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Announcing Our Winter 2011 Knit-Along

January 20th, 2011

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Each season we host a knit- or crochet-along, a virtual event in which yarncrafters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. You don’t need anything special, and there’s no need to sign up. Simply work on your sweater and check the Lion Brand Notebook at your leisure for new posts with helpful hints and tips (which come out weekly) and share your comments and progress if you’d like!

Last week we asked you to vote for the next project, and your choice was clear: the Saturday Morning Hoodie will be our Winter 2011 Knit-Along project!

Our wonderful KAL host Heather will start with an introductory post next Thursday. In the meantime, you can start thinking about who to make this hoodie for. It comes in a variety of sizes for men and women, so you can make it for anyone in your life. Make it the warm Wool-Ease Chunky recommended, or try something different like our colorful Tweed Stripes or Homespun yarns. You can even make it in cotton-blend Baby’s First for a piece that will transition nicely into spring!

If you have a blog, add the badge below to show that you’re participating (Right click or Ctrl+click on Macs to save the image to your computer; then upload it to your blog). You can also join our Ravlery group here and our Flickr group here.

While you’re waiting for the KAL to get going, comment below. Who are you? Where are you from? Who are you making this sweater for?

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  • Marie

    I’m Marie from Virginia, have been wanting to make this for my husband for a while. I want the front borders to overlap for a more secure (no drafts) closing, though. I see that another reader made button holes and buttons, and this seemed to work fine. If anyone has any other suggestions that would involve a slight modification to this pattern — so that there is no gap in front when the two sides are fastened, I would appreciate hearing from you.

  • Mary

    Hi! I’m Mary from Maryland – Ellicott City. I usually make things for the women in the family, but I’m going to try this for my son-in-law. I haven’t knitted for a male since my son (now 34 years old) was six! Wish me luck!

  • Fara

    Hi I am Fara from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. I have done a lot of knitting for others it is time I did something for me and this looks like something I would love to wear. I have not done much knitting on sweaters or Hoodie so this is a challenge I am ready for. I will also work towards buttons or some form of over lapping as well as I do not like the open front.

  • Sara603

    hi everyone, Sara from washington state here. i decided on LB jiffy in the denim color and i am making this for myself. i am so excited to get started!

  • Millie

    Millie in Wisconsin, and I am going to try this for myself. If I make it in homespun instead (so I can wear it more often without getting too hot!), do I need the same number of skeins? They both claim to be weight class 5, but I would have thought the Wool Ease would be much thicker, and therefore, need fewer skeins.

  • Jlorir

    Can’t wait to get started. Been looking ofr a project to do for myself. I’ve never done a knit along through lion brand, so do we register with lionbrand, how do we find out what the supplies are we need?

    • Coszak

      The supply list is included with the pattern. There’s a link at the top of the page for the pattern.

  • Coszak

    I’m in. I’m Chris from Illinois and I like hoods on my jackets/coats/sweaters to keep the cool wind off my head. I’d love to make this hoodie in Wool-Ease, but I have enough Homespun that I bought years ago. This year’s knitting resolution is to reduce the stash. I’m probably making if for myself, I’ll see how it turns out.

  • Christine Hafer

    Hi I am Christine from Vermont. I have never done a KAL and am excited to try it. I am using the Wool Ease Chunky Yarn in Indigo. This will make a nice transition piece from winter to spring.

  • Vhipkiss

    Hi I’m Vickie from N. California. I’ve never participated in a KAL before. This should be fun. I’m making this for my niece’s husband.

  • roxie

    Roxie from Illinois. I have never done a Knit Along before and look forward to making a sweater for myself, also a new thing to do! I am going to be making mine out of LB Homespun in the #315 Tudor color. I love the pastels and plan on this being more for early spring, late fall use.

    • Anonymous

      Homespun is one of my favorites – the stores were out of that as well.

  • sara ani

    hi I’m Sara from Baltimore and I am planning to knit this with some chunky brown wool made from the fleece of our old ewe Blackberry who died at the old age of 16 years. This will be the final project from her wool and nostalgic for me. I hope to make it to fit my son who is far away in the military.

    • Ann Marie

      Sara I think this is an awesome idea and what a great way to remember Blackberry.
      Please tell your son I said “Thank You” for his service in the military. A special “Thank You” goes out to you and the rest of the members of your family that keep the ‘home fires buring’ while you wait for his safe return to your family.

  • Anonymous

    Had a heck of a time finding a compatible yarn – JoAnn’s and Michaels were out of Wool-ease. But I’m heading in with Vanna’s so keep your fingers crossed. Should have ordered the yarn from the site!

    • Bearsandme

      Hi! Im having a hard time with the gauge for this sweater? Ive tried needles from 9-13 cant seem to get right gauge. Am I doing something wrong

      • Anonymous

        Hi Bearsandme, if you’re having trouble getting gauge, there are a few options: (a) try a different type of needle; some people find that switching from wood to metal or plastic will change their gauge; (b) be sure to wash and block your swatches, just as you would your finished garment; sometimes, yarn will bloom when washed and blocked, which will effect your final gauge; (c) if all else fails, you can use the math I explain in this blog post to follow the directions of one size with a different gauge than the pattern recommends; just be sure to double-check your math. Hope that helps!

        • Bearsandme

          Hi Zontee : I appreciate your helpful ideas I will try Thankyou!

    • Anonymous

      Hi Kym, since Vanna’s is a #4 (medium weight) yarn and the Wool-Ease Chunky recommended is a #5 (chunky/bulky weight) yarn, it may be a little light for this project. If you have trouble getting gauge, you may want to consider double-stranding the Vanna’s Choice or pairing it with a thinner yarn to give yourself a little more thickness.

  • Ann Marie

    Hi, I’m Ann Marie from Kingston, PA and this will be my first KAL. I voted for this sweater and I am hoping to have it turn out to be wearable. All the other sweaters I have tried have ended up getting pulled out and made into something else! I love to knit and crochet but I guess I have a love-hate relationship with sweaters.

  • Big Girls DO Knit

    Hi! I voted for this sweater so I could make it for my husband. Then I get to try it on and see if it fits — and possibly make another for myself! Since Lion Brand doesn’t publish womens patterns in my size (I’m a CYCA 5X — hint, hint!) this is the next best thing. He’s already picked the color, and told me that I have to move the buttons over so he doesn’t have “strings” across his chest. LOL!

  • HappyThoughts

    Hi. I’m Happy an ambitious advanced beginner. I’ve been knitting for about a year now. I’m excited!

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  • Umozabeads

    Hi, my name is Umoza and I am looking forward to my first KAL. I live in San Diego and it has been getting mighty cold here lately so this will definitely work!

  • Anonymous

    Hi, I’m Kathy from Arizona. Yes it gets cold enough here for a bulky, warm sweater. I’m knitting it for myself. Hard to choose a color tho.

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  • jogaba

    Hi – I’m Jo from Ohio. Excited to join the KAL, and try my first sweater! Also looking forward to weekly Lion Brand Notebook.

  • JoAnn

    JoAnn from Missouri. I finished my first “real” garment, a cardigan, for my husband for Christmas. Had a house fire in January – no more cardigan. 8( However, my lovely wooden knitting needles miraculously survived, so although I’m late to join the KAL, I’ll be making this up for my husband!

  • harry&sam’s mom

    Always been a late bloomer so I’m starting as soon as I get my yarn (tomorrow!)

  • Chasesnana

    I’m getting in really late – it’s Feb 22nd – can I still join?

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely! To see Heather’s blog posts about the knit-along so far, just click on “knit-along” under the “Categories” heading in the right-hand bar of the blog.

  • Lori

    I fell madly in love with this pattern as soon as it was announced, but it took me SO LONG to choose the yarn that I didn’t start on it until about a week ago. I have finished the back and started on the left front. I’m very excited about doing this – it’s my first KAL! I’m Lori from southern Indiana/Louisville area and glad to be in the group!

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