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It's time for a knit-along with Marly Bird! We'll be knitting an original design My First Sweater with Marly Bird. The sweater is made using Red Heart Hygge Charm. Every Wednesday for six weeks starting April 3 you'll receive a video tutorial from Marly to follow along with the written pattern and knit the sweater. Use the hashtag #MarlyBirdKAL to share your projects! A knit-along, or KAL, is a group of people coming together to knit the same project in the same timeframe. If you start late or knit slower, that’s OK! All of the material will stay available for free right here.

Supplies

Pick up your supplies now so you'll be ready to go when the KAL starts! Use the promo code KALMARLY20 from March 20-April 2, 2019 for 20% off purchases of Hygge Charm yarn on redheart.com.


Schedule

Each week we'll have a new video from Marly showing how to knit the section for that week. To get notified as soon as the video is posted, subscribe to Marly's YouTube channel.

Week 1 Wednesday, April 3 – Sizing and Gauge
This first week we will talk about making a gauge swatch and how to pick the right size. In this week we will talk about figuring out what needles are the right ones to use for the project to get the desired finished results. We will also talk about how to select the right size to fit you the way that you want.




Week 2 Wednesday, April 10 – Back of Sweater
This is the first week that we get our hands dirty with the sweater project. We will talk about the reason for using circular needles and why we will be making the sweater in pieces. I will show you how to work the back panel of the sweater. Your homework is to finish this part of the sweater during the week.




Week 3 Wednesday, April 17 – Front of Sweater
This week we will be working on the front of the sweater. To help you out in making your first sweater I will host a YouTube live on my channel. At this event you can ask questions you have to this point and I will review any spots where people get stuck along the way.




Week 4 Wednesday, April 24 – First Sleeve
This week I will be teaching you how to work your sleeve. We will be making two of these but there isn’t a rush. You will have the full week to finish just one sleeve. In our video tutorial for the week I will show you how to add increases to your sleeve as well as transition from the ribbed cuff to the body of the sleeve.




Week 5 Wednesday, May 1 – Second Sleeve
This week we won’t be learning anything new. We will be working on the second sleeve for the sweater and we will be doing a review of the sections so far. We will have another live Q&A session so that you can ask me questions about the entire project. I want to make sure that you have plenty of time and help along the way so we are breaking out the sleeves into two weeks. This is also a great time for you to catch up.




Week 6 Wednesday, May 8 – Seaming and Finishing
You have made it! By the end of week 6 you will have your finished sweater! During this week I will show you how to seam the pieces of your sweater. This can be tricky the first time that you make a sweater in getting the seam in just the right place. Learn with me and I will show you some tips and tricks along the way.





Giveaways

Post your progress pictures each week in the Marly Bird KAL Facebook group to be entered for a chance to win a Red Heart prize pack! We'll choose one winner each week for the prize pack. One week after the final video is posted we'll ask you to share a photo of your finished sweater, and we'll choose 3 winners to each win a $50 prize pack from everyone who finished.

To enter: Post your picture of your in-progress sweater in the Facebook group before Tuesday at 11:59pm Mountain Time (Marly's time zone) to be entered. Winners will be announced on Thursdays.

Week 1: Post your progress picture by Tuesday, April 9; 1 winner of a $25 prize pack announced Thursday, April 11
Week 2: Post your progress picture by Tuesday, April 16; 1 winner of a $25 prize pack announced Thursday, April 18
Week 3: Post your progress picture by Tuesday, April 23; 1 winner of a $25 prize pack announced Thursday, April 25
Week 4: Post your progress picture by Tuesday, April 30; 1 winner of a $25 prize pack announced Thursday, May 2
Week 5: Post your progress picture by Tuesday, May 7; 1 winner of a $25 prize pack announced Thursday, May 9
Week 6: Post a photo of your completed sweater by Tuesday, May 14; 3 winners of $50 prize packs announced Thursday, May 16