Martin Storey – Afghan / Throw Pure Wool Worsted Knit-a-long

If you receive the January Row@n eNewsletter you will have read about Rowan’s Martin Storey – Afghan Pure Wool Worsted Knit-a-long. For those of you who are interested, it was due to start mid February and take place over ten weeks but will now be delayed until March. The shopping list and more information will be released at the end of Feb to give you plenty of time to get prepared!
Unfortunately it’s taking a while for the new yarn to reach the Rowan stockists. I will keep you posted.
Here is a sneak peek of Martin and Kate starting the project…

MartinKatePWWFor the knit-a-long, each week, Rowan will release a surprise new square design so that after ten weeks you will have a beautiful heirloom piece to treasure. I am hoping to take part but I have so many knitting projects lined up! Maybe I will have to push them all to the back of the queue so I can take part in this one!

Please let me know if you would like to take part also. It would be fun to knit the same thing all at the same time with knitters all across the world! When the KAL is finished you could all send me photos and I will share them on a new blog post!

 Please let me know what you think and if you are interested in taking part in this Rowan KAL by leaving a reply below. If you cannot see the ‘Leave a Reply’ box below, click here, and when the new page opens scroll to the bottom.

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Happy Knitting!

195 thoughts on “Martin Storey – Afghan / Throw Pure Wool Worsted Knit-a-long

  1. I would like to join in the KAL please. I am doing the 17 colour Afghan, but am very late starting. I am also struggling with the patterns that only seem to have charts, rather than written pattern. Do you know if its possible to get written patterns instead of charts for these weeks? Thanks.

    • Welcome to the KAL Sarah! Unfortunately, it is not possible to get written patterns instead of charts. Rowan have done this deliberately to get knitters used to reading both written instructions and charts. I get just as many requests for charts instead of written instructions. What is it that is causing you the problem with the charts? Maybe I can help?

  2. Been hanging back, deciding if like the patterns. And I do! So now the colour issues. I think one possibility is 4 colours plus a fifth for the border? Very keen on mallard and goes well with almond. And the azure seems to go with those two. Now a bit stuck for fourth main colour. Would link a pink. What about raspberry and then what for border? One criterion is no dark colours as find it hard to see what doing! Please help with other suggestions.

    • Good idea Sarah…….no reason to do this as a knit-a-long and you can knit to your own pace. I love you color suggestions and a pink would look great! How about Redcurrant and Candy which will be complementary contrasts to the Azure and Mallard and also work well with the Almond. Mallard is quite a dark shade…….maybe you can knit in daylight or use a light directed onto your work….that what I do. 🙂

  3. Have always wanted to do an afghan. This sounds a good one to do. Joining a bit late, but hope to catch up some time.

    • Hi Clarice, The only way to access the pattern is on Rowan’s website: http://www.knitrowan.com. It is on the Home page and No. 1 of the scrolling pictures…..just click on “Week One” and this will take you to the pattern and lots of other information relating to this KAL. To download the pattern you will need to be a member, which is free to do, and will also be a fantastic source of designs and knitting techniques and much more! Clue # 2 will be made available on Monday 28th April and every following Monday until all 10 clues are revealed! If you have any problems downloading the pattern please let me know.

  4. Hi!
    I too am looking forward to knitting this project! I have never knitted like this before. I was wondering if we might know the colours of the wool we will need each week. I was hoping to purchase it a bit at a time.
    I downloaded the colour chart and realised I purchased the wrong wool colour!! It is a good job it is used later! I am going to try again tomorrow at John Lewis tomorrow! Any idea what colours we willbe using this week? I would like to purchase two or three weeks together.

    Thanks for setting this site up! I look forward to seeing the project grow!!!!
    D

    • I’m so sorry Di…. I can’t let you know the colours used for each pattern because I don’t know myself. The only thing you can do is wait for patterns No. 2 (28th April) and No. 3 (5th May) to be published and then buy the colours needed for these 2 patterns on 5th May. You will only be one week behind everyone and then there is 4 weeks at the end for sewing the squares together and catching up. Does this help?

  5. I would like to join please. Just sent for my first batch of wool. I am going for 17 colours in cream/browns/rich red/oranges. Hope it is going to look ok.

  6. I would like to join the Martin Story afghan knit along. I thought I had registered for the instructions but I can’t access them from You Tube. I don’t know what I need to do next. This is the first time I’ve tried to do a project like this.
    Thanks – Pris

    • Hi Pris, The only way to access the pattern is on Rowan’s website: http://www.knitrowan.com. It is on the Home page and No. 1 of the scrolling pictures…..just click on “Week One” and this will take you to the pattern and lots of other information relating to this KAL. To download the pattern you will need to be a member, which is free to do, and will also be a fantastic source of designs and knitting techniques and much more! Clue # 2 will be made available on Monday 28th April and every following Monday until all 10 clues are revealed! If you have any problems downloading the pattern please let me know.

    • Welcome to the Kal Marion! Have you bought your yarn? And just in case you missed it….. the first pattern was published today! The only way to access the pattern is on Rowan’s website: http://www.knitrowan.com. It is on the Home page and No. 1 of the scrolling pictures…..just click on “Week One” and this will take you to the pattern and lots of other information relating to this KAL. To download the pattern you will need to be a member, which is free to do, and will also be a fantastic source of designs and knitting techniques and much more! Pattern # 2 will be made available on Monday 28th April and every following Monday until all pattern and instructions are revealed! If you have any problems downloading the pattern please let me know.

    • It’s not too late to join the KAL, Linda, but you will need to buy your yarn as soon as possible as the first pattern is released tomorrow! Will you be able to do that?

      • Trying to make up my mind on colors, debating on suggested, will be a gift for my 80 year old artist mother who loves color not necessary the ones listed. Will have it in the next day or two 🙂

        • If you need any help just let me know…..I am an artist (a painter) and have studied, written and taught color theory courses so I may be of some help. Lovely idea to gift it to your mother!

  7. Hi there, i’m brand new to knitting, but my local stockist was enthusiastic in recommending this project, so I’m in & have bought the wool (am doing 5 colours), so no turning back!! can’t wait to get started, but somehow think it’s going to be a challenge for me, so being part of a group and reading everyone’s helpful hints/tips will no doubt be invaluable and keep me on track.

    • Fantastic Alison! And you’re right……being part of a group will be invaluable as you can learn from all of us! Not sure how much of a beginner you are; can you cast on and cast off, know the difference between knit and purl? Click on some of the links below which you might like to take a look at; they may be of some help. For encouragement go to my post with the Martin Storey Video link……this will be very encouraging for you as a beginner. The Knitting help link has some invaluable videos when learning to knit and so does the tutorial page of Rowan’s website. And you can always ask me here or via my Contact Me page. Good Luck!
      https://www.knittingwithrowan.com/2014/04/14/martin-storey-talks-about-his-mystery-afghan-kal/
      http://www.knittinghelp.com/
      http://www.knitrowan.com/members/tutorials

      • Thanks so much! yes, can knit, purl, cast on & off & I recently did a snood/scarf using Rowan big wool which included a large cable in the middle – that’s about my limit as things stand, but your links are great and I’m sure the help will be invaluable – can’t wait to get going (& probably won’t be very sociable on Friday as I hide myself away at home & get on with the first square!).

        • Fantastic Alison, this sounds like you are well on your way! Your local yarn stockist was right to suggest this project as you will add many new techniques to the ones you already have. Enjoy hiding away on Friday with your first square….sounds like heaven to me!

  8. Can I still get in. Im thinking of doing the smaller version with 8 colors. Candy magenta morello plum olive jade peacock damson. Not sure what to border with. Also, are these good colors or should I switch some. Thanks

    • Yes it’s not too late Bev, you will need to buy your yarn as the first pattern square is published on Thursday 17 April. I answered your comment the other day……maybe you have not read it……I will copy it here for you:- The colors you have chosen are all quite strong shades but they should work together. As you have only 3 squares for each color it will be difficult to make a regular pattern when you sew them together but that might be the look you are after. I think I would like to have the 8 colors running all the way around the outside of the afghan twice trying to alternate between the purple/pink shades and the green shades. Then when I arrange the 8 squares in the middle I make sure that squares of the same color are kept apart. Does this make sense?

  9. I would love to be part of the knit-a-long. Know I’m a bit late but will get colours organised for next Mon!

    • Welcome to the Kal Melissa! I’m also worried about keeping up as life tends to get in the way of knitting sometimes but we will have a month at the end to catch up before sharing pics!

    • It is very exciting Rita…….the whole world seems to be taking part in this! Welcome aboard! Make sure you subscribe to my blog to receive immediate notification when the weekly patterns are released.

    • There will be time at the end to catch up ……about 3-4 weeks…..before everyone posts photos. There will be about 6-8 hours knitting on average every week depending on how quick a knitter you are. I will struggle myself, Debbie, as I don’t always have that much time to spare on one project!

        • That’s the spirit, Debbie! The afghan is made up of squares which means you could take the knitting with you and do a few rows here and there if you have a few minutes if that’s at all possible. It’s at times like these that I wish I was a train commuter again. I used to do over an hours worth of knitting every day just sitting on a train!

    • Good question Pat, as I know not everyone knows what a knit-a-long is. A knit-a-long or KAL is where a group of people knit the same project all at the same time and share their progress. This can be done through you local yarn shop or knitting group or online like this one. This KAL, Rowan’s Afghan/blanket, is a ‘Mystery KAL’ meaning that ‘clues’ will be released every week starting at the beginning of April (in a few days with the release of the shopping list for the yarn) and then different patterns for the squares and then, towards the end, how to sew it together. Everyone will then take a photo of their finished afghan and share it online by sending me the photo or on their own facebook page, etc, if they choose.

  10. Just heard about this exciting knit along from Knitting Tree in Madison WI. I would love to join the fun! Thanks.

    • Would love you to join this immense KAL Katie. Please subscribe to my blog and you will automatically and immediately receive an email when I publish a new post with the weekly KAL info and patterns. Any problems with subscribing please contact me and I will do it for you.

    • I can see that you have subscribed to my blog, Libby, so you will get an email notification as soon as I publish the weekly knit-a-long info and patterns….all due to start in about a week!

  11. I am in. Can you tell me how this will work. When do we get a shopping list? Are there going to be suggested color combinations? How do we receive the clues etc?

    • You’re on my KAL list, Shirleen, and thanks so much for subscribing. All my subscribers will receive a notification email immediately my blog post and the KAL information are published which should be in about 2 weeks.

    • I believe you will be able to choose colours to suit your taste but will also be given a variety of combinations from just two to 17 different 17shades!

  12. i think i am added……..i am trying to find an online stockist of the yarn in the USA……had no luck so far, any ideas!!!!

    • Hi Barbra, I checked that you have subscribed to my blog so when I publish a new post you will receive an email immediately…..which means you will receive the KAL pattern instructions as they are released. Thanks for subscribing 🙂

  13. Please add me to the afghan knit-a- long, I just made the Burra Hat by Martin Storey out of pure wool worsted in Hazel and loved it!

  14. I would love to knit the afghan by Martin Storey. I’ve never participated in a KAL and I’m looking forward to it! Thanks.

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