So how do you find which patterns count for the GAL? The list of participating designers will go live any day now, and that list will include a link from every single designer to their pattern store. Within that store you'll also find a bundle of sale patterns, each with 25% off available for the first 8 days of the GAL (more details on that nearer the time). It's up to you whether you choose to knit or crochet a pattern you already have or to treat yourself to some new ones. Either way, any paid-for self-published pattern is included, and if you start it on or after the GAL starts, it could win you one of the thousands of prizes on offer.
Prizes?! Did someone say prizes?!
Yes, sirree, I did! Thousands of coupon codes for a single pattern from designers’ Ravelry stores, and hundreds of physical prizes from yarn to stitch markers to books to project bags and more are up for grabs across the GAL.
Who’s going to join in the GAL this year? You can find the official GAL group here! If you'd like to know a bit more about how it actually works, I'm going to post some more over the next few days of what I did in last year's GAL, and how I'm preparing to take part in the 2015 GAL as both designer and knitter. I'm so excited!!