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 1 is released on 6 October 2022.

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 Thursday. 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 westknits.com you will receive an email when the update is available for download.

There are four clues, released on 6 October, 13 October, 20 October and 27 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 three different colours of fingering weight yarn.
MC (main color): 2 skeins of the same colour
CC (contrast color): 2 skeins of the same colour that contrasts nicely with the MC
AC (accent colour): 1 skein (This is a great opportunity for a colour pop!)

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 westknits.com or Ravelry, you will receive a detailed introductory PDF demonstrating the types of colours 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. 


Saturday 3 September, 16:00 Amsterdam time

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!

Our system doesn’thold stock that you have in your shopping cart. Your order is only confirmed once payment has been received. Our top tips for MKAL ordering is to add any extra items you'd like with your MKAL to your basket ahead of time and to make sure you already have a Stephen & Penelope account.

Because of the volume of orders, unfortunately it's not possible to wind yarn in MKAL kits.

All customers outside of the European Economic Area (whose order is shipped outside of the EEA) will have the sales tax deducted at check out. Once your address is added during the check out process, you will be shown your invoice without tax.

Read more about tax-free shopping.

Due to the volume of orders it's not possible to combine multiple orders that are placed for MKAL.

Due to the volume of orders we aren't able to hold orders to be shipped at a later date.

During the MKAL our orders can take a bit longer to ship out than usual but we'll be working hard to get your order out as soon as possible. All orders should be on their way by 26 September.

Of course! You're more than welcome to purchase additional kits, our top tip would be add them to your cart using 'quick add' to avoid being take straight to your shopping cart and away from the MKAL kit selection

You can definitely order your kit to be picked up in store however, it might take a few weeks for us to process the MKAL kit orders so make sure you've received a message that your order is ready before heading to the shop, if you're unsure you can always call ahead.