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Catkin KAL (Knit Along)

October 27, 2018 - December 15, 2018

Catkin KAL

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The Catkin is a versatile capelet designed by Carina Spencer. She describes this design beautifully on her Ravelry page:

“Catkin is textural, structural, botanical, and modern. It is a union of soft curves and hard lines. It is a shawl, a wrap, a capelet, a scarf… and it’s all yours!

This unique design is knit seamlessly from the top down in three sections. Section One is knit in crescent shape with or without contrasting lines of garter stitch. Section Two begins a chevron texture pattern punctuated by lines of slipped stitches and raglan increases. In Section Three the slipped lines bloom into catkins that dance along the hem among contrasting garter stripes. A single leaf hangs at the tip of each corner.

The catkin and leaf patterns at the hem are all created through the clever use of slipped stitches — there is no 2-stranded colorwork knitting in this shawl! Only one color is worked at any given time and the only color changes are striping.”

In the Catkin KAL you will learn how to:

  • Make a proper swatch to test your gauge and ensure a properly sized cape
  • Do slip stitch colorwork – a method of adding color to your project without having to carry 2 yarns at once
  • Work with 2 colors of yarn – and NOT have a ton of tails to sew in
  • Use stitch markers to keep track of your knitting
  • Read knitting charts
  • Make button holes

The Catkin KAL Schedule

This KAL starts October 27th and ends December 15th, and is held during our regular Stitch & Spin times:

  • Thursday 2-4pm
  • Thursday 6-8 pm
  • Saturday 10-noon

Drop in as often as you like during these times for help and encouragement.

And if you can’t come in for live help on a regular basis, don’t worry! We have online support that includes links to curated videos for the techniques used in the project and explanations of advanced and unclear elements in the pattern.

If you’re not local and want to participate, just send us an email with your yarn color preferences and we’ll will reply with photos and details of yarns that we have in stock. Then we’ll mail your yarn and any supplies you need, and send you a link to the pattern so you can download it.

Items you will need for the Catkin KAL:

  • Approximately 400 yards fingering weight yarn in each of 2 colors (800 yards total)
  • Size US 4 circular knitting needle, 36” or longer, or size to obtain gauge
  • 8 buttons
  • Stitch markers, & tapestry needle

Participants must know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off prior to starting this KAL. This is an intermediate project.

Purchase the pattern, yarn, and other supplies at Mountain Hollow Farm and the KAL is FREE!

Questions? Call (423) 869-8927 or email store@mtnhollow.com.