Mystery KAL 2015

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Our 8th annual Mystery Hat-a-Long is here!

The Knit-A-Long will be based in the Ravelry group 'Wormhead's Hats' where there will be special threads for the discussion of the pattern. Instalment update notifications will be sent out via email on the following dates:

Instalment dates: 1st November (1st), 9th November (2nd), 17th November (3rd). Final pattern will be released 27th November.

Why not Hat-a-Long with us and support your local yarn store? Sign-ups will be available through your LYS from 22nd October - the perfect opportunity to support your LYS, learn/teach a new technique, knit-a-long with your knit group or support your local indie dyer!

About the Pattern:

The style of the Hat this year is a little different to other years, and is more fitted in style, yet isn't a real head swuisher and works just as well with long hair as with short.

This pattern would benefit from a solid or semi-solid yarn. Something with a bit of bounce would be ideal. Variegated yarns will also work well, depending on the contrast within the skein. The Hat has texture, so please bear that in mind.

Pattern support is provided on the forum in the Wormheads Hats group, and anyone new to a Mystery KAL will be offered guidance and help. Any specialist techniques will be discussed, and illustrated tutorials will be included where relevant, as always. Below is a list of skills needed, and even if they are new to you, there will be plenty of knitters to guide you through.

Individual support via email will not be available for this MKAL; all support is offered through the forum. Likewise with Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. This is simply due to the large amount of knitters who take part every year - support via the forum is the best way to help everyone!

Alternatively, yarn shops may wish to use the MKAL to teach these techniques, offer support in store, and host the MKAL themselves (technical support for LYS owners will also be hosted on the Ravelry forum).

The pattern has been tech edited by Heather Murray and Clare Devine, and copy edited by Liz Marley.


  • Knit & purl stitches
  • Knitting in the round
  • Increase and decrease techniques
  • Cables
  • Provisional cast-on


  • To fit size: 17 [18.5, 20, 21.5, 23] in/43.25 [47, 51, 54.5, 58.5] cm
  • Finished size: 15.25 [16.5, 17.75, 19, 20.25] in/38.75 [42, 45, 48.25, 51.5] cm


  • 88 [110, 128, 162, 189] yd/81 [101, 117, 148, 172] m
  • 63yd/58m for the pompom (optional; can also be a different yarn, leftovers etc)
  • 35yd/32m for a 6x6in/15x15cm swatch in St.Sts
  • Recommended yarn: Rowan Pure Wool Worsted or Cascade 220.


  • 20 sts x 32 rows to 4in/10cm on 4mm needles over St.St. 
  • 19 sts x 38 rows to 4in/10cm on 4mm needles over Garter St. 


  •  4mm/UK8/US6 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge

Page last updated 22/10/15