Speckle & Pop! Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2017 by Stephen West
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Speckle & Pop! Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2017

September 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 52 rows
in garter stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1600 - 1635 yards (1463 - 1495 m)
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Welcome to the 8th Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL!! Westknits Mystery Shawls are notorious for bringing together a colorful community of knitters from all around the world engaging in a riot of adventurous knitting skills. I am so excited to bring another colorful project to your needles this fall as we all share our passion for knitting and learning new techniques.

Each week starting Friday, September 29 you will receive a section of the pattern until the final design is revealed October 20. If you want to be a Westknitter, you gotta knit with some friends! Mystery Shawl KAL’s are more fun with a group of your closest knitting buddies, so gather your friends and share yarns and colors with each other as we all embark on this fall’s specklicious mystery shawl!

Join the Ravelry group here.

Use #SpeckleandPopMKAL #westknitsMKAL2017 for posts on Instagram.

Clue 1 - Friday, September 29
Clue 2 - Friday, October 6
Clue 3 - Friday, October 13
Clue 4 - Friday, October 20

When you purchase the pattern, you will receive an introductory PDF with information for the KAL. You will receive gauge/swatching information prior to Clue 1. The first instructions for the pattern will be released Friday, September 29.

The overall shape and dimensions of the shawl are part of the mystery. You can expect a vibrant and unique design reflecting the playful and innovative Westknits style.

Yarn: Fingering weight

You can shop our selection of fingering weight yarns online at Stephen & Penelope with international shipping.

You will need…
3 main colors 100g each + 5 contrast colors in smaller amounts

Yardage: Main Color 1: 400yds / 366m
Main Color 2: 400yds / 366m
Main Color 3: 400yds / 366m

Contrast Color 1: 87yds / 80m
Contrast Color 2: 87yds / 80m
Contrast Color 3: 87yds / 80m
Contrast Color 4: 87yds / 80m
Contrast Color 5: 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. These 3 full skeins will act as the main part of the shawl. If you can find 3 colors that fade nicely together from light to dark, that will be ideal.

Select 5 contrast colors for your color pops. These contrast pops will show best if they are different from your main colors. For example, choose 3 full skeins of light, medium, and dark neutral colors combined with 5 color pops.

Get color inspiration from the “Choose Your Colors” discussion thread in the MKAL Ravelry group.

Needles: I recommend a 40” US 4 / 3.5mm circular needle

Gauge: 22 stitches and 52 rows = 4” / 10 cm with garter stitch

Stitch gauge is more important than row gauge. I recommend trying to get as close to 22 stitches as possible. If you have a looser tension (fewer stitches per inch), you may require a bit more yardage. I have factored in some wiggle room for yardage so if your yarn type or tension is a bit looser, I will address that factor in the last couple weeks of the KAL to accommodate some yardage variations.