Lent Knitalong 2024

a large bunch of yellow roses

We’re excited to be hosting another mystery knitalong this Lent!

This year we will be knitting a prayer shawl (or blanket) over the course of Lent: the exact design of the shawl is a mystery, and will be revealed as knitters progress through the project!

We will cast on together on Ash Wednesday (14th February) and knitters will have their shawl finished in time for Easter day on the 31st March.

Knitters will receive daily knitting instructions by email each week; these will be accompanied by daily reflections/meditations which have kindly been written by eight different Ministers and worship leaders from the Bristol & South Gloucestershire circuit and beyond.

You can now download the Welcome letter (or the Welcome letter in large font), which includes general information (such as yarn/needles needed etc) and the pattern for a practice swatch. The weekly emails will go out from the beginning of Lent.

The pattern has been designed to be accessible to knitters of all abilities: if you can cast on and off, and can work the basic knit and purl stitches you should be able to join in! Less confident/experienced knitters may like to take a look at our accompanying video which explains the cast on and talks through some of the other features of the knitting.

If you’re not already on the mailing list you can sign up on our Knitalongs webpage.

Facebook users would also be very welcome to join the group Victoria Methodist Bristol Knitalongs, where a lovely community of knitters across the world share progress, ask questions and chat about the reflections (and all pattern/reflection documents will be posted on there too).

The pattern and reflections are also available from the Ravelry Crafting website.

Download the Pattern and Reflections:
Week 1 Pattern and Reflections
Week 1 Pattern and Reflections in Large Print
Week 1 Reflections only

Week 2 Pattern and Reflections
Week 2 Pattern and Reflections in Large Print
Week 2 Reflections only

Week 3 Pattern and Reflections
Week 3 Pattern and Reflections in Large Print
Week 3 Reflections only

Advent Knitalong 2023

Once again, following on from our mystery Lent Knitalong (or in preparation for the next mystery Lent Knitalong?), we will be hosting a (smaller!) mystery Advent Knitalong.

Starting knitting on 1st December and leading up to Christmas, participants will be invited to knit a large table mat and use the accompanying reflections.

You can download our Welcome Information (or the Large Print Welcome Information) which has all the information you need to prepare for the Advent Knitalong: yarn and needle information, a swatch pattern you can use as a warm-up and to test your gauge and details of how to sign up to receive the pattern (if you are not on our mailing list already).

The whole pattern for the table mat, as well as the accompanying reflections will be released in one single document on Monday 27th November via email and on the Vic Knitalongs Facebook Group. There will be a suggested schedule of which rows to knit each day for those who’d like to knit along each day and finish on Christmas Eve, but of course knitters can work at their own pace (more experienced/quicker knitters/those with more time might like to knit more than one to give as Christmas presents).

We look forward to many of you joining us for another devotional mystery knitalong!


Haydn’s Creation Recordings

A great time was had by all at our October 2023 Come and Sing Haydn’s Creation event. Many thanks to all who were involved from singers, musicians, behind the scenes organisers and front of house and refreshments team to Lyn, our conductor.

We recorded the event and are making videos of it available via our YouTube channel. So far, the first six movements are available, but the others will be added over time, too. Many thanks to our tech team for making this possible.