Marled Magic Mystery Shawl KAL by Stephen West
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Marled Magic Mystery Shawl KAL

Knitting
February 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in seed stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
Medium [Large]
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This Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL is unlike any other mystery shawl. I designed this stash busting pattern to use all kinds of colors from your yarn collection. The Westknits Yarn A Long yarn + pattern club sign ups will be released March 17 at www.stephenandpenelope.com, so this project is a great way to use a lot of your yarn before this year’s club begins. More details on this year’s Yarn A Long club will be released throughout March.

Each week starting March 3, you will receive a section of the mystery shawl pattern until the final design is revealed on March 24. Get a group of your knitting friends together and enjoy this brand new Westknits adventure!

Get pumped for the Marled Magic Mystery Shawl with this ultra spicy music video filmed in Reykjavik, Spiceland!

https://youtu.be/Zuilaycf7Gs

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SCHEDULE
Clue 1 - Friday, March 3
Clue 2 - Friday, March 10
Clue 3 - Friday, March 17
Clue 4 - Friday, March 24

This PDF contains introductory information for the KAL. You will receive the first instructions for the pattern Friday, March 3.

Sizes: Medium & Large.
You don’t need to decide a size now. Sizing information and options will be revealed towards the end of the KAL. If you love big shawls that venture into shlanket (shawl + blanket) territory, then there will be a large size for you. If you like a more “standard” shawl size, then there will be an abbreviated Medium option for you. The overall shape and dimensions are part of the mystery.

Yarn: Fingering weight held double. Lace weight mohair yarns are also recommended to add some texture.

If you are in need of some speckled yarns to amplify your collection, we have several colors of Hedgehog Fibres available at www.stephenandpenelope.com Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn, Skinny Singles, & Sporty Merino are all great bases that will work for this design.

Recommended Yarn: Stash bust! Use all kinds of fingering weight & sock yarns from your stash. I recommend using several speckled colors for a fun painterly look.

Yardage: 700-800g & 7-10 colors minimum. These are minimum suggestions for you to work with, but I always encourage you to have more colors and amounts ready to knit. More options = more color/contrast variety!

This shawl is designed to use several colors from your yarn stash. Gather a big pile of yarns to work with for your palette. Gather more yarn from your stash than you think you may need because you can always edit your yarn selection later. It’s best to have a broad range of colors and yardage amounts so you have more options to choose from while you knit each section.

Needles: 40” / 100cm US 8 / 5mm circular or size needed to obtain gauge.
1 spare circular needle the same size or smaller than you main needle.

Gauge: I recommend swatching in garter stitch and seed stitch to familiarize yourself with holding 2 strands together. Gauge isn’t crucial, but try to get somewhere close to the recommended gauge. Just make sure you like the drape of your fabric. I tend to like my marled fabric defined and crispy (not too loose or sloppy looking). If you are using lace weight mohair yarns with your palette, you still only need to hold 2 strands of yarn together (1 strand of lace weight mohair together with 1 strand of fingering weight wool).

Garter Stitch Swatch
20 sts & 40 rows = 4” / 10cm in garter stitch (un-blocked)
Using 2 stands held together, cast on 25 stitches.
Knit every row while experimenting with different stripes and color combos.

Seed Stitch Swatch
19 sts & 34 rows 4” / 10cm in seed stitch (un-blocked)
Using 2 stands held together, cast on 25 stitches.
Seed Stitch Row: (K1, p1) to last stitch, k1.
Repeat Seed Stitch Row while experimenting with different stripes and color combos.

Refer to the introductory PDF for different marled color techniques.

If you have a tighter gauge (more stitches per inch), your shawl will be a bit smaller.
If you have a looser gauge (few stitches per inch), your shawl will be a bit bigger.