Bang Out a Sweater, and all good knitalongs, are like the Academy Awards. It’s an honor just to be nominated, or in this case, to enjoy the friendly challenge and camaraderie of knitting something significant, together with like-minded people.
But we also think it would be fun to dispense a bit of recognition for Exemplary Performance in a Knitalong.
In the four Februaries we’ve been doing this crazy knitalong, this has been our most ambitious Bang Out a Sweater yet.
Choice can be bewildering, and this knitalong had so much choice that it could very well stop a knitter in her swatch. Which magnificent Norah Gaughan cable? And which shape: cardigan, pullover, or the neck napkin aka the capelet? Long sleeves, short sleeves, no sleeves, longer back hem? And then, which yarn? Of all the worsted weights and DKs in all the knit joints and all the stashes out there, not to mention the stunning original yarns for these sweaters in the MDK Shop, which one was a knitter to choose?
Yet, y’all did amazing. Our intrepid social media maven, Cristina Shiffman, had quite a time keeping up with you, sticking ormolu frames on photos and running them in MDK’s Instagram Stories.
Such fast knitters! Such perseverance! And yes, such love!
In the end, we had 5 prizes ($100 gift certificates to the MDK shop) to award. We put our heads together, looked long and lovingly at all the photos, and made tough calls.
We humbly present the 2019 Bangers of Merit Awards: the Bangies.
But there’s a kicker:
She made it for her mom.
Sweaters for moms are kryptonite to your Bangie Judges. We go weak in the knees. We want to cast on a sweater for the nearest available mom.
Do you see it?
She modified the cable chart to extend the bottom tips of the swirls into tapering tendrils, as in Norah’s Calligraphy cable design.
All we can say is, wow. Such a nice detail.
Christine radiates the contentment that comes when you knit a Norah Gaughan masterpiece in 28 days. It’s hard to believe that she’s fairly new to sweater knitting.
Bonus: we can check “get a Field Guide sweater featured in one of Christine’s signature kitchen FO shots” off our bucket list.
Courtney took Norah’s Swirl Topper cable, garter-stitched the insides of the swirls, and topped a cardigan with it. The deep garter hem is so jacket-y.
We were also smitten to bits with this in-progress layout showing a possible cardi-tunic combo. Get busy and sew that tunic, Courtney! Such a good outfit.
A cool thing about the Ladybug cable is that it really does look like an entomologically correct ladybug, but it’s kind of an undercover ladybug. If you don’t know what it is, it looks like a geometric medallion. Appropriate for all occasions.
So that’s all, folks! The orchestra is playing over the end of our remarks, but let us just shout that we are sending each of the winners a message so that they can claim their $100 gift certificates to the MDK Shop.
To our prize winners, congrats! Can’t wait to see what each of you makes next.
Ann and Kay