KAL Info

Progressive Needles Knit Along


Michelle Hunter


  • Knit Along will run quarterly with a different project each season.  See supply list on the Knit Along page at knitpurlhunter.com
  • Each pattern is an original design that will remain a mystery until the final clue is revealed.
  • The knit along clues will be posted in four segments on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursday of each month at 9:00 AM Eastern Standard Time on knitpurlhunter.com    Any unforeseen changes in this schedule will be posted on the 1st of the respective month.
  • Once posted, all instructions will remain on the website.  After the KAL is complete, the pattern is available be found in the Knit Purl Hunter Pattern Store in the FREE pattern section.
  • Comments and questions will be monitored daily on knitpurlhunter.com  Any change to this schedule (national holiday, etc) will be announced on the 1st of the respective month.
  • All patterns are accompanied by video lessons within each segment enabling knitters of all skill levels to participate.  Video instruction for other techniques are also available at knitpurlhunter.com
  • Additional skacel prize opportunities will be randomly announced within a clue to reward loyal readers.


  1. Anne Leermakers
    Posted October 24, 2016 at 9:43 PM | Permalink

    I have Part 1 and 3; how do I get part 2? thanks

    • Posted October 25, 2016 at 11:55 AM | Permalink

      It is available to download on my KAL page. Scroll down under Part 3 to see Part 2. You can download the pattern directly from there. Happy knitting!

  2. Betsy
    Posted October 14, 2016 at 9:38 AM | Permalink

    Dear Michelle,

    I’m having trouble getting started. I’ve cast on and ripped 4 times. My Zauerball was too dark and it seemed too thin to use #2 needles. I was unable to find the bar between the stitches to do the increases. I think I need to use a lighter colored yarn. Also, my stitches on the ends seem very large. Any suggestions.

    • Posted October 14, 2016 at 11:11 AM | Permalink

      Try working the kfb increases instead of the make one. Many knitters find it easier.

  3. Donna
    Posted June 17, 2016 at 8:09 PM | Permalink

    my friend just told me that I can find you on ralvery under “groups”. I type in “Knit Pearl Hunter” but nothing comes up. What am I doing wrong. Thank you

    • Posted June 18, 2016 at 6:54 AM | Permalink

      I would love to have you join me on Ravelry. Look for Knit Purl Hunter. Happy knitting, Michelle

  4. Sharon Kolb
    Posted April 23, 2016 at 12:17 PM | Permalink

    On the 14k KAL, beginning the first diamond (I am behind) row 2 reads :k2tog. When you turn the work, do you purl that as one stitch or two? And do I always have 139 (larger size) stitches on my needles?

    • Posted April 23, 2016 at 4:35 PM | Permalink

      Yes, you will treat the k2tog as one stitch on the wrong side. In lace knitting, every decrease has a corresponding increase stitch (in our case a yarn over). Because of this the stitch count will remain the same for every row.

  5. Joanne
    Posted January 18, 2016 at 2:58 PM | Permalink

    I omitted, accidentally, the purl row after chart a. I have progressed to round 13 and would love to not have to rip back to fix error. Can I get away with it?

    • Posted April 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM | Permalink

      I wish I could see your work! Did you omit one purl row or all of them? IF you only omitted one purl row, do you have a ridge on the right side? Only you can decide if the error bothers you and if you should take it out. I recommend placing lifelines at regular intervals in your work to make ripping back an easy task.

  6. Jocelyn
    Posted October 18, 2015 at 8:04 PM | Permalink

    I’m doing the mystery shawl Kal. How does one enter the contest? There is no working link on the ravelry page.

    • Posted October 19, 2015 at 11:31 AM | Permalink

      All prize info is available at skacelknitting.com. Good luck in the contest

  7. Olga
    Posted July 6, 2015 at 1:01 AM | Permalink

    My first KAL with you. Looking forward to our project. Finished the cuff. By increasing the size, this will make a great boot cuff!! I’ve been knitting for a long time but this is my first using those twists. Also, I’ve never used a life line. Thanks for “new-t0-me” knitting techniques!

  8. Dorothy
    Posted July 3, 2015 at 11:49 AM | Permalink

    Michelle, can the mittens be knitted Magic Loop 2aat?

    • Posted July 3, 2015 at 4:38 PM | Permalink

      You can work them TAAT if you prefer. You may consider working the flip tops one at a time if the technique is new to you.

  9. Diane
    Posted September 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM | Permalink

    This is my first KAL!!! Cannot wait to begin 🙂

  10. Mette
    Posted May 23, 2014 at 7:12 PM | Permalink

    Can you tell me what color blue the afghan is in your building blocks book? Last page 35 and back.

    • Posted May 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM | Permalink

      It is Simpliworsted #12. Have fun knitting Building Blocks!

  11. lynn
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 8:04 PM | Permalink

    I love mystery Kals, especially shawls! I will order the yarn you suggested and be eagerly waiting for April 3rd. Thank you so much for planning this adventure, lynn

  12. Nancy
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 5:05 PM | Permalink

    Hi Michelle,
    The Rylie yarn is almost all sold out at the stores. What other yarns could be used?
    Can it be any Skacel yarn? CoBaSi Plus?
    Looking forward to this next KAL


    • Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:14 AM | Permalink

      Wow, has Rylie become popular! You may knit with any yarn that will give you the same gauge as Rylie. I think that Unisono would make for a nice shawl. Can’t wait to knit together:)

  13. Beth
    Posted February 26, 2013 at 12:55 PM | Permalink

    I can not wait to get started on this KAL Thank you for all you are doing,

  14. Kathy
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM | Permalink

    Crimple Sock KAL – Question Re Sizing and High Instep (Arch)
    Michelle, I knitted the toe to a size small so that the sock won’t be too big around my toes; however, I have a high instep. Would you advise should I continue knitting at the small size or the medium size? I have provided my foot measurements.
    #0 – Length: Midway between 9 6/8″ and 9 7/8″ – Measurment taken with back of my heel against the wall down to the tip of my longest (second) toe. The remaining measurements were taken with my foot pressing down flat on the floor and pulling the measuring tape snug around the foot and leg.
    #1 – Around big toe and 2nd toe: 4 ”
    #2 – Around first three toes: 5 1/8″
    #3 – Around four toes: 6 3/8″
    #4 – Around all toes: 7 1/2″
    #5 – Around foot just below little toe: 8 1/4″
    #6 – Increases to 8 3/8″
    #7 – Decreases to 8 1/4
    #8 through #11 – Increases to 8 3/8″, 8.5″, 8 3/4″, 8 7/8″
    #12 – Around the instep and heel: 11″
    #13 – Around leg including ankle bone: 8.5″
    #14 – Around leg just above the ankle bone: decreased to 7 5/8″
    #15 – Around smallest part of leg: 8″
    #16 – From measurement #13 to the floor: 3″
    Thank you.

    • Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:26 AM | Permalink

      Wow, that is one properly measured foot! As you can see from today’s clue, the sock has a ribbed structure which provides a lot of stretch for fit. The size small may be just fine. The most crucial measurement is the width of your leg where the sock will end on your calf. You included a circumference of your leg just above the ankle at 8″ and the size small seems sufficient for this. It’s a very forgiving sock. Keep up the good work!

      • Kathy
        Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM | Permalink

        Michelle, thanks for the response. My concern is getting the sock over my instep and heel which measured 11″. The pattern size small indicates the sock will stretch to 10″ and the medium size will stretch to 12.”
        If you think the size small will stretch enough, I will continue with that size.

  15. Ann Beeman
    Posted June 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM | Permalink

    Yes I’m ready to try my hand in mystery knitting. Is it possible to know what yarns we will be using? I went online to Skacel for a list of stores no luck in the Portland area…for the upcoming project in July. So if I knew ahead of time and find a store in my travels could buy ahead and save postage plus I like to feel and look at the yarn as I do not use online as a shopping source (still in the dark ages).
    Thanks Ann

    • Posted June 11, 2012 at 9:13 AM | Permalink

      Mystery knitting is lots of fun and we will be happy to have you along! The pillow is knit with Simpliworsted. Go to my KAL blog for the complete supply list and info. Please let me know if you have any other questions. See you July 5th!

  16. Lois Lahman
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:07 PM | Permalink

    Hello Michelle,
    I thought I would share what I feel a unique way in which your KALs have affected my life! My two closest friends in high school also became knitters as we were all busy with our professions and families. We now live in Ohio. Boston, and Long Island. The three of us are doing your projects together even though we live miles apart! We all agree that your videos are so very helpful and done with such clarity! The trials and tribulations of life had kept the daily contact with each other at a minimum. Now we talk all the time in reference to our knitting projects. We have reunited in a special way after 40 years of busy lives. Thanks so much for your dedication to knitting education and friends! The interesting part of this is that the 40 years we were apart we didn’t know we were all knitting in our separate states!

    • Posted February 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM | Permalink

      Thanks so much for sharing your story, Lois! It is another example of how knitting brings people together and creates a special bond. I am humbled to play a role in your continuing friendship. Happy knitting to you all!

  17. Terese
    Posted January 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM | Permalink

    This is my first KAL and I am really excited about it. I read your instructions on the last KAL socks and you said to practice Judy’s Magic Cast on. I have knitted socks before on DPNs, but want to use 2 circulars and don’t have a clue. Are there any videos that would help me? Also, how do you do Judy’s cast on for 2 circulars?
    Next question: I get holes in toes of my store-bought socks, sometimes with only a couple wearings. I hate the idea that my expensive, time-consuming socks might get a toe hole right away! My local Skacel dealer suggested buying darning wool yarn and using it with the sock yarn at the same time, for just the toe area. Would this make me ineligible for Skacel contest prizes? It would be so cool to win something from them!

    • Posted January 31, 2012 at 6:18 AM | Permalink

      Thanks for choosing us as your first KAL! I prefer to make socks using the Magic Loop method which uses one long circular needle. In my video, Judy’s Magic Cast On, I demonstrate the cast on with this method. You may also find the Magic Loop video helpful. As for making strong socks, I think you will be very surprised how durable handmade socks can be especially if the fiber has a bit of nylon for added strength. The reinforcing yarn can be used in the area where you seem to wear through your socks – heels, toes, etc. Many people find this step unnecessary, but customizing is the best trait of hand knit socks. Using reinforcing yarn will not make you ineligible for the Skacel prizes. The contest is open to all knitters!

  18. loreen olson
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 9:26 AM | Permalink

    How do I sign up for your Feb KAL?

    • Posted January 26, 2012 at 9:28 AM | Permalink

      No registration is required. Simply go the the KAL page (look for icon on the home page) on February 2nd to view the first clue. Please let me know if you have any questions.

      • Katie
        Posted June 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM | Permalink

        For your upcoming, Center of Attention KAL, I have never knit toe up socks just cuff down. I have only knit with dpn’s but just recently trying to learn on 1 12″ size 2.5 circular needle.
        First, would you recommend a video or a way of casting on that I should learn for toe up socks and if I get familiar with 1 circular needle method I looked on where you order materials but could not see the Addi 12″ circular needle? If you have a link to where I can order one, I would appreciate it. Is that the size you recommend as a choice for 1 circ? Sorry I can’t see previous page while writing this. Thanks so much for any details you can give me.

        • Posted June 4, 2013 at 7:28 AM | Permalink

          I have had many new sock knitters find success with our KAL and my videos. I knit socks using the Magic Loop method on a 32″ circular needle. I recommend watching that video and Judy’s Magic Cast On video (my #1 video) for some tutorials. I am here to help!

  19. Wendy
    Posted January 5, 2012 at 3:35 PM | Permalink

    do you recommend untwisting the stitches as you work the first row?

    (I’m trying 4 and 6s- this yarn is delightfully soft !!!)

    • Posted January 26, 2012 at 9:27 AM | Permalink

      Sorry I missed this comment! Do not untwist your stitches. It is the twisting that makes for the firm, clean edge.

  20. Cindy OBryan
    Posted January 5, 2012 at 9:27 AM | Permalink


    This is my 1st KAL! I’m soooo excited!

    This may be a newbie question but I’m going to ask it. Can this be knit 2 at a time magic loop style?

    I’m working on gauge now and then I’ll get going on the cuff so I thought I would ask of I can knit them ML & 2 at a time before I got goin.

    Thanks and I can’t wait to get my 1st clue completed!


    • Posted January 5, 2012 at 9:30 AM | Permalink

      I’m so happy you chose us as your first KAL! They are a lot of fun. By all means, knit them two at a time if you prefer. You will have a pair when you cast off at the end of the month. Be sure to join the Knit Purl Hunter KAL group on Ravelry to see the work from fellow KALers and to chat and compare notes with them. I chime in there often as well.

      • Cindy OBryan
        Posted January 5, 2012 at 10:27 AM | Permalink

        Yay! I love knitting 2 at a time whenever I can!

        I’ll be joining the Ravelry group today, thanks so much for telling me!

        I can’t wait to see these all knitted up! I love how this yarn knitted on my swatch, thanks for choosing a great yarn I haven’t tried!

        • Posted January 5, 2012 at 10:38 AM | Permalink

          I love the yarn and am so excited for you all to try it!

  21. Cora
    Posted January 4, 2012 at 11:15 PM | Permalink

    Trouble… Worked on swatching for tomorrow’s clue… Size 7 needles got me 3.5-4 sts/”… Size 5’s got me 4-4.5 sts/”… And finally size 3’s got me 4.75-5 sts/”! I knit more tight than loose. Could there be something amiss with the gauge of 5 sts per inch on 7’s?

    • Posted January 5, 2012 at 6:10 AM | Permalink

      We are making a fabric much firmer than the yarn suggests for added warmth. I would try today’s clue (up in a few hours) on the size 3 and see what you think. Keep me posted – I’ll be here to help.

  22. Rosemary
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 3:01 AM | Permalink

    I bought my yarn for the January mittens well in advance, but then, er, I used it to make a Christmas gift (also mittens). And they turned out just luscious. The Simpliworsted is wonderful – substantial and so soft. I just bought more Taupe, and the KAL mittens will be mine, all mine! Also bought more Royal for the February socks – another gift for self 😀

    • Posted December 26, 2011 at 7:29 AM | Permalink

      I agree! Simpliworsted is deliciously soft and so nice to knit with. My new book is all knit with Simpliworsted and I couldn’t get enough of it! You will adore your new mittens in this soft and washable yarn.

  23. joan
    Posted December 19, 2011 at 7:34 PM | Permalink

    Hi Michelle, I am on the second pair of socks this time I read the instructions
    the correct way for the back of the socks. I now have a green and a pretty blue
    so when do we start the mittens I cannot wait. I purchased 7 and a 5 both 40 inches long is that too much do you need smaller length I cannot find where it tells me what length. When do you plan on starting?? I need something new to do
    I do love the socks they are so pretty. I sure hope this keeps up thru 2012 it is so much fun. I could not wait for the next clue instructions each week. I have told
    many people about the site and they cannot believe it. I knit everywhere I can
    and have a few minutes. It is really fun to do 2 socks at a time. Joan

    • Posted December 19, 2011 at 9:32 PM | Permalink

      Joan, I am so happy that you are all ready to go for the new KALs! The needles you have for the mittens will be just fine. You have enough length in them to knit 2 at a time if you prefer. Our mittens begin on Thursday, January 5th. I can’t wait!

  24. Colleen
    Posted December 19, 2011 at 12:38 PM | Permalink

    I just moved & can’t wait for my knitting supplies to find a new home. I am so looking forward to starting the KAL. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

  25. Margaret
    Posted December 11, 2011 at 3:32 PM | Permalink

    Michelle, I want to knit a hat to go with the mitts. If I knit the fingerless mitts will I have enough yarn for a hat or do I need to buy a third skein? Thanks!

    • Posted December 11, 2011 at 4:33 PM | Permalink

      I had enough yarn to knit a hat after making the mittens so you should have enough to make one after the fingerless version. If you are near a shop with a favorable return policy, it is always nice to have an extra skein just in case. Looking forward to knitting with you in January.

  26. Chelsea
    Posted November 21, 2011 at 1:03 PM | Permalink

    Hi! First off, I absolutely adore your website! It’s wonderful and SO helpful… I was searching for a beginner’s pattern the other day and found one I really liked BUT it called to knit with two colors at one time… a hurdle I haven’t quite jumped yet. So in looking for instruction online (I wasn’t lucky enough to have a grandmother who could teach me… I’m entirely self taught… which definitly has it’s limitations) I found your website… and I watched the video on knitting with two colors… but I’m having a hard time figuring out how to start off… do I cast on with both colors… how do I put a border on it? I don’t want both colors until the interior of the blanket but I can’t figure out how to integrate it in with the other colors after starting out. Do you have any helpful tips?

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 6:28 PM | Permalink

      I’m so glad you have found my videos helpful! You do not need to cast on in two colors. Knit with the first color until it is time to introduce the second color and then begin with 2 handed knitting in the center of your blanket. Happy knitting!

  27. joan
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 3:58 PM | Permalink

    my2 new puppies like the yarn too they just tore up what was left from the last
    one for the scarf. Just love the scarf and it is so soft I am going to make a red one
    and a gray one for gifts.

  28. Georgiana Carfano
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:18 AM | Permalink

    I have just been catching up on my mail. It turns out I have missed everything. Are there
    any start up classes scheduled?? Thanks, Georgiana

    • Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:28 AM | Permalink

      You may download this month’s pattern and catch up with us. Our new mystery KAL begins November 3rd – Toe Up Socks, two at a time.

  29. Cora
    Posted October 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM | Permalink

    My first KAL!!! Ready to tackle part 3… shawlette looking good so far! Much fun.

  30. Carol
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 1:21 PM | Permalink

    Greetings all, I’m a returning knitter; pre edu, job, family and life I greatly enjoyed knitting-then responsibilites got in the way. Anyway, I’m back at it! “KAL’s” are new and different for me. They sound great-just new. Where is the pic for the shawl? Lastly, considering I received the Email this afternoon RE: the KAL. If I order and start the shawl next week would it be too challenging/frustrating to play catch? Show us the shawl!! LOL.

    • Posted October 7, 2011 at 3:05 PM | Permalink

      Welcome back to knitting! KALs are lots of fun with the opportunity to learn new techniques, meet new online friends and create something beautiful. This KAL is a mystery knit. I will post a picture of each portion of the pattern, or “clue”, with the next week’s instructions here on the website. In other words, a picture of Part One is revealed with Part Two’s clue. Many of the KAL knitters are online at Ravelry and they post pictures of their work so you can get a sneak peek of the progress if you prefer. If you are unfamiliar with Ravelry it is kind of like Facebook for knitters complete with lots of yarn, pattern and technique info. (You need to “join” but it is completely free.) There is a link right here on the side of the page to Ravelry. Be sure to join the Knit Purl Hunter KAL group once you are on Ravelry. I hope I have helped you more than I’ve confused you. Please don’t hesitate to ask more questions.

  31. Louise of LAM Knits
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 9:32 AM | Permalink

    I’ve been working with Simplicity since I first saw it a year ago and just love it. It will be great for this KAL newbie to work is a yarn I love!

    • Posted October 7, 2011 at 9:41 AM | Permalink

      I’m a huge fan of Simplicity now as well. Super soft with great stitch definition – all at a good price. I hope you are enjoying the KAL so far!

  32. Barb
    Posted October 4, 2011 at 10:41 PM | Permalink

    Darn it anyway, Thursday seems to have decided to sleep in this week. I am itching to get started.

  33. Sue
    Posted October 4, 2011 at 11:39 AM | Permalink

    I can’t wait! What a long week this is :). Is there lace on this first project? I am wondering if I need to have lace needles or not

    • Posted October 4, 2011 at 4:35 PM | Permalink

      I adore lace needles for every project! If I told you there was lace then it would spoil the surprise!!!!

  34. Posted October 4, 2011 at 9:17 AM | Permalink

    I can’t wait. I love your KALs Michelle. I didn’t get to finish all of Trekking yet but am in the mood to knit knit knit now that its fall !

    • Posted October 4, 2011 at 9:32 AM | Permalink

      I’m so glad to have you knitting with us again. As for the Trekking projects – remember, there is no expiration date on yarn!

  35. Vivian Adams
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 10:15 AM | Permalink

    I too can’t wait to get startede again!! I really enjoyed the other KAL. Hurry up Oct. 6th!!! Thank you for all of these wonderful patterns!!

  36. Wendy
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 7:12 AM | Permalink

    Oh, c’mon Thursday !
    My hands are itching to enjoy this yarn !!!

  37. joan
    Posted October 1, 2011 at 2:54 PM | Permalink

    Well I have the yarn all wound and the needles are ready and so am I
    I enjoyed the last KAL so much and learned to do so many more knitting
    tech. COME ON THURSDAY………The only thing I cannot figure out is these
    prizes where and how do you find them or look for them I did this last year
    and never spotted one Guess I need to pay attention to more than the pattern
    Thanks again Joan

  38. marilyn
    Posted September 30, 2011 at 11:24 AM | Permalink

    looking forward to this new KAL!

  39. Pat Z
    Posted September 28, 2011 at 2:10 PM | Permalink

    I juust ordered the yarn for the first KAL. Looking forwarrd to the project.

  40. Karen
    Posted September 20, 2011 at 1:26 PM | Permalink

    Hi Michelle,
    I thoroughly enjoyed the previous KAL and am looking forward to the upcoming one. One question — what, exactly, is a shawlette? A small shawl, obviously, but my question is, can I make a larger shawl following the instructions, or is that not practical?

    • Posted September 20, 2011 at 7:59 PM | Permalink

      A shawlette is a fun little knit. I like to wear it kerchief style and is a stylish accessory much like a scarf or cowl. Give it a whirl!

  41. Ann Beeman
    Posted September 20, 2011 at 10:40 AM | Permalink

    What is the guage for project one in October?

    • Posted September 20, 2011 at 10:41 AM | Permalink

      I’m so happy you will be knitting with us again!
      Gauge for the October shawlette is 4 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette on US#10 needles.

  42. Theresa
    Posted September 17, 2011 at 3:25 PM | Permalink

    I just purchased yarn for the first project today. This is my first experience with a KAL so I am excited to get started. I love the tutorial aspect as I need to learn a lot. Really looking forward to it.

  43. Robin Case
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 12:19 PM | Permalink

    I have ordered the supplies but feel quite inadequate as I can’t seem to figure out how to join! I have signed up to join your newsletter and look forward to starting the project October 6! Thank you in advance for help in getting me signed up!

    • Posted September 17, 2011 at 12:41 PM | Permalink

      No worries! You do not need to register. Simply go to this website and click on the KAL icon on the home page on October 6 beginning at 9am EST and the pattern will be waiting for everyone to view. View the instructions on your computer or download your own printable version. I will monitor all questions daily at the same place. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  44. Shelley
    Posted September 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM | Permalink

    Do I have to be on Ralvary to join the October KAL?

    • Posted September 11, 2011 at 3:59 PM | Permalink

      You do not have to be a member of Ravelry to participate in the KAL. All of the clues, patterns and videos are available right here on my site. Ravelry lovers just like to chat with each other about the projects and share photos – it’s just a fun option. Check here at 9am October 6 for the first portion of the shawlette pattern. I’m looking forward to knitting with you!

  45. Sharon
    Posted September 6, 2011 at 8:12 PM | Permalink

    Where do you recommed getting the yarn? Do you have a website or our local yarn store.

    • Posted September 7, 2011 at 8:03 AM | Permalink

      I am so glad to have you knitting with us! Go to the Skacel website and there is a complete list of KAL suppliers, both local and online, who will be carrying the yarn. Please let me know if you have trouble locating a source.

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