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Welcome to the Custom Raglan Cardi Knit-Along! Let’s Get Started!

February 23rd, 2012

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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. There’s no need to sign up; simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace as you knit your sweater.

Hi, my name is Lauren, I work at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, the Lion Brand flagship store and education center, in New York City. In addition to working on the sales floor, I teach knitting classes, and for the next several weeks, I’m going to be your knit-along host!

For this knit-along, the project we’ll be working on together is the Simple Raglan Cardi. However, we won’t just be making the pattern as-is, as we’ve done for previous knit-alongs. Instead, I’m going to be giving you ideas on how you can use the basic pattern as a starting point for your own design! We’re going to customize this project just for you! This is particularly exciting for me, as I don’t think I’ve ever knit a sweater without making at least a couple of changes to the written pattern.

Custom Raglan Cardi Knit-Along BadgeThe first thing we’ll need to do is choose a size. You’ll notice that underneath where the pattern says “Size”, it says “Finished Chest.” This is the actual measurement of the garment, which is a much more accurate way to pick a size than just choosing based on the small, medium, large tags. After all, when shopping at clothing stores, I’m sure we’ve all been one size in one store and a completely different size in the next! If you’re not sure of your measurements, get a flexible tape measure and measure around the fullest part of the bust. You should also measure yourself wearing whatever you plan to where under your cardi as this can also affect the size that you will make.

I have a bust measurement of 34 inches, so I’ve chosen to make the size 35, as I want my sweater to be fitted but I also want to be able to draw breath. You don’t have to choose the size closest to your bust measurement. If you want an over-sized cardi, you can choose a size a few inches larger than your bust measurement, and if you want a very tight fitting sweater choose a couple of inches smaller.

But what if your size isn’t represented? Well, you can always add more stitches or take off some stitches based on the gauge of the pattern. If you’re not confident enough to do that, you could always try following the pattern as it is using a smaller yarn and needles for a smaller size and a thicker yarn and needles for a larger size. [Click here for a blog post that explains how this can be done.]

Next you’ll need to choose a yarn. The pattern suggests using Martha Stewart Crafts™ Cotton Hemp, which is a worsted weight yarn, so you’ll have plenty of choices if you wish to substitute. I want to use a soft, spring yarn, and most importantly, I want to be able to throw it in the wash with my other clothes, so I chose easy-care Cotton-Ease in the color Seaspray. Other good choices would be Vanna’s Choice, Wool-Ease, or you can add stripes to your design the easy way, by using Amazing!

Now we need to decide how much yarn to buy. If you are making no changes to the pattern, that’s easy enough to work out, since the pattern tells you how many balls in the Cotton Hemp are needed to make each size. Cotton Hemp contains 64 yards per ball, so just multiply 64 by the number of balls needed for your size and you have the number of yards needed.

Small Medium Large 1X 2X
Cotton-Ease 3 balls 3 balls 4 balls 4 balls 5 balls
Vanna’s Choice 3 balls 4 balls 4 balls 5 balls 6 balls
Wool-Ease 3 balls 3 balls 4 balls 4 balls 5 balls
Amazing 3 balls 4 balls 5 balls 6 balls 7 balls
Martha Stewart Crafts Cotton
Hemp (as in pattern)
7 balls 9 balls 10 balls 12 balls 15 balls
Approx. yardage 450 yards 575 yards 650 yards 775 yards 1000 yards

But what if you plan to make changes to the length, sleeve length or stitch pattern? Or all of the above, like me? I find the easiest way to make an estimate is to look at a few similar sweaters in the same weight of yarn in my size to see around how much yarn was used, then I throw in an extra ball just to be safe, because as everyone knows, you can never have too much yarn!

Now it’s swatching time! You will need to have some idea at this point of what stitch patterns you are going to use for your sweater. If you’re looking for inspiration try StitchFinder. Remember, whatever stitch pattern you use, you will need to be able to match the gauge in the pattern or your sweater will have different measurements. If you want to use an allover pattern for the body of your sweater, keep in mind that this raglan pattern is knit from the top down, and grows outwards in each row, which means you will have a different stitch count every couple of rows, so you may find it challenging to keep in pattern.

If you want to add a little interest to your design in a simpler way, you could try doing vertical panels of patterns down both fronts, so your stitch count in the panels will remain constant each time, even as the sweater grows. Since I’ve never seen a sweater pattern that couldn’t be improved by adding a few cables, I knit two swatches, one in the cable pattern that I plan to use and the other in stockinette stitch, which will be the main body pattern.

We know that we are aiming for a gauge of 17 stitches = 4 inches. So to knit my stockinette stitch swatch I actually cast on 23 stitches. This is because the larger the swatch the more accurate it will be and also because edge stitches can be a little loose, so I want to make sure I can start measuring at least 3 stitches in from the edge. Then I work in stockinette for about 4 inches and bind off my swatch.

Knit-Along Stockinette Swatch Knit-Along Cable Swatch

Afterwards, it is important to wash your swatch in the same manner you will wash the finished garment, as even with washable yarns, this can affect your gauge. If you’re using a machine washable yarn and it’s not laundry day, just fill up the sink with lukewarm water and swish your swatch around a bit to get it completely soaked, gently squeeze out the excess water, then lay it flat to dry. When its completely dry, you can now take an accurate measurement.

Since I have three edge stitches on each side I lay my ruler about half way up from my cast on edge, three stitches in from the side edge and count how many stitches across til I get to 4 inches. If you are getting less than 17 stitches across the 4 inches, you need to go down a needle size; if you are getting more, go up a size.

It’s important to check your row gauge in the same manner. However, if you don’t seem to be able to get both stitch and row gauge, use the needle size that gives you the correct stitch gauge, as it is easier to adjust the number of rows in your garment to get the correct length. I also do the same process for the cable panel I plan to use.

So everyone, get swatching! Next week, we’ll go over how a top-down raglan works, how to work the yoke, and the benefits of this type of construction, especially when it comes to adding your own design elements!

In the meantime, leave a comment and introduce yourself! Tell us who you are, where you’re from, and how you’d like to adjust this pattern to fit your own style!

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  • Sylvia

    This will be my first KAL and my first top to bottom knit so am really looking forward to this project. Will definitely choose a button closure and like the idea of some sort of cabling or lace column pattern on the front. I live in France but am English. Happy knitting everyone!

    • KALhostLauren

      Hi Sylvia,
      I’ll be covering how to add buttons and buttonholes in a later post, so look out for that! I also want to add buttons to my cardi.

  • Lulu

    Hello, This looks really nice and I would love to join the knit along, I am in the UK so would any DK yarn work? And how many grms would I need and what size needles in mm please Many thanks Lulu xx

    • KALhostLauren

      Hi Lulu,
      The yarn is actually a worsted weight and not a DK. The needle sizes specified in the pattern are a US 6 which is a 4mm, and a US 7 which is a 4.5mm. But you should use whaetver size needles give you the correct tension.

  • Vana

    Hi, everyone. This is the first KAL I’ve ever joined, but want to try it.  I seem to always be warm here in central Delaware so will try a cotton-ease sweater. I’m fairly tall so will also lengthen the body. Other than that, I think I’ll keep to the pattern as simple things make me happy.

    Happy Knitting!

    • Maggwhlz

      Hello there! I’m also in Delaware Sussex co. I was super excited to see someone from Delaware on here!

      Maggie ~

  • Michelesfibers

    I have some Patons Grace, 2 skeins in solid purple and 5 skeins of purple varigated that I’m going to try a swatch in. Also some Bernat cotton Peace and Love in Denim blue and swatch that too. 

    • beachkoz

      Your yarn sounds beautiful.  Can’t wait to see finished.  Hope you can photograph and post.  

      • Michelesfibers

        Thanks, I swatched the Patons Grace and it just doesn’t work, too thin. I don’t have enough to carry 2 strands so I searched on Ravelry and got another pattern with a little bit of lace work that I can use the Grace for. I also have a pale green and white skeins of that so I can make all 3 colors in the Soay pattern on Ravelry. I’m swatching the Bernat cotton now and had to go down 1 needle size but think I have it now. So I’ll be using that for this KAL.

  • Linda

    Wow — I just started this sweater last week and have about 4 inches done, so was happy to see that I can continue by following along with everyone else.  Am using Berroco Boboli and it’s gorgeous.

  • Randy

    I moved to West Virginia this fall and had to leave all my knitting buddies in Maryland.  I have been so lonesome for my knitting group.  I saw your knit along posting in my emails this morning and now I am looking forward to making that wonderful cardi.  I am off to the store to buy my cotton ease so I will be all ready to begin.  Wow !  How happy can one gal be??

  • Sandy

    Is the pattern being used the same as #70111?  I started this pattern but never got very far.  I am excited to try again knowing I will have help along the way.

    • Zontee

       Hi Sandy, the patterns are very similar (same construction), but the stitch counts are different. Feel free to use the Cropped Raglan Cardigan if you’ve already started it it.

  • Javagirl

    Hi, I’m an intermediate knitter but have never been into knitting sweaters. I tried to crochet one but it was very unflattering to my curvy figure and made me look fat. I’m trying this pattern in hopes of making something open weave, and light weight for the summer to drape over my cotton tank tops. Do you have any suggestions on yarn & stitch pattern for this? I am also thinking I should make it a little longer so I can give the waist some shape as I have a big decrease from my chest to waist measurement.

  • Elsa

    My first KAL, as many here. I love the simplicity of the pattern so I will make it as is, althought I love Lori’s idea of the flower on the shoulder, may have to try that :-)

    I’m looking forward to knitting in a virtual group!


  • Regina354

    Wonderful response to this pattern – I have one in progress – working the body below the sleeves, I plan to extend the sleeves and body length.   Looking forward to the finnish project.

  • Vatk

    I am new to knitting and do not have circular needles, can straight be used?

    • Anonymous

      even though it is not knit in the round, I do recommend using a circular needle because the entire body of the sweater is knit in one piece, so there will come a point where you will have to many stitches to fit on a straight needle!  Don’t be intimidated by circulars, just imagine that they’re straight needles that happen to have a string attached!

  • memorris

    I’m from the UK.  Although I’m an experienced knitter I’ve never knitted anything from the top down.  This looks to be just the job to have a go at.  I’m in, and looking forward to wearing in the summer.

  • MamaZennie

    Ooh, this is just the push I needed to frog a too small bolero. Now I have just enough Cotton-Ease in Lake to make this cardi. I’m not crazy about all the ribbing, so I might try a picot or shell edging to soften it a bit.

    • williams.sharon

      How do you do that?? I also don’t like the ribbing -not sure this KAL will cover that!

  • Darlene

    I am thinking of knitting this pattern,have a little experience with knitting blankets but would like to try something new.Will follow your blog. In the directions,it calls for size 6 and 7 needles…is this 6mm and 7mm?

    • Maria R.

      No, It is size 6 & 7 US, not mm

      • Darlene

        Thank-you Maria,I appreciate your reply. When I am ready to start,will have to check the gauge,as I will be using some yarn that I bought a long time ago,Red Heart Cotton Twist.First I have to finish a shawl I am knitting for my Aunt who is soon to celebrate her 90th birthday.

  • JoAnne

    On this raglan sleeve cardi – why not add stitches for the button/buttonhole bands when you cast on?
    It would save having to go back and pick up stitches later, and be so much easier.

    • williams.sharon

      That is a really good idea -hopefully the moderator will see it!!!

    • Anonymous

      Hi Joanne,
      yes you can absolutely knit the buttonhole bands on by adding more stitches either side. I prefer to add them on later because it gives me the opportunity to change my mind a million times before commiting to anything!

      • Jodie

        Joanne and Lauren,

        In the past I have worked a button band along with the rest of the sweater but wasn’t pleased with the outcome.  Since then I’ve found that picking up the stitches and working the button band after the body of the sweater results in a nicer finish and adds some stability that is needed especially when using a plant fiber or blend. 

        • williams.sharon

          Hi Jodie: Do you slip the first stitch and knit the last stitch to make the edges nice? I am wondering what kind of edge finish works best to pick up the stitches later.

  • Sharon Gulyas

    I’ve not got my yarn . I like the ragian sleeve cardi. I’ve never been into sweaters. I hope I can

  • Eileen

    Hi, I’m excited to join in…my first KAL and my first knitting of anything fitted. I am a sock and shawl knitter for the most part but have been wanting to do something along these lines for a while. Plus, I usually knit for others and want to knit something nice for myself for a change : ) Going to get swatching now.

  • Jhstrait1939

    Has anyone bought the  “Needle Master Set w/case”   Interchangeable for circular needles, I have some circular needles that seem to catch or snag my yarn.  Need some input before I invest that kind of money.  I love the shrug, plan on knitting and I enjoy all the Lion Brand offerings and advise.

    • Mowelborn4

      I have purchased the kit.  I have found that if I tighten the needle too much, the base of it flares and ends up snagging the yarn.  I have had to replace the needles I have done this too.  Hope this helps

  • Maggwhlz

    Hello my name is Maggie, this is my very first knit along and my very first cardi. It’s all I can think about. I already purchased my yarn online a 100% cotton in country red. I am gifting this to my Mom for Mothers Day. I was hoping to get direction on what to do next. I’m terribly nervous and excited all at the same time. I don’t get out much lol.

    • Ann

      and I may give it to my daughter…I hope it comes out okay as I like to knit things that don’t need any sizing….wraps/shawls, etc….the red sounds pretty….live in a smaller place/area and not much to do thus have to try something….I don’t get out much I guess!!

  • Joyce

    I have been knitting for 65 years but now my eyesight is going so this simple pattern is great for me.  I have done raglan pullovers but never a cardi.  I like raglan because I have very broad shoulders that are hard to fit with a set-in sleeve.  Never done a KAL before but might join this one if I can get (afford!) the yarn in time.

  • Anonymous

    Olga here, looking forward to my second KAL.  Not sure which yarn I will use but will post it later.  Lauren, the cable swatch that you chose, will you do this all over?  I was interested in doing the mock right twist but I’ve only made one sweater before and it was in St st so pretty easy.  Could I do the twist just in the front ?  Or should I just stick to the original pattern?  I’m just not sure how to.  Thanks

    • Anonymous

      Hi Olga,
      I’m actually just going to use the cable pattern once, down the center back of my sweater, and then I’m going to have a regular 2/2 cable going down both fronts. I will post pictures in the next blog. The cable in the swatch is  the Hour Glass cable from StitchFinder:
      Of course you could do the mock twist in the front. read next weeks blog for placement ideas!

  • Karen

    So excited to start a new project. I’ll be using Cotton Ease in white, but will work the patttern “as is,” I have limited experience knitting, so changing it up is not really an option.

  • Shirlmac

    I have never used markers in knitting before are they easy to use 

    • Zontee

       Hi there, yes, they’re very easy to use. See this blog post to see how they can be used. Hope that helps!

  • Puncheaven

    This looks like fun to do a KAL. I have always wanted to do a cardiac but too afraid to do on my own!

  • Annie

    Hello from California!
    I’m excited to start my first KAL with you all! I just picked up my Cotton Ease yarn in lime. I think I’ll follow the pattern as is for my teenage daughter, and if it turns out OK, I’ll make another one for myself with 3/4 sleeves and a little longer length.

  • beachkoz

    Markers are wonderful.  Very easy to use.  

  • beachkoz

    I got my yarn today.  After 1 needle change and 4 swatches I think I’m ready to begin.  Happy knitting everyone!

    • Jodie


      I love that you did four swatches!  I am still swatching.  I want to do mine in an all over cable pattern but am still playing with the width and length of the cables.  I don’t want to draw the fabric in too much.     

      • beachkoz

        thank you, but no one mentioned I also should wash/dry swatch, too.  This KAL is good for me; I haven’t knitted in ages and I always took shortcuts, so it’s about time I learned the proper way.

        • Jodie

          Yes, if it doesn’t fit right it’s so dissapointing.  And  I like the top down approach.  I always try my projects  for fit as I go and even with good swatching have had to rip out but in the end it’s worth it.  Oh and BTW I’ve changed my mind about the cables.  I decided that I really like the yarn over increases.  So, I am using a Dutch Lace pattern inserted in the front on either side of the button bands to tie in with  yo increases.  I just finished the 2×2 rib collar so I am ready to get started on my modifications. 

  • Cyn;-) in S. Calif

    So happy to have found this KAL. I have never made a sweater from the top down before so am looking forward to giving this a try. I am intrigued with the comments about adding lace – I might try a lace insert down both or one front and perhaps a touch of ribbon embroidery. I need to decide on yarn and knit up a swatch! This will be so much fun… I am excited! Thank you for hosting this KAL and providing fitting tips along the way.
    Cyn; -)
    in S. Calif

  • Wanda

    Hi everyone.  I am SO EXCITED about this KAL.  I have never done one before.  I am kind of new to knitting, trying it off and on several times before.  I have done a couple of scarves, but have not had much success with guage on the few simple tops i tried.  Recently we started a once a week knitting group at work during lunch.  I am loving it.  Knitting with others is such a joy!  I really like this pattern.  Also thinking about 3/4 sleeves.  The lace sounds lovely, but not sure how you would work in the pattern.  I really like reading the posts, because I have fitting problems as well,  So I am very interested in seeing how everyone goes about making adjustments.  Please keep the posts coming!  Happy knitting!

  • williams.sharon

    It would be really cool to do this cardi with a cable running down each shoulder and one down each front. Can you share with me how to make this change? I am worried that I don’t have enough experience to do it all in the lace, which would be SO beautiful. Not sure if keeping st st along the seams would look good, and that would be the only way I know that would allow a 8 stitch pattern repeat. Any ideas from all of you experienced knitters out there???

  • Plaiddragon

    I am looking forward to this, as I’ve never done a KAL before.  I’ve made about a dozen top-down cardis, but never from a formal pattern.  My mom taught me the ‘percent system’.  I already have some cotton yarn that I’ve been wanting to use and I think this will be perfect.  I’m already planning to add a pocket or two and some length to the body and the sleeves.  If it works out, I’ll be making a couple more for xmas.

  • Meg Mccarthy

    Sounds like fun! I may try to make the sweater a bit longer, but otherwise it looks cute as is!

  • sewandquilt

    If I want the neck to be less open (a tad higher) would I cast on fewer stitches to begin?

    • Jodie

      Sewandquilt,  If you want the neck to be a little higher,  for a top down sweater you’d have to cast on more stitches.  You can look at it like a percentage system.  A typicl crew neck would have about 33% of the main number of stitches left at the end when going from the bottom up.  So, starting at the top you could add about 1/3 of the main number or 33% or even 30%.  I’d be careful to not add too many, especially for a warmer weather sweater.

      Happy Knitting,

      I just started my swatch.  I am trying out some cables

    • Jodie


      Sorry,  you were right, casting on fewer stitches to begin with would make you neck opening higher.  I don’t know where my head was at with my first reply.  The percentages that I included are accurate though. I guess going top down threw me off at first.  Since we are headed downwards and increasing the fewer stitches we add the longer it’ll take to get to our yoke.   
      Again sorry for the misinformation.  Jodie  
      I am trying mine in Bamboo Ewe.  I’ve used this yarn in the past and found that it wears well.

  • Michelle

    I would like to make this in a drapey cotton rayon kind of yarn,  I am alergic to wool.  Any suggestions?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Michelle,
      You could use the suggested yarn, Cotton Hemp which contains no wool and has a nice Drape. Also the Cotton-Ease, Lion Cotton, or Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton would all work nicely for someone with a wool allergy.

  • Carolyn Tolo

    I love this pattern. and thanks for the knit-along.  That makes it more fun.  How often will we get updates on your blog?      CArolyn  Tolo

    • Anonymous

      Hi Carolyn,
      Posts will be up once a week. I’m glad your excited for the KAL!

  • Maria R.

    I just knitted a 4″ swatch with Amazing yarn with #7 needles and I have too many stitches. I think if I have to go up 2 needle sizes it would be too “loose” and not look right.I think a single strand of Amazing is just too thin, I may try doubling the strand to see if I get the gauge if that doesnt work i will have to try another yarn.

  • Dawn

    I just purchased my yarn today, bought Amazing yarn in Acadia.  Love the colors.  I have made a swatch but it looks like I will have to adjust the needle size.  I have to admit I am a lazy knitter in that I have never knitted a swatch before starting a project.  I just knit and hope all turns out okay.  As you can imagine, it doesn’t work out too often with sweaters.  I do have several WIPs as I am not very confident with sewing seams.  I have knitted this sweater before and enjoyed it and it fits.  I am excited to join this KAL and am starting off on the right foot by planning on doing everything right from the beginning.  I have purchased extra yarn so that I can make adjustments.  Happy knitting everyone!  Dawn

  • Joyce

    I, too, have ordered Amazing yarn for this pattern.  I have worked with it before and I know it is a little thin but I hope I can make it work as I really want the self striping.  I also have a mild wool alergy but hope I can handle this little bit touching my skin.  Excited to get started!

    • Maria R.

      Hi Joyce, Can you let me know what needle size to use for the gauge? I havent found the right needle yet. Thanks!!

      • Mariarametta

        P.S. I am using the Amazing yarn

      • williams.sharon

        After looking at this for a while, and realizing my Michaels was all out of Cotton-Ease :-(, I found some Patons Mosaic that is a beautifully verigated yarn in a very similar weight to the Cotton Ease. So that is what I am using -check it out.

  • Idaho Beauty

    I’ve made this and loved the top down construction. However, the neck band was so stretchy I had to weave a strand of yarn along the edge, pull it up to size and secure it. Hoping you may show an alternative casting on method that will solve that problem for me.

  • Stephanie Janes

    I can’t wait to try this KAL… I’m hoping that following a long I won’t frog this like I do with so many projects

  • newgram

    I’m looking forward to joining this group project – going to use Nature’s Choice. Love the feel of this soft, organic yarn. Anyone else using it?

  • Darmstrong18

    Hi! I’m excited about making this cardi. I’ve only ever made baby clothing. I’m finishing up a sweater for my nephew now. It will be nice to make something for myself. I was a little intimidated by the top down construction, but I will attempt it with your help. I bought my yarn, and I’ve just finished my gauge. I’m using   Impeccable by Loops&Threads in Aran. My stitch gauge is correct, but it takes me 25 rows to make 4 inches. So I guess I’ll have to adjust the length as I go. If it turns out well, I plan on making more in different colors.

  • Martha Butala

    Oh I fell in love with it the moment I saw it.
    I’m definitely going to make one for myself.

    Martha Butala
    martha_butala@yahoo:disqus .com

  • beachkoz

    what does it mean to ‘frog’ a project?  curious where the slang came from.

    • Donnaj Hobson

       I, too, asked that question and was told it came from “rip it – rip it”, as in rip it out which is the same sound that a frog makes. Don’t know if that is true or not.

      • Nancy

         Absolutely, Donnaj!…  Hopefully no “frogging” will be necessary for us!  :-)

      • beachkoz

        works for me.  I’ve been giggling while I rip (already)!!!!!! 

  • Mlwooten17

    Hi, my name is Melissa. This will be my first Cardi. Really looking forward to it. :)

  • Anonymous

    Hi!  This will be my first KAL.  I’ve never made a top down sweater for myself.  I can’t wait to choose my yarn from my overflowing stash.  I will post more about changes to the pattern once I choose my yarn.  I’m from Virginia and have been knitting for over 30 years.  I look forward to this new adventure.

    • Dawn

       Hi VaShirlgirl,  I’m from VA also.  I started knitting when I was in elementary school but stopped for a few years.  I started up again about 5 years ago.  I’m near DC, where are you located?

      • Anonymous

         Hi Dawn, I’m in Woodbridge commuting distance to DC. What town do you live in?

        • Dawn

          I’m in Falls Church! 

    • Anonymous

      Hi Aunt Shirl! I can’t wait to go out an buy new yarn and needles for this project. Thanks for letting me know about it! :)

  • Briarhopper96

    I have some gorgeous yarn that was a gift from my mother-in-law which I would like to use, but it is sock weight. Would this pattern be difficult to translate to that weight yarn?

    • Briarhopper96

      the yarn is a single ply wool that knits up on US size 4 needles. I’m going to knit a swatch to get the gauge.  

      My question is, how difficult would it be to adjust the pattern so I could use this yarn on this size needle.  I would say I’m an advanced beginner knitter. I’ve knit socks, cables, and lace.

  • Christin

    I have been knitting for a couple of years and have never tried to make a sweater because it intimidates me.  I am really excited to make my first sweater while participating in my first knit-along!!

  • Christy

    I am in! This will be 1st knit along. I’ve made my 13 year old daughter a couple of similar garments. It is time for me!!! I’ll post back later with yarn decision. Probably small or medium……..need to measure.

  • Sarah

    HI!  I am from San Jose, CA.  I’d love to try this knit-a-long.  The pattern looks easy to follow.  It will be my first time knitting a cardi and joining a knit-a-long.  I don’t know what color I’ve decided yet.  Can’t wait to get started!