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It's Time for a New Knit-Along!

May 5, 2010

We've had such a great time knitting the Minimalist Cardigan by Ruthie Nussbaum. I continue to be amazed both at the wealth of knowledge you all possess and at your willingness to share it!

You are such a great bunch of knitters and friends; during this knit-along (KAL) we talked about all kinds of things around knitting. We shared what we did while knitting (most of us watch TV or listen to audiobooks); we discussed whether or not we were actually doing moss stitch or seed stitch or something in-between (and we decided it didn't matter); and we consoled a couple of our friends who were affected by the recent tornado in Mississippi (thankfully, everyone's okay).

If you're thinking about knitting this pattern, there are tons of great tips in the forum. Some folks made the sleeves narrower (and detailed it for all of us!), some made alterations to the stockinette section in the front (cables up the edges, ribbing at the bottom, slip stitches on the edges), and lots of people knit the back and fronts all in one piece.

But I continue not to be able to knit to my own schedule. Brother!! I vow to complete the next KAL on time, which means I'll have to put down the Minimalist in order to do so, but so be it.

Here are some of the gorgeous, finished cardis.

ComingUndone's Minimalist Cardigan     Budasue's Minimalist Cardigan
SJC's Minimalist Cardigan ArtfulSoul's Minimalist Cardigan

New KAL Offerings!

How about a lacy knit-along this time? Here are four options from our pattern store that are all summery lace—there's a tank, a tunic, a hoodie, and a shawl to choose from.

The Bonsai Tunic by Norah Gaughan is one of our most popular patterns. It's comprised of two different lace patterns, a flattering ribbed waist with a tie, and a plunging neckline. Bamboo yarn makes this drape beautifully.      Connie Chang Chinchio's Apres Surf Hoodie is a unique summer knit—it pairs fingering weight yarn and small needles with a silky alpaca yarn and an open, arrowhead lace pattern to make a breezy sweater perfect for summer evenings.

The Clementine Shawlette by Michele Rose Orne is the perfect summer wrap. It's designed with an easy lace pattern and strategically placed shaping that forms cute ties in front.

It's all about the details in Theresa Schabes's Sleeveless Tuxedo Shirt. The lacy bib plus the swingy tank equals a cute summer top you'll wear a bunch. Linen yarn makes it perfect for a hot summer day, too.

Just decide which one you want to knit and then click here to vote on your favorite. I'll announce the winning design on May 14.

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Minimalist Cardigan Knitting Pattern

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The Minimalist Cardigan is knit in allover moss stitch.


Bonsai Tunic Knitting Pattern

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Two lace patterns and a simple tie embellish the Bonsai Tunic


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Bonnie620 wrote
on May 17, 2010 4:25 PM

Has a project been selected? I'm game, just need to know the pattern! :)

zahav6 wrote
on May 10, 2010 3:29 PM

I love the Bonsai tunic as well, I am just a little apprehensive about the yarn. I looked it up on the Berroco website, and it is a ribbon yarn. I've never worked with that kind of yarn before, and I've read that it isn't easy to knit.

I would love a challenge, so I'm up for trying it, but I don't know where to begin - like do we have to be careful not to twist the ribbon?

AprilD wrote
on May 7, 2010 12:03 PM

I haven't participated in a KAL yet.  I love the Bonsai Tunic.  I have it all printed up and the yarn ready to go.  I am starting it now...even if it doesn't win the vote.  It's my next "For-me" project.  So I'm hoping it does win the KAL vote, because I'll probably need help with it.  Hee hee hee. Here it goes...I'm off!  Vrooom!

on May 6, 2010 4:49 PM

Here's the Ravelry link for the Apres Surf Hoodie, showing more views. It's a pullover.


ChocS wrote
on May 6, 2010 2:59 PM

Are there any other pictures of the Apres Surf Hoodie?  The picture does not show if if is a pullover, cardigan, type of neckline, whether there are pockets or much of anything.

ArtfulSoul wrote
on May 5, 2010 3:23 PM

Bonsai intrigues me...challenging for bustline mods working in lace!  Apres Surf has always caught my eye too...though the teeny yarn and lots of yardage, imagine it will take awhile.

KnitNoir wrote
on May 5, 2010 3:20 PM

Bonsai Tunic looks ideal! I need to get to it and finish up my Minimalist Cardi before this kicks off though :-)

Janet@4 wrote
on May 5, 2010 3:09 PM

Looking forward to joining in on the fun....I think I should have the patterns SOMEWHERE!!!!  Now to wait for selection and get my yarn!

e4dforever wrote
on May 5, 2010 3:04 PM

I love the Bonsai Tunic- Perfect Spring KAL