January 10, 2019 2 min read

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Join designer Kyle Kunneke on January 10, as he leads followers through the creation of the Lucio Shawl, worked in HiKoo® SimpliCria, Both the free pattern and the yarn are available at Alpaca Direct!

Kelley will be knitting along with Kyle and sharing her insights. Be sure to post your progress in our Facebook VIP group! Kyle joined us for a Technique Tuesday with Kelley, where he talked about the Lucio Shawl Knit-Along. 

Here's a replay of the episode with Kelley and Kyle.

What you will learn

The techniques used in this project include knitting, purling, increasing, and stranded knitting.

Knowing how to lock your floats is helpful in this pattern, but not required. Kelley thinks it's a neat technique, thought, so she filmed a couple of tutorials for you!

How to Lock Your Floats

Here's how to lock your floats on the knit side of a project.

Here's how to lock your floats on the purl side.

For more help on locking your floats, download Kyle's tutorial!

It's not too late to join the KAL, so check out the specifics below.

Lucio Shawl Knit-Along

Materials (We have the yarn and needles in stock!)

(The colors used in the brown and blue sample are MC: #261 Grizzley, and CC: #252, Tropical Rain.)

Gauge: Approximately 21 stitches and 28 rows = 4” in Stockinette

Size: Approximately 51" by 28"

Check out the Ravelry group for this project, and share your progress, questions, and photos! Kyle is moderating the group, so he'll be there to answer your questions and cheer you on.

Contest: If you finish this project by February 15, 2019, you can enter to win a fabulous prize from Skacel!

About Kyle Kunneke

Kyle lives near Seattle, and he enjoys designing knitwear, teaching, and helping people use fiber arts to combat depression, anxiety, and isolation. Kyle has a wonderful history of helping others through fiber arts.

In 2009, he organized a worldwide project, bringing knitters together to make a blanket for a man in Holland who was battling testicular cancer. Kyle received more than 200 squares from over 50 knitters and crocheters!

In 2010, Kyle moved to San Francisco to pursue work in HIV prevention and public health, and also began releasing knitwear patterns. Kyle's designs have been published in numerous knitting and fiber arts magazines, in books, and under the Kyle William label on his website.

Kyle's book, Urban Knit Collection: 18 City-Inspired Knitting Patterns for the Modern Wardrobe (Interweave, 2016) is a modern classic, with gorgeous examples of colorwork knitting, cable work, and just plain amazing knitting.

We hope you'll join us for the Lucia knit-along!

Cheers,

Kathleen Cubley
Kathleen Cubley



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