SPOILER ALERT: This post may contain spoiler information regarding Andrea Mowry’s MKAL What The Fade?! shawl pattern*
Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since my last post so I thought I’d take this time to catch you up on what I’ve been up to lately, especially the new MKAL that I am participating in. Andrea Mowry has a new Mystery Knit Along that began on August 31st, 2017 called What The Fade?!. I have never participated in a mystery knit along before so I had no idea what to expect. My basic knowledge of these KALs is that the final product is a surprise, but you will know if it’s a shawl, cowl, sweater, hat etc. You also receive basic information about the project such as the type of yarn you will need and how much yarn you will need and also various textures that will be included in the project. For the What The Fade MKAL, Andrea tells us that we need 6 coordinating skeins of a fingering weight yarn to create a fade and suggests Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles. Andrea also tells us that this shawl will be “brioche tuck, one piece, seamless, and knit flat,” which gives an idea to the kinds of textures and construction used in the pattern.
For my yarns, I decided on a mixture of yarns from stash and from my local yarn store.
Color A: Dream in Color Jilly with Cashmere in the Hot Pants colorway
Color B: Woolen Boon Boon Classic in the Sister, Sister colorway
Color C: Lolodidit Plush Sock in the Polyjuice Potion colorway
Color D: Woolen Boon Boon Classic in the Bedazzle colorway
Color E; Long Dog Yarns Sock in the Luau colorway
Color F: Sweet Fiber Yarns Sweet Merino Lite in the Forget Me Not colorway
I wear pinks and blues majority of the time so I thought these colors would work beautifully for this project. Prior to the first clue coming out, I wound up all of my yarn so that it would be ready to go. On August 31st, the first clue was released and I immediately printed it out and started. In the first clue, you are given a key to important abbreviations you may need while knitting, the colors you will be knitting with, and the instructions. It had been a while since I took a brioche class, but once I got the hang of it I was flying through the first clue.
SPOILER PICTURES OF CLUE 1:
Pictured L to R: The Right Side (RS) and Wrong Side (WS)
For the first clue, I was able to finish it the weekend I came out. As for Clue 2, I was out-of-town for a wedding, and had brought my MKAL with me, but I did not get much time to work on it. Clue 2 put me a little behind for Clue 3, and currently I am almost to the end of Clue 3 as Clue 4 comes out on Thursday. It is my goal to finish each clue before I even think about printing out the next clue.
SPOILERS FOR CLUE 2:
Pictured L to R: The RS and WS of the project after Clue 2 was complete
Tips I have Learned From This MKAL So Far:
- In Clue 1, I had a great amount of difficulty with not making brioche mistakes, so I began to place lifelines after every repeat
- After restarting Clue 1 about 5 or 6 times, I decided I would be placing a lifeline after each clue in the project
- There is a fade section at the end of Clue 1 that can be a little fiddley, but luckily all the ends can be woven into the i-cord edging
- Clue 2 was relatively easy because it was mostly a repeat of Clue 1
- I am also weaving in the ends of the yarn as I knit rather than waiting to do them all at the very end.
- Keep up with the clues, if you don’t do this it can be very easy to get behind in knitting with the clues coming out every week
- Finally, I will try to finish each clue over the weekend that it comes out so I am prepared for the next clue the following week.
I hope you have enjoyed my special What The Fade?! MKAL post. I will keep you updated on my progress as the MKAL progresses 🙂
I hope you have a great week! 🙂