Get your knitting needles ready for Knit for Victory!
Knit for Victory: a 1940s-inspired knit-along
What is it?
Knit for Victory is a non-competitive vintage knitting challenge. Finish a large project, try your hand at something new-to-you like Fair Isle or knitting your first sweater, work on multiple projects…the challenge is what you make of it!
Who can join?
Everyone! Come one, come all. All skill levels are welcome!
What can I knit?
Anything you’d like, so long as it has a 1940s feel. From small to large, all projects can be included. It could be a hat, gloves, a cardigan, or multiple things. And you don’t have to dress vintage everyday to appreciate the classic look of 1940s-inspired knitwear and join in the knitting fun!
When is it?
Knit for Victory starts today, November 4th, and runs through January 31st, 2014. That’s three whole months! Hopefully that will give knitters who’d like to accomplish a larger project (like a sweater) enough time. And with a long time frame, if you’d like to knit small projects, you could easily fit in more than one! Plus, I know there will probably be some drop off around the holidays, so it gives us plenty of breathing room before and after.
Can I include a work-in-progress?
I’m hoping the time frame will allow most projects to be started and finished during the KAL, but sweaters can really take some time, and three months may not be enough! So any cardigan or pullover project (with sleeves) that is less than 50% complete as of today is welcome to be included. Use your best judgment on deciding what 50% complete is. All other projects must be started and completed during the KAL.
What if I don’t know that much about 40s knitting?
That’s okay! I plan to do some resource posts for inspiration, as well as talk about possible patterns to knit (both vintage and modern). Plus, look for some great guest posts to inspire you, too.
Do I have to use a vintage knitting pattern?
Not at all! You’re welcome to use a pattern from the 1940s of course, but you can also use a modern vintage pattern, or give a modern pattern a vintage twist! There are no restrictions on what type of pattern you can knit with.
Join the Flickr group!
We’ll be sharing all projects in the Knit for Victory Flickr group, so please be sure to join! It’s free to join Flickr if you haven’t already. Ask questions, chat about projects, share your photos, and introduce yourself to your fellow knitters. All final project photos must be shared in the Flickr group by January 31st in order to be included in the final project parade. (Note: I considered starting a Ravelry group too, but felt that might be a bit much. But let me know your thoughts.)
Hey Tasha, what are -you- planning to knit?
Me? Well, I’ll be talking about it soon. But one of the projects will be extra special, and tied into my knitting pattern release tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow! I can’t wait to share it with you and tell you all about it!
Grab a button for your sidebar
Help spread the word about Knit for Victory!
Knit for Victory button – 300 px wide
Code for 300 px button, copy and paste this into your sidebar:
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Knit for Victory button – 250 px wide
Code for 250 px button, copy and paste this into your sidebar:
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Knit for Victory button – 200 px wide
Code for 200 px button, copy and paste this into your sidebar:
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All posts will be tagged, and you can find them at this URL:
Before I let you loose to think about projects and spread the word, I have to say a huge thank you to Rochelle from Lucky Lucille, the creator of the Sew for Victory sew-along earlier this year (and coming next year again, too!). We hatched the idea for Knit for Victory months and months ago, and it’s finally here! Rochelle has been instrumental in getting Knit for Victory off the ground, with her support and assistance. She also created the amazing logo. Seriously, is that not the best logo ever? I know! I couldn’t ask for a better “Victory” partner!