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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?

  • Theresa

    Hello everyone…Happy New Year!!! I’m Theresa -from Reading, PA. I will most likely make 4-5 of these in several different colors to give as Christmas gifts -[for guys & gals] this year… I’m glad this was the winner…

  • Alipet143

    Hi,I’m Alice from Vermont can’t wait to start this. I’m making it for my daughter.

  • LauraB

    Hi, Laura from Indiana here. Haven’t knitted (is that a word?) in about30 years, but want to get back in to it. Since my husband likes our house COLD (and I don’t) the sweater will be for me. I’m tall with long arms. Think I need to adjust the pattern??? Can’t wait to get started.

  • LauraB

    OK, first dumb question. How do you know how many balls of yarn you need based on the size you select?

    • Anonymous

      Hi LauraB, the pattern indicates 8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13) balls, meaning that each one of those numbers will coordinate with one of the sizes, with the 8 coordinating with the smallest size and going up. This is the same method that patterns use to indicate the number of stitches (or inches or decreases, etc.) that each size will require at any given point.

  • Mmesser

    I just downloaded the pattern and I am seriously thinking about making it for my husband. My only concern is that the pattern was not from the top down. It saves so much time and there is little to sew in the end. If I can figure how to complete it that way, I may start the sweater.

  • Steven

    Excited that it’s a mens pattern. Making the first one for myself and if it turns out – i’ll venture out for a couple other people. Wish it were a sweatshirt type hoodie rather than a sweater type but oh well – I’ll give a knit and pearl from Whidbey Island, WA

  • Dawski50

    What a great sweater! I can’t wait to start!

  • Dawski50

    What a great sweater! I can’t wait to start!

  • Dawski50

    What a great sweater! I can’t wait to start!

  • Sekfan

    I’m Lily-Maie, and this will be my first Lion Brand knitalong, and I’m really looking forward to it, what a great choice! I’ve been looking for a nice sloppy cardigan for myself, so I’ll make it in a nice, bright colour. It’s going to be great to work with you all.

  • Anonymous

    I’m making this for my adult son because it recently got really cold here in Milwaukee. He tried one on at Bloomingdales that he liked that was very much like this pattern. I haven’t done a lot of knitting recently because I am busy developing a large youth art program. I use to be a knitting and crochet instructor so it is time I got re-involved.

  • MMMB

    I’m Marilyn from North Augusta, SC and I’ve never done a KAL- but the project looks fun and I’ll make it for myself, probably, maybe in a bright color.

  • donna

    I’m Donna from Louisville, KY. I’ve been waiting to try a sweater, this will be fun to knit with a group. I’ll make this one for me-I have a house in Michigan so this will be perfect for the cold.

  • Dorothyntin

    Hey there, I am Jodi and from PA. I have been looking to make a sweater for myself and this is the perfect project. This is my first KAL and I am excited to start. I have gc for Michaels burning a hole in my pocket, this is the perfect project to just the gc for. Looking forward to starting.

  • Dorothyntin

    Hey there, I am Jodi and from PA. I have been looking to make a sweater for myself and this is the perfect project. This is my first KAL and I am excited to start. I have gc for Michaels burning a hole in my pocket, this is the perfect project to just the gc for. Looking forward to starting.

  • Dorothyntin

    Hey there, I am Jodi and from PA. I have been looking to make a sweater for myself and this is the perfect project. This is my first KAL and I am excited to start. I have gc for Michaels burning a hole in my pocket, this is the perfect project to just the gc for. Looking forward to starting.

  • The7sheas

    I’m Laura from SE Michigan and I mostly Crochet but I can’t wait to start this for my DH!!

  • Christina

    Wish I was more skilled and ready to take on a project like this.

  • Megan

    Hi, I’m Megan from VA and I think I’m going to try making it for myself first and see how it turns out ;) (I’m still better at crocheting than knitting) :)

  • Megan

    Hi, I’m Megan from VA and I think I’m going to try making it for myself first and see how it turns out ;) (I’m still better at crocheting than knitting) :)

  • Little-daisy

    I’m Leann from Alberta, Canada and I’m going to make this for myself. This will be a great cozy camping sweater! I’m better at crochet than knitting so here’s hoping I make it through.

  • Nancysalway

    I did not vote for this one. It seemed sloppy looking and looked like it would be heavy to wear when finished. Also there is a big gap in the front where it doesn’t close properly so chilly spring and fall wind would get in.

    • Vnickerson617

      As far as the gap in the front, all you have to do is sew your buttons farther away from center front so it would close the way you want it to fit.

  • Kappu

    Hi. Kappu from India. Am planning on making this for my hubby. This would be the first time I’m knitting something for him. Have knitted quite a few pieces for my 5 month old son….maybe I’ll do one for him too :). Unfortunately acquiring the yarn is not so easy. Will tag along once I get my yarn.

  • Norma5Star

    Hello! I’m Norma5Star from New York and I will be doing this Knit-Along for the first time. I am still learning to knit and crochet and enjoy getting these newsletters. Well, I will also try the recommended yarns for Spring – I’m thinking something in the emerald or moss color.

  • Berbatiotis

    Terri here, from the great lakes state of Michigan. I’m new to knitting and am looking fwd to giving this a try. I’ll be making it for my hubby.

  • Coolpoodle

    From Southern Indiana and looking forward to finishing a wearable project. Maybe a kal will help me. : )

  • Sheila

    I’m Sheila from Ohio, I am very new to knitting. I am going to try to make this for myself. The only knitting I have done is dishclothes and a purse for myself. trying to broaden my horizons.

  • Suzie7454

    Wow, I will deffinately add this pattern to my “love this pattern, will deffinately do it some day” collection! I may even go out and get the yarn to day to start it??? But then my blanket will be put aside, my quilting will be put aside… ummm, new project?? Yeah I think so!!! lol

    Susanne from Ontario Canada

  • amy

    I really like the pattern, does anyone know how long the knit along goes?

  • Merniejo

    I already have the yarn to start; I chose the color charcoal. Will be making this for my sweet son-in-law who loves it when I knit a sweater for him. It’s always rewarding when someone appreciates your hard work. :0)

  • Merniejo

    I already have the yarn to start; I chose the color charcoal. Will be making this for my sweet son-in-law who loves it when I knit a sweater for him. It’s always rewarding when someone appreciates your hard work. :0)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ITN7OMTG4BMRDX4GKDAC4WUCEU MaryD

    I bought my yarn this am. I have a question though. When you start the pattern it tells you how many to cast on…Is that for the men’s size or the women’s size?

  • Lanecia Nixon

    LaNecia here fron Spokane, WA.I like this!!! I made a resolution to make my first sweater, this is going to be it. I’ll be making it for myself.

  • Lissa

    I’m Lissa from Wisconsin – 53 yrs old and a knitting addict! I am going to make this sweater for ME. I have only made baby and kids sweaters so far…I am looking forward to this KAL

  • Gila Weiss

    I’m Gila, from Jerusalem Israel. I’dlike to make this, but would prefer to use the regular wool-ease (because I have a ton and cannot buy more yarn until I use what I have!). Do you suppose it will work?

  • Hde1557

    Hi! This is Holly from Indiana. I love the look of this pattern! I made a sweater last summer but stopped when it came time to pick up the stitches for the edging. Hopefully, I can learn from making this one and get the other one finished, too.

  • RCTK

    Anyone know how to convert a knitting pattern to a crochet pattern?

  • RCTK

    Anyone know how to convert a knitting pattern to a crochet pattern?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RAYQGJKMLSONRCYVMO57FKRBU Patty

    Well, looks like I’ll be making the Midnight Glamour Pullover by myself.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RAYQGJKMLSONRCYVMO57FKRBU Patty

    Well, looks like I’ll be making the Midnight Glamour Pullover by myself.

  • “CP”

    Well, Patty, I’m with you! I’m not interested in making the chosen sweater but I really like the dressy Midnight Glamour Pullover!

    • Jane

      Patty and CP, that’s the one I voted for, too! I like the tapered look and the 3/4-length sleeves.

  • “CP”

    Well, Patty, I’m with you! I’m not interested in making the chosen sweater but I really like the dressy Midnight Glamour Pullover!

  • Andigrif

    I’m going to try this one – have never tried anything this ambitious before
    Andrea in PA

    • Anonymous

      It’s ambitious but a nice big guage so it should go quickly!

  • Cmkastelic

    I just finished this hoodie and have several suggestions. First, it definitely should be a top-down pattern because raglan sleeves in bulky yarn are difficult to sew together well, and all the seams would be eliminated. Second, the hood instructions are baffling; I just knitted 11 inches and used a 3-needle bindoff for the top. I also worked simple buttonholes and used the “knit-in” method for placing shank buttons into the ribbed front binding. Turned out to be very cute.

    • egrace

      Thank you.

    • scotwitch

      Hi, I thought it was just me that did not understand the hood bind off! Hoping someone can clarify the bind off row on the hood PLEASE. Just finishing the 2nd sleeve,I’m in the UK, not too many good knitting shops near me so waiting for delivery of circular needles.

      • Anonymous

        Hi scotwitch, I think Heather’s going to go into detail about the hood when she gets a few weeks into the project, but since you’re making it ahead of schedule, here’s a quick explanation:

        The direction reads “At beg of next row, bind off 3 sts twice, 2 sts twice, 9 (9, 10, 10, 11, 11) sts twice – 17 (17, 20, 22, 22, 24) sts.” It is for several rows in a row, meaning that the first two rows, you’ll bind off 3 stitches each at the beginning of each row. Then at the beginning of each of the next two rows, you’ll bind off 2 stitches each. Then for the next two rows, you’ll bind off 9 (9, 10, 10, 11, 11) at the beginning of each row. At the end of these 6 rows, you’ll have left 17 (17, 20, 22, 22, 24) sts.

        Hope that helps!

        • Anonymous

          Thankyou! I was going to try on a swatch and see if that was what was meant. Hoodie is for me, I havent made myself anything for years but its a cold winter in the UK this year lol.

  • Yvonne

    Hi everyone! I’m Yvonne and I now live in Florida. I’m originally from Wisconsin and had a great bunch of knitting friends (both male & female) and we regularly got together to knit. I miss that “group knitting” very much. I believe I am going to make this cozy sweater for me and I’m going to see if I have enough yarn in my large stash; otherwise off to the yarn shop I will go!

  • Cara

    Hi, I’m Cara in Castle Rock, Colorado. I’ll be knitting two of these sweaters, one for myself and one for my daughter. Since I chose Lion Brand’s Homespun yarn instead of the Wool-Ease Chunky, I guess my first task is to determine the gauge. Good luck to us all as we venture forth on this knit-along!

    • Anonymous

      Hi, I’m Roberta and I decided I needed a thicker more substantial fabric so I chose “wool-ease thick n quick” rather than chunky, so i too will be working on gauge as it is a 9 rather than 14 stitch per four inch yarn. I noticed that the yarn called for is being knit at 10 rather than the 14 stitches per four inches listed for the yarn. Too stretchy for my recipient!

  • Wmboone63

    I’m Wendy from NC and I’ve never done anything this intricate before…well, I DID knit a sweater (for myself) many many years ago when I was learning to knit. And although I still wear it, it DEF has many flaws in it. I would like to try this sweater, not sure for who yet and I’m hoping it won’t be like many of the other projects I’ve started and never finished because they get too complicated. Never done the KAL so I’m looking forward to see how that goes.

  • Phyllis

    I’m a long time knitter. Always looking for a new project even though I have several UFO’s. I’m recently unemployed so I’m filling a lot of time that I don’t usually have with knitting… To keep me somewhat sane! I usually don’t knit much for myself (I’m sure my other knitters would understand), but I think this is going to be for me!

  • Justme26688

    I’m Linda from Oklahoma. I really love the look of this hoodie and plan to make it for myself first. All four of my kids (all adults now) will probably want one so I’m sure I will keep busy all Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall! I have five grandkids too so the Childs version will have to be made too, I’m sure!

  • Justme26688

    I’m Linda from Oklahoma. I really love the look of this hoodie and plan to make it for myself first. All four of my kids (all adults now) will probably want one so I’m sure I will keep busy all Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall! I have five grandkids too so the Childs version will have to be made too, I’m sure!

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