Rowan Pure Wool Worsted Mystery Afghan Knit-a-long

Rowan Pure Wool Worsted Mystery Afghan Knit-a-long

Here at the mill, our fingers are positively twitching in anticipation for the launch of our first ever global knit-a-long! With only a few weeks left until we will release the first of the patterns, we’re now able to share with you a few more details about the project:

What’s It All About?
Our first ever global knit-a-long is for a 48 square mystery Afghan designed by Martin Storey.  The “mystery” is the design of the squares themselves.  Martin has produced 8 designs for the squares, using different simple textures such as lace to cables.  The yarn Martin has selected is the glorious Pure Wool Worsted. Made from 100% wool, this superwash yarn is available in 50 shades, meaning that we’re thoroughly spoilt for choice. Martin Storey has designed this Afghan using 18 balls of yarn in 17 shades (16 balls for the square patterns, 2 balls for the trim).  For those of us who may prefer something more tonal, we have also suggested a 9, 5 and 2 colour version. With this flexibility of colour way, you can create a stunning, yet personalised, piece – which, with the yarn’s easy care properties, could form an heirloom for you to enjoy now and in future years.

Each week for the first eight weeks, we’ll release a pattern for one of the squares that Martin has designed. A completed Afghan requires each square to be knitted six times, giving a total of 48 squares. 
If you choose to use Martin’s recommended shades you will knit each design three times in one shade and three in another.

In week nine, Martin will show us how to create the trim. In week ten we will provide the final instructions needed for making-up, to complete a truly beautiful Afghan.

The finished squares are 20cm x 20cm. The overall layout is 6 squares by 8 squares (48 in total).  The finished measurements are approx. 120cm x 160cm plus trim.

Beginner knitter? Not a problem, Martin has designed the Afghan to be simple, and he’s filmed online videos to support each pattern.  There are also basic technique videos like casting on.  These will be linked to every pattern and we will be on hand to help along the way on Facebook and Ravelry.

If the pace of knitting is a little overwhelming for some, we will give you a month to finish the project after the making up instructions are released.  You can also choose to make a smaller Afghan.
Watch out for a competition at the end of the Knit-a-long too!

The Schedule

w/c 21/4           Week 1 - upload pattern for square 1
w/c 28/4           Week 2 - upload pattern for square 2
w/c 5/5             Week 3 - upload pattern for square 3 
w/c 12/5           Week 4 - upload pattern for square 4
w/c 19/5           Week 5 - upload pattern for square 5
w/c 26/5           Week 6 - upload pattern for square 6
w/c 2/6             Week 7 - upload pattern for square 7
w/c 9/6             Week 8 - upload pattern for square 8
w/c 16/6           Week 9 - upload pattern for cable trim
w/c 23/6           Week 10 - upload making up diagram
w/c 21/7           Photo share & competition!


The Shopping List

The shopping list can be found here:

More Information About The Yarn
To help, the Pure Wool Worsted shade card can be downloaded from the Rowan website:


Share Your Progress

You’ll be able to ask for help and advice, share your comments, and photos via the following:


You can download the patterns weekly here -



The Rowan Yarns forum thread -

On a dedicated Ravelry pattern page -



On our Rowan Yarns Facebook page

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing in this, our very first global adventure.

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