Stillness Shawl MKAL by Helen Stewart

Stillness Shawl MKAL

Knitting
June 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1200 yards (1097 m)
One size
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The first clue of the Stillness MKAL is now out!


Even when it feels as if life is at a standstill, there is endless beauty to be found, and countless lessons to be learned. One of the most beautiful ways to immerse yourself in this truth is to spend a little time looking at still-life paintings. Over the centuries artists have turned their eyes and brushes to tumbling bouquets of flowers and heaped platters of fruit and game. Baskets and bowls, vegetables and old boots, candlesticks and unstrung lutes. Tables filled with ordinary, everyday inanimate objects. Anything, in fact, that will hold perfectly still.

Still-life has another name: the “study.” And that’s what it is: a chance to study your world in exquisite detail. Enter into the stillness. Slow down, take your time. Observe. Learn. It’s an opportunity to go deep. As knitters, we know something about this. When you lose yourself in making, your world shrinks to what’s right in front of you, and that can be a gift. Tiny things take on gorgeous significance. The mundane is transformed into something precious. Something to treasure.

Mystery Knitalong Details

The Stillness Shawl Mystery Knitalong pattern will be released in sections, one at a time, over 5 weeks. week by week, and clue by clue. The design will remain a secret (no spoilers!) until after the final week, but reflects the contemporary romantic style Curious Handmade shawls are known for. Stretches of relaxing, satisfying texture and touches of easy to memorise lace will keep you engaged as guessing as you knit from clue to clue. The pattern is approachable for adventurous beginners but interesting enough to delight veteran shawl knitters.

Mark the 25th of June in your diary for the first clue. Until then, sign up to my Curious Handmade newsletter for lots of tips for getting prepared and selecting the perfect yarn.

Clue Release Schedule

Clue #1 release: Thursday June 25th
Clue #2 release: Thursday July 2nd
Clue #3 release: Thursday July 9th
Clue #4 release: Thursday July 16th
Clue #5 release: Thursday July 23rd

The final pattern reveal on social media will be Friday July 31st. We’ll be avoiding spoilers until then. The knitalong will continue until Friday August 28th to allow plenty of comfortable knitting time. So you to go at your own pace and still be in with a chance to win a prize for your finished shawl!

Yarn:
Skein Yarn Silk Road
60% superwash merino, 20% silk, 20% yak; 366m/400yds per 100g skein,
3 x 100g skeins.

Colour A: 1 skein Atomic (Red)
Colour B: 1 skein Blush (Light brown)
Colour C: 1 skein Chocolate (Dark brown)

Or:
300g of fingering weight yarn totalling approximately 1098m/1200yds

Sample used:
Colour A: 85g (311m/340yds)
Colour B: 70g (256m/280yds)
Colour C: 65g (238m/260yds)

Needles
4mm (US 6), 100cm (40”) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)

Gauge
18 sts/32 rows = 10cm (4”) in stockinette stitch after blocking