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Hawthorn Sweater KAL

Do you love Autumn? I think secretly; every knitter loves the coming of Autumn. Finally, we get to think about heavier yarns and plan our winter wardrobe. Finally, we can now get all those cosy knits we’ve been planning on our needles.

This year’s KAL sweater is an ode to texture. It’s got lots of little knitterly details that make my heart sing. It starts with an alternating cable cast on that flows into the Mistake Rib. From here, the Sand Stitch is a natural continuation into the main body of the sweater.

Probably my favourite detail is the shoulder, and I’ve wanted to design a sweater with this style that folds towards the back for years. It took a bit (read a lot) of number crunching, but I love the end result. The rich, plush texture of the Hawthorn sweater allows you to enjoy the tactile nature of knitting thoroughly and will leave you excited for colder days.

You can press play on this video, and I’ll introduce you to all the sweater and KAL details, or scroll on to read all about our Autumn KAL:

Construction Details

split hem
Split hem detail at the bottom of the Hawthorn sweater

This sweater begins at the bottom hem with an alternating cable cast on. The front and back are worked separately to create a wide split hem at the bottom. After the ribbing, the body of the sweater is worked in Sand Stitch. This is like an extended moss stitch, with knit rounds in between!

Shoulder detail

When you’ve finished the body, you will separate for the yoke. The yoke is finished separately on the front and back, giving you a bit of a hiatus before taking on the shoulder sections. The shoulder is shaped with rapid decreases at the back, and then the front is wrapped over to join at the back. This is the little detail that makes me super happy! Next, the front panel shoulder is seamed to the back decreases for a few inches of seaming. This is the only seam in the entire sweater!

Generous sleeve & Cowl option

The sweater is finished with generously sized sleeves worked from the top down. More room with the sizing at the top of the sleeve creates a more relaxed fit for this sweater. The cuffs are finished with Mistake Ribbing to match the gorgeous split hem.

The neck can be finished in two ways; either with the cowl as shown or with a shorter crew neck option. When you are purchasing yarn, there is enough included in the kits for the cowl, so reduce by 68 yds / 62 m if you are omitting the cowl.

KAL Timing

Each new part of the pattern will be released as a ‘clue’ on the schedule below:

  • Clue 1: 22nd September
  • Clue 2: 6th October
  • Clue 3: 13th October
  • Clue 4: 27th October
  • Final Prize: 10th November

A complete video workshop will accompany this KAL, so you will have all the support you need. All our workshops are available 24/7, and you can access them via desktop, tablet or mobile. Each set of workshops is released with each stage of the clue, so you will never be overwhelmed with information. In addition, you can chat and comment under each workshop or come and join us in our dedicated Knithub forums as we work through each clue section.

This workshop is only available with the pattern purchase until the end of the KAL. After that, it will be sold as a separate workshop.

If you purchase the pattern from Stolen Stitches, you’ll be automatically added to the workshop (with the same email). If you purchase through Ravelry, you will have a code that you can add to access the workshop.

Pattern Details


To Fit Actual Bust Circumference Up To: 31.75 (35, 38.25, 41.5, 43.75, 47, 50.25, 53.5, 55.75, 59)” / 80.5 (89, 97, 105.5, 111, 119.5, 127.5, 136, 141.5, 150) cm

5-7″ / 12.5-18 cm of positive ease recommended.


Finished Bust Circumference: 36.75 (40, 43.25, 46.5, 48.75, 52, 55.25, 58.5, 60.75, 64)” / 93.5 (101.5, 110, 118, 124, 132, 140.5, 148.5, 154.5, 162.5) cm

Size 40″ / 101.5 cm modelled with 5″/ 12.5 cm positive ease.

Length: 22.75 (23.5, 24.25, 25, 25.5, 25.75, 26.5, 27, 27.5, 27.75)” / 58 (59.5, 61.5, 63.5, 65, 65.5, 67.5, 68.5, 70, 70.5) cm from top of shoulder


Stolen Stitches ‘Nua Worsted’ (60% Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Linen; 109 yds / 100 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g); Dare You (9913), 12 (13, 14, 15, 16, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20) skeins for cowl version

Approximate Yardage: 1242 (1353, 1445, 1549, 1650, 1714, 1829, 1941, 2042, 2134) yds / 1139 (1241, 1326, 1421, 1514, 1573, 1678, 1781, 1873, 1958) m this includes cowl.

68 yds / 62 m less for the crew neck version.


Two US size 7 / 4.5 mm circular needles, 32″ / 80 cm long (or longer for larger sizes)

One US size 6 / 4 mm circular needle, 32″ / 80 cm long for magic loop (sleeve and neck) or

US size 6 / 4 mm dpns if magic loop not used for sleeves

Always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed, as every knitter’s gauge is unique.

Tapestry needle, stitch markers, lockable marker or safety pin.


20 sts & 30 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in Sand Stitch and Mistake Rib blocked with larger needle

24 sts & 32 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in Mistake Rib blocked with smaller needle

Where To Purchase

You can buy the pattern on Ravelry or my website.

Yarn kits are also available on my website here.


Until 14th September 2022, any pattern and yarn kit purchase together will get an automatic 10% discount!

As always, there will be spot prizes at the end of each clue section, and we will announce the final prize winner on 10th November 2022.

The final prize will be a combination of yarn and a surprise.

Don’t Forget The Fun!

With every KAL, our community knits at differing speeds, and knitters join us at various stages of the knit-along. It doesn’t matter how fast you knit or how engaged with our online community you want to be; the purpose of our KALs is to come together and enjoy the process. You might learn some new-to-you techniques, or this could be your first finished garment, either way, we will be here to support and cheer you on along the way.

Throughout our KALs, we will have weekly lives on Instagram, which is also shared in our Facebook Group. For those in-depth questions, we record a bi-weekly vlog where we get into those details. Don’t worry about missing any information; our KAL participants get a newsletter round-up as we go!

So will you be joining us for the Hawthorn Sweater Summer knit-along?

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