Friday, 31 January 2020

The Spring Magical Mystery SAL 2020 - Pre-stitch Part 1

Welcome to the first pre-stitch of the Spring Mystery SAL! Although spring is still far off, and for those who are just going into autumn it's even further off, it's always nice to look ahead to when things warm up again after winter. The nice things about this year's Spring Mystery SAL is that you can make it to fit any season just with your colour choices! Go for darker greens and bright autumn colours for an autumn feel, light greens and pastels for spring, and medium greens and happy colours for summer!

As always I like to leave the surprise of what you will stitch this time by not putting a picture of my version up till the next part so you are pictureless for now.

What I can tell you is that to make things easier I have given what will be the outer edge and the middle of the pattern in this first pre-stitch so you will always know to work within the outer lines and know where the middle is - always handy.

Normally I'd show you a picture of my threads and fabric but I'm struggling to decide which of my options to use so I'll show a picture in the fb group sometime after I've decided.

Colours used this time:

  • Colour C (DMC 368 on the pattern)
  • Colour D (DMC 320 on the pattern)
Number of stitches:
  • 48 - in Colour C
  • 144 - in Colour D
You can find the pattern here

See you for the next part of the mystery on February 29th and have fun!

On all social media sites the tag to use is:  #SpringMysterySAL - let's make the world see what we are up to!

PS: Don't forget you can ask all your questions in the comments below and there is a Facebook group to share your stitching results etc. which you can find here


  1. Ooo very interesting looking, and so many stitches given already :D

    1. Thank you! Yes this time I'm giving more stitches ahead of time so that it will be easier to do the mystery itself when the time comes :) (it's a little bigger this time!)

  2. Replies
    1. That's entirely up to you! Only whole cross stitches are used.

  3. Thank you for creating this stitch-a-long x

  4. Sorry, I´m Argentine, I don´t undestand: 18ct o 14ct. What does it means?Please. Thank you

    1. Hi! Don't be sorry! Different countries use different ways of identifying the fabric. 14ct means 14 stitches per inch for Aida - which is 5.5 stitches per cm.
      16ct Aida is the same as 6.3 stitches per cm
      18ct Aida is the same as 7.1 stitches per cm
      20ct Aida is the same as 7.9 stitches per cm.

      For evenweave the counts are usually (How many stitches per cm depends on if you work over one thread or over two)
      28ct is the same as 11 threads per cm
      32ct is the same as 12.6 threads per cm
      36ct is the same as 14 threads per cm
      40ct is the same as 16 threads per cm

      I hope this clarifies things for you :)

  5. Wonderful!!! many thanks!!! Now I understood and I can continue with the Sal. Lidia

  6. Oh, that's a nice prestitch :) It should be pretty easy to anchor all following bits once this is done!

  7. How big is the total project? In other words, how much Aida/fabric do we need?

    1. All information about size, fabric etc can be found here: Overview post