A number of people have asked me if I was going to do another Summer Mystery Shawl, and until very recently, I had no plans to do one. But now I do.
Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl
Here are the details:
The shawl is sort of a crescent shape that stays on the shoulders nicely. Knit from fingering weight yarn (expect it to take around 420 yards and it’s better to have a more solid than variegated colorway), it is extremely easy to resize (and complete instructions for doing so will be included). It is Estonian-style lace and you can knit it either with nupps or without. You’ll receive a step-by-step photo tutorial for knitting nupps with your pattern purchase.You could conceivably place beads instead of nupps, but I’m not including instructions for beading because I am not an expert in beaded knitting. But if you have experience knitting with beads, you could do so, and I’ll let you know in the materials list how many beads you would need.
The pattern will be both charted and written out line by line.
I’m knitting the prototype right now and think it is looking good! And I’ll knit it again during the KAL.
Skill level: To knit this shawl, you need to be able to:
- cast on stitches
- bind off stitches
- work yarn overs and k2tog and ssk decreases
There are a couple more maneuvers used in knitting the shawl (like a centered double decrease), but they are explained thoroughly in the pattern, so if you can do the above, you can knit the shawl.
The KAL will start on the Summer Solstice: June 20, 2012. The pattern will be available for sale June 1, 2012 in my Ravelry store for $2.00.If you purchase the pattern before June 20, you will receive the materials list, information on shawl size and notes about knitting it larger or smaller. Gauge information and instructions for knitting a gauge swatch will be included.
On June 20, 2012 the pattern will be updated to include Part A of the pattern. All purchasers will be notified via email and Ravelry message that the pattern has been updated.
All future updates will be done the same way: each update will be appended to the existing pattern, so for each update, you’ll just need to print out the new pages added. The pattern will be released as follows:
- June 1: Initial information, including yarn and needle requirements, gauge, swatching.
- June 20: Part A, along with the nupp tutorial
- June 26: Part B
- July 3: Part C
- July 10: Part D
- July 17: Part E
You can purchase the pattern (including all updates to that point) for $2.00 at any time before July 17, 2012. On July 17, 2012 the price of the pattern will go up to $5.00.
I’ve started a thread in my Ravelry group for this project, so feel free to congregate there.
I do hope you’ll join in. The shawl is a very pretty one and very enjoyable (I think) to knit. The last two mystery shawls I did I distributed free of charge, but an undertaking like this is quite a lot of work, so I hope you’ll understand that I’m charging a nominal fee for it. The pattern you received will be thoroughly tech-edited and tested and written with a lot of detail, and offers options for modifications.
Speaking of shawls, I like my Bigger on the inside shawl!
And Lucy sez:
“There can’t be a blog entry without a photo of ME!”