Twitter Mystery Knit-a-long
self-published through twitter April 20th - July 6th 2012: free!
no longer a mystery, this pattern is now available free as Orthogonal
follow @leethalMKAL on twitter (#LMKAL), and/or leethal knitters! on ravelry to keep up to date on future mystery knit-a-longs!
This neck accessory pattern is being released as a free mystery knit-a-long, one row given each day through twitter. In addition to the tweets, one week's worth of rows will be posted in the leethal ravelry group, each Friday afternoon.
Starting Friday April 20th, 1 line from the pattern will go live at 11am (west coast time) every day of the week - you can either follow @leethalMKAL with your twitter account, or you can just go to the twitter page, no account needed.
All abbreviations and techniques used are given below.
At the end of the knit-a-long, the entire pattern will be released as a free PDF.
The mystery knit-a-long is for the first 65 rows of the pattern - the first 2 sections - plus some different options and repeat rows for the next sections; at the end of the knit-a-long, you'll be shown photos of the final piece and can wait to choose from the options at that point if you prefer.
After the mystery rows have been completed, you can continue knitting along with the group until finishing your piece by posting projects in ravelry, sharing in the forums, and/or tweeting with hashtag #LMKAL.
Yarn: Weight/gauge is not important; worsted weight yarn or heavier is recommended - something with good stitch definition, either solid, semi-solid, or long, gradually changing, self-striping colorway. (A variegated yarn or self-striping with shorter color sections will hide the stitch pattern.) Section 1 uses approximately 20-30 yards, section 2 approximately 10-20 yards - you can use the same yarn for the entire piece, or change yarns when switching sections throughout the piece, at just some sections or every one. You'll need 200-400 yards for the entire piece, depending on yarn weight and final size.
Needles: Use needles sized to work well with your yarn - a circular needle is recommended, as the cord will hold your stitches well, though the piece is all worked flat.
Size: This neck accessory is one size fits all; the width depends on your gauge - use a heavier yarn for a thicker piece. The width will be approximately 29 stitches wide in your yarn and needles. At the end of the mystery knit-a-long, you'll see some different options for how to finish it, and you can choose the final size at that point.
Skills needed: A familiarity with lace knitting will be helpful, though you should be fine as long as you work each row carefully. The first section (rows 1-28) will act as a normal lace pattern, and the second section (rows 29-65) will have some different construction elements going on at the same time. Just be careful to work each row exactly as written, and trust that it will turn out, even if it seems weird.
st(s) - stitch(es)
sl - slip stitch (purl-wise)
k - knit
p - purl
yo - yarn over (increases 1 with hole)
k2tog - knit 2 together (decreases 1)
ssk - slip, slip, knit slipped stitches together (decreases 1)
sk2p - slip, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over (decreases 2)
p2tog - purl 2 together (decreases 1)
p2togTBL - purl 2 together through the back loops, by bringing needle upwards through both stitches, the second stitch first (decreases 1)
kfb - knit into front of stitch, then into back (increases 1)
m1 - make 1 by picking up the strand between needle points from front to back, and knitting into the back (increases 1)
For initial cast-on, use long tail cast-on or any standard method of your choice.
About slipping first stitch of each row: always slip with yarn on side where it was from last worked stitch, so if it appears as a purl stitch (because it was just knit on the other side) then slip with yarn in front (as if purling), and if it appears as a knit stitch (because it was just purled on the other side) then slip with yarn in back (as if knitting). Then to work following stitch, bring yarn through needles to front or back if needed.
Throughout first section, this means:
Odd rows: Slip with yarn in back, then bring yarn through needles to p1.
Even rows: Slip with yarn in front, then bring yarn through needles to ssk.
Cable cast-on (used when transitioning from section 1 to section 2)
Used to add cast-on stitches to a working row:
Insert needle between first and second stitches of live row (not through stitches, but between them).
Begin to knit a stitch normally, pulling the loop of yarn through the stitches, but leave all stitches on the left needle.
Without twisting it, pull that just-knit stitch up and slip it onto the left needle (keeping it loose is good here).
Repeat those 3 steps for as many stitches as you need to cast on, inserting needle between just-cast-on stitch and next live stitch on the following stitch, and so on.
Decrease bind-off method (purl-wise) (used when finishing section 2)
An easy decrease method with a bit more stretch than a normal decrease.
P2tog, *pass just-worked stitch back onto left-hand needle without twisting, p2tog, repeat from *.
find more details in the blog post!
and check it out on ravelry!
Dates in yellow, rows in red, tweeted at 11am (west coast time) each day; rows will be added to ravelry group forums each Friday.
And lastly, here are some different versions of an image you can download and use in your ravelry projects as your project photo, until you have photos of your actual piece to post - choose whichever you like best!
(these were all edited using the Pixlromatic iPad app)