summer sweater knit along - announcement & roundup!!!!

lightweight pullover by hannah fettig
yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  i'm soooo excited!!!! it's summer sweater knit along time!!!!! i know you are all as pumped as i am.  some of you already have your yarn and patterns ready!  this is my favorite kal of ours and i think the most fun!  i'm a firm believer of not putting my knitting away just because the weather is warmer.  why can't we knit all year round?  who says we can't make sweaters/pullover or cardigans in the summer?  when you think about it, it actually makes perfect sense!  if you start your sweater now it will be done just in time for you to rock in the fall/winter!  why wait to knit your fave go to handmade lovely when it's already christmas???

join in with us and start this summer!  this post is your 2 week heads up!  we give you a wee bit of time to order/buy yarn and choose your pattern and everyone will all start together on june 27th.  if you've got a sweater hibernating and you're not that far into it feel free to wait a few weeks and join in late to make it fair :)

1.stasis pullover 2.exeter 3. inversion cardigan
last summer it was my first time making an adult garment so for those of you who haven't made a sweater before DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED.  this is the perfect time to cross that bad boy off the list.  we've got a super supportive, knowledgeable and friendly ravelry group who loves to help each other out. ask questions from anything from yarn choices, patterns, casting on, anything you need help with ask away.  there's usually always someone happy to answer.  it's a wonderful way to take on something a little scary and turn it into something really fun all while making some good friends.  trust me on that one - you will make at least one new friend!  we are a lovable bunch :)

we will be doing something a little bit different this time round in our ravelry group.  there will now be different topics breaking the kal down so it's easier to keep up with everyone.  instead of having one giant thread and boy do they get giant we will have a few smaller ones and 2 galleries with no chat.  it's gonna be awesome! and hopefully a lot easier to stay up to date with all of you talented ladies & gents!

katrine cardigan by cecily glowik macdonald
there will also be posts all throughout the kal on the blog here to help you out as well.  technical posts, fun posts, inspiring posts, and some awesome guests coming to share some helpful knowledge and tips as well!  i can't wait!  you can also find a bevvy of helpful posts here compiled from all of our previous kal's.

there are really no rules for this knit along.  you can knit or crochet and you can pretty much make anything as long as it falls under sweater, cardigan, pullover or top (no tanks please).  it can also be for an adult or a child.  we basically just want to encourage you to knit!  so make what suits your taste, style, body and budget :)  it makes it so fun to see all the different patterns people choose, find new yarns to covet and just plain fill up your queue on ravlery.  mine grows exponentially each kal we do.

1. featherweight cardigan 2. rocky coast cardigan 3. wispy cardigan
i will be planning to post each wednesday with a summer sweater knit along post and you can now join in too with our linky party! what's a linky party?  it's a simple form at the bottom of each of my posts that you simply enter your blog post url in for the week showing your kal progress!  it makes it easy for all of us in the kal to follow along with our pics/progress and hey - who doesn't love friends coming to say hi on your blog and tell you how fab your knitty goodness is looking?

what sweater am i making?  tee'll have to wait to find out! i'm keeping it a secret for now!  y'all know how much i love a good secret right?!  i will give you a hint's in this roundup! yep, it's time for our good ol' start of kal roundup.  i dove into my faves and compiled a fun roundup of patterns i'm currently crushing on!  new ones, old ones, classic ones, fun ones and just plain awesome ones!  there's beginner patterns, advanced patterns, lace patterns and cables and styles to suit a bevvy of body types! may get inspired!

check em' out....

something silver by veera valamki
1. bluebelle 2. julissa 3. folded 4. argo
audrey by jane richmond
1. levenwick 2. larch cardigan 3. vodka lemonade 4. tourist sweater
1. classic raglan pullover 2. fuse 3. i heart aran 4. before dark 5. aidez 6. darling emma
blaithin by kate davies
1. driven 2. twiggy cardigan 3. baby cables & big ones too 4. owls
1. flyaway hoodie 2. shellseeker 3. shift of focus 4. pontos cardigan 5. regent 6. campus jacket
1. idlewood 2. february lady sweater 3. manu 4. tea leaves cardigan
autumnal cardigan by hannah fettig
1. jenica hoodie 2. warriston 3. reed 4. terracotta
how's that for awesomeness!  it's positively shantastic!!! lmao!!!!  i wish i had way more time and way more arms so that i could knit at least 10 of  ok..time for the deets.  here's how to join in:

START DATE: June 27th, 2012
END DATE: September 30th, 2012

you can keep up to date with our knit alongs and other knitty adventures in our luvinthemommyhood ravelry group where we post our WIP's, FO's, show off our yummy yarn stashes and join in our super fun themed knit alongs! feel free to ask questions, get help with your project and just plain revel in chatting with other knitters/crocheters who love stitching as much as you do! welcome :)

and you can also find me on ravelry under the name luvinthemommyhood.

but don't worry if you aren't on ravelry you can still join in.  kal posts are usually done weekly and will be posted about regularly on the blog as well as on ravlery.  you simply join in using a simple google doc entry form and you are automatically entered into the kal's giveaway and fun!   we also will be having a linky party again this season where you can link up your blog post about your kal project so we can all see what everyone is up to! it's easy & super addicting! you can always find all of our KAL posts here as well.

we also love to see your handiwork!  so feel free to show off your knitted and crocheted goodies in our ravelry group and also in our flickr group!

i love me a knit along!  it's been such a blast doing these and i can't wait to see what you all will be crafting.  the summer sweater knit along is my favorite one of the year and boy do we have some AMAZING and super talented sponsors for this kal!  the prizes are awesome! so don't miss out on entering your name on the form linked above to qualify for the giveaway at the end of the kal.  these sponsors seriously rock!!!!  i will be announcing them and you will get your buttons etc in 2 weeks!  see you then!

thanks so much for knitting along with me! 

what project are you hoping to make? any yarns you are dying to use this kal?  c' away! it's kal time!