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Monday, September 5, 2016

Off the Needles

I managed to get caught up on blocking this weekend, so I have TWO FOs to share with you all! Both patterns are by the delightful and brilliant Allyson Dykhuizen, and they're both KAL projects! (I guess 2016 has become the year of the KAL, oh well.)

First we have my Windy City MKAL Shawl, and I am so in love with it. Seriously, you guys, look at how those colors go together. I don't like to toot my own horn too much, but dang did I do some spot-on color pairing there or what?? This was such a fun knit-it was my first MKAL, and while I have been hesitant about MKALs in the past, this was a blast. I think if Allyson does another MKAL in the future, I'd totally be in.

Ravelry Page: Windy City MKAL
Pattern: Windy City Mystery Knit Along by Allyson Dykhuizen
Yarn: Cloud 9 Fiberworks Altocumulus "After the Crash" and Cirrocumulus Sock "New Leaf"

Next, we have my Choose Your Own Adventure Tee! I love this tee so much-I already have yarn for another cropped one and for a full-length version because the pattern is just that good. The KAL was tons of fun, and it was great seeing everyone customize their tees.

I knit the cropped short sleeve version with no shaping, and it is perfect. This yarn is a great color on me, and it's a great neutral that goes with a lot of my wardrobe, so I plan to get a lot of wear out of this. I did modify the neckline just a little bit to keep it narrower-I picked up the neckline stitches in k1p1 rib instead of just picking them up and knitting them, and then I did only one more round of knitting before a stretchy bind off. I really like the look of it, and it's definitely worth taking the extra time to pick up the stitches in pattern.

Ravelry Page: CYOA Tee
Pattern: Choose Your Own Adventure Tee by Allyson Dykhuizen
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport "9142 Platinum"

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  1. Great FO's here. That shawl is awesome.

  2. I love both of these! Mkals seem scary, I mean what if you hate it?! I guess you could just frog and call it a day.

  3. Both of these FOs are amazing, but indeed you did the absolute perfect colour-pairing for that shawl, I'm in love!! <3

  4. Oh they're both lovely - the colours on the shawl especially!

  5. So lovely Kat! Wonderful work. I can't choose a favorite :) PS - when is your birthday? how exciting!!

  6. Lovely! I'm impressed when anyone finishes blocking. I skipp it too often. ;-)

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