Outlander MKAL - Clue 6

Well everyone, we've made it! We are finally at the last clue, and it has been such a pleasure leading this mystery knit-a-long. I truly appreciate all of you that participated, and the wonderful community in the Jimmy Beans Wool group has been so fun to be a part of! For the final clue, you will be transitioning to the border, which will be knit entirely in color B. Built on a garter stitch foundation, this shetland lace mesh pattern perfectly compliments the garter stitch body of the shawl. It is a 4 row repeat that is super easy to memorize, and it can be repeated as many times as you like for a larger shawl! Since the lace pattern is garter stitch, the "pattern" rows are on the wrong side, and the "rest" rows are on the right side. This is a little different from normal, but since it is such a simple repeat I am sure you will all catch on quickly! If you’re not a lace knitter, or just prefer a simpler border, than a plain band of garter stitch would also look lovely!

Claire's shawl from the last episode was amazing! I love all the knitwear they've used so far!

Although I am sad that the MKAL is coming to an end, I'm sure you are all happy that you will soon have a cozy finished shawl to wrap up in this winter. At least we have 3 more episodes of the show to look forward to, and than another 8 early next year! I am so inspired by all the knitwear on the show that I have decided to design a companion arm warmer pattern to go with the shawl. It will be released with the second half of season 1 so watch for more info on that coming soon! I am also super inspired by the color palette on the show and will be developing some Outlander colors in my hand dyed yarn line soon!

Don't forget, the 20% off sale is still running until the end of September in my Etsy shop!

Outlander MKAL - Clue 5

I hope this isn’t too boring, but Clue 5 of the Outlander MKAL is mostly a repetition of clue 4. The cable section will essentially be repeated a second time, so now that you are comfortable with the traveling stitches, hopefully you will be able to knit while watching the show! It ends with the final increase row for the pattern, which will set you up nicely to roll right into the final clue. Oh, and you can go ahead and cut color A at the end of this clue; not that we want to see Claire and Jaime separated, but they can’t be together all the time!

Ripple Effect Shawl

On a different note, welcome to September! This is, hands down, my favorite month of the year. Since both my birthday and my anniversary (within 4 days of each other!) are in September, I always look forward to this month more than any other! Also, even though it can be quite warm, we tend to start leaving the blistering temperatures of the summer behind and finally move into the knitwear...I mean...fall season! For all these reason I have decided to run a sale in my Etsy shop! Until the end of the month, use coupon code IHEARTSEPTEMBER to get 20% off everything in my shop; this includes Unraveled Fingering, a single ply, fingering weight, superwash merino and the Ripple Effect Shawl kits using the same yarn! Happy almost Fall everyone!

Outlander MKAL - Clue 4

Welcome to clue 4 everyone, we're halfway there and it’s finally time to use those cable needles! In this clue, the slipped stitch columns begin “traveling” (like Claire through the stones!) to create an entwined pattern. The established stripe sequence will be maintained throughout this section, and the cable pattern will be formed by twisting the slipped stitches across the garter stitch background. At first glance this may seem complicated, and it may take a row or 2 to wrap your brain around how the stitches are moving. Just remember that the columns of slipped stitches should still be lined up, and they will continue to be the same color that they are already established as. The good news is that there is no increase row to worry about this time around! Something to keep in mind; when you are twisting the stitches right or left, you will slip the stitches that are the opposite color of your working yarn and knit the ones that are the same color. This way you maintain the lines of slipped stitches already established in earlier clues.

The stitches can be twisted using a cable needle, or they can be done without a cable needle. It is way faster to do it without a cable needle, so check out my video below where I demonstrate how to t1l and t1r without a cable needle:

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Also, in the first row of clue 4, there is a slightly funky slipped stitch increase that I demonstrate in the video below!

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I hope these videos help clarify any questions you may have about the traveling stitches, and definitely don't hesitate to contact me on Ravelry (RachelUnraveled) with any questions.

If you haven't yet joined in on the Outlander MKAL, you can still get the pattern at half price on Ravelry!

Outlander MKAL - Clue 3

Shepherd Sport in Fraser (color B) Enter Mr. Fraser....I mean, of course, color B! In clue 3, we will jump right in with the second color through striping and slipped stitches! A couple of things to note about the pattern, I found that continuing to slip the first stitch with both colors in front makes a nice neat edge. Then, move both colors to the back and drop the color that you are not using for that row. This will carry your colors up the side of the  work, while maintaining your neat slipped stitch edge. Otherwise, the pattern continues in much the same fashion as it has been, just with the addition of a second color! Head over to the JBW Ravelry group and join the wonderful group to chat about the pattern, see spoilers or ask questions!

I have been enjoying watching one of my favorite novels acted out on screen, and I am so looking forward to watching the story progress. So far it has been just stunning, and the knitwear eye candy has been so inspiring! Have you guys noticed those amazing arm warmers? I am inspired to grab something from my stash and cast on, they certainly look simple enough, but so useful! I can't wait to see what is in store for us in episode 3 this week, and in the meantime, happy knitting!

Mrs. Fitz's armwarmers...I want!

If you haven't yet joined in on the fun you can get the pattern on Ravlery here! Unfortunately the Beauchamps color in Shepherd Sport is sold out, but Fraser is still available and there are may other colors of Shepherd Sport to choose from! Also, you can still get your hands on the lovely Claire and Jaime inspired stitch markers from Spark!

Outlander MKAL - Clue 2

Good morning everyone! Clue 2 of the Outlander MKAL is officially ready to download!  There is more knitting this week, which will hopefully keep everyone engaged a little longer, and it will continue to grow with the same slipped stitch details. I hope it isn't too boring, but I just wasn't quite ready to add the second color in yet...after all Claire doesn't even meet Jaime until 100 pages or so into the book! I'm definitely not complaining that they moved through that part of the plot fairly quickly in the TV show though. I mean really, throughout the whole first episode I was waiting with bated breath for her to go through the stones! Claire and Jaime

I have a couple pattern notes that may be helpful for this clue, based on the conversations that happened last week. First, I did intend for the first stitch to be slipped purl-wise with the yarn in front on both the right and wrong sides of the work. This creates a nice edge that looks finished, and I personally liked it that way. That being said, if you have been slipping the stitches with the yarn in the back then it is totally ok to continue doing so. As long as you stay consistent it will look just fine either way!

Second, on the increase rows, when you m1 next to a slipped stitch, be sure and make the new stitch with the bar from the row below, rather than the bar that is created when you slip the stitch. Otherwise, you will end up with a slightly larger hole. If you are having trouble with the m1, I posted alternate increase instructions in the JBW Group that you may want to check out!

Alright Sassenachs, I hope you enjoy clue 2 and if you are having any trouble at all feel free to contact me on Ravelry (RachelUnraveled)!! The lovely JBW group is also a great place to get help!

P.S. I am over the moon that the series has already been renewed for season 2. Suggestions on what type of pattern to do for next year's MKAL are welcome!