Agnes KAL-Design, Supplies and Gauge

porrittHi and welcome to the Agnes Knit-a-long!  My name is Kris and I am thrilled that you have chosen to participate! Lisa and I will guide you through this fun project in a series of posts right here on our website. We look forward to seeing your WIPs (works in progress)- please share pictures along the way! Don’t forget our Instagram hashtags for FIRST TIME SWEATER KNITTERS is #firstsweater and #CCYagnes. If this is NOT your first sweater, simply use #CCYagnes. Remember to get creative and show your most beautiful pictures! The best will be chosen for our awesome prizes!

Questions and help

We are available to answer questions through the comments (below), email or in the shop. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help or clarification.  We also have open help time every Tuesday from 3-4

Open knitting

Please join us on Sundays for our regular open knitting. We would love to see your progress!

Agnes Design details:


Agnes, by Melissa LaBarre, is a combination of comfort and structure. It offers a casual weekend feel with its simple boxy shape and soft, bulky yarn.The side pockets, with their contrasting color lining, are handy and just plain fun 🙂


The Agnes sweater is designed to fit with positive ease. Positive ease is the extra couple of inches added to the fit of the knitted garment which creates a loosely fitted garment. This means that a garment with positive ease will be bigger than the actual size of your body. The sizes given on the pattern are ACTUAL SWEATER measurements. It is recommended that you choose a size that is 1.5- 2 inches or so larger than your body measurements.


  • Agnes requires 6-9 skeins of yummy Puffin by Quince & Co. Puffin. Puffin is a round, chunky, single-ply yarn spun from sturdy American wool fleece. It is a perfect balance of loft and soft hand with durability. Because single plies have a tendency to pill, Puffin is dyed after it’s spun. This means that the surface fibers are ever so slightly felted to make them cling together, more resistant to lifting and pilling.
  • If you will be knitting the contrasting pockets, you’ll need 1 skein of Quince & Co. Osprey.

Needles and Gauge

Suggested Needles (please adjust as necessary to obtain gauge):
  • US 11- 16″ circular
  • US 11- 24 or 32″ circular
  • US 11 & US 9 double pointed needles

Click here to download an attached document from Jennifer Donze which explains how to knit and block a gauge swatch. Please refer to this for the gauge section.

The first step in sweater knitting is always to knit a gauge swatch. While you may have heard other knitters say, “I never knit a gauge swatch”- DO NOT FOLLOW THAT DIRECTION! As a shop owner, I have seen way too many sweaters that are knit beautifully but do not fit the knitter. Nothing makes me more sad in the knitting world than hearing these stories. Swatch knitting may not be the fun part of the knitting a sweater, but it is a very important part- please don’t skip this step.

Swatching in the round

The point of swatching in the round is to mimc knitting in the round by using only knit stitches on your stockinette.  Since I have found over the years that my knit stitches are a  little looser than my purl stitches, I thought this would be wise. Here’s how I did it:  I knit a row, then slid the work down the circular needle to the right side again.  I brought the yarn from the left side to the right, leaving plenty of slack, to knit the next row.  I just repeated the process over and over. When I finished I cut the yarn in the back and blocked my swatch as usual.

For the sake of comparison, I then knit a stockinette swatch the traditional way (knits on the front side & purls on the back side). This was an interesting experiment. After blocking and measuring both swatches, I found that my swatches differed by 1/4 stitch. This discrepancy was not large enough to require a needle change.

If your blocked swatch differs from the proper gauge on the pattern by more than 1/2 stitch over 4 inches you will need to adjust needle sizes and swatch again to find the correct needle to ensure the proper gauge of 12 sts. and 16 rows = 4″

You’re preparation is finished and its time to cast on! I hope you can all join us for our Cast On party on Wednesday, February 1st; 6-8pm!



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