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Our much-anticipated summer knitalong yarn, Linaza, is finally shipping from Plymouth Yarn!  So…. we can finally get started!  I’m so sorry for the delay in the project and hope that it has simply given you time to finish up a few unfinished things over the summer, and get familiar with the pattern we chose.  It’s going to be a fun one!


If you missed out on our previous Summer KAL blog post, click here for all the details!

Let’s take this week to pick up or pick out yarn, if you haven’t already, and we’ll start our weekly meeting in person next Thursday,  9/10, at knit-night, 5-7pm.

When you pick up your yarn, the first thing you’ll want to do is knit a swatch.  I know, I know… but not only is it important for determining the finished size of your sweater, but it also affects how much yarn you use.  You don’t want to run out of yarn!

I would recommend swatching both the plain stockinette square and the lace stitch pattern.  If you have trouble getting started with the lace pattern, give it a try in a thicker yarn until you get the hang of it.  It’s not a super difficult stitch combination, but the smocking takes some getting used to.

Linaza swatches

I did a stockinette swatch by doing the following:
Cast on 34 stitches
Knit 6 rows for a garter stitch border.
Row 1: K5, p to the last 5 sts, k5.
Row 2: Knit across.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have a square slightly larger than 4″ so that you can measure accurately.  Measure your gauge across the center of the square.  If you are way off, mark your current row with a safety pin and change to a different knitting needle (size depends on if you need to knit tighter or looser).  If you are pretty darn close to gauge, knit 6 more rows in garter stitch and bind off.  WET BLOCK!  Pinning out to a flat, square shape.

I did a swatch in pattern, by doing the following:
Cast on 45 sts.
Knit “Back Body Chart”, from the page marked “Body Charts A”, repeating the center repeat of the diamond stitch pattern 3 times.

[In other words, knit the beginning of the row, continue until the second red line, then go back to the first red line and repeat the stitches between them until only 5 stitches remain, and work the last 5 stitches of the chart on the other side of the red line.]

Repeat the chart until you have more then 4″ to measure in the center of the swatch.  Bind off and WET BLOCK, pinning out straight edges.

If you want to read more about swatching, click here for all of our previous posts!