

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 30, 2018 at 9:47 am

      Thanks for your feedback, Patricia. I love buttons too. I’ll keep that in mind when designing cardigans in the future!

      Happy crocheting,

      Jess

      Reply
      • Carla
        May 14, 2018 at 5:19 pm

        Where do I get part 2 Purchase the pattern. Got part one in an email. But no part 2. Need help

        Reply
        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          May 14, 2018 at 9:43 pm

          Hey Carla,
          You an find it in your Love Crochet pattern library. The new updated PDF will include part 2. 🙂

          Happy crocheting!

          Jess

          Reply
          • kelly cofield
            May 22, 2018 at 11:16 am

            I may not live long enough to crochet this it drags on and on and on!

    • Riikka
      May 17, 2018 at 1:53 am

      It’s not that hard to add buttons, though. I love this design and the pattern, and as soon as I have finished a few other projects I’ll be doing this one – and adding buttons 😉

      Reply
  • Laura
    April 28, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Hi Jess!

    I just finished your Habitat cardigan in teal. Love it, and want to share a picture with you. How do I do that? Can I also brag about it on Ravelry?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 30, 2018 at 9:47 am

      Heck yes! You earned the right to brag wherever you want! 😉

      I’d love for you to share a pic on Instagram with the hashtag #makeanddocrew (and tag me @makeanddocrew), but if you’re not a big IG-er, you can email me too. Jess (at) makeanddocrew (dot) com.

      Can’t wait to see what you made!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Judy
    April 28, 2018 at 10:36 am

    What an attractive stitch pattern! I’m not big on stitching pieces together (can’t sew to save my life), but this looks like a pattern I have to try. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 30, 2018 at 9:45 am

      Hey Judy,

      Thank you! I wanted it to be a bit lighter weight for those of us heading into summer. 🙂

      I feel you on the seaming. I hope that knowing that we’re all doing it together during the crochet along gives you some inspiration to try it out!

      xx

      Jess

      Reply
  • pazzy
    April 28, 2018 at 11:04 am

    You crochet soooo much, how on earth do you crochet and not get carpal tunnel???? I have to crochet in small doses so as not to have it flair up.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 30, 2018 at 9:45 am

      Haha, you know, I have had different issues with my shoulder and neck. Something that’s really helped me though is elevating and supporting my elbows when I crochet. I found my nursing pillow works great! 🙂

      Do you wear a brace for carpel tunnel? I know carpel tunnel can be super irritating and painful. I’m glad you’re still able to crochet, even if in small doses.

      xx
      Jess

      Reply
      • Julia Liseth
        July 5, 2018 at 6:47 am

        Fabulous idea Jess – the nursing pillow. I’m on the internet hunting one down right now!

        Reply
  • Erika
    April 28, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Awesome! Cant wait to try this one out. I’m almost finished with the Staycation cardigan

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 30, 2018 at 9:43 am

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear you’re making progress on your Staycation Cardigan and that you’re going to join us on this one.

      Cheers to a handmade wardrobe! 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • jodi
    April 28, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Very pretty. Any chance I can use vanna’s choice instead of vanna’s style. I can’t find it on the yarn canada site.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 30, 2018 at 9:43 am

      Hey Jodi,

      Thank you! Vanna’s Choice is actually a bit too heavy. Vanna’s Style is a bit thinner category 3 yarn. Have you checked LoveCrochet.com? They ship to Canada and have great prices on Vanna’s Style. 🙂

      You can see it here.

      Hope you join us!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Anna Smith
    May 1, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Hi
    I purchased the pattern and all I got was the requirements for the cardigan and the different sizes. It is for the Alchemy Cardigan. Thank you
    Anna

    Reply
  • Kim
    May 1, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Hi Jess,

    I live in CO and making a cardigan out of acrylic definitely won’t be able to be used more than 4 or so months a year. Would there be any problem with my substituting a dk/light 3one ply Malabrigo in place so I’m more likely to be able to use it year round for this pattern? I understand it will look a bit different, but given the pattern, which I haven’t yet seen, do you anticipate any problems with my doing so? Thank you and thanks for this CAL – gearing up for autumn in the future as well.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 7, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      Hey Kim,

      I’m in Colorado too! I think a substitution like that would work just fine. As long as you can achieve the pattern gauge, I think it will be lovely!

      Feel free to share a pic if you’d like on Instagram (with #AlchemyCAL) or in the Love Crochet CAL Facebook group. I’d love to see it!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Barbara Foglia
    May 1, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Help – I’m a senior and I haven’t crocheted in a very long time. I used to do vests and skirts, ( from my time) Do you think this would be too intricate for me. Is it done on a fairly large hook? I do need a little advice. that looks like a lovely sweater and just one I could use in FL.
    Thank you,
    Barbara

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 7, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      Hey Barbara,

      Would you like to take a look at the video tutorial here and see if it seems doable or way too overwhelming for you? If you have decent pattern reading skills, I think you’ll be okay, but if you want a simpler sweater to try first, you might enjoy the Habitat Cardigan or Day Date Cardigan, both of which also have video tutorials.

      I hope that helps you make up your mind!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Kelly
    May 1, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    My yarn should be arriving Friday, I’m excited to begin this CAL! It’s the first I’ll have participated in, you’ve designed such a lovely pattern!!

    Reply
  • Elaine Bindeman
    May 2, 2018 at 5:25 am

    Hi Jess! I am very interested in this CAL but lives in Namibia and I don’t have access to a wide range of yarn. I want to crochet this cardigan for the winter and I want to do it with a chunky yarn. Will it be possible?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 7, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      Hey Elaine,

      Hello from Colorado, USA! Unfortunately, I don’t think this will work out in a heavier yarn very well because the gauge will be all off. The highest I’d go is probably a worsted weight and then you’d need to size down in the pattern so it would still fit you. I’m sorry I don’t have a better answer for you!

      Jess

      Reply
  • anabela
    May 4, 2018 at 5:45 am

    I bought the alchemy cardigan pattern and there is no pattern with the download. so disappointed

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 5, 2018 at 12:33 am

      Yup! The first part of the pattern is released May 7. It’s explained in the pattern listing and this blog post, but I know it’s a bit confusing. The PDF will be updated in your pattern library on LoveCrochet.com on Monday. 🙂

      Glad you’ll be joining us!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Pat
    May 5, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Just a short note toe say” if you are trying to teach someone to knit,make sure thy are doing it right haneded. I found this out the hared ay. After many hours of trying to show my Mom how to knit. Found out she was a left handed knitter. WHEW She did every thing else righted.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 7, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      Haha, I’ve never heard of someone ONLY knitting left handed! That’s pretty amazing that she could that as a generally right handed person. 🙂

      Reply
  • Donna D Carlino
    May 7, 2018 at 6:13 am

    Thank you! I’ve never made a garment that i need to put the pieces together. So, I grabbed this chance to do it with help available! Just got my pattern and yarn. Unfortunately, will need to start tomorrow! (When the hubbys working! )

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 7, 2018 at 8:33 pm

      Hey Donna,

      I’m so glad you’re giving this a go! It’s entirely self-paced so just work on it whenever you have time and hop over the the Love Crochet CAL Facebook group if you need any help. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Judy
    May 7, 2018 at 8:15 am

    When does the cal video start?

    Reply
    • Lynn
      May 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Yes, I am also looking for the video portion of this crochet along.

      Reply
      • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
        May 7, 2018 at 8:31 pm

        Hey Lynn,

        You can find Part 1 of the free pattern here. The video tutorial is about halfway down the page. Right above the written pattern. 🙂

        Happy crocheting!

        Jess

        Reply
  • Cathy
    May 7, 2018 at 8:21 am

    I bought yarn and pattern a week ago but can’t find how to download pattern today

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 7, 2018 at 8:32 pm

      Hey Cathy,

      You can find Part 1 of the free pattern here. The video tutorial is about halfway down the page. Right above the written pattern. If you bought the printable PDF, the updated version that now includes part 1 of the pattern is in your Lovecrochet.com library. 🙂

      Happy crocheting!

      Reply
  • Cheryl Benedick
    May 7, 2018 at 9:27 am

    I am looking for Part 1 of the Alchemy Cardigan but cannot find it here. Can you tell me where to get part 1???

    thanks

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 7, 2018 at 8:32 pm

      Hey Cheryl,

      You can find Part 1 of the free pattern here. The video tutorial is about halfway down the page. Right above the written pattern. 🙂

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Mandy
    May 14, 2018 at 5:01 am

    When will part 2 of the alchemy cardigan be published. I have finished the back and awaiting patiently to carry on with this project

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 14, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      Hey Mandy,

      Wait no longer! You can find the free version here and if you purchased the PDF it’s been updated in your Love Crochet pattern library. 🙂 (So you know for the next two weeks, the next pattern stage will be released each Monday at 2pm MST.)

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Genny Kelley
    May 14, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Hi,
    I am looking for Part 2 of the free pattern.
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 14, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      Hey Genny,

      You can find the free version here and if you purchased the PDF it’s been updated in your Love Crochet pattern library. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • VERONIQUE BLOCKEEL
    June 3, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Hello,

    We really like your alchemy cardigan. I was wondering if i may translate it in Dutch and use it later on as a Cal on our facebookgroup. Of course all credit will be directed to you.

    Lots of love,

    Véronique

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 6, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      Hey Veronique,

      So glad you like it. It actually has a Dutch translation which you can find in the ad-free, printable PDF. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply

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