As You Wish: An Inconceivable MKAL by Mary Annarella

As You Wish: An Inconceivable MKAL

January 2022
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1350 yards (1234 m)
One Size (it's a secret!)
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This pattern is available for $8.99 USD buy it now

Enjoy 25% off the pattern--no coded needed--through Feb. 21st (the day before the first clue drops).

Oh look who knows so much?? It turns out that this mkal is only mostly dead! And mostly dead is partly alive….with the first Clue coming on Feb 22nd!

Lyrical Knits’ classic MKAL of True Love and High Adventure is now available for preorder! Sword fights, fire swamps, shrieking eels, and a nice mutton-lettuce-and-tomato sandwich are all on this fiber-packed menu, so come join in the fun---just lookout for Inigo if you happen to be the Six-Fingered Man.

Wanna chat about the mkal? We have dedicated threads for each clue in the Lyrical Knits Ravelry Group. There’s also a Facebook Group for mkal chat, but be aware that FB will likely have spoilers.

You need 4 full skeins of fingering weight yarn in 4 different colors for this one. The pattern features a new merino-silk base by Miss Babs’ Yarn, Avon, that is 480 yds/skein, but you can also use their Yummy 2-ply yarn (my usual, go-to shawl yarn).

Other yarn options from participating dyers will be listed at the top of the Planning Thread here as well as below on this page (dyers, do send me your links so they can be added).

How it works: 
It is a pattern for a generous shawl/wrap/scarf-thingy 
Those purchasing the pattern during the pre-sale period (see below) will receive a planning sheet with gauge and materials info.
There will be 5 clues for the mkal. Clue 1 drops on Feb 22nd (first thing in the am EDT), with clues 2-5 releasing on March 1st, March 8th, March 15th, and March 22nd.
As each clue is published, you will receive an update with that Clue (via Ravelry download.  Payhip purchasers will be emailed each clue--see the payhip page).

What Am I Getting Myself Into? 

  • The pattern is written for 4 full skeins of fingeringweight yarn in 4 different colors
  • There is colorwork, but no brioche or stranded colorwork at all.
  • The pattern is accessible for beginners and experienced knitters alike.  There will be some stitches of unusual sighs, but I’ll provide video tutorials for them.
  • The shawl will be rectangular and will be a bit of a Festival of Stitches sort of thing. Some stitch patterns will be repeated, some won’t, and you’ll be able to shorten or lengthen fairly easily.
  • There will be several movie references in the pattern, but you won’t need to get the jokes in order to work the actual shawl instructions
  • For the pattern I used  a new base from Miss Babs. Yes you read that right!  Miss Babs has a beautiful new base out called Avon, and it’s an 85% merino-15% silk blend that is a light fingering weight.  Kits are available here and they’re gorgeous!  Other dyers will be offering sets as well, and I’ll add them all to the grand list on the pattern page.
  • The pattern will totally work with other fingeringweight bases, so if you prefer using Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply (my usual, go-to yarn for shawls), or a similar yarn from your favorite dyers, definitely go for it.  You just need 400 yds (including the wiggle room) in each of the 4 colors.

Participating dyers:
Miss Babs: Avon kits
Serendipidye Dyeworks
Yarnworthy (UK based)
The Fibre Studio
Amanda Hope Yarn
Emma’s Yarn
Dragonfly Fibers
Whole Knit n Caboodle
Wonderland Yarns
Cesium Yarn
Lucky Violet Color Co.
Lazy Cat Yarn
BeautifulSimplicity Fiber Co.