Wanted: Adventurous Knitters for a Mystery Knitalong

A good mystery makes your heart beat louder (and your needles click faster). If you need a little more of the unexpected in your life, I have just the thing for you: a mystery knitalong! Interweave has teamed up with Cascade Yarns and superdesigner Susanna IC to create a stunning—and mysterious—shawl pattern that we’ll reveal to you over the course of a month.

Never participated in a mystery knitalong? Here’s how it works.

Starting on June 5, 2018, and every Tuesday in June, we’ll release a portion of the pattern on our blog. There will be a total of four posts, and they’ll be free and accessible to everyone because we want you all to knitalong with us!

The pattern has been expertly divided into four parts by our crackerjack tech team, so you can be sure it will all come together beautifully in the end, and Susanna has written tutorials to accompany each portion of the pattern that will walk you through the knitting process.

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The design calls for Cascade’s fabulous new Sorata Yarn, which is what Susanna used to knit the sample. Sorata is a luxurious 70% llama, 30% silk blend that is delightfully soft and has great drape and subtle sheen—perfect for a shawl. The knitalong kits are the result of a creative partnership with the crafty folks at Cascade.  Kits in 3 different colorway options are available in the Interweave store, but checking out your Local Yarn Store inventory is also another option – I bet you won’t be the only one trying to source this lovely yarn.

There are three base colors—gray, navy, and charcoal—in every kit, plus a fourth skein in the color of your choice (teal, scarlet, or yellow). I’m a big fan of the teal, although the yellow is definitely tempting!

Which fourth skein of color will you choose for your Mystery Knitalong?

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Why would I spend a month knitting a thing when I don’t even know what that thing is? What if I hate it at the end? I hear you. But I’ve seen the finished shawl, and I can tell you that you definitely WON’T be disappointed! This project is stunning. If you’re not familiar with Susanna’s work, visit her Ravelry page and scope it out. This shawl is . . . in keeping with that general style and aesthetic. I know that’s maddeningly vague. Just trust me. You want to knit this.

This could be you, excitedly waving around your finished MKAL shawl! Photo courtesy of Getty Images/whitemay (from “The Pocket Ibsen – A Collection of Some of the Master’s Best-Known Dramas – Condensed, Revised and Slightly Re-Arranged for the Benefit of the Earnest Student” by F. Anstey, with illustrations by Bernard Partridge. 1895, William Heinemann, London.)

Win a Kit Before We Begin

We are giving away each of these kits prior to the knitalong! Starting today and for the next week, you will have an opportunity to enter and win the Cascade yarn that is needed to participate in this fun and beautifully designed project. On May 8, 2018 we will select three lucky crafters and get those kits in the mail prior to our kick-off in June. Click through to our giveaway page, drop in your details, and cross your fingers – good luck!

June Mystery Knitalong Hints

If you can’t live with that much mystery, I’ll give you a few hints about the shawl: it uses colorwork slip stitch, garter stitch, lace, and stockinette stitch. Interweave Knits Editor Meghan Babin couldn’t wait for the MKAL to start, so she’s knitting this shawl in the scarlet color option and said she’s really enjoying the knitting and absolutely loving the yarn. She did note that this project is great for intermediate and advanced knitters but might be too challenging for beginners (although knitters of all abilities are welcome to participate!).

I hope you’ll join our mystery knitalong! We’ll have more information for you as the launch approaches, but in the meantime, let the idea percolate and try to find some time in your summer knitting schedule. I think you’ll enjoy the freedom of knitting the unknown, and I know you’ll love the finished product.

Happy mystery knitting!
Rachel

4 Comments

  1. Anna M at 1:09 pm May 1, 2018

    Hello. Do we have to purchase the Cascade Kit in order to participate? Thank you.

    • Jenn at 1:23 pm May 1, 2018

      You are not required to purchase one of our yarn kits for this MKAL – we encourage you to seek out Cascade’s Sorata yarn at your favorite Local Yarn Shop or any other outlet that offers Cascade. Purchase the required number of skeins as shown in this blog, and get ready!

  2. Nanny Judy A at 1:29 pm May 2, 2018

    So how do you purchase only the pattern? The only “option” in ordering appears to be choosing the fourth color.

    Thank you!

    • Jenn at 2:29 pm May 2, 2018

      In this mystery knitalong (as detailed in this blog), a portion of the pattern will be unveiled within a blog series once a week during each week in June, revealing itself to you one stitch at a time – and at NO COST. Should you prefer to wait and see the entire shawl presented, it will be published in upcoming Fall edition of Interweave Knits.

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