4 Day Knitalong?
All about the annual 4 Day Knitalong with Olive Knits
It started with a personal challenge.
In 2016, 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, provided status updates throughout the weekend, and before I knew it – the 4 days were over. And I had finished my sweater!
Someone commented on my posts that I should issue a challenge for others to join me. Really? Other people might want to knit a sweater in four days (or at least challenge themselves to a personal best)?
The answer was (and is): yes!
What started as a silly personal challenge has become an annual event drawing together a remarkable community of knitters from around the globe.
But it’s important to say this: this is not really about knitting a sweater in four days. It’s 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.
Do I REALLY have to knit this sweater in 4 days?!?
Each year – around April 15th – I send an email to yarn shop owners, dyers and yarn sellers to invite them along on our summer knitting adventure. This is my way of helping to ensure that you have plenty of inspiration, easy access to the right kinds of yarn, and local opportunities to meet up with other knitters who are joining the same challenge.
Check out our past 4 Day Knitalong patterns below, and make sure you’re signed up for my newsletter to be the first to know when this year’s pattern details are revealed (in mid-May).