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16 Weeks of Weekender Milestone 5: Second 4" of the Body

Not sure what this is? Check out the 16 Weeks of Weekender master post here!

This week... more stockinette! Personally, I love it! Do you like simple stockinette in the round? This week's prompt is to tell us about your stitch markers. You should have a stitch marker to remind you to slip the middle stitch on the front and back. What does yours look like? Does it have any special significance? 

If you're participating in the knitalong, post a picture of your first 4" to Instagram, then come back here and leave a quick comment about it. Remember to use the hashtags #colorfuleclectic and #16weeksofweekender in your Instagram posts! A mod will check your post and add your points. Extra points and prizes are available if your Instagram posts or comments are especially inspired!
Important note: Points are awarded per post. If you have one post that combines 2 milestones, you will be awarded one point for the milestone of the mod's discretion.
It's not too late to join us! If you order 4 or more skeins of Colorful Eclectic Joyous Worsted, enter code 16WEEKSKAL at checkout for a discount!
 
If you'd like to check the roster and find some fellow Weekender knitters to follow on Instagram, click here
Kendra Hunt
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16 Weeks of Weekender Milestone 4: First 4" of the Body

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Hi friends, Kendra here! Thanks for your patience during my absence. I'm feeling much better now and I have been diligently updating points on the roster. If you have any questions or concerns, message me on Instagram (@misskender) and we'll work it out.

Now we're really getting into the swing of things. The majority of this sweater is soothing stockinette in the round and thus I don't have any tips or tricks to share with you! This week's prompt is to tell us what's in your cup. What are you drinking while you knit? Do you have a favorite beverage to share with us? Let us know on Instagram and in the comments. The weekly themes are meant to inspire your Instagram posts (since plain stockinette can be sorta boring). There's no requirement to incorporate them in your Instagram posts or in your blog comments, but we love to learn more about you! Remember, extra points and prizes are available if your Instagram posts or comments are especially inspired!

If you're participating in the knitalong, post a picture of your first 4" to Instagram, then come back here and leave a quick comment about it. Remember to use the hashtags #colorfuleclectic and #16weeksofweekender in your Instagram posts! A mod will check your post and add your points.
Important note: Points are awarded per post. If you have one post that combines 2 milestones, you be awarded one point for the milestone of the mod's discretion. 
It's not too late to join us! If you order 4 or more skeins of Colorful Eclectic Joyous Worsted, enter code 16WEEKSKAL at checkout for a discount!
 
If you'd like to check the roster and find some fellow Weekender knitters to follow on Instagram, click here
Kendra Hunt
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16 Weeks of Weekender Milestone 2: Cast On!

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It's finally cast-on week! I know it's been a little confusing because the blog post is going up today (the 17th) but the actual big cast-on date is the 24th. Hopefully, it will become clear why the post is going up before the actual cast on date. The tubular cast on is a tricky trick to master and today I'm sharing some tips that might save you a little bit of frustration!

The Weekender Sweater uses a Long Tail Tubular Cast On for the bottom hems. This cast on is invisible and stretchy which makes it an excellent choice for sweater hems. Andrea Mowry provided a link to a tutorial from Purl Soho which is the best tutorial for this cast on that I have found. If you find another good tutorial for this cast on, please share in the comments!

Here are some tips for successfully completing the Tubular Long Tail Cast On:

1. Be Alone - a quiet room is best! Take this as an opportunity for some "me time" in the midst of these crazy holidays.

2. Give Yourself Enough Time - this cast on is actually worked over 3 rows (1 set-up row and 2 foundation rows) and you're not going to want to stop in the middle and try to pick it back up. 

3. Start on Straights - This tip is from designer Ysolda Teague. Work the cast on rows on similarly-sized straight needles, then switch to circulars. It will be much easier to manage the stitches on straights. If you're like me and you don't own straight needles - that's ok! You can still use circulars, but pack your patience!

Andrea Mowry really did knitters a favor by designing this sweater with a split hem. Not only is it very cute and stylish but the Tubular Cast On is much easier worked flat than in the round.

If you're finding that the Tubular Long Tail Cast On is just too much and you're not getting it, have a look at the Alternating Cable Cast On. This tutorial is by Woolly Wormhead, a popular hat designer who knows a thing or two about stylish and stretchy ribbed cast ons. 

That's it for my advice on the Tubular Long Tail Cast on - please feel free to share yours in the comments! Liz and I are excited to see everyone start their projects!

If you are participating, post a picture of your cast on to Instagram, then come back here and make a quick comment about it. Remember to use the hashtags #colorfuleclectic and #16weeksofweekender in your Instagram posts! A mod will check your post and add your points.

If you'd like to check the roster and find some fellow Weekender knitters to follow on Instagram, click here. EDIT: Comments posted by 1/5/19 2 p.m. MST have been added to the roster.

 

Kendra Hunt
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16 Weeks of Weekender Milestone 1: Swatching

16 Weeks of Weekender - Week One, Swatching

 

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Any garment project that you knit should start with a swatch. We covered swatching and gauge earlier this year in the Getting Gauge Series. There’s even a post dedicated to swatching like a pro. After you’ve swatched, post a picture of it to Instagram then come back there to the comments and let us know how it went? What size needles did you end up with? How do you like your swatch? Do you have any special swatching tips to share?

Remember to use the hashtags #colorfuleclectic and #16weeksofweekender in your Instagram posts! A mod will check your post and add your points.
 
If you'd like to check the roster and find some fellow Weekender knitters to follow on Instagram, click here. Points posted to the roster through 1/5/19 at 2 p.m. MST.
Kendra Hunt
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Announcing the 16 Weeks of Weekender KAL!

 

The Weekender is a simple worsted weight pullover, knit from the bottom up with drop sleeves. Classy details like a tubular cast-on and short rows make this simple sweater anything but boring! The Weekender is an excellent pattern for beginner and expert garment knitters alike. 
Photo (c) Andrea Mowry
image c/o Andrea Mowry on Ravelry
 

This KAL is all about process and participation. Instead of finished objects being entered into the prize pools, you gain points for each milestone you complete. Milestones are things like completing the tubular cast on, separating for the sleeves, blocking, etc. See the full list of milestones below. Completing each milestone will earn you one point. One point = one entry into the prize pool!

 

How to Earn Points

Post to Instagram showing that you completed the milestone for that week, then come and comment on the blog post to let us know you've completed the challenge! A moderator will check your Instagram feed and update your points accordingly. You should have one post per week/milestone. If you combine milestones, you will receive points for one. 

The only requirements for your Instagram posts are to show that you have completed the milestone and to use the hashtags #16weeksofweekender and #colorfuleclectic. Some weeks will have an optional extra element that you can incorporate into your Instagram photos - they are not required! But they will help spark conversation, which can lead to extra points!


Extra Points

All knitters making their Weekender with Colorful Eclectic Joyous Worsted will receive 5 points automatically. You can gain points as early as November 23 by pre-ordering your Joyous Worsted on Black Friday!

Extra points will be awarded for excellent/funny/intriguing photos on Instagram or great comments/conversations on the blog.


Dates

Cast on as early as December 24, and finish by March 31, 2019.  You can swatch any time, but the actual project cast on must happen on or after December 24.  The blog post for each milestone will go up on the Monday of the week, but you can make your post whenever - as long as it's before the KAL ends!

If you speed ahead, don’t forget to chime back in on the blog with a link to your Instagram check-in when that week’s post goes up!

This KAL is all about the process of creating a garment so don’t worry if you get a little behind, that’s okay! Comment and check-in whenever you hit a milestone.

You can join at ANY TIME. As long as you document the milestones on Instagram and check in on the blog, we will accept ALL ENTRIES until March 31, 2019.


Milestones


If you speed ahead, don’t forget to chime back in on the blog with a link to your Instagram check-in when that week’s post goes up!

This KAL is all about the process of creating a garment so don’t worry if you get a little behind, that’s okay! Comment and check-in whenever you hit a milestone.

Milestone Blog Posts

(please post your weekly updates on that milestone's blog post!)


Prizes

In order to encourage all knitters, even if you don’t get that far with your Weekender, there will be 2 different prize pools:

7 Points and Under: entered into a drawing to win a 3-skein prize pack from Colorful Eclectic.

Over 7 points: entered into a drawing to win a 6-skein prize pack from Colorful Eclectic.

Plus, there will be extra points given out and other random giveaways for those who participate on the blog and on Instagram (using the hashtags #16weeksofweekender and #colorfuleclectic).


Discounts

Starting December 15, save 10% on orders of 4 or more skeins of Joyous Worsted through the end of the KAL (March 31, 2019). The code to use at checkout is: 16WEEKSKAL

Other Stuff

No WIPS, please!

This KAL is international-friendly! While Colorful Eclectic is based in beautiful Colorado, USA, we want to see Weekenders from around the world!

We've put together a PDF checklist for KAL participants so you can make sure to get all your points. Click here to access it.  (This is version 2 - updated for clarity!)

If you're in, share this image! (The giveaway for this post has ended :))

 

Let's Do This!

 

This should be tons of fun! If you have any questions about the pattern or the KAL structure, just ask! Be sure to follow along @colorfuleclectic on Instagram and use and peruse the #16weeksofweekender hashtag. See you on December 10th where we'll be talking swatches!

 

To Join

1. Comment on this post with your Instagram username. A mod will add you to the roster to keep track of your points!

2. Follow @colorfuleclectic on Instagram.

3. Use the hashtag #16weeksofweekender and #colorfuleclectic on all your check-ins!

 

UPDATE: If you commented before Saturday 1/5/19 at 2 p.m. MST you are on the roster! To check the roster, click here!

 

Kendra Hunt
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