I’ve had this mint green Bumblebirch Forage in my stash for ages. It’s given me so many good ideas for new designs, but it’s never felt quite right for a pattern because it’s a more subdued color, so the design ideas get knit up in different yarns, like the yellow pullover I shared recently on Instagram. The Salal KAL is a good opportunity to finally put this yarn to work. I think it will look great in the pattern, and it should behave similarly to the yarn used for the original sample. They’re both worsted weight superwash wool yarns. I’m excited to finally use it!
With my yarn picked out, I’ll need to knit a swatch and make sure that I have gauge. While that’s drying, I like to annotate my PDF so my size is highlighted. If I wasn’t the designer of Salal, I’d also highlight any techniques I needed to review or brush up on, so I could do that before I got started. Here are some resources from previous KALs and blog posts that you might find helpful while preparing to knit your own Salal. As always, you can find more informative posts on the Resources page.
- What size sweater should I knit?
- Please knit a swatch
- How to Add Notes to PDF Patterns
- How to Work Separate Stitch Patterns
- How to Add a Lifeline
- Which M1 should I use?
- How to modify for custom row gauge
- How to modify a cropped pattern to be full length
- What does work Stitch Pattern A mean?
- A mini series of short row technique reviews
- About those short row sleeve caps
- 3 tips for picking up stitches
- How to knit a better button band
- How to use counting stitch markers