Get the Spiral Hill Sweater Vest pattern, inspired by the new Nightmare Before Christmas knitting book from Tanis Gray and Insight Editions. Designed by Heidi Gustad.
via Insight Editions

As announced last month, I have a new intarsia pattern available called the Spiral Hill Sweater Vest, inspired by the Nightmare Before Christmas’ iconic landmark. You can find the vest pattern in the new book Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Official Knitting Guide to Halloween Town and Christmas Town. To celebrate this release, and help teach knitters more about intarsia colorwork, we are doing a knit along (KAL) from October 1-29. Read on for all of the knit along details.

About the Spiral Hill Sweater Vest

Recreate the Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas’s iconic landmark in garment form! Knit flat from the bottom up in two panels with armhole shaping and then seamed together with mattress stitch, this vest uses intarsia colorwork and an intentional combination of stockinette and garter stitch to set the scene. Once the pieces are joined, stitches are picked up around the armholes and neckline and topped with ribbing. Don’t wait for the next full moon to cast on!

from the official Nightmare Before Christmas knitting book

Get the Spiral Hill Sweater Vest pattern, available in the new Nightmare Before Christmas knitting book from Tanis Gray and Insight Editions.
via Insight Editions

About the knit along!

For convenience’s sake and to better loop in the YouTube community, I’ve made this little intro to the knit along, which runs October 1-29. The video covers more about the pattern & KAL, and it shows what it looks like on my body in a size 3 with the recommended 2″ of positive ease.

You can find the Nightmare Before Christmas knitting book from several retailers, including Amazon.

Here is the Intarsia Flower Pillow pattern if you’d like to knit it to follow along with the educational content of the KAL.

There will be a prize pack raffle for knit along participants. Throughout the knit along, you will be able to enter the giveaway here on the blog (see this recent giveaway example for what the format will be like). Prizes include stitch balm from Scented Stitches, notions from Twice Sheared Sheep, and a $100 gift certificate from Brooklyn Tweed.

Get the Spiral Hill Sweater Vest pattern, available in the new Nightmare Before Christmas knitting book from Tanis Gray and Insight Editions.
via Insight Editions

Pattern Information / Yarn Quantities Needed

The pattern is exclusively available in the Nightmare Before Christmas knitting book.

SIZES 1(2, 3, 4, 5)[6, 7, 8, 9]{10, 11}

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS chest circumference: 36.25 (39.5, 42, 44.5, 47) [50.5, 53, 55.5, 59]{61.5, 64.74}” / 92 (100.5, 106.5, 113, 119.5) [128.5, 134.5, 141, 150] {156, 164.5} cm

YARN Worsted weight yarn, shown in Brooklyn Tweed Imbue (5-ply; 100% American merino wool; 104 yd. / 95 m per 50g hank)

COLORWAYS
Main Color (MC): Carbon, 5 (5, 5, 6, 7)[7, 7, 8, 8,]{8, 9} hanks
Contrast Color 1 (CC1): Ash, 1(1, 1, 1, 1)[1, 1, 1, 1]{2, 2} hanks
Contrast Color 2 (CC2): Crepe, 1 hank (all sizes)

NEEDLES
US 5 (3.75 mm), 16-32″ circular needles & an optional set of 5 DPNs
US 6 (4 mm), 16-32″ circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge

NOTIONS stitch markers waste yarn tapestry needle

GAUGE 19 sts and 28 rows = 4 in/10cm in stockinette stitch worked flat on larger needle, with measurements taken after blocking.

If you have any questions, email me or reach out in the comments section. This should be a fun knit along! 🙂

Coming this October: A knit along (KAL) featuring Heidi Gustad’s pattern from the new Nightmare Before Christmas knitting book from Tanis Gray and Insight Editions.

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