A Four Day Sweater KAL

We did it! – We completed a whirlwind knitalong and lived to tell about it. Even though the official knitalong is over, knitters across the map are still giving it a shot!


It started with my crazy personal challenge to knit a sweater in four days, and it exploded into a movement. Knitters all over the map are winding their yarn and sharpening their needles (figuratively speaking) in preparation for a chance at a super-heroic knitting challenge.

Because, as I’m sure you know, people don’t knit sweaters in four days. They just don’t.

But they could.

It’s more than just a crazy goal; it’s also a bit strategic. The four day focus took me away from constant-news-checking. I didn’t have time. I didn’t agonize over emails longer than necessary or futz with Facebook or Instagram the way I normally do – I posted on the fly. I didn’t have time to make sure my photos were perfectly posed or that I had the best angles in my Instastories. Frankly, I’m 42 years old. Angles matter. But I didn’t have time for that. I only had time to tell you what I was doing and then do it.

I can’t remember a time I was THAT focused on blocking out distractions. It was practically a revelation (and I think it was good for me).

That kind of commitment – zeroing in on a goal and blocking out all the noise – was really powerful. Not only did I reach the finish line, but I felt a bit renewed by the break from … well, most everything that wasn’t essential. I still did all the important things, but I skipped the time wasters. I didn’t even realize how many there were – nor how often they interfered with my productivity. I gave over four days to one project and I ended up with a whole sweater to show for it.

Are you ready for your own rejuvenating, escape-from-reality, slightly crazy, super-hero knitalong? Try one of your own! Start by figuring out the size you want to make, test out your knitting speed (read all about that here), and choose your knitting days.

VERY IMPORTANT – GOAL ADJUSTMENTS FOR SIZE: If you are knitting sizes 32 – 40, the goal is four days. For sizes 42-46, the goal is five days. For size 48, the goal is six days. For size 52, the goal is seven days.

See you on the flipside!


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