It was about this time last year when Lisa K Ross launched the Garden Variety Mystery Knit-a-long and it was so much fun she’s planned another one – Just Beachy! This post highlights many of the details you might want to know about how the MKAL works. The MKAL is being hosted by Lisa at Paper Daisy Creations. While we will be knitting along too – your questions about the pattern and MKAL details are best directed to Lisa. Her contact info is listed at the end of this post.
Who’s ready for a day at the beach?! It’s no secret that lounging in the sand and listening to the waves crash onto the shore is a great way to relax. Playing in the surf, swimming in the water, or paddling over the surface, there’s no limit to the fun to be had! This mystery wrap combines simple, relaxing stitches with the thrill of underwater adventures. You’ll discover new techniques, play with garter and stockinette in new ways, and experience unique construction that, like any good beach read, will keep you guessing what comes next. I’ve created tutorial videos that will guide you along the way and have created KAL threads to join others all over the world on this beachy vacation! You’ll find all the links you need at the end of each clue. Take a deep breath... it’s time to dive in!
What to Expect
While there are a lot of surprises hidden within this design, here are some things that you can expect:
- slip-stitch knitting
- elongated and/or unique stitches • frequent color changes
- cable twists
- unique construction
Rest easy! All techniques with charts will also include written instructions. Lisa has created tutorial videos to guide you through any new techniques. There will NOT be any stranded colorwork, short rows, or brioche. This design is intended for intermediate knitters but could be suitable for an adventurous beginner. The best part of a KAL... there will be lots of help from knitters along the way!
- September 1 - 1st clue released
- September 8 - 2nd clue released
- September 15 - 3rd clue released
- September 22 - 4th clue released
- September 29 - 5th clue released
- October 6 - 6th clue released
- October 20 - final day of MKAL; post finished object photos in the Ravelry group
Join the Knit-Along Fun
Knit along with the Just Beachy MKAL by joining Lisa’s Paper Daisy Creations Ravelry group. Right now you will find the ‘Getting Ready’ thread where you can show off your color choices, see what others have picked, and ask any questions you might have. We are a friendly crowd with an enthusiasm for knitting and beautiful yarn.
The MKAL will officially begin with the first clue release on September 1, 2021, and end on October 20, 2021. For each clue release, there will be a spoiler thread where you can show pictures of your work-in-progress. There will also be a NO SPOILERS thread, which is perfect for asking questions or chatting without the risk of seeing photos or spoilers. Best of all, there will be PRIZES! Be sure to post a picture of your finished wrap in the FOs thread by 11:59pm (EDT) on October 20, 2021 to be eligible!
IMPORTANT! To keep the design elements a surprise for everyone, be sure your first photo on Ravelry and Instagram hides your knitting. You can use a photo of your yarn, a photo of your favorite beach, or the logo to the left. To use the image, first click on it to highlight, then right click and choose either ‘Save Image As’ or ‘Copy’ (depending on your computer). You can also find this image on the pattern pages on both Ravelry and paperdaisycreations.com.
Social Media: Be sure your first photo on Ravelry and Instagram is a spoiler warning (such as a photo of the yarn or the logo to the left) so the surprise isn’t ruined for anyone else. You can use the logo to the right, a photo of your yarn, or a picture of your favorite beach. Use the hashtags #justbeachymkal and #paperdaisycreations. Tag @paperdaisycreations as well so I can see your progress!
Ravelry: Go to the Paper Daisy Creations Ravelry group. I will be creating a separate SPOILERS thread for each clue. This is a place to share your progress for each clue that you are knitting. There will also be a NO SPOILERS thread where you can ask any questions you might have without sharing photos of the design.
Project Pages: Please choose a photo of your yarn or the Just Beachy MKAL main photo for your project page. This way, nobody will accidentally see your work-in-progress, but can choose to click through if they would like to see your beautiful knitting.
Pattern Support: The best place to get help is through the Ravelry threads, as many eager knitters will be able to chime in quickly with answers. I will also be checking these threads and am happy to help you get back on track. If you are unable to find the answer on Ravelry, you can email me at [email protected], keeping in mind that it may take up to 2 business days for a response.