Today was our first KAL meet-up, and we had a great turn out, even with down pouring rain and severe weather alerts!
We measured, knit, and reknit swatches - almost all of us had to go up a needle size (or two!) to get gauge. I knit my swatch in the round using Magic Loop. Flex has two smaller panels knit flat, and then the rest of the garment is knit in the round. Since the majority of the garment is knit in the round - so is my swatch!
I got to demonstrate my favorite join for ribbon/ chainette/ hollow core yarns (the ones that look like i-cord, flat tape, or tubes), and you can learn the technique here. This technique is great for joining yarns without leaving ends to weave in. There are a few things to be aware of with this technique, however.
1. The yarn will be double-thick at the join, and this can be visible. So make sure that your join occurs at the sides of your garment, and not directly over your stomach, or worse, your chest!
2. Normally this join requires you use a Chenille needle - basically a sharp-tipped darning needle. With more tightly woven ribbon yarns the sharp needle is essential. Since Kestrel is a looser chainette yarn, a blunt tip needle will actually be more helpful - but use a straight one, not one with a bent tip.
I am so excited to see everyone's progress next week!