October 21 2016 – thisisknit
Hello, it's Nadia (Bunnyt) here, and I'll be your guide through some of TIK's favourite Knit-a-longs that are happening this season. Sometimes it's hard to keep up with the fast pace ofÂ RavelryÂ and you might miss the announcement ofÂ yourÂ perfect KAL. So how about taking a quick look at today's round up of Â Top 5 KAL's running through this October / November season -Â it might help you navigate your way to some fun new techniques and a gorgeous FO... Stephen West - Building Blocks KAL We're sure by now you have seen Jenny's inspiredÂ InstagramÂ pictures of Townhouse Yarn choices for the Building Blocks MKAL happening over on Ravelry.Â It can be a little difficult to get your hands on the suggested yarn for the KAL so we think eitherÂ Fade St.Â or Â Clarendon SockÂ would be the perfect substitute. This is a mystery KAL so you don't see what your making until the last clue is released but (if you would like a sneak peek) there are a few spoilers floating around the Ravelry group and on Instagram!Â There is also a mini KAL for everything Brioche over in theÂ WestKnits fan clubÂ group. This is a nice one if your not up for a full on KAL but would like the support of trying Brioche on a smaller project. TheÂ Briocheveron CowlÂ has been a favourite option for this knit-a-long so far. 2. WoollyWormhead MKAL After the excitement of her recent workshops here in This is Knit, we are all still wanting a bit more ofÂ Woolly. Thankfully we can participate in her 9th mystery hat knit-a-long! This year there is a little bit of a twist: there are 3 hats, each featuring the same stitch pattern, but you can choose between a beret, beanie or slouchy style. You have plenty of time to get your needles and yarn ready for this one. We're thinking of Dublin Dye DK orÂ Ella Rae DK. The boards for this are always fast, fun and full of support, so make sure you follow alongÂ here. We're still in awe of Woolly's approach to hat construction, and this KAL is guaranteed to incorporate her signature fun details and clever techniques.Â Don't you just love how Woolly's mind works? 3. Carol Feller Luwan KAL / Wrap up Winter KAL It wouldn't be Autumn without a garment KAL from Carol. This year she has a beautiful textured stitch pattern with short row shaping calledÂ Luwan.Â This KAL is happening on Carol's dedicatedÂ KAL group on Ravelry,Â which is fantastic resource for support direct Carol and from a friendly bunch of fellow KAL-ers. Luwan is knit from the top down and we think bothÂ Malabrigo Rios andÂ Juniper Moon HerriotÂ will work for this design.Â The original yarn straddles between a DK and Aran weight though, so a tension swatch will be essential before committing.Â Carol has written a little bit about swatching for this garment over onÂ her blogÂ and it's definitely worth a read. If the garment KAL is too big of a commitment, Carol is also running aÂ Wrap up Winter AccessoryÂ KAL on the Stolen Stitches group. News is released in herÂ News ReelÂ thread and it's perfect for the smaller "Knitmas" gift knitting season. 4.Â Ysolda Teague Knitworthy Ysolda is back with Knitworthy 3, an annual gift knit-a-long for those that you deem worthy of a beautifully knitted gift. There are 8 patterns which are released every two weeks starting from the13th of September. There is still plenty of time to join in and it's always fun in theÂ Ravelry Group. We really like the look ofÂ AlleunmerÂ inÂ Ysolda's Sport 5ply yarnÂ but if you can't get your hands on that you can look atÂ Baby Cashmerino,Â Malabrigo Finito,Â Mirasol NunaÂ orÂ Grafton 4ply.
5. Boo Knits - Halloween mKAL We couldn't leave out one of favourite shawl designers - Boo Knits always runs a fun knit-a-long and this year is no exception. The Halloween KAL has a little nod to the 400 year anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. TheÂ TabooÂ shawl is a top down crescent shape that has a bit of lace, beads and that Boo Magic. We're in love with bothÂ Findley by Juniper MoonÂ and Townhouse YarnsÂ Trinity 2plyÂ for this spooky KAL... Do you have a favourite designer running a KAL at the moment? Drop a link in the comments so we can all have a look too! If you're joining in a KAL and need help with choosing the right yarn for your project then you can drop into the shop - we would only be too happy to help - or you can find us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram as @ThisisKnit.Â