Fall Festival KAL – Our Plans

It goes nearly without saying that a sweater knitter’s favorite season is fall. Whether you’re still sweltering in late summer heat, or wearing tall boots in pumpkin spice latte weather, you’re probably thinking about or working on your fall sweater.

This is my favorite knitalong of our Year of Sweaters — Seattle’s fall is truly enviable! — and so I’m going big or going home. The Fall Festival KAL runs from August 15 to November 15; that’s three months, for those of you keeping track. I’m going to knit three sweaters — one per month!

The good news is, I’ve already got my first one finished, so I’m ahead of schedule. I’ll show you a quick teaser shot from our Instagram:



I’d love to show the whole thing off now, but I think I’m going to wait until the Make. Wear. Love. Retreat … hopefully I can get Amy to take some photos! This is a CustomFit adaptation of Peabody by Leila Raabe in Miss Babs Heartland Worsted, and I’m very happy with it. I made a few modifications to the look of the initial pattern and let CustomFit do the rest. It’s an average-fit crew neck pullover, one of my favorite styles to wear.

My next sweater also needs to be finished before the retreat. One problem: the yarn’s not quite here yet.



This is a little teaser of the yarns the whole AHD team will be sporting at the retreat. Can you guess which one I’ll be wearing? I’m excited to start knitting, especially since it needs to be done in just a couple weeks!

I got in touch with Amy and Jackie to ask what they’re making. Amy knits about a sweater a week these days (is that crazy, or what?!) but so much of it is secret until publication — I wish I could show you everything! She’s got fall fever just like everyone else, though, and she’s planning 5 sweaters for this KAL. For now, here’s a shot of the yarns she’ll be using:


She’s starting with a deep turtleneck pullover in some gorgeous blue Spirit Trail Fiberworks Verdande; it’ll have 3/4 sleeves, a longer length and some fun stitch patterning.

Jackie’s got a lot on her plate at this time of year, but she’s very excited to make a squishy pullover from this lovely yarn. It’s Stonehenge Fiber Mill’s Shepherd’s Wool — an AHD team favorite. It’s a fluffy, smooth worsted weight wool that’s reasonably priced and makes a great sweater fabric. Jackie’s working a second sample of a sweater she designed last fall — look for that release soon!

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What are you knitting for the Fall Festival KAL? Share with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ffkal, or post in the thread on Ravelry!

1 thought on “Fall Festival KAL – Our Plans

  1. I’m in awe of Amy’s ability to knit a sweater in a week…takes me a month! 🙂 Maybe Amy’s knitting style should be a class at the retreat, eh? Sign me up…

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