NEW Mystery KAL: Flywheel

Today is the big day! Flywheel is up on Ravelry!

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I do so love a mystery KAL.  Please join in the fun! I’m hosting the Flywheel M-KAL in the Remily Knits forum on Ravelry.  You’ll find all the details there, of course, but here is most crucial information.

Pattern Information
This triangular shawl is worked from the top down. Flywheel begins with a garter-stitch tab and progresses through all stitch patterns with regular increases at the spine and both edges. The shawl is designed to be made with two skeins of fingering-weight yarn in complementary colorways (choose semi-solid or tonal colorways for best results). Clues alternate between the two colorways, resulting in broad stripes. Each clue features a different stitch pattern, with transitions between clues.

Finished Size: appx 74” tip to tip and 37” down the spine

Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Llyr 438 yd/400 m per 3.5 oz/100 g skein; Color 1: “Thames” (sample used about 340 yards); Color 2: “Grass” (sample used about 430 yards)
Gauge: 20 sts = 4” in stockinette stitch (exact gauge is not critical for this project; however it will affect yardage needed to complete shawl)
Tools: #4/3.5mm circular needle, stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle

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CO Monday: Flywheel, a new shawl design!

I’m very excited about my latest design project!  I hardly dare say it (because jinx), but it’s coming together so effortlessly, and I looooove it so much! Here’s a bit of the first motif:

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One of the joys of being and indie designer is that I can share photos whenever I like! So there.

My new collection of shawls is called “Clockwork.”  Each shawl will feature different fingering-weight yarn from A Hundred Ravens.  I’m using the yet-to-be-released spring/summer colors, and each two-skein shawl will feature two different colorways. I’ve seen some preview skeins, and they are unspeakably lovely, so I hope you are all super jealous 🙂 :).

I swatched madly and then cast on for the first shawl, Flywheel, this week, using Llyr, a silk/wool blend with all the drape and shine you’d expect.  I’m using two semi-solid colorways, and some really interesting and fun stitch patterns.  This design will probably be my mystery KAL pattern for the collection. (Interested?  Make sure to sign up for my email list to be notified first about mystery KAL updates.)

FO Friday: Morticia Raven

I made a Boo Knits shawl!

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Project: Mortica Raven

Pattern: Morticia

Designer: Boo Knits

Available: £4.00 GBP on Ravelry

Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Alfar in “Smoke”

Beads: A:  Miyuki Triangle Seed Bead 8/0 Metallic Gunmetal from Auracrystals.com MY-TR08-0451; B:  Miyuki Round Seed Bead 8/0 Transparent Crystal AB from Auracrystals.com MY-08-0250

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I think this kind of lace speaks for itself. I thoroughly enjoyed this Mystery KAL.  I managed to keep up, which is saying something!  “Morticia” is just plain beautiful — a totally fun and challenging knit.  I loved ALL the beading. I thought I might die from the final cast-off … took me the better part of two solid evenings … but I did finish, and it was completely worth the effort.

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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: 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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