Merrain MKAL Shawl
Kino Knits and The Knitting Boutique are excited to bring you their first KAL, a single-skein shawl designed for The Knitting Boutique’s Severn Fingering yarn, a unique blend of Blue Faced Leicester (BFL) fiber and silk, or The Knitting Boutique’s Anacostia Fingering yarn, a bouncy merino. Choose a solid or semi-solid for best results.
Join the excitement in the Merrain MKAL Ravelry chatter thread!
Six written and charted clues will be released one week apart and will feature a variety of techniques to keep you entertained and result in a beautiful product.
When you purchase this pattern, you will immediately get the introduction sheet with all the information you need to get ready. Then the fun starts on June 8, with new clues released weekly!
June 8, 2017: Clue 1 released
June 15, 2017: Clue 2 released
June 22, 2017: Clue 3 released
June 29, 2017: Clue 4 released
July 6, 2017: Clue 5 released
July 13, 2017: Clue 6 released
(If you join in late, you’ll immediately get all clues that have already been released up to that point.)
What You’ll Need
- 1 skein of fingering yarn: recommend The Knitting Boutique’s Severn Fingering (75% BFL wool/25% silk, 400 yards/366 m per 4 oz/113 g) or The Knitting Boutique’s Anacostia Fingering (100% merino, 400 yards/366 m per 4 oz/113 g) or similar yarn,
- 20 yards/18 m of a smooth waste yarn in a contrasting color for a provisional cast-on
- crochet needle if you choose to do a crochet provisional cast-on
- US size 6/4.0 mm circular needles, 29-32”/75-80 cm in length (or your preferred length for knitting shawls)
- 2 stitch markers
- gram scale for weighing your yarn
- tapestry needle for weaving in ends
- blocking wires and pins
Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. We’ve created helpful videos to demonstrate each of these skills.
- crochet provisional cast-on
- picking up from provisional cast-on
- simple wrap-and-turn short rows
20 stitches and 30 rows in flat garter stitch over 4”/10 cm AFTER AGGRESSIVE WET BLOCKING.
This is the gauge that you get after you thoroughly soak your swatch, stretch your swatch as far as it will go, pin it until it dries, and then remove the pins to measure, which lets the swatch relax a little. However, this is still way more stretched out than it is before blocking.
That said, this is a shawl. Being a little off in your gauge will not be disastrous. Your goal is to get a fabric you like for a light shawl.