Woolful Knitalong: The Portland Pullover

January 1, 2016

Today marks the beginning of the latest Woolful KAL, although if you’re like me you don’t even have your yarn yet. 🙂 So I’ll be swatching with some leftover Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and getting ready to cast on the moment my yarn arrives.

When I first got the latest issue of Taproot, aptly named ‘Shelter’, I wasn’t totally sure how I felt about the Portland Pullover. I’ve recently made the discovery that I prefer set-in sleeves far more than raglan shaping because of its fit and I had made a momentary mental note to ‘only knit set-in sleeves’ from here on out…until I realized how silly that is. So when I picked up the issue and flipped through it again, I lingered on the pullover pattern a bit longer, admiring it’s neck shaping and simple silhouette. Ok. Done. I’m in. I realized then how great it would be to knit my first sweater started in the new year with friends…so, here we go.

What: Portland Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge. You can find this pattern in the most recent issue of Taproot, Shelter. Go grab a copy or subscription if you haven’t already!
When: January 1st-ish through March 31st 2016.
With: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter OR your preferred worsted weight yarn (stash busting time?)
You can find Brooklyn Tweed at some of our friends shops in person and/or online…

Brooklyn Tweed
Tolt Yarn and Wool
Fancy Tiger Crafts
A Verb for Keeping Warm
Knit Purl

And for those that join along, make sure to post photos of WIPs and finished projects on Instagram or on the Knitalong Ravelry page so we can all follow along. Use hashtag #woolfulKAL and after March 31st I’ll announce the lucky random folks who won the gifts. I’m still working to finalize all the gifts, but they will include a Taproot subscription, some Brooklyn Tweed goodness, a copy of Carrie Bostick Hoge’s newest book Swoon Maine and more.

So, go find your yarn and start swatching! xoxo -ash



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  • Reply Tamara White January 1, 2016 at 11:54 am

    looks like a pretty one to knit along – I’ll be watching everyone’s progress while I stumble along with my hats! Happy sweatering, all!

  • Reply Judy January 1, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    you have enticed me….not only with the KAL, but also with Taproot. I have heard many great things about this publication, so I’m going to give it a try for a year. I’ve also ordered the Shelter issue, and will be looking into yarn options

  • Reply Amanda Matthews January 2, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Ashley, I have just discovered your amazing blog. I have been questioning super wash merino for a little while now and you, along with some other instagrammers, have encouraged me to take a closer look at what I am using and buying. I love the idea of natural dying but am enticed by the ease and speed of manufactured dyes. I really want to have a patch in my allotment for growing plants to use for dying – I CAN do it and use it as a learning process. I wonder if my age makes me more impatient, I don’t want to wait for ANOTHER year to get it right!! So, armed with your experience and that of others I hope to get myself motivated and organised to be dying my own natural yarns next year. No more super wash purchases for me. I have a stash that is big enough for projects throughout my life so no trouble there!! You have also encouraged me to subscribe to Taproot and I have ordered some back issues – they look gorgeous. Thank you for your fabulous writing, beautiful photos and for sharing with us all.

  • Reply Gisa-MIA January 2, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Wunderschön! ♥

  • Reply Cary January 2, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    I love Taproot- it’s the only magazine I subscribe to. If you don’t subscribe already, I really suggest you give it a try! Ashley- I just wanted to tell you that I’ve been listening to Woolful for awhile now, but rarely ever comment here. I wanted you to know that I honestly love and appreciate the work that you do to bring us this lovely podcast! I look forward to every episode and listen to each episode several times! Thank you for all of your hard work!

    Quick question (and it might seem a strange one- if so, I’m sorry!) I would LOVE to know the Quince model’s name. I just think she is so beautiful!!!

  • Reply Dulcie Belanger January 2, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    I’m in on the knit along.

  • Reply Ann January 5, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I’ve a subscription to Taproot and have been eyeing that sweater pattern for weeks. I live along the Central Coast of California and would use it if it wasn’t too itchy especially around the neck. Do you know if the recommended Shelter yarn is soft and wearable?

  • Reply Alison January 5, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Any tips for making this in a child’s size?

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