February Lady Sweater Knit-A-Long

2015 Knit-Along Project

Our first Knit-Along (KAL) last year celebrated the iconic Baby Surprise Jacket and was a huge success.  How to top that?  With KAL of another iconic pattern:  The February Lady Sweater (FLS).

In making the FLS, we continue working in the tradition of Elizabeth Zimmermann, the creator of the Baby Surprise Jacket.  The FLS is based on EZ’s “Baby Sweater on Two Needles,” from her book Knitter’s Almanac.  The pattern has been adapted for adult sizing. 

 The FLS is one of the most popular patterns on Ravelry with over 13,000 member projects listed.  The pattern is available free at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/february-lady-sweater

Our KAL launches in September 2015 with a goal to finish by, when else, FEBRUARY, of course!

Post your questions or share your progress here.  You can also post questions in the Guild’s group on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-knitting-guild-of-santa-cruz

Here are a couple of links to help get you started:

FLS Wiki (general help) page:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/february-lady-sweater/wiki

February Lady Sweater Ravelry Group (you don’t have to join the group but you’ll see answers to common questions):  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/february-lady-sweater

So grab some yarn and needles and let’s get started!

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4 Comments

4 thoughts on “February Lady Sweater Knit-A-Long

  1. Martha Dexter

    Hello, everyone,
    Hope some of you are getting started on your February Lady Sweater! I already had a question which I’ll share with the group here as some of you will likely have the same question: How big should I make the buttonhole? The pattern says a simple one-stitch yarnover won’t be big enough for the hefty size buttons you will want to use. When you go to the suggested tutorial, it doesn’t tell you how many stitches you should use. Here’s my suggestion: At least 3 stitches and no more than 5 (everyone’s tension is different). Yarn is pretty stretchy so what looks small will usually accommodate something larger. If you have a large button (7/8” or 1”) you can test it out.

    Don’t freak out too much over the buttonholes. This sweater is meant to be worn buttoned up, so the holes won’t be visible and don’t need to be pretty!

  2. mmdexter

    There has been confusion about the buttonholes! First, remember that this sweater is meant to be worn buttoned up, so the buttonholes will not show. Second, the instructions call for the reversible one-row buttonhole which is a little more complicated and really not necessary IMO. Here are two good YouTube videos, one for those who knit English style and one for Continental knitters:

    Buttonhole by Knit Purl Hunter (English style): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtrlSwdCr7M
    Knitting One-Row Buttonholes by Knittinghelp.com (Continental Style): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY4vBzLo-Xs

    For written out instructions go here: http://www.knittingonthenet.com/learn/bh4.htm

    Stella is going to demo the buttonhole at the October meetings.
    Hope all this helps! Martha

  3. Ellen Moilanen

    I have knit up to the eyelet row. I had to knit more than 19 repeats of rows 5& 6 in order to fit the 3rd buttonhole the same distance I had between the 1st & 2nd. It was either that or frog it back past the 2nd to decrease the spacing between. Anyway I am now at 251 stitches, 16 more than the 235 I should have. I am thinking that I just have to decrease less (by 16 stitches) in the middle section which will give me 282 stitches as the pattern says. Is that a feasible solution?
    Ellen

  4. mmdexter

    That’s exactly what I would do. I’m pretty sure you’re working with a slightly lighter yarn (since in a separate message you said you got gauge using smaller size needles) so that may have affected your row gauge a little. The good thing is that you’re working top down and the rest of the sweater you can try on as you go along to decide how long you want it to be.

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