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Galanta Sweater | Stolen Stitches Autumn Knitalong 2023

This year our autumn knit-along is all about options.

This is, after all, why we knit!

Options to get the prefect fit, in a dreamy yarn, in a colour we love.

Yes, it can take a bit of tweaking along the way, but that’s the fun of a KAL!

This year we have a wearable sweater, with delicate details, the Galanta sweater. The basic shape is refined and not too complex, which allows for much more modification to fit different body shapes.

Galanta Sweater Construction

The sweater begins from the bottom hem, with front and back worked separately, initially in a faux cable stitch pattern.

Yes, a faux cable stitch for the hem, but stay with me.

You then join the hem in the round and the stitch pattern forms a stepped triangle effect along one side on both the front and back of your garment.

The body length is kept fairly short, but this is an easy detail to change with extra yarn. Once the body is complete, we move on to divide the body into the front and the back. The back is worked up to the shoulder with a little faux cable detail and ends with short row shoulder shaping.

Need a visual?

Here’s my Galanta wip project in Blasta:

The front divides with a v-neck into both sides and there are again faux cable details worked on each shoulder. Once the short row shoulder shaping is complete, we use a 3-needle bind off to join the front and back shoulder details together.

Now that the body is complete, we can decide on our sleeves. There are two possibilities:

either a simple sleeveless top i.e. vest


set-in sleeves.

These set-in sleeves are worked from the top down using short rows to shape the sleeve cap and then the sleeve is worked in the round from the top down.

Now that you can picture the garment you want to make, you’re going to want to know more about the yarn options. Here we go:

Yarn Options

To show off the two different sleeve options, we knit not one but two samples for this sweater!

One was knit in Blasta, a heavy DK 100% wool, woollen spun yarn. The other is knit in Nua Worsted, a worsted spun yarn in a mix of merino, yak, and linen.

The woollen spun nature of Blasta creates a stitch with more halo. In the picture above, the garment you see is pre-blocking, but these stitches will look very different after it has been submerged in water. This will allow them to bloom and ‘fill-in’ creating a light, full fabric.

Nua Worsted is a smoother yarn giving more stitch definition. However, the soft yak and flecks of linen still keeps the stitches softer and forgiving, ending up with a cosy sweater.

Galanta Garment Options

First, there will be two sleeve types; sleeveless and set-in sleeves.

Next you can modify the neck opening, there will be both a ribbed edge for a more closed-in look as well as an I-cord option which leave the neck more open.

The body length on the samples is slightly cropped, but we can easily add extra length for a different look.

Which one will you go for?

How our Knitalong Works

Our Stolen Stitches knit-alongs are focused on community. We want you to LOVE wearing your finished sweater as much as you did making it, no matter your knitting skill level.

Our knit-alongs release the pattern in sections so you aren’t overwhelmed by a full garment knit. Then, as a community, we knit each section together with full complimentary step-by-step videos.

You get full support during this time, so if you have never knitted a garment before, this is the perfect chance to ask ALL your questions. You’ll get feedback from the community and from me, which means no matter your time zone, someone is awake and knitting just like you!

There are also prizes for each clue release before a final grand prize!

Note that the pattern needs to be purchased separately from the yarn kit.


  • Yarn Kits on Sale: 23rd August, 2023, 8pm Irish time: Sweater Kits & Vest Kits
  • Clue 1: 21st September, 2023–it all kicks off!
  • Clue 2: 5th October, 2023
  • Clue 3: 19th October, 2023
  • Final Prize: 2nd November, 2023–Raffle drawing for the grand prize from images posted on KnitHub & Instagram (tag #GALANTAKAL)


One of the huge bonuses of taking part in the KAL is that in the presale pdf, you will get an access code for our Teachable video workshop. In addition, every time a new section or ‘clue’ is released, we will also add a new collection of videos. These work as a companion to the garment knit if you want extra help.

These videos will remain yours to access forever, BUT they are only available as part of the KAL as an extra bonus. After the KAL is over, they will be made into a separate workshop and sold separately.

It’s our little thank you for signing up early!


The best part about a KAL is always the chat that buzzes around our community. Come join in with other knitters in Knithub. We have a section dedicated just to the KAL and you’ll have a link in your purchase email. If you’d like to share on social media, you can use the hashtag #stolenstitchesKAL

This way, I can always find you and share your progress. Wehey!


Find the pattern on our website here and on Ravelry here.

Yarn Kits can be purchased here: Sweater Kits & Vest Kits

Once purchased, you will receive an email with all the information for this year’s Autumn Knit-along.

Will you be joining us this year?

11 thoughts on “Galanta Sweater | Stolen Stitches Autumn Knitalong 2023

  1. Carol,
    I’d like to purchase a yarn kit for the Galanta KAL but was wondering what the sweater and vest ease are for the pattern. Just want to make sure I order the right size kit with enough yarn. Any info would be appreciated.

  2. So the full details for the sizing and ease for both the sweater and vest are as follows:

    To Fit Actual Bust Circumference Up To: 32.25 (35.25, 38.5, 41.5, 44.75, 47.75, 51, 54, 57, 60.25)” / 82 (89.5, 98, 105.5, 113.5, 121.5, 129.5, 137, 145, 153) cm
    2 – 5″ / 5 – 12.5 cm of positive ease recommended.


    Finished Bust Circumference: 34.25 (37.25, 40.5, 43.5, 46.75, 49.75, 53, 56, 59, 62.25)” / 87 (94.5, 103, 110.5, 119, 126.5, 134.5, 142, 150, 158) cm
    Sweater Size 40.5″ / 103 cm modelled with 5″ / 10 cm positive ease.
    Vest Size 37.25” / 94.5 cm modelled with 1.75” / 4.5 cm positive ease.
    Length: 22.25 (22.5, 22.75, 23.25, 23.5, 24, 24.5, 25, 25.25, 25.5)” / 56.5 (57, 58, 59, 59.5, 61, 62, 63.5, 64, 65) cm from top of shoulder

  3. Hi, the pattern is gorgeous. I wanted to check out the yarn kits, but the link doesn’t work. I live in Israel, so only two hours ahead of you, but today is the 24th, and I believe it was mentioned the kits are available from the 23rd… Pease let me know where I can see the kits… Thank you :)

  4. Is it too late to join the KAL and get materials to Canada? Is it still considered pre-sale so that the workshop is still included?

  5. It is still presale so the workshop is included with the purchase of the KAL pattern! If you want to add a yarn kit as well shipping to Canada at the moment is around 7-10 working days so there is definitely time!

  6. Thanks, Carol, for your reply Sept. 7. Although I really want to try your Blasta yarn some day, I decided to go with yarn that is local to me for the KAL.
    I’m not sure if I’m missing something or not. I purchased the pattern through Ravelry Sept. 9, but have not received the email with the information for the KAL. I have read through comments on the KnitHub but I can’t figure out how to access the workshop videos. Is the access information in the email with the information for the KAL?
    Thanks :)

  7. Carol, I am sorry to have bothered you unnecessarily! I re-read my pattern and found the required code for the workshop. I am embarrassed for being one of those people that cannot read all the instructions :(

  8. Hi! Just got both your messages, no problem at all, glad you found it all! While everything is in the pdf and you will get all pdf updates you won’t get general emails as ravelry purchases aren’t enrolled in the KAL email list.But it will all be on the pdf!

  9. Hi Carol,
    I have started my vest and on page 7, under Clue 1 Tips, it states that there is no body shaping, but when I work the directions on page 8, there are (3) decrease rounds that reduce the total stitches for the size I’m working from 224 stitches to 196 stitches. If my math is correct, that a difference of 6 inches if my gauge is 4.5 stitches per inch.
    Please clarify,

  10. Hi Sheri,
    The dimensions stay the same but the stitch decreases are to take account the fact that you are moving from the faux cable with a gauge of 21 stitches to st st that has 18 sts per 4″.

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