After a whirlwind of holiday knitting and deadlines, it’s time to embrace January as the month of “selfish knitting.” It’s a month that encourages you to take a deep breath and pick up a project that makes you fall in love with knitting all over again. Bonus points if the project is intended to become part of YOUR wardrobe.

Sure you can go at it alone – it is selfish knitting, after all – but a KAL can offer some much needed focus as you head into a new year. A KAL picks the project, offers motivation and incentive, can encourage you to learn a new skill, offers support so you don’t get discouraged, and comes with a built-in group of friends. They could quite possibly be the best selfish knitting project around.

Olive Knits’ January Gansey KAL

If you added “don’t wait until the last minute to knit a sweater,” then this is the KAL for you! Olive Knits’ Marie Green kicks off the new year with a new sweater design, January Ganseyand a KAL of the same name. This sweater incorporates the style and techniques of the traditional gansey (or guernsey) type sweaters made famous by British fishermen centuries ago. The KAL begins on January 1st and runs for 8-weeks in the Olive Knits’ private KAL Facebook group. Weekly workshops, tutorials, and special discounts can be expected during the knit along. Not only will you be checking off “knit a sweater” in January, but you can also check off “knit a traditional garment.”

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Grocery Girls’ Speedy Sweater KAL

For those who want to start 2019 by quickly adding a check in the Finished Object column, then the Grocery Girls have the KAL for you: knit a sweater as fast as you can. Starting on January 1st, cast on any sweater, with any weight yarn, and record how long it takes you. This for-fun-KAL won’t have prizes, but there will be lots of motivating banter in the Ravelry group that runs through January 31st.

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Fringe and Friends Steek Along

Want to learn a new skill in the new year? Fringe and Friends are back with a new installment of their popular #fafkal (Fringe and Friends Knit Along, of course) and this time it’s all about steeking. A skill we all know exists, but are mostly afraid to try. FAFKAL’ers will be knitting Mary Jane Mucklestone’s Sólbein Cardigan, a top-down Icelandic Lopapeysa that is knit in the round and then steeked down the center. While the designer knit this sweater in tonal shades of a single color, this KAL is your choice to explore color! Before you go stash diving, check out these gorgeous color combos of Léttlopi curated by Fringe’s Karen Templer. Follow the KAL on Instagram using #fringeandfriendssteekalong.

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Brooklyn Tweed’s Winter Of Colorwork KAL

If we learned one thing in 2018, it’s that colorwork yoke sweaters don’t knit themselves. Which is why we intend to cast one (or two) on this year. Thankfully, Brooklyn Tweed has declared this season the Winter of Colorwork. For this KAL, the BT team will cast on Gudrun Johnson’s Pascal Cardigan – due out on January 16 with the BT Winter 19 Collection – but KAL’ers can choose any BT stranded colorwork sweater or any colorwork pattern using Brooklyn Tweed yarn. Knitting officially kicks off on when the Pascal Cardigan is released, but anxious knitters are already swapping sweater ideas and choosing colors in the Ravelry KAL Group.

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