Last year, in 2020, amidst COVID stress, I decided to knit my first Stephen West pattern….with the highly anticipated Westknits MKAL of 2020, Slipstravaganza. No one does a mystery knit-a-long like Stephen West so it was quite an experience being part of the anticipation and excitement as the shawls grew – and grew.
After watching a few Westknits webinars, I was curious and excited to create my own color combination out of my stash. Well, mostly out of my stash! I found three coordinating colors in which a nice coral tied them all together. I adore all of these yarns: Emma’s Yarn in Don’t Call Me Peaches, Cat Sandwich in Italian Ice, and Stitch Together in Lioness. Emma’s Yarn was my stand out solid and I loooove this color!
The two speckled skeins had one color in common: navy. So despite raiding my stash, I had to purchase two skeins of Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Ink for my main color. And I love how Ink brought all the colors together!
Stephen West is always one for surprises. So, right out of the gate, this pattern was not at all what I expected. But, in all the craziness, I learned some amazing new techniques, which would make me do it all over again. I did tons of slipped stitches and created holes, triangles, honeycombs, chevron stripes, and diamonds. All in one shawl!
Pattern: Slipstravagnaza MKAL 2020 by Stephen West
Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres Sock (Ink); Emma’s Yarn Practically Perfect Sock (Don’t Call me Peaches); Cat Sandwich Fibres Trustie (Italian Ice); Stitch Together Smooth Sock (Lioness)
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm)
Made for: me
Time to Completion: 7 weeks
This shawl is big and towards the end, a row took me 45-60 minutes to knit. That’s a lot of knitting! But I loved how much I learned through the knitting of this project. There were so many techniques I was uncomfortable with but, by watching Stephen’s tutorials, I felt confident to try. And I made so few mistakes, it was amazing!
If I saw this shawl on Ravelry, I probably wouldn’t choose to knit it. The honeycombs and diamonds are not really my thing – and Stephen is currently obsessed with them! But because I learned so much with this shawl, I’m tempted to always do the MKAL.
Did you do this MKAL? How did you like it? I love this shawl. It was so much fun and I’ll always remember knitting it!