So after the Christmas Market at Lee Valley, and for the past 6 months or so I have been very busy designing. However it was time to decide how to publish this set of patterns and to give myself a deadline. Initially I had thought of just publishing a book. That would mean that I would have to have all the shawls made and photographed, , tested, tech edited, and laid out before I could publish.
Now one of the stitch groups that I belong to had just finished a Mystery KAL (knitalong) set of 6 shawls, they had got very excited when each one came along, and loved the finding of yarns that were suitable after being given clues, either new purchases or from stash diving, and enjoyed the challenge of completing each in the month so that they were ready for the next one!
Claire and Jess really encouraged me to think about my shawls, so I have decided to to a similar thing. I will be releasing 1 shawl each month on the first Thursday of the month starting in February. They will be release as digital downloads via Ravelry. for various techy reasons Ravelry works best for this. This will be completed with the final shawl being released on 1st July, and the final (physical) book to be published on the 1st August.
The whole process has been really exciting, I have been inspired by knitted shawls, particularly Stephen Wests’, and the fade types, which seem really popular at the moment, indeed I started with 6 basic shapes and ideas, and that has changed significantly over the time I have been designing them!
The shawls vary from 1 skein to 3 skein, use basic stitches, treble crochet, double crochet, slst, etc, with some little tweaks. They start easier and become more challenging further along the journey.
I will be with you all the way. I will be publishing some technique videos – exclusive to subscribers (once I have worked out how to!) I will be visiting Ravelry daily to answer any queries on the discussion boards, there will be wonderful prizes too from my collaborators!
Some of my subscribers shawls will be pictured in the final book, because I would like everyone to see how different colour choices can really effect the final shawl.
My testers have been very enthusiasitc about the designs, and my hope is that you love them too. To subscribe head over to Ravelry following this linky or click on this button to
I have had great fun designing these and purchasing yarns/collaborating with some fabulous hand dyers, I have used variously – Hand dyed by Kate, EasyKnits, Gamercrafting, Baby Long Legs, Skein Queen, as well as commercial yarns
The first shawl will require 1 x 100g skein of 4ply weight – sock, fingering, hand dyed or commercial all will produce a lovely shawlette. This pattern has also been written for and tested on Aran weight specifically using a Caron cake, 200g, which gives you a lovely chunky feel. I now have a sale on Caron Cakes and a free shipping code if you sign up to the MCAL.
Further clues will be released soon