This one is just plain fun!
Here is what Nim Teasdale (the amazing designer) has to say about Groovellous:
Groovellous is a fun, slightly mind-bending, increasing-decreasing elongated triangle. With stripes and garter ridges.
It uses two or three colours, and is suited to a range of weights from fingering to Aran. Long colour run yarns, handspun, gradients, variegateds and striping yarns are ideal, especially striped against a solid, or try two complementary solids for a bolder statement.
To retain the flexibility of the design, the pattern has been written as a formula, and a set of scales will come in handy to work out the turning point in your yarn.
It can be worked entirely from the written pattern, or from charts with notes. Schematics are included.
The Yarns and Colorway
What we have put together are yarns different than the ones Nim used in her original piece. You can see ours in the photos here and use your imagination a bit to envision how it will turn out. Nim's photos are here to help you in that process.
Nim says that long color-run yarns and striping yarns are ideal in this piece, especially striped against a solid, so what we put together are sets of a solid plus a yarn with a long color gradient.
She has created this design so that one can use any yarns from fingering weight to Aran weight by adapting the needles according to the preferred density of fabric.
Plus one can adapt the pattern to any yardage.
The one you see that she knit was done using 445 yards (410m) of an aran weight yarn. What we offer for these kits are fingering weights, with more yardage so you have plenty of room for play.
(Our original Kits 1 & 2 have sold out.)
Kit 3 will offer Staccato as its solid colorway, a delicious 70% merino/30% skilk with 191 yards per 50g skein. The color is Raspberry, a rose-violet that sings of summer flowers.
And the color-run yarn will be in Mini Mochi from Crystal Palace, with 80% merino wool/ 20% nylon and 195 yards (180m) per 50g ball. This colorway is called Spice Garden and creates the colors of a bazaar --- sun and sand and clay with gold and rose and violet -- can't you just smell the spices and her the crowds?
Two skeins of each will be included in Kit 3 for a grand total of 191 x 2 + 195 x 2 = 772 yards, (You'll see that this one is slightly less expensive as noted in the drop-down menu.)
Kit 4 pairs Canopy Fingering (50% alpaca/ 30% wool/ 20% viscose) with 200 yards per 50 gram skein. The color is Purple Passion, a lovely pale lilac, with Crystal Palace's Sausalito (a long-color-run plied yarn of 80% merino/ 20% nylon and 198 yards/ 50g) in Mediterranean. Mediterranean has lovely ocean colors ranging from the green of seaweed to the deep blue of the depths and the sunny turquoise of the sunlit sea.
Each of the Kit 4s will have a total of 198 x 2 + 200 x 2 = 796 yards. This one again is has the slightly discounted price.
We show this with two bead possibilities, to further whet your imagination.
One lovely thing about working with fingering weight yarn is the ease with which one can add beads if one so chooses.
This pattern is not written using beads. Which of course does not prevent you from adding them -- I find that a bit of weight at the ends of shawl of this shape is marvelous.
If you wish to have some beads to add here, we've added an option via a drop-down menu (under the top photo on this page). This will give you a bit more than 10 grams of 6/0 beads or 120+ beads. I will select them based on your yarn choice, though if you have a preference, do let me know.
The kit will not automatically include the pattern.
I know some knitters prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Nim via her Ravelry web page. In that case, make sure the drop-down menu is set to "No Pattern Needed."
This is actually what we would recommend as this way the pattern is saved for you in your Ravelry library and you will also automatically get any needed updates.
Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, then the "Pattern" drop-down menu should be set to that.
We also can email the pattern to you via email (just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and usually do it right before I ship your kit).