Caladenia Shawl MKAL

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Join us in April for a Mystery Knit A long (MKAL)

Each week over 5 weeks a new clue will be revealed – what will it be?
I’ll give you a few hints to help you decide if this is the MKAL for you;
The project is a top down triangular shawl, symmetrical and easy to wear. Knit with a little under 1200 yd/ 1100 m this will be a medium sized shawl.
We’ll be knitting short rows, simple lace and mosiac and there will be tutorials and tips to help you out along the way and inspire you to try your hand at something new with this beautiful project.

My inspiration for this design is the gorgeous Australian Caladenia also known as the Spider Orchid, of which there are many beautiful variations.

Knit along in excellent company over in Ambah’s Ravelry group, there’ll be fun chat, support and great prizes to win, find the main MKAL thread here. Also join us in Ambah’s Facebook group and on social Media with the #ambahobrien #CaladeniaShawlMKAL tags. I’ll share non Ravelry FO entry details in April.

Jana from the Purl Together podcast is joining us, she will create helpful tips and tricks videos to share along the way.

Subscribe to the MKAL pattern on Ravelry here and on Payhip here.

MKAL bonus pattern: The Caladenia Cowl is free for those who have purchased the Caladenia Shawl MKAL pattern through April 30, 2021. Use this handy Ravelry link to grab the Cowl (and the shawl if you haven’t already). Purchase through Payhip here to receive both the Cowl and Shawl patterns.

Caladenia Shawl MKAL Clue Schedule
April 2
April 9
April 16
April 23
April 30
Each clue will be added to your Ravelry library of via Payhip updates on the above dates, with the full version of the pattern arriving on April 30, 2021. The KAL will run through May 31, 2021 to allow plenty of time to finish your gorgeous projects.

Wingspan: 102″/255 cm
Depth: 22.5″/56.5 cm

Fingering weight yarn
Choose between 3 or 4 colours
It is important that C1 contrasts strongly against C3 (or C2 if using 3 colours)

C1: 400 yd/366 m
C2: 200 yd/183 m This can be a softer contrast to C1
C3: 200 yd/183 m This needs to be a strong contrast to C1
C4: 400 yd/366 m

C1: 400 yd/366 m
C2: 400 yd/366 m This needs to be a strong contrast to C1
C3: 400 yd/366 m

Shown in
Love and Speckles, Singles, (fingering weight, 100% Superwash Merino, 400 yd/365 m per 100 g), 4-colour Caladenia Shawl Kit – Ambah’s garden, C1: Polly, C2: Apple, C3: Black Tulip Magnolia, C4: Moss

I have teamed up with Terina of Love and Speckles who has created three beautiful yarn kits, each with a 3 and 4 skein option for you to choose from. There’s Ambah’s Garden – the kit I used, pictures below, plus Terina’s night and Jana’s Hike.
Find the kits here.

US 4/3.5 mm and US 6/4 mm needles, or size required to obtain gauge

2 stitch markers and optional extra stitch markers for pattern repeats, tapestry needle

23 sts and 44 rows = 4″/10 cm in garter stitch on smaller needles, blocked.
23 sts and 48 rows = 4″/10 cm in mosaic stitch on larger needles, blocked.

“Spider Orchids” by ambah o’brien