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Welcome to Costa Maya Knit-Along (KAL)!

It’s time for the Spring Knit-Along!!! I am so excited to start another KAL on my Ravelry group. You asked for it, so you got it . . .  A CARDIGAN!!! There will be tons of teaching and fun, prizes and a great garment! During the KAL period you get the full sweater class for just $1 over the price of the pattern!!!  There will be HOURS of video tutorials, and modification documents to help you every step of the way.

Use Promo code: CostaKAL During the pre-sale period before Feb 26 and get 10% off!

After May 1 the pattern alone will be $8, the KAL – sweater class versions (with all the how tos, video tutorials, and modification notes) will be $14.

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So without further ado…

Introducing the Costa Maya KAL / Sweater Class

This drapey, lacey shawl collar cardigan will be your new spring / summer favorite. Packed full of new techniques there’s a ton of new tricks to learn.

As with all my KALs / sweater classes, the pattern will come with hours of video tutorials, knitting how-tos and gauge modifications.


FAQs

Costa Maya KAL

Q: What is a KAL?

A: KAL stands for knit-along! It’s a great way to work through a garment with the support of the designer (me), but more importantly, hundreds of other knitters.

If you are new to KALs, find helpful FAQ on the general info page.

The heart of the KAL is our Ravelry group. There we will have updates, discussions, sharing of pictures, and knitting tips.

Q: How do I register and order supplies?

A: Simply by purchasing the Rising Spades KAL pattern…

  • From my Ravelry page. (Use promo code: CostaKAL during the pre-sale period before Feb 26 and get 10% off!)

You can join in ANYTIME! The KAL info will stay live on my group forever, and the video tutorial links will never expire! But the KAL class price goes up to $14 after May 1, so join now even if you aren’t going to work the sweater class until later.

 

Q: Where do we get our yarn

We are using the perfect spring / summer yarn, Classic Elite Firefly

  • From Fiber Wild
  • (at a 20% discount AND free shipping!!)
  • Or your LYS (that’s “local yarn shop”)

Be sure to add a couple of balls to your order so you have enough for swatching, or pattern modifications.

Q: What skills will I learn?

A: The sweater is chocked FULL of techniques. There will be video tutorials on all specialty skills along with sweater basics.

New skills learned:

  • Turned seamed hem
  • German Short rows
  • Chart reading
  • Lace tricks
  • Fixing mistakes in lace
  • Working the lace for combo knitters
  • How to adjust pattern for gauge
  • Working a short row shawl collar
  • Setting in a sleeve
  • Picking up stitches
  • Left lifted and right lifted increase
  • and MORE!

There will also be videos that cover all your sweater basics like gauge, blocking, cast on, seaming and more.

If you are a new sweater knitter, up for a challenge or a long time sweater knitter looking to learn a few new tricks, meet your dream sweater!

Costa Maya KAL

 Q: Where are the videos?

A: With every section of the pattern released to your Ravelry library, you will see red links in the PDF directly to the video tutorials to help you every step of the way. The links will be right there in the pattern!
Your initial downloaded PDF will contain the pattern introduction with gauge, schematic, size information, yarn requirements and needle and notion information. It will also include a video on gauge swatching, special gauge cast on, how to pick the right size and a gauge tutorial.


KAL Schedule:

Jan 23 the KAL registration opens and the pattern goes on sale. You will receive your pattern introduction and first video tutorials as soon as you register. Start swatching so you are ready to cast on Feb 26.

  • Feb 26 – Clue #1
  • March 12 – Clue #2
  • March 26 – Clue #3
  • April 9 – Clue #4
  • April 23 – Clue #5
  • May 1 – Post finished project photos, raffle drawing for grand prize

Jump in ANYTIME! We don’t all have to stay together; you can start late, start and stop . . . . Just make sure to register before Feb 26 to get 10% off pattern! Then . . . start when you can. The videos will never go away!


Ravelry Group

Costa Maya KAL

  • Join the Ravelry group to work with other knitters.
  • We will have random prize drawings throughout the KAL for finished clue photos, and of course, the grand prize!

Pattern Info (Sizes & Supplies)

Sizes Woman’s S (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL)

Finished Measurements 

Chest: 34 (36, 38, 42, 46 1/2, 50, 54)“ / 86.5 (91.5, 96.5, 106.5, 118, 127, 137)cm

Front Length: 27 1/4 (27 3/4, 28, 28 3/4, 29 1/4, 30 1/4, 31)” / 69 (70.5, 71, 73, 74.5, 77, 78.5)cm. Measured from center back from the base of the collar when garment is lying flat.

Shown 34”: with 2”/5cm over high chest, zero ease over full chest.

Costa Maya KAL

MATERIALS

Classic Elite Firefly (Sport weight; 75% Viscose, 25% Linen; 155 yd/50g per ball

10 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) balls, color 7726

Size 4 (3.5mm) 24 – 40” circular needle or needle to achieve gauge.

Size 5 (3.75mm) needle.

Notions

stitch markers

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