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A Guide to KALs/CALs

March 4th, 2009

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How do I join the crochet-along (CAL) or knit-along (KAL)?
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?
Generally, we will post once a week, but you can crochet or knit at your own pace! The posts will STAY on the blog, so you can always come back.

How do I share my thoughts or questions?
As you’re working, share your questions with other crafters 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!

And of course, before you comment, please read our Rules of Engagement — the blog is a safe, positive space for yarncrafters to share their thoughts. Please help us keep it that way.

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” and the name of the pattern, then join the 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!)

You can also use the built-in photo tool in the comment box. Just click on the + (plus) symbol and upload a photo from your computer. Please note that if the image file is very large, it may not upload.

Can I invite my crocheting or knitting group to join?
Absolutely! CALs and KALs are all about building community. Feel free to invite your friends. If you have a blog, save the CAL/KAL badge we will provide (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.

What’s the most important part of the CAL/KAL experience?
For some people, the projects will be relatively easy, and we hope that they share their expertise. For others, it’s about the challenge and pushing through the difficult parts for a really wonderful end result. But in the end, it’s important to remember to just have fun, learn, and make new friends! CALs/KALs are all about pushing your boundaries, trusting in yourself and the community, and having a good time.

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  • Connie Driscoll

    This will be my first joining the knit along. I have recently gotten back into knitting and crocheting and am having a blast! Thanks so much for doing this! I look forward to participating!
    Connie

    Zontee says: Hi Connie, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the appropriate page, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Rose

    This will be my first knit-along. I’ve been knitting for 40 years and it is a real passion for me. I like to knit things for my grandsons as well as to sell at craft fairs. A couple of years ago, I did hats for a shop in NYC. I have been a test knitter for my LYS and am currently doing the same for a shop in NC.

    Zontee says: Hi Rose, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the appropriate page, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Kathy Royal

    I have been in many KALs and CALs on Ravelry and love them all…great fun! This shrug looks wonderful and the designs in the book are lovely, it is great to see patterns beyond the basics and feminine.

    Zontee says: Hi Kathy, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the appropriate page, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Ruth

    OK here goes… I’m trying for the first time…

    Zontee says: Hi Ruth, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Peg

    I’m not too keen on the shrug but I’ve been knitting for 60 years and enjoy new challenges. The KAL sounds like fun! Am I allowed to sell the shrug when I finish it?

    Zontee says: Hi Peg, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments. While you can sell items made from Lion Brand patterns, since this pattern is from the book Glam Knits which is copyrighted differently, I believe that you are not able to sell this item.

  • http://eaglerockwinery.com Anna Falat/Eagle Rock Winery

    I love the shrug, and I hope to make a few for Christmas gifts for my sister and nieces. It looks like a fun project for my first KAL!!!

    Zontee says: Hi Anna, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Kathryn McDonal

    Like others, this is my first knit-a-long. I was tempted by the pattern and the yarn. I’m looking forward to the experience.

    Zontee says: Hi Kathryn, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • SandiKay Schneider

    I’m excited! This should be an awesome under-taking! Different colors, different creative spirits and so much inspiration!

    Zontee says: Hi SandiKay, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Stacy

    Okay, I’m going to give it a try. I took a long break from knitting but am trying to get back into it. I did a really simple blanket, got the pattern off this site, for my parents for Christmas and they LOVED it! I’m working on a cable blanket for my daughter, again, pattern off this site (there are so many great ones!), but I think I need to take a break and make something for me! I’m excited to pick out yarn this weekend, and expect to see me posting lots of questions, I know I’ll have them!

    Zontee says: Hi Stacy, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Samantha

    I am looking forward to trying this. I am known as the slowest knitter in my group. I also have a 7 month old who is starting to get into everything. We shall see. I am looking forward to downloading the pattern.

    Zontee says: Hi Samantha, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • lisa

    this knit along looks very interesting..
    I have been looking for just this type of project !
    Lisa

    Zontee says: Hi Lisa, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Mep

    I’ve been wanting to knit a shrug. This is a good “push” to go ahead and do it.

    Zontee says: Hi Mep, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Ann Marie

    I love the pattern! With 2 jobs, I still haven’t completed the cal yet, but this is too cute to pass up!
    Amm

    Zontee says: Hi Ann Marie, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Jane

    I am excited. I have been looking at the KAL’s and have never tried one. So it is time–here goes. Can’t wait to start!!!!

    Zontee says: Hi Jane, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • karen

    this is my first kal. i am excited. when i saw this my first thoughts were wow this will look great on my daughter! i cannot wait to get started.

    Zontee says: Hi Karen, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Marilee

    My daughter is pregnant with her second child – due in December. This shrug will be a perfect warmer for her to wear through the later part of her pregnancy! I’m a beginning knitter and looking forward to the challenge.

    Zontee says: Hi Marilee, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • margaret o’brien

    Am lookng forward to my first KAL. Am quite a slow knitter, and usually do smaller projects for my grandchildren, but this would be ideal for one of the six daughters. Got my fingers (nd needles) crossed.

    Zontee says: Hi Margaret, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Wanda Hickman

    This also my first KAL. I am an advanced beginner and looking for a challenge. I think this will be it!

    Zontee says: Hi Wanda, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Lyn Kaufmann

    shrugs are so versatile! i’ve wanted to knit a sweater for a long time, but never get the chance to finish. I am looking forward to hearing from other knitters and hope that will keep me motivated.
    It will be my first KAL.

    Zontee says: Hi Lyn, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Mari

    It is so exciting to find a pattern that has texture and shaped to fit a woman’s body. I love the shaping at the waist and the shoulder emphasis. The book must be a good one to keep in my library.

    Zontee says: Hi Mari, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Sandy

    Love the shrug, love the challenge, I’m sure I’ll love the result!
    Looking forward to casting on and joining in the KAL.

    Zontee says: Hi Sandy, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • donna

    Looks interesting. Haven’t ever joined a KAl and am just about to go on a holiday but i will keep looking at future projects. Have been knitting for about 50 years and love trying new things.

    Zontee says: Hi Donna, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Barb

    This is my first knit-along, also. I learned to knit a number of years ago and took a break until about a year ago. This sounds like great fun and I am looking forward to making the shrug. Let the games begin.

    Barb

    Zontee says: Hi Barb, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Bobbi Jo

    This is my first KAL. Have been looking to try a shrug pattern but couldn’t find a pattern I’ve liked. Just printed this one out and I think I can do this. Was wondering if I could substitute the yarn? I might not be able to find this yarn in my local store – haven’t seen it there the last time I was there anyways. Anyone else substituting yarns?

    Zontee says: Hi Bobbi Jo, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

    Yes, you can substitute yarns. Wool-Ease (easy-care), Cotton-Ease (good for warm weather), and Vanna’s Choice (very affordable) are all good alternatives for this project. LB Collection Organic Wool (and the rest of the LB Collection) are ONLY available through LionBrand.com, our catalog, and our store in New York City.

  • Debbie Hood

    I’m looking forward to knit this as a christmas gift for my best friend Tina. She’s started back to work and is looking for sweaters that are not combersome. plus it’ll be one gift off my list! can’t wait to get started

    Zontee says: Hi Debbie, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Kim Hood

    I am in the UK so may not be able to find the recommended yarn but I will be giving this a go because I LOVE shrugs! They are so easy to wear and this one is beautifully detailed.
    This is my first KAL but I am looking forward to the feedback from other knitters.

    Zontee says: Hi Kim, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

    LB Collection Organic Wool (and the other LB Collection yarns) are ONLY available through LionBrand.com, our catalog, and our store in New York City, but if you would like to use a Lion Brand yarn, please visit the Banyan Tree Yarns website, our distributor in the UK.

  • Stef Porter

    This looks like a great knit, I’m going to join! I currently finished a project on Ravelry Anthropologie KAL and found it fun (and informative) to knit along with others. As I’m a beginner it helps to have advice when I get to a tricky part in the pattern.

    Zontee says: Hi Stef, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Kathlyn Deer

    Love the pattern – and I just bought some delicious hand painted cashmere on sale when my favorite LYS went out of business. This project would be perfect. I am also a newcomer to KALs, so am looking forward to a new experience.

    Zontee says: Hi Kathlyn, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Robyn

    I have knitted off and on for about 2 years. I am probabaly considered beginning intermediate. I love the shrug and am going to attempt with all your experienced help. I have not participated in KAL before, but have just finished a project with CAL.

    Zontee says: Hi Robyn, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • dani hartvigsen

    I want to to do KAL circle shrug that starts this week. I am somewhat of a beginner. How do I find 40″ circular needle? I only see 29″ on Lionbrand website.

    Zontee says: Hi Dani, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

    Many websites carry 40″ circular needles, such as JoAnn.com.

  • Jean F.

    Hi. This is also my first KAL. I finished crocheting a cute floppy-eared puppy for my 1 year old grand-daughter today. This looks like a good next project. I knit and crochet and sew. How do I access the project instructions?

    Zontee says: Hi Jean, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

    To access the pattern, simply click on “download the pattern” in the article linked above, or go to LionBrand.com and search for “Textured Circle Shrug.

  • Ruby White

    I have not knitted for a long time. but i love this pattern and will give it a try.Thanks to Beth for the great instruction on how to make a guage

    Zontee says: Hi Ruby, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • http://LBY Kristine Smith

    I have never joined the kal before and would like to. I see all the comments from other knitters but do not know which pattern they are talking about.

    Thanks!

  • Beverly Malloy

    I’ve been knitting and crocheting since I was 6 and fell I got the best of both worlds. My mom had to have a pattern and taught me how to read one and my grandmother couldn’t or wouldn’t read one, but hand her a finished item and she could duplicate it. I learned how to create both ways. I also worked for nearly 15 years for a local designer who designed and sold hand knitted and crocheted jackets. She later branched out into hand finishing hand woven machine knits. Knitting is my hobby and my therapy.

    Zontee says: Hi Beverly, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Doreen Linehan

    Hi,
    I would like to do the shrug. I am a beginning knitter of about 40 years. I knitted one cable stitch extra king size afghan for my brothers wedding about 35 years ago and thats about it. So I would like to do more.

    Zontee says: Hi Doreen, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Jeannette Garcia

    Hi Everyone!
    This is the very first KAL group I’ve joined. The shrug is a beauty. I love the fact that it is form fitting. I’ve been knitting off and on for about 40 years, but have been knitting regularly for the grandkids the last few years. I rarely make anything for me, so this is it! I just hope I can keep to gauge and it fits properly.
    Like Kristine, I am not sure what pattern the conversations are about sometimes, but hopefully we are all talking about the circle shrug this time. Good luck everyone. I look forward to reading your comments as we travel through our project together.

    Zontee says: Hi Jeannette, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Lily

    This is the first KAL group for me. I’ve always enjoyed knitting, but have mainly stuck with blankets, scarves, hats, etc. I’m looking forward to trying something new and challenging.

    Zontee says: Hi Lily, thanks for your comment. Please leave comments on the page which you’re referring to, in this case on the Textured Circle Shrug Knit-Along article (orange text is clickable). This makes it easier for others to read your comments.

  • Suzy DeHaven

    Hi, I am a beginning knitter of 5 months and I knitted a hooded cable scarf . It really challenged me but I learned a lot of stictches in the process. I am going to give it a go. It is so beautiful.

  • Monica

    Looks great, can’t wait to get started!

  • Tonia

    Looking forward to starting – spotted some gorgeous wool at the local shop that will be perfect for this patten – with a little tweaking x

  • Colleen

    HI there

    I am really excited about getting involved in a knit-along. I am in South Africa, so before I go out and buy supplies, can anyone tell me if I can substitute the yarn in the pattern for any double-knit yarn? If I had to order on line it would take a millenium to get to me and I would like to cast on tonight

  • Betsy

    How does this look on us middle-aged, thicker women? It looks like a young woman’s pattern… has anyone my age made it?

  • Kathy McMurray

    Looks like fun. First time here.

  • Stacey Smith

    I’ve been knitting for years and this is my first knit along .I’m really excited about it.

  • http://lionbrand debbie domby

    hi this looks fabulous…what a nice gift of this free pattern…i am hoping to knit along…with two elderly parents it might be a challenge…i am wondering if it could be knit in any other yarn since i live in florida…what a fashion item thanks get those needles out girls love,deb

  • Carole

    Carole from Northern B.C. Canada, knitted all my life over 50 now, never done anything like this I am up for the challenge a knitalong. I am excited.

  • Helen Chase

    I am excited and ready to get started.

  • Pamela Pettibone

    Great pattern–I hope to learn a lot!

  • Tracy

    I’m new to knit alongs. This one looks great! I hope I can keep up. I’ve been knitting for about 8 years and have never tackled a project that looks this advanced. I’m hoping to learn a lot from this and to build my confidence as a knitter.

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