Summer of Mystery Club

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Summer of Mystery Club


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Join us between May and September as we knit our way through a new Spring / Summer design collection, enjoy ten classic mystery novels, and explore the curious and fascinating world of queen of golden age detective fiction, Margery Allingham

What does the club involve? 

1 A sparkling new design collection! Fortnightly releases of lightweight, seasonal knits, each inspired by the golden age of detective fiction (which was also, of course, the golden age of modernist fashion, Art Deco style and an era of ground-changing innovation in many areas of technology and design). The collection is split evenly between smaller and larger projects (garments and accessories), all knitted in Kate’s flagship Milarrochy Tweed with the odd surprise along the way. There are eleven patterns in total (including the mystery shawl).

2 A Mystery shawl knitalong!  Join us, as we traverse London from the West End to the dockside, unravelling the Goff Place Mystery as we go (1 clue every month for 4 months)

3 A summer book club! Join us as we read 10 classic Margery Allingham novels together. To guide your reading, every fortnight, as a new mystery is introduced, you’ll receive a newsletter with a short introduction to the book, together with points for consideration (which you may wish to explore individually as you read, or collectively in discussion with other club members).

4 A collection of illuminating essays! These entertaining long reads  (released fortnightly to be enjoyed alongside —and in-between—our book club novels) explore a wide range of exciting topics from knitting and couture in golden age detective fiction to Margery Allingham’s own creative passion for making her own clothes. For this part of the club, Kate is thrilled to be joined by a group of brilliant women, each of whom is an acclaimed author (as well as a Margery Allingham superfan). Our talented contributors include podcasters, fashion journalists, crime novelists and Margery Allingham’s own biographer. 

5 A full-colour print book! including Kate’s design collection, the mystery shawl pattern, and all of the critical essays, shipped to any address worldwide. A digital only e-book is also available for those club members that prefer it.

All these things and more? 

Your Summer of Mystery club membership also includes: 

  • Access to our lively and supportive discussion group, 
  • Members bonuses and surprises including: 
  • a 10% club member discount off everything in the KDD shop (including MKAL yarn packs). (Access to club pricing begins on April 23rd, and ends at the conclusion of the club, in September. You’ll receive your discount code in your club Welcome Pack. Keep it handy!)

PLEASE READ  before ordering

After placing your order, you'll receive a confirmation email, followed by a second email with a digital file containing your club Welcome Pack, with the club timetable, a reading list, and information about the MKAL, to allow you to prepare. Please download the Welcome Pack and keep it handy, (noting that the file cannot be added to your Ravelry library)

Please take a moment to verify that your shipping details (including state or province), email address, and Ravelry username are all correct.  


I don’t have a credit card. Can I pay by PayPal?

Yes. Please email with your name, shipping address, email address (linked to Paypal account) and Ravelry username.

Why are you asking for my Ravelry username?

We use Ravelry to deliver the club patterns as PDFs, which are stored in your Ravelry library for easy access, and which automatically update with each new release. We have a separate arrangement for those who don’t use Ravelry. If that includes you, please enter NONRAV in this field. 

Why can’t I buy some yarn / a book at the same time as my club membership?

Our system requires all club orders to be processed and categorised individually. Please place a separate order for your books or yarn. 

Can I buy a subscription as a gift?

Yes, but you’ll need to place a separate order, filling out the recipient’s shipping details and Ravelry name (where relevant). 

When does the club start?

The first pattern is  released on Monday May 6th and the club will run till mid September. Detailed information about the timing and schedule of the club is included in your Welcome Pack.

Can I buy a kit for the MKAL?

Yes, these will be available later in April and will be shipped out in good time before the first MKAL clue. We will have several beautiful palettes for you to choose from, or feel free to devise your own.