Published on July 30th, 2015 | by Julia Fraundorfer


Knit-A-Long: our yarn picks

In less than a week, we will be starting the After the Rain KAL. Today, we are sharing our choices for yarn to give you some inspiration and ideas!




Julia picked King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK, as it is very soft and the 50% Bamboo content makes it very cool and ideal to wear in summer and fall. The colours Navy and Glacier go very well together, and Julia is planning to knit thin strips of Glacier every 12 rows.



Marie went for Debbie Bliss Rialto DK – Colour Indigo (051) and Debbie Bliss Rialto DK – Colour Aqua (044). Marie says, ”The Debbie Bliss Rialto DK is so soft and squishy! It’s like Knitting with butter.” She really enjoyed knitting her tension square and is looking forward to starting the project!



Hero chose GGH Linova. She says, “I have chosen GGH Linova in Sand (50) and Marine (11). I love Breton tops and I’m going for a similar look in my version of After the Rain – it should go with most things in my wardrobe (a lot of jeans! 🙂 The yarn is a cotton and linen mix which should mean that it is easy to look after but with a good amount of drape from the linen, and will only get better with wear. I am thinking of making my stripes only 4 rows of each rather the 6 rows in the pattern.”



Tina also picked King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK and went for a lovely combination of Navy and Plum! Those shades work well together, and will look wonderful in stripes for the sweater. This yarn is also machine washable and can even be ironed on a low temperature!


Jami yarn

Jami chose King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK in the shades Oyster and Opal. This will make a light and bright sweater. She will be joining our Knit along from Oregon, USA!



Claire’s choice is BC Garn Allino in the colours CL31 and CL04 with a red accent of CL16. The jumper will have blue and beige stripes and the thin line of red across the chest, and sleeves will create a very unique feature!



Angie chose Drops Karisma because she knows she will never wear a sweater in the summer – but she still loves the drape of this pattern. Drops Karisma is 100% wool and has many gorgeous shades, including her favorites: green and blue.


What yarn and colours have you chosen?

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Julia loves crafts and everything to do with creativity! She mainly crochets but also knits and loves starting ambitious projects! She also enjoys cooking and baking and makes arguable the best carrot cake out there!

Last updated: July 31st, 2015.

20 Responses to Knit-A-Long: our yarn picks

  1. Myriam says:

    I plan to use Berroco Fuji, in Blue Bird and Bamboo (light green) at the top, then switch the Blue Bird for Sunbeam (beige), and work in beige and light green down the body. After that, I’ll switch my Bamboo for Pine Needle (dark green), and maybe, just maybe, at the very bottom, have a stripe or two in Deep End (dark blue).
    I think I’ll use the 6-row stripes.

    • Julia Fraundorfer says:

      Hi Myriam,

      That sounds really lovely! We are looking forward to seeing pictures on facebook!

      Best wishes,

      julia and the LoveKnitting Team

      • Myriam says:

        I went on Loveknitting’s facebook, but I didn’t find the KAL pictures. Are they in a special section?

  2. Flora Kuritsky says:

    Does Alpaca wool have the same allergic reaction to wool Yarn?
    Thank you for your response.

  3. Nicole says:

    This will be my first knit-a-long and my first jumper, I’ve ordered King Cole Bamboo Cotton dk in rose and pebble. Now impatiently awaiting its arrival so I can do my tension square and experiment with stripe widths, thinking 8 or 10 rows.

  4. Diane Gair says:

    I would like to knit this jumper in the colours as near to those shown in the pattern picture. I would slso like to knit in cotton as I have sensitive skin. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks

  5. Adhiti says:

    I never recieved an email yet about this knit along…..Im assuming you’ve not sent one out yet…if you have you must have missed me….

  6. Ely says:

    I have admired this pattern for a while now. I have chosen Knit Picks Swish in Green Tea Heather and Wonderland (light blue) Heather. Looking forward to getting started.

  7. Aromalou says:

    King cole bamboo is a dream to knit with so soft

  8. Joanna says:

    Like Claire I have chosen BC Garn Allino from my stash, my sweater won’t have stripes as my yarn is mottled denim blues and greys. Shade 1810.

  9. Kristi says:

    I am obsessively checking the blog waiting for this KAL to start! I choose the Universal Bamaboo Pop yarn that was suggested. No one else seemed to be using that one so I’ve been wondering if there was a reason. My colors are Ocean and Lime Green, similar to the original in the pattern but lots brighter! I have so many questions about the project – I look forward to the official start and having the support in this KAL!

    • Joanna says:

      Thought it was just me checking several times a day 🙂 Can’t wait to get going!

      • Donna says:

        You’re not alone, I’ve been checking every day too. It probably has something to do with the “In less than a week” post on July 30th!
        Hay ho, it’s given me plenty of time to find the yarn I want to use and I’ve even done a gauge swatch 🙂

        • Kristi says:

          How did you do your gauge swatch? I did one “in the round” and flat blocked it. I got stitch gauge but was 3 rows over. So I hung it up and got 23 stitches and 31 rows. I don’t know how the swatch is expected to be blocked. I am going crazy waiting. Maybe I will try another swatch with a bigger needle – though I’m surprised to be having to go up. Looking forward to seeing your work when we get going on this!

          • Joanna says:

            I knitted a flat tension square and always have to go up a full mm in needle size to get the correct tension. I keep the tension squares to put in my project folder 🙂

        • Julia Fraundorfer says:


          I am sorry for the delay!

          Now we are all ready and set to get started!

          Check out our newest post here

          Thank you,

          Julia and the LoveKnitting Team

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