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We Want You! (To Pick Our Spring Knit-Along Project!)

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We Want You! (To Pick Our Spring Knit-Along Project!)

The holidays are over and your hand-knitted gifts (yes, even the stragglers) are all done. If you’re like us, you can use some inspiration for a new knitting project. That’s why we’re kicking off our Spring 2013 Knit-Along! Help us choose the winning pattern and we’ll work on it together, step-by-step, throughout the spring.

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Vote by April 21, 11:59 pm Eastern. Remember, you must submit your vote through SurveyMonkey for it to count!

KAL spring 2013

Want a sneak peek at the patterns? Click these links for the patterns shown above, clockwise from top left: Slip Stitch Sampler Throw, Tranquil Green Tank Top, Fireside Patchwork Afghan and Ginger Sweater.

We’ll announce the winner here on Thursday, April 25th. We’re excited to have our friend Heather Lodinsky hosting. We can’t wait to see what the winning project will be!

New to knit-alongs? Check out our guide to knit/crochet-alongs for some helpful advice. Crocheters, we’ll be having another crochet-along in the coming months, so keep an eye out for an announcement.

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  • slip stitch sampler throw i bought some new yarn today at r local yarn shop . i would love to make this. i am so excited

  • I voted via the survey monkey link. I had only two choices because both sweaters only have four sizes. I’m disappointed by this as I really like the look of the Tranquil Green Tank Top.

  • the afghan project sounds awesome!

  • Not an afghan too many afghans aready. Something to wear like the tank would be the greatest!!

  • The tank seems more suitable for spring. By the way, it’s “sneak peek” not sneak “peak.”

    • Oh no! I can’t believe I missed that. Thanks for letting me know; it’s been corrected.

  • Tank top is appropriate for spring/summer. That’s my vote.

  • Ginger Sweater is my first choice, Slip Stitch Sampler Throw, and Fireside Patchwork Afghan are tied for second in my book, Just not sure I could afford that much yarn right now. I woudl never make Tranquil Green Tank Top. sorry not modest enough for this 48 year old.

  • The slip stitch afghan or the tank top.

  • Slip stitch sampler throw!

  • Tank top.

  • I like the ginger sweater

  • the afghan project

  • Green tank op

  • Ginger sweater

  • love, love, love the ginger sweater or the green tank top. I would make each of them and wear them too. they are so pretty and great for the spring.

  • love the green top!

  • Definitely the slip stitch sampler throw!

  • The slip stitch looks like something I could do. I’m not a great knitter but I try my best. I belong to a group that gathers yarns and then shares them with anyone who will make an item that we give to a charity.Great way to keep the yarn clutter to a minimum.

  • slip stitch sampler throw sounds great. I really like the colors.

  • I can’t decide between the green tank and the fireside afghan. I’ve never made an afghan before.

  • Afghan:)

  • The Tank Top sounds wonderful and challenging at the same time.

  • I have already made two of the six squares and my friends and family think I am ssooooooooooo talented! These are color combinations I normally wouldn’t think to put together, and the picture does not do the finished product justice. It really turns out to be a work of art!

    • How does the back look? I sometimes really dislike the wrong side of knit afghans that I’ve tried!

  • slip stitch sampler sounds great to me.

  • I love the slip stitch sampler Afghan, and I’m actually needing one! I considered myself an intermediate knitter until I looked at this. It looks really hard! I’m a color change cheater only using painted or multi colored yarns on socks & stuff. I don’t know if I can tackle this without tears…

    • This will be a great way to play with colour changes! If it comes about, I hope you will make it and really enjoy it!

  • I love the slip stitch sampler Afghan, and I’m actually needing one! I considered myself an intermediate knitter until I looked at this. It looks really hard! I’m a color change cheater only using painted or multi colored yarns on socks & stuff. I don’t know if I can tackle this without tears…

  • I love the green tank top!!!!! And I did vote. Sounds fun!

  • The slip stitch afghan would be my choice, great incentive to keep up and finish a large project.

  • Green Tank Top! Would be great to wear this summer!!!!
    (Blankets are for fall, keeps your lap warm while you’re working on it. Let’s do something we can wear!)

  • I think the tank top. Something to enjoy this time of year when it is made. Everything else to warm

  • sampler throw.

  • I love the slip stitch sampler throw! It gets my vote.

  • The slip stitch afghan looks good!

  • The slip stitch afghan looks challenging… but I would go also for the tank top..

  • Tranquil Green Tank Top – it’s cute and I could go for some tranquility!

  • I would love to do the sampler afghan

  • the tank top, deffinatly, i’ve never done a knit along, but if this one wins, I just might come a long!

  • Sampler Afghan

  • Sampler Afghan

  • I like the tranquil tank top. Never did a knit along I’m just an average knitter and would like to try something different. Have done too many afghans and blankets.

  • Green knit tank top. It’s been in my favorite file for awhile now and I would love to wear my knitting besides scarves!

  • No matter what I click on, I get a close up of the Ginger Sweater.

    • Hi Stephanie, which links are you clicking? If you click the large image of all of the projects, it will take you to the voting page, which starts with the Ginger Sweater. The rest will be shown with details as you scroll down to cast your vote. If you’d like to see the patterns for each of the individual patterns, the links are highlighted in orange just beneath the graphic. I hope this is helpful! 🙂

  • Ginger Sweater

  • I vote for the slip stitch throw. It’s gorgeous.

  • Definitely the tranquil tank – I’ve had my eye on that one for a while, but it looks like a step up in my skill levels, so it would be welcome to get advice on it as the project progresses. No throws or afghans this time of year – it’s been such a long winter anyway, the last thing I want to see right now, let alone knit, is a blanket of any kind!

  • slip stitch afghan!

  • I like the tranquil tank top.

  • Love the slip stitch sampler throw

  • Love the slip stitch sampler throw

  • The Fireside Patchwork…. I would really like to learn how to knit cables

  • Patchwork Afghan – would be good to have some help with this one…

  • Fireside throw! It’s gorgeous!

  • Fireside Patchwork Afghan! I am downloading the pattern and hope to start it soon, even if it is not the knit-a-long!

    • Glad to hear it, Deb–Nicky Epstein is a very talented designer and it’s a great pattern.

  • Ginger sweater!!

  • Once again, you offer a KAL with the only two choices for garments in a very limited size range. Both the Ginger Sweater and Tranquil Tank Top are pretty and stop at 1X, although many, even most of your women’s garment patterns go up to 2X or even 3X. Some plus-size knitters could and would make and wear these designs if sized up to at least 2X. Why leave us out? We buy more skeins of yarn than typically sized knitters. It’s just a diss. No, I don’t need to make a blanket to wear, and although I like both blanket patterns, I don’t appreciate being given only half the number of choices other KAL participants have, and I don’t want to make a blanket at this time of year. This reminds me of the year you gave us Pearl’s Cardigan and didn’t ask the famous designer to upsize it. I have bought a lot of Lion Brand yarn over the years; I’m beginning to wonder if you’d rather I didn’t.

    • Hi Greening, sorry you’re feeling frustrated. I’d like to address some of the questions and issues you bring up: For knit- and crochet-alongs where we have votes, we choose patterns that we feel have enough different design elements and skills that we think will create a rich and interesting project. However, since we’ve started doing knit-alongs, you’ll find that the vast majority have been patterns that include 2X and 3X sizes, such as these knit-alongs: Wisteria Shawl Collar Pullover, Saturday Morning Hoodie, Inishturk Sweater, and last year’s Custom Raglan Cardi knit-alongs. Our crochet-alongs also usually include 2X and 3X sizes as well, such as the Moderne Jacket, Mesh Raglan Tee, and last year’s Glittery Shrug.

      Furthermore, we’ve heard over the years that there are a lot of people who would like to do afghans (as you can see from other comments on this blog post), so we do sometimes include afghans in the mix. Plus one of our most popular knit-alongs was of the Tree of Life Afghan and two of our most popular crochet-alongs were afghans (the Crochet Sampler Afghan and a guest designer crochet-along with Edie Eckman).

      As for our guest designer crochet-along with Kristin Omdahl, since it was a pattern that was given to us free by the book publisher as a contribution to the crochet-along, we don’t have the ability to affect the sizing. We appreciate all the time and energy Kristin (and other guest designers) put into leading these free events on our site, but we also recognize that being busy designers who teach classes and design for a living, they may not have the time to resize a pattern specifically for the event. Kristin did however explain that since it’s a top-down cardigan, it can be made for any size, and she did explain how to calculate changes to make it for your specific bust size in this post:

      As with many of our knit- and crochet-alongs, Kristin talked about customizing the project to your needs in her posts, so we hope in the future that you’ll follow along and see if a pattern can be adjusted for you (and you can always jump into the pattern if/whenever you choose), even if it’s not in the exact size you’re looking for.

      • I get the point. You want typical-size crafters all of the time, and you’ll include me some of the time. You’ll accept whatever a designer gives you without asking that they provide a more inclusive size range. The headline at the top of this page says “We Want You,” but it should say, “…Unless you wear a plus size over 1X.” FYI, the Spinrite family of comparably priced yarns (Bernat, Patons, etc.) sizes nearly all their patterns up to 4X. So I know who wants my business and who would rather not work with me. Just ordered Kitchen Cotton for the Fair Isle bag; kind of wishing I hadn’t…

        • Zontee – I appreciate your explanation and attitude in your response.

  • I like the slip stitch afghan

  • I am thrilled at the prospect of a knit along. Thank you for continuing to provide opportunities for me to improve and advance my skill, talent and creative endeavors.

  • Slip stitch throw!!

  • my vote is for the tranquil top

  • Tank top

  • Tank Top cause its spring!

  • I like the Tranquil Tank Top

  • I have to agree with the tank top, because some day, it will be spring in Illinois!

  • I love the slip stitch sampler y hope it would be the winner.

  • I love the Tranquil Top and I’ve always wanted to knit a sweater. I’ve knit a raglan sweater for children and have done socks, cables and intarsia knitting sampler projects so hopefully the skills wouldn’t be too hard.

  • Slip stitch sampler

  • Tank Top

  • The Green tank top!!

  • Id like to do the slip stitch sampler throw!

  • Afgan project looks wonderful

  • The afghan is the one for me! I’ve loved it since I first saw it. Just wish I could afford the kit!

  • I vote for either one of the tops, with a preference toward the Tranquil green tank top. I haven’t knit anything, other than hats to wear, but I would like to start.

  • I love the tranquil tank top. Its perfect for spring/summer

  • Definately tank top!

  • I vote for the Slip Stitch Sampler Throw:)

  • I vote for the Fireside Patchwork Afghan

  • slip stitch sampler please

  • Tank top, for sure! I’m so ready for WARM weather and when it does, I’ll have something special to wear!!

  • Tank or Blanket are my favorites

  • Ginger sweater 🙂

  • sampler throw

  • Slip stitch afghan!

  • That slip stitch sampler is so striking. I love it! Hope you choose this one.

  • the tank would look good over a lighter layer for the evening

  • tranquil green tank top. I recall eyeing this a couple years ago and wanting to make it for our daughter. I have since then knit a child’s sweater and feel more confident. Am ready to take on this bigger project.

  • I love the sampler throw or the afghan

  • Tank top

  • Slip stitch sampler!

  • Patchwork afghan would be amazing but I’d do the sampler as well

  • Tranquil Tank Top! Love it!!!

  • green tank top

  • Slip stitch sampler!

  • Fireside Patchwork Afghan

  • Slip stitch afghan!

  • fireside patchwork afgan

  • the tank top is too cute.

  • fireside sampler afghan please 🙂

  • I go for the slip stitch afghan, I am going to make it regardless

  • Tranquil Green Tank Top

  • Would like to try the Fireside Patchwork Afghan

  • I absolutely love the sweater!

  • Slip Stitch Throw I hope would love to make this!!!

  • Afghan project

  • Tank top!!

  • I love the colourway of the slip stitch sampler afghan. The colours actually match my new sofa and throw pillows. I hope that this is the project picked.

  • Tranquil Green Tank Top has my vote.

  • Can’t wait to see what the winner will be. Today is Wednesday April 24th. The suspense is killing me!

    • We’ll be announcing tomorrow!

  • when are they announcing the winner? It was supposed to be yesterday but they changed it to today. what time? I can hardly wait!

  • The afghan project is excellent

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