Hudson Valley Cardi KAL – And the Winners Are . . .

Another video KAL comes to an end (don’t worry Volition: Build Your Own Sweater Adventure goes on sale Sept 16)!! Over 500 people joined in on the fun of knitting this cardi. Some knit it now, while others will cast on later! That’s the joy of grabbing the new video sweater class during the KAL period. You get it on sale AND the videos stay live forever

Through it all, the help and support of every knitter on the Ravelry group was always there. Over 5000 amazing knitters helped each other and cheered each other on through every step of the way.

Haven’t joined us yet? If you are feeling inspired to try it, Hudson Valley Video Sweater Class pattern comes with hours of video tutorials, all the gauge option and knitting how-tos for only will be $18.00!! It’s never too late to jump into any video class, as the videos (embedded in the pattern) never expire, and the message boards stay live forever.

Now it’s time to discuss…

Announcing 3 Grand Prize Winners for the Hudson Valley Cardi KAL

This time around, we had three grand prize winners. The next KAL will have at LEAST four winners since you’ll be able to make a cardi OR pullover, there will have to be two FO prizes.

There was one randomly drawn winner from each category.

CLICK HERE to see the fabulous prizes

1) Finished Tee: Ravelry user EileenOCook

I randomly drew one person whose cardi was finished, and Eileen won! She responded, “THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!! I was out at dinner with my husband and I said, “OH! Let’s see who won the prizes in the KAL.” When I saw my name I was surprised and did quite a happy dance in the booth and my husband gave me “Hi fives.” So fun! I have learned so very much in Patty’s 2 KALs I have participated in and I cannot believe how much more of a confident knitter I have become. Cables and lace seemed very intimidating before I participated, not to mention many new-to-me techniques such as a 3-needle-bind off, and I am so happy I kept going stitch after stitch. I am more of a visual learner, so to be able to repeatedly watch and listen to instruction videos are so helpful. And to read the encouraging words in the forums helped me too. I appreciate this community of life-long-learners. Thank you Patty, can’t wait to see what is in the box, and thank you lovely sponsors. Eileen.”

And here’s what she wrote about her KAL experience:

“BEST LESSONS LEARNED: Knitting confidence. I am gaining a better understanding of Knitting Math, how to alter a garment to better fit my body, a better understanding of lace and cables. New technique learned: first time doing a 3-needle-bind-off. Video tutorials very beneficial. 

2) Better Late Then Never – WIP Prize: Ravelry user BarbaraJ

WIPs (that’s works-in-progress) happen to all of us, but it’s about the journey not the destination, so I wanted to reward
those that started…but haven’t finished (yet).

She responded, “I am thrilled and surprised to have won! This has been a great KAL and I know that I have gained a lot more confidence in knitting sweaters through this experience. Thank you, Patty, for all your efforts in running these KALs. Your support of each and every knitter is overwhelming and appreciated! I look forward to seeing my surprises and thanking and supporting the sponsors in the future!”

And here’s what she wrote about her KAL experience:

“Project mapping is awesome! Although it takes some upfront time, it really helps to gel the overall project plan. You get to know the pattern, you can be confident of what changes are needed and where to put them, and can knit to an exact plan and know that the FO will be all that you wanted it to be. Definitely a tool to use for all knitted garments and even some accessories.

I got a late start on this KAL, so won’t finish on time. I had to make some adjustments for my slightly different row gauge, but the mapping helped make those changes a cinch to incorporate. I will finish this in time to wear as summer winds down. This will be a great wardrobe addition for northern CA late summer and early fall!

I can’t wait to see your finished tee. It will happen in no time!!

3) “The Best Thing I Learned in Patty Lyons’ KAL”: Ravelry user Susan5704

I asked participants to share the best thing they learned during through this process. Susan wrote on her project page:

“Best Lesson Learned: I have always been intimidated by cables and have only knit them a couple of times. Also, I don’t have much experience with using charts. Thanks to Patty’s expert teaching style, not only what and how but WHY, I am reading charts — CABLE CHARTS — and understanding which way they need to lean, what crosses in front, and what type of stitch (knit or purl). Thank you, Patty, for enabling me to up my knitting game!”

Aw, it’s my pleasure!


A huge thank you to the hundreds of knitters who joined! Join the group, and hang out with over 5000 of the coolest knitters around!

Stay tuned, the fall KAL, VOLITION: Build Your Own Sweater goes on sale in Sept. More then a pattern, it’s has multiple stitch pattern options and you can customize it. Even make a cardigan or a pullover!

Hope you can join me.

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