Once Upon A Time MKAL - Clue 3

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It’s time for the cowl! Shepherd Worsted is a wonderfully soft and fluffy yarn, and it knits up into a lovely drapey and snuggly cowl. Using similar design elements to the fingerless mitts, it will make a lovely matching set, but don’t worry, there are still some surprises! As with the mitts, there is a bobble, so if you plan to use a button be sure and skip it!

The instructions provided make a long loop cowl that measures 48” in circumference after blocking. If you would like to make different size, you can easily make this cowl smaller or larger. The trick is to add or remove stitches in quantities of 4. For example, if you would like a short cowl that is 24" around, simply cut the cast on number in half, and then choose the closest number that is divisible by 4. If you want a size that is somewhere in between, than as long as your cast on number is divisible by 4 than the cowl should work just fine! Also, if you don't want to change the cast on amount, but would like a wider cowl, it will be easy to do so at the end of the pattern. Feel free to pm me on Ravelry or email me if you need help with this, my contact info is at the bottom of the pattern!

Happy knitting on clue 3 everyone! Don't forget to head over to the JBW Ravelry group for chat, spoilers, etc! Also, I have a line of hand dyed yarn on Etsy, feel free to check it out!

 

Once Upon A Time MKAL - Clue 2

This week, for the OUAT MKAL,  you are receiving the remainder of the left mitt, plus the entire right mitt! I figure that you already know what the mitts look like, so there is no need to draw out the rest of the instructions. This will make the remaining 4 clues the cowl! I'm really enjoying how they are working the Frozen plot into the show so far!

You will notice that the only difference in the instructions between the left and right mitt is the cuff. This means that if you prefer to wear the mitts with the cuff flap facing down rather than up, you are completely welcome to do so. I think they look nice both ways, so it’s just a mater of personal preference!

A quick note for those of you using buttons rather than the bobble: You will need a total of 5 for the mitts and cowl together, and 3/4” - 1 inch should work just fine!

Also, on the finishing, you will want to block the mitts very gently, if at all. The star stitch is a squishy, puffy stitch, so when you are blocking it you don’t want to flatten it too much or you will loose the lovely three dimensionality and texture. I recommend just using a little steam to block the edges flat and open up the stitches. If you choose to wet block it than just make sure you don’t flatten it to much!

Well that's about it for this week, happy knitting and watching!

Be sure and check out my other designs on Ravelry, and my Etsy shop for my line of hand dyed yarn!

Once Upon A Time MKAL - Clue 1

Good Morning everyone! The first clue for the Once Upon A Time is now ready to download! You can get the pattern on Ravelry, and if you would also like to use the special Frozen Upon A Time color way it is available at Jimmy Beans Wool! IMG_0131

We will begin the MKAL with the left mitt. The cuff is knit flat, using a slipped stitch pattern that helps break up the variegated color. The edge of the cuff is closed with a bobble, or if you prefer, you can skip the bobble and sew on a button! Given the Frozen theme, I think snowflake buttons would be adorable! The bobble looks super cute too, and it is a good way to close the cuff of the mitts without the added expense of the buttons.

The body of the mitt is worked primarily in star stitch, which I chose because it looks like snowflakes! It is a very squishy and puffy stitch that has a lot of texture, which is also something that we see a lot of in the knits that the characters on OUAT wear! Keep in mind that because of the way the stitch is worked, you will end up shifting your stitches around on the needles on each pattern row.

Now, I know some of you would like to size the mitts up or down. This will be super easy if you add or remove stitches in quantities of 8. You can follow the pattern as written, except in the gusset. During the gusset set-up row, you will do less or more repeats before placing the markers, depending on how many multiples of 8 you add or remove. For example, if you remove 8 stitches, you will then do the repeat one less time. You also will want to repeat the gusset less times to have fewer stitches for a smaller thumb. For questions on sizing head over to the Ravelry group, or email me (my email address is on the pattern)!

I'm so excited to kick this MKAL off, and hope you guys enjoy knitting and watching the show. I know I will!

Announcing the Once Upon A Time MKAL!!!

Well, I had so much fun hosting the Outlander MKAL, that I'm doing it again! Join me and Jimmy Beans Wool for a Once Upon A Time MKAL beginning on October 12th! Head over to Ravelry to download your copy of the pattern now, and then to JBW to get the October '14 LLE color:  Frozen Upon A Time! Once Upon A Time MKAL

Once Upon A Time was an instant favorite of mine when it started a few years ago. I mean, fairy tales, magic, and Prince Charming, what’s not to love! And when Elsa, from Frozen, made an appearance at the end of last season, what was already an awesome show got even better! I might be a grown woman, but I love Frozen, and I am so excited to see how they will work those characters into the Storybrooke plot lines.

This mystery knit-a-long will consist of 6 clues, released weekly on Sundays, beginning on October 12th. We are knitting a pair of fingerless mitts with a matching cowl, and you will need 2 skeins of Shepherd Worsted, or 450 yards of worsted weight wool. The mitts will need approximately 140 yards, and then the cowl will use the rest! I have been inspired by the squishy textured accessories we see the main characters wear, as well as the addition of the Frozen girls to the plot this year. Be sure and check out the Frozen Upon A Time color way available from Jimmy Beans Wool! This accessory set will be great to keep for yourself, or give away as a gift this holiday season!

Frozen Upon A Time swatch

Interested in seeing how the lovely soft blue-greys (for Elsa) and the pink-purples (for Anna) in Frozen Upon A Time knit up? Here's a swatch, in the Shepherd Worsted. There is a bit of pooling, as is to be expected with a variegated yarn, but the colors look lovely together. I've also used specific stitch patterns to help break up the pooling in the pattern.

Don't forget to head to Ravelry and grab the pattern now, it will be half price for the duration of the MKAL!

For those of you interested in trying out my hand dyed yarn, don't forget to head over to my Etsy store before the end of the month for 20% off of all purchases using the coupon code: IHEARTSEPTEMBER!

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!