Twists & Turns: Westknits MKAL 2022


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    • The MKAL is back! The MKAL is my annual Mystery Shawl Knit Along and this year’s shawl is called is called Twists & Turns. We will cast on the Twists & Turns mystery shawl on October 6 and knit together throughout the month of October as I release a section of the pattern each week until the final design is revealed. The Mystery Shawl is a complete surprise, so when you sign up by purchasing the pattern, you only know what types of yarn and needles you need as well as some color recommendations. 

      Clue 1 - Thursday, October 6
      Clue 2 - Thursday, October 13
      Clue 3 - Thursday, October 20
      Clue 4 - Thursday, October 27

      When you purchase this pattern, you will receive an introductory PDF containing all the yarn information and details for the MKAL. You will receive the first instructions for the pattern on Thursday, October 6. Then, you will receive a section of the mystery shawl pattern each week until the final design is revealed on October 27.

      Collect a kit at Stephen & Penelope here!
      We will ship kits in mid-September in plenty of time to arrive before the cast on party on October 6.

      Keep an eye out for updates this month on Instagram and in the MKAL Ravelry group. 

      This year's shawl features 5 skeins of fingering weight yarn.

      MC (main color) - 2 skeins (100g each) of the same color
      CC (contrast color) - 2 skeins (100g each) of the same color
      AC (accent color) - 1 skein (100g) of an accent color pop

      It’s important to have contrast amongst your colors in order to see the details and crisp lines in the fabric. Solid, semi-solid, and lightly speckled fingering weight yarns are all great options for this year’s shawl. Try to avoid using very busy variegated and highly speckled yarns for all of the colors. It’s okay to have some painterly splashes for some of your colors, but I recommend crisp clean contrast for this year’s shawl.

      Join the Ravelry group here to share photos of your colors and participate in the discussion threads each week as we knit along!

      Each week during the MKAL, we will release a special weekly newsletter featuring your progress and we will share lots of color inspiration!

      Sign up for the Westknits newsletter here

      Use #TwistsAndTurns & #WestknitsMKAL2022 for posts on Instagram.

      Have a question about the MKAL or your kit/yarn order from Stephen & Penelope? Check out our FAQ page here!

    • Size: The overall shape and dimensions are part of the mystery! TWISTS & TURNS will be a large shawl, similar in size to Starflake and Shawlography

      Yarn: Fingering weight

      Yardage: MC (main color) - 780yds / 713m

      CC (contrast color) - 780yds / 713m

      AC (accent color) - 390yds / 357m 

      You will have some leftovers, but it’s best to have the recommended amount of yarn listed above.

      Needles: US 4 / 3.5mm circular in 40″ / 100cm length or size needed to obtain gauge

      Notions: 10 stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle 

      It’s always good to have some extra stitch markers and split ring markers in case you want to use them to help you knit the shawl. Make sure your cable needle is about the same thickness as your knitting needle.

      Gauge: 24 sts & 52 rows = 4” / 10cm in garter stitch before blocking.