Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Options Sweater KAL - It has Options! ... and the Yarn is 20% Off!

The best part of a Knit Along is the camaraderie that develops when a group of strangers from all around the world join together to knit the same project.  But do we have to all knit the same project?  No, of course not!  It's good to have options!

So we bring you . . . the "Options" Sweater Knit Along!

Striped Cardigan
First choose to knit either a simple, sand-stitch textured front pullover in a solid color or a striped cardigan.  Want more options?  You can also choose optional waist shaping, select a crew or v-neck, and pick 3/4 or full length sleeves.

You also have a size option - but we're talking about more than a simple Small, Medium or Large.  The sweater was designed by Amy Herzog (not me, another Amy), the author of Knit To Fit and Knit Wear Love.  One of Amy's fit tenets is that a good sweater fits at the shoulders. The knitter's shoulder measurement is as important here as is the bust measurement.  So in order to make this easy, Amy has created this pattern in twelve sizes to make it simpler to pinpoint the optimal fit.

Dust, Volcano & Enamel
And, of course, you have color options as well.  The sweater is knit with Rowan's Pure Wool Superwash DK.  Pure Wool Superwash DK is a 100% superwash wool yarn that is available in 32 great colors.  Pick one color for the solid sand-stitch pullover, or three colors for the striped cardigan.  You have many, many options for the three colors of the striped cardigan - but we've made it a bit easier with five suggested colorways for the striped project.

For the solid color sweater, Amy chose Flint (105), a subtle gray with a hint a blue, and throughout the KAL Amy will be knitting her own version in Grit (109), a stylish olive green.  For the cardigan, Amy chose Dust (110) as the main color with contrasts of Volcano (107) and Enamel (013).

Sand Stitch Pullover
Bonus:  Rowan's Pure Wool Superwash DK is on sale at 20% off!

So where are the completed project photos?  This is not a mystery KAL, after all!  You are welcome to take a peek at the complete project photos . . . except that the photography isn't done yet.  Both sweaters are in England being photographed with Rowan's usual style, and we will post them on the project page as soon as they are available.  BUT, we suspect that this KAL will be ridiculously popular and Rowan will run out of some colors of the Pure Wool DK.  We wanted to get this project to you as early as possible so that you can order your yarn ASAP!

The KAL kicks off on Monday, October 19th!

The pattern will be released in five "progressive" segments, along with other helpful KAL posts on Amy Herzog's blog.  Videos for each segment featuring tips and fit customization guidance from Amy will be posted as well.  You're encouraged to post your progress photos on Ravelry in the FiberWild! and Friends group, the Amy Herzog Designs group, and the Rowan Love group.

One thing that is not an option - the yarn is 20% off!

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

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