Am I the only one who was blown away by the number of amazing designers hosting mystery knit-alongs on Ravelry this January? I managed to talk myself out of a few of them, but, in the end, I was seduced by 3. Yes, you read that right: 3 knit-alongs. Fortunately, all three of these projects are turning into lovely objects that I can’t wait to enjoy.
The first of these projects I can share with you because the mystery has officially been revealed. Throughout early January, I worked on this fantastic striped shawl pattern by Joji Locatelli. Here are the results:
This pattern started out with just a long strip of crazy fringe. Because I wasn’t too sure about the fringe, I modified it to be little “picots” instead. I accomplished this by only casting on/binding off 1 stitch where the fringe pattern called for casting on/binding off 10 stitches. Here’s what my shawl looked like after the first clue:
At this point, I wasn’t too sure what I’d gotten myself into, but things quickly improved, and I really love my finished shawl. The pattern is really fun and well-written, but part of the credit for this successful object must also go to the yarn I used. All three colors were Plucky Knitter fingering-weight in the Feet (merino/nylon) and Primo (merino/cashmere/nylon) bases.
I’ve been hoarding a small collection of Plucky yarns in my stash for awhile now. This was the first project I broke them out for. All I can say is why did I wait so long. This yarn is absolutely the best. It is smooth and soft, but also sturdy. The colors are complicated enough to reveal that they are hand-dyed, but not enough to give that splotchy or pooly look that some hand-dyes offer. I can’t say enough nice things about this yarn. If you can snag a skein or two for yourself, I highly recommend it.
Joji’s Mystery Shawl pattern is available on Ravelry for $4 (though I think this low price is a limited time offer, then the price will go up later).
My full project notes are on Ravelry as well.