Sand Ripples by Laura Aylor
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Sand Ripples

July 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in lightly blocked stockinette on larger needles
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1135 - 1280 yards (1038 - 1170 m)
two: approximately 70" OR 80” wingsapn and 18” deep after blocking
This pattern is available for $5.00 USD buy it now

Spend $25 or more in my Ravelry shop in one transaction and you will automatically receive 25% off your entire purchase!

The price for this pattern will stay at $4 until the first clue goes out on August 11. It will go up by 50¢ with each clue until it reaches the final price of $6 with the release of clue 4 on September 1.

Please take a moment to read before purchasing! You should know what you’re getting in to :)

Things this shawl is NOT/does NOT have:
A weird shape
Short rows
Stitches to pick up (can you believe that?!)

Things it IS/DOES have:
Big and cozy
A little bit of lace
A lot of stockinette
Engaging to knit

This design is a bit of a departure for me, I can’t even think of which of my already-published designs that it most resembles. Maybe a mash-up of Litchfield, Rift, and Merrywood? (But no short rows, honest!)

There are 5 parts to this mystery. Upon purchase, you will be able to download the planning sheet.
The 5 clues will be delivered as follows:
Clue 1 – Friday, August 11 (price goes up to $4.50)
Clue 2 – Friday, August 18 (price goes up to $5)
Clue 3 – Friday, August 25 (price goes up to $5.50)
Clue 4 – Friday, September 1 (price goes to full price of $6)
Clue 5 – Friday, September 8

Each clue will be sent as a pattern update which you will need to download from Ravelry. If you have update notifications turned off, check your library on the day each clue comes out.

You will receive the final single pdf pattern in your Ravelry library on September 22.

Skills required
Circular cast-on (this might be a new skill for a lot of folks - it was for me! We’ll be discussing our favorite methods in the planning thread) This is the hardest bit of the whole pattern! if you can get past the beginning, you won’t have any problems.
Knitting in the round
Yarn overs
Backwards-loop cast-on

For the medium-sized wrap (70” x 18”), you will need 1000 yards of one or two colors - equal amounts of each, plus 135 yards of lace-weight in a coordinating color.

For the larger wrap (80” x 18”), you will need 1130 yards of one or two colors - 580 of one and 550 of the other, plus 150 yards of lace-weight in a coordinating color.

There are lots of yarn options at this gauge. One sample was knit in Brooklyn Tweed Arbor (DK) and one in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (single ply fingering). Basically any yarn that gives you a nice fabric at the given gauge will work. It is a large wrap, and lofty yarns like Arbor or single-ply fingering yarns like Tosh Merino Light work really well. A fingering-weight wrap will be light and airy, a DK-weight wrap will be more cozy. There’s more discussion about yarn choices (colors, weights, fibers) in the planning thread.

Color choices
The idea behind this design was low-contrast, soothing, beachy colors. I used Arbor in Degas and Driftwood and Vale in Arabesque (see second photo) for the larger wrap. For the smaller wrap, I used one color of tml - Whiskers, and Knit Pick Shadow in Basalt (see third photo). I do recommend that you choose two main colors that are close in value (light vs dark). You can even use the same color for both MC1 and MC2. Your coordinating color (the laceweight) can be as low- or high-contrast as you like. If you know you want a really eye-catching, graphic wrap, go with any 3 colors that make you happy, but I’d recommend swatching them together to make sure the combo works.

Needles and notions
Depending on the circular cast-on method you choose, you may need a crochet hook in a size compatible with your gauge needles or a bit smaller
US7/4.5mm, 24-inch circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge or a nice fabric
Set of 5 US 6/4mm dpns (or 2 circulars or long circular for magic loop), or one size smaller than your gauge needles
US 6/4mm straight or circular needles, or one size smaller than your gauge needles
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

The most fun thing about these mystery-knit-alongs is the knitting-along part! Please join us in my group where we’ll be discussing yarn and color choices, sharing tips, and admiring everyone’s work. We’d love to have you!