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How to Knit Along with Us

May 15th, 2008

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Tree of Life Knit-Along BadgeWe’re so excited that over 25,000 of you have read about our first knit-along of the Tree of Life Afghan and that over 200 of you have commented. Since many people have mentioned that they are new to knit-alongs, we wanted to go over some basics of the knit-along with you.

So how do I join the knit-along?
Just download the pattern, pick up your supplies either at your local store or on our website, and start knitting! No need to sign up or anything. Just read the posts and share your thoughts with other participants.

How often will you update?
For this knit-along, Corinna will be updating the community every two weeks on her progress, but you can knit at your own pace! Knit-alongs are all about helping each other through a project, so we want to hear from you!

How do I share my thoughts or questions?
As you’re working, share your questions with other knitters by adding a comment (click on the “comments” button at the bottom of each post), and if you have an answer for someone else, a suggestion, or just an anecdote, share it with us too! If you’re responding to someone else’s comment, it’s helpful to include their name and/or comment number, so we know what you’re referring to.

Please read others’ comments! Someone might have already asked/answered the question you have, or maybe you can answer someone else’s question! It’s all about helping each other!

How do I share photos of my progress?
If you have a blog or an account on a photo service, feel free to store your pictures there and just include a link to your photos in a comment. If you are a Flickr user, tag your photos “lion brand,” “tree of life” and join our Flickr pool! Flickr has a great explanation of how to add your photo to a photo pool. (Note: all links appear in orange on the Lion Brand Notebook, so if something is orange, you can click on it!)

Can I invite my knitting group to join?
Absolutely! This knit-along is all about building community. Feel free to invite your friends. If you have a blog, pick up the badge above (Right-click the badge and “Save image as” to save it to your computer — Ctrl+click and “Save image as” on Macs) and add it to your blog, so that your friends can see it too.

Again, I just want to welcome everyone who’s participating! See you next Wednesday for Corinna’s next post!

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  • pm

    I almost always have a looser stitch on the purl stitch following a cable. I do tighten this stitch but it still always looks looser. Any suggestions?

  • Connie

    Just wanted to say hi, and let everyone know that I have joined in this kal. I have almost 40 inches done on my yolk cable and so far love this pattern. I made the odd mistake, but I found them quite easily fixed. I almost remember the pattern, so its challenging enough knitting, without being frustrating. I can get through the 16 rows in about 15 min so its great to be able to knit a pattern at times that I normally wouldnt have enough time.

  • Elaine

    Hi all,
    I have loved the TOL afghan pattern since spying it in one of the catalogues. As soon as I found out about the KAL I jumped right in. It took me about 3 weeks to complete it. I knitted the border directly to the main section, doubling up at the corners. Luckily the pattern repeat ended just right at the end. I entered it in the local county fair and received a Reserve Champion ribbon! I gave it to a great college student whom I taught to knit while she was in 4-H.
    I have the TOL sweater in the works, knitting it without any side seams and placing the trees motif in the center back.
    I will be starting the new KAL after my daughter voices her color choice. :-)

  • Linda

    I am knitting along kal. But I have a question on the back section when it says on row 1(rs) work row of 3/3 LC cable. What instructions do I use for row 1? Thank You

    Heather says: “Hi, Linda: The instructions on how to do the 3/3 LC is just under the “Stitch Explanation” section of the pattern.”

  • Janey

    I am doing my 1st KAL with the cable sweater. Have the cable yoke done, and have started on the back…this is where I don’t understand part of the pattern and need help. At, “shape armholes”. the last line of instructions about Work even in pattern as established until Row 2 of 2ns rep of Center Cable has been worked.??? What row is that? Help, I’m addicted to this, and want to keep knitting! Thanks

    Heather says: “Hi, Janey: The instructions are saying that you need to do one repeat of the center cable pattern (12 rows) then work 2 more rows of the pattern (finish row 2 of the center cable pattern). Hope this helps!”

  • Janey

    Linda, as I understand it, row 1,5 and 7 is knit the 6 of the cable pattern, the rest of the row is the p2, sl 1, p2; between each knit 6. And row 3 is the 3/3 LC. Hope that helps.

  • Maryalyce Layman

    Hi everyone. My yarn and supplies arrived today and I can hardly wait to get started on that beautiful cabled sweater. I am still undecided about what size to make it. The 1x seems too little, and the 2x too big but would hate to work that hard for one that would be too small. Ahem. I will be checking back a I know I will need lots of advice before I am finished. Just charge it up to “Senior Moments” since I am 80.

    From Nebraska

  • Nancy Echard

    I am so excited! I have been crocheting for several years, but need to advance to making jackets and sweaters. I finally have an opportunity to learn! The jacket looks ideal! I’m glad it won!


    this will be my first crochet along. getting my yarn tomorow and can’t wait to start.

    talk to ya’ll soon

  • http://LBY Kristine Smith

    Pls disregard my previous question about which pattern for the kal — I figured it out. Thank you!

  • Linda Turner

    I want to make the moderne jacket and get the pattern free. How do I join?

    Zontee says: Hi Linda, as it says above, there’s no official “joining” in a knit-along or crochet-along. Also, that pattern was free for a period several months ago for that crochet-along and is no longer available for free (it is on sale for $3.95), but we are currently working on the knit Textured Circle Shrug.

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