NaNoSweMo (National Sweater Knitting Month) KAL

by Shannon on November 1, 2006

In honor of those crazy kids over at NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), whose challenge I’ve been known to take, I’m declaring it National Sweater Knitting Month here at with a knit-along.

How it works with NaNoWriMo: write a 50,000-word novel in a month.

How it works with NaNoSweMo: knit a 50,000-stitch sweater in a month. Or therebouts. I’ve never actually thought about sweaters in stitch count terms, that’s crazy talk. But if you divide your chosen sweater pattern’s rows or rounds by 30, you’ll have an idea of how many rows you need to knit each day to make it.

Feel free to swipe the image above or make your own. Ping this post, leave a comment, let us know what you’re knitting for NaNoSweMo! I’ll post links and/or photos of your completed projects at the beginning of December.

What am I knitting? Umm. I have an idea… haven’t cast on yet… (this is usually how my NaNoWriMos have gone, too, by the way).

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Steph November 1, 2007 at 6:22 pm

I’m so in! I cast on this morning and am so excited.

Lauren November 3, 2007 at 12:48 pm

What a great idea! I’ve actually got a sweater already started, so it will technically be Finish Knitting a Sweater Month for me. I think this should provide just the kick in the pants I need to pick it back up and get it done.

AntiChristy November 5, 2007 at 4:13 pm

I think you’ve got a great idea here.

One thing though, NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month.
Shouldn’t National Sweater Knitting Month = NaSweKniMo? Or else what does the No in NaNoSweMo stand for?

Beth K (theknittingidiot) November 7, 2007 at 11:47 pm

I just saw this on another blog! I just happen to be casting on the blue sky cardi for IK winter 2006.

So, I am going to play too!

Dazie November 8, 2007 at 11:07 pm

Heh. I’m less motivated than most- I’m going for a scarf.

Two skeins though!

Sarah D. November 12, 2007 at 11:16 pm

I’m in. So far, I’ve nearly finished the back of the Minimalist Cardigan from the fall issue of Interweave Knits. Its beautiful, but all that moss stitch?!?!

Tiny Tyrant November 1, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Cobblestone in Rowan Summer Tweed, for my 48″ chested hubby.

Yeah I’m insane, you?

Vicki (stitchermom) November 11, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Sure thing! I just started Mr. Greenjeans. It will be fun following everyone’s progress.

c-wraeknit November 13, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Please sign me up if we can finish something. I began working on Chesapeake and would love to finish.

Pensie June 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Can I join? I love to knit and this sounds AWESOME. I can imagine November like this: Write, Knit, Eat, Sleep, repeat.

Giulia November 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I’m going to give it a try too! My project will be my actual first top down sweater, so, well, lol… we’ll see!

Blasterbuny May 28, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I is definitely in!!! Finally the motivation to learn to knit a sweater

Jennifer Smith September 5, 2012 at 7:43 pm

What an *awesome* idea! Can we crocheters play, too?

Janni November 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I’m in! Started last night, as I was still finishing another sweater when the month began. Now I’m working on Jenna Adorno’s Tempting, over at Knitty:

I’m @Janniverse on Twitter and Instagram, and I’m posting pix as I go. 🙂

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