What is a knit-along?
A knit-along is simply a group of knitters all working on the same project at the same time. Have you ever run into a problem with your knitting and thought, "If only someone else was knitting this and knew how to help me!"? The two-heads-are-better-than-one phenomenon is part of what makes the knit-along so special. Crochet-alongs are just as much fun, and we can't wait to get the first one started at Bernat - stay tuned!
What is the Bernat Mystery Afghan Knit-Along?
The first Bernat knit-along project is a sampler afghan knit in three colors of Bernat Satin. What the final afghan will look like is a mystery - you'll have to knit each clue as it comes out and gradually discover the final result.
When and where do we start?
The first clue will be released October 23rd at Bernat.com/blog. Every two weeks we’ll release the next clue, stay tuned in the meantime as we discuss our progress in the comments
How can I keep track of where all the KAL clues are posted?
On the Bernat Blog, you will find a side bar on the right listing blog post categories. By clicking ‘Mystery Afghan Knit-along’ in this section, the blog will display only KAL posts.
I can't download the clue/pattern - help!
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download your PDF. It’s free! You can download it here
If you’re still having trouble, try right-clicking the link, and selecting Save File As.. You should be able to open it from your computer.
Still having trouble? Email Knitalong@bernat.com for help.
How many weeks does this project last?
The afghan project will last 16 weeks, with the last clue posting February 3rd, 2010.
Will I still be able access previous KAL posts if I miss one?
No worries about missing out on clues – if you aren’t available the day a clue is released, it will still be available on the blog when you come back to it.
I’m not sure if I can keep up with the pace of the clues!
The only reason to keep up is to retain the element of ‘mystery’! It’s not necessary to match your knitting with the pace of the clues. Just knit at your leisure!
Any plans for other KAL’s?
We have plans for several Knit and Crochet Alongs with different types of projects in the future. Stay tuned!
Will we finished the KAL in time to make it a gift for Xmas?
The KAL project will wrap up in February 2010 and unfortunately not be ready in time for Xmas.
What yarn do I use and how much?
Bernat® Satin (100 g/3.5 oz; 149 m163 yds)
Contrast A – We used ‘Silk’ (04007) 4 balls
Contrast B – We used ‘Camel’ (04010l) 3 balls
Contrast C – We used ‘Banana’ (04615 ) 3 balls
Finished afghan measures approx. 50 in. [127 cm] x 43 in. [109 cm]
What size needles do I need?
You will need 5 mm (U.S. 8 ) knitting needles or size needed to obtain the pattern gauge of 18 sts and 24 rows. You will also need a cable needle and a 4.5mm (U.S. 7) 80 cm (36 in) circular needle.
Does it matter what length of needle I use?
Needle length is for the most part personal preference, however, the length of your knitting needles should not be significantly shorter than the piece you are working on. Please note for the afghan border you will need a circular knitting needle with a minimum length of 80cm (36 inch).
Can I use different colors than the pattern?
Can I knit it in one color?
Can I use ombre shades?
Ombre (multi-color) shades can certainly be used. Keep in mind that certain stitch patterns won’t read as well in ombres. We recommend using ombres for the simpler knit and purl stitch pattern blocks or the border of the afghan.
Can I use a different yarn?
We recommend Bernat Satin to obtain best results, but you are welcome to substitute.
If I can’t find Bernat Satin, how to I choose a substitute?
There are several things to keep in mind when substituting a yarn. First and foremost is gauge; Try to choose a yarn that knits to the same gauge as Bernat Satin. Most yarns have a recommended gauge on their label. Next, keep in mind the structure and fiber content of the yarn. A boucle, mohair or other textured yarn will greatly affect the appearance of your afghan. Also consider the care of the yarn, as some yarns are hand wash only. For best results, try to choose a yarn that is most similar to Bernat Satin by comparing the information below:
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows on a 5mm [US 8] needle
Content: 100% Acrylic
Put-up: (solids) 3.50 oz / 100 g (ombres)2.80 oz / 80 g
Length: 163 yd / 149 m (ombres) 130 yd / 119 m
Bernat Berella 4 and Bernat Super Value are recommended substitutes.
If I use a different yarn, can I still enter the contest?
Yes, You can still enter the contest if you use a different yarn. There is no purchase necessary to enter.
What is the pattern gauge?
18 sts – 24 rows = 4″ (10 cm) with 5.00 mm, US – 8
What is the pattern difficulty level?
The blocks in the afghan pattern range from Easy to Intermediate. The pattern will progress in difficulty from beginning to end. That means the earliest squares will be the simplest, but even the hardest ones can be learned by a patient advanced beginner. Tips and Tutorials will be provided for more advanced techniques.
Should I use the written pattern instructions or the chart?
Following a pattern from written instructions or a chart is simply a matter of personal preference. To avoid confusion, try to follow one or the other, but not both!
What size are the blocks supposed to turn out?
Each block in the afghan should measure approx. 10 inches (25.5 cm) wide by (20.5 cm) 8 inches tall. Keep in mind that different stitch patterns will produce slightly different results in measurement.
Is it okay if my afghan blocks aren’t all the same size?
If your afghan blocks are different sizes they will not fit together properly when it comes time to sew them together. If your blocks differ by only 1/2 inch (1.5 cm ) or so, you can try blocking the pieces to desired measurements (see blocking instructions below).
How many blocks do I knit for each "clue"?
Each pattern block "clue" should be knit 3 times, one block for each colour of yarn. If you are using one colour, make sure to knit three blocks of each pattern.
How many blocks are in the finished afghan?
There are 24 blocks total.
Should I block my afghan squares?
Blocking is recommended to smooth out your knitting and help get your all of your afghan squares as close to the same size as possible.
How do I block my afghan squares?
Pin garment pieces to measurements and cover with damp cloth leaving cloth to dry.
How do I know my afghan squares look the way they should without a picture?
We will post a photo of each completed “clue” when we have moved on to the next clue. E.g. Photo of clue #1 will be posted when clue #2 is released.
The Bernat Mystery Afghan Knit-Along Contest Rules, Terms, and Conditions are available here.
What can I win?
One lucky knitter will receive the Bernat pattern and yarn of their choice to create a Bernat afghan.
How do I enter?
To be eligible to win our KAL prize, you will need to submit a photo of your completed KAL afghan along with your contact and entry information to firstname.lastname@example.org. All entries are due March 12, 2010.
How is the winner chosen?
The winner will be chosen by random draw. There is no jury or judging of completed projects.
When will the winner be chosen?
The draw will take place March 17, 2010.
How will I know if I’ve won?
We will contact the winner by telephone and email.