I’ve joined forces with a FABULOUSLY talented yarn dyer, aka The Yarn Whisperer, and together we have created a MAL. We are excited to bring you The Solstice Garden MAL 2020
❄️ But, what’s a MAL?
Well, we know you’ve heard of CAL or KAL (crochet or knit along respectively!) or even a MKAL (Mystery knit along!) a MAL, or make along, is similar to all of these, with just a few differences… A make-along is when a specific pattern is released with all of the details required to make the design, along with a specific start date for everyone to begin their project, together. Then, unlike a crochet-along where you often have segments of the pattern released over a number of weeks, you have the pattern in full with just an end date to make it by. It’s a relaxed way to make a project as you can work at your own pace, but there is a deadline to hold you accountable should you need one.
❄️When will it happen? We decided that the time leading up to the Winter Solstice would make a perfect crafting window. The MAL will start on December 1st 2020 and will run until 21st December 2020, when everyone can have a ta-dah moment and show off their wraps.
❄️ What are we making?
It’s a crochet wrap design – but that’s all we are saying for now! So we can all start together the pattern will be sent out last at the end of November, ready for the start of the MAL on 1 December.
Basic crochet stitches, cluster stitches, decrease stitches, working in rounds, missing stitches, working into chain spaces and working in rows.
Hook needed: 3.5mm
Terminology: The pattern will be available in both UK and US crochet terminology
❄️ How will it work?
An exclusive pattern and kit are being created for this extra special MAL. Each kit will include:
- 2x 100g skeins of Corriedale Sock 80/20 yarn, in an exclusive hand-dyed colourway
- Sparkly Precosia crystal beads to embellish your creation – who doesn’t love a bit of bling?!
- A digital copy of the pattern (which will be sent to you at the end of November!)
- and a few extra, exclusive treats, just for good measure!
❄️ Pre-ordered kits will be available for £37 + postage, and can be made on The Yarn Whisperer website from 10 am on Monday 26th October 2020 and if you order in the first 48 hours you can enjoy a 10% Early Bird discount.
Kits will be dyed to order over the coming weeks, with generally a 1 week turn-around from order to shipping. But get in quick to ensure you get yours in plenty of time to crochet along with us!
Last International orders will be shipped by November 9th 2020 if ordered by November 2nd 2020. UK orders will continue to be shipped after this date, but ordering early ensure yours arrives in plenty of time to join us on December 1st 2020.
❄️ Is support available for this MAL? There will be support for the pattern as usual in my Facebook group, and also you can pop in and join in with the Virtual Stitch-n-B*tch sessions hosted by Kitey. Those are a bit like going to a virtual knit and natter group, and everyone there is really lovely and helpful.
We look forward to you sharing your WIPs with us and we will be using hashtags #solsticegardenMAL #kcacouk and #yarnwhisperer if you want to tag us on social.
We do hope that you will join both Kitey and myself for this fun make-along – we can’t wait to see your wonderful new projects come to life!