It’s Time for a New Knit-Along!

We've had such a great time knitting the Minimalist Cardigan by Ruthie Nussbaum. I continue to be amazed both at the wealth of knowledge you all possess and at your willingness to share it!

You are such a great bunch of knitters and friends; during this knit-along (KAL) we talked about all kinds of things around knitting. We shared what we did while knitting (most of us watch TV or listen to audiobooks); we discussed whether or not we were actually doing moss stitch or seed stitch or something in-between (and we decided it didn't matter); and we consoled a couple of our friends who were affected by the recent tornado in Mississippi (thankfully, everyone's okay).

If you're thinking about knitting this pattern, there are tons of great tips in the forum. Some folks made the sleeves narrower (and detailed it for all of us!), some made alterations to the stockinette section in the front (cables up the edges, ribbing at the bottom, slip stitches on the edges), and lots of people knit the back and fronts all in one piece.

But I continue not to be able to knit to my own schedule. Brother!! I vow to complete the next KAL on time, which means I'll have to put down the Minimalist in order to do so, but so be it.

Here are some of the gorgeous, finished cardis.

ComingUndone's Minimalist Cardigan     Budasue's Minimalist Cardigan
SJC's Minimalist Cardigan ArtfulSoul's Minimalist Cardigan

New KAL Offerings!

How about a lacy knit-along this time? Here are four options from our pattern store that are all summery lace—there's a tank, a tunic, a hoodie, and a shawl to choose from.

The Bonsai Tunic by Norah Gaughan is one of our most popular patterns. It's comprised of two different lace patterns, a flattering ribbed waist with a tie, and a plunging neckline. Bamboo yarn makes this drape beautifully.      Connie Chang Chinchio's Apres Surf Hoodie is a unique summer knit—it pairs fingering weight yarn and small needles with a silky alpaca yarn and an open, arrowhead lace pattern to make a breezy sweater perfect for summer evenings.
The Clementine Shawlette by Michele Rose Orne is the perfect summer wrap. It's designed with an easy lace pattern and strategically placed shaping that forms cute ties in front. It's all about the details in Theresa Schabes's Sleeveless Tuxedo Shirt. The lacy bib plus the swingy tank equals a cute summer top you'll wear a bunch. Linen yarn makes it perfect for a hot summer day, too.

Just decide which one you want to knit and then click here to vote on your favorite. I'll announce the winning design on May 14.

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