It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Today is the day to finally cast on our Selfish Sweater Knit Along sweaters! What I love about announcing the KAL sweaters with three weeks to wait until we cast on is that everyone very diligently gauges and gets the right materials and reads over the patterns, like we are all suppose to do before starting a project but rarely do.What I hate about announcing the KAL sweaters with three weeks to wait until we cast on is that we have to wait THREE WEEKS to get started on these awesome sweaters!
So let’s dig in! There are quite a few of you knitting both of these sweaters along with me so we’ve got no time to waste. Helpful hint: There is going to be more knitting assigned for The Loop each week than with MUYM, so plan accordingly!
Make Up Your Mind
Even though the Make Up Your Mind pattern was released last month, there are already a TON of FOs on ravelry, and many of them appear short. A lot of you were concerned about this on our MUYM KAL forum, so we are going to be modifying the pattern to add 4″ of length to this tank. 2 of those inches are coming this week!
We are breaking the first band, the Cellular Stitch, into two parts and will cover our first two weeks of this KAL
This Week’s Make Up Your Mind Goal: Cast on and get started! But you’ve got 2 choices going forward:
- Add 2″ of K2P2 rib to the bottom of this tank. Julie suggests 1″ of rib be added to each tank, but we are adding length and security at the bottom of this tank so I’m upping it to 2″. This addition will be great if you are planning on making a very fitted tank. Depending on how many stitches you are casting on for your size you may have to increase or decrease stitches at the end to make your rib work out. Just remember to get back to your original stitch count before starting your Cellular Stitch next week.
- Add 2″ of Cellular Stitch, so your first band, when finished, will be between 4 1/2 – 5 1/2″ depending on your size. If you are making a looser tank, either by upping your sizing or fabric, this would be a great way to go because you wouldn’t want it clinging at your hips with a rib if it’s loose and flowy. Keep in mind that we’ll still need a way to weigh the bottom of this tank down to keep it from rolling, so at week 8 I’ll be adding a couple rounds of single crochet to the bottom edge.
Whatever way you decide to go, this week you are casting on all those stitches, joining to work in the round being SUPER careful not to twist, and making 2″ of top. Whether that be rib or Cellular Stitch is up to you.
The Loop Entrelac Tank
We might as well knock the most difficult part of this tank out early, right?! We start off by making the entrelac straps for this tank and building the top from them. If you’ve never entrelaced before this is a great project to start with, since we are only casting on 12 stitches per strap. Bonus? I made a step by step (if not terribly long-winded) how to video on getting started with this strap! Cast on and knit along with the video with a little one on one entrelac help.
You are starting with your contrasting color here, but honestly both colors are used pretty evenly throughout the top. And remember to work in some main color stripes as you go if you choose!
This Week’s The Loop Entrelac Tank Goal: Make one strap. Easy as that! Well, it’s entrelac, so it’s not THAT terribly easy, but your start and end points are very clear!
(Don’t tell anyone but next week’s goal will be to make the second strap. Big surprise, right?!)
So be sure to throw your needles in your bag before you head out to your Memorial Day BBQ because you’ve got some work to do! Be sure to post pictures on our our Ravelry Group or email them to me so I can show off your handiwork on next week’s blog. I want to see some HOTT entrelac!
As always, email me, comment on the blog, post to our Ravelry Group, or tweet with hashtag #solkal to get questions answered.
Good luck and happy knitting!