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Kathmandugenser KAL

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  • It's not too late!

    Although the official KAL with live Zooms is over, you can still join and get access to all the recordings and emails which are FULL of helpful tips and tricks, as well as the Ravelry Group for our community of KALers!

    The Kathmandu sweater is inspired by the colourful Hippie era in the 60's and 70's. Kathmandu, Nepal was a popular destination for many hippies in so-called "hippie trails" at this time, and a colourful sweater in the mountains was mandatory.

    This sweater pattern by Linka Neumann is written to be knit in the round from the bottom up, but WE HAVE RE-WRITTEN THE PATTERN NOTES TO BE KNIT TOP DOWN in the round, so you can try it on as you go, and tailor the length and fit to suit you!

    As always, we've also made other (optional) tweaks to the pattern, which will all be explained as we go.

    We LOVE this pattern for playing with a custom palette and practising your colourwork, and making a Winter sweater that will be uniquely you!

    Level of difficulty and skills required

    Adventurous Intermediate. Our KAL is guided, which means we will be offering tips and advice as we go, but you definitely need to be ready to tackle things like:
    stranded colourwork
     (optional) ladderback jacquard technique
     (optional) short rows 
     tubular cast on
     sewn bind off

    We will be on hand to help you choose the perfect yarns and colours for your sweater. 

    Tribe KALs are all about community, yarns friendships, support and laughs. We keep doing them because they are so much fun! Try to keep your Friday evenings free during the KAL so you can get the most out of the KAL. Whilst there is a good amount of technique discussed during the sessions, the idea is more of a "knit-along" as opposed to workshops. It's more of a social thing😁!

    Everyone is welcome, but bear in mind the skill level. 

    Your KAL Coupon Includes:

    Your Yarn
    Coupon! 🧶
    There are SO MANY yarn and colour options - there's no way we could list them all as kits, so we've included a list of our favourite yarns for this pattern in the "Kit Details" tab, along with the number of skeins you'll need for each size.

    When you purchase this KAL, we will email you a £75 coupon to apply towards your yarn purchase so you can choose whatever yarn combo you want, along with all the Zoom info! *
    We will email your copy via Ravelry, so let us know your Rav username if you want us to add into your Library
    Informal and friendly, to guide you through the steps. Sessions are recorded and you will be emailed all the links and tips.
    Ravelry Group A private Ravelry group just for us where we can share our progress, tips and more!

    You will also need the following:

    Double pointed needles 3.5 and 5 mm (US 4 and 8)
    Circular needle 40 cm (16 in) 3.5 and 5 mm (US 4 and 8) (or use magic loop
     Circular needle 80 cm (32 in) 3.5 and 5 mm (US 4 and 8)

    [We highly recommend Chiaogoo 5" Interchangeable Tips with a small 30" Chiaogoo Cable and Chiaogoo Shorties for sleeves (instead of dpns) . The needle sizes you need will depend on your gauge.
    Stitch holders
     Stitch markers
    * Note that the Coupon is unique to each customer and must be used in one single transaction, i.e. spend the whole thing in one go because leftovers can't be saved...

  • Recommended Yarns (feel free to mix and match between yarns too!)

    This sweater is written for a worsted weight yarn and knit at a gauge of 18 stitches per 10cm (4"). 

    Here are our FAV yarns for this sweater based on gauge, colourwork and sweater style:

    Origin by Walcot Yarns
    Woolstok Worsted by Blue Sky Fibres
    Sweater by Blue Sky Fibres (coming soon!)
    Silky Twist by artyarns (coming soon!)
    W.O.W. by Galler Yarns
    The Croft Shetland Colours by West Yorkshire Spinners
    L+2 and L+4 by Einrum
    Manchelopi by Wooldreamers

    Also, definitely consider using any of these yarns held double for this sweater too:
    Merino Cloud by Artyarns
    Le Petit Lambswool by Biches & Buches
    Alpaca 2 by Isager
    Preseli by Garthenor
    Perennial by Kelbourne Woolens


    Sleeves (from underarm to cuff): 47 cm / 18½ " for all sizes
    Length of the body: 42 cm / 16

    ½ " in for all sizes
    The pattern is written to
     have a positive ease of about 10-15 cm, so your actual measurements should be about 10-15cm (4 - 6") less than the finished body measurements below.


    Finished Body

    XS 88cm / 34 ½"
    S 97cm / 38 ¼"
    M 106cm / 41 ¾"
    L 115cm / 45 ¼"
    XL 124cm / 48 ¾"
    XXL 133cm / 52 
    XXXL 142cm / 56"


    Main colour: 700 (800) 900 (1000) 1100 (1200) 1300 m
    Pattern colour 1: 200 (200) 200 (300) 300 (300) 300 m
    Pattern colour 2: 100 (100) 100 (100) 200 (200) 200 m
    Pattern colour 3: 200 (200) 300 (300) 400 (400) m
    Pattern colour 4: 100 (100) 100 (100) 200 (200) 200 m

    Shown in yellow sweater as:
    MC: Yellow
    PC1: Coral Red
    PC2: Burgundy
    PC3: Dark Turquoise
    PC4: Light Turquoise
    (for high neck you need 50g more of the main colour)

  • Zoom Videos:
    Every session has been recorded, so you'll get to knit-along at your own pace! Links will be included in the emails.

    Yarn Coupon:
    Your £75 Yarn Coupon can be used towards any yarns in the shop, and redeemed in store or online. It is valid for 6 months. 

    Zoom and KAL Rules:
    Please do not share Zoom details with anyone, including recordings. All attendees on Zoom are required to have their camera (don't worry - no one will judge you for messy hair, messy bedroom etc 😁). Upon joining, Zoom attendees give permission for the sessions to be recorded and shared amongst KAL participants only. 

    I (Milli) will be available for KAL help during Zoom sessions and via the Ravelry group only. I'm afraid I can't address individual help via emails or phone.

    Be kind and courteous.

    No hate speech or bullying.

    No promotions or spam. Please do not use the group to promote products from other sellers.

    Respect everyone's privacy.

    Have fun! That's the most important rule.