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#TCKnewtricksKAL complete!

March 1, 2016
Syncopation Adoration

My #TCKnewtricksKAL project was Syncopation Adoration by Stephen West, knit in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater.

Well it’s been a great KAL on the Tin Can Knits Ravelry group!

With 2016 the Year to Learn Something New here at Tin Can Knits, for our first KAL we challenged you to complete a project which included a technique that was new to you.

There were a grand total of 163 finished entries!  And 238 folk joined in for the chat, shared suggestions, and pretty photos of their projects in process too.

yarn + pattern prizes!

Participate in our KAL for a chance to win one of these lovely skeins!

Winner #1: One skein of Rainbow Heirloom Twinkle Light in ‘driftwood’ plus a Tin Can Knits pattern of your choice!  This lovely combo goes to packerfan36

Winner #2: One skein of Rainbow Heirloom Merino Light in ‘orchid’ plus a Tin Can Knits pattern of your choice!  This lovely combo goes to Shannon41

Winner #3 (Alexa’s choice): One skein of Rainbow Heirloom Solo Light in ‘cherry’ plus a Tin Can Knits pattern of your choice!  This lovely combo goes to maplethedog

She made the Drift shawl , beautiful eh?

Drift Shawl

what did knitters set out to learn?

A lot of folk (myself included) learned to knit brioche!  I made Stephen West’s Syncopation Adoration hat, but I cut it a bit short so it would fit Max.  I experimented with all sorts of colourful scraps of Rainbow Heirloom Sweater.

Syncopation Adoration

Some of the colour combinations are a little jarring, some are beautiful, but I love the overall scrappy effect.  I think I probably need to knit another brioche project or two, to practice increases and decreases further before I’m 100% comfortable with this technique.

Once the hat was finished, it was difficult to choose which should be the ‘right side’ and which would be the ‘wrong side’.  I wanted to add a pompom, or the hat could have been reversible.  Which do you think is better?  I chose the one on the right in the end… but both have their appeal.

Syncopation Adoration

other lovely #TCKnewtricksKAL projects

There were a lot of knitters who made Gather hats or cowls to learn the smocking technique (it’s EASY and very effective… check out our tutorial here).  And many others tried steeking for the first time.  Socks were a popular new technique, some people knit them for the first time, and others learned methods like knitting socks TTAT (two at a time) using the magic loop method.  Here are a few photos of the finished projects, but you can check them all out here.

Some sweaters: ashley1214’s paloma, KatColorado2’s oranje, Sonjers’s tuscarora.

A lovely shawl, tatiealexe’s emiliana, and beautiful socks: sunflowerknit’s oxidized and spazzy27’s the lady of lorien.

Some tiny joggers: lovest’s rocky

And so many beautiful hats and cowls… mamaholmes’s gather, mysparklyshoes’s castlelaw, crochetgeekgirl’s sitka spruce, bhandsaker’s bespeckled beanie, thesejoys’s liguria, and yarnbird’s icelandic star cowl

‘New Tricks’ projects from TCK:


Little Squirrel Socks by Tin Can KnitsDogwood Blanket by Tin Can KnitsRaindrops by Tin Can Knits

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Carol permalink
    March 8, 2016 7:58 am

    The little brioche hat is adorable. I think I knit something years ago in brioche but not sure. I’ll have to try it again. I do love the little jacket with what looks like Liberty fabric lining. Did you make it as well?

  2. Sheila Roberts permalink
    March 3, 2016 10:30 am

    Beautiful presentation. I just found your site when I purchased a pattern from my local yarn shop. The Antler sweater for my new great grand son turned out perfect. Now I will try some of your new patterns. Thanks for a great tutorial.

    On Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 11:00 AM, Tin Can Knits wrote:

    > alexaludeman posted: ” Well it’s been a great KAL on the Tin Can Knits > Ravelry group! With 2016 the Year to Learn Something New here at Tin Can > Knits, for our first KAL we challenged you to complete a project which > included a technique that was new to you. There were ” >

  3. March 1, 2016 7:31 pm

    Your hat is adorable! I have to look that up now!

  4. knittedblissjc permalink
    March 1, 2016 2:30 pm

    so many beautiful projects, wow- congrats to all the knitter flexing their skills. And I love the rainbow brioche hat, it looks so fun! Plus yay for stash busting.

  5. elicia-holden permalink
    March 1, 2016 12:32 pm

    Lovely ,as usual .

  6. Linda permalink
    March 1, 2016 11:09 am

    I so love the idea of trying out something new that you have not tried before. this past week I have tried helix knitting, also some hearts in a hat. what fun! after all you have nothing to lose but fear. lols Linda

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