All right, gang, let’s talk winter Knit Along!

Voting happened, and the winner is the Catalina Beach Sweater!!

Here’s a video that has all the below information (and lots more) in it so check it out if you’re so inclined (and then scroll down to the last section – Things to Do Now):

The Catalina has eyelets, chevrons, and portions of stockinette so I don’t think it’s too advanced for most, and you can even get into a nice groove while you’re knitting it. If you’re nervous because it’s your first time making a sweater, you’re in the right place. The whole point of making your first sweater within a KAL is so you can have support and help when you need it.

If you’re very much a beginner knitter and you don’t have experience with lace or increasing or decreasing, you can still join and make a sweater. The steps aren’t really that hard, once you learn them. The hardest part will be going slowly and paying attention so that you don’t have to backtrack. I’ll give little tips and hints along the way to help make it easier as well.

Here are things you should be aware of when it comes to the Catalina KAL:

Sizing (5:54 in video)
32 (36, 40, 44) in / 81 (91, 102, 112) cm, after blocking
**Intended Ease = 4 in / 10 cm

Supplies (09:00)
Pattern – Catalina Beach Sweater (50% off until February 8th – add it to your cart for the discount to apply)
Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton, 100% prima Cotton, bulky / 12ply, 110g / 155yd, 4 (5, 6, 7) skeins (15% off with this link!)
US 10 / 6.0mm circular needles, 32in / 80cm
Optional: US 10 / 6.0mm straight needles
(or size needed to obtain gauge)
tapestry needle, scissors, measuring tape, stitch markers, blocking pins

Gauge (12:24)
With US 10 (6mm) needles, 11 sts x 20 rows = 4 x 4 in / 10 x 10 cm in stockinette st

Timeline (17:04)
The actual schedule is still TBD, but it will likely take place over one month – starting February 8, 2016.

Things to Do Now
1. Buy the pattern, the yarn, and your needles. (And any other notions you don’t have – see above).
2. Join the KAL support group. You can share pictures, ask questions, and get pretty easy access to me if you need it.
3. If you want to share your knitting progress on social media (and you want me to see it!), you can tag me on twitter or instagram with @kristincreates, #weallknithere, or #wakhkal.
4. Join the email list for the KAL!!! If you don’t join, you won’t get information about it. This is the last notice you’ll see because I’m not going to bother people that don’t want to join. So it will be business as usual in my regular facebook group and on the blog. You HAVE to join the email list. (If you voted in this round for the KAL, you’re already signed up so no worries!)

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3 thoughts on “Winter KAL: Catalina Beach Sweater

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  2. Klaine

    Hey Kristin,

    I got my yarn yesterday and had to start the sweater already. I am making the XXL version of it and I am on rows 31-37 of the front after the splitting. Now it says to repeat rows 21-28. However, the stitch count is not the same as the ten rows before as you already decreased some stitches. Could you please tell me how to continue?
    Thank you in advance!


    1. kmjones3 Post author

      Ahh, thank you so much for bringing this to my attention!! Here is the revised pattern for the XXL:

      Row 31: Purl all sts.
      Row 32: Left: k16, k2tog / Right: Ssk, k16 (17 sts)
      Row 33: Purl all sts.
      Row 34: Left: K4, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, SKP, k4 / Right: k4, SKP, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k4
      Row 35: Purl all sts.
      Row 36: Left: K5, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, SKP, k5 / Right: K5, SKP, yo, k3, yo, k2tog, k5
      Row 37: Purl all sts.
      Row 38: Left: K6, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, SKP, k6 / Right: K6, SKP, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k6
      Row 39: Purl all sts.
      Row 40: Knit all sts.
      Row 41: Purl all sts.
      Row 42: BO all sts.


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