The first clue for the Kaffe Fassett KAL was released today, hurrah! All the details of the KAL will be released on Rowan’s website and collected together on this central page:
As a reminder if you don’t already have your yarn on order, the shopping list is available here with the four colourways to choose from.
Clue 1 can be downloaded here. You’ll need to be logged in to download it, a Rowan account is free to register for if you don’t already have one. Once you’ve logged in, you may need to refresh the page to get the download button to appear.
Lastly there is a Ravelry thread for Clue 1 if you need more help or want to see what everyone else is up to.
Rowan have provided two different versions of the square – one can be knit using the M1 increase method and the other with the method of knitting twice into the same stitch to increase. You get a slightly different appearance to the edge on the increase side of the square with each method, but the resulting square is the same size and has the same stripes so it’s really down to personal preference as to which you choose. There is Tip Sheet available that shows the different method results, which is worth a read.
The Tip Sheet also discusses carrying your yarn between stripes in order to reduce the number of ends you have to sew in, which I had already decided to do. It makes a huge difference and leaves you with only 8 ends in total, instead of potentially 50 ends! If you’ve never done this before don’t worry, it’s really easy! I used the video tutorial below which shows how the technique works. I carried my alternate stripe yarn through the whole square, only cutting off and sewing in an end when a colour ended for the final time and wasn’t going to be reused at all in the rest of the square.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I am using the brown colourway and making the small square cushion as I don’t have the time for a larger project at the moment, but you can also choose from an Afghan or a large bolster cushion if you have the time on your hands.
After weighing up the two increase methods, I decided to use the M1 method as I like the symmetrical result it produces between the edges in the increase and the decrease sides of the square. I found the pattern very easy to master, as the increase and decrease rows are all the same after the first couple of set up rows. What I found a bit tricky was that there isn’t a consistent repeat of increase/decrease and even rows, so I had to always check which kind of row I was supposed to be working. With the wordy layout of the written pattern, this was a bit of a chore especially if I was trying to knit whilst watching TV.
To make this easier for me to manage, I made a spreadsheet which indicates which yarn colour I should be using on each row and whether it’s an increase row, a decrease row or an even knit/purl row. Output as a PDF and saved on my phone, this has become an invaluable aid to getting the squares done easily. If you would find it useful too, you can download a copy here. If you are using any of the other colourways, the colours I’ve used to indicate the 4 yarn shades won’t match your yarns but if you can convert in your head to match the shades that you are using, you can follow the PDF just as it is.
Update: My friend Anja has converted my chart for the Turquoise colourway. If that’s the one you’re making, check out her blog post.
Update 2: Anja now has charts for all 3 of the other colourways so click through to her blog above if you’d like a chart and you aren’t making the brown.
As I’m knitting the small cushion, I only need to make 2 squares for each clue and mine are already done! The pattern is a pleasure to work, nicely systematic and symmetrical. The diagonal stripes are really striking and I already can’t wait to see how it’s going to look when it’s all made up!
Here’s my first square all pinned out and blocking. I just snapped this on my mobile phone as I was in a rush at the time, so apologies for the poor quality of the photo. I’ll share some better ones when I have good daylight and my proper camera to hand.
Have you joined the KAL? Which colourway and project size have you chosen? I’d love to hear your experience so far!