FREE Mystery KAL: Lace Shawlette

I am very excited to announce my very first Mystery Knit-Along: Crushed.

As I have mentioned, I am working on a three-pattern collection of lace shawlettes.  Each one is made from a single skein of sock-weight yarn.  I’ve finished the samples and written the patterns for the first two, and I’m in the process of testing them. The third will be done soon.  I will be offering one of the patterns FREE as part of a Mystery KAL during the month of November.

I would like to invite all my readers to join this KAL.  I will be hosting it in the Remily Knits forum on Ravelry.

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Here’s a rough schedule:

  • available now: Pre-Clue (a swatch pattern)
  • Nov 8th: Clue #1 (setup and first few rows)
  • Nov 15th: Clue #2 (main body pattern)
  • Nov 22nd: Clue #3 (border)

New Lace KAL: Goddess Knits Anniversary Mystery Shawl

For the 4th year in a row, I will be making an “Anniversary Mystery Shawl” courtesy Renee Leverington of Goddess Knits.  As to the reason why … here are the results from the first three years:

2009: Victorian Romance

8622 shawl

2010: Mandala II

0174 completed Mandala II

2011: Summer Rain

(See my posts about joining the 2011 KAL and the FO Friday for Summer Rain for more information.)

2830 Summer Rain shawl

I think they speak for themselves, no?

Anyway, the signups are now OPEN for this most excellent and FREE lace shawl KAL.  Go to the Anniverasry Mystery Shawl 2012 group page at yahoo, and join.  That’s all there is to it. You have until May 5th to sign up, but after that you are out of luck.  Renee creates beautiful hand-dyed lace yarn for the KAL, but she doesn’t require knitters to use it.   I rummaged through my stash, and plan to use Ivy Brambles Romantica in Pine Tree:

2383 Ivy Brambles Romantica in Pine Tree

New Kudzu KAL; Alternate Pattern for Steek This

If you have been meaning to knit yourself a Kudzu, but haven’t quite gotten around to it …

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… I thought you might like to know there is a current (and VERY active) KAL going on right now in the “Dozen Shawls in 20Dozen” group on Ravelry.  Kudzu was chosen as their February Advanced Shawl, and some people are already well into the knitting (I think some have even finished!).

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In other news, a clever knitter who made my Steek This Coffee Cozy! has released an alternate pattern for the colorwork section:

The Psyched-Out Pineapple chart is available on Ravelry, and you can read more about WickedSharp Designs at the blog of the same name.  Also available from WickedSharp?  A Cylon Basestar — that’s just too cool:

Kudzu Knit-a-long

I’m absolutely delighted to report that my Kudzu Shawlette pattern made it up to #16 on on Ravelry’s “New and Popular” top 20 list on the Patterns page. (The list refreshes often, so Kudzu may not be there now.) I am quite certain this is due in no small part to the Beginner Lace Knitters group on Ravelry, which chose Kudzu for their June 2011 KAL. Before that KAL was finalized, I also started a KAL on my brand-spanking-new Remily Knits group on Ravelry.  Of course I’m running the KAL on my group, but I’m also lurking in the other group to answer any pattern-specific questions.  Join both, for the best of both worlds!

Mostly, I’m just plain SUPER EXCITED that people like my pattern. It is a huge thrill to see other knitters make something I designed.  Here are a few of the wonderful WIP Kudzu Shawlettes: