The first clue for the Rowan KAL has been published. You can get all the latest news from the Ravelry thread, or download the clue directly from Rowan’s website. Note that you will need to sign up for a free Rowan account in order to download the clue. If the download button is still missing after you’ve logged in, try refreshing the page in your browser.
I’m lucky enough to have had an early preview of the clue so I’ve already knitted some squares with it. The pattern is very simple and easy to follow, with a repeat that I was able to do from memory quite easily once I’d done it a few times. It took me about 2 hours to knit each square, and with 6 squares required using this clue you will need to put some time aside for it.
At the end of the week I’ll add some photos of my finished squares. I hope you’ll be sharing yours, too!
There’s been a minor update to the schedule for the Rowan Mystery Afghan knit along – the first clue will now be released slightly earlier than originally planned, on Thursday 17th April. All the rest of the clues will be released weekly on Monday as per the original schedule.
What shades have you chosen? Do you have your yarn yet? You can see my colourway in this earlier blog post.
With at least 300 participants signed up already, I’m really excited to see a rainbow of blanket squares starting soon!
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Rowan’s mystery Afghan knit-along is almost here! The official shopping list has now been released, which you can download from Rowan’s website.
If you are a Ravelry user, there is a sticky thread with information here and you can also cast on a project from the pattern page here. Make sure to get involved online if you can, as sharing progress and photos with everyone else taking part in the KAL is half the fun! You can follow progress on my project page which I will try to update every week.
This is the promotional colourway that I’ve been sent by Rowan – the squares will be done in Apple (129) and Plum (122), the trim in Crimson (123).
You can view all the shades on Rowan’s website but, as always, the value of seeing the shades in person can’t be underestimated so do make it to your local stockist if you can. I’d love to hear what shades you’ve chosen for your project!
Despite recent overtures towards Spring in England, it is hailing sideways as I type! This means I am still feeling the chill enough to be extra excited about an upcoming knit along from Rowan. Using their new Pure Wool Worsted, Martin Storey has designed a mystery Afghan blanket project. If you haven’t seen Pure Wool Worsted yet, it’s a gorgeous superwash from Rowan which does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s 100% wool in a versatile Worsted weight. And the best part is that it’s available in FIFTY shades! Check out the expansive shade range, there’s bound to be something to suit your taste.
So, the Knitalong! Rowan will be releasing the full shopping list on 14th April but here’s a little sneak preview of what you will need. The blanket will be knitted in squares with a trim around the edge. The trim requires 2 balls of yarn and the squares require 16 balls in total (3 squares per ball). Rowan will be suggesting some colourways in the shopping list, but you could get thinking for some inspiration now. How about…
- 17 shades – 1 shade for the trim and 16 different shades for the squares
- Duotone – 1 shade for the trim and 1 for the squares
- Alternating squares with contrast trim – 1 shade for the trim and 2 alternating shades for the squares
- Variations on a theme – With so many shades to choose from, you could choose a range of shades in the one colour. There are certainly enough to support a 4 shade blanket in blue, or green, or purple, or brown/earth tones.
The most important date for your diary is 21st April as that’s when the first square pattern will be released. The next patterns will follow each week following, for 8 weeks in total. The next two weeks will release the trim pattern and then instructions for making up.
Having worked with this yarn before, I can see that it will make a really snuggly Afghan blanket and, with all those shades to choose from, I’m sure this KAL will produce some stunning visual results too.
Keep an eye on Rowan’s Facebook Page for teaser details and a shopping list in the coming weeks, and stay tuned to my blog for updates and photos as I knit along!