We're getting ready to kick off a new Knit Along through the month of March. We had so much fun last winter knitting along with you that we're ready to do it again.
Mona, Josh and Odessa have all chosen a pattern that they're really excited about so read on to hear all about them.
We'll have weekly Zoom Knit Along parties every Wednesday from 7-8PM starting March 3rd running throughout the month of March as well as a private Facebook Group you can show off your projects and get extra help in - you'll get all the info on that when you sign up to get our KAL emails. Don't worry, we'll just send you one with all the info and then weekly reminders for our Zoom meetings. Just enter your email below to join in!
We have 3 patterns we're knitting. Keep reading to see what we're knitting them with and our suggested yarn. The patterns are:
- Painting Waves Shawl by Stephen West
- Chimney Sweater by Strikkelisa
- Magnolia Bloom Sweater by Camilla Vad
Odessa and Mona are making the Painting Waves Shawl by Stephen West. This fingering weight striped shawl is knit sideways starting at the shorter edge and increasing. There is one main colour, and the pattern calls for eight contrast colours for painting the waves in stockinette.
Mona is using WYS Exquisite in a rich dark grey as her main colour and Skacel Zauberball to create this effect and avoid sewing all the ends in on the small yarn changes.
Odessa is using 4 colours of Malabrigo Mechita, one that is more subtle and tonal for the main colour and a gradient of 3 speckled colours for the waves.
The i-cord border creates a frame for the wavy lines and triangular shape. Make larger or smaller by using more yarn and continuing on. Gather your mini skeins or your favourite colour changing yarn and add some leftover bits. Anchor it with a beautiful solid or semi-solid and join Mona and Odessa in this versatile, playful shawl bursting with colour as we hopefully near the end of our isolated winter months.
Josh is knitting the Chimney Sweater, which is a Norwegian pattern by Strikkelisa that has been expertly translated into english. It features basic raglan increases and is knit from the top down, it also has a cowl neck with drawstrings for an added design element. Commonly knit in two colours but can also be done in one.
Josh choose this because its simple but unique, unisex and knit in Aran weight which allows it to go quick and be nice and cozy during the chilly nights. He is using Berroco Mercado, a beautiful wool that comes in a wonderful variety of heathered colours. Other options include Eco + Merino, Cascade 220 Merino Aran, Sirdar Jewelspun for a fun colourful and non-wool option, Rowan Felted Tweed Aran, Friday Harbor, or Alpaca Drift. You can browse all of our aran weight yarns here. Pictured above are some great combos in 220 Merino Aran and Friday Harbor.
Odessa is also working on the Magnolia Bloom Sweater by Camilla Vad. This top-down, knit in the round sweater features a lacy yoke with big impact! It's a little more spicy with nupps and lace but it's not to difficult to follow along, especially if you have sweater and/or lace knitting experience. Knit on bigger needles at a chunky gauge it's a pretty satisfying knit that works up quick. Odessa can't wait to wear hers already.
While the pattern calls for 2 strands of fingering held together with 2 strands of a mohair lace weight, Odessa decided to change it up and use a single strand of a chunky yarn. It does make those nupps a little easier. She's using the Eco+ Merino, a super soft and squishy yarn that's great for cozy sweaters. 2 of these oversized skeins should be enough yarn to knit the whole sweater in most cases.
Estelle Chunky, Estelle Outback Chunky, Berroco Mercado and other chunky yarns would work well held single or any fingering weight combined with a lace mohair like Rowan Kidsilk Haze would work beautifully!