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Knitter's Pride KAL With Designer Laura Chau

We're excited to announce our first ever KAL, with designer Laura Chau!

Laura has released a new pattern today, an update to one of her best selling patterns, Just Enough Ruffles, the new pattern Just Enough Ruffles Light can be knit up with just one 400 yard skein of fingering weight yarn--perfect for those beautiful skeins of special sock yarn! 

Laura Chau Neckwear Knit-A-Long
What: A knit-a-long for any and all of Laura's neckwear patterns! See them all here on Ravelry. And now through the end of July we have a special discount code to save 25%: Use code neckwearKAL15 at checkout! 

When: We'll kickoff the KAL here on the Knitter's Pride blog and in the Knitter's Pride Ravelry group on Friday, July 24, 2015. 

Where: Join the fun by sharing your photos in the Knitter's Pride Ravelry Group and on Instagram using the hashtag: #kpchauKAL

Prizes: 
Nova Platina Deluxe Needle Set: Purchase any neckwear pattern using the coupon code neckwearKAL15 by July 31 and you'll be entered to win this needle set! 

We'll be giving away lots of great prizes throughout the KAL, and we'll be announcing more about those great prizes on July 24th when we kickoff the KAL!


We also have a short interview with Laura to learn more about her new design! 

Can you tell us more about your new pattern? What inspired it? What do you love about it?
The original worsted weight Just Enough Ruffles pattern was released in 2008, and it’s by far my most popular pattern! I was really proud to use a shape I hadn’t seen before, a lengthwise crescent shaped with short rows, with patterning along the curved edge. Of course it took a lot of trial and error to come up with the final numbers, but it’s simple to knit, fast, and fun! I’ve taken this opportunity to update the original pattern as well, adding new photos and tips!

I had a lot of people asking over the years how to adjust the original Just Enough Ruffles pattern for different yarn weights and sizes, so I decided it was finally time to release a fingering weight version, which I’m calling Just Enough Ruffles Light.
The construction is similar, but there are a few tweaks to make it work with a 100g skein of fingering weight yarn - perfect for all those stray special skeins that most people have in their stash! 


Like the original, this iteration took a few tries. I ripped and re-knit a lot before I settled on the final version. JER Light is also very easy to knit, and the thinner fabric is perfect for spring, summer, and fall. It’s a little more flexible than the worsted weight version, so there are lots of ways to wear it. I’ve also included lots of notes on how to adjust the pattern for even more yarn weights and sizes. 

What are you most excited about with hosting this KAL? 
I’ve never hosted a KAL before and I’m pretty excited about it! I would really love to see projects in progress, whether it’s JER Light or any other of my patterns. I find it so interesting to see what yarns and adjustments people use, and I would really love to help people out if they have any questions.

I tend to be quite shy and introverted, and I think there are lots of knitters like me - I really hope this KAL encourages some quieter knitters to come out and chat!

Giveaway
This month we're giving away a Knitter's Pride Nova Platina Cubics Deluxe Needle Set to one lucky person! To enter to win tell us which of Laura's patterns you plan on knitting for the KAL, we'll choose one lucky winner on Friday, July 24th! 

78 comments:

  1. Definitely want to try the JER Light! I have lots of those "special" skeins. :)

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  2. The Ashworth Scarf looks interesting.

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  3. Tower mill looks just lovely!

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  4. I've had both the Just Enough Ruffles and the Turbulence cowl patterns for a while, so I just have to decide between the two!

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  5. I'll knit the Cerasus shawl! So lovely.

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  6. Curlysheep on ravelry10 July 2015 at 12:14

    I'd like to try the JER light as I have many special skeins that would work well with this pattern!

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  7. Dana(familytreeknits@outlook.com)10 July 2015 at 16:33

    Winter Brunch, in a nice bright colour for winter with my black coat! :)

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  8. This is my first KAL, so I'm going to make the "Just Enough Ruffles Lite" pattern!! Fun!

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  9. Byway Cowl looks inviting.

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  10. foolshopping on Rav11 July 2015 at 01:53

    I think I am going with Winter Brunch. I remember how cold it was last winter!!

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  11. Just Enough Ruffles Lite looks soft and drapey, light enough for Fall. And it looks like it will be fun to knit!

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  12. Just Enough Ruffles Lite looks soft and drapey, light enough for Fall. And it looks like it will be fun to knit!

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  13. Can't wait for just enough light,love my original .

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  14. Just Enough Ruffles Light, is perfect for this time of the year. Light and easy to carry.

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  15. I am going to knit Just Enough Ruffles light in syash yarn TBA

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  16. Going to have to go with the Byway Cowl! ravID: caffeine72

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  17. I love her "simple yet effective shawl" and I have it favourited on Ravelry. All her designs are nice though! Limeleaf on Ravelry.

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  18. I will knit either another Just Enough Ruffles (always a favorite) or the Dipped Infinity Scarf. Wrenknits on Rav.

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  19. The Draupner Shawl has been in my favourites for a while!

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  21. The Wychwood Shawl looks beautiful!

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  22. I love the Ashworth Scarf - so plush looking!

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  23. The Winter Brunch Shawl, those cables and subtle lacework is to die for!

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  24. Almariecraft on Rav13 July 2015 at 09:46

    I love the dipped infinity scarf.

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  25. nikkidear on Rav13 July 2015 at 09:51

    Turbulence Cowl. Got to get some practice on the short rows

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  26. I'm making "Just Enough Ruffles Light".

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  27. I LOVE the Hibiscus Shawl! It's very difficult to choose just one!

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  28. I love the Turbulence Shawl

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  29. I like Just Enough Ruffles Light!

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  30. I like perrine or winchwood.

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  31. Ashworth - great technique for making textured fabrics

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  32. I would LOVE to try the Faux-chet Cowl. So excited!!

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  33. I would love to knit Just enough ruffles. Is very feminine.
    asteride on Ravelry

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  34. I'm going to make the Turbulance Cowl! And I hope to make them on my new Nova Cubics interchangeable needles!

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  35. The JER light looks perfect for some special discontinued yarn I just scored for my mom. :)

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  36. I love one skein projects and have already knit the regular JER, I'd like to try JER Light.

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  37. I plan on knitting JER light

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  38. Canterbury looks fantastic, I'll choose that one.

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  39. I would love to make her Leonarda shawl! It looks easy to make and it could be used as a prayer shawl for either men or women!

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  40. Canterbury looks like a squishy dream! ��

    RavelryID: RisingPhoenix23

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  41. Simple yet effective looks like just the shawl
    I need!

    RavelryID: LisaSFF

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  42. I'd love to knit the Sagano shawl!

    RavelryID: Sophicake

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  43. I would like to make theJust Enough Ruffles Light ��
    ravelryid:cecilie3

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  44. ashworth or borden, both nice and textured

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  45. I like the look of the Hallam or the Cerasus shawl. Very tricky choice.

    Rav id: Maja-san

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  46. Just Enough Ruffles Light, of course. :) It's perfection.

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  47. I'm going to knit Terauley - still mulling over the perfect yarn to knit it with :)

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  48. Turbulence Cowl for me - I've had my eye on it after seeing the sample at Lettuce Knit quite some time ago. I LOVE patterns that lend themselves to using up odds and ends of yarn - perfect for stash-busting :o)
    SarahP on Ravelry.com

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  49. I really like the Cross Stitch Cowles because I can choose different yarn weights and there are two sizes. That is the one I am going to make.

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  50. I'm torn between several, but I love the Attabi Cowl!

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  51. Actually, I'm going with the Turbulence Cowl!

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  52. I am going to knit Just Enough Ruffles :) Looking forward to the KAL!

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  53. I've made several JER over the years (and loved every one!), so this time I'm going to make the JER-Light. Because who doesn't have a lonely ball of Lovely sock yarn waiting to become something awesome!

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  54. Just Enough Ruffles would be my first choice. The new Light version is an great addition to my knitting queue.

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  55. I will knit the Hallam shawl, but in a DK weight, rather than the worsted the pattern calls for.
    Ravelry ID: ebbtide

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  56. I got the Milkweed shawl, although the Leonarda was a close second!

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  57. I just bought three patterns (thank you for the coupon!) and I have some lovely hand spun BFL wool that will be lovely in the Uxbridge Shawl.

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  58. I just purchased the Terauley pattern. It was tough to choose!

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  59. I just finished knitting Winter Brunch twice. Once for my mother and once for me. LOVE that pattern! Also just finished the Leonarda shawl. Laura is one of my very favorite designers. Going to knit the JERL for the KAL. Happy knitting everyone!

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  60. I will be knitting Terauley and will be using some hand dyed merino in a tonal brown. I am not 100% sure of my needles I want to use yet though. It will be Marblz, Dreamz or I may own a Nova US 5 but I need to go check. I will let my shawl live in a EweSewAnSew bag that matches cause your project and yarn should always match right??

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  61. I would love to knit Bestellen Shawl or Terauley.

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  62. What exactly is a KAL? Is there a time limit attached? Thanks for your help. This is new for me.

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    1. KAL means Knit ALong. you might also see sometime, MKAL, which means Mystery Knit ALong.

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  63. i think i will knit the Sagano Shawl. Love it.

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  64. There are so many, many great patterns that it was difficult to choose just one--but I did narrow it down to 3 items: Cuppa Tea Cowl, Turbulence Cowl, or Milkweed Scarf.

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  65. Oh the Byway Cowl, for sure. It's so beautiful and I can't wait to make it. And I can't wait to participate in the KAL event. As an introvert and a male I often find it difficult to find people to share in the joy I get from knitting. I'm looking forward to taking part here. I'll be JayAre83 on Ravelry.

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  66. "Just Enough Ruffles" just jumped into my cart! I love ruffles, and can't wait to start knitting.
    Revelry ID Sandyluvsyorkies

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  67. I'll be knitting the Simple Yet Effective Shawl.

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  68. Im using the milkweed pattern :)

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  69. The Turbulence Cowl is just so gorgeous, I have to have a go at it! And I am flying up to Cairns from Melbourne very early Sunday morning, so I am hoping my Turbulence Cowl will be the only Turbulence I experience on the flight! Casting on later today!

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  70. I will be making the JER light. I'm going to start today and can't wait.

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