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Seven Sisters Top Knitalong with Northfield Yarn and Blue Sky Fibers

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Minnesota yarn company Blue Sky Fibers on their 2020 Spring/Summer Sweater KAL, which runs from April 1 – June 30. The featured pattern is the brand-new Seven Sisters Top, using Printed Organic Cotton (Worsted). In this KAL, which is great for adventurous beginners, participants will knit a sweater in the round and then finish the back and front separately, joining their work at the shoulders. The result is a top perfect for the coming warmer months.

Interested in joining the KAL? 

Register on the Northfield Yarn events page, and we will send you a FREE download code for the Seven Sisters Top pattern that can be used starting April 1. You will need 4 – 6 hanks of Printed Organic Cotton.

NOTEIf you wish to order any of the supplies for the KAL, please order your yarn or call the shop (507-645-1330) before 4:00 pm on Friday, March 27th. Due to the MN Stay-at-Home order that is in effect during the COVID-19 crisis, there will be no staff in the shop to process orders between March 28th – April 11th. You can still register for the KAL at any time, and we hope to be able to ship again after April 11th.

Stay Connected

Shortly, we will start hosting our weekly Thursday and Saturday Open Stitch sessions on Zoom. We are exploring the possibility of hosting a separate weekly Zoom gathering for Seven Sisters KAL participants, too! Northfield Yarn staff member Brianna will be knitting the sweater along with you and joining you online. If you register for the KAL on the Northfield Yarn events page, we will send you links to join our virtual knitalongs each week.

Grand Prize from Blue Sky Fibers!

The Friends of Blue Sky Fibers Ravelry page will be the nationwide home base for the KAL. Feel free to post comments, questions and progress pictures there. If you post an image of your final piece on Ravelry or any of Blue Sky Fibers social sites (tag them so they see it!), you will be entered to win the grand prize: yarn in the color of your choice and pattern for BSF’s summer KAL, a sweater in Organic Cotton (Skinny).

How much yarn do I need? What size should I make?

Blue Sky Fibers Printed Cotton, 150 yards/100 grams per hank

Hanks needed for Seven Sisters sweater pattern

XS/S: 4 hanks

M/L/XL: 5 hanks

XXL: 6 hanks

Size information from pattern:

XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL) to fit bust size 30-32 (34-36, 38-40, 42–44, 46-48, 50-52)

Finished measurements of sweater from pattern for size XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL)

Chest Circumference: 40¾ (44¼, 47½, 50¾, 54, 57½)”

Length: 22 (23, 24, 24, 25, 25)”

Sweater is designed to be loose-fitting with approximately 5″ to 10″ inches of positive ease (finished measurements of sweater will be about 5″ to 10″ larger than your actual bust measurement).

Need needles or notions?

You will also need the following tools and notions to make your top. If you would like to add any of these to your order, please call the shop at (507) 645-1330, and we will be happy to process your purchase and add it to your yarn order. Remember that orders over $50 ship free and all orders within Minnesota ship for just $1 at this time!

NEEDLES:

Size 8 (5mm) 32″ circular needle (for body ribbing)

Size 8 (5mm) 24″ circular needle (for neck ribbing)

Size 8 (5mm) 16″ circular needle (for sleeve ribbing)

Size 10 (6mm) 32″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge for body of sweater

OTHER TOOLS:

Spare needle for Three-Needle Bindoff

Stitch holders or waste yarn

Stitch markers

Tapestry needle

Dos Tierras KAL

This April, Northfield Yarn is partnering with one of our favorite yarn companies, Malabrigo, on their first-ever knit-along!

Malabrigo has introduced three beautiful new colors of Dos Tierras, their drapey DK-weight blend of 50% Merino wool and 50% baby alpaca just for this KAL! The Alice, Neverland and Fairy Tale colorways are specially designed for Joji Locatelli’s Odyssey shawl pattern. We have these new colors, along with our suggestions for alternate color combinations, in the shop now, and we will be providing knit-along support during our weekly Open Stitch sessions on three Saturdays (April 4, 11 and 18) from 10 am – noon. 

The KAL starts on April 1. You can purchase Odyssey Shawl kits from Northfield Yarn in store or online here!

Learn more and register to participate on Malabrigo’s blog.

Download the free Odyssey shawl pattern on Ravelry

Please note that Malabrigo has suggested some modifications to the pattern if you are using the Dos Tierras yarn for the KAL. Complete information can be found on the Malabrigo Web site.

There is no charge for taking part in our KAL, but if you sign up to participate on the Malabrigo Web site, you’ll be added to their Ravelry and Instagram groups and be eligible for weekly prize drawings!

Reywa Rose Hat Knit-Along

Thursdays: January 30, February 6 & 13; 6:00-8:00 pm

Come take part in a friendship-themed, flower-inspired knit-along this February! Between January 30 – February 14, we will be making Reywa’s beautiful two-color Rose Hat from their luxurious 100% Yak down Embrace yarn, during 3 Thursday evening Open Stitch sessions.

The hat requires two different colors of yarn, but doesn’t require a full skein of either. We’re making it possible for you to participate as a “Yarn Buddy,” by splitting skeins with another participant, which means you will only pay for 1 skein, but still have the two colors you need for the hat!

While the event is free to participate in, we still need participants to enroll so we can pair buddies and to be eligible for the grand prize. ENROLL HERE or click the classes tab and add the Rose Hat KAL event to your Cart and check out.

Of course, you can take part in the KAL without being a Yarn Buddy (ENROLL HERE) or you can be a Yarn Buddy (Rose Hat Yarn Buddy Form) but not do the knitting in February, or you can order the supplies and not even come to the shop! (See more information about each of these options below).

How to participate as a Yarn Buddy:

  • Fill out the Rose Hat Yarn Buddy Form to indicate your color preference (1st, 2nd, or 3rd choice) for each of the three possible color pairs we’ve chosen for the Yarn Buddy KAL. The Rose Hat Yarn Buddy Form will open in a separate tab or window in your browser. You’ll see examples of each of the color pairs on the sign up form. Signup for the KAL must be done by January 29.
  • After completing the buddy form, return to the classes tab and add the Rose Hat KAL event to your Cart and check out. You will receive email confirmation of your registration. If we have any questions about your form responses, we’ll be in touch.
  • On January 29th, we will match up KAL “buddies” based on color preference and notify you of your color-pairing. You will receive 65% of one color of Embrace and 35% of the other in the color-pairing. Your Yarn Buddy will receive the reverse amount of each color, so you and your Yarn Buddy will be knitting hats of inverse colors.
  • Come into the shop to pick up and pay for your Reywa Fibers Embrace color-pair ($41.50) between January 30-February 14. Copies of the Rose Hat pattern will be provided free to KAL participants. If you are unable to come into the shop to pick up your yarn, please call the shop to discuss shipping options.

 Participating without being a Yarn Buddy:

  • You are welcome to choose your own colors of Embrace for the KAL, if you are purchasing the two colors on your own. You may also use Reywa yarn that you have in your stash. If you are not participating as a Yarn Buddy, you do NOT need to complete the Yarn Buddy sign-up form.

How does the KAL work?

  • Each Thursday during the KAL (January 30, February 6, and February 13), we will provide free help and support for the Rose Hat pattern during our weekly Open Stitch time from 6 – 8 pm. 

What if I can’t come to the shop during Open Stitch?

  • No time to knit in February, or can’t make it to the Thursday Open Stitch times? No problem! You can sign up for the KAL by January 29, pick up your yarn and pattern at the shop by February 14, and create your hat at your own pace. Unfortunately, you’ll miss out on the KAL help and fun of being a part of the group on Thursdays, but you can still make the hat!

What’s in it for me, if I finish my hat?

  • Participants who complete a hat by February 14th are eligible for a special prize drawing! The grand prize includes one skein of Reywa Embrace, a zippered project bag, and a Reywa pattern of their choice ($65 value). Please email a photo of your completed hat to laura@northfieldyarn.com no later than midnight CST on February 14 .

Questions? Stop by or call the shop, or email laura@northfieldyarn.com

Knit Purl Hunter KAL!

Knit Purl Hunter KAL

Knit Purl Hunter’s last KAL begins on October 10th. The first part of the pattern for the asymmetrical shawl will be released on the Knit Purl Hunter Web site at https://knitpurlhunter.com/blog/ on October 10th, with subsequent parts of the pattern released weekly. More info can also be found in the KnitPurlHunter Ravelry Group.

This KAL uses Skacel Simplicity Spray or Simplicity Tonal as the main yarn, along with Simplicity Solid. Yarn is available for purchase in the shop. Join us during Open Stitch time on Thursday evenings in October to work on the KAL together.

Join Our Fall Knit-A-Longs!

Shiftalong Hat KAL

Our “Shiftalong” KAL Runs August 30 – Sept 13. We are using Andrea Mowry’s Shiftalong Hat pattern. There is no cost and no need to register to be a part of the Knit-a-Long (KAL), just show up with your pattern and yarnWe’ll be meeting on 3 Fridays: August 30, September 6, and September 13, from 10:00am to 12:00pm for a little social knitting time, while we work on our hats.

There will not be any formal instruction during the KAL knitting time, but others may be willing to share tips and tricks that they have learned while on their own knitting adventure.

We currently have the Knitting My Way Home Trunk Show in the shop (until September 15th) featuring Sharon Knutson’s gorgeous fiber and homespun yarn, she has created kits for this hat, with one skein of color-changing homespun and one skein of a solid colored homespun to make your hat. Fun Fact it takes Sharon 8 -10+ hours of spinning and processing time per hank of handspun!!

You can come see Sharon giving a spinning demonstration during Defeat of Jesse James Days. She will be taking part in the KAL on September 6th and doing spinning demonstrations on September 7th.

Keep a look out for our next KAL, coming in October we will be knitting along with Knit Purl Hunter!