Updated: Mar 4, 2021
I thought I'd share a few details around our upcoming Spring Shawl KAL. All the links to each part of the KAL are listed below, with dates.
Join the Spring Shawl KAL with Babs Rudlin to knit through the spring of 2021 and into the warmer months!
The last KAL for our Christmas Eve Mittens went so well I wanted to find something special for your all to enjoy for the Spring. I introduce you to the Midnight Maths Shawl, a circular lace shawl with two different options for the final border.
This is a design which came to me at midnight one night. I scribbled down my ideas, stitch patterns and then dropped off to sleep finally after several hours of restlessness. Sometimes those ideas just have to be pinned to paper before your mind can finally relax.
In the morning I checked what I'd noted... the patterns, the increases, the full 360 nature of the make... somehow it all worked.
Straight off the bat. All the stitch counts were there happily working out, nestling together, I didn't need to amend anything, I just had to write it out properly and get it tested and tech edited. I created both written instructions and lace charts so everyone should be able to find their comfort level to join in with the KAL.
So now I'm ready to share this gorgeous signature piece with you.
Learn more about the event, grab your supplies and get ready to knit along with me in this FREE KAL. #GCWBSpringShawlKAL2021
What is the Spring Shawl KAL with Babs Rudlin? The Spring Shawl Knit Along with Babs Rudlin 2021 is a FREE and super fun online event held in the spring for knitters.
A knit along is when a group of knitters get together to work on the same project at the same time. In this case we will have one knit pattern for two colourways and final edging options, both striped and a gradual colour change. Both pieces are the same shawls yet they appear different due to the options chosen. Whether you choose to make one version or both we would love you to join us for the fun!
I hope to see you and knit along as we say hello to the warmer months of 2021.
Part 1 Centre - 15th February 2021 at 12:01 pm GMT (Monday)
Part 2 Travelling Vine - 18th February 2021 at 12:01 pm GMT (Thursday)
Part 3 Chinese Lace - 25th February 2021 at 12:01 pm GMT (Thursday)
Part 4 Lotus Blossom - 4th March 2021 at 12:01 pm GMT (Thursday)
Part 5 Border Options - 11th March 2021 at 12:01 pm GMT (Thursday)
Feel free to work on each section as it is released or wait until the final part to work the whole project.
There is a paid version of the pattern, as a complete printer friendly PDF which is available to buy, a week after the first part is released, from the shop if you just can't wait for the release schedule of the KAL.
What Will I Need to Take Part?
4.5 mm (US 7) 80 cm/ 32” circular needles.
Yarn - Striped Version
Colour 1 (C1) - 3 skeins of 4ply Wenslydale and Bluefaced Leicester (Fingering; 50g/ 200m; 100% Pure Wool) Moreton Sage.
Colour 2 (C2) – 1 skein of 4ply Wenslydale and Bluefaced Leicester (Fingering; 50g/ 200m; 100% Pure Wool) Cotswold Stone.
*1 extra skein of C1 is needed for the Eternal Frill version (with increase).
Yarn - Colour Fade/Long Gradient Version
Lux Lace 100% Tencel from Vivid Fiber Arts. 100g 739y/675m in the colourway 90 Mile Beach. I also used an additional 'end yardage' of 20g giving an extra 147yrds for a total of 886y. Sadly this yarn is no longer available as Vivid Fibre Arts is currently on hiatus due to Covid-19.
How big is the shawl?
The diameter of the Bell Edging version measures 101 cm/ 40”.
The diameter of the Eternal Frill version measures 111 cm/ 44”.
Gauge is not particularly important as long as tension is kept consistent throughout the different lace sections and the fabric produced is drapey and desirable for a shawl. Knit and block lace pattern swatches in advance for the optimal result. The yardage provided is for reference only, a looser gauge will result in a larger shawl and will also affect the yardage required.
I'm not confident reading knitting charts, can you help?
I have created a mini series of tutorials for reading knitting charts specifically to help you out with the Spring Shawl KAL. They are linked below so you can get a head start ready for the KAL.