Are you ready for clue 2 of the Galanta knit-along?
Don't worry if you aren't there yet. We want you to enjoy your knitting at your own pace, but for those of you who are ready, let's dive straight in:
For this part of the knit-along, we are moving on to the upper body of our sweater.
I'm often unsure how to name this section.
If it was circular, you'd call it a 'yoke' but for set-in sleeves, that doesn't sound exactly right. So I've settled on 'upper body'!
You start by dividing the front and the back of the sweater.
As always, I opt to join a new skein of yarn, so the yarn is there waiting for you when you are ready to move onto the second side.
However, if it annoys you to have extra yarn just hanging there, you can skip that step and just join the yarn when you come back to work the front! (You won't forget to start on the wrong side of the sweater, right?)
We will now work just on the back of the sweater.
First, we shape the armholes and then, when that is complete, we will add a small section of the faux cable pattern to the right shoulder.
Finally, we finish with short rows to shape the shoulder slope.
When the back is finished, we will return to the front stitches.
We immediately divide them in two and begin working on the v-neck shaping at the same time as the armhole shaping. Then we finish off with a little faux cable on each shoulder.
When the Front is also complete, we'll turn inside out and use our three-needle bind off to create the perfect shoulder join.
If you don’t like have extra skeins of yarn attached, you can omit the addition of the second skein of yarn when you divide at the underarm. Just make sure you begin on a wrong side when you return to work on the front!
The faux cable positioning on the back of the sweater can very easily be modified.
I liked how it looked as just a small detail on one shoulder but you could add it to both shoulders, or even all the way across. Just remember to add extra stitches for the pattern and decrease them when you are done.
If you do not want your v-neck to be as deep as written in the pattern, you can move the start of the v-neck further up the front. Alternatively, you can work a wider neck ribbing in your finishing.
This is easier to do on larger sizes as you will have more rows to still work the correct number of neck decreases. For the smaller sizes, you can only move it by a couple of rows.
If you want to change the depth of your armhole, you can just work your upper body for a little longer or shorter. Again, be careful shortening it as you may have a shortage of rows on smaller sizes for working the neck decreases.
If you add length and you are working the full sleeve sweater version, you may need to follow the sleeve directions for a larger size as you will have a larger armhole.
Are you planning any mods in clue 2 of the Galanta sweater or vest?
Don't forget to pop into Knithub to chat about this clue and any modifications you're undertaking.
Just finding out about our Galanta KAL now?
There's plenty of time to join in the fun, just click here:
It's one of our favourite times of the year around here...
It's Autumn KAL time!
We get to dream about our first sweater for the cooler weather and this year we went for options.
Because everyone's dream sweater is a little different.
So join us this autumn as we choose from various scrumptious yarns, different edges and modifications, as well as choosing between a full sweater or a vest pattern.
A knit-along may be just what you're looking for.
You'll find lots of help along the way when you run into problems and tons of support to cheer you on to the finish line.
Our knit-alongs are always released as 'clues' with each part of the pattern released on the schedule. For the Galanta KAL, the release schedule will be as follows:
To begin with, grab the Galanta pattern here. It comes with a full complimentary workshop series for the KAL ahead.
Then you will decide if you want to knit the sweater or the vest.
Now it's time to grab the yarn kit for the vest or the sweater. All kits come with both Nua Worsted and Blasta yarn options. You can see Nua Worsted kit knit up above in the vest and Blasta for the sweater.
Yes, you can also stash dive if you have some prized yarn at home you can't wait to cast on with.
Once you have your yarn and pattern, you can join the KnitHub chat forum here to chat with fellow knitters about which option you picked and get started with your swatching and sizing!
Finally, you need to log into Teachable to access your video workshops. These will be added as each new clue is released. You will also find pattern updates in here too as well as a dedicated comment section.
Now all that's left is to start swatching!
Have any questions?
Post them in our dedicated KnitHub KAL channel here.
Clue 1 of the Holly Blue KAL is live!
Grab your needles and let's dive in. This cardigan is knit from the top down, so we are starting off strong and putting all of your excited knitting energy to work.
In this clue release, we are working the yoke. This means we are taking on the Bumble Bee lace pattern and those subtle yoke increases and, of course, we will be working some German short rows.
If you need a quick refresher about the Holly Blue knit-along you can press play here:
If you're new to our knit-alongs, we have a dedicated support and chat thread in our Knithub. This is where you can find all the updates, dedicated thread, and community support.
This year, our knit-along participants have decided to create teams prompted by the wonderful Liz Dolan. Susan Weeks has created these stunning team logos.
Aren't they fantastic?
All you have to do is choose your team and join the chat in Knithub. Susan has kindly allowed us to use the logos on social media, so if you are using them on social platforms outside of Knithub, please make sure to credit her!
Don't forget that we will have spot prizes for each clue release and our grand prize will be drawn on June 22, 2023.
Joining the knit-along after the live launch? Watch the live replay of Clue 1 right here:
During our Instagram Live, we covered some of your most popular questions for this knit-along. You can watch the replay below. Don't forget we will be live at 2.30pm Irish Time over on Instagram every Thursday, and you can catch the replays on our YouTube channel here.
You can find all the videos for the Holly Blue KAL right here.
We always recommend swatching. Though if you have used Nua previously and have a note of a swatch in the correct needle size and stocking stitch you can use this but please do swatch the lace pattern! You can find our tutorials on how to knit a swatch and how to block and measure a swatch and more on our tutorials page.
We have a full blog post right here on how to choose your garment size. It covers positive and negative ease and the importance of swatching. The Holly Blue cardigan sample pictured shows the 39.5” / 100.5 cm modelled with 4” / 105 cm of positive ease. The model is 5’ 6” tall. The sweater works best with 2-4” / 5-10 cm of positive ease.
Each new part of the pattern will be released as a 'clue' on the schedule below:
No, you are welcome to join us and knit from your stash! Just make sure that your swatch meets the recommended gauge for the knitting pattern. You can, however, nab a pattern, workshop and yarn kit bundle right here.
The Camira KAL (Autumn 2017) is for a sweater that is knit in two different directions. It starts with the back panel, then moves on to the shoulder and sleeves worked out from each side of the panel and finally the body is picked up from the bottom of the yoke.
You can see an overview of the sweater in this video:
Clue 1 is for the back panel. With this you need to take care that your slipped stitches don't get too loose.
It's now time for the video for clue 2:
On clue 3 we move on to the body, see a chat about this clue here: