The Yarnmaid's Tale MKAL by Heather Boyd
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The Yarnmaid's Tale MKAL

March 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
4.5 stitches and 5 rows = 1 inch
in Stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
675 - 750 yards (617 - 686 m)
One Size - 10" by 63"
This pattern is available for $3.00 USD buy it now

Welcome to The Yarnmaid’s Tale MKAL! I’m thrilled to partner with Jimmy Beans Wool to bring you an exciting knitalong so you can stitch while you watch the newest season!

The pattern will be half-price ($3.00) for the duration of the 5-week knitalong! Grab a Yarnmaid’s Tale Kit from Jimmy Beans Wool, featuring an exclusive new yarn base and mysterious, gorgeously hand-painted colors from the fabulous Lorna’s Laces, and get ready for a top-secret mission!

Place: Jimmy Beans Wool’s Ravelry Group

Time: April 25, 2018, approximately 6pm EST

Assignment: To bolster the resistance by freeing a valuable operative, Offred, who is captive. Your mission is to tell her story through knitting, while creating a uniquely constructed cowl (with a hidden secret!) to disguise and keep her warm as she escapes Gilead.

What to Bring:
- 1 “double” skein Lorna’s Laces Resistance DK (150g/ 500 yards each) in “Under His Eye” (Color A), available exclusively at Jimmy Bean’s Wool

  • 1 skein Lorna’s Laces Resistance DK (75g/ 250 yards) in color “Scarlet” (Color B), available exclusively at Jimmy Bean’s Wool

  • US 8 (5.0 mm) circular needle, 16-20” long

  • Cable needle, tapestry needle, and 2 removable stitch markers

  • Scrap yarn and crochet hook of similar size to needles (approx. 5.0 mm)

  • 2 buttons, approximately 1/2”/15mm

Specifics: (Gauge) 4.5 sts to the inch, in stockinette stitch. Gauge is important to the size of the project, but you can use the first part of Clue 1 as your gauge swatch, if you prefer. If you do swatch ahead of time, use Color A. It’s best to err on the size of looser gauge – a too-tight gauge may cause your finished project to be too small.

Please note: the Resistance yarn is on the thinner side of DK, so if you substitute a fuller DK-weight yarn, like Madelinetosh DK, you may need to go up to a size 9 needle.

Your mission will be revealed in 5 clues, one each Wednesday, starting April 25th and ending May 23rd, delivered to a top-secret location (your Ravelry library). Join your fellow operatives on the Jimmy Beans Wool Pre-Event Chat Thread to plan your moves, then head over to the Yarnmaid MKAL Chat and Help groups for camaraderie and support once the event begins.

This is a solidly intermediate pattern. Certain special techniques will be explained, and help from the designer and other knitters on the help thread will be available throughout (and after) the knitalong, but the pattern assumes knowledge of beginner skills (knitting, purling, increases, decreases).

Once you purchase the pattern here, you will receive an update to your email or Ravelry inbox each time a clue is released and ready for download.