Welcome to the Idril KAL!
The Idril Knit Along starts January 9th, 2021
The designer, Jennifer Wood, named this pullover Idril “because…this sweater looks like the armor of mithril that Frodo Baggins wears in the Lord of the Rings. Just as the beauty of mithril did not tarnish or grow dim, neither will this beautiful cabled sweater.”
Idril is constructed in one piece from the top down with short-row shoulder shaping. Once the top pieces are joined the pullover is worked in the round.
One of the things we like about this pattern is that it’s A-line shaping is flattering on nearly any body.
In this KAL you will learn how to:
- Make a proper swatch to test your gauge
- Knit the cable cast on
- Knit a sweater from the top down
- Read knitting charts
- Read your knitting so you can always tell what row you are on
- Use a lifeline so you never have to rip all your work out again
- Knit cables with or without a cable needle
- Knit short rows
- Track complicated “at-the-same-time” instructions
- Knit a variety of increases and decreases to shape your sweater
- Make modifications to fit your body
- Seam your work for a professional finish
Participants must know how to cast on, knit, purl, cable, and bind off prior to starting this KAL. Having completed a basic sweater in the past will be helpful, but it’s not necessary for adventurous knitters.
- US 4 (3.5mm) 24” (or longer) circular needle
- US 4 DPNs or 32” (or longer) circular needle for knitting sleeves in the round
- Stitch markers
- Stitch holders or waste yarn
- Darning needle
- Cable needles
- Sport weight yarn – we recommend Malabrigo Arroyo
- The Idril pattern – you can purchase the individual pattern from Interweave or purchase the book Refined Knits from Amazon. This is the same book that was used for the Keavy KAL, and there’s a good chance we will be adding another KAL from this book in the future. It has a lot of beautiful patterns!
Link to the individual pattern: https://www.interweave.com/product/idril-pullover-knitting-pattern-download/?query=idril
Link to the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/163250068X/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Idril KAL Store
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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!
|Brittany Cable Needles||$6.79|
We LOVE Brittany Cable Needles! Read the full description to learn why. Set of three 3.75″ long cable needles in the following sizes: 3mm, 3.5mm, and 4.5mm.
|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.
|Clover Soft Stitch Ring Markers||$5.25|
These flexible Clover soft stitch ring markers are pliable and easy on your hands. The package includes 10 small and 20 large stitch markers. The small stitch markers fit needle sizes 0 to 5 and the large stitch markers fit needle sizes 5 to 11.
Malabrigo Arroyo is a hand dyed sport weight yarn that is luxuriously soft. 100% superwash merino wool; 100 grams / 335 yards
To access the lessons below, you have to be a member of the Knit Along Club and be logged-in.
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You don’t have to use the yarn suggested in the pattern. Learn how to choose alternate yarns for your patterns.
Swatching & Calculating Gauge for Idril
How to knit a stockinette swatch
How and why you might want to knit a cable swatch
How to knit cables
How to knit cables without a cable needle
How to fix cables without ripping out all your work
General Tips to Improve Your Knitting
Using highlights and stitch markers to keep track of your work
Using lifelines to “save” your work
Knitting Your Idril
Right Front (Book page 31, PDF page 5)
p1f&b, k2tog tbl, p2tog tbl
How to knit cables with or without a cable needle
How to fix cables
How to read knitting charts
Shoulder & neckline shaping
Left Front (Book page 32, PDF page 6)
Similar to the Right Front with minor differences and critical checkpoints noted.
Yoke (Book page 32, PDF page 6)
How to pick up and knit on a stockinette edge
Working neck & sleeve increases
Identifying the parts of your sweater
Bodice (Book page 34, PDF page 8)
Joining to work in the round with p2tog
Moving your beginning of round
Transitioning from reading the charts flat to in-the-round
Body (Book page 35, PDF page 9)
How to divide the body & sleeves
Knit cast on for mid-round cast ons
Making sure your sweater fits
Important note for easier knitting
How to adjust the pattern to fit your body
Cabled Body (Book page 35, PDF page 9)
Shaping the skirt… tons of increases!
How to “increase evenly” when the pattern is not specific
Keeping track of increases
Tracking your rows
Seamless bind off
Sleeves (Book page 37, PDF page 11)
How to pick up & knit
Preventing holes in the underarm
Considerations for using hand dyed yarns on the sleeves
Knitting sleeves 2-at-a-time
Cabled Cuff (Book page 37, PDF page 11)
Errata for size 37.75″
Cuff set up round for 2-at-a-time
How to bind off 2-at-a-time