It may be the final season of “Game of Thrones,” but it’s my first knit-a-long. And I admit I’m more excited about the mysterious shawl I’ll be making than what’s going to happen in Westeros.
I’m not a hardcore “Game of Thrones” fan, but I’ve enjoyed watching the drama play out. Sunday is the premiere of the final season, so I’ll be marking the end of a pop culture era with the Jimmy Beans Wool “Beyond the Wall” MKAL (mystery knit-a-long).
Here’s what’s known about the “Beyond the Wall” MKAL:
- The project is a shawl.
- Rachel Roden is the designer.
- A new “clue” (section of the pattern) will be released each week for four weeks, beginning July 16.
- The yarn is an icy blue and turquoise “Soulmate” sock yarn from Lorna’s Laces. The colorway is “Beyond the Wall,” made exclusively for this MKAL!
That leaves a lot of unanswered questions compared to what I usually know before committing to a project. But only one really matters.
What the heck will it look like?!
If you’re like me, you’re going to search for any clues that will give even just a smidgen of a hint. So here’s a look at the designer’s style.
Rachel Roden likes textured, colorful shawls.
This shawl by Roden is from a previous pop culture MKAL, the “Dragonfly” shawl from the “Outlander” series.
But “Outlander” takes place in 1700s Scotland, a much different style than “Game of Thrones.” Kilts, tartans and practical clothing don’t quite match the feelings evoked by dragon scales, metal armor and fur accessories seen throughout the seven kingdoms of Westeros.
Roden’s “Paper Chains” is a design I could see her leaning towards more than the heavily textured design of “Dragonfly.” Instead, this shawl feels lighter and makes me think of a feminine piece of chainmail armor. Perfect for going into one of the final battles for the Throne.
But then again, the “Game of Thrones” seven kingdoms have vastly different styles, so who knows which direction Roden will take the MKAL.
I’ll just have to wait until Sunday for the first clue! In the meantime, I’ll be busy rolling my hanks of “Beyond the Wall” into colorful, squishy yarn balls.
“Game of Thrones” Knits Bonus: Non-Mystery Patterns!
Mystery patterns aren’t for everyone — trust me, this will be hard for me, too! So what other Throne-worthy patterns are out there?
“Winterfell Cowl” by Fancy Tiger Crafts
“Queen of Thorns” by Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich
“Lady Catelyn” by Avril Lang
“Dragon Wing Cowl” by Jessie Rayot
“Dire Wolf” by Noël Margaret
“Wolf Headress” by Louise Walker
“Danni’s Mitts” by Donna Carruth
Join me in the Jimmy Beans Wool “Beyond the Wall” MKAL, or go rogue and choose one of the fun patterns above to knit during the final season of “Game of Thrones.”