Mystery Crochet-Along with The Crochet Crowd

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Join Michael Sellick of The Crochet Crowd as he begins his Crochet Mystery Adventure! Beginning April 1, Michael will unveil the first step in the mystery crochet-along. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about how to participate including dates, a full materials list, and a complete list of rules and guidelines.

April 22 UPDATE:

Scroll down for the fourth and FINAL set of clues!

Mystery Crochet Along Mystery Crochet Along with The Crochet CrowdHow to Participate:

Follow the clues for 4 weeks to create a mystery crochet project with Mikey. On Tuesday, April 1st, 2014, you will receive your first set of clues to begin. The rest of the clues will come every Tuesday on April 8, 12 and 22nd. You will have until May 6th, 2014 to send Mikey an email with a photo of your finished project.

If you get our Hooked on Crochet newsletters, you will be notified first and the clues delivered to your inbox. You can add yourself to our newsletters by simply signing up here.

To ensure you don’t disqualify yourself, don’t assume you know what the pattern is and finish it without all of the pattern being released. The clues must be followed so the pattern is completed. At the end, you can embellish or add your own touches but the main pattern has to be completely done first. A random winner will be chosen at the end to receive a fully loaded Red Heart Yarn Bag and Crochet Crowd gifts.

You can always make more mystery projects. Each submission is a separate entry to qualify. You could even make multiple projects in stages throughout the 4 weeks. In all, this project took Mikey 2 days to make from start to finish. Spreading it over 4 weeks can give anyone the advantage of doing several at the same time in stages without feeling burdened.

Part of the mystery is not knowing what it is. People are wanting to know which colors to pick… but that’s the fun. Everyone is going to have their own interpretations for the same pattern. I would bet anyone right now that the finale is going to have an entire gallery of the most adorable bunch of projects you have ever seen.

Materials:

  • 3 Colors of Red Heart Super Saver, Red Heart With Love and/or equivalent yarn. Mikey’s sample is done with Red Heart With Love as it’s softer than Super Saver. 1 Color of the 3 will be the main color which you will need nearly 1 ball. The other two are accent colors, but we can’t tell you which colors. Based on the clues below, you may come up with your own ideas of what the item might be and use colors that you think would be great together. This will allow all of us to come up with many different color versions of the same item.
  • 5.5 mm or US I-9 Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Stitch Markers
  • 1/2″ – 1″ Diameter Safety Eyes. Mikey’s sample has 1/2″. Mikey highly recommends getting safety eyes that look more like real eyes with pupils. It will make your item look more realistic and far more cuter (learn more about how to use safety eyes here).
  • Fiberfill Stuffing. If you know how to crochet eyes, you can crochet them instead of using safety eyes. The tutorial will not include crocheting the eyes.
  • A shoebox or storage box to store your items as you finish your homework each week.

Find a complete list of rules and guidelines here.

Mystery Crochet Adventure Clue #1

Let’s start a mystery crochet adventure together. Today, we are going to explore 1 component of our project. Just to keep ourselves organized and stop from slipping up saying what the project is, we’re going to nickname our project as Rex.

We can tell you with 100% certainty that Rex is super adorable and you will be proud of your finished results. You will have to give your creature a name too. Rex is an usual creature as he is a ruminant, which means he has more than one stomach.

Let’s start to crochet our own versions.

GAUGE: 11 sc = 3″ [7.5 cm]; 14 rounds = 4″ [10 cm] in single crochet. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS
sc2tog: [draw up a loop in next st] twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Abbreviations: A, B, C = Color A, B, C; ch = chain; cm = centimeters; dc = double crochet; mm = millimeters; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified; * or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.

Make The Head

With A, ch 2.

Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Place marker for beginning of round.

Round 2: Working in continuous rounds, 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc.

Round 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around – 18 sc.

Round 4: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around – 24 sc.

Round 5: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around – 30 sc.

Round 6: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around – 36 sc.

Rounds 7-13: Sc in each sc around.

Round 14: [Sc in next 10 sc, sc2tog] around – 33 sc.

Round 15: Sc in each sc around.

Round 16: [Sc in next 9 sc, sc2tog] around – 30 sc.

Round 17: Sc in each sc around.

Round 18: [Sc2tog] 6 times, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next 6 sc, sc in next 6 sc – 30 sc.

Rounds 19-20: Sc in each sc around.

Round 21: [Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog] around – 24 sc.

Round 22: Sc in each sc around.

Round 23: [Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] around – 18 sc.
Stuff Head with fiberfill. You will need to attach the eyes if using safety eyes before proceeding.

Round 24: Sc in each sc around.

Round 25: [Sc in next sc, sc2tog] around – 12 sc.

Round 26: [Sc2tog] around – 6 sc.
Fasten off. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail.

Stuff the remaining space. Weave tail through remaining sts and pull to gather sts to close. If using safety eyes, attach to face before closing.

Mystery Crochet Adventure Clues #2 and #3

Today, we are going to give our Rex a little lift. He can run pretty fast, in fact, he can run faster than a human being. Now I can say for sure that I cannot run as fast as this creature, he would certainly take the gold medal.

Clue # 2 – LEGS. Make 4

With C for the soles, ch 2.

Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Place marker for beginning of round.

Round 2: Working in continuous rounds, 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc.

Round 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around – 18 sc.

Rounds 4-5: Sc in each sc around. Cut C.

Rounds 6-17: Change to A, sc in each sc around.
Fasten off. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail.
Stuff Legs.

Clue #3 – Ears, Make 2

With A, ch 2.

Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Place marker for beginning of round.

Round 2: Working in continuous rounds, [sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around – 8 sc.

Round 3: Sc in each sc around.

Round 4: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around – 12 sc.

Round 5: Sc in each sc around.

Round 6: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around – 18 sc.

Rounds 7-9: Sc in each sc around.

Round 10: [Sc2tog] around – 9 sc.

Round 11: Sc in each sc around.

Fasten off. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Do not sew on the ears to your creature until you see more of the creature as it may change your mind on where they are supposed to go.

Mystery Crochet Adventure Clues #4, #5, #6

Today, we are going to give Rex a bit more characteristics. You will find Rex in Africa. Cute to look at, dangerous to get up close to.

Clue #4 Tail, Make 1

With A, ch 9, slip st in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Fasten off. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail.

Cut four lengths of B, each 10″ [25 cm] long. Thread each length through one end of Tail and center each length.
Tie an overhand knot in lengths to secure and trim.

Clue #5 – Spots. Make 12. You can make more if you feel it’s not enough. Decide at the end.

With B, ch 2.

Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around, slip st in first st to join.
Fasten off.

Clue #6 – Finish the Face

With C, embroider eyes (if not using safety eyes) and nostrils in satin stitch. Embroider mouth in couched stitch. If you would like to wait to see more of your creature come together before deciding what it’s face should look like, you can always wait.

Mystery Crochet Adventure Clues #7-14

Today, Rex will become obvious to what he is. Your Rex may even be female. His neck is too short to reach reach the ground. Poor rex. Today, you will realize that Rex is tall, he will be about 21” front top to bottom. Let’s give Rex the rest of his body.

Clue #7 – Neck & Body, Make 1

Beginning at top of Neck and leaving a long tail, with A, ch 24, slip st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and each ch around – 24 sc. Place marker for beginning of round.

Rounds 2-24: Working in continuous rounds, sc in each sc around.

Round 25: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around – 30 sc.

Round 26: Sc in next 12 sc, 2 sc in next 6 sc, sc in next 12 sc – 36 sc.

Rounds 27-28: Sc in each sc around.

Round 29: Sc in next 15 sc, 2 sc next 6 sc, sc in next 15 sc – 42 sc.

Rounds 30-31: Sc in each sc around.

Round 32: Sc in next 18 sc, 2 sc in next 6 sc, sc in next 18 sc – 48 sc.

Rounds 33-42: Sc in each sc around.

Round 43: [Sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog] around – 42 sc.

Round 44: [Sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog] around – 36 sc.

Round 45: [Sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog] around – 30 sc.

Round 46: [Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog] around – 24 sc.
Stuff Neck and Body.

Round 47: [Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] around – 18 sc.

Round 48: [Sc in next sc, sc2tog] around – 12 sc.
Fasten off. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail.

Insert fiberfill firmly. Using long tail, sew Neck and Body closed. You will need to ensure the neck can stand firm, even with a head on top before closing it off.

Clue #7 – Horn, Make 2

With B, ch 2.

Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Place marker for beginning of round.

Round 2: Working in continuous rounds, 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc.

Round 3: Sc in each sc around.

Round 4: Working in back loops only, [sc2tog] around – 6 sc.

Rounds 5-6: Sc in each sc around.
Fasten off. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Stuff with fiberfill.

Let’s start doing the assembly and final touches to your Rex.

Clue #8

Sew legs onto the body.

Clue #9

Sew tail to body.

Clue #10

Sew head to the top of the neck firmly. He will look more adorable if his head is slightly turned to one side of his body.

Sew horns onto the top of the head.

Clue #11

Sew ears directly beside the horns on both sides of the head.

Clue #12

Embroider a few loop stitches with A in between Horns on Head. This will create a tuff of hair on the head.

Clue #13

Sew spots randomly all over the body. If you need more spots, just make more.

Clue #14

Mane, With B, ch 35.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, skip 3 sts, *7 dc in next st, skip 3 sts; repeat from * to last st, sc in last st.
Fasten off. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Sew Mane down center of Head and Neck.

It’s Photo Submission Time

It’s time now for us to build our own African safari in The Crochet Crowd’s gallery. They will start collecting your finished creatures. Snap a photo and email it to MikeysHelpDesk@hotmail.com. They will be waiting for your creations. You have until 11:59 pm, EST on May 6th, 2014 to submit your finished creature. You can submit as many as you want.

You can embellish your creature with more items, BUT all of the components that we have given out must be completed and on your creature first.

If you have done multiple creatures and they are all identical, you will need to snap a photo of all you creatures together to verify there is more than just one.

One randomly selected winner will be chosen to receive a fully loaded Red Heart Yarn Bag with Crochet Crowd Gifts. Random choice winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014.

Good Luck!

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Comments

  1. Just a question, in the video and on one of the supply list screens it says to use and I hook. On a different link it says to use G. I’m assuming go with the I?

  2. Annette Ramírez says:

    OMG! Love the idea! I can’t wait to start my proyect. I know is going to be súper cute! The best thing is that is a “surprise” and since is going to be a stuffed animal is more exiting for me. I’m ready for something different than my scarfs, hats, and afghans. Thank you Mikey!!

  3. I am going to try this but I don’t make any promises. LOL I have 2 Ideas of what this might be, but like you, I am keeping it to myself.

  4. Ellisen says:

    So glad I found this today! Will try to keep up! Thanks.

  5. How do you work the Gauge? I don’t understand that.

    GAUGE: 11 sc = 3″ [7.5 cm]; 14 rounds = 4″ [10 cm] in single crochet. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

  6. Can anyone tell me the ounce weight of the yarn?

  7. MARGE SCHOLZ says:

    I’m so excited to get in on something like this from the beginning. I can’t wait to get started. Thanks for such a fun contest.

  8. Kim Thomas says:

    Glad I watched the video~ very nicely done, was wondering how we would know where to place the eyes. I laughed when I saw your safety eyes Mikey, when gathering my supplies I had a choice from my stash of yellow or brown safety eyes and I chose the yellow, not knowing of course what we are making, so we have the same color eyes. I decided not to pick the blue “cat” eyes, good thing huh~!

    • I think you are awesome Mikey I have did a couple of crochet alongs with you and they are great, being that I love mysteries as it is I think this idea is awesome, it will make sitting at home an adventure on Tuesdays thanks a lot this is going to be great.

    • How could you Mikey? I have baby stuff, blanket, doilies and now this? How can I resist? and who’s going to do the housework? (diving into the wool stash, selecting …..)

  9. Judy Cobb says:

    Sounds like fun Think I give it try this.

  10. Raiza Marrero says:

    Congratulations, you’re great…I would like to say much more but my english is few…….I love all your works.:-)

  11. Kim could you post a link to the video
    Thanks

  12. Jacqueline says:

    Ooooh, this looks great! I already have an idea what creature will come! I don’t have time to do this….but I will MAKE time! At 22.00 in my bed! LOL ! Thnx mikey for this great spring adventure!

  13. Sandy Foreman says:

    So excited to be doing this. Was gonna do only 5 of them for my grandkids but then decided to do one for myself too. Woohoo….vant wait for Week 2…lol

  14. Kristen Black says:

    I have a question. May we use a magic circle at the beginning? I do not like the look of the Chain 2, 6 sc into the second chain from the hook method. Just a personal preference.

  15. How do you work the gauge? This is so confusing to me, please help.

    GAUGE: 11 sc = 3″ [7.5 cm]; 14 rounds = 4″ [10 cm] in single crochet. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

    • Colleen D. says:

      14 rows 11 single crochet across should make a 3 inch by 4 inch square. If your square is bigger, use a smaller hook. If your square is smaller, use a bigger hook. Hope this helps.

  16. What a good idea. I am excited to find out this is. I am hoping to keep up with the project and find out what it is. Thank you MIkey for this and Free Crochet. Fun to do something different and the mystery of what it is.

  17. Deborah Gail Ziegler says:

    Love this concept! Thank you!

  18. I can’t find glas eyes, so would buttons do?

    • Amanda camp says:

      I can only find the eyes at hobby lobby near the doll making things. I found them in blue, yellow and brown. Size 15 mm. They were .99 cents for 2 pairs.

  19. I can’t find glass eyes, so would buttons do?

    • Ana Sudy says:

      Trina: you can also crochet them. Make a magic circle and crochet 6 sc, close the round. Then, inserting again the crochet in the center of the magic ring to crochet 10-12 sc but longer enough to cover the first row. It gives you volume to the eyes. You can also crochet a final round of sc in white to make them more realistic Even more, if it is a camel, white external stitches in tne lower part of the eye can be double crochet to give the melancolic appearence. I hope I was clear enough.

  20. It was hard enough wait until Tuesday 12:01 am, but now it is now 7:30 and STILL no CLUES? Where do I find them?

  21. Melissa says:

    In the written instructions, the head and the ear colors are both listed as Color A but in the video, the ears are made with Color C. Are the ears supposed to be Color C?

  22. Gretchen McCarthy says:

    I thought the ears were supposed to be in same color (“A”) as head???

  23. «anita Berube says:

    j’ai commence je fais le faire tres beau merci

  24. Ana Sudy says:

    Tuesday night I started to crochet legs and ears and suddenly I saw two felts ruminants on a shelf: a moose and a camel (a false ruminant really). Their heads and ears looked exactly the same I was crocheting. I bet it will be one of them!!! A could would be too obvious!!!

  25. Gretchen McCarthy says:

    OK, I’m waiting as patiently as I can……week #3 instructions please! :)

  26. Kim Trelfa says:

    Is Rex a Rhino?

  27. In the 3rd set of written instructions, it says to slip stitch all chains on the way back, but in the video Mikey says to single crochet and thats what he does.
    I take it the video is correct and not the written instructions?

  28. The final clues for April 22nd, did not come through on the link. Please help!!

  29. The final clue(s) for April 22nd did not come through on the link. Please help!!

  30. Karen McGrady says:

    One teeny weeny suggestion… it would have been helpful to show some tips on how you sew the pieces together. Especially for true beginners. This is my first amigurumi so I’m just going to wing it and hope for the best! :)

    • Amanda says:

      I agree. I just sewed mine on… I hope I did it right, because I’ve only been crocheting since Valentines day.

  31. Carrie Lipka Westphal says:

    I just finished mine and it is so cute…submitted it to Mikey and my daughter already claimed it…

  32. Is anyone else having issues getting the neck to stand properly? I’ve only been crocheting for a few months now, and I’m having serious issues…

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