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Who Ya Gonna Shawl? An MKAL!

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I ain't 'fraida no MKAL!

Lyrical Knits' 2023 MKAL, Who Ya Gonna Shawl? is an homage to the 80s classic Ghostbusters! There will be knitting, purling, slipping stitches, earthquakes! Volcanos! Dogs and cats living together! Mass Hysteria!

You need 4 skeins of Miss Bab's Yummy 2-ply (400 yds/110 g) in 4 different colors: C1, C2, C3, and the Contrasting Color (details below). You can easily substitute the same yardage of your favorite fingeringweight yarn.

For Payhip purchasers: I'm offering this mkal pattern here to make it accessible to those who cannot use Ravelry.  It's a llittle challenging to work a mystery knitalong pattern release off of Ravelry since other sites (Payhip included--last time, there were several knitters who were not sent the update via Payhip.  Blerg.) don't offer automatic updates to purchasers, but what I'll do in order to make this work for you is to collect email addresses with each purchase, and then email the new Clue pdfs to all purchasers on the day that each new clue drops.  This will inevitably mean a slight delay compared to Ravelry, and there will probably be a glitch or two.
Still, I'm committed to making this accessible for you, and so if for any reason you don't receive your clue, please be patient, and of course contact me via email.

How it works:
It is a pattern for a generous shawl/wrap/scarf-thingy
Those purchasing the pattern during the pre-sale period (see below) will receive a planning sheet with gauge and materials info.
There will be **6 clues** for the mkal:
Clue 1 drops on Feb 24th (first thing in the am EDT), with clues 2-5 releasing on March 3rd, March 10th, March 16th, March 24th, and March 31st.
As each clue is published, you will receive an update with that Clue (via Ravelry download. Payhip purchasers will be emailed each clue--see the payhip page).

What Am I Getting Myself Into?

* The pattern is written for 4 full skeins of fingeringweight yarn in 4 different colors
* There is colorwork, but no brioche or stranded colorwork at all.
* The pattern is accessible for beginners and experienced knitters alike. There will be some stitches that appear other-worldly, but I’ll provide video tutorials for them.
* The shawl will be rectangular and will be a bit of a Festival of Stitches sort of thing. Some stitch patterns will be repeated, some won’t, and you’ll be able to lengthen it fairly easily in the final (6th) clue.
* There will be several movie references in the pattern, but you won’t need to get the jokes in order to work the actual shawl instructions.

What About Yarn Colors?
• 4 full skeins of 4 different colors ("C1, C2, C3, and the CC") of fingering weight that play nicely with each other. Any of them can be slightly speckled, but I wouldn't recommend it be much busier than that.
• Each skein needs to have 400 ysd or more to make sure that you have enough yarn for the project. The 400 yds includes some wiggle room.
• The shawl will include (non-stranded ) colorwork, but not all the colors need to contrast with all the others. Instead, only ONE of the colors, the CC, needs to contrast with the rest.
• “CC” is the Contrasting Colorway (might even give it the name Slimer).
• CC needs to contrast with C1, C2, and C3 since it will be used in colorwork with each of these 3 colors individually.
• C1, C2, and C3 don’t have to have much contrast with each other—they much only contrast individually with the CC.
• C1, C2, and C3 can be in a gradient (or not) but they should harmonize with each other since they will still be right next to each other in the shawl.
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (1MB)
  • PDF (3MB)

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