4 Day KAL with Olive Knits, Marie Greene 2020

Welcome to all the information you'll need to join in the 4 Day KAL for 2020!

Make sure to read all the way to the bottom if you plan on joining the KAL!

This Knit a Long is something we've participated every year for the past 3 years, it is a wonderful way to knit with tons of fellow knitters, make friends, learn new things, AND accomplish knitting a sweater! If this is your very first sweater, this is not only the perfect pattern but also a perfect opportunity to knit with people who are willing to help and encourage you along the way!!

While this is called the "4 Day KAL" and Marie Greene of Olive Knits will have this as a timed challenge, you do not need to feel the pressure of finishing in that amount of time. That timeline is an amazing personal and group challenge! And if you're wanting to time yourself Marie will be hosting the timed KAL where you can submit your photos at the end of the 4 Days for prizes! 

For the lolodidit crew, we are all about participation!! I will be hosting the KAL through a chat group complete with zoom meetings throughout the month of July! This is a much lower pressure group, no time limits, only participation required to be entered for the prize pool! To join, the only requirement is that you're using 100% lolodidit yarn. I will send an invite for the Lolo 4 Day KAL Group through my newsletter, text message, and facebook group "Lolo at Your Own Risk" on May 28th. Keep an eye out for the invite! The ability to join my group will close on June 30th. 

Click Here  https://discord.gg/8ZP84B to join the Lolo KAL Group!

To get text messages, text LOLO to 484848

IMPORTANT DATES:

May 15th: Information for recommended yarn, gauge, yardage, and theme is released (no photos yet)!

May 28th: You can now look for my invitations for the lolodidit hosted KAL + preorder of the pattern from  Marie Greene of Olive Knits

June 15th: Photos of the sweater will be shared!!!!

July 1st: The official cast on party + the full pattern is released!

 

FAQs since this info was released is at the bottom, scroll down!

 

RECOMMENDED YARN:

Divine Yak (DK)  - I highly recommend this yarn base, and it is what I'm knitting my sample out of. It is so soft, luxurious, and such a joy to knit with!

Simple DK

Wholotta DK

This is a 2 color unisex pullover sweater, the colors are used simply and do not involve colorwork, it is striped and uses slipped stitches, so adventurous or advanced beginner knitter can definitely knit this sweater! I am using my brand new colorway Elaida (a rich bright red) on Divine Yak as my CC, and Naked Divine Yak as my MC, see photo at the top of this post.

What Colorways?

I'd recommend a tonal or sophisticated tonal color for the MC, or naked yarn. I am using Naked (undyed) Divine Yak for my MC.

ANY color, including Signature Colorways (speckles) will look fantastic for the CC.

My website has a section "Shop by Yarn Base/Collection" which is a great place to get started.

Mixing Yarn Bases:

I do not recommend mixing any of these 3 yarn bases as each yarn base has unique characteristics that will affect your gauge if you mix them. 

Gauge:  

DK weight yarn

21 st in 4 inches in stockinette stitch on a size 5 needle

Sizes:

1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
see finished measurements to choose your fit

Finished Measurements:

A) Bust/Chest Circumference: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64) in/80 (90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160) cm

B) Yoke Depth: 8 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 13, 13) in/20 (20, 22.5, 25, 27.5, 30, 32.5, 32.5, 32.5) cm

C) Sleeve Circumference: 11 (13, 15, 15.5, 17, 18, 19, 20, 20) in/ 27.5 (32.5, 37.5, 38.75, 42.5, 45, 47.5, 50, 50) cm

Yardage Requirements:

Main Color: 900 (1000, 1100, 1188, 1283, 1360, 1442, 1528, 1620) yards/ 823 (914, 1005, 1086, 1173, 1243, 1318, 1397, 1481) meters

Contrast Color: 175 (187, 200, 212, 229, 243, 257, 273, 289) yards/ 160 (171, 183, 194, 209, 222, 235, 249, 264) meters

Note: Yardage may vary depending on your yarn selection.

 

BREAK DOWN OF SKEINS NEEDED BY YARN BASE/SIZE:

These skein recommendations were updates on 5/15 at 8am PST to correct a few sizes and make clarifications on size 5 and 6.

 

Divine Yak: (330 yards/115g)

MC: 3 (4, 4, 4, 4*, 5, 5, 5, 5)

CC: 1 skein for all sizes

* Size 5 is right in between 4/5 skeins, you need to make your own decision on how many skeins you want to buy.

 

Simple DK: (231 yards/100g)

MC: 4 (5, 5, 6*, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7)

CC: 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2)

*Size 4 is right in between 5/6 skeins, you need to make your own decision on how many skeins you want to buy.

 

Wholotta DK: (725 yards/250g)

MC: 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3)

CC: 1 skein for all sizes

 

YES THERE IS A COUPON!

I'm saving the best for last! Like all previous years, if you're participating in the KAL, the yarn is discounted! Use coupon code 4DAYKAL to get $1 off of each skein of DK weight yarn. If you use the coupon code, we know you are participating in the KAL. Usually between May 15 - June 15th we have a huge influx of orders, so please be patient. Your orders will be dyed to order so they are all dyed together, we will not pull from our ready to ship skeins. We will ship within 1-2 weeks.

Coupon code: Cannot be combined with any other coupon code. Must be applied at checkout, cannot be applied retroactively. If you are using the 4DAYKAL coupon, your order is dyed to order and will ship within 1-2 weeks. Code expires 7/1/20. 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What is the fit of the sweater?

This is a crew neck, classic fit sweater - not cropped or oversized. This is Marie's signature style, modern/classic - if you love the styles in her book Seamless Knit Sweaters In 2 Weeks, you'll love this!

 

What color will be closest to my face, I need to choose the right color? 

MC is the color closest to your face.

 

How can I make sure my yarn won't bleed? I'm scared of picking contrast colors!

Firstly, if you're purchasing from lolodidit, we make sure the water runs clear during our washing process before we ship. For intense colors, there can be minimal dye in the water when you wash your finished object. To make sure your sweater looks gorgeous and blocking without fear, please follow these steps:

1. Make sure you use COLD water.

2. Do not soak your sweater for longer than 5 minutes, it is not necessary to soak longer than that. The purpose of soaking and blocking is to relax the fibers to make sure your stitches look nice and even. 

3. Use a wool-specific wash (not harsh). 

If you have another other questions on washing/blocking, please read my post about caring for your hand knits. https://lolodidit.com/blogs/news/yarn-care