We are looking forward to a new year, and beginning 2021 with our 7th annual sweater knit-along! We have chosen an exciting and beautiful new challenge: Atlantica by Audrey Borrego from the Fall 2020 Pom Pom Quarterly.
We are so excited about this sweater because it uses one of our all-time favorite yarns, Einband Lopi by Ístex. This single-ply lace yarn from Iceland is like nothing you’ve worked with before. Light and airy, yet sturdy enough to stand the test of time. Einband is spun with the wool of Icelandic sheep, a dual-coated breed that has adapted to Iceland's fickle climate, which means this sheep's special wool is superb for cold, damp weather.
Hold on, a lace weight sweater, you say?? Not to worry, gentle knitters, the yarn is held double throughout which makes for quicker knit and—most exciting—an almost endless combination of custom marl color combinations!
Our annual sweater knit-alongs always have a technique or two that we are excited about working on together. Supporting each other as we expand our knitting knowledge is what it's about and the best part is seeing knitters tackle new knitting challenges. Atlantica has a few techniques that we are excited about. Bobbles, cables and lace, oh my! If you haven’t done one or more of these techniques, this will be a really fun knit-along to do with our community of folks! Monthly Zoom sessions for knit-along participants means we can see each others’ progress, help each other through questions and just enjoy each others’ company.
Amber is so excited about the endless possibilities of marl combinations that she has already made mini swatches of at least 25 options. Einband's wide variety of beautiful colors means there are over 800 combinations to create! It’s very fun to see how the colors interact when held together to create a marl.
Amber is still mulling over what her choice will be. There are so many options!! Which colors and combinations call to you?
Jaime will use colors almost identical to one of the samples photographed in Pom Pom: Peach and Light Ash Heather. This sweet and subtle color combo will really show the textural detail of the sweater well.
We would love for you to join our knit-along and we can’t wait to see your color choices! Here are the deets:
Pattern: Atlantica by Audrey Borrego, from Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 34: Autumn 2020
Sizes Available: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) — 35½ (39¼, 43¼, 47¼, 51¼, 55, 59, 63, 67, 70¾)“ – to be worn with up to 25cm / 10” positive ease
Yarn: Einband Lopi - 2 colors held together, pattern requires 4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10) balls each of the two chosen colors of yarn
Dates: Tuesday, January 12th through Tuesday, April 13th
Coupon Code: Use the code “atlanticakal” for 15% off your purchase of Einband Yarn, now through January 31st.
Win Prizes: Post your progress and final sweater on Instagram for chances to win (and so we can see your sweater! Use the hashtags #FancyKAL and #AtlanticaPullover, and tag us @fancytigercrafts for a chance to win awesome prizes. Your account must be public to be eligible. Using these hashtags and tagging us means we can re-share your posts on our website and social media. We will credit you if we share your post. Posts must be made by April 13th to qualify.