Curious Collective Shawl: Let’s Go!

Helen —  July 25, 2013 — 20 Comments

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The big reveal is here! The final pattern for the Curious Collective Shawl has been released in full.

This shawl is the result of the decisions of over 2000 knitters from 55 countries around the world. Participants joined in this “create your own adventure” shawl design project through a series of votes on the Curious Handmade blog.

The crescent shape, chosen by voters, is created by several increase rows and designed to sit beautifully on your shoulders. It also shows off the textured stitch patterns which are inspired by a spring meadow. The shawl is knit using two colours of sock weight yarn, the winning purple hues in the original complement the wildflower theme beautifully.

To everyone who took part – honestly I can’t thank you enough!! This design was truly a collective effort as many of the choices that you all made weren’t always what I would have naturally gone to first and so this has really inspired and challenged me to come up with something really different from my usual designs. It has been an amazing creative boost and I’ve loved every minute of it. All the interesting and supportive comments have meant so much to me too!

knitting pattern shawl

The Official Knit Along starts tomorrow, 26 July 2013. Or today if you’re super keen and all prepared.

If not then you have today to have a scan of the pattern, print it out or download to your tablet device, and get your yarn and needles organised.

Like many of my shawl patterns this is written in my totally non-patented Percentage Checklist format and I have provided some charts too for the more detailed sections of the design.
The percentages make it a breeze to organise a KAL! I’m planning a five week KAL starting tomorrow which will bring us to 31 August as an end date.
Breaking it up in to five weeks gives us a goal of completing 20% of the shawl each week.
Anyone can join in the KAL – it isn’t just for people who participated in the voting process – just jump in at any time. Its going to be fun!!
I haven’t quite ironed out all the details of the KAL just yet so stay posted for that! I have set up a KAL board on the Curious Handmade group on Ravelry so feel free to pop over there and post about the yarn you are using and “register” your participation in the KAL. At this stage I will aim to keep a list of all the participants but if there are too many this might be too ambitious!
The Curious Collective Shawl pattern is available to buy on Ravelry for US $6.

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What do you think of the final result? Leave a comment and let me know if its anything like what you expected or imagined!

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knitting pattern shawl wrap

These photos were taken in our garden and around our neighbourhood in South East London.

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Credits: A huge thank you to my tech editor Emma, photographer Kirsty Barton, graphic designer Noa Nesher and wonderful test knitters martiniiis, michelle166, gringaquilmes and arianwenmcb.

20 responses to Curious Collective Shawl: Let’s Go!

  1. Love it! But won’t be able to start for a while. Looking forward to the percentage approach. Cheers!

  2. Thanks for this amazing scarf pattern!

    Incidently, the KAL starts on my birthday 😉

  3. That is gorgeous! I like the full shot even more than I like the sneak peaks you posted earlier. This has been a great process, I enjoyed the input and seeing what the consensus was as we went. This is something that should happen more in the knitting community, it was fun!

  4. This is so beautiful! So different than all the other shawls that I have seen or have made!
    Thank you for creating such a gorgeous shawl! I can tell that you have poured a lot of love into it!

  5. Beautiful, Helen! I really like the way you used two colors in this shawl. That is a gorgeous skirt you are wearing also. Looking forward to knitting the shawl!

  6. I love it and can’t wait to start it. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  7. I love it! I don’t usually like 2 color shawls but this is lovely and subtle. I will definately be making this.

  8. I am loving the final look of the shawl. You did a good job to create something from a few questions and answers.

  9. What a fun idea to design a shawl. Knitters from all around the world! Wonderful idea and what a stunning outcome. You shawl is beautiful! Let’s do it again…

  10. It’s beautiful! Thank you so much for letting us be a part of the design process. It was really fun, and so interesting to see how it turned out. Thanks also for the free pattern! I’m looking forward to knitting it.

  11. It is absolutely beautiful. I know what you mean about the choices not being what you would have naturally gone with. I have to admit that I was skeptical that the end result would be something I’d want to knit. But you have blown me away. This is gorgeous. WELL DONE!

  12. Lovely design!.
    Your talent don´t need suggestions. The fun continue with the Kal, my needles are ready.

  13. That turned out really lovely! It’s not my normal shawl choice, which means I’m even more likely to knit it now.

    After I finish the shawl I currently have on needles. 🙂

  14. Beautiful! I think I know what I’m making my mom for Christmas

  15. Such a fun, creative process. I can see how opening up this design process to the input of so many could be challenging, but you’ve risen to the occasion admirably. This is not the typical type of shawl pattern I would try, either (I’m usually drawn to lace), so I look forward to stepping outside of my own comfort zone in the KAL.

  16. LOVELY! Unique when compared to many patterns that are prevalent these days!

  17. I love the design. It was fun voting in the design process. It was interesting to see the results of the votes and the comments regarding everyone’s preferences. I plan on casting on soon, but probably won’t be able to keep up with your KAL. Thank you for an interesting adventure.

  18. The shawl is lovely but is going to make me break one of my new rules. I have to finish one project before I start another. Lets see what have I got that I can finish today so I can cast on this shawl tomorrow or maybe tonight?

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