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)

FO Friday: AMS 2012 Olive Lace

This is my fourth year making the Anniversary Mystery Shawl — a free KAL put out annually by prolific lace designer Renee Leverington.

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Project: AMS 2012 Olive Lace

Pattern: Anniversary Mystery Shawl 2012

Designer: Renee Leverington

Available: soon

Yarn: Malabrigo Lace in #56 Olive

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I chose Malabrigo Lace as a backup plan, when a skein of lace from my stash turned out to be horribly cut up in many places.  (I’m STILL not happy about that!)  But, it turned out to be a great excuse to knit with Malabrigo Lace, which is so soft and wonderful.  It is a single-ply, which makes it a tad delicate, but definitely worth the extra effort.

After trying several colors, I settled on “Translucent Amber” beads with a “Rainbow” finish.  I love the warm neutral brown of the amber, and the translucence allows the bead to blend with the yarn better.  Finally, the rainbow finish makes each bead a bit different, again allowing for better blending.  At least that’s my theory!

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My favorite part of this shawl was the big leaf motif at the top!

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This shawl is a 4/6 hexagon.  You could block it as a square … but I vastly prefer the 4/6 hex shape.

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Cast-on Monday: AMS KAL 2012

I have swatched my Malabrigo Lace in “Olive,” with Amber TR beads (size 8):

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I was at an agility trial all weekend, but my friend Chris and I cast on for the “Anniversary Mystery Shawl 2012” by GoddessKnits in a tent, using Chris’s i-phone to display the pattern. I did about a dozen rows by lantern-light before turning in for the night :).

I believe there are still a few days to sign up for this KAL, if you are interested … hint hint! 🙂

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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

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2010: Mandala II

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2011: Summer Rain

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

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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:

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FO Friday: Diantha Aurora

May I present, Diantha Aurora:

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Project: Diantha Aurora

Pattern: Diantha

Designer: Susanna IC

Available: $6 on Ravelry

Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in Dusky Aurora

I made this shawl via the designers mystery KAL — it was super fun!  Susanna did a great job balancing the “clues” so that each portion of the design took similar amounts of time to knit. This crescent-shaped shawl is knit from the border up, and is adorned with both nupps and beads.  The only mod I made was using a crochet cast-on for the bottom edge.  I think it blocked beautifully!

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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:

FO Friday: Happy Green Fylleryd

I finished my Fylleryd!

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Project: Happy Green Fylleryd

Pattern: Fylleryd

Designer: Mia Rinde

Available: FREE! on Ravelry

Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in Happy Forest

I knit this fingering-weight shawlette as part of the January KAL in the Beginner Lace Knitters group on Ravelry. I keep tabs on each month’s KAL, and when I can — I join in! This is my first “nupps” project (I’m not counting my WIP Aeolian, because I haven’t gotten to the nupps yet), so I was extra excited to try something new.  I’m pleased with how the nupps came out — and they weren’t that hard (people make things sound so difficult sometimes!).

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I’m also extra excited, because this is some of the yarn I liberated in my January frogging festival.  I am SO MUCH more happy with this new project — I will definitely be wearing my Happy Green Fylleryd, lots.  Because I only had one skein, I had to be conservative … I did two repeats of the leaf chart, then three repeats of the blueberry chart.  Judicious math and careful thought revealed I would not have enough for the edge, so I went back a few rows and made it TWO repeats of the blueberry chart, then the edge, then I added a crochet-lace cast-off (similar to how I finished the bottom edge of Red Seas).

As an aside, three cheers for my willing & adorable model!  The shawl looks huge on a six year old :).

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I made my nupps the old-fashioned way: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 into one st on the right side, then purl all seven together on the returning wrong-side row.  I made a special effort to make the loops LOOSE because that seems to be key … it definitely worked for me.

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CO Monday: Sea Drift Toque, Happy Green Fyllyrd, Jan 2012 Mystery Lace KAL

There is nothing like a big UFO purge and Ravelry Queue clean-up to make me really want to cast on something new! 🙂

First up: a Drift Toque from my Christmas copy of Weekend Hats. I’m using some stashed Happy Feet DK — the color is gorgeous, and a little hard to capture with my camera.  I love the up-down cables and the sideways short-row construction.  I opted to use the called-for needle size (instead of going down a size, which I usually do, thanks to my loose knitting habits).  I have a huge head, and thought this might be enough to make the hat the right size for me.  Alas, it looks like it might be coming out a touch small … but, I think I can add an extra “wedge” of hat + short rows and make it fit.

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Next, I’m doing a Fyllyrd as part of the January KAL  in the Beginning Lace Knitters group.  I’m using my newly liberated Dream-in-Color Smooshy in the “Happy Forest” colorway.  I have already used as much yarn as I frogged … SO the right decision.  I just finished the first nupps repeat, and I am really enjoying it. If it looks like a neat pattern, join in the fun!  This is an open KAL that will be running all month (and, usually, afterwards as people finish up).

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I am using my other skein of DIC Smooshy (“Dusky Aurora”) for a different KAL (this one closed yesterday, so it’s too late to join in).  SusannaIC’s January Mystery KAL features nupps, beads, and a cast-on of 300+ stitches.  Fun times!

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FO Friday: Advent Garland Set

Hello, my blog! It’s been a long time since we had a chance to talk.  What have I been up to for the last month or so?  Funny you should ask …

I decided to join a really fun KAL! Designer Frankie Brown released a new pattern for a tiny knit ornament every day of the Advent — how could I resist??  My Advent Garland Set is a joy to behold and was a great way to wait for Christmas.  It did suck up almost all my knitting (and blogging, as it turned out) time this month though.  I used my stash of Knit Picks Palette yarn, and knit all the ornaments on US#1.5 needles.

Here is a photo montage of the ornaments:

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FO Friday: Zaubershawl

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“Sun in Cold Water” is the September KAL in the Beginner Lace Knitters group on Ravelry. Since purchasing a ball of super-colorful Zauberball in March, I’ve been searching for a pattern that would show off the stunning colorway.  After several failed attempts, I’d put the ball aside — but this pattern seemed like it would suit perfectly. I’m pleased with the results!

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Project: Zaubershawl

Pattern: Sun in Cold Water

Designer: Julia Faranchuk

Available: FREE! on Ravelry

Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in #1536

This shawlette is a crescent, worked from the bottom up.  The designer’s intent was to allow intentional pooling of a short-repeat variegated yarn — of course my extra-long repeat Zauberball doesn’t do that.  The initial cast-on is provisional — you come back at the end to work a loopy crocheted-chain edge.  (You can also make the crochet chain first, and pick up every 6th st to cast on.)  Short rows shape the body.

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After my recent spate of shawlette-making, I’ve become opinionated.  I made a number of modifications to this pattern, to suit my own preferences.

  • using s2kp throughout instead of sk2p throughout
  • changed last two rows of chart to line up better with the leaves
  • short rows: did graduated lengths for a more crescent-y shape
  • 3-st icord bind off at top edge
  • bottom finish: SC in each loop, ch3 between (instead of ch6)
Before blocking, the lace edging was very rumpled:

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I decided to pull out points, rather than pin each of the 259 crochet-chain loops:

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The blocked shawl:

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