Knitalong is packed with 20 fun projects to knit among friends. Each one was chosen because in some way it’s perfect for knitting together – in a cafe, at a baseball game, or as a group gift or charity project. They’re often inspired by stories in the book. (Click a picture for for more detail and slideshow controls.)
Olive’s Afghan is worked in several soft strips – a project for one knitter or up to 8 friends.
The mesmerizing Pinwheel Blanket, by Genia Planck, is simple, perfect knitting to take to a baseball game – or wine bar. And, as Everett shows here, it makes a pretty good cape!
Doppio Gauntlets entwine two colors of lush Malabrigo yarn. The French Press Cozy uses yarn dyed with coffee grounds from Abundant Yarn & Dyeworks. Both are nods to the cafe culture home to so many knitalongs today.
The Victorian Baby Bonnet, inspired by tales of knitting in nineteenth century orphanages, will engage your idle hands and keep you out of trouble.
Embellish your own Meathead Hat, with anything from a cattle ear tag or plastic flower to a crayon holster. Mix and match with friends. See what variations you can come up with.
Seann McKeel’s Felted Peace Crane makes a very small prayer of peace, and is part of a long tradition of activist and artistic knitting. “Socks 101″ felted house socks (in palest pink Manos del Uruguay) could give you a little peace at home. They are an easy first sock pattern, especially if you work them with a friend.
The Mothwing Shawl invites you to blend three colorways of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock yarn.
The Pillow of Sei Shonagon embeds a message in pillow made of pure white linen yarn. It’s our homage to an ancient Japanese courtier who might just have been the world’s first blogger.
Adrian Bizilia’s Velo Cycling Sweater is sized for men and women, and cries out to be knit with your own sponsor’s name, even if your only sponsor is MOM.
Our Felted Nest pattern invites you to create a tiny piece of knitted art for your home.
To get your feet wet with colorwork, or just indulge a bit in a no-snowflakes-allowed cold weather wear, try the Entomology Hat & Mitten Set by Adrian Bizilia.
The intricate, soft, and organic Blessingway Blanket by Hannah Cuviello, can be knitted by five friends all with different knitting skills (the pattern sections are graded by level of difficulty). It could be a very special gift.
A fairy tale Blue Ribbon Scrap Wrap by Sarah Gilbert – featuring a bit of handspun yarn, Noro Silk Garden, and some other bits from your stash – is just the thing to challenge yourself with cables galore.
Simple and elegant, the Traveling Scarf is a collaborative project for even the newest beginner knitters. It creates a scarf steeped in best wishes for a friend who is embarking on a journey or a new adventure in life.
The generous, colorful Barn Raising Quilt, based on a square design by Shelly Mackie, can be knit by anywhere from one to 100 knitters. It’s an explosion of sock yarn – and of knitters’ best intentions for someone celebrating, or someone in need.
p.s. Got ravelry? Start here and queue these up!