A mystery KAL to begin July 5, 2014. Join the MKAL HERE.
Mary Lennox is a classic pi shawl. The very center of the shawl starts with the path to the garden, and perhaps, a key. The shawl progresses past the ivy covered wall, to the inside of the garden. Different flower patterns make up the remaining sections, and each section providing 2 options for pattern options. Different options are included for the final border, which is knitted on sideways.
Stitch patterns are mostly both written and charted. There are a few that are written only.
“It was the lock of the door which had been closed ten years and she put her hand in her pocket, drew out the key and found it fitted the keyhole. She put the key in and turned it. It took two hands to turn it, but it did turn. And then she took a long breath and looked behind her up the long walk to see if anyone was coming. No one was coming. No one ever did it seemed, and she took another long breath, because she could not help it, and she held back the swinging curtain of ivy and pushed back the door that opened slowly – slowly. Then she slipped through it, and shut it behind her, and stood with her back against it, looking about her and breathing quite fast with excitement, and wonder, and delight.
She was standing inside the secret garden.”
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Pattern includes directions for a half circle, three-quarter circle, and a full circle. The border can be worked after finishing a minimum of 2 Garden Charts. A total of 5 Garden Charts are included, and the charts may be repeated at the knitter’s discretion to make the finished shawl bigger. The first three Garden Charts will result in a shawl with a total of about 200 rounds.
For the smallest option (170 rows), you should be able to get a half circle shawl from 1 skein (aprox 800 yards), the three-quarter and full circle shawls will need 2 skeins (1600 yards). Working additional Garden Charts will increase the required yardage. These estimates will vary depending on gauge and number of nupps worked.
Gauge listed is 4.5 stitches per inch, blocked. The initial pattern includes a swatch which will measure about 7 by 4. It is not imperative that the listed gauge be achieved. Use a needle size that will result in a fabric you like. Bear in mind that significant changes in gauge will impact the final size and yarn usage.
Pattern includes both nupps and beads. If desired, beads may be substituted for the nupps. About 15 beads are used in Clue 1, but are optional in subsequent clues.
Circular knitting needles with a good point are highly recommended.
Crochet hook or dental floss to add beads.
8/0 beads, approximately 15 are needed for Clue 1.
Clue 1: July 5, 2014 Center and path
Clue 2: July 19, 2014 Wall
Clue 3: August 2, 2014 Garden Chart 1
Clue 4: August 16, 2014 Garden Chart 2
Clue 5: August 30, 2014 Garden Chart 3
Clue 6: September 14, 2014 Garden Charts 4-5 and border
Pattern varies in price. It is free until June 10, 2014, $1 through July 18, 2014, $3 through September 30, 2014 and $6 beginning October 1, 2014. The compiled pattern will be released October 1, 2014.