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Knitting in Public '23 Mystery Knit a Long!

Originally posted 6/5/23

Knitting in Public '23 Mystery Knit a Long Cover Image - a drawing of a girl knitting on a park bench with details about the MKaL  floating in the air around her.

HELLO!


The Mystery Knit-a-Long for World Wide Knit in Public Day (June 10th) is here!


Join in on the fun and get your needles clicking with the 2023 MKaL shawl. Clues will be scattered around the internet on June 10th so grab the ones you can (try for all of them!) and add them into your shawl as you knit in public. The basic pattern specs are included in the initial download, with the Cast On info arriving in your inbox on June 9th so you can prepare for your day out. The basic specs include a percentage-based pattern option that gives you the ability to knit from stash in any yarn weight making this project customizable to your style. Expect lots of comforting garter stitch & simple patterning, perfect for all levels of knitters! The full pattern reveal (and full pattern update with all the clues) is July 7th, so get ready for a super fun, easy carry-along project you can take with you wherever you go this Summer!


The pattern is available to download in the Yumi Yarns Shop as well as through Ravelry.


Happy knitting! 😘

Shaina ^_^


 

Weigh Your Yarn & Cast On With Me!


In today's video I'll show you how to weigh your yarn for this project so that you can stash dive and use whatever yarn weight strikes your fancy for this project. Then we'll cast on our shawls together so that you'll be ready for adding in Clue 1 when it drops Saturday morning. I hope you enjoy this fun stash-buster project with me as we knit through the clues (and our yarn stash) this Summer!


 


July 10th Virtual Scavenger Hunt Locations & Times


Clue 1 @ 5 AM CST @ YumiYarns.com Clue 2 @ 8 AM CST @ Instagram Clue 3 @ 11 AM CST @ YouTube Clue 4 @ 2 PM CST @ Facebook Clue 5 @ 5 PM CST @ Patreon


 


Clue 1:


(If you haven't already, go get your copy of the pattern or this clue won't make any sense.)


Join me as we continue working our way through this year's mystery shawl! Today we'll be adding Clue 1 into Wedge 1, Section 2. This stitch pattern involves knitting elongated cables on the wrong side of your fabric. It's much easier to do than you would think and produces a fun, lacy effect in the finished project. I'll be showing you how to knit them without a cable needle, but feel free to use a cable needle if that's what you're more comfortable with.


After you finish Section 2, move on to Section 3 of your shawl which follows the same garter stitch patterning as Section 1. (Scroll up to watch the Cast On and Section 1 tutorial.) Once you've knit through Section 3 you'll bind off your stitches. (I used the Icelandic Bind Off.) Then, you'll pick-up and knit (pu/k) stitches from along the left edge of Wedge 1. Continue knitting your shawl as instructed for Wedge 2.


I'll be back on Thursday, June 15th with another tutorial for Clue 2. See you then!


 


Clue 2:

Clue 2 has been posted to Instagram.

Today we'll be adding Clue 2 into Wedge 2, Section 2. This stitch pattern is super simple & is honestly my favorite clue of all of them!


After you finish Section 2, move on to Section 3 of your shawl which follows the same garter stitch patterning as Section 1. If you missed that tutorial, you can check it out here: Weighing Yarn and...


Once you've knit through Section 3 you'll bind off your stitches. (I used the Icelandic Bind Off). Then, you'll pick-up and knit (pu/k) stitches from along the left edge of Wedge 2. Continue knitting your shawl as instructed for Wedge 3.


 

Clue 3:

Clue 3 has been posted to YouTube.

This time we'll be adding Clue 3 into Wedge 3, Section 2. This stitch pattern creates a simple, but pretty diagonal lace fabric. Pay attention to where your increases & decreases are lining up & it will be super easy to memorize the pattern repeat.


After you finish Section 2, move on to Section 3 of your shawl which follows the same garter stitch patterning as Section 1. If you missed that tutorial, you can check it out here: Weighing Yarn and...


Once you've knit through Section 3 you'll bind off your stitches. (I used the Icelandic Bind Off). Then, you'll pick-up and knit (pu/k) stitches from along the left edge of Wedge 3. Continue knitting your shawl as instructed for Wedge 4.


 

Clue 4:

Clue 4 has been posted to Facebook.

Today we're adding Clue 4 into Wedge 4, Section 2. I love the vertical lace stripes in this clue. They're so simple, but they create such a clean and subtly feminine look.


After you finish Section 2, move on to Section 3 of your shawl which follows the same garter stitch patterning as Section 1. If you missed that tutorial, you can check it out here: Weighing Yarn and...


Once you've knit through Section 3 you'll bind off your stitches. (I used the Icelandic Bind Off). Then, you'll pick-up and knit (pu/k) stitches from along the left edge of Wedge 4. Continue knitting your shawl as instructed for Wedge 5.


 

Clue 5:

Clue 5 has been posted to Patreon.

In our final clue we'll be adding Clue 5 into Wedge 5, Section 2. Today's stitch pattern shows you an easy way to create the look of smocked stitches without all the knitting gymnastics. This technique is combined with a basic eyelet lace pattern to give it a bit of an update and add some fun texture to the finished fabric.


After you finish Section 2, move on to Section 3 of your shawl which follows the same garter stitch patterning as Section 1. If you missed that tutorial, you can check it out here: Weighing Yarn and...


Once you've knit through Section 3 you'll bind off your stitches. (I used the Icelandic Bind Off). Then, you'll need to weave in your ends and block following the instructions in the pattern (and discussed in the video linked above).


I'll share the full reveal soon, but in the meantime I hope that you've enjoyed knitting along with the mkal this Summer & that you're looking forward to wearing your beautiful shawl this Fall & Winter. Thank you so much for joining in with us! Please share your creations with the community by using and following the hashtags: #yumiyarns & #wwkipdmkal23


 


Previous MKaL Designs:

Image of the Naiad Shawl, a deep purple, highly textured semi-circular shawl, spread out on a wooden deck.
Naiad Shawl

(Linked to the Yumi Yarns shop)



The Holiday Recovery Shawl, a multi-color garter-stitch and mesh based semi-circular shawl, is held in front of a window on a cold winter day.
Holiday Recovery Shawl

(Linked to the Yumi Yarns shop)



A close-up of the Knit at Nite shawl, a fingering weight shawl featuring garter stitch, simple mesh, and brioche ribbing in neons and pastels.
Knit at Nite Shawl

(Linked to the Yumi Yarns Shop)


 



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