Get Ready!

for the 6th Annual 4 Day KAL

Welcome to the 6th Annual 4 Day Knitalong!

Seven years ago I challenged myself to knit a sweater over a long weekend – 4th of July weekend, in fact. Honestly, I didn’t even know if it was possible; I’d never knit a sweater in less than a few weeks. But I had a long quiet weekend at my disposal, and a sweater I really wanted to knit. Could I do it? I shared my personal goal with my knitting community, and the energy of holding myself accountable to an audience, I did it! I had no idea that my silly personal challenge would become an annual event drawing together a remarkable community of knitters from around the globe. This is not really about knitting a sweater in four days, but about challenging your own ideas about how long it takes to knit a sweater. This knitalong is about finishing a sweater faster than you thought you could — and doing it with the energy, enthusiasm, and the support of community.

We have OODLES of yarn shops and dyers participating to bring you drool-worthy yarn + some LYS activities with participating shops, in select locations. (Scroll down to see the list!) We’ll be giving away 50+ prizes from your favorite shops and yarnies (and yours truly) throughout the month of July while we knit along together. All the details will be provided in the pattern pre-order when the time comes.

Pictured: Knit Picks High Desert Worsted - Willow (MC), Lava Fields (CC), Birch Tweed (CC)

SPONSORED VENDOR EVENTS

BusinessWebsiteZoom Event Date
Sew Happy Janehttps://sewhappyjane.com/5/18/2022
Knot Another Hathttp://www.knotanotherhat.com5/18/2022
Harps & Thistles Yarn Emporiumwww.harpsandthistles.com5/26/2022
Harriet & Alicewww.harrietandalice.com5/26/2022
Mont TricotWww.monttricot.ca5/26/2022
Yarnwww.yarn-fun.com5/26/2022
Jems Luxe FibersJemsluxefibers.com6/9/2022
Threadbender Yarn Shophttps://threadbenderinc.com/6/9/2022
Miss Babs Hand Dyed Yarnshttps://www.missbabs.com/6/9/2022
Knitique Yarnswww.knitiqueyarns.com6/10/2022
Yarnaholic Store & Boutiquewww.yarnaholicstore.com6/11/2022
West 7th Woolwww.west7thwool.com6/11/2022
Treasure Goddess Yarnhttps://www.treasuregoddess.com6/15/2022
Notthfield Yarnnorthfieldyarn.com6/15/2022
Longmont Yarn Shoppewww.longmontyarn.com6/17/2022

⬇️ Scroll down for a full list of our Featured Vendors ⬇️

DETAILS

Pre-order Sailaway here! 

Sizes1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) 

The amount of ease will depend on your measurements and the size you choose (based on finished measurements). For help choosing a size, please visit this blog post.

Gauge — This pattern is written to work for either DK or worsted weight at the following gauges

  • DK – 21 st and 30 rows in 4 in/10 cm in color/texture pattern with largest needle (test sample knit on US size 6/4mm), blocked. A few yarn suggestions: 
    — Miss Babs Yowza | 100% superwash Merino wool | 560 yards/512 meters in 8 oz/225 grams | Pictured: Goldenrod (MC), Bouganvilla (CC), White Peppercorn (CC)
    Madelinetosh Wool + Cotton | 50% Superwash Merino Wool / 50% Pima Cotton | 219 yards/200 meters in 100 grams | Pictured: Antler (MC), Deep (CC)
  • Worsted weight: 20 stitches and 29 rows in 4 in/10 cm in color/texture pattern with largest needle (test sample knit on US Size 7/4.5mm), blocked. A few yarn suggestions:
    — Knit Picks High Desert | 100% USA Grown Shaniko Wool | 113 yards in 50 grams | Pictured: Willow (MC), Lava Fields (CC), Birch Tweed (CC)
    — Berroco Ultra Wool | 100% Superwash Wool | 219 yards/200 meters in 3.5 oz / 100 grams
    — Knit Picks Comfy Cotton | 75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic | 109 yards in 50 grams

Gauge Note: The slipped stitch pattern makes the rows denser than the stockinette stitch rows. When taken together, the result is an approximate row gauge specified above. Do not fret too much about row gauge. 

Yardage — (These estimates translate nicely for both DK and worsted weight, but may vary slightly according to your yarn selection) 

  • MC: 900 (1000, 1100, 1210, 1331, 1464, 1611, 1772, 1949) yards/823 (914, 1005, 1106, 1217, 1338, 1472, 1619, 1781) meters 
  • CC1: 82 (90, 100, 110, 121, 133, 146, 161, 177) yards/75 (82, 91, 101, 111, 122, 134, 147, 162) meters 
  • CC2: 78 (86, 95, 105, 115, 126, 139, 153, 168) yards/71 (79, 87, 96, 105, 116, 127, 140, 154) meters 

Finished Measurements (blocked) 
(DK Weight – 21 stitches in 4 in/10 cm) 

  • Bust: 32.74 (37.69, 41.5, 46.45, 49.12, 53.69, 59.4, 62.07, 65.12) in/ 81.91 (94.29, 103.81, 116.19, 122.86, 134.29, 148.57, 155.24, 162.86) cm 
  • Sleeve: 11.05 (13.14, 14.1, 15.62, 16, 16.57, 17.14, 18.1, 18.1) in/ 27.62 (32.86, 35.24, 39.05, 40.0, 41.43, 42.86, 45.24, 45.24) cm 
  • Top of Shoulder to Underarm: 9.37 (9.37, 9.63, 9.63, 10.17, 10.7, 11.23, 12.03, 12.57) in/ 23.42 (23.42, 24.08, 24.08, 25.42, 26.75, 28.08, 30.08, 31.42) cm 

Finished Measurements (blocked) 
(Worsted Weight – 20 stitches in 4 in/10 cm) 

  • Bust: 34.3 (39.5, 43.5, 48.7, 51.5, 56.3, 62.3, 65.1, 68.3) in/ 85.81 (98.81, 108.81, 121.81, 128.81, 140.81, 155.81, 162.81, 170.81) cm 
  • Sleeve: 11.6 (13.8, 14.8, 16.4, 16.8, 17.4, 18, 19, 19) in/29 (34.5, 37, 41, 42, 43.5, 45, 47.5, 47.5) cm 
  • Top of Shoulder to Underarm: 9.93 (9.93, 10.21, 10.21, 10.79, 11.36, 11.93, 12.79, 13.36) in/ 24.82 (24.82, 25.54, 25.54, 26.96, 28.39, 29.82, 31.96, 33.39) cm 

NOTE: The pattern pre-release includes needle sizes and swatching details.

TIMELINE

Friday, July 1

Pattern & knitalong soundtrack playlist lands in your pattern library on OliveKnits.com or Ravelry (the pattern will automatically update in your library, so just check your account first thing in the morning to see the pattern update and the upbeat playlist to inspire your knitalong). Also join us for the Cast-On Party livestream (details will be provided in the pre-order packet).

Throughout July

Watch for weekly check-ins, opportunities for prizes and more throughout July.


 

Do I have to knit this sweater in 4 days?!?

Nope! The 4 Day KAL began as a personal challenge to knit a sweater over a 4-day weekend – and I did! But the real goal of this KAL is to knit a sweater faster than you thought you could, whatever that might be. For those who like a challenge, feel free to try your hand at the speedy 4-10 day pace (based on your size). But you don’t have to speed through it! We’ll be celebrating and knitting throughout the month of July, so you can work at the pace that’s best for you. The goal is to reach the finish line – however long it may take to get there. We’re here to help you knit a sweater faster than you thought you could. You get to decide what that challenge means to you.

CONNECT

Follow along on Facebook, Pinterest, OliveKnits.com and in Knit Camp

Be sure to join my newsletter to see secret sneak peeks all summer long!

Pictured: Miss Babs DK - Goldenrod (MC), Bouganvilla (CC), White Peppercorn (CC)
Pictured: Madelinetosh Wool + Cotton DK - Antler (MC), Deep (CC)

FEATURED VENDORS

Business NameWebsiteCityState/ProvinceCountry
3 Kittens Needle Artshttps://www.3kittensneedlearts.com/Mendota HeightsMNUSA
614 Knit Studiohttps://614knitstudio.com/ColumbusOHUSA
A Likely Yarnhttps://www.alikelyyarn.com/AbingdonVAUSA
A Needle Runs Through itwww.aneedlerunsthroughit.etsy.comSan JoseCAUSA
Amazing Threadswww.amazing-threads.comMaple GroveMNUSA
Around the Table Yarnswww.aroundthetableyarns.comShaker HeightsOHUSA
BAA BAA SHEEP LLCwww.baabaasheepllc.comNorfolkVAUSA
Back Porch Quiltswww.backporchquilter.comLivingstonMTUSA
Bellarickahttps://www.etsy.com/shop/BellarickaAuburnWAUSA
Blue Heron Knitteryblueheronknittery.comDecorahIAUSA
Cabled Fiber & Yarn LLChttps://www.cabledfiber.com/Port AngelesWAUSA
Casting On, LLChttps://casting-on.business.siteAppletonWIUSA
Crafts Americanaknitpicks.comVancouverWAUSA
Cream City Yarnwww.creamcityyarn.comBrookfieldWIUSA
Dixie Knitswww.dixieknits.comPensacolaFLUSA
Do Ewe Knit ?www.Doeweknit.comWestfieldNJUSA
Elgin Knit Workselginknitworks.comElginILUSA
Ewe Ewe Yarnshttps://eweewe.comOceansideCAUSA
Fibrehttps://www.thefibreshop.comNeenahWIUSA
Finnegans’s Runhttps://www.rowanatfinnegansrun.com/FredericksburgVAUSA
Flaxen Fleecewww.flaxenfleece.comSauk CityWIUSA
Frostburg fiber depotwww.frostburgfiberdepot.comFrostburgMDUSA
Great Yarnswww.greatyarns.netRaleighNCUSA
Hands on Knitting Centerhttps://www.handsonknittingcenter.com/RedlandsCAUSA
Harps & Thistles Yarn Emporiumwww.HarpsAndThistles.comCuyahoga FallsOHUSA
Harriet & Alicewww.harrietandalice.comEdinaMNUSA
hazel knitswww.hazelknits.com/homeSeattleWAUSA
Heart2Heart Knitting & Fiber Artswww.heart2heartknittingfiberarts.comPoulsboWAUSA
Hook a Frog Fiber & Funwww.hookafrog.netMadisonALUSA
Isabelle's Parlourisabellesparlour.comWickenburgAZUSA
Jemsluxefibersjemsluxefibers.comVicksburgMSUSA
Jimmy Beans Woolwww.jimmybeanswool.comRenoNVUSA
Kid Ewe Knotkideweknot.comBridgevillePAUSA
Knitwww.knitlongisland.comRoslynNYUSA
Knit Knook A Coffee and Yarn Place LLCwww.knitknook.comConiferCOUSA
Knit Locallyknitlocally.comGaithersburgMDUSA
Knit Whit's Yarn & Craftswww.knitwhitsyarnshop.comBaileys HarborWIUSA
Knitique Yarnswww.knitiqueyarns.comElk GroveCAUSA
Knits and Piecesknitsandpiecesofannapolis.comAnnapolisMDUSA
Knot Another Hatwww.knotanotherhat.comHood RiverORUSA
Lancaster Yarn Shophttp://www.lancasteryarnshop.comIntercoursePAUSA
lolodiditwww.lolodidit.comDanvilleKYUSA
Longmont Yarn Shoppewww.longmontyarn.comLongmontCOUSA
Madelinetoshwww.madelinetosh.comFort WorthTXUSA
Makers' Mercantilemakersmercantile.comKentWAUSA
Miss Babs Hand Dyed Yarnshttps://www.missbabs.com/Mountain CityTNUSA
Miss Babs Hand Dyed Yarnshttps://www.missbabs.com/USA
Mont Tricotwww.monttricot.caSuttonQCCanada
Mosaic Yarn Studio, Ltd.https://www.mosaicyarnstudio.com/Mount ProspectILUSA
Native Twist - Name Changing to Creative Twistwww.nativetwiststudio.comMOUNT STERLINGKYUSA
New england yarn & spindle llcwww.newenglandyarn.comSouthingtonCtUSA
Northfield Yarnhttps://northfieldyarn.com/NorthfieldMNUSA
Piney Creek Yarnhttps://www.pineycreekyarn.com/CentennialCOUSA
Plymouth Harbor Knitshttps://plymouthharborknits.com/PlymouthMAUSA
Quixotic Fiberswww.quixoticfibers.comWhitesboroTXUSA
Rising Tide Fiber Co.https://www.risingtidefiberco.com/Chesapeake BeachMDUSA
River City Yarnshttp://www.rivercityyarns.comEdmontonABCanada
Rumpelstiltskinwww.rumpelyarn.comSacramentoCAUSA
Sew Happy Jane Hand Dyed Yarnhttps://sewhappyjane.com/NampaIDUSA
Shabby Sheep & Ewewww.shabbysheepandewe.comColumbusINUSA
Silk Road Textileswww.silkroadcincinnati.comCINCINNATIOHUSA
Sinfully Softwww.sinfullysoft.comrooseveltWAUSA
Stash Charlottewww.StashCharlotte.comCharlotteNCUSA
Stitch Centralwww.mystitchcentral.comHuntingdon Valley (Philly area)PAUSA
String Theory Yarn Cohttps://stringtheoryyarncompany.com/Glen EllynILUSA
Sue2Knits and Yarnhttps://www.sue2knits.com/McGregorONCanada
Sun Valley Fibershttp://www.sunvalleyfibers.comMount HorebWIUSA
SweetGeorgia Yarnshttps://sweetgeorgiayarns.comVancouverBCCanada
The Craftivistwww.thecraftivist.comAtlantaGAUSA
THE FIBER GALLERYfibergallery.comSEATTLEWAUSA
The Little Yarn Shoppewww.littleyarnshoppe.comSaginawMIUSA
The Salty Sheep Yarn Shopwww.thesaltysheep.comSwansboroNCUSA
The Tinsmith’s Wifetinsmithswife.comComfortTXUSA
The Yarn Clubhttps://yarnclubknits.com/Virginia BeachVAUSA
THE YARN SELLARwww.yarnsellar.comYorkMEUSA
THE YARN UNDERGROUND LLCwww.yarnunderground.comMoscowIDUSA
Threadbender Yarn Shophttps://threadbenderinc.com/GrandvilleMIUSA
Three Irish Girls Yarn Inc.www.threeirishgirls.comDuluthMNUSA
Treasure Goddess Yarnhttps://www.TreasureGoddess.comSpring HillKSUSA
Unwind Yarn Househttps://www.unwindyarnhouse.com/NewmarketONCanada
Village Yarn Companyhttp://www.villageyarncompany.com/ZIONSVILLEINUSA
West 7th Woolwww.west7thwool.comFort WorthTXUSA
Wild Knitshttps://wildknitssalem.com/SalemORUSA
Wolseley Woolwww.wolseleywool.comWinnipegMBCanada
Woolbearers LLCwww.woolbearers.netMt. HollyNJUSA
Woven Art Yarn Shophttp://www.wovenartshop.comEast LansingMIUSA
Yarnwww.yarn-fun.comEurekaCAUSA
Yarn & HoneyYarnAndHoney.comGreat FallsMTUSA
Yarn Barhttps://yarn.bar/BillingsMTUSA
Yarn Cupboardwww.yarncupboard.comJamesvilleNYUSA
Yarn Folkhttp://www.yarnfolk.comEllensburgWAUSA
Yarn Kandywww.yarnkandy.comLittle RockARUSA
Yarn Matterswww.yarnmatters.comWilliamsburgVAUSA
Yarn Refugehttp://www.yarnrefuge.comRenoNVUSA
Yarnaholic™ Storewww.yarnaholicstore.comClaremontCAUSA

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