For anyone still wondering whether to join in with the next knitalong, here is some additional information to help you decide. The shawl is Color Affection by Veera Valimaki. Pattern can be purchased from Ravelry for €3.90/£3.21
What skills will I need?You will need to be able to cast on, knit, make 1 (right & left), wrap & turn (explained in the pattern) and bind off. There are video tutorials here if you need help with any of these things
Is the pattern complicated?
There are over 2700 projects for this pattern on Ravelry and most people have rated it either 'easy' or 'very easy'. The pattern is clearly written and explains everything you need to know. There is a common modification which is mentioned on many projects (it was also blogged by the Yarn Harlot) of making a YO between the first two knit stitches on each row. Then, dropping it on the next row to make the edge much less tight. This is optional, but I'll be doing it as it has helped so many other people who have tried and tested it with/without the mod.
What yarn & needles will I need?
There are two different versions, for lace or 4ply (fingering), and both use three colours. You will need
- three different skeins of approximately 366m (400yds) each if using lace weight, and a 3mm (US2.5) circular needle at least 80cm (32") long, or
- three different skeins of approximately 352m (385yds) each of 4 ply (fingering) and a 4mm (US6) circular needle of at least 80cm (32")
- you'll also need a tapestry needle & blocking wires for finishing
If you're looking for something super scrumptious to knit this with, Joy at The Knitting Goddess has lots of beautiful 4ply/sock yarns and is offering a special discount just for June Shawl KAL participants!
You can use code "COLOUR15" to get 15% off all 50 and 100 gram skeins until 1800 on Thursday 14th June. If your order contains anything else, please pop the discount code in the 'customer notes section' and TKG will refund 15% of the value of your yarn to you.Aaaargh! Which colours should I choose?I have no idea and haven't chosen myself yet so I've been browsing the finished projects on Ravelry. I've started a Pinterest board to help narrow it down, you're welcome to take a look.
I'd love to join in, what do I have to do next?
Have the pattern and your supplies ready for June 1st when we'll be casting on! You can share your progress as often as you like on Twitter and Instagram using the tag #JSKknitalong. You are also welcome to post your photos on the CftC facebook page at any time - this includes links to your flickr/photobucket images. Each Tuesday I'll post an update on my own progress and you can also add links to your blog or online photo host. (If you are using Instagram and tagging your pictures, I can add the gallery images to my blog posts for all to see.)
That's it! I think I've covered everything, but if not, just leave a comment and I'll get back to you.
Edited: you can view the Instagram photo gallery here, even if you don't have an account or a smartphone.