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Announcing the 2014 Sampler Mystery Knit-a-long!

I’m really excited to share a project that I’ve been working on, secretly, behind the scenes for months!

blog MKAL logo supplies with sample block edit

If you can cast on, knit, purl, and bind off, this sampler MKAL is for you!

Starting on January 1, a new “clue” will be released every second Wednesday through 2014. The Knitting Sampler MKAL will have 27 “clues,” including tips for starting your blanket project, 25 different patterns for 6” (15 cm) blanket squares, and instructions for assembling and finishing a baby blanket or throw.

We will start off with basic knit and purl combinations (to help build your confidence in pattern reading) and move on to stitches that incorporate increasing and decreasing, cables, bobbles, and other techniques. New techniques will be explained with written or photo tutorials and/or links to web resources.

Each stitch will be a mystery, with a picture only shared after the next clue is revealed, so even intermediate knitters can have fun. More experienced knitters can also join in to learn new stitches and share their tips with the group.

Oh, and did I mention the monthly prizes? This MKAL has some great sponsors, including Alchemic VisceraCascade Yarns, Erin Lane BagsIndian Lake Artisans, Michelle’s Assortment, Sarah KincheloeThe Sexy Knitter, Spazspun, The Spinner’s Emporium, and more.

So what are you waiting for?

Pre-order the Underground Crafter 2014 Mystery Sampler here (with a 50% discount through January 15).

Grab a button or banner! (Right click and “save image as”).

Underground Crafter MKAL banner

Underground Crafter MKAL button1

Underground Crafter MKAL button2

And introduce yourself in the Ravelry MKAL chat thread, on the Underground Crafter Facebook page, or by Tweeting @ucrafter.

I’m looking forward to seeing your creations!

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL: Laying Down the Foundation

Pineapples with Underground Crafter CAL

Welcome to the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL!  If you’re just joining in, you can find the free pattern here in Crochetvolution.  Ravelry members can join our CAL chat here.  Our tag is 2013PFEcal.

Welcome to our second week of the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL.  Apparently, some speedy participants have almost finished their shawls already, but do not feel rushed!  The rest of us mere mortals will crochet a long at a leisurely pace!

Since I’m working a week ahead of the schedule, last week I shared progress photos of the first 8 rows, or the foundation, of the shawl.  This week, I’ll share pictures of the first repeat, rows 9-14.  These are the rows you will repeat until your shawl is the size you want (or until you run out of yarn – whichever comes first!).

Once again, I’m sharing my progress pictures.

After Row 9.

After Row 9.

After Row 10.

After Row 10.

After Row 11.

After Row 11.

After Row 12.

After Row 12.

After Row 13.

After Row 13.

It often happens that while reviewing pictures I take for the blog, I see mistakes in my work.  I actually missed one of the increases on my original Row 14 (Apparently, I shouldn’t watch suspenseful Dexter episodes while making a sample shawl.)  Here is the revised version, with all of the increases intact, but on a different background.

Through Row 14 (the outdoors, windy and sunny version).

Through Row 14 (the outdoors, windy and sunny version).

Once you make it through Row 14, you’ve done everything you need to finish this shawl.  (Yay!) Keep in mind that you should be increasing the total number of pineapples in each row by four (two on each side) every time you complete Row 14.

Now my mistake can help you!

Now my mistake can help you!

Let me know if you have any questions about the shawl, and don’t forget to share your pictures!

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL Schedule

Friday, February 15: Start your chains: Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL kick off!  

Friday, February 22: Laying down the foundation: Rows 1-8

Friday, March 1: The first repeat: Rows 9-14

Friday, March 8: The second repeat: Rows 15-20

Friday, March 15: The third repeat: Rows 21-26

Friday, March 22: Finishing off: Edging and blocking

Friday, March 29: The big reveal: Flash your shawls on RavelryFacebook,Twitter, and/or your blog for a chance to win prizes from Galler Yarns!

Year of Projects, Year 2: Experiments and pineapples

YOP2 floral with dates

Yesterday, I took an amazing class, Double-Ended, Circular Tunisian Tapestry with Lily Chin.  I’d never taken a class with Lily before, but I’ve heard a lot of good things.  Well, believe the hype, people, because she is an awesome teacher!  It’s rare to find a talented designer who is also an excellent teacher, but Lily has the total package.  In addition to being very clear and organized, she was also a lot of fun!

Lily modeling her projects using this technique at the December, 2012 NYC Crochet Guild meeting.

Lily modeling her projects using this technique at the December, 2012 NYC Crochet Guild meeting.

The workshop was designed to teach us how to do Tunisian crochet in the round using a double-ended hook.  Once we had that technique down, we learned how to use the method for creating intarsia style projects along with several different ways to increase and decrease.  (Lily has used this colorwork technique in several patterns, including the Bitmap Cowl, Graphic Ornaments, and Argyle Hat from the 2012 Interweave Crochet Accessories issue.)

Here's my tiny circular project from class.

Here’s my tiny circular project from class.

Although my actual YOP goal was to learn a new (to me) knitting skill, this class taught me several new crocheting skills and my creative energies were totally inspired!

The start of a circular Tunisian project from class.

The start of a circular Tunisian project from class.

I’ll need to sit down with some different yarn and see what I can come up with.  Perhaps, like Lily, I’ll experiment by making hats for charity.  (She showed us a slideshow of over 100 hats she crocheted as chemo caps using this technique.)

In other news, I kicked off my Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL on Friday.  So far, we have a pretty lively discussion going on in the Underground Crafter Ravelry group.  The CAL will run through March, and then I’ll just need to organize one more CAL or KAL in my group to be on track with my YOP goal.

My second version of the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl for the CAL, through Round 14.

My second version of the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl for the CAL, through Round 14.

For more Year of Projects updates, visit Come Blog-a-long on Ravelry.