Lauren's Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL
Every year I scroll through all the crazy amazing pictures from Stephen West's Mystery Knit Along and wish I had signed up for the journey. This year I decided to get on board and experience it for myself!
Pattern: Building Blocks by Stephen West
Materials: Madelinetosh Light in Brick Dust, Opaline, Sweet Synth, and Rocky Mountain High (1 skein each) and size 5 40" circular needles
Modifications: Fingering weight yarn instead of sport
The basics of a mystery knit along are that you decide on all your materials before the project begins and each week you receive a clue letting you know what to knit for that week. Each week provides you with new sections of the pattern and after 4 weeks (4 clues) you have a brand new shawl! I tried to be only slightly nervous about going all in on a project with no idea what it would look like in the end, but after making several patterns from Stephen West, I knew that each section in this new project would be fun and different than anything I had knit before.
Picking the yarn for this shawl was tough because I had no idea how it would end up beforehand! The pattern suggested choosing colors in coordinating pairs, so I tried to follow those guidelines and hoped for the best! I wanted colors that reminded me of fall without being too bright.
I decided to stick with fingering weight yarn for this project because I am Tosh Light obsessed and love all the fall colorways we carry in the store. In the end, I don't think changing the yarn weight made a big difference because I still ended up with a huge shawl (and I only did the medium!).
It was really exciting to see this project evolve over the 4 weeks and take shape. Looking back, I wish I would have chosen more contrasting colorways so that the different designs of each section would be more noticeable. I loved being part of the knit along and I will definitely join again next year!