The Follow your arrow mystery KAL is shaping up to be to be the hottest pattern of 2014.
At the time of writing, it had over 900 projects on Ravelry and the actual pattern hasn’t even been published yet!
I think the Follow your arrow KAL might well be bigger still.
For those not in the know, a KAL is a Knit-ALong. This means a group of knitters cast on a project at the same time. Knitting the same thing together gives it a social aspect. You can chat about your progress (or lack thereof) with others, ask for help and so on and so forth. KALs are often online, with the members chatting on message boards or social media, though they can take place in real life knit groups as well.
A mystery KAL is where a designer releases hints at regular intervals. You only find out as you’re knitting it what the finished item is going to look like.
The follow your arrow project is a mystery KAL with a difference. Designer Isolda Teague describes it as a KAL with a “choose your own adventure style twist. There are five clues, and every clue will come with two options either of which builds perfectly from whichever you choose previously”.
There are 32 possible combinations, or more really, if you take into account that there’s options to either do solid colour or stripes.
I’ve gone ahead and bought the pattern. My only problem is that most of my stash and needles are packed away in boxes somewhere and I’ve no access to a LYS or the option to order online right now; I’m sort of between houses at the moment, a situation that’s been going on just a tiny bit longer than anticipated (three months and counting now, was supposed to be only a week or two!).
I’ve got some sock yarn that will do the trick, though not enough in one colour, so it will have to be stripes (did I mention I do not like colour work?) and I think I’ve got needles roughly the right size so hopefully I’ll manage.
I’m really excited about this anyway. I really can’t wait. Anyone else doing this KAL?
Update: were two weeks in now. I went for clue a both times, the first time because of the interesting construction, the second time because I flicked a coin and it decided for me. I just couldn’t make up my mind! I won’t post pictures here as I don’t want to spoil anyone’s mystery, but if you want to take a peak I’ll keep my project page on ravelry updated each week.