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Noro Shawl KAL Supplies
on 07/23/16 06:00 pm
Do you have your supplies for the Noro Crescent Shawl Knit-Along that starts on Aug. 8?
Here is more information about what supplies you'll need and how to find an appropriate yarn for this project.
Yarn: You will need about 330 yards of a DK/#3 weight yarn. Noro Mirai in colorway #9 is used for the sample on the cover. The pattern specifies 2 skeins of Mirai, which are 100g and approximately 328 yards per skein.
Depending on your gauge and the actual yardage in each skein, you may or may not need the second one. If you don't use all of your yarn, I have a surprise for you! At the end of the KAL, I will be giving away an exclusive free new pattern to all participants to use up any remaining yarn. (Make sure you're signed up for the KAL. See below.)
Knitting Needles: US #7 (4.5mm) circular needle, at least 32" long. This shawl is knit flat, but circular needles are used to accommodate the large number of stitches.
Stitch Markers: You will need 22 stitch markers to keep track of the lace pattern repeats. Ann Tudor has made an exclusive, limited edition set of glass stitch markers specifically for this pattern.
How to choose an appropriate yarn:
When substituting yarn in a pattern, there are four main considerations: weight, yardage, fiber content, and color.
Weight: Determine the weight of the yarn used in the pattern. It is important that you use the gauge of the yarn, not the gauge of the pattern. For instance, in this pattern, we are using a larger size needle (US #7) than normally used for a DK/#3 weight yarn (usually US #6). Therefore, you would substitute another yarn in the same weight category.
There are some instances where you can substitute a different weight yarn in a pattern. Note that using a heavier weight yarn will require a larger size needle and will result in a larger size item than indicated in the pattern. For a project that needs to fit you, such as a hat or sweater, you shouldn't substitute another weight unless you are willing to recalculate all of the stitch numbers in the pattern.
For this shawl, however, you could use a worsted weight/#4 yarn with a US#8 needle, and it will still fit you! See the photos of other projects featured in this post.
Yardage: Yarn is sold by weight, so a heavier yarn may have less yardage than a lighter yarn. Divide the total yardage required for the pattern (330 yds) by the yardage of each skein of the new yarn to calculate the number of skeins required. Always round up to the next full skein so that you don’t run out of yarn!
Fiber Content: Animal fibers (wool, alpaca, goat, ox, rabbit) behave differently than vegetable fibers (cotton, milkweed, rayon from wood pulp, bamboo) or silk or synthetic fibers (acrylic). Wool and most animal fibers are springy, and after washing, will spring back to its original shape; cotton tends to stretch and drape. Animal fibers inherently trap heat and repel water; plant fibers will soak up water and allow heat to escape. Acrylic traps a lot of heat, and will make a yarn easy to care for (it is machine washable).
Noro Mirai is a blend of 40% cotton, 25% silk, 25% rayon and 10% nylon. The cotton makes it a warm-weather shawl; the silk provides a little texture and sheen; and the rayon and nylon add drape.
You could also make this shawl in a wool or wool blend, which would make it warmer for your fall and spring wardrobe.
Color: You may wonder "Why does this matter?" A colorful, variegated yarn provides a lot of visual interest (stripes, patterns, pops of color) that looks great in a project with a simple stitch pattern. A more complicated pattern could get lost in all of the color changes.
This shawl is done in a yarn that has a long color repeat (approximately 10 yards per color). It's considered "self-shading" or "self-striping." You could also make this shawl in a "gradient" yarn, which has even longer color repeats. Or you could make it in a "variegated" yarn, which has very short color repeats so the effect is more "mottled" than striped.
And really, you could also make this pattern in a solid color. That is how I created the original design. (See this blog post for the story behind the design.)
The Yarn Attic made this store sample in Done Roving Yarns Frolicking Feet DK Gradients, which is 100% wool. This is color #16, Maine Tourmaline.
Melanie Findley made hers in Malabrigo Rios, color #121 Marte, which is 100% merino wool. As it's a worsted/#4 weight yarn, she knit it with US #8 needles.
Both of these shawls were made in Noro Silk Garden. Olivia Paitich made hers in color #252 (greens and blues) and Nell Ziroli (photo by Haley Parker) made hers in color #87. Noro Silk Garden is also a worsted/#4 weight yarn and is a blend of 45% silk, 45% mohair, and 10% wool. Since it's a heavier yarn, they used larger needles, and Nell's shawl ended up being 65" wide by 16" deep.
Where to buy supplies:
Yarn, needles, and Noro magazine: The Yarn Attic in Hillsborough, NJ.
Full kit, which includes yarn, magazine, and Ann's exclusive stitch markers: Crazy for Ewe.
Stitch markers: Directly from Ann here.
You can purchase the single pattern on Ravelry here or the digital version through the Knitting Fever/Noro app.
Make sure you're signed up for the Giveaways!
In order to be eligible to receive the giveways, which include Noro yarn, Ann Tudor Stitch markers, and new LMB Designs pattern, you need to be "signed up" for the KAL. Click the grey "Sign Up" button on the top right sidebar and select "I am interested in... Knit-Alongs."
I hope you're getting excited for the KAL! As a reminder, you'll be able to participate here, on this blog, and/or also on my Ravelry Group here.