Future Project Planning – Fall 2013 Knit-Alongs!

For the first time ever, we’re offering knit-alongs in the fall this year! Knit-alongs (or KALs) are a great way for advanced beginner or intermediate knitters to expand your skill set with a bit of support and guidance (also a great way to stay on task right to the finish line!).

Glacier Sweep KAL –

Sunday, September 22, 2-4 p.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2-4 p.m.

Sunday, October 20, 2-4 p.m.

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My shopgirl alternate, Chloe, is going to facilitate this KAL because she has had her eye on this sweet little pattern for MONTHS. Designed by shop-favourite Stephen West, this is a half-circle shape shawl knit in worsted weight (there *is* a fingering weight version as well, but when given the option to knit something bigger, faster, and warmer in the pre-winter months, why not go for it?). This pattern features a few eyelet rows, a great skill-builder for those who are thinking about venturing into lace-knitting, and some short-row shaping in its easiest and most forgiving form. The last session, on October 20th, will focus on the i-cord bindoff, which is time-consuming but well worth the effort, and can be done in a contrast colour for an extra bit of pop.

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It can be worn as a traditional shawl or wrapped many million times as a big squishy scarf to keep you warm all winter! (Also need to put “pompom garland” on my to-make list!)

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Stranded Colourwork Mittens KAL – Choose your own (knitting) adventure!

Sunday, October 27, 2-4 p.m.

Sunday, November 10, 2-4 p.m.

Sunday November 24, 2-4 p.m.

This KAL is a little unusual, in that it’s not one pattern that we’re working from, but any one of a selection of possible pattern choices in the “stranded colourwork mitten” category. This allows for participants to choose one that really strikes their fancy and/or suits their skill level. My pattern suggestions include:

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“Bird in Hand” mittens by Kate Gilbert, knit in worsted weight for super warm mitten that also knits up pretty fast!

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“Fiddlehead Mittens” by Adrian Bizilia. One of the most popular stranded colourwork mitten patterns, in DK weight, you can choose to use five contrast colours as shown here or just one. Adrian Bizilia has designed several stranded colourwork mitten patterns, which you can browse on Ravelry here!

 

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“Chrysanthemums” mittens by Heather Desserud. This is a free pattern available from Knitty.com, knit in fingering weight, which will take a little longer to knit, but produces a more delicate, less bulky result.

I haven’t even decided which mittens I’m going to knit yet – I kindof want them all! Stranded colourwork can be very addictive. If you’d like to join the KAL but have *zero* experience with stranded colourwork, it is strongly recommended that you take our Intro to Stranded Colourwork class on Thursday, October 24, from 7-9 p.m.

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Hopsalots KAL –

Sunday, November 17, 2-4 p.m.

Sunday, December 1, 2-4 p.m.

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These adorable Hopsalots slippers were designed by Tiny Owl Knits, and are knit and felted in either DK weight held double, or a single strand of bulky weight. Chloe, who is facilitating this KAL. knit up a shop sample in a single skein of bulky weight Berroco Peruvia Quick, and they are irresistible! The slipper construction is light on seaming (a big plus in my books), and adaptable to many sizes. In the first session you’ll start the knitting process and discuss the felting process. Felt them at home, and bring them back on the 1st for moral support for the finishing, embroidery, and pompom-making!

It might not feel like autumn out there today, but winter is coming! I hope you’ll join us for a knitting adventure this fall!

 

 

 

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