for the 5th Annual 4 Day KAL
It’s been five years since that first long weekend when I thought maybe I’d try to knit a sweater in four days. It was a silly personal challenge and I had no idea that it would become an annual event that drew together a remarkable community of knitters around the globe. The 4 Day Knitalong has never been about 4 days – not really. It’s about knitting a sweater faster than we thought we could – and doing it with the energy, enthusiasm, and the support of our community.
Find this year’s knitalong packet and pattern here.
The first 4 Day Knitalong was Stillwater, then Beekeeper, then Foxtrot and Soundtrack. We knit together through highs and lows, through our triumphs and our struggles. We knit together through the loneliest year that many of us have ever experienced.
Did Someone Say SWAG?
This year we have some limited edition official knitalong swag! Grab yours here.
- It’s a yoke-style pullover
- It’s one single color
- My team and I knit our samples in Sew Happy Jane Delightful DK Tweed
- DK weight tonals, solid colors, tweeds, and kettle-dyed yarns are recommended. Less color variation is better.
- Participating LYS and yarn dyers will have other fun yarn ideas to share
- There are NO photo sneak peeks until June 7th
- The skill level is intermediate, but if you’re a confident advanced beginner, you can do this
- You DO NOT have to knit the sweater in 4 days – we knit together the whole month of July, so you can work at your own pace.
Regular Gauge: 20 st in 4 in/10 cm
Bust/Chest Circumference: 31.2 (34.8, 41.2, 44.8, 48.8, 53.4, 56.4, 60.8, 64.8) in/78 (87, 103, 112, 122, 133.5, 141, 152, 162) cm bust*
Alternate Gauge: 22 st in 4 in/10 cm
Bust/Chest Circumference: 28.25 (31.75, 37.5, 40.75, 44.25, 48.5, 51.25, 55.25, 59) in/ 71 (79, 93.75, 101.75, 111, 121.25, 128.25, 138.25, 147.25) cm bust*
*Please note that these measurements are not final and may vary slightly in the final pattern
Yardage — 1010 (1182, 1335, 1485, 1597, 1688, 1784, 1886, 1994) yards/923 (1080, 1220, 1357, 1460, 1543, 1631, 1724, 1823) meters (If in doubt, please round up)
Needles — US Size 6/4mm (24-32 in/60-80 cm) circular – body; US Size 6/4mm (12 in/30 cm) circular or DPNs – sleeves: US Size 4/3.5mm (16 in/40 cm) circular – neckline; US Size 4/3.5mm (12 in/30 cm) circular or DPNs – cuffs. (Note: Adjust your needle size, if necessary, to obtain correct gauge.)
Fit Advice — This sweater is meant to fit with about 2 inches/5 cm positive ease. For best results, choose the size with a finished measurement that is 2 inches/5 cm larger than your full bust measurement.
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What if I can’t knit it in 4 days?!?
The Timeline of Events (Save the Dates!)
Participating Yarn Shops and Dyers
In addition to this year’s yarn sponsor, Sew Happy Jane, be sure to check out the other great yarn shops and dyers who are participating! You’ll find yarn inspiration and local activities at some participating locations.
NOTE: Newly participating shops are updated once a week on Fridays and are listed in alphabetical order (except for Yarn Sponsor). Please scan the list for the shop you’re looking for. (Shop listing closes June 15, 2021, so more shops may be participating than what is listed here.)