October 2017 KAL – Behind The Scenes

My next knit along, Behind The Scenes, begins October 5th with a new yarn and more new skills.  This unique mystery pattern is a gorgeous cabled design sure to increase your cable skills and knowledge.  Behind The Scenes is knit as a long rectangle that may be worn as a scarf or stylishly buttoned into a cozy cowl.

The cowl is knit in HiKoo’s brand new yarn Oh!  Available in eight colors, this chunky yarn is made of 100% Super Baby Alpaca for unprecedented softness.  One touch and you will know exactly how the yarn got its name because everyone who holds this amazing yarn immediately sighs, “Oh!”.

Once again, button selection was tons of fun for me.  Since they are a prominent feature in the pattern, I wanted a button that was a complement to the bold cable work.  I chose the 1″ horn buttons seen nestled in the yarn above.  For those interested, the buttons are by Skacel buttons #BM0718H30.

All of my KALs are a 4-part mystery pattern with one section revealed each week on my website.    The knit along is FREE with no registration required.  Simply go to my website on October 5th after 9am Eastern time to view the first clue.  What’s not a mystery, is that all of the skills are supported with my online video instruction.  I answer questions daily on my website and Ravelry to guarantee success.

Materials

  • OH! By HiKoo, 100% baby alpaca, 100g / 191 yds, 2 skeins
  • US #10(6mm) needle, straight or 24” circular, or size needed to achieve stated gauge. I used olive wood circular needles
  • 4 round buttons, 5/8 – 1” in size, I used #BM0718H30 (approx. 1″)
  • Cable needle

Gauge   
18 stitches = 4″ in stockinette, unblocked

Size
47″ long, 8 1/2″ wide

I had the great joy of knitting Behind The Scenes with my first pair of olive wood needles.  The richly smooth wood made a gentle sound with a restful feel in my hands.

Created from the wood of non-fruit bearing olive trees, each addi® Olive Wood needle is finished with a plant-based oil to protect its unique look. The needles are quiet and comfortable to work with, as all tips and grips attain body temperature quickly – making them a great choice for arthritic hands.

55 thoughts on “October 2017 KAL – Behind The Scenes

  1. For part 2 of the KAL, do we wrap 3 and slip 4 or do we wrap 4 and slip 4 onto the cable needle? Thanks!

  2. Hi Michelle, enjoying this pattern beautiful cables, thank you . Is there a way that your narrative prior to the pattern can be included in the printable instructions. I would like to have to refer back to. your explanation of the pattern is very useful. I need all the help I can get. Thank you again for sharing and helping to enhance my skills.

  3. Thanks so much for knitting along with me! You will be fine on your yarn usage. One gram is just a tiny bit of a difference. I own several types of needles (metal, wood, brass, blunt, sharp, etc.) as each material is more suited to certain yarns. Keep up the good work!

  4. Hi Michelle,
    I’m joining you for my third KAL. So much fun and this yarn is so soft!! I watched the video on working cables without a cable needle and I’m using that method. So much easier and less cumbersome.
    I wish I had needles that weren’t so pointed though as I find the yarn separates a bit with my pointed needles. Especially when tinking.
    I have finished part 1 and I have 82 grams left instead of 83g. Hope that’s ok.
    Thanks for all your hard work on this project. Susan

  5. Happy to have you join us! No need to post photos, but it is easy to do that in my Ravelry group. I recommend joining it to read lots of comments and tips from the army of knitters working on the KAL. Have a wonderful retreat!

  6. I would use the pattern as written with your Kenzie as it is not easily adapted to adding stitches. You will see what I mean in a few hours:)

  7. Grandmas can never be seen as partial and that I vote she is beautiful and precious. Before this cowl ends we need a updated photo please.

    As far as using Kenzie I had wanted to make the cowl, is what you said still ok and to make it wider like the cowl how many stitches should I cast on or multiples of stitches?

    Thanks again for your tremendous help and another successful MKAL to close out 2017.

    Jo Anne

  8. Michelle, I never join KAL’s because they want you to post pictures. I would love to do that, but I don’t know how. I bought the Oh! Yarn. I Love it, It is so soft. I bought lamb buttons for the closure. They are too cute. I am going to yarn camp this weekend and can’t wait to spend the weekend working on this project. I’m so excited!
    Heather

  9. Glad to have you knitting with me, Jo Anne! Kenzie would work well, but your scarf will be a bit narrower. I used approx. 350 yards of Oh. As for the needle size, use the size recommended by the yarn and its stated gauge will be fine for this project. Georgia is of course precious, but I may be partial:)

  10. Hi Michelle, Looking forward to another MKAL with you. However in my stash I can’t find a good yarn fiber and now is not a good time to purchase the Oh! Yarn. I love working with Kenzie and have plenty of that. What do you think about substituting that for this project? Or is there something else you would recommend? How much yardage, gauge, and size needle would you recommend?I hope to later on purchase the Oh! And make myself another cowl..
    How is that sweet baby Georgia? Thanks for your help. Jo Anne

  11. Any chance that you will also provide information on frogging when a cable has gone horribly awry? I have had bad experiences with cables before… 🙁

  12. Do you use the dpns for cabling? If so, almost any size will work as long as it is smaller than the needle size you are using. I actually prefer the hook shaped cable needles when cabling. The size doesn’t matter since they just hold the stitches and don’t form them.

  13. I love your KALs!
    I need to buy double pointed needles for the cables.
    what size should I buy?
    thanks!
    katy

  14. Oh, and I have no bulky yarn in my stash! Only have Worsted as the heaviest…looks like I’ll be near the craft store – Oh! – Monday! 😀 YAY 😀

    Sign me up – now I need to find that crooked cable needle…it’s inherited from Grandma’s Stash…where did I put it? 😉

  15. No problem at all that you will be gone the first week. Every “clue” remains on my website through November and can be downloaded at your convenience.

  16. Oh! You Temptress you! I have 2 shawls/scarves in progress already. But this new yarn sounds too lovely to pass up. :-O

  17. I have bought everything I need! I will be gone during that first week. Will that be a problem? I may have access to the sight and can use my IPad. Hopefully I can!
    Looking forward to the project!!!

  18. I can’t wait to knit the October KAL, Behind The Scenes, with you! No need for registration and the pattern is FREE. Simply go to my website any time after 9am Eastern time on October 5th to view the first part of the pattern. Part One will include lots of tips, photos and video lessons to help you along the way. You will also be able to download a printable copy for knitting on the go. I monitor questions daily both on my website and in my Ravelry group so it is like having your own private knitting tutor. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to receive an email reminder prior to the start of the KAL. We are going to have lots of fun together!

  19. A DK yarn would be too thin for the cowl. Oh! is considered a bulky yarn with 3.5-4 sts per inch. Work up a swatch of your yarn and see if you can get the stated gauge to find if it is suitable. For this project I recommend 4.25 sts per inch. Looking forward to knitting together!

  20. Curious about the yarn for this pattern. I have Plucky Cozy which is a DK, but could definitely be used as a Worsted. The pattern says Worsted, but it seems the yarn is more of a bulky. Is the pattern correct to use a Worsted or should I be considering a different yarn?

  21. I love cables. So excited to get started! Will you be showing how to do create cables without using a cable holder as well?

  22. Chose my yarn yesterday to match some pottery buttons I made years ago. Looking forward to another fabulous Knit Purl Hunter KAL!

  23. So happy to be your first KAL! You do not have to finish the project in October. Just save the each of the four parts of the pattern and you can knit at your own pace. I recommend you join my Ravelry group where I answer questions daily. Thousands of the members cheerfully chime in and help as well. It’s a lot of fun!

  24. This will be my first KAL…. Hopefully! Always felt intimidated because of the time line and I’m not tech savy. But I’m going to try because I guess I will never know unless I try, right!

  25. Looking forward to my first cable project! I just read your bio….loved Temptations yarn shop in Dublin when I lived there!

  26. I did not list a row gauge so I would not worry about it. Rest assured that I will be giving you the grams used in each section of the cowl so you can guarantee that you will not run short of yarn. I can’t wait to share the pattern with you!

  27. I have knit my swatch for correct gauge – I get the 18 stitches across- but- I get 20 vertically-
    Any helpful hints or tricks?
    Thanks
    Looking forward to this KAL!
    Elizabeth

  28. I’ve never participated in a KAL so I am looking forward to this. Also, I like working with cables.

  29. I would love to try this kal usually don’t finish, most are over my head!!!! I will give it a try, love cables.
    Thanks

  30. I can’t wait to knit the October KAL, Behind The Scenes, with you! No need for registration and the pattern is FREE. Simply go to my website any time after 9am Eastern time on October 5th to view the first part of the pattern. Part One will include lots of tips, photos and video lessons to help you along the way. You will also be able to download a printable copy for knitting on the go. I monitor questions daily both on my website and in my Ravelry group so it is like having your own private knitting tutor. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to receive an email reminder prior to the start of the KAL. We are going to have lots of fun together!

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