While there’s technically no “official” pattern for the Berroco Remix® Light Knit-Along (KAL), many of us are knitting Derecho from booklet #386 Berroco Remix Light. We like the idea of the open-ended KAL for a couple of reasons. First, it allows people to come together in celebration around a particular yarn—in this case, Berroco Remix Light, which is a newer, lighter version of our popular Berroco Remix yarn. Second, this format allows people to knit projects they’ve been wanting to make for a while without having to “queue jump.”
But we know that not everyone likes the open-ended variety; plus, Derecho has proven to be a runaway hit from this season and Alison and I both wanted to knit it, so we figured that we’d have an “official-ish” project for people to knit if they wanted a more structured approach.
Even before Monday, our official cast-on date, we had a lot of really great questions about the process of knitting Derecho, so I thought I’d round them all up in one, hopefully easy to find source for anyone following along (or future knitters of Derecho).
Which size do I knit?
This is one of the most common questions that come up when working on a knit-along (as well as almost every garment project, ever). All the information that you need is in the pattern: we list finished bust measurements at the top of the pattern, along with a note regarding ease, and all of our garment patterns include a schematic for reference.
The finished bust measurements of Derecho are listed as 34(37-40-43-46-49-52-55-58)”, and the note indicates a suggested ease of 1–4″ (if you’re working from the printed booklet, we initially misprinted this with 4–6″, though of course, you are always welcome to choose an amount of ease that feels most comfortable for you). So if your bust measures 38″ in circumference, we’d recommend you choose the 40″ size. Take a moment to double-check the schematic and make sure all the numbers work for you—if you want a wider or narrower arm opening, or more flare to the hips, you’ll want to make adjustments.
How difficult is the pattern?
I’m of the opinion that there are no truly difficult patterns in knitting, there are only skills that we haven’t tackled yet. But I realize that’s a gross oversimplification of things and not everyone feels that way.
Let me say that Derecho is pretty beginner friendly. Here’s a quick list of skills you’ll need to knit Derecho: Knitting in the round, purling in the round, wrap-and-turn short rows (here’s a video to help), making yarnovers, simple decreases (k2tog and ssk), simple increases (M1R and M1L), and picking up stitches. That’s it!
You can do it!
Can I make the arms longer?
YES! This is one of the beautiful things about knitting sweaters top down—you’ll knit the entire body and then, once that’s done, you come back and work the sleeves. The pattern just calls for working a few rows of garter stitch in the round (knit one round, purl one round), but you could very easily work in stockinette stitch for a few inches andthen work the garter stitch edge to make this a short-sleeved (as opposed to cap-sleeved) tee. If you want to make the sleeves even longer, like bracelet length or even full length, you’ll want to work some decreases into the sleeve so it’s more fitted, but that’s an easy modification.
This information should get you started knitting Derecho, but if you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below! Be sure to follow along in the KAL thread in the Berroco Lovers Ravelry group, as well.