What is A Mystery Knit-A-Long

After a long hiatus, my Mystery Knit-A-Long designing MOJO is BACK! If you've never heard of a Mystery KAL, you’re not alone! 

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So let’s start with the basics: What is a Mystery KAL? 

A Mystery KAL is a knit-a-long where a knitting pattern is broken down into “clues.” Each clue tells you exactly what to knit BUT (here’s where the mystery comes in…) you have no idea what you’re knitting while you work the clue. There are no photos, and no hints as to whether you’re knitting a sleeve, a toe, or the crotch of your new favorite thong. It’s a MYSTERY, see?! 

Clues are released one at a time, on a set schedule, so you always know when they’re coming. The design you’ll be knitting is brand new, never-before-seen, and you can count on it being innovative and amusing! 

Since I keep my lips sealed about the details of the design, a big part of the fun is trying to guess what your knitting will turn into. (Hint: if you look at my past MKALs you can see that they are always one-size accessories, like cowls, scarves, or shawls). I keep the construction unique as part of the guessing game! 

Some people are apprehensive about knitting something unknown. I get that!  But what you can feel confident about is that if you like my design aesthetic, you will enjoy my Mystery KALs.  I'm very intentional about keeping my design "voice" true (so don’t worry, you won't be knitting a sweater with a beaded intarsia dachshund on it AND you won't be knitting a thong)!

How do I sign up?

The Mystery KALs are typically announced one month before the first clue releases.  At that point you can sign up for the KAL by purchasing the pattern, which you can do on Ravelry or on my website.

When you sign up you will be sent a pdf that will contain the schedule for the MKAL, yarn and bead requirements (beads are always optional!), and any necessary gauge and needle information you need to be ready for the MKAL launch.

After signing up, you can head over to my Ravelry OR Facebook group. We've got a great community and everyone LOVES to help pick yarn and beads.

Each time a clue is released you will receive an e-mail with a link to the updated pdf. With each release, a new thread will be set up in my Ravelry group to support and encourage you all.

What I love about Mystery KALs

Oftentimes, as knitters, we can see a photo of a project and get overwhelmed by its intricacy. We decide that our knitting skills are not up to the task. Even if we are perfectly capable, we tell ourselves we aren't.

With Mystery KALs there is none of that fear! There’s no photo to intimidate you, only bit-sized bits of instruction that you follow word for word. The result is that many knitters gain an incredible amount of confidence through this process. They find out what they (and their needles) are really capable of!

The process of knitting this way allows us to really let go, drop some inhibitions and expectations, and just knit. It is all about having an Open Mind!

Open Minds MKAL


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