NaNoSweMo (National Sweater Knitting Month) KAL

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).

147 Replies to “NaNoSweMo (National Sweater Knitting Month) KAL”

  1. 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? 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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* 🙂

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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…

  10. 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


  11. 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?

  12. 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…

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. I thought yes, then I thought no, then my daughter asked me when I was knitting her a dress (for which I have the yarn already) and I thought, heck I did the Knitting Olympics, and this is 2 weeks longer, sure I can do it! So, it’s a child’s dress and not a sweater, but I’m going to do it in November!

  16. 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!

  17. 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).

  18. 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…

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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!!

  23. 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.

  24. 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 :/)

  25. 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 :).

  26. 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……

  27. 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!

  28. 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!!)

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  31. 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!

  32. 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.

  33. 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?

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