Are you joining the Autumn KAL?

On Sunday evening I launched the pre-sale for my autumn KAL – Capall Dubh. This started out over the summer when my friend Sue was thinking of knitting a new cardigan. I offered to do the designing and she was going to knit a version of it. I’ve got several beautiful piles of Blue Moon Fibers yarn here so it seemed the perfect yarn for the project.

I knew I wanted a simple enough cardigan that it could be used for everyday wear. BUT I wanted to have enough detail that it was fun to knit. The basic shape of the cardigan is simple, top down body with set-in sleeves from the top down. But I was playing around with pattern stitches and loved the Cherry tree one. I began by using it as the first panel across the top of the shoulder and then I liked it so much it got added to the back as well!

You can see in this photo the stitch panel at the shoulder, I also worked ‘welts’ at each side of the stitch pattern so it really stood out as a focal point for the cardigan. They can of course be omitted if you wanted a more subtle effect.

The front is a gentle scooped neckline that is finished afterwards with ribbing and the buttonbands use small delicate buttons.

I knit the version shown above in Silky Victoria. This is a light dk/sportsweight yarn that is knit with larger needles to give it a lighter more open feel. This plays well with the lacy cable stitch at the back panel.

The version that Sue is knitting uses Gaea Sport. This is quite a heavy sport weight yarn and as the yardage is a little less you’ll need slightly more yarn (weight wise). You can see it in progress here in Smoke on the Water colorway:

As everyone is picking yarns, choosing colors and starting to swatch there’s quite a buzz going on the ravelry board! Come on over and join us.

10 thoughts on “Are you joining the Autumn KAL?

  1. Can’t wait to start….am going to omit the welts so am glad that they are optional….Thanks for a gorgeous pattern.

  2. Never participated in a KAL, but I love this sweater, so I’ll give it a go. Hope I can keep up with you !!

  3. I’m a bit confused about all this. I got my yarn = beautiful Smoke on the Water – but the “pattern” only goes so far. Is there an actual pattern, or is that the first clue I get in October. I’ve obviously never done this before and am not sure how I am to get the information to knit the sweater. All I have printed out is the picture, the gauge, measurements, materials, diagrams and KAL timing. Where is the actual pattern??
    Thanks for your help in this!

  4. Hi , with this first information page you need to swatch to check your gauge and practice the pattern stitch. The pattern is released as a series of clues and each one is sent to you automatically. The first clue is in a few weeks and the others will be every couple of weeks.

  5. Hi
    I would like to join the KAL. Is is too late to get the yarn? How do I do this? I traveled to Ireland this summer and golfed at Old Head in Kinsale and thought of you the entire time. I knitted your Dacite sweater this winter with Another Yarn shop in Winchester, MA. Looking forward to hearing from you so I can order the material and get set to knit this for Christmas for my son’s girlfriend.

  6. OK so I just ordered the pattern and the yarn from Blue Moon. I think I’ve figured it all out! Will await my first clue! Thank you! A

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