Monday, 16 March 2020

Mini Magical Mystery SAL - Information Post and Part 1

Hi and welcome to a surprise Mini Magical Mystery SAL! With all of the pandemic doom and gloom I thought it a good idea to have a bit of fun and something to look forward to doing every day! Starting today and for the next 13 days (so 14 days total) I'll give a little bit of pattern at noon Amsterdam time. If you saw my first heads up post on Facebook you may have seen that I said 25 x 25 stitches before I fixed it - I am not sure why I made that mistake but it is really 30 x 30 as you will see when you download the first pattern.

How to join in:

You don't need to do anything special - you just stitch your own version! That simple! There is a Facebook group listed below but you don't have join it to join in!

How much does it cost:

The patterns are free! So all it will cost is anything you choose to buy for the SAL - I encourage you to dig in your stash and see what you have first though - after all it's only a small pattern and might fit on a scrap left over from something else.

The patterns:

  • You will be given the mystery pattern in 14 parts.
  • The first part is below.
  • You will get one pattern part a day.
  • There are only a few stitches a day so if you don't have time one day you can easily catch up the next.

Stitches used:

  • The pattern uses whole cross stitches only.
  • There are NO speciality stitches
  • There are NO backstitches

The size, fabric and thread information:

The pattern is 30 stitches square. Fabric size is given so you have plenty of space to put it in a hoop/frame for stitching and so you can finish it nicely afterwards.
  • For 14ct Aida/28ct evenweave over 2:
    • The pattern is: 2.1" square - 5.5 cm square
    • You will need a piece of fabric that is 8.1 inches square - 20 cm square
  • For 16ct Aida /32ct evenweave over 2:
    • The pattern is: 1.9" square - 4.6 cm square
    • You will need a piece of fabric that is 7.9 inches square - 19.2 cm square
  • For 18ct Aida /36ct evenweave over 2:
    • The pattern is: 1.7" square - 4.2 cm square
    • You will need a piece of fabric that is 7.7 inches square - 18.6 cm square
  • For 20ct Aida /40ct evenweave over 2:
    • The pattern is: 1.5" square - 3.8 cm square
    • You will need a piece of fabric that is 7.5 inches square - 18.2 cm square 


You will need the following colour:
  • Colour A: Any colour you like! Solid, variegated, hand dyed, metallic - have fun and use what you like! You need 0.1 skein (probably less).

The schedule:

  • The first pattern has been given below
  • All 13 subsequent patterns will be given once a day at noon Amsterdam time.
  • You can check your local time zone for the daily post time here
  • Central Europeans will get it around lunch time, Australians in the evening - with time to stitch before bed. Americans will have it waiting when they get up and if they get up in time they can sneak a part in before work, or work on it in their lunch break (much easier to do when you are working from home hehe). Doing something globally is never easy but I hope this works out for everyone.
As always: I do not expect anyone to be able to be up to date at all times during the SAL! It's part of the nature of this type of SAL for this to happen, so being "behind" is the normal state of affairs. If you are a slow stitcher expect to finish "after" the SAL has "finished" - though tbh the SAL is always available and new people find the patterns on a regular basis so it's never really over.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask! Either here or in the Facebook group or, if you prefer, you can DM me on Twitter or Instagram (@magical525 on both)

You can find the pattern here


  1. This is very nice of you. I have to work (I work in a grocery store), but I will work it when the day comes and the virus hits me.


  2. This is a lovely idea. I very much look forward for these few stitches every day :)


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