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Loveland Shawl Crochet Along, April 2020

Crochet is always better with friends, right? Pick up your Tunisian crochet hooks and get ready for an exciting crochet along – the Loveland Crochet Along! Brought to you by TL Yarn Crafts & Hue Loco, beginning April 1st, 2020.

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UPDATE APRIL 1, 2020: The Loveland Shawl pattern is now LIVE! Get your pattern on TLYarnCrafts.com and Ravelry now!

Get the gist of the Loveland CAL in this video:

What’s a Crochet Along?

Since my first crochet along (CAL) in 2018, I’ve been obsessed with bringing together fun crochet designs, talented yarn dyers, and the maker community. Each event is a little bit different, but they all bring us closer and help us discover the great talent that is all around us.

Essentially, a crochet along is an online party for crocheters around the world! We’ll all work on our Loveland Shawls together, from picking our yarns to finishing and blocking. The event agenda looks like this:

  • Hue Loco Yarn Pre-Order March 11th: A limited number of CAL-exclusive kits will be available from Hue Loco. More details below.
  • Week 1, April 1st: The Loveland Shawl pattern will be available on TLYarnCrafts.com, Ravelry, and LoveCrafts.com. Pick up your copy and complete Part 1.
  • Week 2, April 8th: Complete Part 2.
  • Week 3, April 15th: Complete Part 3.
  • Week 4, April 22nd: Complete Part 4.

Follow along and share your project using the CAL hashtags on Instagram – #LovelandCAL and #LovelandShawl!

Join the Loveland Shawl Crochet Along, hosted by TL Yarn Crafts and Hue Loco! Make this Tunisian crochet triangle shawl with us, April 2020. | TLYCBlog.com

About the Loveland Shawl

I think it’s safe to say that no one is more nuts about Tunisian crochet than I am. I shared my first YouTube tutorial in 2017 and I’ve continued exploring construction, color, and design with this crochet technique ever since. The Loveland Shawl is my latest creation and it has my whole heart.

As with most of my designs, the inspiration for the Loveland Shawl started with the yarn. Just over a year ago, I connected with Nicole of Hue Loco, an incredibly talented yarn dyer based in Loveland, Colorado. When she released her Fall 2019 colorways, my jaw dropped and I knew I needed to create something fun from that palette.

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The result is the Loveland Shawl, a triangular Tunisian crochet wrap featuring two colors. The shawl begins with a solid section of rhythmic Tunisian knit stitch, then stripes are introduced. Following that is a take on crochet mesh, and the whole thing is finished off with a subtly textured Tunisian purl stitch edge. If you’re new to Tunisian crochet, don’t worry – I’ll have a full video tutorial of the Loveland Shawl available with the pattern purchase!

I’ve incorporated time into the CAL to include finishing and blocking. Blocking might be a foreign concept to some crocheters, but it is essential in this project. Animal fibers, like the merino wool used in the original sample, are often aided by blocking, which is a process that uses a warm water bath to relax the stitches and improve drape. I’ll have full details on my blocking process toward the conclusion of the crochet along.

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Choosing Your Yarn

The Hue Loco Fall 2019 palette has 10 colorways and each one is more beautiful than the next. I picked just two shades for my project, but I had fun putting together other 2-color combinations for the Loveland CAL. I even roped Nicole in to pick a wildcard combo (Option 4)!

Beginning March 11th at 9amET, you can get your hands on the CAL-exclusive kits on the Hue Loco website, which include two skeins each of two colors. Here’s what’s in store for the preorder:

Option 1 – Marshmallow & Sonata, the original colors

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Option 2 – Velvet & We’ve Got the Beets

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Option 3 – Fjord & Thicket

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Option 4 – Rosey Posey & River Stones

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If you aren’t able to pick up a Hue Loco CAL kit, you’ll need 2 colors of DK weight yarn, 450 yards each (900 yards DK weight yarn, total). I encourage you to use complementary colors that blend well together, but still are distinctly different.

Aside from your yarn, you will also need a 6.5mm Tunisian crochet hook (see my reviews of commercially available Tunisian crochet hook sets here), scissors, a tapestry needle, a locking stitch marker, and blocking supplies (blocking boards and rust-proof t-pins at least, but you can also use blocking wires and blocking combs).

How To Get Involved

The Loveland CAL is hosted right here on TLYCBlog.com! Check below for the weekly objectives:

  • Week 1, April 1st: Solid Section
  • Week 2, April 8th: Striped Section
  • Week 3, April 15th: Mesh Section
  • Week 4, April 22nd: Border & Finishing

When completing your section, share your progress using the CAL hashtag #LovelandCAL on Instagram, and be sure to tag @TLYarnCrafts and @HueLoco so we can see and share your work! I’ll be checking the hashtag and reposting my favorites throughout the crochet along. You can also share in the TLYC Makers Facebook group – click here to join.

Share the badge below on Instagram and Facebook to let your friends know about the Loveland Crochet Along!

A Tunisian Crochet Primer

The Loveland Shawl is a great way to dip your toes into Tunisian crochet. If you’re new to the craft, practice with these videos before the CAL starts:

Stay In The Know

Don’t want to miss the Hue Loco kit pre-order or the beginning of the crochet along? Join the TL Yarn Crafts email list and I’ll drop important reminders right in your inbox.

I can’t wait to crochet the Loveland Shawl with you! Drop into the comments with your questions and tell me which of the colorways you love the most.

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19 Comments

  • Reply Cecilia

    I love the original colors!! But I’m also in love with the Velvet & we’ve got the beats 😍

    March 6, 2020 at 7:38 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      The Velvet & We’ve Got the Beets pair was almost the set I used for the original sample. It was a really hard choice. But I know those will look amazing together.

      March 7, 2020 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Sharon Cooper

    Hi Toni,
    Is a Tunisian crochet hook a must or can I use a regular 6.5 hook? Thank you!

    March 10, 2020 at 4:35 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      You will absolutely, 100% need a corded Tunisian crochet hook to make this project as it looks in the sample. The rows in this shawl will quickly get too long to do it with a traditional crochet hook.

      March 11, 2020 at 7:59 am
  • Reply Luanne Garcia

    Oooh…love the Roses Posey & River Stones!!!

    March 10, 2020 at 4:49 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Me too! That’s the one I’m making my second sample with 🙂

      March 11, 2020 at 7:58 am
  • Reply Marcia

    Toni, how long should our cord be? Can’t wait to start this project!

    March 14, 2020 at 10:32 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Marcia! You’ll want a cord around 47″ long or slightly longer. I can’t wait to crochet with you!

      March 19, 2020 at 12:55 pm
      • Reply Marcia

        Toni, the links aren’t working on my pattern. Any suggestions?

        April 2, 2020 at 12:53 am
  • Reply Elizabeth

    What size Tunisian hook is needed?

    March 20, 2020 at 4:23 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      6.5mm with a 47″ cord

      March 29, 2020 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Bri

    Hi Toni,
    The shawl is simply gorgeous!! I think I missed something as I do not see a link to the pattern (is it on Ravelry for purchase?) or to the kits through Nicole. I went to her website but do not see anything listed for the kits. Thank you.
    Bri

    March 20, 2020 at 8:53 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Bri – the pattern will be available April 1st, and the kits can be found on Nicole’s website here: Loveland Shawl Yarn Kits

      March 29, 2020 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Rosetta

    Hi Toni
    Can you use a fingering weight yarn for this shawl? If so what size hook?

    March 27, 2020 at 9:36 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Rosetta! You sure could. You’d just need to adjust your hook size down. And you’d likely want to make all of the sections larger to accommodate the thinner yarn.

      March 29, 2020 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Susie

    Hi Toni,
    I’m deciding on my purchase of a Tunisian hook set, but I ‘m not seeing any sets except Clover with a 47” cord or more. I did read your review of Tunisian hooks. I have been searching the Internet as well. Any suggestions?
    Thank you, Susie

    March 31, 2020 at 1:09 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      My best recommendations are the ones mentioned in my video. If the set you like doesn’t have a cord long enough, check to see if it has a connector so you can put multiple cords together 🙂

      March 31, 2020 at 5:51 pm
  • Reply Madeline

    When will the video tutorial come out? I’m really struggling here and can’t find any resources.

    April 6, 2020 at 12:23 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Madeline – the tutorial video is linked in the pattern on Page 2.

      April 6, 2020 at 10:32 am

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