Speckle & Pop Shawl by Stephen West

Speckle & Pop Shawl

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Speckle & Pop was originally part of the Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2017. The fingering weight version uses three main colors combined with five color pops for a speckletacular shawl. Fade the main colors from light to dark in the first short row section while adding contrasting eyelet stripes. Slipped stitches mix the main colors together along the edge of the shawl followed by giant yarn over holes. Choose between two-color brioche or garter stitch for the final chevron border. Decorate the edging with a contrast color I-cord bind off. Instructions also include a large shlanket (shawl + blanket) size using DK weight yarn.

This pattern is also available in Westknits Bestknits 3 - Shawl Evolution. If you download this pattern from the Westknits Bestknits e-book, the yarn and color information may be slightly altered to reflect the samples photographed in the book, but the instructions remain the same.

Small (Large)

Finished Measurements
86 (105)“ / 218 (267)cm wingspan length, 25 (30)” / 64 (76)cm from I-cord neck edge to I-cord chevron bind off. Measurements taken after blocking.

Fingering (DK) weight

Small Fingering Weight Version
MC1 - 400yds / 366m
MC2 - 400yds / 366m
MC3 - 400yds / 366m

CC1 - 87yds / 80m
CC2 - 87yds / 80m
CC3 - 87yds / 80m
CC4 - 87yds / 80m
CC5 - 87yds / 80m]

Select 3 colors of fingering weight yarns in a colorful speckled fade. I recommend 3 speckled colors, but you can also use solid colors if you prefer. I recommend a light, medium, and dark color for these 3 main colors.

Select 5 contrast colors for your color pops. These contrast pops will show best if they are different from your main colors.

Large DK Weight Version
Main Colors - Approximately 1400yds / 1280m total

I recommend using 7 or 8 skeins/colors for the main colors. To fade your main colors, gather a palette from light to dark. The sample shows 3 lighter main colors for SECTION 1 and darker main colors for SECTIONS 2 & 3. If you would like all sections to feature the same main colors, then I would get 3 main colors, 2 skeins each (6 total DK skeins). Then choose 1 additional dark main color (MC 3) and 1 additional light main color (MC 1) for the SECTION 3 chevron border.

Contrast Colors - Approximately 87yds / 80m of each color (shown using 5 contrast colors)

Shown in
Small Fingering Weight Version
Hedgehog Fibers Skinny Singles
MC1 - Heyday
MC2 - Fly
MC3 - Potluck (one of a kind blue with speckles)

Hedgehog Fibres Sock Minis
CC1 - Hunter
CC2 - Coral
CC3 - Kid You Not
CC4 - Hush
CC5 - Wish

Large DK Weight Version
Walk Collection Merino DK
MC1 - Sprouts (lightest speckle)
MC2 - Grunge Peach (medium peachy speckle)
MC3 - Grunge Pop (darker green speckle)

Contrast colors are leftover bits of other DK or worsted weight yarns.
CC1 - Orange
CC2 - Yellow
CC3 - Green
CC4 - Blue
CC5 - Purple

MC1 - Grunge Peach (light creamy speckle)
MC2 - Open Sesame (medium gray speckle)
MC3 - Galaxy (dark gray speckle)

MC1 - light creamy neutral for the brioche background color
MC3 - Galaxy (dark gray) When MC 3 Galaxy color ran out, I used a medium gray color for the brioche foreground.

I recommend using 7 or 8 skeins/colors total for the MC of the DK weight version. The sample shows 3 light creamy speckles fading from light to dark in SECTION 1. SECTIONS 2 & 3 use mostly darker speckled skeins for the slipped stitches and the giant yarn overs with brioche. In SECTION 3, a dark foreground color (MC 3) will pop with high contrast against a lighter background color (MC 1).

47” US4 (8) / 3.5 (5)mm circular

62 (76) stitch markers, tapestry needle

22 (18) sts & 52 (36) rows = 4” / 10cm in garter stitch

For the post-MKAL PDF file (single pattern, not clues) --- Section 2 Row 7 (RS): delete instructions that follow “….. turn to work WS.” as what follows is a copy of Row 8 (WS) and not part of Row 7 (RS) instructions.

PDF corrected August 16, 2018.

In the individual PDF, the end of the Large Size Section 2 stitch counts should be 485 sts in the last RS rows and 484 sts in the last WS row…

Next Row (RS): Using CC4, k3, M1L, k to last 3 sts while closing the short row gaps, sl3 wyif. 485 sts.

Next Row (WS): K2, ssk, (yo, k2tog) 239 times, k1, sl3 wyif. 484 sts.

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