November is probably my favorite month – with October being a close second. Amazing autumnal sights, my birthday, holidays with family… and sweater knitting! What is not to love?
This is my third year participating in the National Knit a Sweater Month “NaKniSweMo” knitalong, hosted by Shannon Okey at Knitgrrl. My first knitalong year – 2006 – was very successful. I made two sweaters that November, Cherie and Kolsva. Last year – 2007 – I made my first colorwork garment, my beloved Aftur yoked pullover. For 2008, I have set my sights pretty high. I want to finish a sweater, but I also am planning to focus on some of the vests in my Ravelry queue – and if I can fit at least one of those in this month, I will be thrilled.
First things first: my sweater!
I cast on for Francis Revisited, a top-down raglan sweater with an attached cowl neck(Ravelry project page and free pattern link here). The pattern caught my eye on Ravelry earlier in the year. It reminded me of a great red sweater that I had in college that I loved to death – I wore it often and it pilled like crazy in the wool/acrylic blend. I almost cast on with one of the red yarns in my stash, but then I decided that this heathery green wool/alpaca/silk blend would workvery nicely. And so far, it has! This yarn was a cone of approximately 1100 yards of aran weight that I bought at School Products in New York earlier this summer.
Are you up for the challenge of knitting a sweater in one month?
Only two days in – you have time to catch up! Check out the Ravelry NaKniSweMo headquarters!