October 2017 KAL – Behind The Scenes

My next knit along, Behind The Scenes, begins October 5th with a new yarn and more new skills.  This unique mystery pattern is a gorgeous cabled design sure to increase your cable skills and knowledge.  Behind The Scenes is knit as a long rectangle that may be worn as a scarf or stylishly buttoned into a cozy cowl.

The cowl is knit in HiKoo’s brand new yarn Oh!  Available in eight colors, this chunky yarn is made of 100% Super Baby Alpaca for unprecedented softness.  One touch and you will know exactly how the yarn got its name because everyone who holds this amazing yarn immediately sighs, “Oh!”.

Once again, button selection was tons of fun for me.  Since they are a prominent feature in the pattern, I wanted a button that was a complement to the bold cable work.  I chose the 1″ horn buttons seen nestled in the yarn above.  For those interested, the buttons are by Skacel buttons #BM0718H30.

All of my KALs are a 4-part mystery pattern with one section revealed each week on my website.    The knit along is FREE with no registration required.  Simply go to my website on October 5th after 9am Eastern time to view the first clue.  What’s not a mystery, is that all of the skills are supported with my online video instruction.  I answer questions daily on my website and Ravelry to guarantee success.

Materials

  • OH! By HiKoo, 100% baby alpaca, 100g / 191 yds, 2 skeins
  • US #10(6mm) needle, straight or 24” circular, or size needed to achieve stated gauge. I used olive wood circular needles
  • 4 round buttons, 5/8 – 1” in size, I used #BM0718H30 (approx. 1″)
  • Cable needle

Gauge   
18 stitches = 4″ in stockinette, unblocked

Size
47″ long, 8 1/2″ wide

I had the great joy of knitting Behind The Scenes with my first pair of olive wood needles.  The richly smooth wood made a gentle sound with a restful feel in my hands.

Created from the wood of non-fruit bearing olive trees, each addi® Olive Wood needle is finished with a plant-based oil to protect its unique look. The needles are quiet and comfortable to work with, as all tips and grips attain body temperature quickly – making them a great choice for arthritic hands.

April KAL – Adorable Ewe

Please join me as we knit a baby sweater in my next Knit Along, Adorable Ewe.  Knit in the soft and washable Simpliworsted, this project is brimming with essential sweater knitting skills.

My KALs are always a mystery, but I will let you know that this sheep-themed sweater is too cute to miss!  Every knitter should have a baby sweater on hand for gift giving.  They are also great way to gain sweater experience.  Whether you are a novice or a seasoned sweater knitter, this project has something for you.

The sweater is sized to fit a six month old baby and is appropriate for a boy, girl or waiting for the gender reveal.  Two skeins of any main color are needed.  Additionally, white or natural is a must for the sheep with black for the accents.

Perhaps the most fun is selecting four buttons for the sweater.  I adore Skacel’s new sheep buttons available in white (above on blue yarn) and natural (above on pink yarn).  The metal circle buttons worked well with the gender neutral gray.

The KAL begins April 6th with a portion of the pattern revealed here each Thursday in April.  Knitters who finish the sweater by May 15th are eligible for the prize drawing sponsored by Skacel.

The KAL is FREE and no registration is required.  Simply go toknitpurlhunter.com on April 6th to download your copy of the pattern.

All of the techniques are supported with my video tutorials. I answer questions daily online at my website and in my Ravelry group. I highly recommend joining my Ravelry group for up to the minute KAL conversations.

Hope to see you in April!
Happy knitting,
Michelle

Yarn
Simpliworsted by HiKoo, 55% merino superwash, 28% acrylic, 17% nylon, 100g/140 yards.

  • 2 skeins Main Color
  • 1 skein sheep color – white or natural (approx. 35 yards needed)
  • 1 skein black sheep accent (approx. 10 yards needed)

Needles
US #9 (5.5mm) 24″ addi circular or straights OR size needed to achieve gauge
US #8 (5mm) 32″ circular needle  (If larger needle size is adjusted, this needle should be one size smaller than adjusted size)

Notions
4 – 5/8″ buttons.
Pictured samples:
White sheep – #BP0760P18
Natural Sheep – #BP0759P18
Metal Circles – BB0176M15

Gauge
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4″ in stockinette

October KAL – Colormatic

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Join me October 3rd for a mystery KAL to create a fabulous cowl featuring four colors of gorgeous Kenzie yarn.  I am recently obsessed with color knitting (subject of my next book) and am very excited to bring you this new pattern!

Kenzie just may be the perfect tweed. New Zealand merino, angora and alpaca lend softness and body, nylon lends strength and silk noils contribute delicate texture and color accents. The smooth, round 3-ply yarn knits into a cohesive fabric that blooms when wet blocked. The angora haze is just fuzzy enough to lend a cozy feel, but not so fuzzy that it will obscure any stitch patterning.

Colormatic magically combines colors and stitch patterns for high impact.  Four skeins (one of each color) will yield a cowl up to 32″.  Eight skeins (two of each color) will yield an infinity cowl up to 68″ to wear fashionably doubled.

The toughest part of the pattern is color selection – they are all beautiful!  Look here for a complete listing of colors. The featured sample was knit with #1000 Pavlova (natural), #1006 Kumara (orange), #1007 Kiwi (bright green) and #1009 Oceania (navy).  I can’t wait to see what colors you choose.

The design is lots of fun for both novice and veteran color knitters.  I will have new videos, of course, to help you along the way and questions are monitored daily.  Beware, EVERYONE will want you to knit one for them – it makes a great Holiday gift.

Need more incentive?  Completed cowls may be entered in the prize drawing to win a set of addi Clicks generously supplied by our sponsor, Skacel Collection.

Here is how the KAL works:

A portion of the four-part mystery pattern is revealed each Thursday at 9am EDT beginning October 3rd at knitpurlhunter.com   Questions are answered daily both on the website and in the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry.  There is no registration and it’s FREE!

Materials

Size – Small 24-32″ (Large up to 68″)

  •   4 (8) skeins Kenzie by HiKoo, 50% New Zealand merino, 25% nylon, 10% angora, 10% alpaca, 5% silk noils 1(2) each in four different colors.
  • US #7 (4.5mm) 16” circular needle
  •  US #8 (5mm) 16” circular needle
  •  Size G or H crochet hook
    • Waste yarn – 2 yards
    • Removable stitch markers

Gauge  – Approximately 20 stitches = 4 inches with smaller needle.

July KAL

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Please join me July 4th for a Summer Rerun of one of my favorite KALs – Center of Attention!

Why Center of Attention?
For every skein of Trekking XXL “Susanne” purchased, our sponsor Skacel will donate $10 to the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research.

We know that many knitters choose pursuits other than knitting in the warmer months so we are waiting until Fall to debut a new yarn and pattern.  (I promise, you will be dazzled!)  Also, with so many new participants in the KAL, it will be fun introducing them to this great toe up sock design.  If you have been a faithful KALer from the start, use the opportunity to donate to a good cause and knit another pair to get a jump on your holiday projects.

Supply List
• Trekking XXL – 75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – 459 yards/100g (one skein).  Sample knit in Color “Susanne”.
• Size 1 (2.5mm) needles or size necessary to achieve desired gauge.  Pattern may be knit with double points, two circular knitting method or magic loop.
• Cable needle

Size – Women’s Medium and Large

Gauge – 8 stitches per inch in stockinette

What is the Progressive Needles KAL?

The Knit Along is a month-long mystery knit with a portion of the original pattern revealed each week.  All of the techniques are supported with the online video instruction you’ve come to rely on from Knit Purl Hunter.  Questions are answered daily should you need any assistance.  It’s like having your own private knitting tutor!

How do I get started?

There is no registration and it is absolutey FREE!  Simply go to the Knit Purl Hunter website and click on the KAL icon. The clues are released every Thursday at 9am EST beginning July 4th.

 

April KAL

Join me April 4th for

Ridgely

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A two-colored shawlette perfect as a stylish neck accessory or to warm the shoulders on a cool spring evening!

Ridgely features techniques new to the Progressive Needles KAL all supported with video instruction.

Prizes supplied by our sponsor, Skacel Collection, include a set of addi-Clicks.

Materials

  • 3 skeins Cobasi – 2 Main Color, 1 Contrasting Color.  Sample knit with two skeins #7 (MC) and one skein #3 (CC).
  • US #6 (4mm) needles, straight or circular, or size needed to obtain gauge of 7 sts = 1 inch in stockinette.
  • OPTIONAL: Crochet hook for finishing technique, size B or C

 

How does the Knit Along (KAL) work?

  • A portion of the pattern is posted every Thursday in April at knitpurlhunter.com
  • Questions are monitored daily on my website and on Ravelry in the Knit Purl Hunter group
  • Completed projects are eligible for prizes furnished by our sponsor, Skacel Collection
  • No registration is required
  • It’s FREE!