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Heads Up! Bang Out a Sweater Is Coming!

By Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner
November 19, 2018
Norah Gaughan's designs in Field Guide No. 9 are scrumptrelescent

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  • Hi Gil’s,
    I want d to purchase some yarn in view of knitting one of these sweaters, but the yardage needed is a mystery. Do I need 6 skeins of Hektos or 8 or 9 or 10? Can we get a bit more precise, please? I love the Yan, but it is a luxury…

    • Hi Lynn,

      The number of skeins/yards required is listed on the Ravelry page for each pattern. Here’s the link to the Field Guide on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/mason-dixon-knitting-field-guide-no-9

      Just click on a pattern and it will tell you the yardage.

      • Are these for beginners?

        • Hi Brendajeff,

          The answer to that question is not a straight yes or no!

          These sweaters require the basic skills of in-the-round sweater construction (nothing too hard there, but you need to be able to follow a pattern). Plus: they have cables. So, they aren’t typical candidates for a first or second knitting project.

          At the same time, Ann and I have always believed that a motivated beginner can do almost anything in knitting. We made some amazing things when we were beginners, and just didn’t know they were hard.

          I will say this: these patterns are solid and straightforward, and anyone would be lucky to knit their first cable sweater from a Norah Gaughan pattern. She writes a great pattern, and the knitter is in good hands. We will be supporting this knitalong with all our might, so everyone will have company working out any challenges. That’s the fun of a knitalong.

          It will be fun to follow along, even if you don’t make a sweater this time.

  • I am totally going to Bang Out a Revolution! Can I swatch before February? I’ve never knit a yoke sweater before (or even a sweater in the round) so I am excited and nervous!!! I am going to make this happen!

    • Wow that’s fantastic! As for swatching, our opinion is that swatching is not the same thing as banging—so go for it!

  • I’m intrigued by the cables and love how the circular yokes look on the models but from sad experience I know that will not be true for me. Has anyone invented a trick for yoke-to-drop or yoke-to-set-in-shoulder conversion?

    • I have not seen that but I hope it exists!

  • I can and have banged out a sweater in a month before. But not cables. We are not friends. And I’m ok with that. So. Off to spin for my next non-cabled sweater. Wheee!

  • I’ve not done a sweater before, but would love to give it a shot! I am really drawn to the rope & braid design in Interchage (ability). Could you tell me which of these beautiful yarns are recommended for this particular pattern? I would love to get it ordered before the color choices are limited. Thank you!

    • All the yarns will knit to the specified gauge of these sweaters, so it’s the knitter’s choice of whether to go a bit lighter or heavier, which color, etc.

  • AHHHHH! So exciting! By Feb, the winter doldrums will be in full swing where I live, and I need something fun to think about for that time! now… how to pick which sweater? which yoke??

  • How fun is this!!! Yes, I’m in!!!

  • Question: I don’t know how the pattern reads, but can you make the the sleeve on the cardigan longer? Just curious. That’s my favorite so far.

    • Yes you can totally make sleeves of any length on the cardigan. In fact, the very first FO on the Ravelry page for the Calligraphy Cardigan has 3/4 length sleeves. It’s a knockout. Here’s the link to the page, then click on “projects” to see it: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/calligraphy-cardigan-2

  • I finally have my knitting mojo back with Field Guide 8 and a toddler, so I am so ready to Bang out a Revolution! Hooray! Bang out a sweater is the best KAL there is!

    • You’ve been busy Banging Out a Human!

  • Love the Bang Out event. I think I’ll be along just for the vibes and fumes this time-banging out a kit that has been marinating for awhile. Last year I managed the Carbeth from stash plus one skein. I’m upping my game this year!

  • But where did that header picture come from? Are those Beatles fans waiting at the airport to catch a glimpse of the Fab Four?

  • I follow you because you have amazing patterns. I’m not in to knitting yet but I do crochet. I just had to tell you that the pic you used for this post is awesome!! Hilarious! Made me want to click the post!

    • We will get you into knitting one of these days. Resistance is futile!

  • I can’t wait to “Bang Out “ a sweater or pick-up my copy of MDK #9 from my LYS. The other night as I was sitting in bed, knitting, and watching something wonderful on Netflix ( no advertising), it dawned on me that I was really happy ! Oh and I forgot to add the snoring Westie next to me.
    After having endured some very tough years, Happy is beyond a miracle. And knitting is an enormous part of that simple joy 🙂
    Every day is truly a gift

  • I am totally in love with the calligraphy cables. Thanks for the heads up as I need time to ponder whether it will be a pullover or cardi, add longer sleeves or not. So many decisions even before yarn choice….

  • I have never done Bang Out a Sweater before, but I definitely want to try it! I think the pattern and yarn will be this year’s Christmas present.

  • I was just wondering over the weekend, as I looked through the new Field Guide, what we were going to bang out this winter! I love Rope&Braid, but I know I can’t get it done in a month. Although – I’m pretty sure Stopover is the only one I actually finished on time anyway….

    • I always think of March 15 as February 43rd.

  • I’m currently banging out a Hadley. A little late for all the banging fun but I’m still amused.

    • Tee hee! I’m also banging out a Hadley and still will be in February at this rate. So maybe not so much banging!

  • Ooh…..I wish I were skilled enough to make a sweater. Even when I google the world’s easiest sweater’, they all look too hard for me. So, to those ladies and laddies who are partaking, I wish you well.

  • Ladybug IS very intriguing! Then I looked at the ladybug’s spots and thought, “Can you combine cables and colorwork?” A quick Ravelry search shows that it is probably unlikely. However, how cute would it be as a child’s sweater in red, with small black buttons inside the spots?

    • Buttons, or afterthought bobbles, or pom poms! (I’m not sure afterthought bobbles are a thing, but I don’t see why not. Just stick your needle in, pick up a stitch in the new color, and make it into a bobble!)

    • About a year ago I knit my first cabled colorwork item— a scarf for my husband— from a pattern by Stephannie Tallent (sunsetcat on Ravelry). She has a number of cabled-colorwork combos, and they are gorgeous— so yes, you can totally do it. Andi Smith has a bunch as well. I bet you could do it with one of these gorgeous Norah creations if you were an intermediate knitter who had done each technique before. In my experience, I just had to be REEEEEALLLLLY careful about moving the appropriate yarn to the back or front before cabling, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. Hope that helps!!!

  • Oh yeah. I’ve been marinating on doing one of these after my parallelogram scarf. I think I’m in for the cable from my he short sleeved pullover but maybe with long sleeves, or maybe not!

  • Ladybug with lichen and lace worsted In the pressed flowers colour way – what do you think?

  • I wish it was February! I decided to knit Calligraphy (at least now), ordered Lyonesse from Blacker Yarns. It arrived today and I am SO excited. I swatched and it was perfect. Now to wrap it back up, put in my MDK Peace Out bag and wait. Patiently. And finish the 15 projects I probably have started!