This is my first experience with We Are Knitters! I’ve been wanting to give them a go for some time. So many of their patterns are these big, cozy wools that I wish my entire closet was made out of! As a side note, before I jump into everything, I do want to say that this is maybe one of my favorite companies that I’ve ever worked with. They’re super friendly and resourceful!
And, as another note, I felt like knitting with WAK was an experience. The package comes in a sizable box and in it is this huge, sturdy brown bag! I love it! It has all the yarn you need, your needles, your pattern, and, if needed, a little sewing needle. You can start with absolutely nothing with WAK and they’ll give you everything you need! You can also opt not to get the knitting needles if you already have that size and save $12, but they’re pretty so I highly recommend 🙂
Part of what makes WAK so pricey is the yarn. You can buy the yarn right off the site, but if you want a certain pattern, you have to buy the kit (which comes with all the yarn you need). I was a bit skeptical at first because at ~$14/skein, it seems steep. BUT I will say that you get what you pay for. The quality is amazing. I made this pattern in the Petite Wool. It’s ridiculously soft and it’s not itchy at all (rare for 100% wool). I used the color “Forest Green” because I’ve never quite seen a jade like it. I was not disappointed.
The Kide Sweater is for intermediate knitters, which I think is fair because the increases/decreases can be tricky. Other than that, it’s an easy and quick knit.
I have to admit, I goofed, not once, but TWICE on this sweater because I did not read the entire pamphlet before starting in on the numbered instructions. Thus, mine came out a little bunched because I did my increases as a “knit through the back” increase over, for example, 9 stitches instead of making 9 by knitting through the back and adding to left needle. You may think it doesn’t matter, but it does! Anyway, I plan on making this sweater in other colors as well, so at least I know for next time!
Another little tidbit is that the pattern comes in heavy gloss paper, which I think is great! I’m not a dainty knitter and my supplies get a lot of love. So, I’m glad that the pattern isn’t easily destructible!
Are you satisfied with the outcome? Yes! I’m a little annoyed with myself that I messed up the pattern twice because usually I’m really good at following things to a tee, but now I know for next time 🙂
Would you recommend this pattern? Highly. In general, I’d recommend the whole company. I was a bit skeptical because of the prices, but after this, I actually think all their prices are ridiculously fair for what you get, especially on the customer service end!
How long did this take you? This took me about a month. I had a lot of other projects in between and, of course, unraveling my mistakes. However, if I decided to take it on vacation with me, I could have easily finished this in a week.
What skill level is required? I think marking this as intermediate is a fair assessment. However, if you are beginner, don’t let that stop you. The little tricky parts are easy to look up on YouTube for a how-to!
Any other notes? I am already marking down what I want to try next from WAK! I’m completely converted!
*Thank you We Are Knitters for sending me this knit kit! All opinions are my own.