My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm 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. Gina Power says:

    Sounds like fun – I’m in 🙂

  2. Michelle Bingnear says:

    Yay! I’m in. I’ve been staring at a skein of sock yarn for three weeks, wondering what it wants to be, while at the same time putting off seaming my first ever sweater. And I am intrigued by the mystery aspect of it all . . . I’ve never knit something that I don’t know what it will be!

  3. WHEEEE — I’m in!!!! THANKS!!!

  4. I would love to do a mystery Knit-a-long. I hadn’t ever done one before, and this would be the perfect one to start.
    garret´s last blog post ..Startitis

  5. I’d love to play. I’ve been looking through my yarn stash and trying to find something “new” to knit with sock yarn. Let’s do it. 🙂

  6. Esther49 says:

    Yes I would!

  7. Margaret says:

    Me want play!!

  8. Faith O'Hara says:

    I want to try the KAL! I never have, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep up!!

  9. I would play. I have two skeins of laceweight (so I will probably need to do more repeats) that I am going to make into shawls for my MIL and SIL.

  10. Robin F. says:

    Well, I’m all signed up on Rav for the group! Waiting for Sunday’s post to plow thru the stash for the lucky skein of yarn! Just putting the last 10 rows on my new Argus shawl for my sister. This will be a fun KAL. Thanks Wendy.

  11. Mary Lou says:

    Count me in! Sounds like a blast!

  12. Gretcheng says:

    Yeah, I’ll play! I’ve never done a Mystery KAL of any sort, and it’s always seemed intriguing to me… Ooh, fun fun fun. Thanks!

  13. You betcha.

  14. Colette says:

    Most definitely!

  15. Joan D. Robertson says:

    Count me in…i’ve been looking for a new shawl to knit….just could not make up my mind. This way you made the decision for me…lucky me!!!!! Off to find my sock yarn to see what I have……

    Joanie R.
    ps: Thanks!!!! Looking forward to it.

  16. Play time wee!
    This is even better than a give-a-way we all win, eh?

  17. Leslie F says:

    I am still chugging on the Pi Shawl (and have just built up a regular work schedule on that!) so I really should say “NO!”

    Which is why I am looking forward to starting the summer mystery shawl and checking out the discussion group on Ravelry! heeheehee ;-D

    So many temptations and just never enough time (and I don’t get to knit on my commute 🙁 )

  18. Christy says:

    I’m in! Anyone who can get me finishing a pi shawl has got my attention for another mystery project. You rock, lady!

  19. LaVelle Nott says:

    I want to play. I love your KALs and love little shawls. I will be watching for your message on blog on Sunday. Cool!

  20. I’m definately up for a new Wendy Shawl. And it’s a mystery!!! Oh so exciting.

  21. Bring it on! I’m psyched.

  22. Sure – I’ll play!!!!!!
    Tammy´s last blog post ..Knitting Inspectors

  23. Nancyva says:

    Sounds like fun! I’ve never done a myster KAL, count me in.

  24. Chris in CA says:

    Just what I’ve been looking for I have a nice stash of sock yarn so I’m in.

  25. Yeah! I love a good mystery! Since I have not knit a triangle shawl from bottom-up, this will be a great test to see if I actually like it. I just received Wollmeise 80/20 in Campari Piccolo from The Loopy Ewe and it should have enough yardage!!
    Mary in Carol Stream´s last blog post ..Time really flies

  26. Heather K says:

    I always need stash busters, so count me in, too Besides, I love your shawls and socks.

  27. I’m in! A small shawl would be perfect right now, and I haven’t been able to settle on one. This would be my first mystery KAL — how exciting!

  28. Might give it a try – have several sock yarn gift shawls to complete in a short time, but lack motivation. A huge thankyouthankyouthankyou for written-out instructions, line by line!
    Anne´s last blog post ..Quickie update

  29. Oh, I’ll play! It’s a good summer for stash diving, and I’ve got plenty of lovely sock yarn that could be used.

  30. Darlene Hollingsworth says:

    I am in!!! Can’t wait.

  31. Liz in Missouri says:

    I absolutely want to play! I love your designs! Can’t wait!

  32. I’m IN!!! I need a new project, my mojo has been in the toilet, and perhaps I’ll even get motivated to block the PI shawl I finished quite a few months ago…

  33. Oh, this should be fun. I’m in – – wonder if a hand-dyed, varigated yarn would work.

  34. Victoria says:

    Sounds like fun! I love a good mystery!

  35. Melissa says:

    Loved the pi shawl. Can’t wait to start this one.

    This will be so much fun.

  36. I’m in, have never done a knit along…can barely finish projects when knitting alone. 🙂 Love shawls love sock yarn, huge stash so let the good times roll.

  37. I’m in! Just finished a project and ready to start another! Yeah

  38. Gleniece says:

    Oooooh a mystery. I love it.

  39. Yay!! I loved your Shetland Pi KAL and love the idea of a bottom up shawl (rows getting shorter as you go along sounds good to me. I will be interested in hearing what you have to say about yarn choices. I have some lovely variegated sock yarn that has been unloved in my stash for far too long.

  40. Of course I want to play. Can’t wait.

  41. Oh yes! I’m in… this sounds fun 🙂 Gotta go check out my stash….

  42. Deb in PA says:

    It sounds like fun and pretty affordable. I’ve never knitted a shawl from the bottom up.

  43. Will you be able to give us a rough idea of the size? I am a large lady and if it is too small for me, I would have to consider colors for someone else.

    I wanted to let you know that I entered socks in my LYS sock contest and won a skein of yarn. I used your Rosebud pattern and am very happy with the result. I blogged about it here:
    Knitty´s last blog post ..Winning is a pleasant surprise

  44. suncatcher says:

    count me in!

  45. Sure. Although I haven’t finished the last one I did with you. LOL

  46. Can’t wait to start! This is my first KAL and I’m sooooo excited!!

  47. cydney yerushalmi says:

    No beads? Then I’m in.

  48. YAY! Count me in!!!!!

  49. Margaret says:

    I’m up for a new knitalong. Thank you! (I’m known as Saleris on Ravelry)

  50. I’d like to join!

  51. Are you kidding?? Of courser I would!!! Sounds like lotsa fun!!!

  52. Yes I’d love to join in. With written instructions and the ability to print them out I can do this. I’m fairly bored with socks and I have a skein of perfect yarn that I’ve been itching to knit into the perfect shawl…ciao
    Rositta´s last blog post ..Where Do I Begin

  53. Sounds like fun! Knit on!

  54. I believe that I will play. Looking forward to Sunday’s post.

  55. Perfect timing! I am ready for a new project! A reason to use yarn from my stash OR a reason to buy new yarn….I am loving both options. Can’t wait to see what you have in mind.

  56. I’d like to play too. I am a new lace knitter and have never made a shawl. I have made several socks with your patterns – dead simple lace socks and seaweed sock so I do know how to read a chart. I’m hoping this won’t be too difficult….

  57. Sounds fun! I’d love to play along! 🙂

  58. i’d love to join the KAL. The summer of socks and lace just started at my LYS, and I think a mystery shawl would be the perfect thing to jump in on.
    pmoys´s last blog post ..Healing process

  59. I am so in on this. I cannot wait. Finally something I am doing just for fun and just for me!!! I may have to blog about this too. (grin).

  60. Marietta Thompson says:

    I’d love to do this! I have lots of 400 yd. skeins of sock yarn & don’t particularly want to knit socks at this moment! Sounds like fun!!

  61. I would love to try this 🙂

  62. Ann Bailey says:

    I have never participated in a mystery shawl KAL, but it sounds like a lot of fun – only question for dumb little me – where will you be posting?