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4 Day KAL 2023: Can You Really Knit This in Four Days?

Marie Greene's annual 4 Day KAL started in 2016 with a personal challenge to herself: could she finish a sweater over the 4th of July weekend? Since then, she's invited us to join us each July to knit a new sweater pattern -- whether it takes four days, a month, or a year. 

Marie's 4 Day KAL officially runs from June 30 - July 31. For those who are interested in taking on the four-day challenge, here's our record of exactly how long it took us to knit our shop sample (size large in Kelbourne Woolens Mojave, with one significant modification).

Day-by-day progress on our Lemon Spritz shop sampleIt took our sample knitter 41 hours over six days (an average of almost seven hours of knitting per day). Fortunately, no frogging or re-knitting was required, but we did make one modification that knocked off several hours of knitting time and one hank of yarn: instead of knitting a 2" ribbed hem as called for in the pattern, we used the rolled stockinette trim from the collar on the hem as well. This shortens the length of the sweater and gives it a swingier feel.  

Our sample knitter could have finished this sweater in four days if she knit a bit more than 10 hours each day. However, that's only worth it if it's still enjoyable! Challenging yourself can be fun, but it's OK to change your goals if you're no longer enjoying your knitting process. We look forward to seeing your Lemon Spritz tees emerge in July -- no matter how long they take!