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There’s always a certain wistfulness as the summer drifts towards its end. Our thoughts turn to things like school and schedule, and the freedom and joy of long summer days begins to fade.
But there’s another side to the end of summertime: as we return from summer vacations and the kids head back to school, pockets of time may begin to open up, where you can indulge yourself with projects of your own. It’s a time to set off on some adventures just for you.
That’s where the Summertide Shawl Mystery Knit-Along will work its magic.
Create a beautiful new shawl, inspired by those precious holiday feelings: freedom from workaday responsibilities, the wanderlust of global nomads exploring a brand new city, and the glittery joy of dancing the year’s shortest night away at a solstice festival.
Summertide reinterprets familiar favourites with a carefree bohemian vibe: you can look forward to beautiful lace and a modern, feminine and romantic sensibility with a twist. It will keep you guessing with every clue, filling your free moments with a delicious sense of discovery at every turn.
I’ve written Summertide in my beloved percentage checklist format so you can keep track of stitch counts, yardage requirements and pace yourself throughout the KAL. I’ve charted the lace sections, too. With all that reassurance it will be easier to relax, let go, and just let the pattern unfold before your eyes.
Yarn choice and needles:
The pattern requires two 100g skeins of fingering/ sock yarn, approximately 384m/420yds each. It’s designed for two different colours, but a single colour would be beautiful, too.
The sample used approximately:
Colour A: 270m/294yds
Colour B: 346m/378yds
I used Colour A for 2 clues and Colour B for 2 clues.
There is a significant amount of lace throughout the shawl with the exception of one clue.
For that reason I would recommend a solid or semi-solid yarn or a subtly variegated yarn if you like to combine variated yarn with lace. I wouldn’t recommend “wild” coloured yarn!
And remember the description - it is a romantic, boho, feminine shawl.
The recommended yarns for Summertide MKAL are:
Skein Australia Top Draw Sock
Psst - Skein Australia is about to have a shop update on Friday 28 August – you’ll be able to pre-order your yarn!
Tosh Merino Light
This perennial favourite can be found at one of our long-time sponsors, Meadow Yarn, and we’ll also have a guest post from Anj about her favourite colour combos! I think you’ll be very inspired.
4mm (US 6), 100 cm long circular needles or needles to get gauge
While exact gauge is not critical, be aware you may use more yarn if you knit at a looser gauge than the pattern and allow for extra yarn.
Can you help me choose the colours for my shawl?
It is really up to you - but we have some great advice from some colour whizzes here:
Kristen from Skein
Anj Meadow Yarn – both on my blog and her blog
MisKnitz shared her inspiration here too
What is the level of difficulty?
I would say it is adventurous beginner to intermediate (on just a few rows)
It is a step up from beginner but it definitely isn’t advanced. There might be a handful of rows you really have to concentrate on where you are setting up a new pattern or that have a bit more happening - but I really think it is very achievable for an adventurous lace beginner. And lifelines are always helpful if you are worried!
Skills needed: cast on, knit, purl, lace stitches including yarn over, knit two together, slip slip knit.