Knit 12 Together
Twisted's Monthly Knitalong
k12tog with us! Every month, we’ll feature an accessible, entertaining pattern, and help you find the perfect yarn for it. Join us for a cast-on-abration on the first Monday of each month, as well as knitalong knit nights every Monday. F\ollow along with your friends near and far on our blog, FaceBook, Instagram, and Ravelry. Tag your photos with #k12tog.
This is a free event and there is no need to register. You are not required to share your projects, though we’d love to see and admire them. There is no requirement to purchase the recommended yarns (or anything) from us, however we hope you'll choose to support Twisted! Tackle only projects that speak to you, or challenge yourself to complete all 12 of this year's projects with us. Either way, we’re delighted to have you aboard!
If you’d like to peruse our previous years' and months' projects, please scroll down.
CAST ON PARTY: Monday, November 5th 5-7pm - Designer Larissa Brown plans to join us for the fun!
Fossil is a brand new shawl pattern from Portland designer Larissa Brown. To knit it, you’ll start at the small end and work a growing number of eyelets on just one side, creating a skewed spiral. The result will be a shape that looks like a fictional fossil or shell from some unknown creature.
The pattern calls for Aran weight wool, but includes instructions to lengthen the shawl if you'd rather use Worsted or DK. (Yardage will increase a bit if using Worsted or DK.) Fossil can be made all in one color or in two colors, as shown. The pictured shawl uses all of 4 skeins of Quince & Co Osprey in Audouin (undyed), plus about 70 yards (not quite half of a skein) of Fox for the accents. So, 750 yards total. If you prefer to use Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, you'll need 5 skeins of the main color and 1 skein of the accent color.
You'll also need a set of US 10 / 6 mm, or whatever size gets you gauge, 32" or 40" or 47" circular needles for working flat. And don't forget a darning needle and stitch markers. The pattern is available via Ravelry download with a free printed copy at Twisted - or directly from Ravelry.
Image © Larissa Brown
CAST ON PARTY: Monday, October 1st 5-7pm
RECOMMENDED YARN: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock
It's SOCKtober! We're celebrating with this flexible and accessible sock pattern by beloved Twistedista Emeritus Sorren. If you haven't knit socks before, don't panic! You got this! This pattern is clearly written and easy to follow, and the fabric is very stretchy, which makes it easy to fit to nearly any woman's foot size.
Sorren's inspiration for this pattern is her grandmother. She writes, "My Grandmother was born Donna Frances Hightower in 1918. She was a woman of many talents, much wisdom, and lots of love. These socks are named for her. The pattern reminds me of the many long walks we would take, up and around the small hill by her house, on a quiet country road surrounded by tall pines and farmland."
You'll need about 400 yards/365 meters of fingering weight yarn. We recommend Hazel Knits Artisan Sock! Pictured here, socks are in the colorway Lichen; skeins from left to right are Lichen, Bronze Age, Rick's Cognac, Heirloom, and Bronze Age.
You'll also need a set of US 1 / 2.25 mm, or whatever size gets you gauge, needles for knitting a small item in the round (either two circulars, one long circular for magic loop, or a set of DPNs. And don't forget a darning needle and stitch markers. The pattern is available as a hard copy - or as a Ravelry download with a free printed copy at Twisted - or directly from Ravelry.
Image © Twisted
CAST ON PARTY: Monday, September 3rd 5-7pm (yep, it's Labor Day - we'll be open!)
The designer captures this slightly asymmetric triangle shawl perfectly in its Ravelry description: Ardent is an entertaining knit with a contemporary look. Its unique bias construction and alternating garter stitch and eyelet sections make it a fun “just-one-more-row” project that grows quickly on your needles.
You'll need 1 skein (400 m / 437 yards) of fingering weight yarn. We love it in either Knitted Wit Victory Sock - or Blue Moon Fiber Arts Soft Rock (shown) - or also Blue Moon Fiber Arts Featherlight or Malabrigo Sock for that matter. So many wonderful options! You'll also need a set of US 6 / 4 mm, or whatever size gets you gauge, needles for working flat. And don't forget a darning needle. The pattern is available as a Ravelry download with a free printed copy at Twisted - or directly from Ravelry.
Image © Twisted
CAST ON PARTY: Monday, August 6th 5-7pm
PROJECT: Summer Linen Scarf - by Kat Archer - for Twisted
RECOMMENDED YARN: Ella Rae Cozy Bamboo
A lightweight scarf or shawl is the ideal accessory for summer evenings with a faint breeze or hint of chill in the air. This simple lace pattern can be knit as a scarf, stole, or shawl in either worsted or DK yarn.
You'll need 3 balls of Ella Rae Cozy Bamboo to knit the scarf width version - more if you'd like a wider stole or shawl (see pattern for full yardage details). You'll also need a set of US 6, or whatever size gets you gauge, needles for working flat. And don't forget a darning needle. The pattern is available as a hard copy or Ravelry download at Twisted - or directly from Ravelry.
Image © Twisted
CAST ON PARTY: Monday, July 2nd 5-7pm
RECOMMENDED YARN: Lily Sugar 'n Cream
For July's edition of our monthly k12tog knitalong, we're highlighting two of our favorite dishcloth patterns: Grandma Marian's Dishcloth and Easy As Pie Dishcloth. Both are free Twisted patterns, and work up perfectly in classic Lily Sugar 'N Cream. This durable cotton comes in oodles of great colors, and one ball should offer enough yardage to make one of each dishcloth. You may wind up with a whole stack of these little household luxuries!
Image © Twisted
CAST ON PARTY: Monday, June 4th 5-7pm
RECOMMENDED YARN: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Sparkle
These 1/2 skein mini slipper-socks are always a hit. They make great gifts as they’re easy to fit and don’t take a lot of yarn (or time). Fabulous with clogs and sneakers alike! Ask a Twistedista for notes about former-Twistedista Kat's amazing mods to this pattern. :)
You'll need approximately 175 yards of fingering weight yarn. We love Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Sparkle to add a touch of pizzazz! You'll also need a set of US 3 (3.25mm), or size to get gauge, double-pointed needles. And don't forget stitch markers and a darning needle.
Image © Churchmouse Yarns & Teas
CAST ON PARTY: Monday, May 7th 5-7pm
If you've never done mosaic knitting, now is the time to tackle it!
You'll need two colors of dk weight yarn: MC - 100 yd/35 g; CC - 90 yd/30 g. We love Brooklyn Tweed Arbor. [Shown in Main Color - 1 skein Thaw (light grey) Contrast Color - 1 skein Tincture (yellow).]
You'll also need two sets of circular needles and a set of DPNs: US 5/3.75 mm - 16”/40 cm circulars for Brim, US 7/4.5 mm - 16”/40 cm circulars for Main Fabric, and US 7/4.5 mm - DPNs for Crown Shaping. Or the size YOU need to obtain correct gauge! And don't forget stitch markers (1) and a tapestry needle.
Image © Andrea Mowry
CAST ON PARTY: Monday, April 2nd 5-7pm
In April, we'll work together on a FREE cowl pattern by Twisted's own Anna Leander.
This two-color rib and stockinette stitch cowl is the perfect canvas for hand dyed yarns. Satisfying and simple, it makes a perfect gift - especially because you won’t be able to knit just one.
You'll need two colors of sport weight yarn, minimum 200 yards each, in 2 colors. We love Malabrigo Arroyo for this project and have put together a few favorite color combos into Ingrid's Cowl kits. You'll also need US #4 (3.5mm) and US #6 (4mm) 24” circular needles, or size to obtain correct gauge.
Image © Twisted
CAST ON PARTY: Monday, March 5th 5-7pm
WATERSIDE SHAWL (knit) - Like light reflecting on water, the colors of this shawl ripple and fade from one to the next. A perfect canvas for your favorite color palette, choose one that evokes sunrise over a river, mid-day on the coast, or any other waterside locale.
Materials: Approximately 1055 yards/965 meters fingering-weight yarn, split between four colors as follows: Color A: 400 yards/365 meters. Color B: 125 yards/115 meters. Color C: 215 yards/195 meters. Color D: 315 yards/290 meters. You'll also need US #4/3.5 mm (or size to get gauge) needles for working flat, and a tapestry needle.
FISH LADDER COWL (crochet) - Forty miles east of Portland on the Columbia River, the Bonneville Dam was built to power New Deal economic development for humans but presented a literally insurmountable barrier for fish. Fish ladders were built to help hundreds of thousands of salmon and other fish make their spawning runs upriver each year. Evoking the stair-step structure of the fish ladders, this cowl uses a triple-crochet stitch and long chains to create a loose, airy, netlike fabric — more suitable for catching well-accessorized humans than speeding salmon.
Materials: Approximately 400 yards/365 meters fingering-weight yarn. Size I/9-5.5 mm crochet hook (or size needed to get correct gauge). Tapestry needle.
Images © Rose City Yarn Crawl & Twisted
Crochet designer Noriko Ho will visit us for our cast on party!
We will join the shops of the Rose City Yarn Crawl again this year on a Mystery Knit Along! Clue Release Schedule is: Clue 1: January 24, Clue 2: January 31, Clue 3: February 7, Clue 4: February 14
You'll need two colors of fingering weight yarn, minimum 350 yards each, in 2 coordinating or contrasting colors. You'll also need US #4 (3.5mm) 32” circular needle, or size to obtain correct gauge, for the knit pattern; or a size G crochet hook, or size to get gauge, for the crochet pattern.
Image © Rose City Yarn Crawl
This simple stocking hat will brighten your day during Portland’s damp winters. It is a great first hat project with a very forgiving, stretchy fabric and a choice of three sizes.
You'll need 150 (185, 225) yards / 140 (170, 205) meters DK weight yarn OR of both a fingering weight and a mohair. We absolutely love the latter! You'll also need US #2.5/3.0 mm - OR size you need to get gauge - 16”/40 cm circular AND double pointed.
Image © Twisted
RECOMMENDED YARN: Hazel Knits Tempo
Image © Andrea Mowry
RECOMMENDED YARN: Malabrigo Mecha
Part cowl, part shawl, part poncho... whatever this is we LOVE it. And it looks fabulous on everyone who tries it on. In a heavenly soft bulky weight yarn it'll knit up into your new favorite accessory before you know it!
Materials: The pattern is available for sale from Twisted - or it is also available for download directly from Ravelry. You'll need 340 yards of bulky weight yarn. We're recommending Malabrigo Mecha. Plus 24" and 16" circular needles - the pattern suggests 9mm/US 13, though of course that will depend on your gauge. Don't forget notions: 4 stitch markers, a darning needle, and blocking supplies (optional).
Image © Laura Aylor
RECOMMENDED YARN: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter
Curl up in this plush, oversized cowl on chilly days. Furrow’s simple stitches make for easy knitting, and a gentle bell shape — achieved by decreases within the moss stitch segments — makes styling effortless. Knit in Shelter to 18” tall, the cowl drapes and folds elegantly, but it can be shortened if you prefer less volume or wish to use a smaller amount of yarn. Pair it with a Furrow Hat for a matched set of accessories.
Materials: The pattern is available for sale from Twisted either a single pattern download with free printed copy or as part of the book Woolens - or it is also available for download directly from Ravelry. You'll need 480 yards of worsted weight wool yarn - we definitely recommend 4 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. And don't forget two sets of circular needles - the pattern suggests 24" 5 mm (US 8) and 24" 3.75 mm (US 5) though of course that will depend on your gauge. Round it out with notions: stitch markers, cable needle, darning needle, and blocking supplies (optional).
Image © Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed
RECOMMENDED YARN: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Sparkle
Because we all need a little nudge to knit during these hot hot hot summer days, September's K12tog pattern is another freebie - this one designed by Twistedista Arwen Golden. This design alternates simple ribbing with columns of slipped stitches for a very stretchy, very versatile hat. It’s the perfect mix for heavily variegated yarns.
Materials: The pattern is available as a free download from Ravelry. You'll need either 275 or 375 yards (depending on whether you'll make an adult small or adult regular) of fingering weight yarn. We recommend 1 skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Sparkle... because SPARKLES. And don't forget a set of 16" circular needles and double points - the pattern suggests 2.5 mm (US 1.5) though of course that will depend on your gauge. Round it out with notions: stitch markers, a darning needle, and blocking supplies (optional).
Image © Twisted
RECOMMENDED YARN: Quince & Co. Sparrow
A boxy and airy sleeveless summer top, Otherside is knitted up quickly at a loose gauge. The stripes add just the right amount of interest to this shirt, making it a perfectly wearable addition to your everyday wardrobe.
Otherside is worked flat in one piece, starting at the front hem. Stitches are bound off in the middle of the row for the neckline and casted on again in the next row. Then the back is worked top-down.
Materials: You'll need fingering weight yarn, ideally linen. Check the pattern for sizing/yardage - it ranges from 482 - 810 yds for the main color and 130 - 234 yds for the contrasting color. We're recommending Quince & Co. Sparrow. While Quince doesn't permit retailers to sell their yarns online, phone and email orders are a-ok! So if you can't stop by the shop just give us a call or shoot us an email to place your order. You'll also need US 7 - 4.5 mm needles for working flat (either straight or circular will do).
Image © Melanie Berg
PROJECT: Shifting Shadows a new free pattern from the Twistedistas
This new free pattern is hot off the presses from Twisted. It's our homage to the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21. Knit it in July so you're sure to be ready!
The Earth and Moon each cast three shadows (umbral, penumbral, and antumbral) that drift across us to cause different kinds of eclipses. This seed stitch cowl pattern blends three colors of lace weight yarn to create a shifting gradient fabric. It’s a quick knit - worked flat then either seamed or grafted.
Materials: The easiest way to get the materials for this free cowl pattern is by picking up a Shifting Shadows Cowl Kit from Twisted. Otherwise, you'll need around 400 yards in EACH of 3 colors of lace weight yarn. We're recommending Malabrigo Baby Merino Lace. Note that each of the 3 colors needs to be wound into 3 roughly equal balls. You'll also want to pick up US #9/5.5 mm needles for working flat (or size you need to get gauge - either straight or circular will do). Last but not least, don't forget some scrap yarn, a tapestry needle, blocking wires or pins, and a spare needle or stitch holder.
Image © Twisted
RECOMMENDED YARN: Blissful Knits Platinum Sock
Book People is a lovely asymmetrical sideways triangle shawl featuring easy mindless alternating panels of eyelets and garter! Fun and quick to knit, and a lovely delicate thing to wear around your neck.
Materials: 437 yards (400 meters) of fingering weight yarn. We're recommending Blissful Knits Platinum Sock. NOTE: While the pattern calls for 437yds, our test knitters advise you to pick up a 2nd skein to safely complete your shawlette. You'll also need a set of 3.5mm (US 4) circular needles in at least a 24” (60 cm) cord. Or whatever size needles it takes you to get gauge. Last but not least, don't forget pins and wires or whatever other tools you prefer to block your shawls.
Image © Softsweater Knits
RECOMMENDED YARN: Knitted Wit Victory Sock
May marks the 2nd Anniversary of this super-local pattern! The Twistedistas love bright, handknit anklets paired with our clogs and slip-ons. Our recommended yarn is Victory Sock from Knitted Wit. Keep it simple with one color, or give your socks extra pop with a couple of Smarties. These little bundles of Victory Sock are just what you need to mix things up. Designer Mara Catherine Bryner will join us at the Cast On Party to celebrate!
Materials: Fingering/sock weight yarn, approximately 200-350yds. Twisted recommends Knitted Wit’s Victory Sock. You’ll also need a set of US 1/ 2.25mm double pointed needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Image © Mara Catherine Bryner
RECOMMENDED YARN: Hazel Knits Entice
These gorgeous Nettle Mitts by Elizabeth Pedersen (psst - that's Twistedista Liz!) are perfect for spring. And they're a knock out in our recommended yarn, Hazel Knits Entice, a fingering weight cashmere blend.
Image © Elizabeth Pedersen
RECOMMENDED YARN: Brooklyn Tweed Quarry
This hat took the Twisted Universe by storm! Almost all the Twistedistas have knit one. Easy and fun to knit in Bulky weight yarn.
Materials: 130-160 yards bulky weight yarn. We recommend Brooklyn Tweed Quarry. Another great option is Quince & Co. Osprey (available in-store and by phone only) held along with either Berroco Andean Mist or Lang Mohair Luxe Paillettes. US 9/5.5mm 16-inch and US 10/6mm 16-inch circular needles. And either US 10/6mm set of dpn’s or long circular needle if you prefer using magic loop.
image © Gudrun Johnston
RECOMMENDED YARN: Twine. Sock.
We joined the shops of the Rose City Yarn Crawl on a Mystery Knit Along! We knit a fun cowl that uses two different colors of yarn and a number of different stitch patterns, but is still simple enough for the advanced beginner. This pattern is designed for a variegated or bright yarn alongside a more subtle color, so don’t be afraid to try something punchy!
Materials: two colors of fingering weight yarn, minimum 350 yards each, in a neutral color and accent color. Twisted is recommends Twine. Sock., though lots of yarns would be lovely, of course. US #4 (3.5mm) 16” circular needle, or size to obtain correct gauge. Plus 1 stitch marker and a tapestry needle.
image © Rose City Yarn Crawl
RECOMMENDED YARN: Knitted Wit Smarties
We kicked off our year of knit-a-longs with the addictive Tool Box Cowl and one of its designers, Debbi Stone. With stripes and a playful stitch pattern, this is a knit you won’t want to put down. Go stash diving, or pick out a fresh palette of Knitted Wit Smarties for a unique piece that will be as fun to wear as it is to make.
Materials: 52 yards of 6 different colors fingering weight yarn, for a total of 312 yds. When selecting your color palette, take care that colors used next to each other in progression are contrasting. If you wish to make the longer infinity cowl length, instructions are included for a longer and wider version using 130 yards each of 6 different colors, 780 yards total. US 2½ - 3.0 mm and US 3 - 3.25 mm needles.
Image © Debbi Stone