Summer Knit-Along: Halligarth!

Many of you have been asking me if we’re doing a knit-along (aka a “KAL”) this summer, and if so, which pattern, and I’m pleased to announce that I’ve finally made a decision! (always the hardest part!)

© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

This is Halligarth! A beautiful, Shetland-style shawl pattern by Gudrun Johnson, released last year in Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People Vol. 7 collection.

This shawl pattern is written for a fingering/sock weight yarn, and gives the option of two sizes, small (51″ wingspan) or large (63″ wingspan). It’s knit from the lower point up to the top flat edge, with the edging picked up and worked at the end. This is a different construction method from all of our previous KAL shawls, and I’m excited to try it!

© luminen on

© luminen on

While the original pattern samples were knit in a woolly, tweedy yarn, my favourite projects knit from this pattern on Ravelry are knit in solid or semi-solid smooth yarns, like Ravelry user Luminen’s solid black version above. I rarely knit with black yarn, but the simplicity and geometric elegance of this version might be enough to convince me to give it a shot! Of the yarns we have currently in stock, the Indigodragonfly sock yarns or the Cascade Heritage Silk sock would be excellent choices for this project.

KAL Meetups will be:

Saturday, July 18th

Saturday, July 25th

Saturday, August 8th

Saturday, August 15th

– All meetups happen from 1 – 3 p.m.!

In other shop news, the reason this KAL isn’t starting until July 18th is that I’m taking summer holidays a bit early this year – from Sunday, July 5th, to Monday, July 13th – because an opportunity came up to go to a place I’ve never been before and it was just one of those too-good-to-pass-up kinds of things: I’m going to New York City for a week! The shop will be closed while I’m away, but there’s lots of time before I leave and after I come back to get stocked up for the Halligarth KAL and all of your summer knitting needs. 🙂

  • Elise G.
    Posted at 14:21h, 28 June Reply

    This is lovely! I’ve been looking through all the project pages on Ravelry, and I keep falling in love with colour after colour.

    I think it looks magnificent in black, and other dark colours, but then there’s many done in creams and lights greys that are also rather stunning.

    I’m glad this KAL starts in a few weeks time, gives me a chance to fall in love with yarn, and maybe decide on a colour! (Picking just one if so difficult, I love all the colours!) If I choose to join in on the fun, it will be from a distance living out in Vancouver now. But maybe we can start a thread on the Ravelry group page for keeping track of everyones progress.

    • needlesinthehay
      Posted at 12:59h, 30 June Reply

      Yep! I will definitely start a thread on the shop’s ravelry discussion board – long distance KALers are most welcome! 🙂

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