Line Dance MKAL by Lisa K. Ross

Line Dance MKAL

Knitting
February 2024
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
400 - 600 yards (366 - 549 m)
One Size
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The sample used Miss Babs Yarn. For a full list of dyers, including international options, view the FAQs page here!

Let’s kick up our heels and cast on a little bit of excitement! This bandana-style mystery cowl is unlike any you’ve knit before. Almost all of the stitches are simple, yet they come together in unique and surprising ways to keep you guessing until the very end. Lines of color and texture will dance across your needles as you create this happy new addition to your wardrobe. The clues are relatively short and easy to work, making this a quick project to add to your queue. Shop for yarn or dive into your stash, then join the knitalong discussions online. After all, a Line Dance is most fun when you join a crowd!

If my mystery wraps have intrigued you, but you’ve been looking for something faster or easier, this is the MKAL for you! This cowl was created to use less yarn, time, and money. It’s full of bite-sized clues filled with stitches that are easy to work, though the mysterious construction will keep you guessing about what surprises are coming next. Shop for yarn or dive into your stash, then join the knitalong discussions online!

March 6 - 1st clue released
March 13 - 2nd clue released
March 20 - 3rd clue released
March 27 - 4th clue released
April 17 - final day of MKAL; post finished object photos in the Ravelry group or send via email

Want to know what crazy constructions we’ve done in the past?

  • Brighten Up began as a triangle at the back of the cowl and transformed to be knit in the round for a gradient that gradually ‘brightened up’ as you worked toward the center.

  • Simply Fun started as a rectangle that gradually joined a provisional cast-on to become a bandana cowl. We played with contrasting colors in easy (but clever!) ways for a cowl that was ‘simply fun’ to both knit and wear!

What to expect:
This design was created to bring JOY to your needles by playing with color and simple textures. Almost all of the stitches are simple to work, but the unique construction will introduce both challenges and surprises. I’m always hoping to guide your knitting skills to the next level, so I’ve created video tutorials and diagrams to help along the way. It’s an intermediate pattern, but I love helping adventurous beginners level up! I want this to be a HAPPY new accessory, and a knitting experience that is so much FUN!

Needles:
US 4 (3.5mm) circular needles, or as required to meet gauge; 2 sets of needles: 24” / 60 cm, 32” / 80cm, or similar length recommended

Gauge:
23 sts and 34 rows = 4”/10cm in stockinette stitch before blocking
22 sts and 34 rows = 4”/10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking
(NOTE: If wet-blocking a swatch, you can pin it in place, but do not stretch it aggressively like you would for a shawl. Gauge is not crucial, but it will affect finished dimensions and yardage.)

Notions:
Required: 6 stitch markers, removable stitch marker, scrap yarn, tapestry needle
Optional: blocking pins, wires, and mats

Yarn Requirements:
This design was created to highlight five colors of solid or semi-solid fingering weight yarn. This can be a gradient set OR a variety of colors (such as the sample). The Getting Ready Guide gives advice on both choosing and arranging your colors.

Here is the amount needed for each color. The amounts include 15% more that was used in the sample to ensure you have enough to account for swatching and gauge differences. That will give you a little flexibility in the necessary yardage:

C1: 107 yds / 97 m 
C2: 101 yds / 92 m
C3: 90 yds / 82 m
C4: 89 yds / 81 m
C5: 116 yds / 106 m

The sample for this design uses Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply Toes in the ’Line Dance’ colorway (100% superwash Merino; 133 yd / 1.3 oz): Perseus (C1), Oxidized Silver (C2), Antique Brass (C3), Plover (C4), Easy Sway (C5). Other dyers from around the world have created kits to give you LOTS of options. This project also works great with stash and leftover yarns! Included is information on arranging your colors for beautiful results.