Tortola Knit-Along! - Patty Lyons | Knitting Teacher

Tortola Knit-Along!

Welcome to Tortola KAL!

It’s time for this year’s Knit-Along!! I am so excited to start another KAL on my Ravelry group.  There will be tons of teaching and fun, prizes and a great garment! Think of it like a sweater class for the price of a pattern! There will be HOURS of video tutorials to help you every step of the way.

Once again our wonderful retail partner, the local yarn store FiberWild, will be our official yarn supplier for our KAL  (at an amazing discount, plus free shipping!) You can order your yarn, as well as any needles or notions you’ll need. I would not be able to produce these knit-alongs without the support of my retail partner, so supporting FiberWild makes this and future KALs possible! Show them some love 🙂

$8 – Use promo code: TOR17 during the pre-sale period before Feb 20 and get 10% off!
After April 24th the pattern alone will be $8, the KAL – sweater class versions (with all the how tos, video tutorials, and modification notes) will be $14.

CLICK HERE for more information

So without further ado . . . introducing

Tortola KAL

What is Tortola?

Tortola KAL – Cap Sleeve Version

Tortola is an easy fitting top with plenty of ease that floats away from the hips.

It features a reverse shirt tail in the front, that covers the belly, and make your legs look longer, and a shirt tail hem in the back. It has a simple lace panel in front and back that increases up to your shoulders and ends with an i-cord bind-off!

The pattern comes in two versions, a tank top (pictured below) with an i-cord edging, or a cap sleeve version (pictured to the right) made with a top down, short row sleeve.

It will also come with pattern modification notes to be able to make ANY sleeve length!

Tortola KAL

Tortola Top – Tank Top

FAQ: What is a KAL?

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.

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

How do I register and order supplies?

Simply by purchasing the KAL pattern!

  1. From my Ravelry page -Use promo code:TOR17 during the pre-sale period before Feb 20 and get 10% off!
  2. Through FiberWild

Either option lets you add the pattern to your Ravelry library! 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 April 24th, so join now even if you aren’t going to work the sweater class until later.

You can purchase all your KAL supplies 

  1. Through FiberWild (at a 15% discount with promo code -TORTOLA365)
  2. Or your LYS

Our friends at FiberWild gladly take returns on any unused yarn, so be sure to add a couple of balls to your order so you have enough for swatching, or pattern modifications (like if you decide you want to work the longer sleeves).

What skills will I learn?

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

New skills learned:
– Lateral braid
– Short row shirt tail hem & reverse shirt tail hem
– Working lace from a chart
– Better matching YO
– New way to make a CDD
– One move, perfect SSK
– i-cord bind off
– (for cap sleeve) Top down short row sleeve cap
– Sloped bind-off
– Shaping in Lace

There will also be videos that cover all your sweater basics like gauge, blocking, picking up stitches, seaming and more.

Where are the videos?

With every section of the pattern released to your Ravelry library, you will see red links in the pdf to 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 and alternative purling methods!

Tortola KAL

Tortola Top – lace detail

The yarn I picked out is perfect for a lightweight drapey fabric that still has enough structure to float away from the body. It’s a unique chainette construction, so I would highly recommend using one of the two yarn choices below.

365 Cashmere Yarn (Fiber Content: 77% Cotton / 15% Cashmere / 8% Polyamide Ball Weight: 50g Yardage: 190 yds)

365 Cotone (Fiber Content: 88% Cotton / 12% Polyamide Ball Weight: 50g Yardage: 153 yds)

Tortola KAL - Reverse Shirt Tail Hem

Tortola Top – Reverse Shirt Tail

KAL Schedule:

Jan 23rd the KAL registration opens,

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 in Feb!

  • Feb 20 – Clue #1
  • March 6 – Clue #2
  • March 13 – Clue #3
  • March 20 – Clue #4
  • April 3 – Clue #5
  • April 10 – Clue #6
  • April 24 – 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 20 to get 10% off pattern and order yarn to get 15% off yarn. Then . . . start when you can. Videos will never go away!

Ravelry Group

  • 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 (big goodie bag)


Sizes Woman’s small (medium, large, X-large, 2X-large, 3X-large, 4X-large)

Finished Measurements (for all sizes)

Sizes Woman’s small (medium, large, X-large, 2X-large, 3X-large, 4X-large)

Finished Measurements (for all sizes)

Chest: 33 (35, 39 ½, 43, 46, 50, 54)“ / 42 (44, 50, 55, 58, 64, 69)cm
Front Length: 23 (23 ¼, 23 ¾, 24 ¼, 24 ¾, 25 ¼, 25 ½)” / 58 (59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 65)cm   from lowest edge of short row hem.

Shown in size 33″/42cm


Lana Grossa 365 Cashmere (DK weight; 77% Cotton, 15% Cashmere, 8% Polyamid; 175 m/50g per ball): Tank Version: 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) balls; Cap Sleeve Version 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9), color 016

Size 6 (4.0mm) 24” circular needle or needle to achieve gauge.
Size 6 (4.0mm) 16” circular needle.


Lana Grossa 365 Cottone (DK weight; 88 % Cotton, 12 % Polyamide; 140 m/50g per ball)
Tank Version: 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) balls; Cap Sleeve Version 7 (7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11), color 008

Size 5 (3.75mm) 24” circular needle or needle to achieve gauge.
Size 5 (3.75mm) 16” circular needle

2 stitch markers (A – lace marker)
2 different color markers (B – shaping & short row)

Tortola KAL

Tortola Top – tanks

Tortola KAL

Tortola Top – cap sleeve










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  • Gail February 7, 2017   Reply →


    Techniques- I cord bind off, lateral braid, working from a lace chart are new to me. Want to find out if the videos cover the many new aspects of this lovely sweater pattern?


  • Gail February 9, 2017   Reply →

    Have spent time searching fibers. I like the feel of merino and silk. Would you be able to recommend a yarn in this combo for Tortola? This will be my first KAL.

    Regards, Gail

    PS taken your Craftsy and Stitches East classes. Thanks!!

  • Jacki Cushway August 12, 2017   Reply →

    I just came across this KAL hiding on my computer and would still like to do it. If I purchase the pattern, does it give me the class with videos or just the pattern? A lot of the techniques are new to me so would need videos. I realize I no longer qualify for the discount,but do I still purchase the KAL thru Ravelry? Thank you for your time

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