Welcome to the Keavy KAL!
The full name of this pattern is Keavy Simple Pullover. The designer, Jennifer Wood, describes it as a “contemporary, simple, feminine version of an Aran pullover”. While it is simple compared to many Aran patterns, I would not call it a simple sweater.
It is knit from the top down, incorporating set-in sleeves to the seamless design. Incorporating set-in sleeves into the design is genius but it adds a bit of complexity to the beginning of the sweater. Don’t worry! We guide you through it with a lot of photos and step-by-step instructions! The knitting becomes much simpler once you get past the underarm.
In this KAL you will learn how to:
- Make a proper swatch to test your gauge and ensure your sweater fits
- Read a knitting chart
- Knit short rows
- Knit cables, with or without a cable needle
- Knit in the round
- Increases: m1l, m1r lli, rli
- Knit set-in sleeves as you go – no seaming them!
- 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 with hand dyed yarns
- Use stitch markers to keep track of your work
- Pick up and knit
- Block your knits
Participants must know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off prior to starting the Keavy KAL. It would be helpful, but not necessary for the adventurous knitter, to have knit at least one sweater before.
- Aran weight yarn
We recommend Mount Vernon Worsted by Cestari, 178 yards on a 100 gram skein. (Though the name is “Worsted”, the weight of the yarn is actually Aran.)
- Size 8 needles
- Stitch markers
- Cable Needle
- Yarn needle
- Waste yarn, stitch holders, or spare interchangeable cords with end caps
- The Keavy pattern – you can purchase the individual pattern from Interweave or purchase the book Refined Knits from Amazon. The Idril KAL is also from this book. There’s a good chance we’ll be adding at least one more pattern from the book to the Knit Along Club in the future – it has a lot of beautiful patterns!
- Link to the individual pattern: https://www.interweave.com/product/keavvy-simple-pullover-knitting-pattern-download/
- Link to the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/163250068X/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Keavy KAL Store
For your convenience, we have available for sale the yarn and pattern 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 or text (423) 218-2238 or email email@example.com, 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.
|Cestari Mount Vernon Worsted||$15.99|
Cestari Mount Vernon Worsted is a 2-ply 100% merino wool yarn. Though it is called “worsted”, it is actually an aran weight yarn spun on a traditional woolen system. 178 yards/100 grams
This yarn is NOT superwash and will felt.
|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.
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Create Your Project on Ravelry
Learn how to post your project on Ravelry – a great place to record notes about your project
General Tips to Improve Your Knitting
How to read a knitting chart
Using stitch markers
How to use a lifeline
How to read your knitting
Possible Modification: Adding the Cable to the Sleeves
Adding the cable to the sleeves
Why waist shaping is not needed
Knitting Your Keavy
Right Front & Left Front (PDF pages 5 & 6, book pages 121 & 122)
How to Pick Up & Knit
Shaping the Shoulders
Yoke (PDF page 7, book page 123)
Adding the Cable to the Sleeves
RLI & LLI
Join to Work in the Round
Increase Sleeve Stitches
Increase Body Stitches
Divide Body & Sleeves
Bottom Band (PDF page 9, book page 125)
Bottom Band 1st round explanation
Finishing your bind off in-the-round seamlessly
Sleeves (PDF page 9, book page 125)
Positioning your stitches on the needles
Tips for doing the decreases
Estimating your finished sleeve length
Knitting the sleeves 2-at-a-time
Finishing (PDF page 9, book page 125)
Adjusting the neckline
Sewing in your ends
Blocking your Keavy