Hi there! If you are new here, my name is Amy Small and I am the owner and founder of Knit Collage. Welcome! On January 1, we kick off our first ever 10 day knitting challenge, where as a community we will knit the Solstice Hug Cowl pattern by Knit Collage team member Cheryl Kubat. Hear all the details in the video below!

 Cheryl and I will be here to support you and answer any questions that you may have along the way so that you happily finish with something you adore. Together, we’ll jumpstart your knitting practice, so that you get to experience the amazing benefits that come from knitting things – increased creativity and a healthy tool you can lean anytime into to bring about calm and peace, just to name a few! We kick the adventure off on Jan 1, 2024.


Inside the 10 day knitting challenge you’ll get:

  • * An easy-to follow video course on how to knit the Solstice Hug pattern from start to finish. You just need to know the very basic knit and purl stitches to join in! The course is yours forever.
  • * Techniques you’ll learn: swatching in the round, knitting in the round with magic loop, German short rows, rib knitting, needle felting ends + more.
  • * A downloadable workbook with the pattern and our best tips and resources for knitting success.
  • * Daily live zoom and facebook sessions with me, your teacher, and the Knit Collage coaches to help answer in-the-moment questions.
  • * Technical support in our facebook group to answer all of your questions.
  • * A welcoming, energetic, and kind community of members to hold you accountable and keep you motivated to actually complete your project.
  • * Prizes valued at over $1000 for most creative cowl, most improved beginner and best cheerleading community member.
  • * You have the option to order a yarn kit from us or use your own yarn. I’ve put together 15 different kits that combine our Spun Cloud yarns with our Mini Skein Sampler Kits. We are down to the very last mini kits so if you have your heart set on a color, grab it quickly! T
  • * Finish with a closing celebration party and community fashion show!


    We open up registration on Dec 20th at 10am ET for both the virtual option, priced at $22 and the yarn kit option is $108 to $138, depending on your size and would so love to have you join us!


    Here are the yarn, gauge and sizing details if you know you'd like to go with the virtual option and want to source (or maybe spin?!) yarn on your own. If you purchased a Winter Solstice Kit from us, that's a great option to use as well.


    Pattern details:

    Skill Level: Beginner Knitter

    Needle Size:

    Size US 17 (12.75 mm) 32” / 80 cm circular needles forBody, or size needed to obtain gauge.

    For Size 1 only: Size US 15 (10 mm) 16” / 100 cm circular needles or the most comfortable needle size, gauge is unimportant. If choosing a different needle size, or gauge is different, yarn requirements may differ.

    For Sizes 2-5 only: Size US 13 (9 mm) 16” / 40 cm circular needles for Neck Ribbing (or your preferred needles of same size forsmall circumference knitting)

    Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5)

    Finished Measurements:  

    To fit chest sizes 28-34 (34-42, 42-50, 50-60, 60-68)” / 71-86 (86-106.5, 106.5-127, 127-152, 152-173) cm.

    Fit Note: Choose a size that will fit comfortably around your upper body at chest level. The ribbed fabric will conform nicely to a range of sizes, but you don’t want it to be so snug that it limits arm movement. Samples are size 2 shown on a 34”/86 cm chest and on a 42”/106.5 cm chest.


    7.5 sts and 10 rnds = 4” / 10 cm in 3/1 Rib Stitch worked in the rnd using larger needle, steam blocked

    Note: Adjust needle sizes as needed to achieve gauge. Then use a needle approx. 2.5-3 (3.5-4, 3.5-4, 3.5-4, 3.5-4) mm smaller than larger needle for neck ribbing)


    1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skein(s) Spun Cloud (100% wool; approx. 100yds (92 m) / 200 g) shown in Honeysuckle

    1 Mini Skein Sampler Kit (approximately 75 yds / 164-170g - 5 mini skeins of yarn included per kit, 15 yds /skein) shown in Geode

    The kits we will have will be this option, listed above!)


    1 Winter Solstice Kit (approximately 205 yds / 565 g - 12mini skeins of yarn included per kit, 17 yds / skein) shown in Jewel Tones. The Winter Solstice Kit is a special, limited edition kit that was released for preorder in June and is no longer available for purchase.

    0 (0, 0, 1, 1) skein(s) Spun Cloud (100% wool; approx. 100yds / 200 g)


    I so hope you'll consider joining in. On Monday I'll share a blog post with more pattern pics, yarn color combo details and a video lesson on how to choose the best size for your body.  I am so excited for it! AND If you are a beginner knitter, this is for you. Our team plus the video tutorials are there to guide and support you. When you're starting out, you need the most help and support - that's what this challenge is all about! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions!