My friends at Mother of Purl yarn shop here in Freeport, Maine will be hosting a summer KAL (knitalong) for my Castaway Tee! It starts Friday July 15th and it’s part of the Maine Yarn Cruise KAL series and is held virtually via emails and a private Facebook group (as well as some live Zoom events). Because it’s all held virtually you don’t need to live in Maine to participate – all are welcome!
Note: the “Maine Yarn Cruise” isn’t an actual cruise – it’s a summer-long ‘yarn crawl’ taking place at yarn shops all across Maine. You can learn more about it here.
To learn more about the different Maine Yarn Cruise KAL’s, click here. And for specifics about the Castaway KAL in particular, click here. This KAL is not hosted by me, but I’ll be popping in to the private Facebook group for this KAL from time to time (as well as some other appearances!) and Mother of Purl will be sharing lots of my tips and tutorials throughout the KAL (as well as some of their own!). Some of the tips they’ll be sharing include:
- How to make the body A-line shape and longer
- Adding trim to the edges
- Creating longer sleeves
I had written a blog post recently about choosing yarn for this design – you can click here to read more! Mother of Purl has lots of great yarn options to consider if you’re looking for yarn ideas – here are just a few ideas:
- Berroco Meraki: it’s very similar to the original Quinoa yarn I used in my sample.
- Berroco Remix Light: love this lightweight yarn – I’d probably recommend adding a hem trim though if you use it because it may roll a bit more than you like at the bottom.
- Malabrigo Arroyo: a superwash merino that Mother of Purl knit as a sample at the shop – it’s another where you’ll want to add at least a hem trim to avoid a rolling edge.
- Berroco Summer Sesame: A great texture and feel for summer and early Fall! Plus it features a fun striping look (Mother of Purl also has a sample of this version knit up at their shop!). They classify it as a worsted-weight but I really feel it’s more of a DK (I’ve knit a lot with it this summer)
- Elsbeth Lavold Hempathy: I love the feel of this yarn and it’s great for any season. Plus it’s a great texture in a plain tee like this.
- Noro Kakigori: I saw this yarn for the first time on a recent visit to Mother of Purl and wow – it’s gorgeous and SO soft. I’d probably recommend adding a hem trim if you use this yarn.
- Manos del Uruguay Milo: This yarn would be a great option if you want something light-weight but would still work well in the Fall and Winter. And like the other blends I’m recommending, I’d suggest adding a hem trim if you use it.
- Berroco Vivo: This 100% cotton is a beautiful multi-color yarn and is so soft. I’d recommend adding a trim to the hem.