The Westknits Mystery Knit A Long (or MKAL) is an annual mystery shawl knit-along hosted by Stephen West. Every year, thousands of knitters cast on a new shawl, not knowing what they'll end up with. When the MKAL kicks off in October you will receive one clue weekly for four weeks, until your mystery shawl is complete!
Clue 1 - Friday, October 9
Join me at 6:30pm Amsterdam time for a virtual cast on party hosted on Instagram LIVE
@westknits on October 9!
Clue 2 - Friday, October 16
Clue 3 - Friday, October 23
Clue 4 - Friday, October 30
You will receive an introductory PDF when you purchase Slipstravaganza. The first week of instructions comes out as an email update on Friday, October 9!
The PDF contains introductory information for the MKAL. You will receive the first instructions for the pattern Friday, October 9. Then, you will receive a section of the mystery shawl pattern each week until the final design is revealed on October 30.
Size: The overall shape and dimensions are part of the mystery! Slipstravaganza will be a large shawl, similar in size to Starflake and Speckle & Pop.
There will be an option in the pattern to stop early for a smaller size if you don’t want the largest recommended version.
Yarn: Fingering weight
Undercover Otter Eventide
The Urban Purl Twister BFL
Dusty Dimples Dusty Sock
Qing Fibre High Twist BFL
Holst Garn Supersoft
You can use plied or single ply yarns. This year’s shawl will work really well with lots of different fingering weight yarn types.
Holst Garn Supersoft is a bit lighter fingering weight, but it will work beautifully for Slipstravaganza with its generous yardage.
Yardage: MC - 766yds / 700m
CC1 - 399yds / 365m
CC2 - 399yds / 365m
CC3 - 399yds / 365m
Notions: 54 stitch markers, tapestry needle
Needles: US 4 / 3.5mm circular in 40” / 100cm length or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: 24 sts & 36 rows = 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch (un-blocked).
Try to get close to the recommended stitch gauge to ensure you don’t run out of yarn. A similar stitch gauge is more important than getting a similar row gauge. Try to get close to 24 sts = 4” / 10cm, but between 22 – 24 sts per 4” / 10cm is also fine. Try not to be close to 20 sts per 4” / 10cm because that will be a looser fabric and you may use more than the recommended yardage.
Achieving the recommended gauge means that you may need to go down a needle size depending on your individual tension. Don’t worry too much about gauge because there will be an option at the end of the pattern to stop early or keep going if you have more yarn.
For this shawl, I think it’s best to achieve a more tidy and crisp fabric to emphasize the stitch details. The fabric should feel relaxed and flowy, but not too loose and lacy.
Please use the Mystery Shawl KAL square photo, the MKAL logo, or a photo of your un-knit yarn as the first photo on your Ravelry project page throughout the month of October to avoid spoiler images.
You are also welcome to email us at email@example.com if you have any pattern related questions.
Each week during the MKAL, we will release a special weekly roundup newsletter featuring your progress and we will share lots of color inspiration and mystery KAL fun facts too! Sign up for the Westknits newsletter at westknits.com to receive these weekly Mystery Shawl features in October.
Use #SlipstravaganzaMKAL & #WestknitsMKAL2020 for posts on Instagram.
If you post a photo on Instagram, please post your knitting as the second photo on a multi-photo post to prevent spoilers. You can also avoid scrolling through Instagram until you start knitting that week’s section on the clue release day if you want the section to be a surprise.
KITS KITS KITS
We put together a lot of colorful kits for you this year! Kits sell very quickly, but we will continue to update our website with yarn and kit options as we are able prior to the October 9 cast on date.
Get your official Slipstravaganza kit at…
If you would like to purchase a particular type of yarn palette from Stephen & Penelope, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to assemble a special kit option for you.
We also encourage you to support your LYS to build your palette or assemble palettes from your stash.