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Monday, October 03, 2016

Building Blocks

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Sign up by purchasing the pattern. You will receive an introductory PDF for the KAL. Download this PDF into your Ravelry library and you will receive the first section of the pattern October 7. Each following Friday you will receive the next section of the pattern until the final mystery shawl is revealed!

There is a FAQ page for the KAL...

Here are two items that I think are important.
Is this project suitable for beginners?
This shawl is appropriate for adventurous beginners (know how to knit, purl, increase, decrease, and read a pattern) and it will be enjoyable for seasoned knitters too. There is so much support throughout the KAL so you will find a lot of help and tips on completing each section in this Ravelry group. There will be photo tutorials and videos where they are necessary to assist you with visualizing the techniques and construction.
Is gauge important?
For this year’s Building Blocks Mystery Shawl I prefer a tighter more crisp gauge than many of my other shawls.

26 sts & 44 rows 4” / 10cm in garter stitch (un-blocked)
26 sts & 36 rows 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch (un-blocked)

The fabric looks best if the stitches are tidy and crisp instead of loose and sloppy. Aim for a crisp uniform fabric close to the recommended gauge, but don’t create a fabric that feels too stiff like cardboard.

If you are using a regular fingering weight yarn try swatching with a smaller needle size first. I usually select a US 5 or 6 / 3.75 or 4mm needle with regular fingering weight yarn like Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn, but for this design I would go down to US 4 / 3.5mm needle to get more crisp stitch definition.
I brought home a bag of tosh merino light to play with colours.

I'm going to use
Dr Zhivago's Sky
Weathered Frame
First Light
Silver Fox

Now to try and convince Beth that she would like to wind the skeins for me :)

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