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A Strange KAL

October 9, 2018

We couldn’t release the expanded Strange Brew recipe pattern AND 8 new colourwork sweaters without a KAL could we?! It’s time to gather up your yarn, pull out your needles, and join us for some knit-along fun!

Feeling bold? Design your own Strange Brew in the KAL!

How to join in:

Knit a project from our new book Strange Brew (either create a unique design of your own following our recipe pattern, or knit one of the 12 designs) between October 9th and December 6 2018, and join us in our Ravelry group here. It’s that simple!

I know there are at least a few of you ready to cast on for the Mountain Mist sweater!

Why KAL?

The number one reason to join a KAL is definitely that the knitting community is awesome. Going to a party with your non-knitting friends and sharing the gory details of your latest knit doesn’t always make you the most popular dinner guest. Gary is pretty patient when I wax poetic about a new yarn or my latest sweater debates (to crop or not to crop, that is the question), but I can definitely see his eyes glaze over eventually!

But knitters? They get you. They can weigh in on your colour debates, the ‘what size should I knit’ questions, the excitement over a new short row method. They get it all. They are dying to hear which yarn you chose, who you are knitting for, what went wrong, and what mods you made. A KAL makes the adventure of knitting a sweater even more fun!

Plus, I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who benefits from a deadline when it comes to getting things bound off, blocked and ticked off the list!

The cropped look was EVERYWHERE at Knit City this year. Icefall includes options for a cropped or full length body.

What are we knitting?

Emily and I will both be knitting along too! I have grand plans for a top-down sweater for Hunter, with colourwork at the yoke, hem, and cuffs, following the Strange Brew recipe pattern. I’ve got my palette ideas started, but the final colour choices will have to wait until the swatch-a-thon has concluded!

A lovely palette of Brooklyn Tweed Peerie for my KAL sweater!

Emily has an unreasonable plan… but this is not unusual! She’s setting out to knit a complete FAMILY of yokes for a crazy family holiday photo. Step one, choose a coordinating set of body colours. Check! More details to come on the Rav group.

After some soul searching (and some help from her friend Nina @rainbowheirloom) Em chose a palette of coordinating body yarns. The red (for me) is a lux alpaca blend that I made at The Border Mill when I visited, the green and grey are tweedy lovelies from stash, and the pink is Brit Light from Rainbow Heirloom… Yum!

Cast on today!

We will be casting on today, October 9th, and knitting our hearts out! Follow along in the Rav group and use the hashtag #StrangeBrewKAL on Instagram!

More Strange Brew knits from TCK:


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Val Sullivan permalink
    November 1, 2018 4:38 am

    Do you have a video for stranding with 3 colours?

    • November 1, 2018 8:44 am

      No, not yet! When possible, we tend to avoid stranding with 3 colours, to be perfectly honest… When I do it, I just drop and pick up the CC yarns one at a time.

  2. Ettenna permalink
    October 16, 2018 6:58 am

    It is stupid question time for me–I am sorry but I am not understanding the difference between he Strange Brew pattern that I already purchased and the new Strange Brew? Is it different in the fact that there are more actual yoke designs? I know this is something that you have probably already addressed so I apologize that I didn’t “get it”. Thanks ever so much….

    • October 17, 2018 10:21 am

      Hi – The Strange Brew recipe pattern has been expanded to include bottom up and top down instructions in 3 gauges. The recipe pattern is the ‘title track’ to our book, which includes 8 sweater designs and 4 accessories.

  3. carmela ricioppo permalink
    October 9, 2018 3:33 pm

    What cast on method did you use?

    • October 11, 2018 2:35 am

      I’m not sure which project you are referring to with this question, let me know and I’ll get back to you. Typically I use the long-tail cast on method, but our patterns don’t specify cast-on and bind-off methods typically, as knitters have their own preferences.

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