Let’s Make a Sweater in November

It’s time for NaKniSweMo again. What??? Yep, NaKniSweMo. Kind of rolls of your tongue, doesn’t it? It’s actually National Knit a Sweater Month – also known as November to non-yarnie folk. According to Knitty, NaKniSweMo has been around since 2010 when Shannon Okey copied NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month – which my sister does every year…)

It never fails that each year when October rolls around, I start thinking about doing NaKniSweMo – dreaming about which sweater I want to knit, scrolling through Ravelry, testing out yarns from 3 Kittens, etc. A couple of years ago, I participated (and if I recall, I held a Knit-A-Long at the store). That year, I made a Janesville Jacket out of my favorite yarn – Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok.

I still haven’t figured out what I’m going to knit this year. Something simple or something more complex? Will Covid allow me more time to knit or less? My daughter wants me to knit a sweater for her, but do I want to make something for her or something for myself? I have a week to figure things out! In the meantime, here’s the plan if you want to join me:

  • Choose your sweater.
  • Buy your yarn – obviously at 3 Kittens… If you already have yarn in your stash from 3 Kittens, feel free to use that. There’s no need to buy more!
  • Join our Facebook Group (see below).
  • Join our Zoom knit/crochet-a-long* (see below).
  • Swatch your project.
  • Get ready to start your sweater on Nov 1!

Facebook Group We have a private Facebook Group just for NaKniSweMo 2020. You can join here. In the group you can:

  • Share what you think you might want to work on (links to Ravelry and/or photos are encouraged).
  • Ask questions about your project – I’ll try to answer.
  • Post pictures of your progress.
  • Get to know each other better.

Knit/Crochet-A-Long* Gather virtually with me on Thursday evenings in November (except for Thanksgiving Day) from 6-7pm via Zoom. I’ll put each week’s Zoom link in our Facebook Group (if you don’t do Facebook, you can email me for the link as well). I’ll be working in the store during that time, but since it’s typically slow on Thursday evenings, we can meet, even if I have to get up and help somebody in the store. These Zoom gatherings are FREE! It’s really just a place for us to sit and talk while we knit, so there won’t be any teaching. But I’ll be happy to answer questions as they come up. Sign up for the Knit/Crochet-A-Long here.

Let’s have fun!

*I know it’s NaKniSweMo, but crocheters are welcome to join as well (for NaCroSweMo???).

Year of the Sweater: 4th Quarter

We’re excited to announce our 4th Quarter inspiration sweaters. These are the sweaters that each of us in the Yarn Department at 3 Kittens wish we could make this fall if we could only find the time!

Here you go –

Antler Cardigan

by Tin Can Knits

Cecilia’s pick is sized from infants to 4XL adults. The Antler Cardigan is truly a sweater for everyone!

Suggested Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool SW Worsted (219 yds/25gr; 100% Wool): 2-9 balls

Alternative Yarn: Spud & Chloe Sweater (160 yds/100gr; 55% SW Wool, 45% Organic Cotton): 2-12 skeins

Join our Antler Cardigan Knit-A-Long this fall!

 

Barnard

by Lori Versaci

Shelley likes Barnard because it will be easy to wear for all sizes.

Suggested Yarn: The Fibre Co Cumbria (236 yds/100gr; 90% Wool, 10% Mohair): 5 (6, 6, 7) (7, 8, 8) skeins

Alternative Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca (215 yds/100gr; 50% Super Fine Alpaca, 50% Peruvian Wool): 5 (6, 7, 7) (8, 8, 9) skeins

 

Brickyard

by Elizabeth Doherty

Casual and comfortable, Brickyard  is Jane’s favorite.

Suggested Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool SW DK (137 yds/50gr; 100% Wool): 9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20) balls

Alternative Yarn: The Fibre Co Luma (137 yds/50gr; 50% Wool, 25% Cotton, 15% Linen, 10% Silk): 9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20) skeins

 

Gwyneth

by Amy Miller

Cables and a classic fit make Gwyneth Shayne’s pick for fall/winter.

Suggested Yarn: Swans Island All American Sport (185 yds/40gr; 100% Rambouillet Wool): 8 (9, 9, 10, 10) (11, 12, 12, 13) skeins

Alternative Yarn: Outlaw Bohemia Sport (183 yds/50gr; 45% Polwarth Wool, 45% Alpaca, 10% Possum): 8 (9, 9, 10, 10) (11, 12, 12, 13) balls

Koto

by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

Koto is on-trend with it’s hi-lo hemline – right up Laura’s alley!

Suggested Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Solo (109 yds/50gr; 45% Silk, 45% Kid Mohair, 10% Lambs Wool): 12 (12, 13, 13, 14, 15) skeins

Alternative Yarn: Sugar Bush Bold (190 yds/100gr; 100% SW Merino Wool): 7 (7, 8, 8, 8, 9) balls

 

Tangled Up in Gray

by Sloan Rosenthal

Elizabeth thinks the Tangled Up in Gray pullover would look great with jeans and boots.

Suggested Yarn: Rowan Hemp Tweed (104 yds/50gr; 75% Wool, 25% Hemp): 11-16 balls

Alternative Yarn: Cascade 220 (220 yds/100gr; 100% Wool): 6-8 skeins

 

What do you think of our choices? If you’d like to participate in a Knit-A-Long for any of them this fall/winter, leave a comment, and we’ll add you to the interest list. As soon as we get a few eager beavers for any sweater, we’ll put it on the calendar.

Happy Sweater Knitting!