There’s currently a knitting pattern taking the online knitting community by storm. Hundreds of knitters around the world are all talking about one shawl pattern – which is pretty strange because none of us know what it’s going to look like when we’re finished. I’m speaking, of course, about Ysolda Teague’s Follow Your Arrow Mystery KAL (knit-a-long).
Posted on Ravelry just before Christmas, the Follow Your Arrow already has nearly a thousand projects up and thousand knitters with it in their queue, reading to tap ‘cast on’ the moment the pattern is released. Closer to home, nearly a dozen of the knitters at my local knitting group – the Richmond Knitters – are taking part and two of my good Kiwi crafter friends are partaking.
Why the popularity? Well, (and I’m not being sarcastic here) it’s one of the most exciting things to happen in knitting. The pattern is going to be revealed in six clues, one a week, as we go along. Additionally, five of the clues have two choices, so there are a possible 32 shawls that could be knitted – and that’s even without the variation of colours and fibres! Not only do you have very little idea what your shawl will look like, but you’ll also have no idea what the next knitter’s piece will turn out to be. This in turn builds the sense of community – there’s an endless wonderment and questioning of what other people will be knitting with and then which paths they will choose. I think had she designed it on purpose, Ysolda could not have come up with a better way to get knitters talking and communicating – even more so than we usually do!
I’ll be knitting my Follow Your Arrow Shawl in Araucania Ranco, a sock yarn from Chile* in a beautiful mauve. I also feel I’ve had a small part in two other shawls through gifts, although as this is one decision in nearly forty that decides the end product, it’s a very small part indeed! With only six days to go, it’s time to wrap up other knitting projects, do a quick swatch, and wait with baited breath for the first clue!
*As an aside, I was a little perplexed/miffed to discover, in very small writing on the back of the label, that the raw yarn was made in Turkey. Why make a yarn in Turkey, then ship it to Chile to dye it, then ship it again to Australia to sell it? Is labour and manufacturing that much cheaper in Turkey? At least they were honest, I guess.