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Twice a year Elgin Knit Works hosts knit-along events, with a little twist! Knitters can choose from one or two selected projects, usually selected based on a theme. We will help you choose the yarn and help you along on the pattern. The knit-along runs for an extended period of time to allow all skill level knitter’s to complete the project. Knitters that are willing to lend their completed projects to Elgin Knit Works for display will be entered in a drawing to win hand-dyed Elgin Knit Works yarn.

Get Ready for the 4-Day (or 4-Week) K-A-L FOXTROT KNIT-ALONG!

It’s that time again. The Third Annual 4 Day Knit-along is about to launch. The sweater this year is called the FOXTROT, a top-down sweater, knitted in worsted weight. We are suggesting Rios or Madtosh.

You don’t have to wait for the K-A-L to start to see the sweater, We have a sample in the shop. Stop in, try it on and then select from our huge color palette of RIOS.


– The official K-A-L dates are July 4 – July 15th (EKW will continue to provide K-A-L support through the end of August.)

– The pre-order package is now available on Ravelry. This includes sweater sizing, yarn amounts and swatching info.

– If you have completed your most recent EKW knit-a-long sweater (Mosaic Boho Jacket), Wear it in and we will give you 10% off your yarn purchase for the foxtrot.

To register for this knit-along call 847-627-4700.


Fall Sweater

This fall our knit-along featured this beautiful sweater. We enjoying watching these cozy beauties be created!

The Summer Amiga

The Summer Amiga is a perfectly simple top down cardigan easy to knit and wear. We choose Berroco’s newest summer yarn, Quinoa, for this sweater. This nubby textured cotton allows for a loose gauge and creates a wonderful summer fabric. As with all of our Knit-A-Longs support came with this project. We helped our knitters…

Hand Dyed Beauty

The exciting thing about this knit-along was the yarn. We selected a very basic sweater pattern (great even for beginners) to showcase the lovely hand-dyed yarn created exclusively for this knit-along.  This super soft wool was kettle dyed along with a special gradient skein for the collar. We also offered countless substitute options of fiber…

Play on Gauge Knit-Along

A Play on Gauge

With a little help from your friend at Elgin Knit Works, Sandshore is a sweater that even a beginner can knit. What makes this such a wonderful sweater is that it is knitted at a loose gauge on a big needle. This results in an airy fabric that knits up quickly. If you purchase the…

Elgin Knit Along

The Loop Shawl

Our first knit-along of 2017 was a beautiful and versatile shawl, also known as “The Loop”. The Loop is a crescent shaped shawl using variegated yarns in a different way that shows off their beautiful colors without overwhelming the design. We have a huge selection of  fingering weight yarn ranging in price from moderate to…

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The Quicksilver Shawl

In the summer of 2016 our knit-along group worked on Quicksilver by Melanie Berg. Quicksilver is worked flat from tip to edge, with garter stitch stripes and a lace mesh that knits up in the blink of an eye. Wedges of the lace fan between the striped sections, lending the shawl a lovely slanted shape….

Sweater Vest Knit-Along

The Mielie Vest

The Mielie (South African Maize) is the perfect transition piece. It’s simple, classic and utterly wearable in a number of fashionable ways. This vest style sweater is knit in stockinette stitch from the top down, mostly in one piece, with waist shaping. A ribbed collar is added once the body is complete, and is folded…