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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”. Combine that with a huge amount of crocheters working on the same pattern, 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.
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What will you need for the Mystery Crochet Along?
- Two colors of worsted yarn (1-2 skeins) I used WeCrochet’s Provincial Tweed yarn
- pick ONE NEUTRAL colored skein (I picked grey) and
- pick ONE COLORED YARN skein (I picked purple)
- 1 skein of complementary colored yarn (any weight will do)
- I used Dishie Yarn by WeCrochet
- pick a complementary color of the color you picked above
- 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 -> we’ll use the Herringbone DC stitch and the sc stitch
Can I use a different yarn?
Yes. I used WeCrochet’s Provincial Tweed yarn and Multi-Dishie Yarn. The Provincial Tweed is on the thinner side of a worsted yarn when worked up. That means it looks worsted in a skein, but due to its twist, it may work up almost like a thicker DK weighted yarn. Be aware of that important information, as that will be crucial during parts 1 and 2 of the pattern.
It’s ok to mix yarn fibers. I used wool and cotton. It’s not a wearable. If you prefer to use the same fibers that’s fine too. BUT make sure to use the SAME BRAND and type of yarn for the 2 main colors (which are for me purple and grey). The last color doesn’t need to be the same brand and weight as the first two.
What is a complementary color?
It’s a color directly opposite your starting color on a color wheel. It is used as an accent color. Here I show off and explain the color wheel in a video. You can get the below color wheel here.
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 a couple of days 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: May 18th, 2020 – see below
Part 2: May 20th, 2020 – see below
Part 3: May 22th, 2020 – see below
I hope to have many people attend this Mystery Crochet Along. It will be a mystery (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 May 18th, 2020.
Mystery Crochet Along Pattern Parts:
Start with your neutral color. I picked grey.
You will now make a rectangle that has the ratio 1:0.5 (length : height). You can make it bigger or smaller than mine, BUT stay within that ratio. So mine is exactly 6.5 : 3.25 inches (length : height).
Herringbone DC = hbdc
Make 8 rectangles in the same neutral color
Ch 20 (keep a long starting tail – about 1-2 feet)
R1: starting from the 3rd ch from the hook, 1 hbdc in each ch, turn (18 sts)
R2-7: ch 3 OR alternative turning chain (both count as a stitch), 1 hbdc in each stitch, turn
When finished weave in your LAST tail, but NOT the beginning one.
You will now continue with your current rectangles and add onto them using your MAIN COLOR. For me that was purple.
Simple crochet the same amount of rows and stitches directly to those rectangles (all 8), starting where you left off.
R8-14: ch 3 OR alternative turning chain (both count as a stitch), 1 hbdc in each stitch, turn
Fasten off and weave in your ends of your main color.
You should now have 8 exact squares (mine are 6.5 x 6.5 inches). Ignore the wavy edges. You’ll see in part 3 that they don’t matter. If you need BLOCK (steam block for acrylic – wet block for wool) your squares to be exact measurements to make a square.
Now you crochet one more little square in sc in the same color. It is 2.5 x 2.5 inches. These dimensions do not matter too much. But make it roughly the same and as a square.
R1: starting from the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in each ch, turn (10 sts)
R2-11: 1 sc in each stitch, turn
Fasten off but don’t weave in your ends yet. Keep at least one of them 1-2 feet long.
You made it to the reveal! YAY! I sure hope you love it as much as I do.
Now let’s get it finished, right?
Use your ACCENT COLOR (so for me that is yellow) to crochet 2 squares:
R1: starting from the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in each ch, turn (20 sts)
R2-24: 1 sc in each stitch, turn
Leave a tail of 2 feet at the end for sewing
These square should be the same measurements as the other 8 squares. So mine are 6.5 x 6.5 inches.
Now it’s time to add something special to one of them. This part is optional but really makes the pattern special. I used a washable marker to draw on initials to one of the squares. My initials are for my and my hubby’s first name 🙂
Then I used the main color (purple for me) to crochet over the marker lines using surface crochet (video for it is here as part of another pattern). You can also sew it on. Or use a Cricut to create iron-on. You pick what works for you.
Let’s sew it all together
First use your long ends (you saved in part 1) to sew 4 squares at the time together like the image below. Can you see now why you needed exact squares? I used the mattress stitch for it (video tutorial is here).
Do this twice so you end up with 2×4 squares that make 2 giant squares in the end.
Sew the tiny square (optional) as a pocket onto one of the accent squares. I sewed only 3 sides so it creates a small pocket. That pocket can “hide” things like an engagement or wedding ring(s) or a tooth for the tooth fairy, or whatever you choose. You can also just sew all 4 sides onto it and just have an accent in the middle.
Now sew your accent squares tilted onto the 2 large squares. I used a straight line stitch for it. I sew them right to the middle. Make sure the corners of the accent squares point directly to the sewn lines underneath.
Now let’s make it a Pillow… or a bag?
Now here is where you can choose what to make. You can make it into a pillow like me (I used a 12×12 thin pillow insert for it). or you can make it into a bag (I would suggest adding a lining and a zipper like THIS). Or you can even turn this entire thing into a table runner. Maybe YOU have other ideas. Let me know in the Facebook Group.
I use simple single crochet stitches and crocheted the 2 large squares together using the accent color. I added 3 sc stitches in each corner.
The accent squares and the border really make the pillow stand out and pop. Do you see now why complementary colors are fun to use together with a neutral color in the mix? Color theory is such fun, right?
Make sure you signed up for my FREE Change Colors in Crochet Workshop to learn even more 🙂
You are now done. I really hope you enjoyed the Mystery CAL. I sure LOVED seeing all your pictures and posts about it in the Facebook Group. Keep it up. I wanna see your final results.
I hope you will enjoy 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 Summer 2020. Get ready for it 🙂 Just be on my Newsletter list and you will not miss it.