The Knitting Circle Mystery Knit Along: Week 1

Welcome to our first Mystery Knit Along! Are you as excited as we are? Over the course of three weeks we will be constructing a mystery project! New instructions will be released weekly.

This pattern was created by Managing Editor of The Knitting Circle, Jen Lucas. Jen has been knitting for almost 20 years and designing patterns for over a decade. She has designed knit and crochet patterns for yarn companies and magazines and has self-published dozens of patterns.

Still need to sign up for the knit along? Sign up here! Looking for the yarn requirements? Find them here!

Click the button below to download the instructions for week one!

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Mystery Knit Along Yarn Requirements
Mystery Knit Along Week 1
Mystery Knit Along Week 2
Mystery Knit Along Week 3

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181 Responses to “The Knitting Circle Mystery Knit Along: Week 1”
  1. Carolyn
    Carolyn

    Think I might be over my head on this as I’m a beginner with pattern knitting. I’m up for the challenge, so off I go to get casting on! 🧶

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  2. Bonnie Bales
    Bonnie Bales

    Is there a tutorial of this mystery knit for beginner knitters who need to see it being done visually?

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  3. Catharine
    Catharine

    Sent to Lillia. I noticed the supplies call for 2 different colors of yarn, I inherited about 20 tubs of yarn &ws going to use that. Only have one color in the yarn I was going to use, would that be okay? I’m just getting back into knitting, it’s been 40 yrs.

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  4. Rita Hay
    Rita Hay

    This sounds like fun. I will be starting a little late, I am waiting for some of the supplies I ordered. The holidays affected how quickly my orders are coming from JoAnns and Amazon. Thanks for putting this together.

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  5. SUSAN WILDSTROM
    SUSAN WILDSTROM

    So there are NO instructions for WHAT TO DO? Like casting on some stitches or anything of the sort? How are we supposed to DO anything until we know more? Is week 1 just GETTING the yarn and PRACTICING the three specialty stitches without starting to construct anything? If so, then this is rather stupid!

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  6. Mary
    Mary

    sent to lillia Instructions give yardage requirement as 670yards. Then in yarn used for sample says Lion brand has 257yds in and says to get 2 of each color. That only calculates to 514 yards. That is many yards short of 670. Which is it??

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  7. Patricia Dorunda
    Patricia Dorunda

    Silly assumption, I guess. I thought there would be an accompanying video for knitting wannabes like me.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Patricia. I am sorry there is not a video. But let us know if you have any questions along the way!
      Thanks
      Jean- The Knitting Circle Video Membership

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  8. Karen Richardson
    Karen Richardson

    New at this, but sounds like fun! Have been needing something to help jumpstart my knitting obsession again.

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  9. Judith
    Judith

    I do better with a printed out copy so I can mark where I am. Is there a pdf form to print out?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Kris. I am sorry there is not a video. Let us know if you have any questions along the way!
      Thanks
      Jean-The Knitting Circle Video Membership

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  10. Mary Ann McDermott
    Mary Ann McDermott

    Health problems are keeping me laid up at the moment. Wouldn’t be able to start, hopefully, after the new year. Will this be offered again?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Mary Ann. You can still sign up for this and save the instructions for when you are able to work on it!
      Thanks
      Jean- The Knitting Circle Video Membership

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Marlene. The instructions will be sent every Tuesday for 3 weeks.
      Let us know if you have any other questions.
      Thanks
      Jean The Knitting Circle Video Membership

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  11. Rachel
    Rachel

    It’s hard to spend money on yarn until I know what I’m making… whether I’ll have someone who can enjoy it.

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  12. Ava Campbell
    Ava Campbell

    I was under the impression that this would have video with the instructions. Is that not the case or do I need to sign in Craftsy to see the video?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Ava. I am sorry there is not a video. Let us know if you have questions along the way!
      Thanks
      Jean- The Knitting Circle Video Membership

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  13. Cheryl
    Cheryl

    This is fun – with all the restrictions around Covid, we are all staying home much more than expected and it’s nice to have a little surprise project like this to do. I am enjoying the project and learning new stitches – happy Cheryl 🙂

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  14. Teresa A Taylor
    Teresa A Taylor

    Will there be any videos to accompany this KAL? I have read through the directions, but they look very hard for a beginner to follow.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Teresa. I am sorry there is not a video. If you have questions along the way let us know!
      Thanks
      Jean The Knitting Circle Video Membership

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  15. Kathy G
    Kathy G

    This is my first KAL, and I am not sure how it works. Is there somewhere I can see other people’s comments and maybe photos of their projects?

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  16. Marie Bleazard
    Marie Bleazard

    I am confused. Chart A suggests that we are doing stranded colorwork as the Key and chart tell us. That is a long float. The written instructions suggest it is just a two row stripe. Please help.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Marie. Chart A is worked by using one color for two rows and then switching to the other color for two rows. It’s slipped stitch colorwork, so on the chart, you’ll see a symbol in the opposite color that is slip with yarn in back or slip with yarn in front. All you are doing is slipping the stitch, not knitting it. No floats needed!
      Thanks
      Jen- The Knitting Circle

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  17. RuthPerkins
    RuthPerkins

    I’m a beginner at 80 years of age. I registered previously but am re-registering again

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Mary. I am sorry. There was an error in the yarn requirements. The two skeins of each is correct. You need 500 yards of each color, 1000 yards total.
      Jen
      The Knitting Circle

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  18. Heidi Roynestad
    Heidi Roynestad

    I guess I didn’t realize how much I couldn’t read a pattern. When do we switch colors? Is it every other row throughout the pattern?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Heidi. Yes! For Chart A, you’ll be switching colors every 2 rows, at the start of every Right Side row. You can just carry the yarn up the side for Chart A, no need to cut the yarn every two rows.
      Jen
      The Knitting Circle

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  19. Charlotte
    Charlotte

    I have plenty of hand spun natural colored wool so we’ll see how this will blend together. Looking forward to getting started.

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  20. Sue Papreck
    Sue Papreck

    Ticket 35315 Row 3 instructions ….knit to the next marker, m1R,….. if you kit to the marker then there is no yarn to make the next stitch… Shouldn’t it be knit to the stitch before the next marker and m1R,etc.? I am a new knitter and that did not make any sense.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Sue,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      You work the chart from the bottom, so from Row 1. On the right side (odd rows), you’ll be working from right to left on the chart. On the wrong side rows (even rows), you’ll work left to right. The written instructions are included for the chart in case you need them. All the charts for the whole piece are worked from the bottom up.

      You are working the make 1 stitches using the strand in between stitches, so there will be a strand sort of under the marker that you will use to do the m1R. We have a premium video for that here: https://www.theknittingcircle.com/video/make-one-increases-018303/

      If you have any additional questions, please email or contact Customer Service at 1-833-622-6523.

      Sincerely,

      Lindsay
      The Knitting Circle Video Membership

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  21. Sue Papreck
    Sue Papreck

    the chart in week 1 starts with row8. I usually work from the top down, do I do the same here or do it from the bottom (1) up to row 8. I’ve never done charts before. Are they all backwards or upside down?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Sue.

      You work the chart from the bottom, so from Row 1. On the right side (odd rows), you’ll be working from right to left on the chart. On the wrong side rows (even rows), you’ll work left to right. The written instructions are included for the chart in case you need them. All the charts for the whole piece are worked from the bottom up.

      You are working the make 1 stitches using the strand in between stitches, so there will be a strand sort of under the marker that you will use to do the m1R. We have a premium video for that here: https://www.theknittingcircle.com/video/make-one-increases-018303/
      Jen
      The Knitting Circle

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  22. Colleen Holloman
    Colleen Holloman

    I can’t get the mystery pattern down loaded. Can someone email it to me. Please

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  23. Bridget
    Bridget

    I need help – and I am a very visual learner. Not sure how to “turn work 90-degrees clockwise and pick up and knit …”

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  24. GLORIA
    GLORIA

    Is there a place to share yarn color choices before starting and/or our weekly progress “spoiler alert” pics? One of the most fun things about MKALs is to see how everyone’s projects are coming along. I’m enjoying week 1, fun technique!

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  25. Catherine Denis
    Catherine Denis

    The end of week one..what a fun fabulous idea am really enjoying the knit. Can hardly wait to see what week 2 looks like. It was fabulous to see written instructions along with the chart.. sure was a great guide! Thank you for providing both!!! Great job

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  26. DEBBIE
    DEBBIE

    Hi I received the link to week one and am still waiting for week 2 & 3. Can you help me?

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  27. Christi Budd
    Christi Budd

    Enjoying this so much! As a new knitter, love finding new things to learn…..thanks so much!

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  28. Debbie
    Debbie

    I can’t seem to get to yarn requirements and needle size even when I clicked on link. I thought I saved information but can’t seem to find it. 🤦🏼‍♀️

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  29. Jean Watson
    Jean Watson

    Two questions. Why is so much yarn required when the sample is made with quite a bit less? And this is Tuesday evening. I read that instructions would be released every Tuesday, but I don’t see the Week 2 instructions.

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  30. Brenda Hahn
    Brenda Hahn

    Is this project friendly for newer knitters? I can generally follow a basic pattern. Not sure I understand the week one directions! I really want to up my game in knitting so am hoping for guidance!

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Brenda. If you have any specific questions on the Week 1 directions let us know what they are and we can assist you.
      Thanks
      Jean
      The Knitting Circle Video Membership

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  31. Carole
    Carole

    I received the yarn requirements and instructions for week 1, but I have not received any further instructions for weeks 2 and 3. Where should I look for those?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Carole. You should have recieved Week 2. You can check your spam/junk folder. Week 3 does not come out until next week.
      Thanks
      Jean
      The Knitting Circle Video Membership

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  32. Barbara Villalobos
    Barbara Villalobos

    I’ve never participated in a mystery knit along and my first experience has been great. The directions are clear and the knitting very pleasant. Love the pattern; it’s my first experience with using color to create a pattern. Thanks. Looking forward to the final reveal. 🙂

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  33. JACQUELINE BUIE
    JACQUELINE BUIE

    I am new to knitting so the beginning part is confusing me. How do I turn after the 6 rows of knitting

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  34. Shermaine
    Shermaine

    Will there be any beginner friendly mystery knitting hosted? It wouldn’t be great if knitters of all levels could participate or join in the fun, even if their means have a separate portal for beginning to se photographs to help navigate them through each week.

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  35. Carol Verbridge
    Carol Verbridge

    I’ve started the shawl but am not sure if I’m doing it right. I’m on week 1 and having issues with row 5 of the pattern.

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  36. Sharon Curtiss-Rivera
    Sharon Curtiss-Rivera

    I’m nearing the chart A of week one, and would like information regarding changing colors. Thanks!

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  37. Sharon Curtiss-Rivera
    Sharon Curtiss-Rivera

    I’ve enjoyed starting week 1 – it’s a fun pattern. However, I’m lost as to how to start my color B and then carry it up the side. Can anyone point me to a video that shows how to start the new color ball of yarn? Also, after you do the Row 2 and 3 Rep the 24 times, it says to work Chart A 5 times, then says Next Row, which is the instructions for Chart A. Does this mean to do the two rows and then start Chart A, or just start Chart A and do it 5 times? Pattern reading challenges me, but I love learning the language. Any help here will be so appreciated!

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  38. DARLENE
    DARLENE

    I didn’t get week 3 instructions. Could you send them again? I’m essay behind but enjoying this project!

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  39. Theresa Humphries
    Theresa Humphries

    You call for dk, but Gauge is 17 sts. = 4”. Would that be worsted weight?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Theresa. The gauge listed in the pattern is the gauge of the finished piece. DK weight was used to make the piece. The gauge listed on the yarn is only a jumping off point. Depending on the item you are making, you may knit the yarn at a different gauge.
      Jen
      The Knitting Circle

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  40. Lori A Barber
    Lori A Barber

    I have been knitting since I was 8 and started knitting Icelandic Sweaters in 93, have made more than 20 and designed a couple of my own designs. Look forward to a challenge and a mystery. Thank you for including me in this KAL

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  41. Lynn
    Lynn

    I’m excited to start this project, but you gave away the surprise on the yarn requirements page. It will be a fun shawl to knit.

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