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Announcing the 16 Weeks of Weekender KAL!


 

The Weekender is a simple worsted weight pullover, knit from the bottom up with drop sleeves. Classy details like a tubular cast-on and short rows make this simple sweater anything but boring! The Weekender is an excellent pattern for beginner and expert garment knitters alike. 
Photo (c) Andrea Mowry
image c/o Andrea Mowry on Ravelry
 

This KAL is all about process and participation. Instead of finished objects being entered into the prize pools, you gain points for each milestone you complete. Milestones are things like completing the tubular cast on, separating for the sleeves, blocking, etc. See the full list of milestones below. Completing each milestone will earn you one point. One point = one entry into the prize pool!

 

How to Earn Points

Post to Instagram showing that you completed the milestone for that week, then come and comment on the blog post to let us know you've completed the challenge! A moderator will check your Instagram feed and update your points accordingly. You should have one post per week/milestone. If you combine milestones, you will receive points for one. 

The only requirements for your Instagram posts are to show that you have completed the milestone and to use the hashtags #16weeksofweekender and #colorfuleclectic. Some weeks will have an optional extra element that you can incorporate into your Instagram photos - they are not required! But they will help spark conversation, which can lead to extra points!


Extra Points

All knitters making their Weekender with Colorful Eclectic Joyous Worsted will receive 5 points automatically. You can gain points as early as November 23 by pre-ordering your Joyous Worsted on Black Friday!

Extra points will be awarded for excellent/funny/intriguing photos on Instagram or great comments/conversations on the blog.


Dates

Cast on as early as December 24, and finish by March 31, 2019.  You can swatch any time, but the actual project cast on must happen on or after December 24.  The blog post for each milestone will go up on the Monday of the week, but you can make your post whenever - as long as it's before the KAL ends!

If you speed ahead, don’t forget to chime back in on the blog with a link to your Instagram check-in when that week’s post goes up!

This KAL is all about the process of creating a garment so don’t worry if you get a little behind, that’s okay! Comment and check-in whenever you hit a milestone.

You can join at ANY TIME. As long as you document the milestones on Instagram and check in on the blog, we will accept ALL ENTRIES until March 31, 2019.


Milestones


If you speed ahead, don’t forget to chime back in on the blog with a link to your Instagram check-in when that week’s post goes up!

This KAL is all about the process of creating a garment so don’t worry if you get a little behind, that’s okay! Comment and check-in whenever you hit a milestone.

Milestone Blog Posts

(please post your weekly updates on that milestone's blog post!)


Prizes

In order to encourage all knitters, even if you don’t get that far with your Weekender, there will be 2 different prize pools:

Less than 2 points will not be eligible for prizes.

2 to 7 Points: entered into a drawing to win a 3-skein prize pack from Colorful Eclectic.

Over 7 points: entered into a drawing to win a 6-skein prize pack from Colorful Eclectic.

Plus, there will be extra points given out and other random giveaways for those who participate on the blog and on Instagram (using the hashtags #16weeksofweekender and #colorfuleclectic).


Discounts

Starting December 15, save 10% on orders of 4 or more skeins of Joyous Worsted through the end of the KAL (March 31, 2019). The code to use at checkout is: 16WEEKSKAL

Other Stuff

No WIPS, please!

This KAL is international-friendly! While Colorful Eclectic is based in beautiful Colorado, USA, we want to see Weekenders from around the world!

We've put together a PDF checklist for KAL participants so you can make sure to get all your points. Click here to access it.  (This is version 2 - updated for clarity!)

If you're in, share this image! (The giveaway for this post has ended :))

 

Let's Do This!

 

This should be tons of fun! If you have any questions about the pattern or the KAL structure, just ask! Be sure to follow along @colorfuleclectic on Instagram and use and peruse the #16weeksofweekender hashtag. See you on December 10th where we'll be talking swatches!

 

To Join

1. Comment on this post with your Instagram username. A mod will add you to the roster to keep track of your points!

2. Follow @colorfuleclectic on Instagram.

3. Use the hashtag #16weeksofweekender and #colorfuleclectic on all your check-ins!

 

UPDATE: If you commented before Saturday 1/5/19 at 2 p.m. MST you are on the roster! To check the roster, click here!