Casting on- The Swans Island KAL begins!

Well, here we are folks!  Week One of the Swans Island Knit-a-long!  We've experienced a huge response to this KAL! I am trying to get an idea of how many people we have participating this time around, so if you wouldn't mind leaving a comment letting me know that you are here (or on Ravelry if you are participating there) just so I can get a head count, that would be awesome!  You can leave an anonymous comment if you'd like.  I don't mind! :) I am so excited to have all of you join us!

First, I want to give you all an update on the shipping status of the Anna Cowl patterns and kits. We underestimated the number of folks who would be interested in the KAL, so we've ordered more patterns and should be receiving enough copies to fill your backorders by 1/30/12.  If you are itching to get started (I know I would be), please call our customer service gals at: (877) 529-5648 and let them know that you would like to have your order sent with a photo copy of the pattern. If you've ordered the pattern without the yarn, just request that a PDF be e-mailed to you.  We have received permission from Swans Island to distribute the patterns this way until the hard copies arrive.  Once they do, we'll still send you the hard copy from Swans Island as well.  We just don't want to delay anyone's progress!  (Also, don't forget-- if you haven't ordered your Anna Cowl kit yet, they are 20% off right now through the middle of February!)

Now onto the knitting!  I cast on last weekend and I have to admit that I was a bit stumped by the provisional cast-on described in the pattern.  I am a visual learner and the written instructions just don't always work for me.  In my impatience, I cast on using another provisional cast on that I have a feeling I will regret doing later.  It works fine and yields the same result, but can be a bit tough to take out.

So, to help you all, I found this awesome you tube video that shows very clearly how to do the provisional cast on used in the pattern.  I hope this helps all of you get started!

Also, here is a picture of my progress.  I'm about finished with the middle section of garter stitch and am about to start the first side of lace pattern!  I love the way the Swans Island Worsted feels on my fingers!  So soft!

Thanks for checking in this week and don't forget you can e-mail me directly with any questions: or visit the Ravelry Thread if you haven't already.  The lovely designer, Breean Elyse Miller will be stopping in there from time to time.  If you like her design and want to see some of her other work, check out her blog as well!  See you all next week, and don't forget to leave me a little hello comment so I know you are here!:)

Happy knitting,

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Swans Island Worsted


  1. Hi Kristen,

    Just finished the provisional cast on. Once again thanks for finding that awesome video! Just finished brewing my Carmel Latte and now to sit down and start my knitting. This looks like a fun knit.

    Diane (aka Zelababy on Raverly)

  2. Thanks for the video! I also use the other provisional crochet cast one, where you make a chain with waste yarn, and then pick up and knit through the chain loop on the back of these stitches. One fewer needle to juggle!

  3. Irene from Swans Island here! I'll be casting on this evening. :) This is a fun design, fun knit and a great wear. Have fun everyone!

  4. Hi Kristen,
    Cast on yesterday, but didn't do the crochet cast on, used the knitted provisional cast on. Hope it works out the same.


  5. Just received the pattern from you today, so plan to cast on tonight. I have had a coouple of skeins of the Swan's Island Worsted tha I got from you for a while, so I am very excited to get started!