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).

{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle November 1, 2006 at 3:12 pm

You crazy. I loves ya.

pippi November 1, 2006 at 4:56 pm

ohhhh! cool!!!!!
now i have a valid excuse to keep yarn!
i need a kick in the pants to get my mytical sweater in gear!

Shannon November 1, 2006 at 5:16 pm

Consider yourself kicked, then, Pippi!

pippi November 1, 2006 at 5:23 pm

more, please!!!
er, i mean, ouch!

loribird November 1, 2006 at 5:54 pm

I used a calculater, and I figure the sweater I started in August, which is almost up to the armpits in the round, already has 23,600 (give or take a few) stitches… Can I use it? 🙂

Lolly November 1, 2006 at 6:35 pm

I started a sweater on Halloween – would it still count? I love this idea! 🙂 I am wondering if it has 50000 stitches though… need that calculator!

Kim November 1, 2006 at 7:38 pm

I’d be nuts to join you. But maybe I’ll shoot to finish Forecast this month!

LunarAwe November 1, 2006 at 8:26 pm

Ooooh, this sounds like a good plan. It is getting COLD! What about finishing a couple of sweaters in progress? Does that still count?

caro November 1, 2006 at 9:08 pm

Lolly sucked me in. I’m totally up for it!

--Deb November 1, 2006 at 10:08 pm

NaNoSweMo . . . I love it! Brilliant idea!

ann-marie November 1, 2006 at 10:43 pm

oh you read my brain.
I am making my hourglass sweater. i actually started in september, but since i think i’m knitting the wrong size, i might frog and start over.
yeah–i’m a joiner!!!

Christina November 2, 2006 at 1:18 am

Count me in. I’ll be ripping and reknitting the fitted ribbed turtleneck from the cover of Hollywood Knits.

Erin November 2, 2006 at 3:06 am

Can I join? Sounds like crazy obssessive fun!

laurie in maine November 2, 2006 at 3:44 am

Yes, it’s Lolly’s fault…I’m dreaming of baby sweaters. Although the novel writers aren’t each writing 50,000 words. It’s combined, isn’t? I’m thinking the combined sweater stitch count is going to kick their butt!

nihal November 2, 2006 at 3:57 am

i have to join! i have two great packs of yarn and they are begging me to use them up!

Monica November 2, 2006 at 6:50 am

I have sweaters to knit, surely at least one of them has 50,000 stitches.

Miki November 2, 2006 at 8:12 am

Lovely Idea! But shouldn’t the title be “NaKniSweMo” for “National Knit a Sweater in a Month?” Otherwise the current abreviations make it “National Novel Sweater Month.”

Regardless, I am joining!

Adelle November 2, 2006 at 8:58 am

Very cool! I am going to try to work this in with the Norovember KAL – A noro sweater!

Manda November 2, 2006 at 8:59 am

wow. this is a pretty cool idea. i have a sweater that I started a few months ago but need to rip out and start over. maybe this is the project i need to do it for. if this goes like any of my past nanowrimo efforts, though, i won’t get anything done. so far? I’m on the right track! 😉 *lol* 🙂

Rose November 2, 2006 at 9:38 am

I guess it’s as good a time as any to get my Rogue started…If I start now I should have it finished for my birthday.

Shannon November 2, 2006 at 11:50 am

Wow, Miki… that’ll show you how completely fried I’ve been this week! Yes, I suppose it probably should be NaKniSweMo…

Laurie — no, each novel by each PERSON needs to be 50,000 in NaNoWriMo. That’s why it’s such a challenge to finish!

Lisa November 2, 2006 at 12:49 pm

Would a complicated vest count? I want to knit a cabled vest for my dad this month.

Kathy November 2, 2006 at 1:19 pm

I’ve tried NaNoWriMo twice…and never finished. What a stupid month to try! Between Thanksgiving and birthdays, I don’t have a chance. But a sweater? I have one just casted on, maybe this will be the push I need.

Liz November 2, 2006 at 2:18 pm

I’m in. Have 2 complicated children’s sweaters to do – reckon there are at least 50,000 stitches in the bigger one – before Christmas, so this’ll be additional incentive…

Laura November 2, 2006 at 2:37 pm

I love this idea! Writing 50,000 words about *anything* is out of my realm, but knitting… Hm. I wonder if I can make this happen. I have some gray yarn that’s been begging for years, but I also have some green yarn that’s been mostly knit up that needs to get frogged and made into something else.

Then there’s the obligation knitting (not started, due at Christmas or before), and the red sweater and the socks that are on the needles.

Gads. LOL


hpny knits November 2, 2006 at 3:18 pm

sounds good. I am working on the ribberd cardi and will start the Minimalist Funnel Neck from mag knits. however- I am NOT counting stitches…

The Purloined Letter November 2, 2006 at 3:30 pm

I’m knitting a sweater for my son with a castle on the front. Actually–I cast on for the sleeves on the drive up to Rhinebeck, a few days too early. Does that disqualify me?

Ansley November 2, 2006 at 4:05 pm

This is a great idea. I have yarn and patterns two sweaters that are waiting to be picked up.

insaknitty November 2, 2006 at 5:03 pm

can I still join if I’ve got a sweater barely started? and I mean *barely*… this would be just the push I need to get it done before christmas! 🙂

Wanda November 2, 2006 at 5:22 pm

This sounds great. I’m working on one now, but I plan to cast on for new one this weekend. Count me in!

Rebecca November 2, 2006 at 5:57 pm

Sign me up! I’m crazy enough to do it all!

Ari November 2, 2006 at 6:07 pm

I love it!!!! Wish I had seen this before yesterday, I would definitely have done it. Maybe we could do a DeKniSwMo? Hahahaha..that would be a challenge for me, as I’m the slowest sweater knitter on the planet. Or maybe january..that’s a slow month?

amp November 2, 2006 at 8:39 pm

i’m game, especially since i ripped and re-started my bell sleeve jacket from vk holiday 06 yesterday.

jacqui November 2, 2006 at 10:36 pm

love this idea – I’m so in!

tiennie November 2, 2006 at 11:46 pm

I’m in! Can’t write to save my life so 50,000 words – no way! But 50,000 stitches. Doable for me, I think?! How much exactly is 50,000? Can I finish the 3 sweaters I already have on the needles? Or should I cast a new one on? Ooohh, more yarn…

arachne November 3, 2006 at 8:22 am

I’ve been making little things, and have some stuff all spun up to make a sweater, but I’ve been putting it off. If it’s not too late, I’d like to play…I have no idea what I’m going to make, but we’ll see.

Of course, I’ve started and failed NaNoWriMo for three years in a row. Hopefully that’s no indication of how things will go.

margaux November 3, 2006 at 8:32 am

i got the yarn, the needles and the pattern, that you for providing the inspiration!! i’m so in!

jody November 3, 2006 at 8:37 am

alright, sign me up too! i just ordered yarn to knit “A Cardigan for Arwen” from the latest IK.

Donna November 3, 2006 at 9:40 am

As a NaNoWriMo alumna, I’m utterly charmed by this – what a great idea! Since the sweater I’m currently working on has roughly 89,000 stitches in it (and I have about 74,000 to go), I think it would be a fool’s errand to commit to finishing the whole thing by November 30. I’ll happily watch though, and call myself a winner if I finish the back (35,000 stitches, 300 cable twists). Have fun!

Jenneke November 3, 2006 at 10:25 am

Sounds like a good excuse to cast on my first sweater!

Lolly November 3, 2006 at 11:29 am

What a response!! Fun fun!

Omly November 3, 2006 at 11:46 am

I’m in! I have swatched and started knitting already.

Stacey November 3, 2006 at 4:32 pm

What an awesome idea! Count me in!!

Kara November 3, 2006 at 6:47 pm

Well, how can a girl pass this up. I am in. Heaven help me…

Cheryl November 3, 2006 at 6:56 pm

Count me in! I’m swatching now.

Loren November 3, 2006 at 10:02 pm

I’m in!!! Just started a pullover this week. Will be finished before the end of Nov.

Ina November 4, 2006 at 10:43 am

Excellent idea! Count me in!! Hm… must go figure out number of stitches in sweater.

Sam November 4, 2006 at 10:56 am

I’m up for a challenge… and I do have a UFO that might fit the 50,000 stitch bill.
Count me in!

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