The Orient Express by Cindy Garland

The Orient Express

November 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, unblocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
860 - 3450 yards (786 - 3155 m)
Small or Large in 1/2 Circle, 3/4 Circle or Full Circle (dimensions below)
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All Aboard
Originally released as our first Stunning Mystery Society knit-along for 2018.

This is a two-color shawl, knit in a luscious silk blend fingering weight yarn. You can choose from two sizes: Small or Large and three shapes: Half Circle, ¾ Circle, or Full Circle (knit in the round).

Stunning String Studio has The Orient Express Kits in your choice of colors, complete with beads, stitch markers and the pattern. You can choose yours here.

The clues will be spread out over 8 weeks with simple, non-stressful sections released each week.

If you’ve never done a Mystery Knit Along before, you are in for a treat. Discovering the mystery along with your fellow knitters is the best.
Each Clue will be added to the one(s) previous, so in the end, you’ll have the final pattern in whole.

The MKAL discussions will be in the Wild Prairie Knits group, so come and join us.

Pattern is fully written and charted. This pattern is knitCompanion® supported. What does that mean?

Skills Needed
Each clue will be fully written out and charted. The stitches used are basic, so it is a relaxing knit, but with enough detail to keep you interested. Basic knit increases and decreases (yo, k2tog, ssk) are included, but anything beyond that will be explained. We will be offering a good introduction to working optional embroidery embellishment and beading.

Yarn Stunning String Studio’s
Elite: 50% Silk, 50% Superwash Merino - 435 yds/100 gr, or
Opulent: 70% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere - 435 yds/100 gr
- Half Circle - Small (30”x60”) 1 skein each MC & CC;
- Half Circle - Large (42”x85”) 2 skeins each MC & CC; or any fingering weight yarn, Small MC: 430yds & CC: 430yds; Large MC: 860yds & CC: 860yds
- Three Quarter Circle - Small (45”x60”) 2 skeins each MC & CC;
- Three Quarter Circle - Large 63”x85”) – 3 skeins each MC & CC; or any fingering weight yarn, Small MC: 700yds & CC: 700yds; Large MC: 1250yds & CC: 1250yds
- Full Circle - Small (60”) 2 skeins each MC & CC;
- Full Circle - Large (85”) 4 skeins each MC & CC; or any fingering weight yarn, Small MC: 860yds & CC: 860yds; Large MC: 1730yds & CC: 1730yds
Note: Yarn should contrast enough to be visible when side by side but will also have large blocks of color. Not suitable for highly variegated or gradient yarns.

Needles US 6 (4.0 mm) 47”-60” (100-150 cm) circular needles, or size required to obtain gauge. Needles available here.

Other 10 to 17 Stitch Markers, Tapestry Needle,

Optional: 6/0 Beads; approximately: 1/2 Circle-Small – 350, 1/2 Circle-Large – 900, 3/4 Circle-Small – 525, 3/4 Circle-Large – 1300, Full Circle-Small – 675, Full Circle-Large - 1700
Tool to apply bead: crochet hook, Super Floss or a beading tool.