What’s that? You’re feeling that twingle of anticipation?
Even as we are in the midst of the colorful, fabulous Kaffe-along, we bring news of next month’s exhilarating annual group-knitting extravaganza.
Yes, knitters, your Spidey Sense is right: Bang Out a Sweater is on the horizon.
What Is Bang Out a Sweater?
It is our annual mad dash—knitting a whole sweater during the shortest month of the year. In previous years we have banged out a Stopover, a Hadley, a Carbeth, and a Norah Gaughan.
It’s really, really fun.
What Are We Banging Out This Year?
More than ever, we crave a cocoon of a sweater that we can climb into during the deepest part of winter.
We are certain that this year’s design is the most bangable of all—the fastest, most satisfying, git-r-done pattern yet.
The Main Squeeze Cardigan by Jen Geigley.
It’s a highlight of MDK Field Guide No. 12: Big Joy. It’s a sweater that comes together at a deliciously zippy pace.
Features of this sweater include:
A cozy silhouette.
Designer Jen Geigley will be along with tips and tricks for us. Her enthusiasm is so contagious!
Bang Out a Sweater: The Details
Dates: Needles up on Saturday, February 1. Aim to finish by Saturday, February 29.
Get the pattern. Jen’s design appears in MDK Field Guide No. 12: Big Joy—immediately downloadable to your Ravelry library. Or order a print edition (which includes a digital ebook download so that you can add it to your Ravelry library).
Think about modifications. We love the pattern as written, and we also love it when a clever knitter plays around with it. Our social media maven Cristina Shiffman made a cropped pullover version of the Main Squeeze Cardigan that we absolutely love. Watch for her post detailing her modifications, coming on January 22. (If you’re yarn shopping or stash spelunking, Cristina needed half the number of balls of Big Wool specified for the Main Squeeze Cardigan in her size.)
Choose your yarn. As always with our knitalongs, feel free to use any yarn that you like. We happen to be keen on the fluffy fluffitude of Rowan Big Wool. Chunky and lightweight, it’s basically a hug in wool form.
Our fourteen shades range from quiet to exuberant. Which is your favorite?
We’re offering a special Bang Out a Sweater discount through February—save 10% on Rowan Big Wool when you use the coupon code MAINSQUEEZE at checkout.
Sharing Our Progress
We’ll have a conversation set up in the MDK Lounge. (Until then, TeamBig is still going strong!)
Kay made one in a week. It’s conceivable she could make four during the month of February. Remember, it’s a leap year! We even get an extra day.
We hope you’ll join us—this is going to be big fun.
Ann and Kay