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2022 Crochet with Me! Mystery Winter Afghan CAL!!! Week 1

2022 Crochet with Me! Mystery Winter Afghan CAL!!! Week 1



Welcome! I’m so excited to start this years 9th Annual Crochet with Me! Mystery Winter Afghan Crochet Along! This year it is a 10 week project, not including the Material Post from last week or the finale post.

Each year I have done a Mystery Winter Afghan CAL they have come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, stitching techniques, colors and all sorts of fun crochet… This year, it is a Mile A Minute Style, with a special floral/granny square theme. I am using Red Heart Stripes for part of it and complimenting solid colors to set it off and make the flowers pop!

I hope you will join me for this fun, whimsical afghan project… You can find the Material List and CAL info post by clicking here or heading to the Crochet with Me tab at the top of the page for all the CAL posts past and present.


This week, we will start the stitching for the 1st Mile A Minute Strip… I have included lots of photo tutorials to help and if you are in my Beatrice Ryan Designs Facebook CAL Group… Everyone there is super helpful and lots of progress pics shared.. If you haven’t joined yet… CLICK HERE.


Also, don’t forget to add this project to your Ravelry favorites for easy access! CLICK HERE

Don’t forget the other fun, there will be a Grand Prize at the end and weekly prizes too! Details at the bottom of the post!

For sneak peaks, join me on Instagram.. I sometimes show off early pics!


Now for some of the Week 1 details:

This year the project is worked in strips that are in rounds then attached(Mile A Minute). It is a Rectangular Afghan approx. 70″ x 60″ . You can make it in your choice of worsted weight yarn #4. Stashbuster, Ombre’, Self- Striping or even a color theme… At least 2 colors are recommended. I am making mine using the self striping yarn and complementing colors, but you can change colors each row or do yours in your own color scheme.

Let’s get the stitching started!


Tips:

If using self striping yarn, it will change sometimes in the middle of the row… This is ok

If changing colors,(not using self striping or ombre’) The instructions don’t say to when to change color due to the use of self-striping/ombre being used, but you will change every row after the flowers are joined and you will join in the space you joined in unless otherwise stated.

Work your ends in with a yarn needle as you go…This makes it much easier in the end…

Week 1 size 7″ x 63″… (This is not a complete strip yet)… Different yarns and tensions may make your slightly different.. Don’t let it be to much of a variance or your project will be way to big or way to small


Week 1 Stitches:

  • Ch – Chain 
  • St – Stitch  
  • Sl St – Slip Stitch 
  • Sp – Space 
  • Sc – Single Crochet 
  • Dc – Double Crochet 
  • Hdc – Half Double Crochet
  • Trc – Treble Crochet
  • Drtrc – Double Treble Crochet
  • Beginning Cluster – *YO, pull up loop, Yo, draw thru 2 loops*, repeat *to* 2 more times, YO draw thru 4 loops
  • Cluster – *YO, pull up loop, Yo, draw thru 2 loops*, repeat *to* 3 more times, YO draw thru 5 loops
  • RS – Right Side

Colors

A – White B – Pumpkin C – Yellow D – Pink E – Self Striping Fruity


Week 1 Instructions:

Flower Squares (making 15)

Square 1:

With color C

Round 1: Ch 2, *sc, ch 1 in 1st ch*, repeat *to* 7 more times, join to beginning sc. = 8 sc & 8 ch 1 Finish off

With color A join in any ch 1 sp

Round 2: Make a beginning cluster, ch 1, *cluster in next ch 1 sp, ch 1*, repeat *to* 6 more times, join with sl st to top of beginning cluster. = 8 clusters & 8 ch 1 Finish off

With color D, join in any ch 1 sp

Round 3: Ch 3(counts as dc now and throughout), (2 dc, ch2, 3 dc) in ch 1 sp, ch 1, * 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in next ch 1 sp, ch 1* repeat *to* 2 more times, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. = 12 3dc groups, 4 ch2 & 8 ch1 Finish off

Square 2(includes auto join) * This is easy once you get the hang of the join. There is a photo tutorial below.

**If joining this way seems to difficult.. Just sew or crochet the squares together

Repeat rounds 1 & 2

Join Color B in any ch 1 sp

Round 3: (photo tutorial below) … Ch 3, (2dc, ch2, 3dc) in sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1, ch 1, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in next ch 1, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, (with RS facing of both the previous square & square 2), sl st in any ch 2 sp corner of previous square, ch 1, 3dc in same sp of working square, ch 1, sl st in next ch 1 sp of prev. square, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp of working square, ch 1, sl st in next ch 1 sp of previous sq, 3dc in next ch 1 sp of working sq, ch 1, sl st in ch 2 sp corner of previous square, ch 1, 3dc in same sp of working sq, ch 1, 3dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. = 12 3dc groups 16 ch1 & 4 sl sts

Squares 3-15

Repeat rounds 1-3 of square 2 but use color C for round 3 in square 3, ;the color B for round 3 of square 4. Continue alternating colors D, C & B for round 3 until you have all 15 squares joined in a strip

Ends of Strip

With RS of the strip facing, join color D to the Righthand ch2 corner sp of the 1st square(this square should be color D also) with a sl st

Row 1: (photo tutorial below) Ch 1, sc in same ch 2 sp, hdc in next 2 sts/sps, dc in next 2 sts, trc in next st, dtrc in next st, trc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts/sps, sc in next ch2 corner sp, sl st in same ch 2 sp. Finish off. = 1 dtrc, 2 trc, 4 dc, 4 hdc, 2 sc, & 2 slst

Working on the opposite end RS facing. Join color B in in the righthand corner ch 2 sp of the square(this should be a color B square)

Row 2: Repeat row 1

Now you will work around your flower strip working in rounds with the RS facing

Join color A with sl st to either ends dtrc st

Round 1: Ch 1, 3 sc in st, sc in next 5 sts, 3 sc in next st, sk the sl st, beginning in this ch 2 sp- evenly sc 209 sts in each st, sp, ch2 sp, and the st that is the side of each sq join(see photo tutorial), the last sc should be in the ch 2 sp where you started row1 of the top of strip, 3 sc in next st(this is the sc of that row), sc in next 5 sts, 3 sc in dtrc st, sc in next 5 sts, 3 sc in next st, evenly sc 209 sts as before ending in the ch 2 space at the end where where you began row 2 of the strip end, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts, join to beginning sc. = 456 sc. finish off.

RS facing, Join color E with a sl st to the top left corner st(middle of the 3sc),

Round 2: Ch 3, 4 dc in same st, ch 1, *sk 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, ch 1*, repeat *to* 51 more times, sk 3 sts, 5 dc in next st, ch 1, repeat *to* 1 time, sk 3 sts, 5 dc in next st, ch 1, repeat *to* 1 time, sk 3 sts, 5 dc in next st, ch 1, repeat *to* 52 times, sk 3 sts, 5 dc in next st, ch 1, repeat *to* 1 time, sk 3 sts, 5 dc in next st, ch 1, repeat *to* 1 time, sk 3 sts, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. = 108- 3dc groups, 114- ch 1 & 6- 5 dc groups

Round 3: Sl st in next 2 sts, ch 3, 4 dc in same st, *ch 1, 3 dc in next sp*, repeat *to* 52 more times, ch 1, sk 2, 5dc in next st, repeat *to* 2 times, ch 1, sk 2, 5 dc in next st, repeat *to* 2 times, ch 1, sk 2, 5 dc in next st, repeat *to* 53 times, ch 1, sk 2, 5 dc in next st, repeat *to* 2 times, ch 1, sk 2, 5 dc in next st, repeat *to* 2 times, ch 1. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. = 6- 5dc groups, 120- ch1 & 114 3dc groups ** the 5dc groups act as 3 corners on each end of the strip

Round 4: Sl st in next 2 sts, ch 3, 4 dc in same st, *ch 1, 3 dc in next sp*, repeat *to* 53 more times, ch 1, sk 2, 5dc in next st, repeat *to* 3 times, ch 1, sk 2, 5 dc in next st, repeat *to* 3 times, ch 1, sk 2, 5 dc in next st, repeat *to* 54 times, ch 1, sk 2, 5 dc in next st, repeat *to* 3 times, ch 1, sk 2, 5 dc in next st, repeat *to* 3 times, ch 1. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. = 6- 5dc groups, 126- ch1 & 120 3dc groups

Whew.. That’s it for this week… More to this strip next week.. Congrats you made it through the hard part! You have now completed Week 1 of our CAL! Congrats! I can’t wait to see all of your color choices! See you back here next week for the next set of instructions!


More about the weekly prize drawings and Grand Prize:

Grand Prize – There will be a $50 Amazon Gift Card for 1 lucky winner at the end of the CAL. The grand prize will be drawn on Sunday April 17th 2022. To be eligible, you must email a picture and permission by Friday April 15th, 2022 to [email protected] showing your completed project. Entries will be numbered by the order they arrive and the number will be drawn using a random number generator.

Weekly Prize – Each Saturday starting Feb. 5th 2022 – Saturday April 9th 2022 a $10 Amazon Gift Card will be given away to one member in the Beatrice Ryan Designs CAL Group on Facebook. Each Saturday, a post will be made explaining the rules to enter on this group Facebook page. The entry time will only last part of the day and be at random times so every timezone has a chance throughout this project… so stay tuned in the group!

Are you ready to have some fun?? Grab your yarn and hooks and meet me back here next week for the first set of instructions!!

If you post on Twitter or Instagram.. Use the Hashtag #2022CrochetWithMeMysteryAfghanCAL

I post sneak peeks on Instagram… So follow me there to see those!

Don’t forget to follow me on my social media sites for more fun!

FacebookTwitterInstagramMy CAL Facebook Group, and Pinterest

I hope you love this project!!  Make sure to share your finished projects on my Beatrice Ryan Designs Facebook Page and make sure to share around social media too! Why share?? Because it shares our Love of Crochet!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


©Copyright 2022 Elena Hunt/Beatrice Ryan Designs.  All of my patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog, website or social media, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you. This post may contain affiliate links/ads. If you purchase something from a link in this post, I may be compensated.

Festival of Fall CAL Finale, Grand Prize Winner!

Festival of Fall CAL Finale, Grand Prize Winner!


I loved this years fall project, Festival of Fall Afghan! I use mine every day and hope those of you who made this years Fall CAL do to! If you haven’t made this and still want too… The directions are in the Crochet with Me tab at the top of the page!

Ten weeks and we had this beautiful afghan!


Don’t miss the Winter CAL coming up in late January.. Details coming in early January! You can also see all the past CAL’s in the Crochet with Me Tab at the top of the page! And take a look at all the free patterns too in my Free Pattern Page at the top…

I am getting ready to release a new pattern tomorrow… Be one of the first to know… It is an Amazing Grace CrochetWrist Warmer Set.. You will love it!


Now on to the good stuff! Below are the entries to the Grand Prize Drawing… This year we had 8 entries submitted… I saw many more in our Beatrice Ryan Designs Crochet Along Group and love them all!

Marisol A
Margaret M
Janis
Tracy A
Connie
Melanie D
Janet V
Sharon B

If you would still like to email in your finished pictures, I will add to this post as they come in!!


Grand Prize winner:

Using the Number Generator… The winner is #2 Margaret M.. Congratulations!!! I will send you your $50 Amazon Gift Card by email shortly!


Don’t forget to follow me on my social media sites for more fun!

FacebookTwitterInstagramMy CAL Facebook Group, and Pinterest

For my Vintage Treasures Adventure… Cha Cha’s Vintage Treasures… eBayFacebookPinterestInstagram

I hope you love this project!!  Make sure to share your finished projects on my Beatrice Ryan Designs Facebook Page and make sure to share around social media too! Why share?? Because it shares our Love of Crochet!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


©Copyright 2021 Elena Hunt/Beatrice Ryan Designs.  All of my patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog, website or social media, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you. This post may contain affiliate link

Crochet with Me!!! Mystery Afghan CAL… Week 10!

Crochet with Me!!! Mystery Afghan CAL… Week 10!



Well, this is it.. Week 10 and the final instructions of this years Crochet with Me!!! Mystery Winter Afghan CAL… I have had so much fun making my project in 2 color schemes and I love all of your color choices too!

So.. This week is just one quick round, then blocking… See below for the rules to enter the Grand Prize Givaway too!

This was a 10 week CAL, plus the finale post(Fan Gallery and Grand Prize Winner Announcement)… If you are interested in making this CAL, each weekly post will remain in the Crochet with Me tab at the top of the page! For those of you who made this with me… Make sure to show off your pic on the Beatrice Ryan Designs CAL Facebook Group .

These are style A border in the self stripping neutral color scheme… I loved the way this double thick border turned out!

These are the style B border in the scrapbusting color theme… I love this one so much too!


For Easy access, make sure to add this to your Ravelry favs and queue!… Click Here!!!


Now for some of the details:

This year the project is worked in the round, turning over each round(unless indicated differently). It is a Square Afghan approx. 65″ x 65″ (both of mine turned out slightly larger). You can make it in your choice of worsted weight yarn #4. Stashbuster, Ombre’, Self- Striping or even a color theme… At least 2 colors are recommended.


Tips:

Style A uses an I Hook, Style B uses your H Hook

You will continue to use your contrasting color for the border

Week 10 size – Style A double thick border after blocking 69″ x 69″, Style B whimsical border after blocking 72″ x 72″ … Different yarns and tensions may make your slightly different..


Week 10 Stitches:

Style A – Sl St – Slip Stitch St – Stitch

Style B

Ch – Chain   St – Stitch Sk – Skip   Sl St – Slip Stitch   

Sp – Space   Sc–Single Crochet  


Week 10 Border Instructions: Continue with Style A or B

Style A is a Double Sided Border, one side worked on the wrong side and one worked on the right side then joined at the top edge. This is a double thick boarder much like the satin blanket binding you would sew on both sides of a blanket edging found on baby blankets or quilts. It is a great technique and many people use this when they have a lot of tails left on the ends.. You dont have to weave those ends in when using this technique

Now the style A border will enclose both sides or the work you did in week 8 and 9. Any tails can be enclosed with in this double thick edging, no need to weave them in.

Style B is a whimsical style, much like any other of my edging designs on past afghans.


Week 10 Style A Instructions:

*This week you will be stitching the two sides together at the top

Joining Round

Holding both sides together and working into the top of round 5(front side of border) and 8(back side of border), Join yarn in any corner sts(front and back border) with a sl st through both sets of stitches, lining up your sides together, sl st the sides together all the way around your afghan to enclose the two sides in the top of both sides of the boarders.

Finish off

Block your afghan either with the wet method or steam method to shape it and lock it into shape!

Congratulations!!! You are now done if you did style A border!!!!!


Week 10 Style B Instructions:

Round 7: Do not turn, Ch 1, *sc in st, ch 3, sk st, (sc,ch3,sc) in next st, ch 3, sk st, sc in next st, sl st in next sc*, repeat *to* 24 more times, {sc in next st, ch 3, sk st, sc in next st, ch 3, sk st, (sc,ch3,sc) in next st, ch 3, sk st, sc in next st, ch 3, sk st, sc in next st, sl st in next sc, repeat *to* 25 times}, repeat {to} 2 more times, sc in next st, ch 3, sk st, sc in next st, ch 3, sk st, (sc,ch3,sc) in next st, ch 3, sk st, sc in next st, ch 3, sk st, sc in next st, sl st in next sc, join with sl st to beginning sc. = 104 (sc,ch3,sc), 216 ch 3, 104 sl st, 216 sc

Finish off

Block your afghan either with the wet method or steam method to shape it and lock it into shape!

Congratulations!!! If you made style B you are now all done!!!


Now for the Grand Prize information….

Grand Prize – There will be a $50 Amazon Gift Card for 1 lucky winner at the end of the CAL. The grand prize will be drawn on Monday April 26th 2021. The original date was April 18th… Due to delays, I have given more time to complete your project .

To be eligible, you must email a picture showing your project completed through week 10 and permission to use your photo on beatriceryandesigns.com by Sunday April 25th, 2021 at 11:59pm PST To: [email protected] Entries will be numbered by the order they arrive and the number will be drawn using a random number generator.

Dont forget to continue to share your progress photos in our Facebook group if you are behind or start at a later date… I love to see them!


Thank you everyone for participating!!! I have had so much fun this year with all of you!


Don’t forget to follow me on my social media sites for more fun!

FacebookTwitterInstagramMy CAL Facebook Group, and Pinterest

I hope you love this project!!  Make sure to share your finished projects on my Beatrice Ryan Designs Facebook Page and make sure to share around social media too! Why share?? Because it shares our Love of Crochet!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


©Copyright 2021 Elena Hunt/Beatrice Ryan Designs.  All of my patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog, website or social media, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you. This post may

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