Crochet A Long Mystery Afghan

Crochet A Long Mystery Afghan

Decorating With A Mystery

I recently decided to do something that I have never done before. I’ve joined a “Crochet-a-long” with a group of crocheters from around the world. The funnest part of all…we have no idea what the afghan that we will be making will look like until we get our last clue.

crochet along week 1

Well, I love a mystery and I love to crochet so I decided this would be fun. When the idea was presented we could order enough yarn to make our afghan in suggested color schemes. I picked colors that will look nice in our bedroom and will display this afghan on our bed when it is completed.

The 10 week event is being sponsored by Yarnspirations and The Crochet Crowd. Each week on Tuesday mornings a new clue is released to those of us who signed up. Now, isn’t that just too much fun?

I’m not going to put the directions here because honestly that wouldn’t be fair to Yarnspirations or to Mikey at the Crochet Crowd. You can use the links above to see the selections of colors and to sign up if you want to join the fun. Mikey is doing a video each week to help us understand the patterns as they come out. I find his videos so very helpful!

I chose to use the colors in the Jewel Tone combination which included:

  • 4 skeins of Pagoda (a nice dark teal color)
  • 2 skeins of Watermelon ( a pretty bright shade of pink)
  • 2 skeins of Passion (a purple)
  • 2 skeins of Limelight (a bright shade of green almost chartreuse)

The picture at the top of this post shows my colors that I will be crocheting with.

crochet a long

Above you can see our first assignment. We are to make 20 of these little granny squares and then wait until the next clue comes out to find out what we do next. Now, the squares are not done in the typical way a granny square is made. Sort of, but there is a bit of a twist that Mikey shows us in the video.

Another thing that I should mention is that the pattern suggests using an H or 5.00mm size hook. It also says that the squares should measure 4 inches square when completed. I started making mine and then noticed a post on Facebook that said to make sure that our squares were the correct size because we might run out of yarn before we were done with the project.

Oh darn! I hadn’t even bothered to measure my completed squares and I certainly didn’t want to run out of yarn! Aww Snap! My squares measured 5 inches! So, I try one with a G hook and it was 4 1/2 inches and then I went to an F hook and that one was still 4 1/2 inches. What? How can that be?

Turns out I am a loosey goosey with my tension when I crochet. I figured out that in order for my squares to measure 4 inches that I needed to use the F hook and to crochet tighter than I have ever crocheted before. After having “frogged” (ripped out) the ones I had already completed; there was a correction on the page that said that 4 1/2 inch and 5 inch squares would work and we would have enough yarn. Instead of getting aggravated, I just considered it a learning experience. I now know that I should crochet tighter than I normally do in order to get the gauge that a pattern calls for.

I have my 20 squared finished and am awaiting Clue Number 2 and that assignment. I’ll be sharing the progress with you here so that when it is completed you will see that sometimes it is fun to decorate with items that we make ourselves. It is also fun to trust instructors that you trust and make something that you are not sure exactly what it is going to look like. I have that kind of trust with Mikey at the Crochet Crowd.

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Beverly Owens

Bev has been decorating rooms and homes since she was a little kid, starting with her own bedroom. She loves to share ideas for decorating different rooms in the home along with some outstanding products that she finds from time to time. Join her on Google+


  1. What a fun idea! I will be very interested in seeing your progress. I wish I could do this project along with you, but for now I will just live vicariously through your blog posts.

    • Hi Janelle! It really is going to be fun to watch how it all builds to the final afghan. I’m pretty excited, I just hope that I will be able to do all of the stitches. So far, they have been pretty easy and when I get stumped, I can always refer to the video that Mikey makes. He is a very good teacher.

  2. What fun Bev, I am crocheting along too! I love the colors that you chose and cannot wait to see how they come out.


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