WHAT'S AN MKAL?
MKAL stands for Mystery Knit-along. The pattern is a mystery but you know that you are knitting a shawl for this MKAL. The pattern is released in segments called 'clues' and each clue is released two weeks apart to give you time to knit to the end of the clue. You won't know the design details until the clue is released so there are no finished pattern images until the end of the knit-along.
This MKAL runs from Feb 26th 2021 until March 26th 2021 with the full-timing listed below.
Yarn Kits on Sale: 23rd January 2021, 8 pm Irish time (3 pm EST) here.
Clue 1: 26th February 2021 - it all kicks off!
Clue 2: 5th March 2021
Clue 3: 12th March 2021
Final Prize: 26th March 2021 - Raffle drawing for the grand prize from images posted on Teachable.
Width: 66” / 167.5 cm
Depth: 32.5” / 82.5 cm
The sample was knit using:
Stolen Stitches ‘Blasta Light’ (60% Fine Irish Wool, 40% New Zealand Wool; 470 yds / 430 m per 3.6 oz / 100 g);
Colour A: Farraig; 1 skein, Colour B: Emerald
Approximate Yardage: 400 m / 366 yds for Colour A and 447 m / 409 yds for Colour B
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
2 US size 6 / 4 mm circular needles, 40” / 100 cm long
2 stitch markers, tapestry needle, blocking wires useful but not essential.
19 sts and 36 rnds = 4” / 10 cm in Garter Stitch blocked
19 sts and 32 rnds = 4” / 10 cm in Lace Pattern blocked
NEVER KNIT ALONE
One of the best things about joining an MKAL is the conversations that happen on social media and within our Facebook group. Carol is always on hand to offer support and there is a wonderful group of knitters who are welcoming and friendly all sharing their experience of working on the same pattern as you. You can find us online using these links:
If you want to share your progress on social media you can use the hashtag #stolenstitchesMKAL21. That way we can always find you and share your progress.
If you want to work along with other knitters on this project, come join us at our Facebook group:
Please do introduce yourself in the introduction MKAL thread!
I'M A BEGINNER. CAN I TAKE PART?
YES! Knit-alongs are perfect for beginners as they offer group support and encouragement. You'll often find stories shared from some of the experienced knitters, support and answers in the MKAL threads, and we find that beginners/ novice knitters often finish their projects and show them off with pride in the group.
One of the reasons that projects never get finished is due to lack of support. Knit-alongs take a community approach to knitting where there is no such thing as a silly question. We encourage all questions in the MKAL thread because we want you to be as proud of your finished knit as you are for knitting it.
WHERE TO FIND THE YARN KITSYou can find Blasta Light yarn kits here..
Carol Feller (StolenStiches.com) is a designer, teacher, and author living in Cork, Ireland. She has published just under 300 patterns and 7 books, including Short Row Knits (Pottercraft) and Contemporary Irish Knits (Wiley), and is a popular instructor on Craftsy.com with almost 400,000 students. She regularly teaches in yarn shops, fibre festivals, knitting retreats and tours, covering a wide variety of basic and advanced skills including chart reading, garment shaping, short rows, cables, and colourwork. Carol first learned to knit in primary school, and there is a strong history of crafting in her family. In university, she trained as a textile artist, and then as a structural engineer and both of these backgrounds influence her work.