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


KAL, Anyone?

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. ­čÖé

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! ­čśÇ And I’ll knit it again during the KAL.

Skill level: To knit this shawl, you need to be able to:

  • knit
  • purl
  • 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!”


  1. Yippee!! I’m in! THANK YOU for doing another KAL!!

  2. Awsome! I finished last year’s Mystery Shawlette in March of this year (I’m a little slow..what can I say?) Never worry about the cost! Your patterns are well worth the cost. Looking forward to this KAL! Thanks!
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  3. I can’t wait to get started. Thank you so much for this opportunity!!

  4. I am definitely in!!! Thank you so much. I can’t wait to begin. Your Bigger on the Inside shawl is beautiful.

  5. I’m in – it sounds like fun! Lucy’s adorable, but sometimes it’s really hard to tell which end of your fluffball is which!

  6. Can’t wait!!!! Thanks for doing it again!

  7. Hmmm, I will have to ponder joining. I have the materials in spades, it is a question of if I want to join another KAL.

    If I finish the Laminaria I haven’t started yet, I will probably be free enough.
    Molly By Golly┬┤s last blog post ..Can’t Stop the Excitement

  8. Loretta says:

    I love the summer solstice so much my husband and I were married that day! This shall be my anniversary/summer solstice shawl! Thanks so much for doing another!!

  9. Camp Loopy, Ravelympics, and now this too! It sounds like fun. I don’t want to bite off more than I can knit. I will have to think about this.

  10. I’m so glad to see your Bigger on the Inside. I want to knit this, but the biggest Dr. Who fans I know are all guys who wouldn’t touch a shawl with a 10 foot pole.
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  11. Beth Gray says:

    Please tell me that I’m not the only one whose eyes skipped over the 6/1 date and who went immediately to Ravelry to buy a spot in the KAL! Thanks Wendy, for doing this again!

  12. All right! I was just thinking yesterday that this seemed the time for a KAL…and the price is right. Thanks!
    Chris Reeske┬┤s last blog post ..Value in color schemes for quilts

  13. Stephanie says:

    Sounds like fun! I’ll have to remember to purchase that pattern right away…Thanks, Wendy!

  14. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    I’m in as well! I loved last summer’s KAL and was hoping that you’d do another one. Thanks, Wendy!

  15. Your patterns are so well written and easy to understand and I look forward to doing another KAL. No need to apologize for the very nominal fee you are charging for the pattern. You have more than given me more than my money’s worth. Although I am not good at taking pictures of my work, I have a drawer full of knitted socks from many of your free patterns to prove it. I am looking forward to another KAL.

  16. Love your Bigger on the Inside shawl! I’m sorely tempted, despite all my WIP’s.
    MicheleinMaine┬┤s last blog post ..Yoga Cats in Grey Project Bag by ThreeBagsFullStudio

  17. I’d love to join along…I’ve only knit one shawl so far, would this be a project that is suitable for beginners?

  18. I’m in!!

  19. Sandra Kerr says:

    Sounds like fun. I’m in.

  20. Yep, I’m in! Love your Bigger- at first I thought it would be too dark and the “windows” would get lost, but blocking proved me wrong! Nice!

  21. I know you’re busy with samples for SSK and other stuff but wondered what happened to pattern for Bernadette–assuming you’re going to “publish” it. I have a skein of Wollmeise here that’s begging to be Bernadette and didn’t want to miss purchasing the pattern.
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  22. I am interested with that pattern. I never tried doing a shawl yet so I hope I do it right the first time.
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  23. Veronica K says:

    I’m in! I didn’t even need to read past “KAL” to know I wanted to knit it!

  24. Grace Brunelle says:

    Dear Wendy , I bought your lace book last month, it is quite lovely. I am still struggling withLaetrilee because I was a combination knitter, and for over a yr or 2 , I have tried to be a normal knitter . One issue I have is wrapping yarn in reverse for purl , bad habit! I also sort of mess up ssk . I would like to do this, but am a slow knitter. So would it be ok to knit slow?
    I had 4 strokes last fall, just got my right hand back at 60%huzzah!,,
    I am a 46″ , would it fit me.??
    I desperately want to knit lace, correctly. Plus I love your Taste in your designs!
    I can bet this is a great deal of work , so I gratefully thank you for the reasonable price, count me in!
    Bless you all, grace in vt

  25. Your KALs are the only ones I’ve participated in – and they’re always fun! I don’t mind the fee at all – you’re doing a lot of work and your patterns are worth it. Looking forward to it!

    The Bigger on the Inside Shawl is lovely – and fun at the same time! My DH is a huge Dr. Who fan and I enjoy it too. I love the targus design!

  26. I missed last summer’s KAL…not going to miss this one!

  27. Bertha Mallard says:

    Thanks, Wendy. I really like your KALs. I did the one two years ago. It was a huge circular shawl. I knitted mine in a variegated red and it’s beautiful!!! I can hardly wait for the new pattern and I think I’ll bead it.

  28. Liz in Missouri says:

    YEAAAA! I’m in too! Good Times!!!!

  29. I’ve been on a shawl binge lately. I’m seriously hoping I can do kal. It sounds like fun:)
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  30. I am anxious to give this a try:-)). Hope I my skills ate adequate! Will be watching for the pattern.

  31. Sounds like fun! I really enjoyed doing it last summer….can’t wait!
    Kate┬┤s last blog post ..The opening

  32. Rae Gommel says:

    Aster on my bigger on the inside last. I by!!
    Count me in on the KAL. Sounds like fun! Last years was alot of fun and I always get compliments when I wear it.

  33. Can’t wait for the KAL to start! I loved last years so much that I knit it so many times I could probably do it in my sleep. I’m also realizing that my family is leaving on 6/21 for an out of town trip & I’m staying home to tend to the dogs. And knit on a KAL! Excellent timing!!
    Jeannie┬┤s last blog post ..Wool Scarf Shawl – unisex, wool, striped, red, gray by JeannieGrayKnits

  34. YAY! I can’t wait!

  35. Dawn W. says:

    maybe if I had actually finished last years kal…

  36. I’m in! I know exactly what yarn I’m going to use, too.
    Turtleknits┬┤s last blog post ..New Recipies to Try

  37. Great! I had fun with the last one. I’m in!

  38. Kathleen says:

    Perfect! I was just thinking lace for the summer would be perfect. I’m in too!

  39. Gretcheng says:

    Ooh Ooh Ooh–I had so much fun doing the last Summer Mystery Shawl! And Estonian lace is so pretty! And I’ve wanted to learn how to knit nupps! I guess I’d better do this. ­čÖé

  40. Madeline says:

    Excellent! I look forward to it. And I think $2 is very low so I hope you get thousands of knitters!

  41. Thanks Wendy, looking forward to it! ­čÖé

  42. love the Tardis shawl!! ­čÖé