XS (S) (M) (L) (XL)
Gauge is taken on a swatch using US size 2[2.75mm] needles. Your gauge can vary a bit, but it will impact sizing. Gauge is used to determine stitches to cast on!
10.5 sts / 1″ or 2.54 cm
US Size 2[2.75mm] circular needles
stitch markers, tapestry needle
Thoreau from Crave Yarn, 50% Yak, 50% Mulberry silk, 50g/210 yds (192 m)
Model is a size M, used approximately 200 yds ( m) or 47g, in Moment is Mine
Kaikoura KAL: Knit a Cosy with Jill!
Join me for the Kaikoura KAL (knit along) beginning on December 26, 2018, running through January 1, 2019. This is knitting that is pretty easy, and meant for simply pleasurable knitting! Give yourself an opportunity to enjoy a beautiful yarn (your choice — I used and recommend Thoreau from Crave Yarn) and knit Kaikoura along with me! You can sign up for the Kaikoura KAL through December 23. See all you will get while you knit a beautiful piece.
1. What is a Cosy?
A Cosy is like a tea cosy–it fits over your shoulders and keeps you warm! Generally, it ends somewhere around the underarm break and the elbow, but there is no armhole. It is kind of a closer fitting, shorter, more fashionable, poncho.
Since a Cosy is like a tea cosy it is done as a pullover. A Cosy can be worked from the bottom up, or top down. The Kaikoura KAL cosy is knit from the top down. Generally done in the round, a Cosy could be done flat and sewn, but if it is open then it is a wrap, a capelette, or a shawlette.
2. How the Kaikoura KAL Works
- Reserve your pattern (that’s how you sign up)! The price of the Kaikoura KAL pattern is one-half the retail price of Kaikoura when it is released as a single pattern.
- Receive a welcome email, including a download of everything need to know to get ready.
- Receive the pattern on December 24; it is not available anywhere else.
- Receive swatching instructions on December 22 (or after if you reserve later).
- Receive the Kaikoura KAL bonus pattern for a Fun Floral Flourish (not published anywhere else) on December 25.
- Cast on Kaikoura KAL on December 26.
- Receive inspirational emails daily through January 1.
- Receive special blocking & finishing tips on January 1 so your Kaikoura KAL wraps up in tidy fashion.
3. Will Kaikoura Fit Me?
One of the nice things about Kaikoura, and working from the top down, is that you can actually test it as you go. If you are working a size larger than a size M (look at my sizing charts), you will want to have more yarn. The size M sample used approximately 200 yds (183 m) of Thoreau (including the swatch), slightly less than 50g. If you are busty, you may want more length, so again, you will need more than 50g/200 yds (183 m). I’ll be happy to help anyone make decisions. If in doubt, buy that extra yarn! The pattern is XXS through XL, and 1X through 5X.
4. Cost of the Kaikoura KAL
Yarn $24 for 50g if you use Thoreau
Time Based on my sample knitting, you will likely need 6 to 14 hours to knit Kaikoura. Your knitting time will depend on how many stitches you are working, your style of knitting, and amount of yarn you use.
5. Why the Kaikoura KAL
First, just for the pleasure of knitting something in lovely yarn. Second, because Kaikoura is so cute! Third, because Kaikoura is easy knitting. Fourth, for the challenge of starting and finishing and not having an ongoing project!
Scheduling I’m a big fan of scheduling knitting time to make it possible to stay on track. It is likely you will be able to find extra knitting time during this holiday week, so take this opportunity to get a finished object to start the year 2019 off! Even if you still have holiday knitting, give yourself this lovely break.
This is what you will want to schedule.
- Swatch: 1.5 hours
- Blocking Swatch: 0.5 hours (but overnight drying)
- Daily Knitting: (5 knitting days using 50g): 10.0/5 = 2.0 hours daily OR Daily Knitting: (5 knitting days using more than 50g): 14.0/5 = 2.75 hours daily. I am excluding December 31, so it can be a catch-up day!
- Finishing: 0.5 hours
- Wet Blocking: 0.5 hours (with overnight drying)
- Steam Blocking: 0.25 hours (with 3 hours to dry)
The total hours are either 13.25 or 17.25 hours.