Winter Roses KAL | Week 1

Updated: 7 days ago

Customize, Size, Colors, & Casting On!

Hello Knitters! Welcome to the Winter Roses KAL, a fun opportunity to make a comfy, customizable colorwork sweater perfect for the upcoming cold weather & holiday season! I have always loved knitting colorwork, and have been dreaming of a quick-to-knit colorwork sweater for a few winters now. Each chart is only a repeat of 4 or 6 stitches, making this a fun and easygoing project for new and seasoned knitters, alike. Plus, working with Aran-weight HiKoo® Simplinatural makes this sweater fly off your needles—I have a feeling many of you will cast off well before the month is over!

Psst... scroll to the bottom of the page for the pattern pdfs!

How is it customizable?

Cowl-Neck/Full-Length in Size 2 (left), and Crewneck/Crop-Length in Size 1 (right)

This pattern features two neck options (cowl/crew), and two length options (full/crop) for the ultimate customizable sweater project. You could make 4 completely different versions from this one pattern, all in separate colorways! However you want to cast on this project, the pattern includes complete yardage information for all 4 potential combinations.

Pick Size & Fit

Available in 5 sizes and designed to fit a range from a 32”- 60” [81-152cm] bust with approx. 1” [2.5cm] of positive ease. Depending on your desired fit, you may size up or down. If you’re in-between sizes, I’d recommend sizing up for a fit closer to the Cowlneck/Full-Length sample pictured (cool colors). If you like the feel of a close-fitting sweater (which is honestly an easy choice to make with this yarn) you can generally safely size down, to achieve a similar fit to the Crewneck/Cropped-Length sample pictured (warm colors).

Do you want a cozy Cowl-Neck sweater? Or perhaps a classic Crewneck fit? Once you know how you want to start, you’ll want to pick a length option as well; would you like a Full-Length sweater to comfortably throw on over anything, or a Cropped-Length for more layering options? You’ll want to decide which of these customization options you’d like before picking your yarn because it will affect yardage requirements.