Thursday, February 25, 2010

Spring 2010 Mystery Knitalong

I have a new pattern that I love so much, I wanted to make a little party of its debut. You don’t have to tell me you’re knitting it if you’re shy, but if you do participate, I hope you have fun!


This group knitting fest is for a mystery pattern that is:
A form of garment
Inspired by nature, with a nod to glamour
Dual-purpose
Produced with a very small amount of yarn and a few buttons
A little silly, yet
Useful – if not for you, then for somebody you know
Worked flat, and
Presented in a series of 4 clues.

Start Date

March 2, 2010, unless people really aren't ready and want me to push it out a week.

Links to the clues will be posted here on the Tuesday and Friday of each of the Knitalong’s two weeks (unless everybody finishes early and wants the next one sooner.) I am an e-mail or comment away should you encounter any difficulties, but for further technical support, there will doubtless be some group chat at Knitting and Tea and Cookies, Hugs’ online knitting group. Please feel free to join us if you haven’t already!

Materials

120 yards of summery worsted weight yarn (10 ply, 9wpi) in a colour flattering to you and with sufficient stitch definition to show off twist stitches, such as

Americo Linen Tanguis [50% tanguis cotton, 50% linen; 218 yd/199 m per 100g] - color I158 (a grey/blue/green tone) used for sample - or

Lily Sugar’n Cream [100% cotton, 120 yd/110m per 70g] or

Anything else you like and can get gauge with.

(you can knit it in wool, too – it will just take longer to be able to enjoy it if you're coming into summer where you are.)

Solid colour versus not: I used a solid, but if you are in love with something variegated, go for it. It's just for fun after all.


1 set US #6/4mm straight needles, or size to obtain gauge
(you can use circulars as straights if that’s what you have)

1 tapestry needle to run in ends

1 sewing needle to sew on buttons

2-3 clear plastic buttons, 5/8” wide

Optional, for fourth clue only:
3-4 buttons, small sizes, clear and interestingly shaped or faceted would be ideal

Gauge

20 sts/24 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch

Level of Difficulty

If you haven’t learned left- and right-facing decreases, or tried a twist stitch or a yarn over, you’ll get educational support and a lot of practice here.


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Updated To Add:


The link to the first clue

The link to the second clue

The link to the third clue

The link to the fourth clue

3 comments:

Angela said...

I've ordered yarn and can't wait for this. I've never done a mystery KAL. You are so innovative!

Mary Keenan said...

You are so sweet! Will your yarn come in time for March 2 or should I shift the date out a bit?

Kathleen Taylor said...

I wish I could play too. I can't wait to see progress pics!