Mainly Cardigans first KAL

Women Knitting

I am excited to announce the first ever Mainly Cardigans KAL.

Sadly, for international readers of my blog, this KAL is open to Australian knitters only. Do not fret though, further KALs are being planned that will include you.

If you are interested, then read on.

The KAL will officially begin on July 1st and end September 2nd (although this is flexible) 2020.

Cardigans to choose from

For the experienced knitter who wants to just enjoy the experience or an intermediate skilled knitter wanting to extend their skills, I have chosen Irish Rose cardigan. This cardigan is an all-over lace and cable design.

Irish Rose
Irish Rose

For the intermediate or beginner knitter wanting to extend their skills in a supportive environment, I have chosen Charcoal Rose cardigan. This cardigan is a stocking stitch pattern with a simple moss stitch and cable pattern on the front and sleeves.

Charcoal Rose
Charcoal Rose


34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46 inch bust [86.5, 91.5, 96.5, 101.5, 106.5, 112, 117 cm]

Yarn required for both cardigans

12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 [Touch Yarn 100% Merino 50gm balls]

Please add to this one more skein for swatching and seaming.

Needles and notions

1 pair 3.75mm needles

1 pair 4mm needles

6 buttons (optional)

Wool needle for sewing seams

Packages to choose from

Mainly Cardigans Kit

I was considering offering a kit using Touch Yarn 100% Merino, a New Zealand yarn from Otago in the South Island.  It is a luxury yarn and yes, more expensive. However, given the COVID-19 issue, I am not 100% confident that the mail service between Australia and NZ and as well as the domestic Australia Mail service will be running on time so have put this option on hold for the time-being.

Charcoal Rose and Irish Rose have been both knitted using Touch Yarns

Pattern only and you choose/buy yarn

All patterns: Please purchase the pattern(s) from my Ravelry Store

Irish Rose on Ravelry

Charcoal Rose on Ravelry

Substitute yarns for Touch Yarn 100% merino

I have been on YarnSub and the best Australian yarn compatible with Touch Yarn (96%) are:

Bendigo Luxury 8ply

Cleckheaton Country 8ply

You may like to order your yarn via either of these two suppliers. 

Note: You can use yarn from your stash if you would prefer, however, I cannot stress it enough how important it is that your swatch gauge is very close to that shown on the pattern.

How it all works

Weekly meet-up via Zoom with a day and a night meeting to hopefully accommodate all members. You can of course come to both if you so wish.

Wine optional!

At our weekly meetings we check-in with each other and talk about progress and fix any problems with the knit. Most of all, share stories, have a laugh and enjoy each other’s company.

Group photos, extra help and friendly chats will be via Mainly Cardigans Facebook Group

I will also be available for those wanting one-on-one help.

KAL Tutorials


Decreasing/increasing at armholes/neck

Set-in sleeves

Button and neck bands



To Register

Email me at [email protected] to book your place and payment details for the pattern.

Looking forward to meeting you all and enjoying our knitting experiences.


Linda xx


  1. Jenni White

    Hi again Linda, i filled this in before but our internet connection is not great here in the country and I think it dropped out just as I pressed submit. I have purchased your pattern and ordered my wool and can’t wait to get started.

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      Linda Cooper

      Hi Jenni, thank you for your update. I have added you to the KAL list.
      Looking forward to getting to know you xx

  2. Jade Moyle

    Hi Linda,

    Id absolutely loce to be a member of this KAL. The Irish Rose is just stunning! Please sign me up 🙂

    I’m just about to purchase the pattern and have a stroll tgru the Bendigo Woollen Mills website.

    Look forward to hearing from you.


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      Linda Cooper

      Hello Jade, Welcome aboard! I am so happy you have decided to join us on July 1st. I have added you to the KAL list and will send you an email shortly. Good luck with your yarn purchase from Bendigo Woollen Mills. They have some absolute wonderful shades to choose from. Talk soon.

      Linda xx

  3. Kathie Coombs

    Hi Linda, I too would like to join this KAL. I am just about to buy pattern from Ravelry and have an order in to Bendigo so hopefully I will be good to go on the 1st.
    Not sure if I will keep up with everyone but you never know when you have lots of inspiration.
    Thanks Kathie x

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      Linda Cooper

      Hi Kathie, Welcome aboard. I am so happy you have decided to join us on July 1st. I have added you to the KAL list and will send you an email shortly. I ordered some yarn from Bendigo last week and apparently they are run off their feet at the moment with all the online orders, so it may take a couple of weeks before we get our yarn. Although I have indicated that the KAL will end in early September, please do not worry if you have not kept up with others. It is not a race – it is about enjoying our knitting, making new friends and learning new skills.

      Linda xx

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