Apr 20, 2012

Wholehearted Shawl KAL

The response to the Wholehearted Shawl KAL has been wonderful and several dear friends have written about this on their blogs, too, so go and take a look at Erin's, Wei Siew's, Andi's, and Pumpkin's  (to name only a few). With this KAL circling out, I imagine that there are others and it just confirms my all-ready strong belief that knitters are amazing folks!  In getting ready to cast on tomorrow (yipee!), I dove into my stash last night and found these two beautiful fingering weight yarns. The only thing is that I'm not sure if they will work well together.  What do you think?

Madelinetosh Merino Light in Glazed Pecan

Lorna Laces in Stoplight

I have enough in the Madelinetosh to knit the shawl in one color and with the pattern's interesting stitches, it may look beautiful without adding the contrast color. I'd love your opinions so please comment.

It would be so nice to see who else is joining in the KAL and to read about your progress so I'm setting up a linky party (below) -- my very first time so fingers crossed that it works and makes sense!  If you know of others who are knitting this shawl but don't read my blog, will you kindly direct them back here so we can get to know them, too?

There are no guidelines to this KAL except to cast on and finish by May 31 when the proceeds of this pattern end. I think I'll post this link party every Friday so that we can stay in touch with each other's progress.  Happy weekend, everyone!

Below is a linky list if you’d like to link up and join the Wholehearted Shawl KAL.
(1) Make sure the link you submit is to the URL of your blog post and not your main blog URL. Please be sure and link to your current KAL post.
(2) Include a link back to this post in your blog post so that others can find us.
(3) Let me know if you have any trouble linking up.


  1. Such beautiful colors, I think the pink and orange color will go great together, because the pink has some nice flecks of purple that will accent that orange very well! I can't wait to read more about your project!

  2. Ooooh - I'm not familiar with these yarns so I don't know if their weights are compatible, but I LOVE the colors together!

    I started mine yesterday and posted about it today :-) And now I'll go use your fancy linky thingy!

  3. I am complete rubbish when it comes to color combos so I will not give my two cents worth. :)No matter what you decide, it will be lovely
    I am going to start mine tomorrow! :)

  4. I'm very excited to get to take part in this with you, Evelyn! I'm planning on casting on this weekend as well! I love, love, love the yarns you have picked out, they will look lovely together. Also, any knitted object with Madtosh in it is sure to be beautiful! Thanks for putting this together!

  5. I think they will work together. Twist the strands together and you'll get a better picture of how they'll work together. Amy Hendrix of Madelinetosh taught me that :O).

  6. I love the colours you've picked for your shawl. The pattern is gorgeous and I can't wait to see how yours turns out. I wish I could join you, but I'm on a self imposed yarn diet, and I have to make birthday presents before I make another shawl for myself! :)

  7. Well done you! Personally, I think you should stick to just the Madelinetosh. The colour is gorgeous. As others have suggested though - perhaps you could do a very quick stripe swatch (a small one) to see how the colours blend in together?

  8. I love the orangey colour, it looks like mustard on my monitor and it is beautiful. I've just purchased the pattern so am going to hunt through my stash today for something suitable to knit it with, I think I have the perfect yarn but it may be a little variegated, so I'll have to see!
    It is wrong to cast on a new shawl when I already have a half cpmpleted one on the needles?!

  9. I love the pecan colour. It would make a wonderful shawl. I'd love to join your KAL. what a nice gesture. After the show, I'll dig into my stash and see what I find for this one.

  10. Alrighty, Evelyn. I've linked up.
    I attempted to have links according to your instructions, which are very clearly stated. I hope I followed them correctly.

    CO yesterday and am loving this shawl and looking forward to the next section.

  11. I bought the pattern but don't have time to knit it at the moment but a am enjoying following along with everyone's progress, the Linky party just made it easier for me! I love orange and pink together, I just made someone a pair of fingerless mitts and a matching boa in the brightest of those two colours. Looking forward to seeing yours on the needles :-)

  12. GerryART gifted the pattern to me, so I'm knitting along now. I love the Glazed Pecan and think a touch of Stoplight would give it some interest. It would be beautiful as one-color, too.

  13. Hi, I've just bought your pattern. Could you explain in a bit more detail the garter tab. I'm having trouble getting my head around not turning the work around and yet increasing. Do you have to slide the stitches from one needle to the next while at the same time picking up the extra stitches and then slide back to the original needle??

    1. I'm so glad you bought this pattern. I'm not the designer -- Erika Flory is -- but I can help you here. The easiest thing to do is CO five stitches then follow these instructions:

      k1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1 = 7 stitches

      From here you can begin the set-up row.

    2. Thank you so so much. I have taken a note of that.

  14. Beautiful pattern and such a worthy cause. Can't wait to see all the finished projects.

  15. Jumped right in, it feels so good to help someone out a bit and end up with a beautiful shawl myself! :)
    I'm not really familiar with knitting shawls but so far so good! Looking forward to check out all the other shawls...

  16. I did purchase the pattern and I have the yarn, but I won't be starting it until the beginning of June....