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).

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Sitcomgirl November 5, 2006 at 8:08 pm

I’m in! In my world it may be a combo of sweaters and other gifty things.

Ivy November 6, 2006 at 11:23 am

Please do this again next year. I have to finish two huge Harry Potter scarves (around 45,000 stitches each) this month so this year, I can’t. I’m doing NaNoWriMo and I’d love to do the two at the same time for ultimate creative madness.

Good luck!

nova November 6, 2006 at 3:15 pm

I’m in. This will be what I need to finish my seamless hybrid sweater by the end of November! Great idea!

RandomRanter November 6, 2006 at 5:08 pm

Crazily considering it. Crazy because I am in fact signed up for NaNoWriMo, but have also been knitting this one sweater like mad. (My halloween sale yarn).

Lee Ann November 7, 2006 at 3:10 pm

If I were totally insane, I would spin the stuff I got at Rhinebeck and knit a sweater out of it in one month.

I can’t believe I’m even thinking about this.

Crap. I should not have followed that link from Supergirl’s site…

nrrdgrrl November 7, 2006 at 3:51 pm

heheheh. took me a couple of days but now i have managed to incorporate nanoswemo into my nanowrimo novel :D thanks for the idea.

SPR November 8, 2006 at 9:50 am

Hi Shannon, I wanna play too! I’m taking a sweater class and knitting my first sweater – ever. Between the class and the KAL I will have to finish.

KnitSteph November 8, 2006 at 1:24 pm

I’m game. I’m working on a sweater that is a test knit for The pattern is called Raibert and I’m not sure if she has it listed for sale yet.

SyrenMuse November 8, 2006 at 3:55 pm

I’m crazy enough to do this.

Kristen November 9, 2006 at 2:57 am

count me in. I it’s 8 days into the month but i started a sweater on the first so kind of cool and i wanted to have to wear when i get home in december this will push me

carolyn November 9, 2006 at 6:53 am

I think I’m in…Hope I can do it. How do you count the stitches in a sweater????

beapea7 November 9, 2006 at 10:35 am

I realized that I am knitting along with this knitalong! I’m making the Greek Pullover from last fall’s Interweave Knits and I’m hoping to wear it on Thanksgiving.

Morgan November 9, 2006 at 12:40 pm

I am SO in. I am working on a sweater for the retreat I am going on (this weekend) and want to finish another hopefully shortly thereafter!

Sign me up on the dotted line!!

Rosemary November 9, 2006 at 8:08 pm

You are crazy, but there are many sweaters I want to knit and maybe knitting one in a month will make me feel better about all of them. So, I’m joining late with the cover sweater from the new Sara Dallas tweed book. Yes, I started it in late October, but only a little and then I did not work on it at all in the first week of November because it was in VA while I was in CA.

Katya November 10, 2006 at 7:04 pm

SQWEE! This is sooo cool! Since I can’t do NaNoWriMo (3 year participant, 2 year winner) Im gonna do this!!
I am knitting a girly version of Jarret from vintage knits and (if i get to it) a cabled sweater from rowan 36 (I think :/)

Karin November 13, 2006 at 3:03 pm

Could I be any later to find this? If it’s not too late, I’d love to join – I may even get a sweater finished this month with a little pressure :).

pamela wynne November 14, 2006 at 2:03 pm

count! me! in!

Nikol November 17, 2006 at 2:14 am

I’m in like gunga-din. Started on Sunday, almost to the bustline…

Suzanne November 21, 2006 at 9:37 pm

Count me in. I just started a sweater with Lang Mille Colori. The pattern is in the “New Classic” book. I’ve never made a sweater before.

Alice Few July 27, 2007 at 5:58 pm

Will you be running NaNoSweMo this year as well? If so, sign me up! It should be interesting to see if I can do both NaNoSweMo, NaNoWriMo, my podcast, work and family! I’ve always been curious to see what a nervous breakdown feels like……

nancynovember August 26, 2007 at 7:14 am

I’m in! I have the yarn and pattern from Noro for a beautiful cardigan knit side to side, but I know Im better at getting things done with deadlines! I haven’t done the math yet, but I’m sure it will be a lot! Great Idea!

lucie September 13, 2007 at 6:11 am

It’ll be my first, but…I’m in!

Petunia September 19, 2007 at 9:28 am

Me, too, for 2007!! I’m in a “cable” mood, so it’s between Central Park Hoodie and/or Rogue. I’ve got Knitpicks Swish Superwash in Indigo Heather on its way to me. And the Wool of the Andes in Hollyberry is also calling my name. (Had it called a bit earlier, I’d have ordered them together!!)

malia October 17, 2007 at 8:55 am

le sigh. if you twist my arm i guess i could start that central park hoodie i’ve been dreaming about.

Alix October 20, 2007 at 11:53 pm

I’m so excited! I missed this last year doing the writerly thing, but this year I’m totally knitting a sweater.

Adelle October 25, 2007 at 5:49 pm

I must be crazy, but I am giving it a shot too so November will be words and stitches. I suppose when I get burnt out on one, I can switch to the other!

Kate October 25, 2007 at 8:35 pm

What’s that? An excuse to be selfish and knit something for myself in between christmas knitting? I’m in!

Cecilia October 29, 2007 at 1:20 pm

All of the patterns in Knitting with a Smile by Inger Fredholm states how many stitches it takes to make.

Topaz October 30, 2007 at 1:02 pm

Maybe this will push me into finishing the Hardcore sweater for my dad.

Sally Villarreal October 31, 2007 at 11:31 pm

I’m finishing all my Christmas gifts!

esmerelda November 1, 2007 at 4:57 am

Awesome idea! The very thing I needed to give me a kick up the bum about my SO’s christmas cardigan. Off to calculate the stitches in ‘Avast’…

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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