Red Alert: Bang Out a Sweater Is Coming

By Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne
January 13, 2020

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  • YES! I have been anxiously awaiting this announcement. This is fantastic and I am wondering if I can knit both the cardigan and Cristina’s cropped pullover both in February. Let me start clearing off my needles in anticipation!

    • That shouldn’t be a problem for you!

  • Oooohh!!! I’m excited about the cropped pullover!!

  • YES! GIRL! YES!! I’m so ready for this! Count me in!

  • Ok – I’m stepping outside my newbie comfort zone and doing this one…. Question though please…. I’m going to treat myself and order the recommended wool (and a printed field guide) but the variation in the number of balls needed due to 11 size choices is a wide range (and for ease, I just want to place one order)… can we get the yarn to size recommendations so orders can be placed now? Thanks – and so excited!!!

    • So glad you’re joining Bang Out a Main Squeeze! Here’s that info: Big Wool by Rowan [100 g balls, each approx 87 yds (80 m), 100% wool], 9 (10, 11, 11) (12, 12, 13) (14, 15, 15) balls. For Bust: 39.25 (40.25, 43.25, 45) (46.5, 48.25, 51.25) (53, 56.25, 57.75, 60.25)“ [99.5 (102, 110, 114.5) (118, 122.5, 130) (134.5, 143, 146.5, 153) cm]

    • All that information is on the Ravelry pattern page for this sweater.

  • Although I am excited to make this sweater, my challange is that I am a left handed knitter, or a mirror knitteras some say. Do you have a resource or suggestion as to how I can rearrange the pattern to accomodate my knitting style. I have been a knitter for over 36 years and find that man patterns become impossible. Any suggestions?

    • Are you familiar with Staci Perry’s videos and her site? She’s got one on mirror knitting here:
      Let us know if it helps, and thanks for knitting along!

  • Love the cardigan ! This would make a wonderful stash busters !

  • Oh, I’ve been tempted by this sweater, but trying to stay focused on my current projects. Now I think I have to do it!!

    • I am making mine out of yarn from a frogged sweater that I brought with me, half-completed, 6 years ago when I came to Oregon! I am so giddy at the idea of giving it a brand new life with such a gorgeous new pattern! Thank you, ladies! And the occasional gentleman!

  • Perfect timing ladies!! I had to frog my first attempt, at 2/3 complete. Then haven’t gotten back it due to Christmas knits. I’ve got my Lopi and swatches and I’m ready to begin again;)

    • Will the stitch definition be good with Lopi?

      ‘Cuz I’ve got Lopi and I’ve got the Field Guide…

      • I am wondering about lopi too. I have a ton of it and would like to find a project for it.

  • Very excited to participate – Main Squeeze has been on my list since I bought Field Guide #12. I have 2000 yds of handspun I am planning to use.

  • I am so excited about this. I just switched from crochet to knitting, and am still learning – but this looks very do-able. This will be my first sweater and will fulfill a goal that I set for this year. I really appreciate the opportunity to get some help and guidance through this in a “group” setting.

  • I just finished this sweater. It was a great knit and I think it will be one that I will wear a lot!!! I kind of wished I hadn’t blocked it. The sweater got super large and I struggled with getting it back to a reasonable size. The pattern will not be as pronounced as if I had steam blocked it.

  • Ok, well, I’m going to be a rebel. I will join the knitalong for the first time, but I’m doing a completely different sweater. I’m sure that will be ok with you knitters, right? I owe my daughter a sweater and this will help me getter done!!

    • Me too! I’m doing a completely different sweater. I doubt I will get it finished, but at least I will get it started!

      • Me too too! I’m trying to use up yarn I already have and nothing I’ve got fits that gauge.

  • I am in for @christina’s version. I only missed one Feb KAL and I still want a carbeth!

  • Btw, great choice of image for the header. Are they waiting for the Beatles, or for . . . ?

  • I have the yarn for a Carbeth cardigan just waiting for me, I just need to finish a lace wrap I’m making for my mother-in-law for Christmas. I’m almost half way…

  • YAY! I have never finished a cardigan, so this will make me do it. I don’t think I’ve ever managed to bang out a sweater before February 28, but that extra day will make all the difference! 😉

  • All right….I’m going to do this! First knitalong-type event ever!

  • I do wish…I’ve tried. I’m just not a fast enough knitter. I’m knitting a sweater in bulky weight right now and it’s four weeks of knitting and only about 30% complete. I’ll look forward to seeing others completed projects…sigh.

  • Okay, I think I am ready to make my second sweater. I am very excited about this cardi and think I might just have the perfect yarn somewhere in my stash. A comfortable Oregon coast grey. Yummy! And who knows, I might even actually get this one completed within the month.

  • Nervous newbie here! This will be my first sweater. I’m hoping the chunky weight will make it a little easier. I had hoped to knit a sweater by the end of 2019, but life got in the way. I just graduated with my Master’s degree and I splurged and bought the recommended yarn (I already own all the field guides). Any pro-tips and words of encouragement are appreciated, and needed!

    • Antt, no pro-tips, but as a first-timer, too, I can provide lots of encouragement! Others will speed past us, and create unbelievably gorgeous sweaters in no time…while I (we?) will chug along and at least make progress.

  • I think I will try this. I’ve been knitting blankets and endless amounts of infinity scarves for almost ten years. It’s about time I knit something better. I did try and very simple cardigan several years ago and it came out ginormous! So I’ve been too scared since.

    • Mary, I am with you 100 percent! I, too, have a cardigan that didn’t work (mine is TOO SMALL) and I just can’t bring myself to either finish it or frog it. Yarn substitution is a tricky business and yes, I swatched, but…well, I don’t have a good answer for why it didn’t turn out. It will someday be a lovely cardigan in someone else’s size. I decided that sweater knitting was just not for me. But I’m trying again! I hope you do too. We will encourage each other.

  • I am super excited about this! I have been dying to knit a bulky sweater but I couldn’t find the The One. I’m going to keep it as a button-free cardi but crop it. I ordered Big Wool in Pantomime (the magenta one).

  • I’m looking forward to all the great designs and classes

  • Help needed. So I am fairly new to knitting and this will be my first sweater. I have looked high and low and cannot find a consistent answer on how to measure for the correct sweater size. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.

  • So want to do this knit along! This would be my first! Need explanation on how to participate.

    • Please

      • How many Main Squeezes are being lovingly knitted??? I am curious and happily watching mine growing by the day!

  • is there a suggested ease?

  • Is it a unisex design

    • I think so! It’s up to the knitter or wearer, I’d say.

  • Okay, I’m in! First time communally knitting. I thought about doing the Main-Squeeze-Cardigan-converted-to-Main-Squeeze-Pullover, but then went looking on Ravelry for something a little simpler for this, my second-ever sweater. (I’m not confident I can follow the original pattern and the adaptation at the same time without messing it up.) So I picked “The Easy Bulky One” on Ravelry, and am using Golden Olive Rowan Big Wool that I bought here. My order arrived yesterday but I’m not opening it until 2/1.

    I’m hustling to finish a couple other projects – a corrugated scarf I’m doing for myself w/ Barnyard Knits Succulent Mini-skeins – so I can dive into the sweater project guilt-free!

  • I don’t love the Main Squeeze, but I am itching to cast on a cardigan, and I’ve picked Ankestrick’s Big Love. The yarn is on its way from Denmark, and I hope it will be here by Feb. 1 which, incidentally, is my birthday! It’s all very propitious. This will be my first (sort of*) adult sweater, so I’m pretty excited but also concerned, because my first attempt at a cardigan turned out to be very much too small. It’s still in my UFO bag, without sleeves, while I decided whether to frog it or find a tiny person to wear it. (It’s fingering weight, so I’m not eager to rip it apart.) Wish me luck!

  • So, I got my wool and my Field Guide at VKLNYC. I’m sitting here, reading through the pattern, circling the stitch counts etc for my desired size. I’m finding the pattern a little difficult to understand, will there be some hand holding for the less confident amongst us? Maybe some helpful videos? Pretty please?