Every year Stephen West does a Mystery Knit Along.  This year will be his 12th year!  Past MKALs have resulted in some of the most loved and treasured Westknits shawl patterns  including Exploration Station, The Doodler and Slipstravaganza. 
Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the MKAL. If you have read all of these and you still don't have an answer to your question, contact hello@westknits.com.
If you have questions about your MKAL kit, they should be directed to info@stephenandpenelope.com


MKAL stands for Mystery Knit A Long! Knit Alongs (KALs) are fun, social activity in which a group of knitters all make the same project in a specified timeframe. A Mystery Knit Along adds an extra level of spice, because you won't know what the thing you're knitting is when you start. A section of the pattern (clue) is released each week, and at the end of the Knit Along, the final design is revealed. 
The Westknits MKAL is always a shawl design, and always incorporates interesting techniques (shaping, stitch patterns, and other design features), but beyond that, it's a mystery!

Clue one is released on 8 October 2021.

From September 1st you can purchase the MKAL pattern on Ravelry or Gumroad.com/Westknits There will be lots of fun chat in the Ravelry group, on Instagram, and Stephen will be hosting Instagram Live events throughout the MKAL.

The clues are released every Friday. If you purchase the pattern through Ravelry, you will receive an email and be able to update your pattern in your Library. If you purchase the pattern through Gumroad you will receive an email when the update is available for download.

There are four clues, released on 8 October, 15 October, 22 October and 29 October. 

The pattern will be suitable for adventurous beginners (you should already know how to knit, purl, increase, decrease, and read a pattern), and it will be enjoyable for seasoned knitters too. There is so much support throughout the KAL so you will find a lot of help and tips on completing each section in this Ravelry group. There will be photo tutorials and videos to assist you with visualising the techniques and construction.

If there is brioche, there will also be a non-brioche option ;)

For this year's pattern, you'll need five skeins in five different colours of fingering weight yarn: 1 skein of each colour or 100g of each colour.

This shawl is designed for fingering weight yarn.

This year’s mystery shawl works best for solid, semi-solid, and lightly speckled yarn. When you sign up by purchasing the pattern on Gumroad or Ravelry, you will receive a detailed introductory PDF demonstrating the types of colors and contrast effects that work best for this design. 

Yes of course! The Mystery Knit Along is open to everyone, it's not necessary to buy a kit to participate. We're offering kits at a range of price points, and our customer service team are always happy to help you match yarn to skeins in your stash. 


Wednesday, September 1 2021

The pattern is not included with the yarn kit. You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry or gumroad.com/wesktnits.

If you are looking for a special color palette, email us at info@stephenandpenelope.com. We ship worldwide!