Curious Collective Shawl Project Update

Helen —  July 6, 2013 — 56 Comments

I has been a bit quiet around here hasn’t it?!

But not at Curious Handmade HQ, not at all.

I have been knitting like an absolute ninja here. I’ve knitted on the sofa, at swimming practice, at the pub, on my birthday, in the garden and I even knitted a long and cable-y row at Wimbledon (go Andy!) such was my dedication to getting it finished for you!

After five days solid of knitting, lots of scribbling, frequent punching numbers into a calculator and a substantial amount of ripping and re-knitting at one point I can present a sneak preview of the Curious Collective Shawl!

I know that many of you are really excited to get started. I am also itching to start another one too!

So I’ll be finalising my notes, writing everything up and getting the pattern tested over the next week. I can’t give an exact date just yet but I am aiming to release the pattern and kick off the knit along in the week starting 15 July.

knitting shawl pattern

I am really happy with the shawl design – until its finally blocked I am never sure if it is going to work.

My lovely photographer Kirsty came over on Thursday and took some photos. I think the pictures are gorgeous.

I so hope you like it, as I know that many of you have invested a lot of ideas and voting into it and I really appreciate all the participation along the way. I can say without a doubt this shawl has been the most fun to design of all my shawls so far.

Now I have a little confession to make. I was so nervous to show you the final result that I procrastinated writing this post all day yesterday and most of today!

shawl knitting pattern

I am thrilled with the colour choice (Juno Alice Raisin and Heather Shadow). I realised while I was knitting it that this exact colour combination was the first Juno Alice yarn I bought from Loop well over a year ago and I had planned to make a striped shawl with it from the beginning! It was obviously meant to be!

If you would like this exact colour combination or one of the other combinations (or make up your own) you can contact Asti at the Juno Etsy shop and she will custom dye the yarn for you.

Shawl knitting pattern

The Curious Collective Shawl pattern will be available for $3 on Ravelry until I publish the pattern and then it will go up to the full price of $6.

Of course everyone who has signed up for the pattern already will get an update with the full pattern just as soon as I have it ready for you. Thank you so much for your patience!

I’m starting to plan the KAL and would love to hear your thoughts about how best to structure it and how long people would ideally like to knit the shawl. Please leave any ideas and requests in the comments!

ETA: ย A few people have asked about yardage – I just weighed what I have left from the two 100g skeins.

I used 82g of the Raisin (darker purple) and 60g of Heather Shadow. So as the Juno Alice is 437 yards/100g that makes yarn requirements about 360 yards of Raisin and 260 yards of Heather Shadow.

I used 3.5mm (US 4) circular needles (100cm length) and recommend using 4mm (US 6) for the cast on. You’ll also need a cable needle.

If you haven’t tried cables before – don’t be scared – its a really easy pattern (and only for a section of the shawl) and would be a great introduction for a bit of cable knitting ๐Ÿ™‚


56 responses to Curious Collective Shawl Project Update

  1. Jessica Hirsch July 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    OMG. I am SO ridiculously excited about this!!

    Can you give us the yardage that will be required of each color?

  2. Wow! Very beautiful shawl, just loved the pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. ViolettaIvanova July 6, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    OMG! I love it!

  4. I LOVE IT! Waiting for 15 July will be sooooo difficult. Thank you for all of your wonderful design work.

  5. Cate brassington July 6, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    This is beautiful already…I’m very excited to get started…

  6. This is very exciting. Can’t wait to begin. I have 2 skeins of malabrigo sock in my stash that I bought with a 2 color shawl in mind, this might just be the one.

  7. Looks great!

  8. It’s gorgeous, I love it! I was thinking of Radiance Shawl for my next project but I think I won’t be able to wait to cast this on.

  9. Maybe this has been stressful for you but it certainly has been fun for us! Can’t wait for the 15th or there abouts to get here.

  10. Whoohooo I’ve been silently voting an checking in but now I can’t wait to start!! Love love love it!!

  11. Nothing I voted for won, and yet . . . I am loving the design. Good Job!

  12. It’s charming! Mostly I love the process here, voting and hearing the majority voice. Then to see you design with those choosen features is very interesting! In all I love botanical designs so I’m happy!

  13. It’s beautiful!! Thank you for letting us all share in this adventure. I’m so excited to knit this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. It would be great to know the quantities of each colour so we can be ready!!

  15. Lovely, how exciting to be part of the process ..a beautiful shawl.
    I can’t wait to get started. I know it has been time consuming to design thanks for all your hard’s so appreciated.
    Happy Knitting

  16. I must be slow today but I can’t put it all together to know what goes where in the pics.
    Can we have a pic of the shawl and we can cover it up and only open to look at it for 2 seconds then cover it up real quick and it will disappear! Right! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. I LOVE the colors! Can’t wait for the final design.

  18. Christa Hintz July 6, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I love it – it seems to get wonderfull
    How much Yarn should we have ?
    I ‘m so excited!!!

  19. Oh, this is so beautiful! I can’t wait to see the finished product! I have really loved the process of this KAL. It is super fun! I have already ordered my yarn from Asti and I’m waiting for it to arrive in the US. Yippee Skippee! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this special shawl.

  20. What a wonderful journey you’ve taken us on, thank you so much! I appreciate your help and creativity and everyone’s input.

  21. I can’t wait to get started!!!! Looks like fun! Thanks for all your hard work to make this KAL super exciting!

  22. Lisa Marie (theyarngoeson) July 6, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Sample pics look great! I’m also wondering about yardage – if we’ll need 2 full skeins.

  23. Awesome job! Love the photos, love the shawl! Stunning design! Thanks for letting us be a part of it!

  24. I love what I see and the colors are perfect. Can’t wait to get started.

  25. Linda Garland July 6, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Helen– this is going to be so wonderful! Thanks so much for your hard work and dedication to created this project for us! My birthday is July 17th so this will be a fun gift for me. I still have to find my yarn for this but I am getting really excited about casting on.

  26. I love this design! You are doing a great job with this KAL. It is very, very fun! Ann

  27. Gringaquilmes July 6, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    This is so promising! Can’t wait to start it although I’ll have to replace the original yarn because I’m not able to get it at my place… BUT I really find the final color choice adorable, so I’ll be looking for getting the closest choices possible ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. I love what I am seeing so far! The 15th can’t get here soon enough. Thank you for allowing us to participate in the shawl design…such a fun and unique idea!

  29. Lovely! I, too, would like to see yardage for each color.

  30. Thinking about timing here. Stephen West’s summer KALs have been about a month long and he generally does colour work and textured stitches. Any more than a week between clues and knitters start to go squirrely!

    Definitely have separate threads for clue questions and spoiler pics, and maybe a logo for us all to put on our projects?

    I am very excited too! ( I presume that because I’ve been getting Ravelry updates and voting on the options that I’m “in” already, yes?)

    Thanks for all the fun it’s been already ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. So excited about this!

  32. Yippee ! 7 more days to go .My fingers are getting itchy waiting.As my late Mum was fond of saying “Will you wait your patience please”. LOL, I have visions of you at the pub getting eyebrows raised and sideways knowing looks as you feverishly ripout something that was not working, HaHa..
    Thank you for sharing your time and creativity with us all.

  33. This has been a lot of fun “helping” with the design. While some of my choices were not the winners….I feel like I have “sort of” designed the shawl along with you. This will be an exciting knit. I think a release of clues over 6 weeks would be a good doable release for me. We could all be finished in time to block and wear them to the upcoming fall fiber festivals.

  34. Can’t wait! Love the pattern hints, and love the color choice. Just had to order the yarn from Loop. Now have to finish up current projects so as to be ready to go on July 15th!

  35. I love this. I know this will be one of my favorites just by the teeny glimpse into the project. So excited ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. I love it! I’m so excited to get started and to have been a part of the design process :)! What a fun project!

  37. Ooh lovely lovely!
    The colours are divine and I’m loving that it’s a solid pattern! You are so clever ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Agree with all, looks like a great design and canNOT wait to get started. Also, many thanks for providing the Elemental Things Shawl pattern at such a great price. In fact, I am just about finished knitting (3 more rows to go) and then on to blocking with fear and trembling. I totally LOVED your instructions – could not be clearer and the line by line numbering – it was just wonderful! I also purchased the baby blanket pattern so am really looking forward to doing this next project. Thank you so much!

  39. What lovely peeks! I am so excited. Personally, I do like the idea of weekly clues for six weeks rather than four. I tend to be a bit slow. =0)
    As so many have already said, thanks for allowing us a peek into the designing world and the privilege of taking that journey with you. โ™ฅ

  40. Beautiful!!!

  41. Just curious! ( no pun intended ) ๐Ÿ™‚

    Am I understanding that we need one of each color? Also, I’m not sure if you wold know this, but can we purchase this yarn in the states?

    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hee hee. Yes you need two skeins – one of each colour. I don’t think there are any US retail outlets for the yarn but I know another knitter has ordered some yarn from the Juno Etsy shop and is having it posted to the US.

      • Yes, I finally figured that out! She is taking 2-3 weeks and then it takes another week or so for shipping. I don’t think I can handle waiting that long ๐Ÿ˜›

        • Hi Abra – i know the Knitting Bee in Portland Oregon has Alice. Not sure what Jami has left but might be worth a try?

          I’ve had to say 2 to 3 weeks as I’m right in the middle of some other huge orders and as I’m a one woman band that’s a realistic timescale for me. Apologies – I know it’s hard to wait!! asti x

  42. Can you tell us how many stitches per inch?

  43. Beautiful! I love the bobbles, have been on a bobble splurge lately. The yardages are great!

  44. I was going to substitute a less expensive yarn, but decided to splurge on myself and order Alice. So, I will wait patiently for this little luxury. I have too many projects going and didn’t really need to start another, but I couldn’t resist :-). After spending way too much time looking at different colors, I decided to go with the ‘chosen’ ones. Can’t wait to see the completed shawl!

  45. Wow…the little teasers look wonderful – Can’t wait!!!

  46. Woot! The yarn has arrived, and it’s beautiful! I couldn’t believe it took less than 1 week from London–Thank you Loop!
    Now I really can’t wait!

  47. I’ve just received the Juno yarn for the project… my goodness, it’s amazing! Beautiful, and so soft! Can’t wait ๐Ÿ™‚


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