what about a non-mystery kal?
Mystery KALs (Knit-A-Longs) are pretty hot property at the moment.
They're all over the place on Ravelry, Instagram and all the knitty crafty interwebs hangouts.
I did a mystery KAL quite a few years ago with the Sorella and Fratello patterns. It was a lot of fun, but just between you and me it was a bit daunting. I was a wee bit nervous about whether those who participated would actually like the patterns. What if everyone complained and said they didn't like them?
Anyway, all these mystery KALs got me thinking about a KAL where you knew what you were going to be knitting, you knew exactly what you were going to end up with at the end of the KAL but it was still a new unreleased pattern. And just like a mystery KAL you were only given a wee part of the pattern each week. Does that sound like fun? Like something you'd like to be a part of?
I thought it did so I've come up with this:
That wee cardie is knit in a yarn that you've heard me banging on quite a bit about; White Gum Wool. These are the Fairy Wren and the Gum Grey colourways. I am pretty enamoured by this Gum Grey, it's a terrific unisex colour perfect for wee babies and bigger people alike. I'm currently knitting a bigger version of this using the Gum Grey again and a stunning red (Hawthorn) from White Gum Wool. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a little peek.
So here's how the KAL works:
To run this KAL I'm teaming up with two wonderful yarnies, both of which I'm very excited about. And even more excited about is that they are both providing some excellent goodies as a prize.
Firstly, the wonderfully generous Nan from White Gum Wool. If you haven't caught up on the story behind White Gum Wool, read my older post here and visit the White Gum Wool page here.
And secondly, the very stalkable Rebecca from Augustbird. (Yes, stalkable really is a word!) Rebecca's stunning website is one that I visit regularly sometimes just for the *sigh* factor. She is a very talented dyer who has been producing some glorious colourways using White Gum Wool as a base. A little birdy told me that there will be a stocking there this Sunday with some very special colourways that would be just perfect for this KAL.
So here's how the KAL is going to run:
The KAL will run for about three weeks, but the pattern will remain up on my blog and you can finish at your own pace if you are a more leisurely knitter.
Each week I shall be releasing a new section or non-clue of the pattern and chatting about the different techniques used in the pattern as well as giving you some tips on other aspects of knitting that arise as we knit-a-long. I'll be knitting along with you, sharing my progress photos and if need be taking some close up shots to guide you through each section.
Each week after the non-clue is released, I encourage to chat away or ask any questions in the comments section. Feel free to also jump in and answer any questions that you know the answer to!
The pattern we will be knitting will be the little cardigan you see in this post. I think it will make the perfect baby gift, quick and fun to knit.
It's very easy, so easy that if you're a beginner you can probably join in and learn. If you've never knit a garment before this is the perfect pattern to begin with. The techniques are easy and attainable. For the more intermediate and experienced knitter, this is still one to join in on as we'll be looking at some of my favourite finishing techniques and other tips. And who doesn't knitting a cute baby cardie?
The sizes on offer will be a 15" and 16" chest, which equate to a newborn and 3 month size. These sizes will be offered free.
At the completion of the KAL, or maybe even sooner, the pattern with the full size range from 15" to 30" chest (equates to a newborn to about 12 years or older) will be available for purchase from my Ravelry store.
The pattern has been written for White Gum Wool and I would highly recommend using it.
Nan offers free shipping which is a great incentive to try out this yarn. Either size requires less than a ball for the Main colour. The contrast colour only requires 50-60 yards for these sizes.
This is a cardie, that because of its simplicity would work beautifully with a solid matched with a semi-solid or variegated colourway, such as Rebecca from Augustbird produces. As I mentioned earlier, Rebecca will be stocking some White Gum Wool in her store this Sunday but do get in quick as it will sell out very quickly!
Everyone who completes the KAL AND posts a picture on their Ravelry page linking to the pattern page, will go into the prize draw. Winners will be drawn randomly and will win:
First: Four 100g balls of White Gum Wool of the winner's choice.
Second: A 100g skein of Augustbird yarn on a White Gum Wool base.
I plan to kick the KAL off in just over a week's time, which gives you plenty of time for yarn purchasing.
Tomorrow I will pop up the details for swatching, needle sizes and notions.
So who is joining me?
2/4/2014 12:50:41 pm
11/4/2014 08:31:43 pm
Count me in !
2/4/2014 01:10:48 pm
2/4/2014 01:15:00 pm
Sounds good, pity you aren't doing one more size so i can make it to fit my daughter this winter. Where will discussions take place? I'm hoping facebook or ravelry as I find it hard to remember to check other locations
2/4/2014 01:43:27 pm
The discussion will be here Rebecca. Not everyone is on Ravelry or FB so thought here was easily accessible for everyone.
2/4/2014 01:41:04 pm
Me me meeeeee! :)
2/4/2014 02:18:42 pm
Me too - I have a newborn so this is perfect for me (and my current slow pace of knitting!).
2/4/2014 02:59:06 pm
2/4/2014 03:23:48 pm
Yes please, I'd love to join in.
2/4/2014 03:50:47 pm
Yes!!!!! I have had 2 nieces born in march (1 week old and 3weeks old) so perfect timing.
7/4/2014 09:22:32 am
The 3 month size takes about 250 yards so there's not a lot left over from one ball of WGW yarn.
2/4/2014 05:22:10 pm
Definitely in! Already have my White Gum Wool ready to go but the Augustbird update does sound tempting! Maybe I'll knit more than one...
2/4/2014 05:31:21 pm
Sounds great! Much better idea than a mystery KAL.
2/4/2014 08:57:24 pm
I would have loved to join in but my son is 6 months old so I will wait for the pattern later :) Its such a lovely pattern too and I'm looking forward to knitting it!
2/4/2014 09:04:42 pm
Sounds like the perfect thing to get my knitting mojo to come back! Can't wait to start.
3/4/2014 01:00:31 am
I'm in - I love your patterns :-) Don't think I have time to get the yarn from Australia before the KAL so will have to look for something in my stash. Will it be using DK (8 ply)?
3/4/2014 06:50:13 am
Just read the comments on the Facebook post and I see that it is DK weight - just did some searching in my stash and have a pretty pink for the main colour
7/4/2014 09:23:30 am
It certainly will Chris but you can definitely sub with a light worsted weight.
3/4/2014 05:19:52 am
I'd love to join in :)
3/4/2014 06:00:46 am
Yes please this is just what need to get me hooked back into knitting and making time for it.
3/4/2014 06:06:34 am
I did the sorella mystery kal and totally loved it - it is still the creation I am most proud of. I so love it. My wee darling niece was born in Jan so would love to make her this cardy. Thanks again
7/4/2014 09:24:30 am
Jane, that is so lovely to hear. I love sorello.
3/4/2014 06:20:04 am
Oh it is such a sweet cardi! Yes please, I would love to join in :D
3/4/2014 06:21:40 am
And I wanted to say, I loved the MKAL, my DD still wears her sorrello, as more of a top than a tunic. :)
7/4/2014 09:25:48 am
Thanks Rebecca! That is lovely to hear. Sorello is one of my favourites still.
3/4/2014 08:56:15 am
I did the last kal and loved it too.
3/4/2014 04:24:24 pm
Love to join in, please.
4/4/2014 06:02:25 pm
I'd love to try - never done a KAL or CAL before
4/4/2014 07:52:43 pm
Sounds like fun & the pattern looks lovely. Thank you!
5/4/2014 01:16:41 pm
I have a niece or nephew on the way and I LOVE newborn knits and this one can be a nice gender neutral knit! :)
7/4/2014 09:27:52 am
Sarah, I thought offering the two sizes for free for a KAL was pretty generous. Most KALs you have to pay for the pattern.
7/4/2014 05:00:10 pm
I've only ever done themed kals so or one size kal which were free so didn't realise that, I wasn't complaining as 2 is good just realised about multiple babies on the way when someone else commented about next size up. The design is super cute so wanted to make size up as already made milos for the babies but they can have 2 same size :)
7/4/2014 03:34:59 pm
This will be my first KAL!
7/4/2014 06:55:48 pm
This looks like fun.
7/4/2014 07:31:41 pm
Yes Please. Grandchild arriving in August. This will make a nice project. Thank you.
7/4/2014 07:38:43 pm
7/4/2014 08:06:58 pm
I've never done a KAL before. This looks like a perfect one to start :).
7/4/2014 08:21:15 pm
I would love to join the KAL :)
7/4/2014 08:35:21 pm
First grandchild due in October. Count me in!
7/4/2014 08:54:51 pm
I am in!!!
7/4/2014 10:38:02 pm
I'm in. My first KAL
8/4/2014 12:11:44 am
Adorable! I'm in! :)
8/4/2014 03:42:04 am
It looks lovely, I can't wait to get started
8/4/2014 03:53:27 am
8/4/2014 05:05:35 am
I did not realize--I cannot knit with wool because I am highly allergic to it. Are the directions going to be posted on the 14th?
11/4/2014 12:47:52 am
the instructions for the first part will be posted on Monday April 14th.
8/4/2014 05:23:57 am
I am very excited about your KAL. I have two grand baby's due in May and don't know if they are going to be boys or girls, so this is perfect!
8/4/2014 08:59:15 am
I'm In !!!!!
8/4/2014 09:19:16 am
Looks like a great little cardigan. I'm in!
8/4/2014 10:02:48 am
I knit for charity. This looks simple and great for incorporating the small amounts you always have left over as a contrast.
8/4/2014 12:31:12 pm
I'll give it a try, please. I've not done a KAL, hope I can keep up with clues etc.
8/4/2014 12:34:43 pm
8/4/2014 01:08:13 pm
This sounds like fun! I'd like to do it in a non-wool yarn for donation if that is okay (probably Sirdar Snuggly DK).
11/4/2014 12:49:02 am
Perfectly OK! Your cardie, you choose the yarn that suits you best. :)
8/4/2014 07:32:29 pm
Sounds fun. My church has a table at a fall apple butter festival and I'm knitting up some things to sell. This looks like it would work up nicely in multiple colors and sizes. Is there any problem with me selling the finished product for charity (I would be sure to include your name and the pattern information with the finished products).
11/4/2014 12:50:28 am
Absolutely no problem with selling it for charity, Cinda. I encourage people to use my patterns to raise funds for charities.
8/4/2014 08:06:04 pm
Love to take part, sounds interesting
8/4/2014 08:43:43 pm
8/4/2014 09:43:59 pm
Taking part in this KAL from Sweden - will be grandma for the fifth time i July. I will try to find a suitable yarn...
8/4/2014 10:44:25 pm
9/4/2014 12:49:56 am
Am expecting great-grandchild in October. Looks like the perfect sweater for him/her. I'm in.
9/4/2014 12:16:47 pm
I would like yo participate. Two new grand babies due in July.
9/4/2014 03:12:35 pm
I've never done a KAL before and this seems like a great first! Not sure how it works, but I'll go through my stash and see what I can use - sure wish I had time to get some of the yarn you're using.
9/4/2014 04:59:50 pm
Im definately joining I just need clarification on what day each part of the pattern will be released. Ive got (not me personally) 4 people pregnant at the moment all wanting a knitted gift so I think Im going to knit 4 at once ! lol
11/4/2014 12:52:23 am
Each Monday, beginning the 14th.
10/4/2014 03:18:49 am
I'm in - my first KAL too and I'm looking forward to knitting this lovely cardi!
10/4/2014 03:43:23 am
I'm in! We have a new baby coming in September. Hopefully It's a girl
10/4/2014 10:56:48 pm
Can't wait to get started!! My First KAL for Baby!!
11/4/2014 07:17:42 am
This is a lovely cardi, I have a friend due in about 2 weeks so have 200 grms of wool waiting to be dyed based on the babes gender. Thanks very much for doing this unmystery kal
11/4/2014 07:31:16 pm
Oooooo sounds like fun
12/4/2014 08:45:04 am
12/4/2014 06:36:22 pm
Lovely style! I'm in. Lots of babies expected this year. I'll be using up stash yarn but looking forward to knitting it down so I can purchase some of Nan's beautiful yarn
13/4/2014 06:50:50 am
Looking forward to it, thank you.
13/4/2014 07:21:20 am
Dead keen and ready to go … thsnks heaps!!!
14/4/2014 03:34:15 am
Is there a deadline for finishing to be entered to win? Or is that in three weeks (May 5)?
15/4/2014 07:54:20 am
Just found this KAL. Can I still join? Would love to.
16/4/2014 02:27:24 pm
I'm in - (waving from Queensland, Australia!)
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