Second Annual NaKniSweMo!

This year, we’re going to knit along with our writing pals over at NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) again. Last year’s post about it is here. Note that we changed the name after realizing NaNoSweMo made no sense!

How it works with NaNoWriMo: write a 50,000-word novel in a month. As they say on that page: “This is not as scary as it sounds.”

How it works with NaKniSweMo: knit a 50,000-stitch sweater in a month. 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. Yes, the stitch count thing is crazy, but I think I can say with confidence that most sweaters out there are at least that, or more.

New this year: a NaKniSweMo Ravelry group! But no worries if you’re still on the waitlist — post a comment here and say you’re taking part. If you’re super-proud of your FO, send me a photo and I’ll post it in December!

Suggested sweaters, if you’re stuck: why not try the Faux Fair Isle from Spin to Knit? It’s excellent for stashbusting, too. In fact, since I’m all about the destashing, I will award a prize to the most creative destash-tastic Faux Fair Isle sweater. You really can throw just about any yarn at that pattern, handspun or no, and it’ll work.

101 thoughts on “Second Annual NaKniSweMo!”

  1. I’m in. don’t know if the sweater I’m knitting has 50,000 stitches or not but just having a completed project in one month is enough for me!

  2. I have been looking forward to this! It totally crept up on me that it started today though! I have my yarn and pattern. I just need to get cracking on it tonight!

  3. I have no business joining up…
    I have this shawl that’s consuming me…
    but … I LOVE this idea. So, despite the shawl, and despite the ungodly number of mittens I seem to have committed to knitting by Solstice…. I’m going to join up!
    now…. to assign Mermaid for it? or to go for something more… relaxed?

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  5. Is it too late? I had no idea I’d be starting a sweater this month but my Interweave Knits winter issue came today & lo & behold, I just had to cast on!

  6. Drats, I forgot to comment here..I started on the 1st! Thank you so much for this, it’s the only way I’ll ever get a whole sweater finished! I’m doing a top down raglan cardi (my first cardi) and it’s going along quite well.

  7. I didn’t realize that you had to officially sign up to be part. So please sign me up – I’ve been knitting like crazy and plan to beat the deadline

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  9. fabric dragon on Live Journal and Ravelry…
    count me in.
    doing a top down raglan V neck pullover. i am using Patons classic merino in Palais because i had a lot of it.. and the colors work on me.

  10. Count me in 🙂 Making the fair isle sweater from Louisa Harding’s Modern Classics and working on the Cardigan for Arwen… see you on Ravelry!

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