When deep midwinter is upon us, what do we crave?
We announce with all the cheer in our hearts that the month of February is going to be bright as we embark on a month of sweater-making.
Last year, many of us Banged Out a Stopover. This year, we’re bewitched by a new, simple, beautiful pullover, and we think it will be a ton of fun to make this together.
Our mission: Véronik Avery’s Hadley Pullover.
It appears in Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 2: Fair Isle.
It knits on a size 8—that perfect, fast-knitting needle size.
The yarn is Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter, a worsted-weight yarn we have long admired yet (incredibly) not had the chance to play with.
It is knit in the round, bottom up. The clever parts are very clever. The zen moments are many.
If you’ve followed the designs of Véronik Avery, you know that she is a master of the perfect detail, with juicy bits that make her garments refined, inventive, and (top of our list) flattering.
Is it ambitious to make a sweater like this in a month? Did the Flying Wallendas use a net for their seven-person chair pyramid? We think not!
Bang Out a Hadley: The Details
Who: Every knitter who wants to play around with a brand-new pattern, beautiful yarn, and fellow enterprising, curious knitters.
What: Hadley Pullover, featured in Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 2: Fair Isle.
When: Needles up on Wednesday, February 1. Superloose finish line: Saturday, February 28. We may well not hit the finish line on the 28th, but we do love a deadline. In fact, we don’t do much without a deadline.
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. If you’d like to order up a batch of yarn from us, this is where you’ll find our kit, fresh as a daisy and ready to go. When you order now, you’ll have yarn ready to go on February 1, the glorious day when we begin our Hadleys.
If you’d like to use your own yarn, that’s great. Part of the fun of a knitalong is to see what happens when a bunch of intrepid knitters take on one project together. You have the rule followers, the rebels, the innovators. Welcome, everybody who looks at a pattern and says, “I’ve got another way to do that.” Welcome especially everyone who has yet to try stranded colorwork, a shaped pullover, a sweater at all.
Skill level: You’ll probably want to have made at least one sweater. Then again, who are we to say? If you can read, you can make this sweater. We’ll help.
The Discussion: We’ll have a superspecial area over in The Lounge (“Bang Out a Hadley”) where we can all swap notes, show and tell, and generally carry on about our progress. Our forum moderator and all-around brainiac teacher Nell Ziroli will be in the mix, giving encouragement and tips along the way.
The Prizes: We will be lobbing out wonderful surprises to folks who are posting in The Lounge, showing photos on Instagram and Facebook, pinning on Instagram, and subscribing to Snippets, our (soon-to-be-Pulitzer-winning) weekly newsletter. The hashtag will be #bangoutahadley.
Bottom Line: We’ve had this sweater in our hearts for a while now, waiting for the day when we could make it. FINALLY! There’s something alluring about knowing that we’ll have a new sweater in a few weeks. And something great about knitting with like-minded souls. On to the high wire we go! No net!