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).

148 thoughts on “NaNoSweMo (National Sweater Knitting Month) KAL”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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).

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!!

  10. 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.

  11. 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 :/)

  12. 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 :).

  13. 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.

  14. 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……

  15. 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!

  16. 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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  19. 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!

  20. 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’…

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