Tales from the Isle of Purbeck MKAL

It’s been a little quiet over here the past few months, so how about breaking the silence with a new pattern! And not only that, but a Mystery KAL! I’m pretty darn excited about this one, the yarn, the design, and the mystery setup is going to be so fun! Just wait to see who will be joining us as we knit!

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Unlike typical Mystery knit alongs, with this one you won’t find a project using multiple colours, dramatic stitch pattern changes or unusual shapes, but a gentle piece of soothing knitting, resulting in a pretty and versatile piece which I’m confident will slip right into your wardrobe.

Hole and Sons Pure Wool is the inspiration behind this design – a unique DK single source yarn coming from the Isle of Purbeck, England. As a Brit and farmer myself, I have quite a soft spot for their small batch yarn. Hole and Sons Pure Wool is so purposefully and carefully created – from field, to mill, to your needles – that I wanted to create a design that reflects the yarn’s integrity.
They will be releasing their second batch of yarn this weekend, 2pm GMT Sunday May 10th, and I’m excited to tie in this Mystery KAL with the chance for you knitters to work with this amazing yarn too. You can find more details on the yarn release at holeandsons.com, and if you are on Instagram make sure you are following @benjaminhole for yarn updates. Ben is making huge efforts to ensure this yarn is as transparent as possible – something I admire greatly and want to support. So I can’t begin to tell you how over-the-moon excited that he will be joining us with this KAL!!!…. no, he doesn’t knit, but for each of the four pattern “clues” he will share with us tales directly from the farm.

Sign up and the first clue will arrive in your ravelry library and mailbox May 20th. We will be using the tag #PurbeckTalesMKAL across social media platforms so you can easily connect with other MKAL knitters and see how each other’s projects are coming along. See you in our ravelry group MKAL thread, I can’t wait!

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Pattern Release : Avana

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Introducing Avana! A little collaboration between my lys YARN and I, which debuted at Stitches West this past weekend. Thanks to all your amazing feedback we have decided to release the pattern to everyone else ahead of when we had originally planned – it turns out you are ready to cast on Spring projects!!

Avana is a versatile shrug knit up in The Fibre Company’s beautiful Savannah DK yarn. The very loose gauge makes for a fast knit, and contributes to the amazing drape. It has an interesting and completely seamless construction and the lace edging is surprisingly simple, prefect for beginners who want to give lace a go. When folded in half it serves as a shawlette or scarf, or it can be worn as a shrug with the use of the armholes (yes there are armholes!).

I’m already eager to knit up another, perhaps using a different yarn. Because of the loose gauge you could easily match it from a wide range of different yarn weights – heavier yarn for a cosy knit, or stick with the light DK weight for a breezy summer project.

Yarn : 4 skeins Savannah DK by The Fibre Company; 50% wool/20% cotton/15% linen/15% soya ; 160yd, 50g; photographed in “Sage”. Or, 640yds/585m in Sport weight yarn.
Needles : US 10.5 [6.5mm] 24” circular; US 8 [5mm] 24” circular, set of DPNs; or sizes needed to obtain gauge.
A spare needle slightly smaller than largest circular for picking up provisionally cast on stitches
Gauge : 16.75 sts and 24 rows = 4”/10cm in St st on larger needles, after blocking.
Notions : Stitch marker, tapestry needle.

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