My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Change of Plans and a Mystery Shawl

Well, that did not last long.

I’ve ripped out the start of the Sabine Cardigan I started earlier this week and am sending the yarn back to the bullpen.

A few reasons . . . first off, I did not like the fabric I was getting — way too “loose” and open for what I wanted. That is how the cardi is supposed to look, but it’s not what I really wanted. Second, I really don’t enjoy knitting laceweight on U.S. size 8 needles. Third, most of the knitting is plain stockinette and was boring as hell.

So. Three reasons for abandonment. Moving on.

I’m still plugging away on the spiral shawl at home.

I started a small sideways shawl in some sportweight yarn, but was feeling rather “meh” about it.

Then I had an idea. Always dangerous.

Anyone want to knit a mystery shawl with me?

I’ve designed yet another bottom-up triangular shawl and I am fairly excited about the design. It’s smaller than the last few I’ve done, designed to be knit with one skein of sock yarn (approximately 350 – 400 yards).

I’ll release the pattern (free!) in pieces, in pdf format, here on my blog. There will be charts, and there will also be (god help me) instructions written out line by line.

I’ve started a thread for the Summer Mystery Shawl in my Ravelry Group so there is a forum for discussion.

In the next blog entry (Sunday) I’ll discuss yarn choices, needle sizes, and what skills you need to be able to knit the shawl. Then I’ll release the first bit of the pattern next Tuesday (May 17). ETA: I’ll release a wee bit of the pattern on Sunday the 15th — the cast-on and 2-row setup — so you’ll be ready to jump into the first part of the lace pattern on the 17th. 🙂

Anyone wanna play?

Lucy sez:

“I’d play, but I see a bird outside the window and that is more important.”


  1. Jennifer says:

    I’m always a sucker for joining Mystery shawl KAL’s. Finishing is another story, but I’m willing to play.

  2. I wanna play! That sounds so fun! I’m excited

  3. Sounds like a plan! I’m heading off to check sock yarn stash.

  4. Ohhh!!! I want to play!

  5. MIchelle B says:

    HMM I am intrigued!!!

  6. Sounds like fun! I’m in!

  7. Ooh I’m in! Especially if it has written instructions!

  8. Tami Thurston says:

    I wanna play along. It sounds like fun. Will there be a beadded option? I have to go to the bead store & I may just pick something up anyway. LOL.

  9. Count me in. I’ll play.

  10. I’m in!! Of course…
    Muriel´s last blog post ..Love being a Space Grrl!

  11. Love to, I look forward to the first bit of pattern 8-}

  12. Me too!!!! I’m in!!!!!

  13. I am totally there! I’ll check out the Rav later tonight.

  14. Mystery shawl? sounds exciting, have just completed Vernal Equinox and almost finished with chart A of Japanese Garden so by Sunday should be ready to tackle another — loving your shawls — these are being made for family attending a wedding in Orlando in June — figure we might need something in the AC and have lots of sock yarn ready to go.

  15. ooooh, haven’t done a mystery KAL in a while–i’m in!

  16. Shirley. in PA says:

    Sounds like fun, add me too.

  17. I’m in! I’m just getting used to charts and I knit ass-backwards lefty, so will be switching your k2togs/ssk’s to get the correct lean. God help me, too! 😉

  18. Sounds like fun. Have never done a mystery KAL!

  19. Would this be a good project for a first time shawl, nearly new lace knitter?

  20. oooh! ME! I’m in

  21. sock yarn? and I have some lovely yellow stuff? and some lavender stuff? Oh sure, why not 🙂 I’ll take a stab! Heck I might even come back to plurk for it…

  22. Count me in!

  23. linda-kay says:

    I’m in,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,sounds like fun!

  24. OH hell yeah!!!

  25. I’m intrigued! Can’t wait to hear more!
    Lisa´s last blog post ..90 Knitting – Episode 16

  26. I am so in..can’t wait!!

  27. BlackMagicMuffin says:

    I’m game! Count me in!

  28. Maureen says:

    Yes! But I’m such a slow knitter that I won’t finish with the rest of you. Maybe it’s not so much that I’m a slow knitter but I do a lot of ripping and reknitting.
    Bad back + Restless Leg Syndrome = Inability to sit still after about 9:00 + dopiness from pain meds = many mistakes

    I don’t know how you were able to knit through some of the painful back episodes you’ve had.
    BUT, if it’s on the forum, I can read the posts and finish late if necessary.

  29. I wanted to play the last time you had a knit-along, but somehow I didn’t. This time for sure . . . (I even have a sock yarn I love–currently it’s partly made into socks, but I just discovered an error I can’t live with in the first inch of it, so I was going to rip it anyway. It’ll make a much nicer shawl, I think . . .)

    Thanks for inviting!

  30. I’m in! Loved doing the pi shawl, what’s not to love with another mystery!

  31. I’ve never tried a mystery knit-along. I look forward to seeing the skills needed – I’m still a beginger and don’t want to get in over my head.

  32. Sounds like fun!
    janna´s last blog post ..No Pictures- and Not Much Knitting

  33. I’ve never done a mystery shawl so I’m in!

  34. God help me but I want to play along too.
    I am currently in the beginning of a KAL for the Ometette Shawl from Summer Knitty. I have until August 1 to finish it so why not add another big project to my list?
    Count me in.

  35. I’ll play, I loved the last mystery shawl you did! Thanks for being willing to do another one =)

  36. Yes, please! I’m finishing up a lace scarf, and am on the prowl for a new project. I’ve never done a KAL before. Looking forward to it.

  37. Oooh, I think I’m in. If the pattern won’t work with the variegated sock yarns in my stash, I may go bigger and use worsted from stash — make it big and cozy!

  38. What fun! Sounds good!
    Jeanie Babbage´s last blog post ..It has been a year!!!

  39. RedfordPhyl says:

    Stash diving time. I’m in.

  40. Wanda Rosenbarger says:

    Oh, yeah. I want to play!

  41. Sounds great. I’m in. I was needing a new project. I’m just finishing 3 and was panicking as to what to do next. Leave it to you to come thru for me. Thank you. You are an angel.

  42. Susan D. Smith says:

    Great timing! In another week I leave for a 4-day conference in Scottsdale, AZ and I was looking for a project to take along. This will be perfect! One skein of sock yarn, my circular needles – perfect! I’m in!


  43. I’m with you on the mystery shawl. Once made a mystery quilt and it was so fun to see at each stage how it was developing. Didn’t really care for the finished product, but my husband hung it on a wall at his business and gets lots of nice comments about it. I cannot wait until Sunday to see which yarn in my stash might be “the one”.

  44. Mystery says:

    Sounds like just the thing- a mystery shawl- to kill the boredom. I’m not bored since I have my garden but change is good!! :()

  45. Sounds good so far… sign me up!!

  46. I want to play with you. See you on the boards.

  47. Stash busting!!! I’m game to play!!

  48. I’m in. Haven’t done one of these mystery kals for awhile and I’m certainly up for one of your little shawls. Looking forward to Tuesday.

  49. Gail Rector says:

    Can’t wait!

  50. Gail Rector says:

    So much stash…. how to choose!!???

  51. I’m so ready for a fun Mystery KAL!! Let’s do it!!

  52. laura sequeira says:

    I am in!!! I am getting addicted to the whole shawl thing!

  53. Sounds fun. I’ll give it a try.

  54. I will give it a try – it would be good to have a new project! (HA!)
    Merie´s last blog post ..Sunday Sauce- a photo essay

  55. Would love to give it a try!

  56. I’ve not done this before, but since it’s you – I’ll chance it…

  57. Since the mystery shawl KAL I started last month is on it’s way to the frog pond, I’m definitely in.

  58. Count me in! I wanna play!

  59. Ooooh, I am definitely interested in this!! I need a new mystery project!!! Just finished a mystery scarf last week.

  60. hmmm. sounds interesting. i have actually never done a KAL. can’t wait to hear the details. the closest i have gotten to doing lace is yarn overs so we will have to see how it goes. (crosses fingers)

  61. All Right! I enjoyed the pi shawl so much. This will be great fun.

  62. catspaw says:

    Oh sure – I’m in.

  63. Sounds like fun!
    Becca J´s last blog post ..Mothers Day

  64. Me Me Me I want to play too

  65. I’m in! Haven’t done a mystery knit-along in a while, so I’m more than ready to play!

  66. Irresistable :D!
    ginny´s last blog post ..Semi Lazy Sunday

  67. im just lori says:

    Yes! I’ll play!

  68. Linda Cannon says:

    I would love to join, I have been at loose ends(ha ha) and need something new and challenging. I am making a vanilla pair of socks for a guy for his birthday. And I have a top down cardi that I am working on the sleeves and need to figure out how much to decrease, adapted a pattern and oh well.
    You have great patterns and I need a challenge so I am in.

  69. Beth Gray says:

    Oh yeah, I’d love to be in!

  70. Kristine M. says:

    I can’t wait to start. I’ve never done a shawl or KAL, let alone a mystery shawl KAL. This will be fun!

  71. Diana T says:

    I’m in!

  72. I’m in!

  73. Sounds great! I did the Pi Shawl last year while we were on vacation. Loved it!

  74. Linda R says:

    I have not done a mystery shawl before, sounds fun! Will be watching for more info! Thanks!

  75. Christi says:

    Sounds like fun! I’d like to try!

  76. You ebil temptress, you!

  77. sounds good so far…

  78. I’ll play!

  79. I’m in! I guess that means I have to finish the Shetland Pi?

  80. Yes! I have never done a KAL. I am excited.

  81. Betty Eliassen says:

    I haven’t done a KAL before but anything using one skein of sock yarn sounds good to me since I will never get my sock stash knitted up into socks.

  82. Kay Nysse says:

    Woohoo!!! I’m in! Very excited and running off to check stash for potential. 😉

  83. Judy aka lamazeteacher says:

    I’ve never joined a KAL before, but this sounds like a winner, so I’m ready to be a part of it. I do love mysteries!

  84. stephanie mcguckin says:

    I’m in i have about one and a half skeins of dream in color starry in the beach fog colorway do you think this would work

  85. Gail in Texas says:

    Yes, I’m in for the Mystery Shawl KAL. I’m on step 4 of the Pi Shawl KAL. Don’t want to miss this one. Might be slow, but will get there and its so much fun

  86. I’ll try.

  87. Me! Me! I’m in!

  88. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    I’m in, too!

  89. Bettina says:

    I’m in, it will be my first KAL…

  90. Sounds like a great way for me to get my feet wet on the shawl-knitting thing! That’s right, I’m a knitted-shawl virgin. Thanks for tempting me to try yet another potentially addictive project type. As I’ve been known to proclaim, “I can resist anything but temptation.”

    (You previously suckered me into toe-up socks… which really means “socks,” as I’ve never knit any other kind.)
    toni in florida´s last blog post ..Knitting post to follow… eventually

  91. I might be up for a mystery, you just never know…

  92. Ok – I’m in – just what I wanted.
    thank you.

  93. Never done a mystery KAL but I’m game.

  94. Yes! Yes! Yes!
    I know I can find some sock yarn to use.

  95. I’m totally up for a mystery shawl KAL! I’m working on 2 others right now, might as well add a third! Gotta get rid of all these last season yarns some how!

    P.S. I feel your pain with the cardi. I spent like a month working on one then just randomly decided I hated it. Back to the pile it went.

  96. That sounds so exciting, not that I need another item on my needles, but yeah I am in.

  97. Rebecca says:

    Definitely in!

  98. knitkit says:

    would the mystery shawl be a good choice for a first attempt in shawl making?

  99. deidre corbet says:

    I’m in!

  100. I might actually play although I’m usually too much of an anarchist for knitalongs! I have a beautiful skein of Casbah in navy and wine that needs to be knit and is only about 380 yards. If your pattern is really bad for something that will “stripe”, however, I will bow out. I’ll see what you have to say on Sunday….
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