JANUARY KNIT-A-LONG: PASCAL CARDIGAN • Advanced Knitting, January & February (3-5 pm) Mondays

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We are feeling stranded colorwork crazy at Cattywampus! So for our January-February knit-a-long we are joining forces with Brooklyn Tweed's "Winter of Colorwork Knit-a-long". We'll be making the Pascal Cardigan, which is a handsome pattern written for men and women. Brooklyn Tweed will be sharing tips and techniques for working each part of the cardigan — choosing colors, swatching for stranded colorwork, sweater construction, and (yes!) steeking, to name a few. However, you’re also welcome to join us by knitting any colorwork pattern in the Brooklyn Tweed archive or any colorwork pattern using Brooklyn Tweed yarn. Use #btwinterofcolorworkkal, #pascalcardigan, and #cattywampuscrafts to connect and share your progress!

Here's Brooklyn Tweed's blog schedule for the knit-a-long:
January 9 Selecting Colors for Stranded Colorwork Knitting
January 16 — Pattern Selection, Fit and Swatching with Your Colors
January 23 Cast-On and Knitting Pascal: Beginning the Sleeves
January 30 Knitting Pascal: Beginning the Body
February 6 Knitting Pascal: Joining the Sleeves to the Body
February 13 Knitting Pascal: Steeking
February 20 Knitting Pascal: Finishing
February 27 Winter of Colorwork KAL Wrap-Up*

There won't be a Cattywampus teacher with this project. It is just a fun gathering and group support while we forge ahead making the same thing. Meet ups will be every Monday afternoon from 3 to 5 pm. Come to them all or just when you can! 

SKILLS REQUIRED •
• Cast on of knitter’s choice
• increasing and decreasing
• reading charts
• knitting in the round
• picking up stitches
• steeks
• stranded colorwork knitting
• Backward Loop Cast On
• Kitchener Stitch

MATERIALS REQUIRED • 10% off at Cattywampus for knit-a-long participants
• Brooklyn Tweed's Pascal Cardigan Pattern (January 16 release date)
• Main Color (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9) Men's [6, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9] skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Quarry
• Color 1 (1) [1] skein of Brooklyn Tweed Quarry
• Color 2 (1) [1] skein of Brooklyn Tweed Quarry
• Size A: US 10 (6 mm) circular needles, 16" and 32" and set of double-pointed needles
• Size B: US 10.5 (6.5 mm) circular needles 32" length
• Size C: US 9 (5.5 mm) circular needles 32" length and set of double-pointed needles
• stitch marker
• tapestry needle
• 5 buttons

GAUGE •
• 14 stitches & 22 rounds = 4" in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
• 14 stitches & 20 rounds = 4" in chart patterns with Size B needle(s), after blocking
Note: Correct length of the one-piece yoke is dependent upon achieving the stated round gauges. Due to significant variance among knitters, your colorwork fabric should be swatched and wet-blocked prior to knitting your sweater to determine whether Size B should be larger, smaller, or equal to Size A. We recommend trying Speed-Swatching for Circular Knitting (see Special Techniques).
• 14 stitches & 32 rows = 4" in garter stitch with Size C needle(s), after blocking

TEACHER • There is no teacher for the knit-a-long. This is a community support project! Please be sure you have the skills required to join us.