amirisu Mystery KAL 2021: The Swallowtail Chase
amirisu is holding our first ever Mystery KAL!
In a Mystery Knit Along (known a Mystery KAL or MKAL), participants knit a shawl section by section without knowing what the finished design will be. A new section of the pattern (a "clue") is revealed each week. Completing each clue brings participants one step closer to finishing the shawl and revealing the complete design.
There are many ways a Mystery KAL can be held and different themes they can have. For our first MKAL, we decided to design a shawl based on an original concept story: The Swallowtail Chase.
Each clue includes a short installment of the story and a design element inspired by the story.
Will we be able to catch a swallowtail butterfly?
Join us on our MKAL adventure to find out!
- Tokuko Ochiai (designer)
amirisu Mystery KAL Pattern Only (PDF)
・Pattern (a total of 5 sections/ "clues")
・Original MKAL Woven Label
・Original MKAL Drawstring Project Bag
The pattern will be provided electronically in 5 weekly installments following the schedule below.
The woven label and drawstring project bag will ship around Sept. 24.
Before the KAL begins, all participants will be sent a link to a Dropbox folder that will contain the weekly clues.
Starting from Friday, September 24, every week at 15:00 a new clue will be added to the Dropbox folder.
* Please note that the pattern will be provided electronically as a PDF. We will not send out printed patterns.
The first clue will be provided on Sept. 24 (Fri.) at 15:00 (JST).
Clues will be provided over 5 weeks: Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 15, Oct. 22
Participants will receive an email notifying them each time a new clue is available.
About the Pattern
Participants may choose to download the English version or the Japanese version of the clues. Video tutorials will be provided for key techniques.
About the Yarn
You will need at least four colors of fingering weight yarn. The approximate required amounts are as follows:
Our first selection of yarn sets is available on our Japanese site.
Online Events for Participants
We will also hold a virtual Cast On Party on Sept. 24 (Fri.) at 19:00 (JST) on Instagram.
Mystery KALs are new to many knitters in Japan, so we are planning to hold regular meetups in Japanese via Instagram Live. We will announce the schedule for these events with each clue.
Sharing KAL Progress on Instagram
We welcome participants to use Instagram to communicate with each other and share their progress!
To maintain the mystery and avoid spoilers for other participants, we ask that you use the MKAL image provided in the Dropbox folder as a cover image for progress photos. To do this, just upload the official MKAL image as the first photo in your post.
Join the fun on Instagram with our MKAL tag: #amirisumysterykal2021