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Crochet Alongs are super fun. But Mystery Crochet Alongs are more interesting, exciting and allow you to use yarn from your stash. This one is free and is broken up into 3 parts throughout 5 days.
So often I look at my stash and get so many ideas on what to crochet with it. Literally as soon as I see certain color combinations, ideas are flowing. But I understand that not everyone does it that way. Some crocheters prefer the certainty of a pattern, how it looks at the end and which yarn to use for it. Well, if you remove one of those items from the certainty, you create a mystery.
And that one item is “how the pattern will look at the end”. If you combine that with a huge amount of crocheters working on the same pattern and trying to figure out the mystery of how it will look like in the end, makes this event a Mystery Crochet Along. The community feeling of an event like this is like no other.
This mystery pattern is fun for beginners as well as more experienced crocheters. You will not need much yarn at all. Perfect for a Yarn Stash Challenge to clean out some of your yarn storage. Maybe while you organize your yarn?
But there are certain materials I can’t tell you until the last part of the pattern is released.
Because otherwise, you would already know the answer, it would no longer be a mystery, and that would make it less fun.
I will host this Mystery Crochet Along in my own Facebook Group which you should join to see everyone else’s creations and color choices for this event as well.
See my awesome past Crochet Alongs HERE!
What will you need for the Mystery Crochet Along?
- ONE SPRING COLOR of bulky yarn (1-2 skeins) I used exactly 1 skein of WeCrochet’s Might Stitch Bulky (136yds/100g) (in color blush), but due to tension and gauge, I would recommend you have 2 skeins ready
- regarding the color: pick a pastel spring color to make the pattern look the best
- 1 skein of white yarn (any weight will do)
- 5.0mm hook -> I used Furls Crochet Odyssey Hook
- tapestry needle
- there are a few materials I can’t reveal just yet, as that would reveal the mystery right away
- these materials are not essential at the beginning of the pattern
- I will reveal them in part 3
- need general and beginner-friendly knowledge of basic crochet stitches (such as single crochet stitches).
Can I use a different yarn?
I used WeCrochet’s Might Stitch Bulky yarn which is on the thinner side of a bulky yarn when worked up. That means it looks bulky in a skein, but due to its twist, it may work up almost like a thicker worsted weighted yarn. Be aware of that important information, as that will be crucial during parts 1 and 2 of the pattern.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE BULKY YARN, you can also make it using multiple strands of thinner yarn. I have a tutorial HERE
IF you really want to use a different yarn, that’s fine. I talked about it in this video. You will need to adjust my pattern (when released) a little bit. But as long as you follow the MEASUREMENTS provided you can actually use any yarn you wish.
When does the Mystery Crochet Along start?
The Mystery Crochet Along will be broken up into 3 Parts. You will likely not know what it will be until you see Part 3 of the CAL. As I want to make sure you all have your materials you will need for the Mystery Crochet Along, I will give you all 1 week to collect your materials.
Then we will get started. Here is the schedule when each part will be released (they will be published right underneath the schedule below):
Part 1: March 23rd, 2020 – see below
Part 2: March 25th, 2020 – see below
Part 3: March 27th, 2020 – see below
I hope to have many people attend this Mystery Crochet Along. It will not only be mysterious – feel free to guess as we are working on it. Although, I won’t tell you what it is to keep it fun and interesting. But, it will also be super exciting as I see you all working on it and get to tell the big reveal at the end.
I am pretty sure you will all like this Mystery Crochet Along Pattern as much as I do. Be sure to share this post with your crochet friends so they all can join in.
Are you excited yet? Let’s grab your materials. We will get started on March 23rd, 2020.
Mystery Crochet Along Pattern Parts:
Start with your MAIN COLOR (the one you need 1-2 skeins for, not the white).
This first thing you will need to know is that technically (as mentioned above) the yarn weight doesn’t matter AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THE SAME MEASUREMENTS as my pattern at the end.
So if you have a different yarn weight, tighter or looser tension, add or use fewer chains in the beginning/rows at the end. Make sure the final square measures 4.5 x 4.5 inches with a center hole of 1.5×1.5 inches, positioned in the middle of the square. See my picture below for the final result. Then start the pattern below 🙂
So here is my pattern using bulky yarn, you might need to adjust if using a different yarn.
This pattern is in US Terms
If you have trouble with Part 1 I added a video into the group “Crocheting with Nicki” HERE
R1: 1 sc in the 2nd st from the hook and the rest of the chs (15 sts), turn
CHECK POINT: does your first row measure 4.5 inches? If not, adjust!
R2-4: 1 sc in each st, turn (click HERE if you wanna know why I don’t chain 1 at the beginning)
Now work on one side at the time, creating a hole. You will need to divide your stitch count by 3. So I have 5 stitches on each side and 5 stitches skipped in the middle to create the hole.
R1: 1 sc in the next 5 sts, turn
R2-5: 1 sc in each st, turn
After the last row, cut your yarn and start on the other side, 5 sts skipped from the last st of row 1 (where you made 5 sts only). See picture 2 above.
R1: 1 sc in the next 5 sts, turn
R2-5: 1 sc in each st, turn
R6: 1 sc in the next 5 sts, ch 5, 1 sc in the next 5 sts (on the other side) – see picture 4
R7-10: 1 sc in each st (or chain for row 7), turn
Do NOT cut your yarn after the last row. You will continue here in Part 2. Feel free to weave in the other yarn ends tho.
Feel free to add 1-2 rows in case you don’t have 4.5 inches in height yet.
Part 2 is simply an extension of part 1. You might at this point know what the pattern purpose is, but you still don’t know the final result. It’s like having 2 mysteries in one. 🙂
So let’s get to Part 2.
You will now simply crochet around the outside of the square in continuous circles. All in single crochet stitches. No increase or decreases.
Each side should have the same number of stitches – plus 1 in each corner. So my top and bottom have 15 stitches. So the other 2 sides will also get 15 even stitches. And each corner gets 1 stitch. That makes in total 64 single crochet stitches per round.
But do not be too peaky with yourself. Watch this video in my group “Crocheting with Nicki” if you need more help 🙂
Crochet as many rounds as needed in order to have a height of 5.25 inches (measured from the square to the top of the last round crocheted). For me, that was 20 rounds.
You can now fasten off and weave in your ends.
I’m so excited about Part 3 as you will finally see the rest of the material list and the final product. Are you as excited as I am?
YES! Finally, you get to see it all come together. Let’s see… were you correct in guessing? By the way, I loved some of your suggestions/guesses that I might make new patterns with those ideas 🙂
Rest of the Material list:
- 12mm eyes (I used blue) and a nose – all plastic, but you can also sew them on with yarn
- pom pom maker or something to make a pom pom
- a little bit of black yarn for the mouth
- optional: pink blush make up for the ears and cheeks
- optional: stuff with poly-fill
- tissue box: 4.5 x 4.5 x5 inches
Using your white yarn make a pom pom and sew it to the back (choose either side) of the tissue box cover. Here is a tutorial on how to make a pom pom
Ears (make 2):
R1: Using the main color, make a magic ring and add 8 sc’s, close the ring and use a stitch marker as you are crocheting in continuous rounds
R2-3: 1 sc in each st (8)
R4: *1 sc, 2 sc in the same st, repeat from * until the end of the round (12)
R5-6: 1 sc in each st (12)
R7: *1 sc, 2 sc in the same st, repeat from * until the end of the round (18)
R8-13: 1 sc in each st (18)
R14: *1 sc, 1 sc dec (invisible if possible, a tutorial is HERE), repeat from * until the end of the round (12)
R15-18: 1 sc in each st (12)
Optionally stuff both ears with a little bit of stuffing/poly-fill. Now sew the ears onto the side of each front top corner. If you want to have the ears stand up, use the ends (you used to sew the ears on) and pull them towards each other from the inside and tie them up.
Add the eyes, nose, and mouth and a bit of makeup for the ears and cheeks (optional).
Although I don’t have a pattern for it, you could also add feet for the bunny 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this Mystery CAL. I will publish this pattern as a stand-alone – still free – crochet pattern soon. I’m excited about the next Mystery CAL which will likely be in May, 2020. get ready for it 🙂 Just be on my Newsletter list and you will not miss it.