Friday, July 24, 2015

Keeping Score with Your Needles - The Scoreboard KAL

The Scoreboard KAL
"Umm, you're not seriously going to knit during the game, are you?"

"Why, yes, in fact I am. Except I'm not just knitting during the game - I am knitting the game!"

Whether you're knitting at home in front of the TV or in the stadium, it sometimes feels like you're all alone.  Michelle Hunter's new Scoreboard KAL Cowl lets you participate in the game with your knitting.

So how does it work?

First, pick your favorite team.  That part is easy!  Pick your favorite NFL, collegiate, high school, middle school or little league football team.  You'll need yarn in your team's two team colors, with an optional third color.  HiKoo's Simplicity is available in over 50 colors, but we made it easier to choose the best colors for your team with our easy team color chart.

Bonus:  We've got HiKoo's Simplicity on sale at 20% off!

The main color (MC) will always represent your favorite team and their points, while the secondary color (CC) will always represent your team's opponents and their points.  There is also an option to add a third color, to provide a visual break line between games.

Then wait for game day!  The idea behind the design of the cowl is fairly simple. When your team scores, you will knit a round in the MC for each point attained. Did they kick a field goal? That's three points, so knit three rounds.  Did they score a touchdown? That's six points, so knit six rounds.  Was the point after good? That's one point, so add another round.

Simplicity in Raffi (#51)
Should the opposing team score on the subsequent possession (Boo!  Hiss!), their points will be knit in the CC following the same rules.  When they get a field goal, you will begrudgingly knit three rounds in the CC.  A touch down?  Sigh . . . You can pout as you knit six rounds in the CC.  You will follow this structure for the entire game, switching back and forth between the MC and CC depending on which team scores.

When the game is over you can knit the optional game-dividing purl rounds, then put the cowl down until next week's game.  When you pick up your needles next week you will continue to knit your team's points in the MC, and the new opposing team's points will be knit in the CC.

When the season is over, you will be left with an AMAZING, wearable knitted record of your team's 2015-2016 season in the Scoreboard Cowl!  

Scoreboard KAL - Revealed!
Spoiler Alert!!!  Michelle has posted a video that shows the completed Scoreboard KAL!  That's unusual - she never publishes photos of the KAL ahead of time so that even we never know what the end result will look like.  But the mystery of this mystery KAL is that no one will know exactly what your Scoreboard Cowl will look like because it is entirely dependent on how many points your team scores at each game.  If your friend follows a different team her Scoreboard KAL Cowl will not look the same as yours.

While it is impossible to know exactly how much yarn to buy (that depends on exactly how many points are scored at each game), Skacel has done a lot of research on the average number of points scored per game and per season, and we are recommending starting with six 50 gram hanks of HiKoo Simplicity in each of your team's two main colors, and one hank of the optional third color.  You may need to buy more yarn if a lot of points are scored each game, or you may have left over yarn to make a hat if defense is strong!

Simplicity in Grass Slipper (#49)
If you're not into football, but your loved ones are, the Scoreboard KAL is a great way to stay involved in the game plus have a great new knitted accessory at the end of the season (and we suspect they will eagerly shout out how many rounds to knit as the home team scores!).

Like all of her KALs, the pattern is free.  It will be revealed on Thursday, September 3rd on the Knit Purl Hunter website.  As always, you can post questions on Michelle's KAL site or in her Ravelry group.

Get ready to play along this season and keep score with your needles!

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

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