The Snowmelt Shawl was originally released as a Mystery Knit Along (MKAL). All the clues have been combined into a single pattern file now for ease of knitting. The Snowmelt Shawl Mystery Knit-Along was all about setting aside some time to nourish our creativity together: it’s a goal that’s more relevant now than ever.
The design unfolds at a gentle pace, week by week, clue by clue, ending with a stunning new accessory to treasure through many seasons. The Snowmelt Shawl is a tribute to the slow process and deep satisfaction of creating something beautiful. Stretches of satisfying texture and simple, effective lace make this a deeply engaging pattern that will surprise you and keep you guessing as you move through the clues. It’s approachable for adventurous beginners but interesting enough to delight veteran shawl knitters. No matter where you’re starting from, this MKAL is the perfect way to celebrate the unfolding of a new season and the fresh energy of growth and discovery.
It’s that moment between the last slow weeks of winter and the first sweet days of spring. There’s a gentle tension in the air as the thaw begins: the cosy joys of hibernation give way to a pleasant restlessness. Your heart stirs and the sap starts to run. This is a season of growth and change, but it begins quietly, deep in the frozen ground, before the last of the ice has even disappeared.
This time of year feels nearly miraculous. It offers a chance to renew the dreams that have slept for so long beneath a blanket of snow. The earth is preparing to surprise itself again with a wild swell of springtime creativity. It’s a call to adventure and an invitation to stretch our own creative powers. It’s time to uncover what this fresh new season has in store.
Snowmelt captures the romantic style with a contemporary edge that knitters have come to expect from Curious Handmade designs.
The Snowmelt Shawl is written in the Curious Handmade Percentage Checklist Pattern™ style so you can keep track of stitch counts, yardage requirements and pace yourself throughout the KAL. The lace sections are charted.
All the clues are now released and available in one pattern file.
Yarn choice and needles
Choose 3 skeins of 100g skeins of fingering/ sock yarn, approximately 366m/400yds each.
La Bien Aimee; Magellan Speckle Fade Kit 100% superwash merino; 366m/400yds per 100g skein, 3 x 100g skeins,
Le Petit Nuage
Le Grand Nuage
The Magellanic Cloud
Actual yarn amounts used for sample in a fingering weight single ply yarn:
Colour A: Light – Le Petit Nuage 80g / 293m/320 yards
Colour B: Medium – Le Grand Nuage 80g/ 293m/320 yards
Colour C: Dark – The Magellanic Cloud Dark 75g/ 275m/300 yards
4mm (US 6), 100 cm long circular needles or needles to get gauge
20 sts/32 rows = 10cm (4”) in stockinette stitch after blocking
While exact gauge is not critical, be aware you may use more yarn if you knit at a looser gauge than the pattern and allow for extra yarn.
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