To catch up those of you who are hearing about this KAL for the first time. It started August 6th and is going officially until September 17th although I imagine people will be finishing up for a while afterwards. We're working on The A-line Hoodie pattern by Diane Soucy and it can be found on page 22 of Knit Red by Laura Zander. The pattern calls for Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street Collection, Cashmere Fleur de Lys in color #416. But you may use any yarn you like that you can get gauge with and it doesn't have to be red!
Diane Soucy (from Knitting Pure and Simple) and I have filmed more videos for you. We decided to redo the How to Cast On for a Top Down Sweater video to make it shorter and more concise. Feel free to check it out on our Instruction page if you are just getting ready to cast on.
This week, we created a few new videos to help you with additional steps in top-down sweater knitting. This video shows you how to create buttonholes and divide for the sleeves on a top down sweater. As a bonus, it also shows you where to measure from to start your waist shaping.
This second video shows you how to pickup stitches for the neckband on a top down sweater. The same technique applies for hoods as well. We also talk about why you want to pickup around the neckline before you make your sleeves. I loved this part because I have always wondered why Diane instructs us to always work the necks before the sleeves. Now I know why and feel a little silly that I hadn't thought of it myself! It makes so much sense and I'm so glad I learned it. Watch the video to find out too!
If you wish to watch them all please go to our instruction page. I've been adding text to all the existing videos and we're are always adding more each month!
And finally I a couple of A-Line Hoodie progress photos to share with you all!
Tylette totally rocked this KAL! She's already done! She knit her A-line in Plymouth Encore in color #174. I just love the gorgeous deep red color and just know she's going to get a ton of use out of this hand knit!
One of our local customers (and soon to be employee) Sara is cruising right along too! She's alternating three hanks of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Badlands colorway and they don't quite match each other as well as she would like. She was nearly done but didn't like the way the color was working out so... she frogged back and started again. Here is her second try which she is much happier with. She has decided to not make it an a-line sweater and instead is decreasing for the waist, increasing again for the hips and she's putting buttons all the way down the front.
I would love to share photos of your projects. Please feel free to email your photos to me and I'll share them here on the blog or on Facebook.
Remember, I am here to help you each step of the way. You can post your comments and questions in the ravelry groups, Jimmy Beans Wool and Stitch Red. or email me at askTerry (at) jimmybeanswool.com.