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Welcome to the official Knit Along Club Flow KAL!
The designer, Norah Gaughan, describes Flow as “An easy tank with fitted top and gracious fullness at the hem.” This design makes Flow attractive on a wide range of body styles.
Flow is constructed in two pieces seamed together. It is worked flat from the bottom up.
This is the PERFECT project to introduce you to sweater knitting if you have never knit a sweater. It is a relatively simple top that can be worked to fit petite, plus size women, and everything in between.
In this KAL you will learn how to:
- Choose an appropriate yarn when the recommended yarn is discontinued or hard to find
- Knit a proper swatch to test your gauge
- Make adjustments if your gauge does not match the pattern gauge
- Knit a sweater from the bottom up
- Read your knitting so you can always tell what row you are on
- Finish your garment professionally:
- Properly sew seams
- Join a new yarn without tying knots
- Hide your yarn tails
- Pick up and knit the neckband and armholes
- Make modifications to fit your body and style (we will be addressing how to make the shoulder straps wider, how to make a fancier hem, and how to adjust the length)
- Fix common mistakes without ripping out rows of work
- How to translate/interpret vague instructions
Participants must know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off prior to starting this KAL.
- Flow pattern (click here for the free pattern and download the PDF)
- DK weight yarn – we recommend Cestari Old Dominion DK, 100% US grown cotton, 250 yards, 100 grams
|Finished Bust Size:||30″||34″||38″||42″||46″||50″|
|# of Skeins of Old Dominion DK:||3||3||3||4||4||4 or 5|
- US 8 (5.0 mm) knitting needles, or size needed to make gauge (single point or circular)
- US 6 (4.0 mm) 16” length circular needles for finishing (If you have to adjust your larger needle to hit gauge, use a needle 2 sizes smaller than your larger needle. You can use a 32” or longer circular needle, instead of 16”, if you want to use the magic loop method)
- Stitch markers
- Darning needle
For your convenience, we have available for sale the yarn and supplies you need for this KAL. Save time and support our small business by purchasing what you need here. Click on the item name to see more details and larger photos.
If you do not need your yarn immediately, we are happy to special order whatever color you like! Just call (423) 869-8927 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll help you find the perfect yarn!
|Cestari Old Dominion DK||$10.00|
Old Dominion DK is a 3-ply DK weight cotton yarn. Subtle color variations give this super-soft kettle-dyed yarn a dimension that is uncommon in cotton yarns. Made in Virginia with USA-grown cotton.
|Clover Locking Stitch Markers||$5.49|
These durable Clover locking stitch markers are the most versatile stitch markers. You can use them on your knitting needles or pin them to your fabric to keep track of your stitches and progress.
|Dritz Tapestry Needles||$1.99|
Large-eyed tapestry needles with blunt points that allow the needle to pass easily between fabric yarns. Five size 16 tapestry needles in each pack.
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Create Your Project on Ravelry
Learn how to use Ravelry to keep track of your projects and show them off!
Choosing Your Yarn
Learn how to choose a yarn when you can’t find – or don’t want to use – the yarn suggested in the pattern.
Swatching & Calculating Gauge
How to knit a swatch
Project-specific gauge info
How to use a yarn that doesn’t match gauge
General Tips to Improve Your Knitting
Highlight your pattern to reduce mistakes
Using stitch markers
Joining a new yarn without knots
How to use lifelines
Knitting with hand dyed yarns
Pattern Back, Rewritten for Clarity and Ease of Reading
The pattern author assumes we are experienced knitters. This version of the pattern is written for more novice knitters.
Adjusting the length
Better bust fit
Wider shoulder straps
Why I’m not converting the pattern to in-the-round
(Pie crust edge and applied i-cord trim are modifications covered in other Flow lessons)
Knitting Your Flow
Recommended cast ons
Keeping track of how many stitches you’ve casted on
How to knit the front and back at the same time
Pie Crust Edge Modification & a Quick Primer on Counting Your Rows
How to make the pie crust edge video and written instructions
Tips for counting your rows
How to SSK
Tips for tracking when and where to do the decreases
How to read your knitting
How to count your rows
Binding off mid-row
Smoother neckline shaping
Making wider shoulder straps
Options for shoulder seams
Horizontal seam for the shoulders
Three needle bind off
Mattress stitch for seaming the sides
Neck & Armhole Edging
How to pick up and knit
Optional i-cord edge modification
How to pick up stitches evenly
Adjusting the size of your neckline & armholes