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Week Two has flown by! There was no doubt about the winner this week – Semicircular shape was by far the most popular with just under 60% of votes. Rectangular narrowly won out over triangular although second place was pretty close.

Interestingly there were a lot of comments that while people voted for semicircle, actually they wanted a crescent option. I was thinking a general rounded edge category was ok but now I want to know whether people really prefer semicircular or crescent. So I’ve decided to add a second poll with this question this week.

I was absolutely blown away by one statistic this week. There were knitters voting from 53 countries around the world!!! Fifty-three!!!!

So hello Taiwan, Brazil and Peurto Rico. A bit shout out to Mongolia, Mexico and Malaysia! G’day to the Aussies and Kiwis. Good evening Brits on this lovely summer evening (in London at least). And welcome all of Scandinavia, Central Europe and North America. I’m just so excited to have everyone along for the fun, even if there are too many countries to mention.

Welcome to Week 2 of the Curious Collective Shawl Project!

This week we are going to decide on the shape of the shawl. I have given you a choice of three basic shapes. Within those broad shapes there are a lot of possible variations. For example for semicircular, I am also thinking about crescent shapes here. Triangular can be regular, wide, rounded – there are really a lot of possibilities.

If you have other ideas that you want to expand on, please add them in the blog comments.

After the poll was such a nail-biter last week I am so excited to see what the results are this time! I will close the poll at Midday Friday 31 March May (GMT). (oops!)

So go ahead, vote, comment, share with your friends!

You can join in at any time!

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Important message for people who signed up early on last Sunday. When I first posted the project on Ravelry it was as a free pattern. However, I was quickly told that when I changed it over to a paid pattern, those who had signed up when it was free wouldn’t be on the list for updates any more.

So if you are one of the 100 or so that signed up before I was aware of that problem could you please message me on Ravelry at HellsBells. I will then send you and updated pattern so you will still get all the updates and final pattern. I have just sent out an update to the pattern for Week 2, so if you didn’t receive an email with this update then you are one of the early birds.

Welcome to all my new visitors who are joining in on this project to collectively design a shawl pattern!

The results are in for week one of the Curious Collective Shawl Project! Incredibly, after 1550 people voted, the results were only 2% apart

Textured stitch patterns win by a whisker! I’ll be pulling out my stitch dictionaries for knit and purl combos, cables and slipped stitch patterns this weekend. I can’t wait to get swatching. I already have lots of great ideas.

Curious Collective Week 1 results


You can join in the fun any time. Simply visit the blog  here to vote on your design choices each week and purchase the pattern from the Curious Collective Shawl Project page on Ravelry. The pattern is currently $1.50 which is a great discount from the full price of $6 once the voting is over. You will then be able to join in the knit along when the pattern is released.

I will be posting the poll for Week 2 tomorrow. I am adding three options to the vote this week and maybe it won’t be such a close result!

Are you surprised by the result? Happy with the outcome? I would love to hear your reactions in the comments!

Welcome to the very first week of the Curious Collective Shawl Project.

For this project you can join in to help create a new shawl design!

It is a choose-your-own-shawl adventure and you will collectively decide on various design choices through a series of polls over the next five weeks.

Now the first thing I want you to know that this is not a knit along. Not just yet anyway. I’m not even sure there is a name for it as I haven’t seen it done before, but let’s call it a “design along”.

The only design decision I have made at this point is that it will be a two colour shawl. Other than that I have no idea how the final shawl will look – everything else will be up to you!

For the next five weeks I will post a poll here every Monday with a question about the design of the shawl. Then on Friday I will check the results and announce the collective choice.

There is a pattern page for the Curious Collective Shawl on Ravelry where you can sign up to receive the pattern. Until we get to the end of the design process, this will only be a placeholder. Once you have made all the selections then I will spend a week or two finalizing the design, writing up the pattern and testing and anyone who has purchased the pattern will then have access to the full pattern when it is released.

The price of the pattern will be free until 24 May and then gradually increase to full price after the full pattern has been released. So the earlier you go in the better deal you will get!

You don’t have to purchase the pattern to play along with the polls and likewise you don’t have to vote on the polls to buy the pattern. But I think it would be more fun if you do both!

Once the pattern is released I will host a knit along for the pattern.

So for week one here is the poll. Vote away, share the Curious Collective Shawl Project with your friends, and please comment on any other thoughts you have about the design choice!

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…and I’m not referring to my bottom (although to be honest it is a little).

If anyone has come back to check on the grand launch of the Curious Collective Shawl project this week – sincere apologies as it has been delayed by a week.

And I have discovered a lot about chicken pox in the last two weeks. And how you are not allowed to fly when your child has them.

We were away for a short holiday and a few days before we were due to fly back those little telltale spots started appearing on Lexie. At first I was in denial. For two days there were only three spots. But after that there was no doubt. Frantic googling ensued. Mumsnet said, “you cannot fly”. The lovely Singaporean doctor concurred. We had to wait for 6 days until the spots were nice and crusty (sorry if that is just too gross but that is what the Dr said!).

Several deadlines were missed, and being back at work this week has been absolutely manic. Usually it is a fine line whether minimum hygine standards are met and dinner cooked around here, and I’m not too proud to say that the line was crossed this week.

But the good news is, we survived, and I will be spending the weekend putting the finishing touches on what is going to be a very, very fun adventure with the Curious Collective Shawl project. So please do check back on Monday and I promise the adventure will begin!

Welcome to the Curious Collective Shawl Project! “What is this project?”, you ask!

Do you remember those “choose your own adventure” books as a kid, where you chose what the main character in the book would do next and the ending was up to you?

Well that is how we are going to design this shawl.

Each week I will give you a choice about different aspects of the design and I will design the shawl according to what you vote for! It is a knit along unlike any other!

The Curious Collective Shawl project is going to start on Monday 13 May when I will reveal more details.

In the meantime, if you would like to be notified by email about details of the Project, please sign up to my newsletter Curious Yarns.