Our next KAL starts now, and will run through the end of September. We've chosen the Om Shawl as our next project, and it's perfect for all skill levels! This unique design can be worn many way - it's not just a shawl, but a cowl, poncho, shrug, lap blanket - and much more. The designer, Andrea Mowry, has put together this video to show the many ways you can wear this unique piece! In the video she is demonstrating with the Yoga Shawl, a similar design in a lighter weight yarn.
The unique thing about this design is the buttons that allow you to rearrange it in so many ways! Knit this with us and you'll gain experience with a stretchy cast on, pattern stitches, fair isle color work, buttonholes, and reading a colorwork chart.
Let us know you plan to knitalong with us, purchase at least 1100 yards of any worsted or aran weight yarn (including SALE yarns!) and we'll buy you a copy of the Om Shawl pattern! (retail value $6.95). We can even put the pattern into your Ravelry account, if you provide us with your Ravelery user ID.
This offer is good online or in the store - if purchasing the required yarn online, simply write in the notes section that you are doing the KAL and we'll take care of the rest.
But What Yarn Should I Use?
Of course we have choices for you, and something to fit all budgets! Here are a few of our favorites:
Louisa Harding Esquel on sale, while it lasts for just $5 per ball!
We have more ideas than this, so don't hesitate to ask if you don't see something you like. We are suggesting these yarns because of their color range, but you can also combine yarns from different brands.
Which Brings Us to Color Choice
So important for a project like this, so we'll start with an overview. The pattern calls for 4 different color; a Main Color and three contrasting colors. Think about what you'd like your main color to be - a neutral, either light or dark, is a good place to start. For your 3 contrasting colors, choose a favorite color but be open to combining it with colors you may not normally use. You want contrast - so all purples or all blues may not show off the pattern details. Get some ideas on what you like (and don't like) by perusing the finished projects shown on Ravelry.
Tomorrow's blog post will go into color choice in more detail - hope you will knit this fun project with us! Our KAL groups meet Thursdays 4-6pm and Saturdays at 10 am, where you can knit with others and share your ideas, tips, and progress. Get help with your KAL project any time by stopping in the shop, or feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're knitting along online.
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