First of all, have you snagged your KAL Sale $3 Meeting Point pattern yet? Be sure you do before Monday, because it’s going back up to $6 then!
Ann is wearing size 36/38″, with about 6″ of positive ease!
Since we are casting on Monday, let’s take this week to swatch and decide on a size.
Knit Picks CotLin in Moroccan Red!
I got my Knit Picks CotLin in Moroccan Red this weekend and it’s HOTT! Deep and bright – I can’t wait to cast on!
Now, I know I’m usually the first one to say you don’t need to swatch, but for Meeting Point I’d say swatching is next to worthless if you are planning on sticking to the pattern because you want a very loose knit sweater with a ton of positive ease. If you want to mix it up a little bit, though, pull out those needles and see what you come up with.
Just to illustrate how loose this knit is, I pulled out my size 9s and knit up a 18×22 swatch and got a pretty perfect 4″ across, but a very long 5″ row count! If your row count is off like this you will get a VERY long sweater because of the way this pattern is constructed. You follow the charts, so you can’t just knit until you get to a certain number of inches with this one.
Very Loose Stitches!
But the nature of this sweater is that it is long and loose. And because the yarn creates such a loose fabric, this thing will be growing quite a bit anyway.
My plan? I’m going down 2 needle sizes and knitting this sweater up on size 7s. I’ll be knitting the smallest size, the 32/34 size, despite my 37″ bust size, because I’m going for a slightly more fitted sweater.
But when I say more fitted I really mean just a tiny bit smaller. The fabric will still be very loose, and the sweater will still be very oversized, and still be a good length because it’s still going to grow like crazy!
So you see what I mean about gauging just kinda being a crap shoot? The big thing here is to just look for a fabric you like the density of. My size 9 gauge with the CotLin looks a little loose to me, so I’m going down to size 7s just to see what happens. I like it!
Let’s talk prizes! If you finish your sweater and email it to me or post it on our ravelry forum before July 22nd you’ll be entered to win one of FIVE fun prizes!
1. A Holla Knits yearly subscription
2. A Meeting Point designer Courtney Spainhower pattern of the winner’s choosing
3. The Holla Knits Spring/Summer Collection
4. One of your KAL host Allyson Dykhuizen’s patterns of the winner’s choosing
5. Yarn prize pack
And remember! I’m posting progress photos every week, so be sure to share pictures on social media with #HKKAL, and share pics on our Ravelry Meeting Point KAL thread.
So get swatching, and let me know if you have any questions. Happy knitting!