I'm so excited that the second half of Outlander Season 1 is finally here! Even though I have read the books, I still can't wait to see it on screen, and I'm sure it will continue to be amazing. And of course, there is always dreamy Jamie to swoon over! Some of the JBW folk and I are having an Outlander viewing and cast on party tonight, we are so excited!
Clue 1 of the Outlander 2015 MKAL begins by casting on just a few stitches, and quickly increasing on one edge from there! For this clue (and the next 2 clues), you may choose to use either a shorter circular needle or a straight needle. You won’t need the super long cord until clues 4 and 5.
Also, as for needle choice, I found that something with a little "grabbiness" (technical term, right?) worked really well. I started designing the shawl with my ChiaoGoo's (my absolute favorite needles ever!), but the stitches kept slipping off the needle, and I could never pick up the yarn over edge right! Once I switched to the Knitter's Pride Marblz, I no longer had that problem.
The body of the shawl is completely reversible (even the cables!), which makes it a little tough to tell the right and wrong side apart in the beginning. I found that putting a locking stitch marker on the right side really helped me keep it straight! As you get farther, it will be easy to see that the yarn overs are always at the beginning of the row on the right side of your work.
As for the yarn overs, don't worry, that isn't the finished edge, and we will be coming back to it in a later clue! For now, just try and make your yarn overs as even as possible; they might look a little messy, but don't worry, blocking will help even out those inconsistencies.
Finally, since the gauge of cables is quite different from the gauge of simple stitch patterns like those I gave in the pattern info, I want to give you guys a measurement to use as a guideline to make sure you are on track. At the end of section 2, your piece should measure about 2.5 inches wide and 5 inches long (along the cabled edge), slightly stretched. Don't worry if it's not exactly perfect, as long as your close it will be fine!