My current work in progress:

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


Looks Like a KAL

Well, it looks like we’ll be having a knit-along. 🙂

I was happy to see such a positive response, both here and in the thread in my Ravelry group.

The first piece of the pattern, the preliminary information for the KAL, will be released on June 1. I’ll announce it here and in the Ravelry thread. At that time, you’ll be able to purchase the pattern for $2.00 and you’ll receive a pdf with preliminary information: yarn and needle requirements, suggestions for yarns you can use, a pattern for a swatch you can knit, and more. Then on June 26, the pdf will be updated with Part A of the pattern. You can purchase the pattern at anytime during the KAL for $2.00 up until July 17, the day the last Part (Part E) of the pattern is released. On July 17, the price goes up to $5.00

So if you think you might like to knit the shawl but don’t have tine right now, you can go ahead and buy it for the reduced price and knit it later.

In the mean time, you can feel free to put it in your queue — I’ve created a pattern page in Ravelry.

There was a question in the comments about how difficult the pattern is — can a beginner knit it? In yesterday’s post I listed the skills you need to have to be able to knit the pattern. They are:

  • knit
  • purl
  • cast on stitches
  • bind off stitches
  • work yarn overs and k2tog and ssk decreases

If you can do this, and think you can deal with close to 300 stitches on the needle, you can knit this shawl. Actually, I think this pattern is easier than last year’s mystery shawl. The construction is different, and if you use stitch markers, you will be dealing with less than 20 stitches at a time.

The only part that a beginner might find difficult is the knitting of nupps. I am including a nupp tutorial with the pattern, and you have the option of knitting it without nupps.

I am knitting the prototype right now with nupps, and once the KAL starts, I plan to knit it again without nupps.

I love love love the yarn I am using: Shalimar Breathless. Love! I purchased mine at The Loopy Ewe and it is one of the nicest fingering weight yarns I’ve used. It’s a blend of merino yarn, cashmere, and silk, so seriously, what’s not to like? It is beautifully soft, has great stitch definition, and is non-splitty.

I’m using the Loden colorway.

I plan to have this prototype Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl done by Sunday, because that’s when I can cast on my Camp Loopy project!

Lucy sez:

“Momma got me a little playhouse.”

“I like it in here!”


  1. I’m SO in!

    This will actually be my first KAL. I’ve already added it to my library and queue on Ravelry and I now have a good reason to go look at some new yarn. 🙂 I’ve done shawls and knupps before so I’m actually not to worried about that.
    Jessica´s last blog post ..Summer 2012

  2. My kitties love those play squares! Lucy looks like she has furry pantaloons on, sooo cute!

  3. Ack!!! This means I’ll have to go and buy some yarn although I had promised myself to knit the stash down. I have a bunch of dk but none of it is “mainly solid” so….. And I doubt pima cotton would be good for knupps anyhow.

  4. Lucy in her playhouse really got me laughing. Thanks for the info on Shalimar Breathless. I wanted to try that yarn and I guess now is as good a time as any — in fact, it is the best time!

  5. Just ordered that Breathless yarn in primula. Now to wait until summer solstice!!

  6. I think I need that playhouse for my cat!!!

  7. Just qued her up!

  8. A KAL sounds great but unfotunately I don’t think I’ll be able to join in, to many gifts to knit. 🙁 Lucy looks like she’s having fun though
    Cleo´s last blog post ..Breakfast of Champions

  9. Amazing that you chose Breathless – after reading the preliminary info about the KAL, I went into my stash and set aside a skein of that very yarn (in Primula, as I see another commenter selected) to use for the project. I love Breathless – it’s beautiful.

  10. Jo morgan says:

    I read your post on Google Reader which doesn’t allow commenting, then forgot to write and say, “Count me in”. this will be my first KAL.

  11. You forgot an important skill, absolutely essential in lace: counting 😉
    kmkat´s last blog post ..This is a rebuilding year.

  12. I am IN !!!!
    I’m not being left behind am sharpening my circ right now.
    Gerry´s last blog post ..Just about THE END OF MAY

  13. isn’t that cute? it is really adorable and cute 🙂 thanks for sharing those lovely pictures!
    Carol´s last blog post ..moving companies

  14. I’ve never done a knit along.
    My only concern is yarn. Will there be international recommendations?? Or can we buy from somewhere with international shipping??

  15. Susan Shelly says:

    Thanks for the encouragement – listing the skills required. I’m anxious to get started. Love Lucy’s little house!!! My kitties have the one that you had in a post recently with the “relative” kitty;O)) These are good kitty fun and pretty inexpensive!

  16. Charlotte says:

    I have two ufo’s to finish before the fair, then I’m in. I’m going with the beads vs the nupps. I’ve tried both ways & as I knit very tight. I have zero problems with putting a bead on & tons of problems trying to decrease multiple tight stitches. Try the bead method with a swatch, either by prestringing or with a small crochet hook – you will really like it.
    Question? As you are a very rapid & prolific knitter, do you have lots of female friends & relatives to give your many beautiful shawls, or do you sell them?

  17. This information is very helpful, thank you. The only thing I haven’t done before is nupps. I already queued the pattern. Just need to find the right yarn.

  18. Paulette Schirmer says:

    Looking forward to the KAL 🙂

  19. Michelle Bingnear says:

    YAY for the knit a long! I failed at last year’s, but I am determined to succeed this time!! Even if I don’t know about nupps.

  20. Hooray! I am really looking forward to this. I loved last year’s and have made a second. As soon as I read your announcement, I dropped by summer sock plan like a hot potato and starting thinking about yarn for this.

  21. Robin F. says:

    Lucy, enjoy your new playhouse. Maybe you could take a pillow in there for extra comfort.
    I’m excited about the KAL

  22. I just received some Sanguine Gryphon Kypria in a swap I think it could work.
    brandi´s last blog post ..Fantastic Fiber Friday 5-25-12 Happy B-day to “the hubs”

  23. I’m in – I loved last year’s KAL. I’m going to try to convince my whole knitting group to join in and do it too!

  24. Dorothy says:

    Is it too late to join and do I need to register some place???

  25. Hope to join along after I return from Spain and the beaches of NC at the end of June . . .

  26. kate lathrop says:

    Awesome! You’re releasing a mystery KAL on my birthday 🙂 I know what the present to myself will be. Can’t wait to start it – will be a good distraction from all the work nonsense.


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