Hello friends, it's Claire here and I'd like to invite you to join our Issue 7 KAL! This is the first time we are running a KAL for one of our magazines, and we cannot wait to see what you talented people create, and share what we are working on also!
But first things first; How is the KAL going to work? Let's check it out:
The KAL begins on April 1 and will run until May 31.
To take part, all you need to do is knit something from Issue 7, using whatever yarn you wish! It doesn't have to be yarn purchased at Making Stories and doesn't have to be the recommended yarn for the pattern.
Ways you can get involved:
Post on your grid about your project using the hashtag #MakingStoriesJoyKAL
Make a reel using the hashtag #MakingStoriesJoyKAL
Join in our IG Lives
Every other week we will draw a prize winner using the hashtag. Projects do not have to be completed to be in with a chance of winning a prize, you just need to be taking part! We may have a final prize draw at the end of the KAL though for all the FO's!
We're going to have fun!
We're super excited to come together and knit on some Issue 7 projects with you. Though our official start date is April 1, it's absolutely fine if you have already cast something on already. It's a super relaxed KAL with one goal; to have fun and knit together!
What are we making?
Choosing the first cast on from a new issue is always hard, but this one has been particularly difficult! But after much deliberating (especially from me!) we've finally settled on our KAL projects. Let's take a look!
Hanna Lisa's project: Serendipitee
Seredipitee is a top down, boat neck, short Dolman sleeve, waist length shirt. The front and back are made separately and seamed together. This top has so many possibilities. It is reversible and if you would like you can make two back pieces, or two front pieces and seam them together for a different look.
Hanna Lisa plans to pair it with the original yarn, Kelbourne Woolens Mojave. At the moment of writing this post, I'm not sure which colour she has decided to go for, but whatever she picks I know it will look gorgeous because their shades are stunning!
Claire's project: Merrymaker
Merrymaker is a colourwork yoked sweater is knit seamless from the top down. The neckline, hem and sleeve cuff are worked in half-twisted ribbing. After the neck ribbing is knit, short rows are worked to raise the back of the neckline slightly. A few increases are worked and then the stranded colourwork chart begins with more increases dispersed in the stockinette-only sections. After completing the yoke, sleeve stitches are placed on hold as the body of the sweater is knit in the round while continuing to work stranded colourwork to the hem. Sleeve stitches are picked up and the stranded colourwork is worked to the cuff.
For my version, I've decided to go stash diving and use a BFL/Masham yarn for the main colour, and a gorgeous Baby Alpaca & Silk yarn called Feather from Botanical Fibres as the contrasting colour. I'm only using one contrasting colour, so the vibe will be a little different to the original version, but I can't wait to cast on!
Elsa's project: Color Wave Socks
Socks don't come much more joyous than these! The Color Waves socks are constructed in the round from the top down with a contrast textured ribbing cuff. The motif is very simple, but the main feature of this design is the contrasting heel flap and gusset, worked flat with intarsia and finished with short rows. The final length is customisable. The ‘colour wave’ is made by embroidering with the contrast colour to highlight them.
Elsa has decided to pair them with Retrosaria's Mondim, which comes in some stunning colourways! I can't wait to see which one she decided to go with!
Jess's project: Sea Forest Socks
There are so many things to love about Sea Forest! These socks are knitted toe-up. At first, only the top of the foot is knitted with lace, while the sole is worked in garter stitch, simulating the movement of the ocean currents. Once the heel is done, the lace covers the entire leg. The final length of the socks can be adjusted as desired.
Jess has chosen to knit her Sea Forest socks with one of our favourite sock yarns, Mominoki Finnwool! It has beautiful stitch definition, and will be perfect for that lace detail!
So you know what we are making, now we'd love to know what your cast on plans are! Let us know in the comments below, and if you wish to check out all the patterns and purchase Issue 7, head to our website now. It's available in print, digital, and as part of our rolling Annual Subscription!
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I'm thrilled to be back in this space, and with something really, really exciting at that! For the past year, I've been on the hunt for a sustainably-produced fluffy yarn - we used to carry Knitting for Olive's Soft Silk Mohair which is delightful, but also... everyone has it now? So I was looking for something that was a little out of the ordinary, but also responsibly sourced, and as it goes with anything that involves mohair and silk, that was really hard.
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