Finally, the day of reckoning has arrived, and we have a winner in the Berroco Portfolio Volume 2 KAL! Thank you everyone who voted—we had more than 1,300 responses! Five projects received more than 100 votes, and two of those had more than 200 votes—in fact, the top two projects were very, very close in the end.
I like looking at responses to voting, so here are some interesting facts about this vote. Most of the people who voted subscribe to KnitBits, our weekly free email newsletter full of knitting tips, tricks, and free patterns (with a few free crochet patterns and techniques here and there too!). If you haven’t subscribed to KnitBits, it’s one of the best ways to make sure you’re always up-to-date on Berroco news.
More than 1,000 voters chimed in with their prefered KAL projects, which I greatly appreciate! We like to know what you want to knit, so this is hugely helpful. Many of you like to knit shawls and accessories (which reflects the votes—the top three choices were all accessories). Some of you prefer sweaters or challenging projects (the Brooklin Vest and Diné Cardigan were fourth and fifth, respectively). A few respondents were looking to participate in their first KAL.
As I said, the final votes were between two great projects, the Teeter Totter Shawl, designed by Julia Farwell-Clay, and the Greenwood Shawl, designed by Martha Wissing. Both are incredible projects, and it’s easy to see why they were the top two picks! Together they received about 37% of the votes. Teeter Totter features fun, bright colors and an intarsia technique that would make a stunning wrap; Greenwood has tons of texture in a cozy shawl.
However, there can only be one KAL winner for this particular round. And the winner is…
The Greenwood Shawl, designed by Martha Wissing! This asymmetrical shawl begins at the widest point with a picot cast-on, then gradually becomes narrower. It features oodles of delicious texture, which shows off the wide range of fabrics that look great in Berroco Ultra® Alpaca. The pattern calls for 6 hanks of the worsted weight Ultra Alpaca and size 8 (5 mm) needles—visit our Store Locator page to locate the LYS closest to that carries this great yarn.
Beginning next week, we’ll have tutorial posts and status updates to help you knit this project with us. The official cast-on is August 1, so you have plenty of time to get your yarn to participate. This pattern is a great choice for learning new techniques, including the picot cast-on, reading from a chart, knitting bobbles, increases and decreases. Follow along with us here on the blog or in our Ravelry group where you can ask questions and get help from the Berroco Design Team as well as other knitters. If you want to share your progress on social media, please use #GreenwoodKAL.