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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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!
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.
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.
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
Option 2 – Velvet & We’ve Got the Beets
Option 3 – Fjord & Thicket
Option 4 – Rosey Posey & River Stones
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:
- Tunisian crochet basics [watch the video]
- The Tunisian Knit Stitch [watch the video here]
- Changing color in Tunisian crochet [watch video here]
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.