Welcome to the general FAQ’s page. This page is primarily available for queries not answered in the mystery club pages. If you have any further queries, don't hesitate to get in touch.
Can I buy previous mystery blanket or cushion club patterns or kits?
Previous patterns for mystery blanket club projects are not available after the clubs have closed and all the memberships have sold. This means that you need to sign up when the applications are open to secure your place. This policy keeps the clubs unique and exclusive and protects the members that have signed up.
How do I keep the edges of my knitting neat and tidy?
Try knitting the first and last stitch of every row, regardless of the stitch pattern. This will create a row of garter stitch up each edge of the work and should help keep them flat and even.
What is the best way to press my knitted panels?
Use a damp finishing process which is easy and does not require an iron. Block (pin) your knitted panel out onto a suitable flat surface. Then spray it generously with cold water. Make sure that the water is distributed evenly throughout by gently patting the knitting all over. Leave the panel to dry fully before removing the pins.
Can I machine-wash knitted fabrics that are beaded?
Yes you can, as long as you turn them inside out (if possible) and put them inside a protective wash bag that can be secured.
What is the best way to sew in ends?
Use a sharp-pointed needle and sew the ends across the work (rather than down), behind the same row of colour, if possible. Take each end up through one stitch and then down through the next, repeating this about three times. Then come back on yourself by one stitch, and secure it by splitting the end you have sewn in with the needle. You can also sew some of the ends into the seams so that they are not all going across the work.
I want to knit one of the blankets in your books, but the yarn is discontinued. What can I do?
You can still knit up my blanket designs, even if the yarn specified in the pattern is discontinued. However, it is really important is that you choose a yarn that is a comparable weight to the one used in the pattern. For example, if you choose a pattern that uses a double-knitting weight yarn, then you need to make sure that the yarn that you use is also double-knitting. Then you can use the needle sizes that are stated in the pattern and the squares should knit up to the same size. If you are not sure what weight the yarn is that has been used, try looking it up on the internet and you should be able to find a reference for it.
I want to knit one of the blankets in your books, but I can’t seem to match the colours to what you have used. Can you help?
My first book, Blankets and Throws To Knit, was published over ten years ago, so some of the yarns and colours used in it are now discontinued. And even in my more recent publications, some of the colours are no longer available. So what I would suggest is that you take the pattern to a good yarn store where there is a large range of colours. And then you match the colours that I have used as closely as possible to what is available.
Mystery Club FAQs
What are the Mystery Knitting Clubs about?
The Mystery Knitting Clubs are unique projects that are split across a number of months. Both the blankets and cushions are constructed from individually knitted squares that are assembled together to create a finished block.
The mystery is that you won’t be told the theme of the project, so part of the fun is to discover this while you are knitting it up! These designs will not be published or re-produced in other form, so you will be part of a very special one-off project.
How many months will each club run for?
The Mystery Blanket Club begins in February and runs for 10 months. Yarn and beads are sent in two parcels: February and May.
The Mystery Cushion Club begins on 15th June and runs for 5 months. Yarn and beads are sent in one parcel at the beginning of the project.
Patterns are sent monthly by email on the 1st of the month (Mystery Blanket) and the 15th of the month (Mystery Cushion). There is also an option to have printed paperwork which is posted to members each month and for which there is an extra cost.
How do I subscribe to a Mystery Knitting Club?
Membership is strictly on a first-come-first-served basis and there are a set number of places in the club. So once applications for the Club are open it is best to sign up as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment.
When applications are open you can purchase your membership in Debbie’s online shop and make your payment using a debit or credit card or Paypal. Then all you need to do is sit back and wait for your first package to arrive.
Alternatively, if you would prefer to make a payment by BACS directly from your bank account then contact Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will give you her bank account details.
Can I pay in instalments?
You can pay for the Mystery Blanket Club in three instalments. To find out more about this contact Debbie by email and she will forward you details: email@example.com.
Do I get a discount for being a Mystery Blanket Club member?
If you are a member of the Mystery Blanket Club you are entitled to a 10% discount off the price of the Mystery Cushion Club. An email with a unique discount code will be emailed to all the Mystery Blanket Club members to use at checkout.
Please note that there is no discount for the Mystery Blanket Club membership for being a Mystery Cushion Club member.
What if I don’t have an email address?
If you do not have an email address you can send an application form by post. Please make sure that you include your full address details, telephone number, your choice of package and your payment. Cheques should be made payable to Debbie Abrahams Ltd.
How will the parcels be sent to me?
Each parcel is sent by Royal Mail. For UK customers all parcels for both Mystery Clubs are sent by Second Class. For overseas customers all parcels for both Mystery Clubs are sent by standard Airmail.
There is an option for UK customers to have Special Delivery (guaranteed next day delivery), and for European and World members to have International Tracked and/or Signed delivery, for which there is an extra cost.
What will be included in my materials parcel?
Your parcel(s) will include enough yarn and embellishments to knit up the whole blanket or cushion. If you have any left over, it is very important that you keep it safe because you will need it for other squares later on in the project.
Can you give me any clues as to what the theme is going to be?
It is important that the theme of the clubs are kept a “mystery” until you guess it yourself! However, I can reveal that the 2019 Mystery Blanket kit will include some fabulous yarns from the Rowan collection including their brand new Alpaca Classic, their most popular and much loved yarn Felted Tweed, and the gloriously soft and cosy Alpaca Soft DK.
But what if I am a novice knitter? Can I still join the club and successfully complete the project?
There are two options given for the Mystery Blanket design and everyone is sent the pattern instructions for both options. Most of the squares are the same for both options, but when there is a choice it is clearly stated. Option one includes textured stitches like cables and knit and purl stitch patterns, intarsia colour work, fairisle colour work, stripes and some beading. Option two includes all of the above, but any fairisle and intarsia squares are replaced by either stripes, beaded or textured designs.
There is only one option for the Mystery Cushion design with no alternative squares to knit.
What if I get stuck and need some advice?
Debbie writes a monthly blog on the Mystery Blanket page of her website where you can read lots of helpful helps and tips about the project. And you could also join the Debbie Abrahams Mystery Blanket group on Ravelry who are always very helpful and willing to give advice on all aspects of the Mystery Blanket. If you have a query that you cannot find an answer to then you can contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be able to help you.
Do I receive any other benefits from being in one of Debbie’s Mystery Clubs?
Each month there is a prize draw which all Mystery Blanket Club members are entered into, with each winner receiving a gift from the range of kits, buttons, DVDs, beads and books on Debbie’s website. Each winner is notified shortly after the draw has taken place.