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The Knit-a-Long Post (Plus the Kitchener Stitch and a Free Pattern!)

Aug 14, 2009


Monkey Socks: Wrap-Up

Our first knit-a-long was a great success! When I started this knit-a-long back on July 1, I wasn't sure how it would go. I'm thrilled that Monkey Socks by Cookie A. were knit by about 20 people and to date there are 241 thoughts shared on the forum.

I'm so happy that so many of you knit the sock with me and took the time to share your tips and tricks along the way. We really created a nice community, didn't we? I'm especially glad this knit-a-long filled a knitting group need many of you have--sometimes it's hard to find knitting groups for a variety of reasons, and I'm glad you all found us! We learned about Judy and her RVing lifestyle, and we admired Terry's beautiful Jitterbug blue colorway, and we shared tips about knitting different heels and some lace tricks, too. I had a fabulous time with you all, and since I've only knit one sock so far, the fun will continue.

Here are a few photos of finished socks:

 

Free Slipper Pattern and a How-to Video about the Kitchener Stitch

For those of you still working on your socks, I thought you'd like a video tutorial on the Kitchener Stitch (also known as grafting). This is one of those things that I have to look up every time I do it, so here's a reference for you, too! (If you're more of a picture person than a video person, get yourself a copy of The Knitter's Companion by Vicki Square. This little book has lots of technique help, including the Kitchener stitch.)

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And Now . . . the New Knit-a-Long!  

Yep, it's a landslide victory for the Central Park Hoodie (1838 votes, 49.2% of total votes). YAHOO!!

I hope I didn't unduly influence you, but if I did, THANKS FOR VOTING FOR THE HOODIE! My beautiful pink Tahki Donegal Tweed thanks you, too. The Every Way Wrap came in second, followed by the Falling Leaves Scarf, the Diagonal Rib Socks, and the Feminine Mittens.

The original Hoodie is in the fall 2006 issue with sizing up to 48" bust. For those who need the plus-size version, purchase the pattern with the complete size range exclusively at the Interweave Store. Here's a quick summary of the project:

Finished Size: Sizes 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)" bust.
Yarn: Tahki Donegal Tweed (100% wool; 183 yd (167 m)/110 g): #803 yellow-green OR #869 dark-taupe (brown): 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 18, 20) skeins.
Yarn weight: #4 - Medium
Gauge: 17 sts and 24 rows = 4" in St st on larger needles.
Needles: Sizes 6 (4 mm) and 8 (5 mm) needles, or size to achieve gauge, Size 6 (4 mm): 32-40" circular needle
Notions: Cable needle (cn), Stitch markers, Stitch holders, Yarn needle, Buttons (optional), Crochet hook (optional)
Originally Published: Knitscene, Fall 2006

Since this is a big sweater, the KAL will last until the end of October, so check in to the new Knit-a-Long forum and let's start swatching together (yes, swatching, not knitting the actual pieces until we all get gauge!).

Get Your Free Ribby Slipper Pattern!

To celebrate the end (for some of us) of the Monkey Sock KAL, here's a free sock pattern: Ribby Slipper Socks by Cathy Carron. These are on my list for Christmas for my nephew, and I might add a doggie face or something like that because nephew Henry loves animal slippers! (You'll also find five other patterns when you download the Ribby Slipper Socks because it's part of our free ebook Easy Knits: 6 Free Easy Knitting Patterns from Knitting Daily.) Download your free eBook today and don't forget to forward this email on to friends who could also use some free easy knitting patterns!

  Cheers!

Kathleen

 

 

By the way, I had the honor of meeting Cookie A. at the Sock Summit. See how thrilled I am to see her? She was gracious and so glad to hear about our KAL with the Monkey Sock. Hers was one of the longest lines in the book signing area, and I was happy to stand and knit my way to the end of it.

 

 



 


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pianucky wrote
on Aug 18, 2009 11:02 AM

Help! There seems a lot of confusion re this pattern. Kathleen- please let us know if we need to purchase this pattern or will you be providing it. Honestly, it does seem a little over my head so if I have to purchase it I won't be doing it, sadly. I also vote for something a little less complicated- and free- for next time especially with Christmas coming up I would like to improve my knitting skills.

bizzylizzy wrote
on Aug 18, 2009 3:17 AM

Well, I have learned a lesson by participating in this KAL. I swatched with my Lamb's Pride worsted (85% wool, 15% mohair) and, while I usually knit to gauge, discovered that this was not the case with this yarn. In order to reach the gauge in the pattern I had to adjust my needle size from 8 to 10. This was a surprise - one I'm glad I discovered before I knit the whole sweater and then had to give it to my slimmer daughter.

CarynS@5 wrote
on Aug 17, 2009 8:34 AM

I looked through my old issues of Interweave Knits to find that I don't have that issue. BUT, rather than buy the one pattern, I think I'm going to buy the CD of that entire year! I think it's more cost-effective.  I do agree also about the pattern for a knit along being free, however, if this is a pattern by a particular designer they may require some sort of royalty. Could this be the reason for the need to purchase this pattern?

on Aug 14, 2009 3:31 PM

I have never participated in a knit-along.  I have the pattern and will probably not make the socks for a month or so, but I would love to read the comments from those who have already done them.  How do I do that?  thank you.  ElizabethH

ConnieC@7 wrote
on Aug 14, 2009 1:49 PM

I made the Central Park Hoodie for my granddaughter who is in college near Pittsburg PA.  I made it last September.  I only put the cable up both sides of the center and around the hood.  It really looked great.  Also, crocheted around the opening and put loops for buttons.  I made it in a beautiful shade of teal.  She loved it

on Aug 14, 2009 1:02 PM

I am inclined to agree with Valerie about having to purchase the pattern.  I did just do so online, but the Monkey Sock pattern was free.  What is the difference?  I have never participated in a knitting group before.  While it does sound fun, I also look for value.  To me, the value would be the included pattern.  Thanks for listening.  JenniferJocelyn

ValerieA@6 wrote
on Aug 14, 2009 10:50 AM

KAL patterns for other groups are usually offered gratis for a imited time. Not so here?

and it states: The original Hoodie is in the fall 2006 issue with sizing up to 48" bust. For those who need the plus-size version, purchase the pattern with the complete size range exclusively at the Interweave Store.

Why should someone with the original need to re-purchase?? Just for size adjustments.

Where do we who do not need plus-sizing find the pattern?

Crochet a-longs seem to be more participant friendly.

LyndaCT wrote
on Aug 14, 2009 9:52 AM

I love the idea of the Knit-a-Long as well as the new Hoodie project. I'm a fairly novice knitter, tho, and have never done cables. This project looks like it's for advanced knitters - is it? Any chance a second Knit-a-Long project could be selected for those of us who are less experienced?

LadyKRose wrote
on Aug 14, 2009 9:18 AM

I, too, am knitting the Monkey Socks.   But I had to finish another pair that were under way.  I'm doing them the two-at-once on two circulars method.  I really like doing two-at-once.  Completely avoids the "second sock syndrome" to which I am as susceptible as anyone else.  I'm on the leg with 4 1/2 pattern repeats done.  Soon to the heel and on to the toe, eh?!!!  Nice pattern and simple enough to follow without too much intense focus.  I can knit on these while at my knitting group and that's a PLUS.

Karen430 wrote
on Aug 14, 2009 7:31 AM

32 (36, 40, 44,    48, 52,      56, 60)"

6 (   7,   8,    9,    10, 16,      18, 20) skeins

The yarn requirements jump between 48" and 52" seems excessive, are these numbers correct?