Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Here's A Clue — Mystery Blanket Stitch-Along

Mystery Blanket
The 16 squares that make up this blanket are issued four at a time, and named for famous mystery authors instead of their stitch name. You won’t know which block you’re knitting until you complete the first row repeat. Once you have completed all sixteen squares, the real names of the stitches will be revealed along with their images, so you can match your knitted swatch with the square accompanying the author and their famous works. You’ll learn complex pattern instruction while building up your stitch repertoire — from simple knit and purl to backwards knit, cables, cross stitches, knit/purl, chevron, and even lace. Stitch your 16 completed blocks together to make a multi-textured baby blanket.

For some added fun I have named each square for a mystery writer of some fame or another and details will include their life span and a title of one of their well known works - it could be book, screenplays or television. You may refer to each square by the mystery name until you have completed the first row repeat of the square. The real name of the square will be revealed on the fifth and final download. Some of the favorite authors you have mentioned are Raymond Chandler, Walter Mosley, Edgar Allen Poe, Donna Leon and P. D. James.


Click here to download the free pattern.
You can choose any worsted weight yarn - Karabella - Aurora 8 is machine washable and you can knit a Square and a half out of one ball. Or you can use Berocco's Ultra alpaca which will yield you approximately three squares per hank. Knit it in one color or as many as you like and make the blanket.

Feel free to drop into the store on Wednesdays between the hours of 4:00 - 6:30pm if you need help and you have purchased the yarn from Stitch Therapy.

45 Comments:

Aunt E said...

Just downloaded your Volume One Mystery Blanket Stitch-Along. I'm always looking for new patterns to knit...so was excited to see this being shared on Ravelry.
I'm Autumngirl84 on Ravelry
thanks for allowing me to join this KAL.

KissEwe said...

Hi! This would be my very first KAL! Looks like fun; I just scored a ton of cheap worsted yarn and can't wait to put it to work. On Ravelry I am KissEwe. Can't wait to get started.

Moms90 said...

Hi Maxcine, I think I might attempt this as I have lots of Berroco Ultra Alpaca I purchased from you sometime back!! I already printed out the first volume and look forward to printing the subsequent volumns as they become available. . .

Rosalie said...

I am always looking for new patterns too & ways to use up my leftover yarn.
I am Rosalie Cohen Bechen on FB & rbechen on ravelry.

dalaukala said...

this is a great blanket I love it I have to buy more yarn yippe On Raverly I`m dalaukala
Debbie

izzybellarina said...

I'm heading out to get the yarn today! My first KAL! Yippee!
You can find me @ "izzybellarina" on Ravelry.

dk2 said...

What an opportunity, I hope that I will have the time to join in this project. Thanks.

dk2 said...

What a great Opportunity, I hope I will have the time to join in this project. Thanks.

OmMama & KraftyKatina said...

This is my first knit along! My Ravelry name is KraftyKatina and my shared blog is http://kraftykatina.blogspot.com/.

***Just a sides note: The sidebar on your blog says 5 sts to the inch in St st but the pattern for the blanket says 6. Can you clarify please?***

Thanks! Can't wait to start!

mbear2662 said...

I am excited to do this KAL - can't wait to get the next squares!!!

Betty said...

Can't wait to get started -
I am rauccibe on Ravelry

weemet said...

I can't wait to get started!
I am weemeton ravelry

mlobach00 said...

This is my first knit-along and I'm super excited! I started the first square this morning and it's so beautiful. I am thinking of giving this to my best friend as a wedding present!

Ravelry: mlobach

Johanna said...

Hi! This is going to be my first KAL -project. I'm knittinjo on Ravelry and here's link to my blog just started a couple of weeks ago (mainly in finnish, partly also in english)
http://tuumajatoimi.blogspot.com/

donnamariehobrien said...

I'm very excited to do this as well. I'm doing it with my young knitter friend, Sophia. This is my first KAL as well and I'm doing it to improve the quality of my knitting. I'm excited

Mikki said...

This looks like just the thing I have been looking for, a manageable challenge!

It does seem small though, 4X8"=32"? Is this intended to be a baby blanket?

Mikki said...

Oh, I nearly forgot. . . I am up2late on ravelry.

Wendy Sim said...

I am really excited to start my first KAL!! I've tried different patterns in the past, but this should be fun!! I can add it to my own blog as well!! simmom2001crafts.blogspot.com

Dana said...

I am excited to start my first KAL!

karen_a_ring said...

I'm looking forward to learning some new stitches! On ravelry I am feedthebeast.

Sara said...

I would love to be added to this.

I've not done a "knit along" before but this looks so lovely.

My Ravelry name is textureknit

Sara said...

I would love to take part in this knit along.

My Ravelry name is textureknit

Sara said...

I would love to take part in this knit along.

My Ravelry name is textureknit

Trish said...

Can't wait to get started.
My Ravelry name is knitgirl72

Sophia said...

When will volume 2 come out?

Sandra said...

I'm looking forward to participating and having a gift for my best friend's new baby.
My ravelry name is SandraD282

me said...

This looks like a lot of knitting fun! I'm Truespark on ravelry and my blog is
http://more-yarn-please.blogspot.com/
Others Ravelette's that are part of our knitalong are jitteryknitter and mariono
Please sign us up as happy Knit-along-ers! Thanks!

me said...

this will be great fun! Please sign us up (there are 4 of us knitting this for a friend)
I'm Truespark on Ravelry and my blog is
http://more-yarn-please.blogspot.com/
Other knitters in my group are: JitteryKnitter and MarionO
Please add us to the Knitalong Fun!

Lisa said...

There are a bunch of us participating in the Seattle area for a friend's baby - you can call us the jitteryknitters!

knitwhitz said...

What an awesome project! This is my first KAL and I am excited to get started. My ravelry name is knitwhitz. Downloading Volume One now. ~lisa~

Deb said...

sign me up for the knit along- i'm dtweedy on ravelry. Thanks!

woll4 said...

please sign me up for the knit along. what fun. i'm wollack on ravelry.

Jennifer said...

I would love to take part in this knit along.

My Ravelry name is Balletpige

Katharina said...

Heithere!

me too! I'ld like to join, i'm Kamasop on Ravelry.

Great idea!

Ditetre said...

Years and years ago, when I was in high school, I made a similar blanket. It's time to do another one. I look forward to joining the gang :)
Dee

grandmommers said...

Would love to join. Hope it isn't too late! Looks like fun!

patti said...

Yeah for Part 2 - this is such fun, also challenging but all in all just a lot of fun!

Ellen said...

Thanks, Maxcine! Our next Guild charity project is lap blankets for the VA Hospital. I'm going to link to this on our Brooklyn Fiber Arts Guild group page!

Ravelry- ellenha

Penny said...

I just discovered this KAL and have downloaded volumes one and two and also joined the ravelry group. I look forward to knitting this blanket. I am pennala on ravelry.

textureknit said...

when is volume three available?

Grace A said...

Novelknitter119 is participating with a library group. Everyone is enjoying the patterns and anxiously awaiting the next edition.

Kate said...

I just found you on Ravelry and love this idea. I'd love to join in.. I'm mom2my2monkeys on Ravelry

Ann said...

Looks like so much fun...ravelry name is annhouse

anniebetty said...

I'm doing this NOW. LOL! My ravelry name is 3anniebetty

I sure wish the shop was still open.

Maike Schnichels said...

Hi, if it´s possible, I would love to join in the blanket ;)
on ravelry I´m Regenbogenschaf
Thanks a lot