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February 2021 Mystery Crochet Along

Join us every week in February for a mysterious crochet along that results in an exciting trendy project!

February 2021 Mystery Crochet Along

It's no secret that crochet alongs (CALs) are incredibly popular. Like a book club, working up a project in parts is exciting and less stressful than doing it all at once. Adding to the excitement is the mystery factor of our February 2021 Mystery Crochet Along.

We've joined forces with the incredibly talented Marie Segares from Underground Crafter to bring you this crochet along, so you know the end result will be as gorgeous as it is fun to crochet.

But here's the twist: you won't know what you're crocheting right away! Looking for a hint? It's been a huge crochet trend for the last few months.

Our mystery crochet along is not one to miss. Join us every Wednesday in February for each exciting new installment of an exclusive pattern by the wonderfully skilled Marie Segares. 

How do I join? In order to be updated with the latest set of instructions every week, make sure that you're subscribed to the Hooked on Crochet newsletter from AllFreeCrochet, and keep an eye on your inbox! We'll be sure to send you an email each week to bring you the next step in the crochet along.

PLUS! Don't forget to share with us your progress every week in the comments down below. We can't wait to see how yours turn out!

Week 1: Welcome, Supplies, and Gauge Swatch

Welcome to the mystery crochet along. I’m Marie from Underground Crafter and I’m excited to be crocheting with you all! In this post, I’m including a complete supply list and schedule for the crochet along, with instructions for checking your gauge.

At the end of our crochet along, you will have a warm and cozy project that would be great for wearing, gifting, or donating.

This is a crochet project that an advanced beginner can complete.

To complete this project you’ll need to know:

  1. Basic crochet stitches including chain, single crochet, double crochet, and slip stitch. Learn them all here!
Supplies Needed:
  1. Approximately 2,230 yards (2,039 meters) in any medium weight yarn – I used 9 skeins in Lion Brand Jeans in 110 Classic.
  2. US Size J-10/6 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  3. Locking stitch markers – at least 5.
  4. Yarn needle.
  5. Tools for measuring and cutting.
Pattern for Gauge:
5 shells = 4” (10 cm) in pattern
Abbreviations used in this pattern (US crochet terms)
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
pf – 3-repeat puff stitch – [Yo, insert hook into st, yo and draw up a loop] 3 times in same st, yo and draw through all 7 loops on hook.
A helpful video tutorial for this stitch is available here.
shell – shell stitch – (dc, ch 1, pf) in same st.
A helpful video tutorial for this shell stitch pattern is available here.
sp – space
st – stitch
yo – yarn over
* Repeat instructins after asterisk as indicated.
() Stitches between parentheses are wrked into same stitch or space.
  1. To work gauge swatch, ch 23.
  2. Row 1: Turn, skip 4 ch (counts as first dc + ch-1 sp), pf in next st, *skip 2 ch, shell in next st; repeat from * across to last 3 ch, skip 2 ch, dc in last ch.
  3. Row 2: Turn, ch 4 (counts as first dc + ch-1 sp), pf in same st, *skip pf, skip ch-1 sp, shell in next dc; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, skip pf, skip ch-1 sp, dc in top of third ch from previous Row.
  4. Repeat Row 2 until swatch measures approximately 5” (13 cm) long.
  5. Measure your gauge.
     

Week 1: Gauge Swatch

Troubleshooting Your Swatch Gauge:

  1. If you have less than 5 shells across when measuring 4” (10 cm) wide, your stitches are too large. You may want to go down a hook size to a US Size I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook. Or, you can continue with the crochet hook and tension you have, but your project will be wider than the sample and your yarn requirements may be different.
     
  2. If you have more than 5 shells across when measuring 4” (10 cm) wide, your stitches are too small. You may want to go up a hook size to a US Size K-10.5/6.5 mm crochet hook. Or, you can continue with the crochet hook and tension you have, but your project will be narrower than the sample and your yarn requirements may be different.
     
  3. You can find out more about crochet gauge here and hook sizes here.

Crochet Along Schedule:
Week 1: Supply List and Gauge Swatch (you are here)
Week 2: Pattern Part 1
Week 3: Pattern Part 2
Week 4: Pattern Part 3 and Finishing
 

Week 2: Pattern Part 1

Welcome back to the mystery crochet along. I’m Marie from Underground Crafter and I’m excited to be sharing the first part of this pattern!

Abbreviations Used In This Pattern (US Crochet Terms):
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
pf – 3-repeat puff stitch – [Yo, insert hook into st, yo and draw up a loop] 3 times in same st, yo and draw through all 7 loops on hook.
A helpful video tutorial for this stitch is available here.
sc – single crochet
shell – shell stitch – (dc, ch 1, pf) in same st.
A helpful video tutorial for this shell stitch pattern is available here.
sp – space
st – stitch
yo – yarn over
* Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
() Stitches between parentheses are worked into same stitch or space.

Pattern Part 1:

Ch 38.

Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, sc in next 37 ch. Place locking stitch marker 1 at the end of this Row to mark position. – 37 sts

Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next st and in each st across.
Repeat Row 2 until section after stitch marker 1 measures approximately 10” (25.5 cm) long. Place locking stitch marker 2 at the end of your last repeat of Row 2 to mark position.

Row 3: Turn, ch 4 (counts as first dc + ch-1 sp), pf in same st, *skip 2 ch, shell in next st; repeat from * across to last 3 ch, skip 2 ch, dc in last ch. – 37 sts including 12 shells.

Row 4: Turn, ch 4 (counts as first dc + ch-1 sp), pf in same st, *skip pf, skip ch-1 sp, shell in next dc; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, skip pf, skip ch-1 sp, dc in top of third ch from previous Row.

Repeat Row 4 until section after stitch marker 2 measures approximately 10” (25.5 cm) long. Place locking stitch marker 3 at the end of your last repeat of Row 4 to mark position.

Row 5: Turn, ch 3 (counts as first dc), *dc in next pf, dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, dc in next pf, dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in top of third ch from previous Row. – 37 sts

Repeat Row 2 until section after stitch marker 3 measures approximately 10” (25.5 cm) long. Place locking stitch marker 4 at the end of your last repeat of Row 2 to mark position.

Repeat Row 3 once.

Repeat Row 4 until section after stitch marker 4 measures approximately 10” (25.5 cm) long. Place locking stitch marker 5 at the end of your last repeat of Row 4 to mark position.

Repeat Row 5 once.

Repeat Row 2 until section after stitch marker 5 measures approximately 10” (25.5 cm) long. Place locking stitch marker 6 at the end of your last repeat of Row 2 to mark position.

Repeat Row 3 once.

Repeat Row 4 until section after stitch marker 6 measures approximately 10” (25.5 cm) long. Place locking stitch marker 7 at the end of your last repeat of Row 4 to mark position.

Repeat Row 5 once.

Repeat Row 2 until section after stitch marker 7 measures approximately 10” (25.5 cm) long.

Final Row: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.

Fasten off. With yarn needle, weave in ends.

If your edges are not perfectly straight, don’t worry! We will add borders around this piece in Pattern Part 3.
 

Week 2: Part 1 of Mystery CAL
Week 2: Part 1 of Mystery CAL

Crochet Along Schedule:
Week 1: Supply List and Gauge Swatch
Week 2: Pattern Part 1 (you are here)
Week 3: Pattern Part 2
Week 4: Pattern Part 3 and Finishing
 

Week 3: Pattern Part 2

Welcome back to the mystery crochet along. I’m Marie from Underground Crafter and I’m excited to be sharing the second part of this pattern!

Abbreviations Used In This Pattern (US Crochet Terms):
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
pf – 3-repeat puff stitch – [Yo, insert hook into st, yo and draw up a loop] 3 times in same st, yo and draw through all 7 loops on hook.
A helpful video tutorial for this stitch is available here.
sc – single crochet
shell – shell stitch – (dc, ch 1, pf) in same st.
A helpful video tutorial for this shell stitch pattern is available here.
sp – space
st – stitch
yo – yarn over
* Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
() Stitches between parentheses are worked into same stitch or space.

Pattern Part 2:

Long Rectangle:

Ch 251 (or make a chain approximately 72”/183 cm long).

Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch and in each ch across. – 250 sts

Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.

Rows 3-4: Repeat Row 2 twice.

Fasten off. With yarn needle, weave in ends.
 

Small Rectangles (Make 2):

Ch 28.

Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch and in each ch across. – 27 sts

Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.

Repeat Row 2 until this piece measures approximately 8” (20.5 cm) long.

Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 36”/91.5 cm) for seaming.
 

Week 3: Part 2 of Mystery CAL

Crochet Along Schedule:
Week 1: Supply List and Gauge Swatch
Week 2: Pattern Part 1
Week 3: Pattern Part 2 (you are here)
Week 4: Pattern Part 3 and Finishing
 

Week 4: Pattern Part 3 and Finishing

Welcome back to the final clue in this mystery crochet along. I’m Marie from Underground Crafter and I’m excited to be sharing the third and final part of this pattern!

Abbreviations Used In This Pattern (US Crochet Terms):
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
pf – 3-repeat puff stitch – [Yo, insert hook into st, yo and draw up a loop] 3 times in same st, yo and draw through all 7 loops on hook.
A helpful video tutorial for this stitch is available here.
sc – single crochet
shell – shell stitch – (dc, ch 1, pf) in same st.
A helpful video tutorial for this shell stitch pattern is available here.
sp – space
st – stitch
yo – yarn over
* Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
() Stitches between parentheses are worked into same stitch or space.

Pattern Part 4:

Border:

Choose your preferred side of the large piece you made during Part 2/Pattern Part 1 to designate as the right (front) side.

Rnd 1: With right side up, join yarn with sl st to side of any single crochet row (Row 1 or Final Row), ch 1, 2 sc in side of same row, *2 sc in side of each row across long edge to last single crochet row, sc in side of next row, turn to work along short edge, ch 2, sc in next 37 sts, turn to work along long edge, ch 2,** sc in side of next 2 single crochet rows; rep from * to **, join with sl st to first sc. – Odd number of st on each side + 4 ch-2 sp.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, pf in same st, *[ch 1, skip 1 st, pf in next st] across to corner ch-2 sp, ch 1, [(pf, ch 1) in corner ch-2 sp, place stitch marker in last ch-1 sp worked] twice, (pf, ch 1) in same ch-2 sp,** turn to work along next side, skip first st, pf in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first pf.

Rnd 3: Sl st to next ch-1 sp, ch 1, pf in same ch-1 sp, *[ch 1, skip 1 pf, pf in next ch-1 sp] around to first marked ch-1 sp, (pf, ch 3) in marked ch-1 sp, remove stitch marker, skip next pf, pf in next ch 1 sp; rep from * around 3 more times, ch 1, skip 1 pf, join with sl st to top of first pf.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, *[sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next pf] around to corner ch-3 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-3 sp; rep from * around to last ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp, join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

Finishing:

By now, you’ve probably realized you are making a belted, puff stitch pocket shawl!

With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails from foundation chain of each Pocket (Small Rectangles from Part 3/Pattern Part 2) onto the wrong side of Pocket.

Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail from end of first Pocket. Position Pocket in center of first double crochet section (between stitch markers 1 and 2) on right side. Use pins or additional locking stitch markers to pin Pocket into position.
With long yarn tail, sew Pocket to shawl around 3 sides (the sides of the rows and the foundation chain), leaving the final row edge unseamed. Repeat for second Pocket, positioning between stitch marker 7 and Final Row.

With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails.

Finished measurements: 14.25” (36 cm) x 75” (190.5 cm)

Spray block if necessary. You can find out more about blocking here.
 


To wear the shawl with the Belt (Long Rectangle from Part 3/Pattern Part 2), drape the shawl around your neck with the Pockets facing the front.

Make sure the short ends are even. Tie the Belt around your waist or at your preferred location to keep the shawl in position.

We hope you enjoyed this exciting crochet along! Be sure to share your creation and thoughts here, on our Facebook page, or in our Facebook group.
 

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What a wonderful CAL and I am so pleased with the finished project. I made mine with a blue ombre and the way it turned out is beautiful!! Thank you for a wonderful mystery CAL!!

This is my first crochet along. I agree that the first part took awhile to complete. I am attaching pictures of my parts so far.

I am really enjoying this mystery CAL. It took time to get the first part done but it looks great. After seeing part 2 instructions I still haven't figured out what it will be although I am hoping for a hooded scarf or pocket scarf.

This in my first crochet along. I am enjoying the experience and anticipation of what I might be making. Initially I thought it might be an afghan. Looking at this set of instructions I'm thinking it might be a shawl with pockets.

My shells do not look like the picture. There is space between some space between them. I am doing a double crochet, ch 1, shell. It is hard to tell in the video for me where you start on the 3rd and forth rows. Wish I had a close up picture for these rows.

Row 3, I have 12 shells but not 37 stitches. I have less. What am I doing wrong?

I have this problem as well as the same problem as DoodlesnCrochet. I have 12 shells across but only 36 stitches and my shells have more space between them. I like the look and stuck with it.

I love this project and i am up to row 4 in shell pattern i cant see a ch 1 or a dc on row 3 thank you

The shell in row 3 is (dc, ch 1, pf) in same st. These will be the ch-1 and the dc you would see. Hope this helps.

I saw at the bottom of my email that showed me this CAL that the next release of week 2 would be Wednesday, 2/10/1021. Hope this helps. Im still trying to figure out where I can sign up for this project.

When will we receive the pattern for the Mystery Crochet Along project? (Week 2).

I signed up for the Mystery Crochet Along and waited excitedly to receive my second week of instructions. I have downloaded the swatch pattern, made the swatch, but no second week. What happened? maurer.donna@yahoo.com

In the email about this CAL that I received it said that week 2 would be released on 2/10/2021. Hope this helps.

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