Yes, you read that right. Michelle is hosting her final knit-along, and we're so sad. But we want to keep our chins up and celebrate her wonderful KAL projects; boy have we had fun! Kelley knit up Match Play, a fabulous poncho:
And she finished Cable Channel, a mystery KAL that ended up being a beautiful pillow cover:
Michelle is actually taking a sabbatical to spend some time with her family, so she might be back, but for now, this will be her swan song. This KAL will be a mystery knit-along, and word on the street is that it'll be a shawl called Audition.
Good question! A mystery KAL is so much fun, because you trust in the designer and cast on without knowing exactly what you're knitting. Usually you'll be told the type of project and a few details, but you don't know what it'll look like until you're done. That's the mystery part. Usually, as in the case with the Audition mystery KAL, a clue (which is part of the pattern) is released each week and you can expect to be able to complete that clue within the week, so you're ready for the next clue.
Like regular KALs, mystery KALs have a community aspect to them in the form of a Ravelry forum. Michelle will he hosting a forum for Audition on her Ravelry page.
The first clue will be released on October 10, 2019. The shawl is named Audition because you'll be able to "audition" some new stitch patterns. Each part of the shawl will contain interesting stitches and Michelle will provide tips and tricks for each different pattern, including video tutorials.
YARN The shawl is designed with HiKoo Simplicity Spray or HiKoo Simplicity Tonal paired with HiKoo Simplicity Solid. You'll need 456 yards of your main color (Simplicity Spray or Simplicity Tonal) and 234 yards of your contrasting color (Simplicity Solid).
NEEDLES Size US 7 (4.5 mm) 24" or 32" inch circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)
GAUGE 20 stitches and 41 rows = 4” in garter stitch, unblocked
NOTIONS Locking stitch markers, tapestry needle
We'll have plenty of Simplicity available in time for the knit-along—we have a huge shipment on the way.
Just check out the gorgeous options!
We hope you'll join us in this great new KAL!
Handknit gloves are so special, and Kelley has whipped up a great free pattern for an easy pair, knit from our exclusive Bravo yarn. These gloves are soft and luxurious but also very practical. Alpaca is warm and light, so these gloves will be light as air.One of the challenges of knitting gloves is avoiding the holes that inevitably appear between the fingers, usually because enough stitches weren't picked up or they were picked up too loosely. Kelley has solved that problem!
Sometimes you just need an easy project to work on, and Kelley's new free pattern, the Simple Ribbed Hat, is the perfect cast-on for times like these.
We debuted this pattern on a recent Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live, and Kelley used it to demonstrated how to fix a few common mistakes knitters make all the time (even a pro-level knitter like Kelley!).
You'll learn how to fix dropped stitches, turn purls into knits, and fix incorrectly oriented stitches.
Have you heard of Izzy Dolls? They're darling little toys that are included in aid packages, and are sometimes a child's first toy. Designer Esther Braithwaite has developed many patterns for Izzy Dolls, sometimes called Comfort Dolls, and they're available free in her Ravelry store.
Kelley fell in love with them and decided to feature Izzy Dolls on her weekly Facebook Live broadcast, Technique Tuesday.