Wow! It’s so nice to see how many people are excited about our Bernat Mystery Afghan knit-along! I loved reading your comments and hearing all of your stories. It’s wonderful to see how eager you all are! A lot of you had questions, and though we tried to our best to answer them in the comments, we thought it would be best to collect them in one place. Without further ado, presenting your KAL FAQ!
BERNAT MYSTERY AFGHAN FAQ
When and where do we start?
The first clue will be released October 23rd at Bernat.com/blog. Every two weeks we’ll release the next clue, stay tuned in the meantime as we discuss our progress in the comments
How can I keep track of where all the KAL clues are posted?
On the Bernat Blog, you will find a side bar on the right listing blog post categories. By clicking ‘Mystery Afghan Knit-along’ in this section, the blog will display only KAL posts.
How many weeks does this project last?
The afghan project will last 16 weeks, with the last clue posting February 3rd, 2010.
Will I still be able access previous KAL posts if I miss one?
No worries about missing out on clues – if you aren’t available the day a clue is released, it will still be available on the blog when you come back to it.
I’m not sure if I can keep up with the pace of the clues!
The only reason to keep up is to retain the element of ‘mystery’! It’s not necessary to match your knitting with the pace of the clues. Just knit at your leisure!
Any plans for other KAL’s?
We have plans for several Knit- and Crochet-Alongs with different types of project in the future. Stay tuned!
Will we finish the KAL in time to make it a gift for Xmas?
The KAL project will wrap up in February 2010 and unfortunately not be ready in time for Xmas.
YARN & MATERIALS QUESTIONS:
What yarn do I use and how much?
Bernat® Satin (100 g/3.5 oz; 149 m163 yds)
Contrast A – We used ‘Silk’ (04007) 4 balls
Contrast B – We used ‘Camel’ (04010l) 3 balls
Contrast C – We used ‘Banana’ (04615 ) 3 balls
Finished afghan measures approx. 50 in. [127 cm] 43 in. [109 cm]
What size needles do I need?
You will need 5 mm (U.S. 8 ) knitting needles or size needed to obtain the pattern gauge of 18 sts and 24 rows.
You will also need a 4.5 mm (U.S.7) 80cm (36 in) circular needle and a cable needle (optional).
Can I use different colors than the pattern?
Can I knit it in one color?
Can I use ombre shades?
Ombre (multi-color) shades can certainly be used. Keep in mind that certain stitch patterns won’t read as well in ombres. We recommend using ombres for the simpler knit and purl stitch pattern blocks or the border of the afghan.
Can I use a different yarn?
We recommend Bernat Satin to obtain best results, but you are welcome to substitute.
If I can’t find Bernat Satin, how to I choose a substitute?
There are several things to keep in mind when substituting a yarn. First and foremost is gauge; Try to choose a yarn that knits to the same gauge as Bernat Satin. Most yarns have a recommended gauge on their label. Next, keep in mind the structure and fiber content of the yarn. A boucle, mohair or other textured yarn will greatly effect the appearance of your afghan. Also consider the care of the yarn, as some yarns are hand wash only. For best results, try to choose a yarn that is most similar to Bernat Satin by comparing the information below:
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows on a 5mm [US 8] needle
Content: 100% Acrylic
Put-up: (solids) 3.50 oz / 100 g (ombres)2.80 oz / 80 g
Length: 163 yd / 149 m (ombres) 130 yd / 119 m
Bernat Berella 4 and Bernat Super Value are recommended substitutes.
If I use a different yarn, can I still enter the contest?
Yes, you can still enter the contest if you use a different yarn. There is no purchase necessary to enter.
What is the gauge?
18 sts – 24 rows = 4″ (10 cm) with 5.00 mm, US – 8
What is the pattern difficulty level?
The blocks in the afghan pattern range from Easy to Intermediate. The pattern will progress in difficulty from beginning to end. That means the earliest squares will be the simplest, but even the hardest ones can be learned by a patient advanced beginner. Tips and Tutorials will be provided for more advanced techniques.
What can I win?
One lucky knitter will receive the Bernat pattern and yarn of their choice to create a Bernat afghan.
How do I enter?
To be eligible to win our KAL prize, you will need to submit a photo of your completed KAL afghan along with your contact and entry information to firstname.lastname@example.org. All entries are due March 12, 2010.
How is the winner chosen?
The winner will be chosen by random draw. There is no jury or judging of completed projects.
When will the winner be chosen?
The draw will take place March 17, 2010.
How will I know if I’ve won?
We will contact the winner by telephone and email.
There you have it folks! This information can be found at all times at bernat.com/mysteryafghankal. We will update the FAQ section as more questions arise.