Outlander MKAL 2015 - Clue 1

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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.

Spoiler Swatch!

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!

Feel free to contact me here or send me a message on Ravelry with any questions. We also have a supportive and helpful group on Ravelry...those ladies answer questions practically faster than I do!

Also, if you haven't had a chance to check out my hand dyed yarn yet, nows your chance! Everything in my store here and on Etsy is 20% off right now with the code APRILSHOWERS2015. 


Outlander MKAL 2015 - It's Happening!

I am so excited to announce that I will be hosting another Outlander MKAL with Jimmy Beans Wool! This time, it will begin with the premiere of the second half of season 1 of Outlander on Starz, which I am sure we are all super excited to watch. I know I can't wait! Craigh Na Dun

In the beginning of Season 1, Claire’s journey begins when she steps through the standing stones at Craig Na Dun. The circle continues to play an important role in her story throughout the rest of the episodes, and of course it will continue to do so for the remainder of the story. For that reason, both the Lorna’s Laces limited edition color this month, as well as this mystery knit-a-long have been inspired by Craig Na Dun!

The shawl will be knit using 2 skeins of Shepherd Sock, and the pattern will be released over the course of 5 weeks, beginning with the premiere of the second half of season 1 of Outlander on April 4th.

I have included 2 different unblocked gauges,  1x1 ribbing and garter stitch. This will allow you to check your gauge in the the first few inches of clue 1 to see if you are on track!  Gauge is not super important with this pattern, so no need to stress too much about it :) Below is a pic of what the color looks like knitted up...gorgeous, right?!

Craigh na Dun garter stitch swatch.

You will need a US 4-40" circular needle for the MKAL, though you can of course start with a shorter circular, or even straight needles, and just move to the long circular as the shawl grows. Also, in the course of designing the pattern, I found that I was much happier on a "grabbier " (technical term, right?) needle, rather than a super slippery metal one. I was dying to try out the Knitter's Pride Marblz, mostly because they are so pretty. They were the perfect mix of smooth and a little grabby, plus a tip that is pointy, but not too much so. Plus, the size 4 is hot pink, so how can you go wrong!?

 

Everything you need for the MKAL, plus some of my favorite extras!

I hope you all join me and Jimmy Beans Wool for the MKAL, you can find an active, fun and friendly community in the JBW group on Ravelry. Happy knitting!

Once Upon A Time MKAL - Clue 6

Once Upon A Time MKAL Well, we’ve reached the final clue in the OUAT MKAL! There are 2 sections left to finish the cowl, and I decided to combine these 2 sections into 1 clue, that way you have lots of time to finish them since the MKAL is over now!  For those of you that have more yardage or chose to do a shorter version, you can add more width to your cowl by repeating sections 3 and 4 as many times as you want, and then finishing with section 5.

After you finish this clue, and block your cowl, it should measure approximately 50 inches around and 6 inches wide. Just enough to double it around your neck for a nice cozy winter accessory!

Thanks so much for participating in the Once Upon A Time MKAL! It has been super fun and I hope you enjoy your fingerless mitts and cowl set. It is just getting into the cold weather here in Reno, so I know mine are going to come in handy shortly :)

The set just doesn't seem complete with out a matching hat, so I have a design in the works for that. Keep an eye on my blog for more info! Also check out my etsy shop because some new and exciting things will be coming out shortly!

Once Upon A Time MKAL - Clue 5

Well, we are getting near the end, and just in time for the holidays! If you haven't yet joined in on the MKAL fun, head over to Ravelry to get your pattern!

For the third section of the cowl, we are going back to knitting the slipped stitch pattern from the first section. The beginning of the row is moved over, creating a new, staggered tab closure. This time though, it is purely decorative, since it will be in the middle of your work! As with the other tabs, you can definitely use a button rather than a bobble, it is totally up to you!

Some people have been wondering about how to make the cowl wider. Before I give info on that, I want to stress one thing: you need to have more than 2 skeins of Shepherd Worsted. In clue 4 (section 2), the Star Stitch section, you can definitely add more repeats for a wider cowl, IF you have more yarn than called for. If you aren't sure how much extra you will have, you can wait to the end to widen the cowl. Since it is done in sections, it will be very easy to add more sections at the end, and you can potentially keep going until you are out of yarn. If you are unsure of which way will work best for you, send me a message on Ravelry or ask in the JBW group and hopefully I can help!

Have you finished your mitts yet? Spoiler Alert!! Here is a pic of my finished mitts so you can see what they look like :)

Once Upon A Time Mitts

 

Once Upon A Time MKAL - Clue 4

It's time for Clue 4 of the OUAT MKAL, we're over half way there! For those of you that guessed that we would be joining in the round, you were totally right! In this section of the cowl, after joining in the round and purling a row, you will be switching to star stitch. This continues the same texture from the mitts for a nice matching set. I know this stitch can be a little hard on the hands, and if you find that you are having trouble, you may want to go up a needle size for this section. Also, try and keep your stitches as loose as possible because that will help! I know some people insert the needle into the 3 stitches to be knit together purl-wise, and then pull on the stitches a bit to loosen them before doing the stitch. It is an extra step but it may be worth the time and effort to save your hands! If you find that you really don’t want to do star stitch than you can just keep doing the woven stitch from the first clue. It will still look nice with your mitts, and be much easier on the hands!

How is everyone liking how the Frozen characters are fitting into the Once Upon A Time plot so far? I am finding that I am really enjoying it and I am very intrigued to find out what happened to Anna and what the story is with the crazy snow queen! It is nice to have some fresh characters introduced into Storybrook and I'm excited to see how the story unfolds!

I found these comparison images between the movie and the OUAT characters. I think they did a pretty good job with the casting! What do you think?

Elsa from Frozen and OUAT.

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It's not to late to join in the fun! You can get the Frozen Upon a Time yarn from JBW and the OUAT MKAL pattern from Ravelry and easily catch up. Happy knitting everyone, and don't forget to head over to my Etsy shop and check out my  line of hand dyed yarn!