Category Archives: KP Game Day KAL

Game Day’s Unique Bands

This post was originally sent via email for our Summer Knit Along. We’re in the final stretch with just one week left of the KAL! If you were knitting the sleeves and button bands in the order the pattern was written, your sleeves will ideally be done and your bands started. The neckband of Game Day is knit in two steps. First, half of it is knit and then placed on hold. Next the button bands are knit. With the button bands completed, the neckband is picked back up, so the strip of CC extending over the button band from the neckband is the same height as the contrasting stripes, making it appear like the outer stripe turns a corner but without having to fuss with ...

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Knitting Game Day’s Sleeves

This post was originally sent via email for our Summer Knit Along. Welcome to Sleeve Island and the final month of our KAL! To finish by the end of this month, ideally you should have your cardigan body completed and sleeves on the needle by now. Drop-shoulder sleeves are delightfully straightforward to knit, with simple shaping along the inner arm and no short rows or complex shaping to demand your attention. The biggest challenge here is one we’ve dealt with in the yoke of Game Day–having two different stitch pattern rates to keep track of. The upper arms feature purl ridges like the goal panels every 6 rounds, and the rate of shaping decreases varies by sizes, so you’ll need to track both. If you ...

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Planning Game Day’s Next Steps

This post was originally sent via email for our Summer Knit Along. At this point in the Game Day KAL, everyone is likely to be at points that look dramatically different as we get towards the end of working on the sweater bodies. Once you divide at the armholes, some parts will feel like they zip along quickly, while others may take longer than you expect! Wherever you’re at, to stay on track and have your cardigan finished by the end of August, aim to finish your sweater body by the end of July, leaving you all of August for the sleeves and button bands.

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Keeping Track of Stitch Patterns

This post was originally sent via email for our Summer Knit Along. Once the body of your Game Day Cardigan reaches a certain length, it’s time to mark the sides and establish the textured stitch patterns. The first row after the stockinette creates the reverse stockinette ridge that frames the textured stitch patterns, and it’s the point to mark our left and right fronts and the back.  The pattern calls for a lot of markers to be used, so you may find it helpful to color code them for yourself! If you’re using our locking stitch markers like KP Staff Member Andi is using on hers, pick one color for the sides and another color for the stitch patterns to be added in the next row. ...

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Game Day’s Body

This post was originally sent via email for our Summer Knit Along. In our last email we talked about the Game Day Cardigan’s ribbing, and after the ribbing is a row with a large number of decreases. The ribbing was worked on a smaller needle to create a dense, stretchy rib, but to achieve that density without having it pull in at the hips, it needed more stitches than the stockinette body on larger needles. That means a lot of decreases need to be knit, all at once! If you’ve never used this trick before, it likely sounds strange, but trust the process, and it’ll look great. Once you’ve knit that row, welcome to stockinette land! Because this is a gender-neutral pattern without chest or hip ...

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Casting on Game Day

This post was originally sent via email for our Summer Knit Along. Have you cast on your Game Day cardigan yet? The pattern recommends a Tubular Cast On using waste or scrap yarn, and it provides written instructions, but if you need a little more help figuring it out, we’ve got you covered! You can find both video and photo tutorials in our Learning Center for the waste yarn method.  Using the suggested method is easiest, but if you’re in the mood to be adventurous, you can substitute the original cast on with the Long Tail Tubular Cast On! Podcast host Lee chose to use this method instead of getting out some waste yarn, and she also wrote our photo tutorial for it, which can be ...

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Getting ready to knit Game Day

This post was originally sent via email for our Summer Knit Along. Tomorrow is the first day of our Game Day Knit Along, where we’ll be making the Game Day Cardigans by Donna Estin from the new Knit Picks book Generations: Knits for All Ages! The goal is to knit our cardigans steadily throughout the Summer to have a completed cardigan by August 31st in preparation for the Fall.  The Game Day Cardigan by Donna Estin Every other week throughout this summer, we’ll send you links to resources and tips to help you succeed in ...

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