2021 Holiday Recovery Shawl Mystery Knit-a-Long!

Needing a bit of post-holiday (and maybe post-2020) TLC?

Benny the St. Bernard is here to help! He wants you to start gathering your mini-skeins and left-over bits and bobs of yarn for a fun Mystery Knit-a-Long that's beginning on New Year's Day and running through March 1st, 2021.

This mystery project features mostly cozy garter-stitch with a mitered construction and is reminiscent of a patchwork quilt in a non-traditional (but very wearable) shawl shape. This will be a fun, light-hearted MKaL to ring in the New Year & use up some of that pretty yarn we've all got lying around. No rules, no pressure, just some fun knitting at a moderate pace to keep things relaxing.

I've used my 2020 advent calendar from Toad Hollow for my sample, but feel free to use the fingering-weight yarn that is speaking to you. (Mini-skeins, stash, or scraps are all great choices!) The pattern is designed to work well with everything from tonals to variegated colorways so just pick yarns that will bring you joy to work with.

Read on for all the details & happy knitting! 😘

Shaina ^_^

Materials Needed


24 - fingering-weight mini-skeins each approximately 82 yds / 75 m

(Approx 1,968 yds / 1,800 m total)

Sample Used:

Toad Hollow Sock Toad

80/20 Merino/Nylon

400 yds / 100 g

In colorways from their 2020 Christmas Advent Calendar


- US 3 (3.25 mm) Circular Knitting Needle

or size needed to obtain gauge


- Measuring Tape

- Stitch Markers

- Scissors

- Tapestry Needle


18 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches

in Garter Stitch, blocked

MKaL Schedule

There are 4 clues total. They will be releasing on Fridays every other week from January 1st - February 12th. This is intended as a casual Knit-a-Long so each clue will use less than 480 yds / 440 m of yarn. I've set things up this way to help relieve some of the pressure that can arise from an intense MKaL schedule. You should be able to just coast through this project without forsaking other events and endeavors for fear of not being ready for the next clue.

January 1, 2021 - Clue 1 is released

January 15, 2021 - Clue 2 is released

January 29, 2021 - Clue 3 is released

February 12, 2021 - Clue 4 is released

March 1, 2021 - Full pattern is revealed

How Do You Get the Clues?

I'm running this Mystery Knit-a-Long a bit differently than I have in the past. Because Ravelry continues to be unsafe for many knitters I've decided to run the MKaL through participant exclusive blog posts here on These posts will include links to add the pattern to your Ravelry library (for those who still use the site) along with the downloadable PDF versions of each clue and some great bonus content!

The really awesome part about doing it this way is that I'm able to provide you with more tutorials and in-depth descriptions than I've ever been able to before. This includes tutorial videos specific to this pattern along with some fun digital goodies just for participants.

I'm really excited for this new format & feel like it will make for a much more immersive KaL for everyone. And, don't worry, even though it will be run through blog posts, I will still be sending you an email each time a clue is released so that you don't miss an update.

How Do You Sign-Up?

Visit the new KaL Registration page to register. You'll get a welcome email confirming your purchase then you can start picking out your yarns!

Designs that Inspired the MKaL:

Andromeda's Wings

$5.99 USD

(Linked to Ravelry)

Dragon Force Shawl

$5.99 USD

(Linked to the Yumi Yarns Shop)

Countdown to Christmas MKaL

$5.99 USD

(Linked to Ravelry)


Related Posts

See All

The Yumi Yarns Blog