The Summer Holla Knits KAL kicks off next week, so that means this week we’re talking materials! Each designer will have a chance to set you up for success this week by going over what you’ll need to get your perfect summer knit finished by Sept 7th. First up was Beach House, and today it’s me for Francisco Cowl!
This is a summer KAL, and Francisco Cowl is a warm weather bandana cowl knit up in fingering weight yarn, but what this KAL presupposes is, maybe it isn’t?
I’ll be knitting a worsted weight version of Francisco Cowl, with a few modifications, to bring this cowl with me into fall and even into winter.
I’ll be using Blue Sky Alpaca Extra, a baby alpaca and merino blend, that’s pretty heavenly! I’ll be making a few modifications to the original design to accommodate the change in gauge, and I’ll be talking about them as we come to them.
First mod? I’m upping my needle size from 4s to 6s for the worsted weight yarn. It’s still smaller than the yarn suggests, but I’m looking for ways to reduce the size around so it’s as snug as I can make it without doing an entire pattern overhaul, and I think that will help.
So whether you’re sticking to the original fingering weight yarn, and you really can use any fingering weight yarn for this project – it will all look awesome!, or want to get crazy along with me and going worsted – we’ll talk about everything throughout this KAL!
Round one starts NOW! Vote once a day for as many collections as you like now through Aug 13th at midnight. The top 4 vote getters will move on to Round 2 kicking off on Aug 24th. Share your favorites with #HKMiniComp!
The Summer Holla Knits KAL kicks off next week, so that means this week we’re talking materials! Each designer will have a chance to set you up for success this week by going over what you’ll need to get your perfect summer knit finished by Sept 7th. First up is Teresa Gregorio for Beach House!
From designer and KAL host Teresa Gregorio: Welcome to the Holla Knits Beach House KAL!
Here’s some preparatory information for you to be ready when the official start day arrives on the 10th.
DK weight yarn: the two samples in the pattern are done in radically different fibres, which shows that you have options! You can have a wool-based yarn or a cotton/linen one. Because this patterns doesn’t call for much yarn (at least, as far as tops go!) you can likely even use a precious skein or two!
Size 8 / 5 mm circular needles (at least 16”): As always, if these needles don’t get you gauge then find ones that do!
Notions including stitch markers, stitch holders OR scrap yarn, 2 spare DPNs, and a tapestry needle. Those spare DPNS are for creating the pleats, and those stitch holders OR scrap yarn are for the stitches you’ll place on hold and return to later.
To Do: PLEASE, if you ever do a gauge swatch, do it for this pattern. It relies heavily on a very aggressive blocking so that the mesh opens up and drapes nicely. If you do not block, you run a very high risk of ending up with a top that is ill fitting, and does not look like any of the pattern photos.