KAL: Evolution Shawl

Hey everyone!! My shawl Evolution is available as a FREE download from The Fiber Factor.

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I will be hosting a KAL in the Remily Knits forum — let’s make the official start date June 24th, so people have time to get their yarn together and clear some WIPs off their needles.

You are, of course, welcome to use any yarn your like — but if you haven’t tried it, please consider Unisono. It’s fantastically sproingy and comes in beautiful solid colors (as well as the self-striping, which I chose for the design).

What you’ll need for the KAL:

  • US #7 needles (or there-abouts)
  • 975 yards of sport-weight yarn
  • a generous handful of stitch markers

The pattern is currently published with CHARTS ONLY, with the right-hand side of the shawl shown — the left-hand side is mirrored. 

However, I’ve been given the go-ahead to write out directions for all the charts. I’ll be working on this over the next week or so — I’ll get them done as quickly as I can. The written translations of all charts will be made available through an updated download from The Fiber Factor, as soon as they are complete and have been proofed.

For more details and to officially “sign in” — go see the forum!

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NEW Mystery KAL: Capriole

I would like to invite all my readers to join my new mystery KAL for Capriole.

This semi-circular shawlette is worked from the top down. With a wide cast-on edge and curved shape, Capriole hugs the shoulders for easy wearing. The simple, bold lace pattern allows variegated yarn to shine; Capriole is equally beautiful in solid or semi-solid colorways.

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Capriole is part of the upcoming Airs Above the Ground Collection. Each of four shawlettes in the collection can be made with a single skein of fingering-weight yarn. “Courbette” (sideways, modular, crescent-shaped, lace) will be available on March 20th, 2013. “Mezair” (lace border worked sideways, crescent-shaped, short-row body) will be released sometime in April, and “Levade” (bottom-up, heart-shaped, lace) will come out in late May.

KAL Details:
The Mystery KAL for Capriole begins now, with the release of this Swatch Clue. The swatch includes several special stitches, and will thus allow you to practice them before beginning your actual shawl. All clues will be given both as complete charts and full written directions.

Schedule for Clues:
Clues will be released via Ravelry sometime after midnight, EST, on four consecutive Wednesdays.

March 27th: Clue #1 – Setup and first 40 rows.
April 3rd: Clue #2 – Rows 41-68
April 10th: Clue #3 – Rows 69-88
April 17th: Clue #4 – Rows 89-101, plus blocking advice

Cost:
For the duration of the KAL, and for at least two weeks after the release of the final clue, Capriole will cost only $1. After that point, the pattern will be changed to the regular price of $6. When I release the final version of the pattern, it will replace the individual clues in your Ravelry library.

Prizes:
All knitters who post a photo of their finished Capriole by April 30th will receive a Ravelry coupon for any of my patterns on Ravelry, including the Airs Above the Ground collection. In addition, I will be giving away other prizes by random draw of finished projects, including at least one skein of yarn from “A Hundred Ravens” and a copy of the entire “Airs Above the Ground” collection.

3-in-3:
One of the trickier stitches in this shawl pattern is a 3-in-3.  Here is the description from the pattern:

3-in-3: Over the next three stitches, work a sk2p; yo, then knit 1 stitch through the three stitches just worked (stitch count does not change)

I anticipated that this stitch might be a bit troublesome, so I made sure to include it in the swatch so knitters could practice ahead of time.  I’ve also made a quick video demonstrating two ways to make the 3-in-3 stitch.  I demo both “English” and “continental” style, because I know it can be hard for knitters to understand the “other” way from their own style.

Cast-On Monday: Frau Holle Mystery and Another Heartsick Shawl

As I neared the end of several projects this week …. cast-on-itis hit with a vengeance!

Not satisfied with running my (very first) KAL (ever), I joined the Frau Holle Mystery KAL. It’s not too late to join the KAL — the first clue is mostly stockinette.  Laceweight! Beads! I couldn’t resist. I’m using some stash laceweight from ages ago, and beads I bought for another project.  Yay for repurposing?

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I managed to channel some of the cast-on-itis into a Christmas gift project. I don’t want to say too much, on the off chance the giftee reads this blog. Suffice to say Heartsick and another “Rare Gems” skein seemed a match made in heaven:

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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

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.)

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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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