A few weeks ago, I was texting Courtney and suggested we host a little KAL as something fun to do in the midst of the laundry, dishes, chores, homeschooling, and madness of the last few months. Since it’s getting warmer, and we’re thinking about spring and summer knits, it is the perfect time to work on a warm weather sweater that would be interesting to knit, but not so difficult that couldn’t work on it after a long day, and quick enough that we could finish it in time for summer.
But what to make? Rift by Jacqueline Cieslak checks off all of the perfect Summer KAL boxes! As a bonus, it calls for a sport weight cotton and our Mojave yarn fits the bill, with a lot of flexibility! When I was swatching, I ended up holding two colors together and the result not only matched gauge perfectly, (after blocking, of course), I loved the combination. And who doesn’t love a good marl?
Rift cracks open all your assumptions about what a ‘basic tee’ pattern should be. This lightweight, bottom-up knit includes instructions for two necklines, optional bust darts, short or long sleeves, and a custom fit bicep. The design features a slightly cropped body and a split high-low hem in twisted rib, giving it enough detailing to be interesting while maintaining a timeless simplicity.
After showing Courtney my swatches, she went to town and created six more stunning combinations to choose from! I am going neutral and working my Rift with plum brown and slate, and Courtney is going to go a little wild and do hers with seafoam and bright yellow.
We put kits together here, but if you’re looking for Mojave to make your own Rift, give one of the shops on the (ever-expanding) list below a call to see if they have a local pickup or shipping option! Alternatively, you can see the full list of LYS selling online here. Local businesses support healthy communities.
614 Knit Studio, Ohio
A Good Yarn Sarasota, Florida
Apricot Yarn, California
Around The Table Yarns, Ohio
Fancy Tiger Crafts, Colorado
Fancywork Yarn Shop, Oregon
Fibre Space, Virginia
Hidden River Yarns, Pennsylvania
Knit New Haven, Connecticut
Knit.1 Chicago, Illinois
Northfield Yarn, Minnesota
Old Village Yarn Shop, Michigan
Starlight Knitting Society, Oregon
Tangled Yarn, UK
Wild Hand, Pennsylvania
KAL Details: Courtney and I will host an IG live Cast On Party on Friday, May 22nd at 7 pm EST. Make sure you join us for some ridiculous fun!