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January Monday Knit-along: Alone Together Sweater

Course by Jody James

  • Advanced Beginner

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The Alone Together Sweater (or ATS as it's also known) was created by Lærke Bagger in Denmark and released in chunks on Instagram - leaving a lot of room for creativity. It was originally conceived as a way to use up scrap yarn - embracing the whimsical, random, knottiness of it all. We love the way it incorporates scrap yarn together with a base yarn to result in a totally unique sweater. This is one of those projects that you have to be a bit loose with (mentally) and delight in the surprise of how it comes together. Perfectionists and need-to-know-all-the-details people be ware! This sweater is a cropped, slightly boxy design, knit in 4 flat pieces (front, back, sleeves), then seamed together with a crochet stitch, and ribbing done in the round. The "pattern" is more of a loose "recipe", which we are translating as clearly as we possibly can, while still allowing some wiggle room your artistic expression. You should knit this with at least 2 yarns held together that equal somewhere between heavy worsted and chunky weight. We are knitting a shop sample using worsted weight Dream and Seacliff Fingering as the base yarns with a variety of scrap yarns tied onto it (ranging from lace to chunky weight). We will have the sample done very soon so you can see our hot pink version for inspiration! Grab a base yarn, start organizing your scraps, and join us in knitting an ATS in 2021!

Every month we like to start a new knit-along project at Cattywampus. These are fun, casual gatherings with the support of our resident knit pro Jody James and a gaggle of fellow knitters. It's a chance to enjoy knitting a common project along with others. It's not really a class, so you should have some knit skills already. If you want to knit along with us, but need extra help, then please contact us to schedule a private lesson (in person or virtually). Our official knit-along meetups for this project are on Monday afternoons 3-5 pm, but you are welcome to knit anytime and at your own pace. Our gatherings are virtual so that we can be together wherever we are!

Zoom info:

Join us on Zoom meeting ID 830 5081 7801 with passcode "catty".
Every Monday, 3-5 pm

Pattern Details & Yarn Requirements

Sizes:
XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, XXXXL)

Finished measurement (chest width):
130 (134, 137, 140, 144, 147, 150, 154) centimeters

Gauge:
12 sts x 17 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on larger needles

Suggested needle size:
Needle size is suggested only, you will need to swatch to determine the needle size needed to achieve gauge.
US 10.75 (7 mm) circular needles - ribbing
US 11 (8 mm) circular needles - main

Yarn:
This pattern was written as a way to use scrap yarn or a mix of new and old. You should hold together a minimum of 2 yarns in the same color at all times and add in a 3rd yarn for pops of color contrast. There is not a specific yardage requirement given for this pattern as it is intended to be scrappy. We are using worsted weight Dream (a very light and fluffy yarn) along with Seacliff Fingering in shades of pink as our base yarn. Seacliff Worsted held double or with another worsted would also make a great base. Pops of color are created by cutting and tying contrast scrap yarn to the Seacliff Fingering in lengths of 6 to 20 inches. We got 8 skeins of Dream to start out with and can always add more if needed. There's a lot of room for creativity with this pattern, so we recommend that you just roll with it!