Do you love to ‘share’ your yarn experiences with like minded souls? Well, yarn alongs are a fabulous way to do this. You work on the same project/s as others and share your triumphs, tears and successes along the way.
Sunspun is running our very first yarn along! We are calling it a ‘yarn along’ because we sincerely believe that knitting and crocheting should each be given moments in the spotlight!
So …… what item are we creating in our yarn along? We have chosen a shawl as the project – a lovely accessory that can be made warm for winter using beautiful soft, drapey wools or cool for summer in your choice of lovely cottons or linens. They are relatively quick to finish (!), almost universally loved and a project that has no pesky fit issues. Winner all round!
So into the nitty gritty:
Knitting – Moonraker
In the words of the designer Melanie Berg:
“Make your own luck with this cheerful, playful shawl – it’s game for anything, and the infinite colour possibilities really let your personality shine. Garter stitch sections take turns with slipped-stitch stripes to create bright daubs of colour.”
The pattern can be purchased from us in the shop or directly from Melanie through her ravelry page. You can see from the various completed projects in ravelry just how different Moonraker can look with different colour choices.
Our sample has been created using the gorgeous Isager Alpaca 2 – a beautifully soft yarn that is 50% alpaca and 50% wool. In this yarn you need 2 skeins each of your two main colours and 1 skein each of two contrast colours for the ‘flowers/daubs of colour’.
Being primarily garter stitch this shawl is suitable for all knitting skill levels. For the daisy stitch flowers we have put together a video tutorial in our youtube channel for you. They are not difficult but the pattern language may confuse you a little – hence the video tute!
Crochet – Sunday Shawl
In the words of the designer The Little Bee ~ Alia Bland
“The Sunday Shawl is a soft & snuggly shawl, perfect for nippy winter days and nights.
Make this shawl your own by choosing a colour scheme to suit your personality or follow the colours suggested in the pattern, it’s up to you!”
The pattern can be purchased from us in the shop or directly from Alia through her ravelry page. And as an added bonus Alia has graciously offered a 20% discount to SAL participants – just use the coupon code SUNSPUN at the checkout. You can see from the various completed projects in ravelry just how different the Sunday Shawl can look with different colour and yarn choices. It should be noted that the pattern as purchased directly from Alia is written in US crochet terminology. We have translated it to Australian terminology for you. If you purchase through the shop we will give you the converted copy. However, if you purchase directly from Alia, just present us with proof of purchase (your ravelry receipt will be fine) and we will supply you the converted version – a pdf copy so you can print it out at home.
Our sample has been created using cotton 8ply yarns – we were going for a very light, bright and summery look! Primarily Debbie Bliss Cotton DK yarns. You will need 7 balls of your main colour and 1 ball each of 7 contrast colours.
This shawl pattern was chosen for its simplicity – it is suitable for all crochet skill levels. The pattern is beautifully written with extensive photo support for every row. Additionally, we have created a video tutorial in our youtube channel for you showing how to do the magic circle to start.
We are having some help sessions in the shop if you would like some hands on assistance. These sessions are free of charge. Just bring your project and your questions and we will sort you out!
There are two sessions each day:
Friday 27th November and Saturday 28th November morning: 11am – 1pm afternoon: 2pm – 4pm.
We have established a SAL thread in our ravelry group for you to post photos, ask questions and share tears and triumphs.
Please post your finished photos in this thread – by Friday 22nd January 2016. We will choose a winner for our crochet prize and our knitting prize from these pics. The prizes will be randomly awarded on Saturday 23rd January 2016 and communicated through the Group Thread and to the winners individual Ravelry pages.
When you share photos in instagram and ravelry and Facebook (notice we have cheekily supposed you will!) please use #sunspunSAL2015.
So are you in? Let’s make this fab and create and share.