Loganbär knit along

Except for the little KAL I ran in early summer for my Antares shawl, I haven’t run a KAL for any of my patterns for, oh, years. I’ve been thinking for quite a while that I need to just DO it, just pick a date, jump in, and start one. But what form should the KAL take? What pattern(s) should be knit? How will it be organized? How long will it run? Will there be prizes? There are countless options.

Meanwhile, there were far too many months between the release of Vinterbär, a stranded colorwork cowl, and the release of Björnbär, the matching mittens. These were a lot of fun to make, and I think they turned out rather well. I love how the stitches and colors play together. Adapting the stitches from Vinterbbär to work with several sizes of mittens for Björnbär was… a bit of a challenge, especially when my sample knitter (no, I don’t usually use sample knitters, but this time I did, and I am glad, she was awesome!) pointed out that it would be good to include more than one size mitten in the pattern. Hm. There are so many ways of going about it! That’s part of the fun of design, though. Figuring that stuff out, getting the ideas onto paper so that other people can make them, especially when they turn out the way I envisioned.

Anyway, back to the KAL. I thought, and thought, and poked around, and remembered, and thought some more. Really, all this thinking is taking more time than just knitting the cowl. Let’s just start it already!


If you hadn’t guessed by now, I finally decided on what to knit for the KAL. Yup. The lovely stranded colorwork cowl and mittens shown here. Want to knit up something warm before winter really takes hold up here in the northern hemisphere? Want to knit the cowl, but not the mittens? The mittens, but not the cowl? Both? Sure! How much you participate, and what you make, is completely up to you.

In a nutshell: The Loganbär KAL is gearing up! Head over to my Ravelry group, this thread, and check in. Get your hands on at least one of the following: Vinterbär (the cowl), Björnbär (the mittens), Loganbär (both cowl and mittens). Buy them on Ravelry, and get 25% off with the coupon code loganbar, before the KAL officially starts. Get your yarn. Start knitting with the group on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

I was just over on Ravelry, writing up a bit for my group over there, and I thought that a Prize would be good incentive to get people knitting, and finishing their projects. Details are pending. I’ll update Post 1 of this thread when details are finalized.

What are you waiting for? Come on! You know you want to knit up this cozy set that brings a bit of summer’s warmth to your cold winter.


“Impossible” is a word humans use much too often.
—Seven of Nine, Voyager, season 3, episode 26—