The third annual Adventure Knit-a-long is winding down (but there’s still time to get in on the action!!) and now that all parts are released, I can start showing you what’s up with this year’s pattern collection! First things first.
It’s currently Monday, July 27th, which gives you almost a week to get a finished project up on ravelry and qualify for the HUGE GIVEAWAY, which will happen next Monday, August 3rd. All finished project pages with at least 1 photo of the finished item are eligible to win, so the more you make, the better chance you have. Even if you haven’t started yet, there are some very small, quick-knit items, so you can totally whip one up in time!
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Check out the prizes forum thread in the leethal knitters! ravelry group for more details about them (they are all awesome and you should check them out!!); the official prize list will be posted tomorrow in the group!
So now, the pattern! Warning to mystery KALers who are still in mystery-land with their knitting, there will be spoilers below, of individual parts of the whole, stitch patterns and some close-ups of items. Nothing that hasn’t already been included in the spoilers sections of the pdfs.
For now, I will reveal what is included in the collection, and how it all works, and I’ll show you all the stitch patterns, and some peeks of items… After the complete ebook and print book are released, I’ll put up another post with all my samples and details about them. That will probably be in about 2 weeks, but it depends on how long the print book takes to finish and ship and stuff. The ebook will automatically be sent out to everyone who bought the knit-a-long, as soon as it’s finished, in about a week, after the KAL is over.
There are 5 items to choose from in this collection: smooth hat (aka normal hat), pointed hat, standard cowl (which can be a scarf or stole if you don’t join it around), rounded cowl, or mitts (which can be made as hole-less wrist-warmers, or with plain holes for thumbs, or with knitted thumbs).
Any item can be made in any yarn weight, all custom fitted to the size you want. The smooth hat can be fitted or slouchy; the pointed hat can be made more or less pointed; the cowls can be wide or narrow, long or short; the rounded cowl can be more or less rounded; the mitts are fitted to your hand, as long as you like.
For all items, you can choose how you want to join around: sewn seam, 3-needle bind-off, grafting, or buttoning closure. (Some KALers are mixing and matching, like sewn seam with buttons sewn over it to hide the seam and look neat, or buttons only at the bottom.)
There are 5 “habitat” background stitch patterns, all patterns working with all items. This is what they look like in color coded swatches – arctic, forest, grassland, lake, and ocean. They each have one “embellishment” option, which is shown in the top half of each swatch. (You can click any of the photos to see them bigger on flickr.)
There are 5 motif patterns for each of the 5 background patterns – these are called “animal” patterns, because the animals live within the habitats. Here are swatches of the 25 different motifs (26 actually, because Lake has a bonus extra pattern) – they are meant to be placed within the background pattern base, so they look a bit wonky standing alone in the swatches, but it gives you the idea of what they look like…
You can add any of the animals onto the matching habitat that you’re using (if you have enough stitches), worked within the habitat stitches. Use just one animal in an item, or a few, or all 5; work them once, or repeat them, or work in scattered clusters. Check out the KALers’ projects on ravelry to see tons of different ways the animal patterns can be used! Here are peeks at a few of my sample items, animals placed in different ways:
Above are the Ocean habitat in fingering weight yarn (by Schmutzerella), and the Lake habitat in worsted weight yarn (by Anzula). Below are both the Forest habitat, but made really differently – aran weight yarn (by Jill Draper Makes Stuff), and sport-DK weight with changing contrasting colors (the changing colors are by Infinite Twist, with the blue main color by Louet):
I had lots of fun naming the patterns and drawing the animals to go with them! They are very much not designed to look like the animals, it’s just a naming theme; I chose animals I like and wanted to draw, and picked a variety of different kinds of animals for each habitat. With a cryptozoology twist!! Each of the 5 habitats feature one crypto-animal!
Each habitat has the 5 animals (except Lake has the bonus one) – they each have 2 independent patterns, which are mostly pretty large and complex (ish), and then 3 patterns which are kind of smaller/medium/larger versions of each other.
These are named as baby, teen, and grownup versions of the animal (eg, one of the patterns is Bison, so there is a Baby bison, a Teen bison, and a Grownup bison). One of the animals is a Wolf, so I had to draw this to hide it tiny in the pdf/booklet. I just couldn’t not do it. Below is the print booklet page. (I think this is just for the KAL, I won’t include it in the final book, too silly.)
So what else? I’ve made 9 samples so far, but I’m working on a couple last-minute extras this week to round things out and show as many combos as possible. Oh, I forgot to mention another option – you can choose to go on your adventure either on flat ground or walking uphill. Walking uphill means making your piece on the bias, or diagonally – it makes the item more complex to make, but it looks extra cool.
I’ll start showing peeks of my samples on instagram and ravelry soon – I’ve made all the different item types, some uphill, some flat, in all the habitats. Below is my stack so far – from top to bottom, there are: an aran weight smooth hat in the arctic uphill, a worsted weight smooth hat in the grassland flat, a sock weight smooth hat at the lake uphill, a sport-DK weight pointed hat in the forest flat, worsted weight mitts with thumbs at the lake flat, aran-bulky weight mitts with plain holes in the arctic flat, an aran weight standard cowl in the forest uphill, a sock weight rounded cowl at the ocean flat, a bulky weight rounded cowl in the arctic uphill. I will be adding one more pointed hat, and a pair of wrist-warmers (mitts with no holes).
Oh and, this year’s Adventure Knitting is the same as the last two, with the printable folding booklet (see 1 here and 2 here). The KAL version of the booklet is kind of crazy long, because written and charted patterns are separated; the final booklet (included in the ebook, released next week to everyone who bought the KAL) won’t be quite so many pages. You can find folding and binding instructions on my website here.
Speaking of tutorials on my website, there are lots of new tutorials which have recently been added, or updated, to go with the stitch patterns in this collection (shadow wraps, some complex twists, and new videos on the cables and twisted stitches pages). My tutorials page is updated to be better organized, too – check it out!
Okay that’s enough for now!! Head to the leethal group to get involved with this last week of the knit-a-long; check out the collection on ravelry here or on leethalknits.com here. Follow me on instagram or twitter to see peeks of my samples and stuff. Happy adventure knitting!