Lenten KAL at Yarns Unlimited

This page is for the Scarf Knit-Along taking place at Yarns Unlimited during Lent – for the page for the concurrent Mystery Knit Along, click here.

Since the dawn of culture, humans have tracked the changing of the seasons. In some parts of the world, it’s Winter, Spring, Summer, Harvest; elsewhere it’s the ebb and flow of rainy and dry seasons. Each culture has special rituals and traditions built into the changing seasons. Christians, since the earliest days of the Church, have had our own way of marking the year, starting with Advent and following Jesus’ life through to Pentecost.

Lent is a time of preparation. For many of us, it’s a chance to give up something that has grown perhaps a little too dear to us to gain a little more balance and focus on Jesus. Sometimes we engage in extra spiritual disciplines for the same reason. For forty days spanning the last depths of winter and the first hints of spring, we anticipate and participate in Jesus’ suffering on our behalf, rejoicing in the rescue we have from sin, and hoping to live into it more fully.

In this spirit, I’ve prepared a special Lenten knit-along that remembers the whole Bible story in anticipation of its culmination on Easter. The Mystery Knit-Along version can be found here. But if you would like to see the pattern in advance, and if you live in southwestern PA, Yarns Unlimited has provided an opportunity for you to join this knit-along in person!

  • The Project: A Scarf, knit in seven blocks of seven different colors, each of which tells part of the Biblical story, from Creation to the Coming Kingdom. The scarf will be on display at Yarns Unlimited during February.
  • The Timeframe: Starting March 5th, participants will receive weekly clues, each for one block in one color. We will meet every week on Sunday, starting March 6th (Time TBA), to start working on the clues together. Seven clues, seven colors, and seven weeks, ending on Palm Sunday (April 17th).

The structure of the project is based on a book called The Drama of Scripture by Michael W. Goheen and Craig G. Bartholomew. Each clue will include a brief devotional thought on that portion of the story, and each clue is related to that portion in color and pattern. At the same time, a longer devotion with recommended scriptures for the week will be posted here on the OFS blog. At the shop, we will have the option of discussing the book and scripture passages related to each portion.

Pattern Information:

  • Dimensions: a scarf 12″ wide by 84″ long, comprised of 7 squares, each 1 foot x 1 foot, each a different color, knit one onto another (no seams). Instructions for fringe will be included in the final clue.
  • Experience level: Intermediate. Must know how to do cables. The ability to read charts is recommended, but both written instructions and charts will be included for each clue. Both have been test knitted.
  • Recommended Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed DK. (Any DK weight will do, though this yarn is excellent. Brand doesn’t matter, but color does. You will want to get the colors listed below in order to retain the symbolism of the clues. You will need about 180 yards of each color.) Felted Tweed DK, including many of discontinued colors, is available online through Yarns Unlimited. You can even buy a kit for the scarf made of all the continuing colors shown below; it is the first item on this page.
    • Red: 150 Rage (or 149, disc.)
    • Purple: 151 Bilberry (or 148, disc.)
    • Brown: 153 Phantom
    • Gold: 160 Grit
    • Green: 161 Avocado (or 156, disc.)
    • White: 164 Grey Mist
    • Blue: 167 Maritime
  • Needles: US6 (4mm). Straights or circulars, your preference.
  • Other materials: A tapestry needle (for sewing in ends), a large-ish crochet hook (for fringe).

How to sign up:

  • The KAL is $35 in cash or check; bring payment to Yarns Unlimited to sign up, and provide your email address.
  • Cost includes seven one-hour sessions of instruction and a digital copy of the pattern.
  • Participants will receive clues via email in PDF form, on seven consecutive Saturdays starting March 5th. At the end of the KAL, everyone will receive a copy of the whole pattern.
  • The KAL will meet on seven consecutive Sundays, starting March 6th, (Time TBA). We’ll spend each week going over the features of each week’s clue, discussing techniques, and talking about that chapter of the Biblical story.

I can’t wait to begin this Lenten journey with you! If you can’t wait either, join your compatriots in anticipation at the newly-formed ravelry group for the KAL. ~Rebecca.

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