I’ll admit, when I first started knitting, I enjoyed it because it was something I could do on my own, but knitting with friends (in person or virtually) surprised me by how fun it is. I have a group of girlfriends who are my fiber best friends. We are at different levels: from newbie to someone who works in a yarn shop part-time and helps people with their projects.
It’s the best when we get together and knit, and over the last year we’ve been knitting more projects together—kind of like mini-knitalongs. This year we extended our Rhinebeck trip and came up earlier to hang and knit and plot out our yarn purchases. I got us to take a few pics of some of the knits we made together.
Sheep Camp Sweater by Jennifer Berg
What I love about knitting and knitalongs is how different each project is even though we are all using the same pattern. For our group, we all used such different color palettes and yarns, but they all still turned out beautifully. Some of us did rolled necklines (per the pattern) and some added ribbing. One even shortened the yoke to suit her tastes. It’s a great way to work together and encourage each other through the process.
Lento by Jonna Heitala
If you want a quick and easy pattern that is super customizable, you want the Lento sweater. It can be knit holding two strands of yarn together or with a single strand of DK weight yarn, and it is worked on larger needles for a quick and satisfying knit. For our group, variations included: holding one strand of mohair with one strand of fingering weight; one strand of a slub yarn with one strand of fingering weight; one strand of a feather yarn for texture with one strand of fingering weight—and my version was all DK. We all opted for different sleeve lengths, body lengths and textures, so each sweater became a unique interpretation.
Ferda Fingering and Ferda Worsted by Anna and Heidi Pickles
My girlfriend Kanitta and I both fell in love with the Ferda sweater. I decided to knit worsted weight and Kanitta chose fingering weight. The construction was the same, she just had more stitches to cast on than I did.
We found the raglan increases a little confusing on the first read, so knitting with a friend was especially great. We would take pics and Facetime each other as we worked to make sure we were doing the same thing. I decided I wanted mine to be a rainbow because that’s what I love to do, and Kanitta decided she wanted to highlight some of her favorite green yarns she had been itching to use.
I modified my neckline after the fact and she shortened her yoke (which I would do if I knit it again). I also went with a short cropped sleeve so I could match my rainbow with the body. Same sweater, two beautiful interpretations.
There are already more sweaters we are knitting together and plotting to knit as a group in the future. It’s the most fun when we get together to knit and show off our progress, or share what yarn we want to use, or try on a finished sweater so we can cast on next.
If you’ve been hesitant to start a project, try it with friends! It will definitely make it more fun.