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2020 Crochet with Me!! 7th Annual Winter Mystery Afghan CAL… Week 1

2020 Crochet with Me!! 7th Annual Winter Mystery Afghan CAL… Week 1



Ready, set, GO! Are you with me? Get your yarn and hook and let’s get started… This week we will be completing the first 20 rows.. Don’t worry, super easy, goes by fast and this year.. The project is a binge watching, car ride project.. What does that mean… Easy! Super traditional with a few fun twists and turns….

If this is your first Mystery CAL with me… Check out the past 6 years of the Winter Mystery Afghans and all of the other CAL’s we have done in the Crochet with Me tab at the top of the page! Each week I will post a easy section for you to complete, and in 12 weeks… You will have a fun, whimsical afghan! For the Material List and all of CAL details… Click HERE!


There are a few prizes involved in this years 2020 Winter Mystery Afghan CAL..

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 May 24th 2020. To be eligible, you must email a picture and permission by Friday May 22nd, 2020 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 Monday starting March 2nd, 2020 a $10 Amazon Gift Card will be given away to one member in the Beatrice Ryan Designs CAL Group on Facebook. Each Monday, a post will be made explaining the rules to enter. The entry time will only last part of the day… so stay tuned in the group!


Here is what this week looks like completed… Yes, traditional ~ but there will be some whimsical rows.. So watch for them!


A bit about gauge… Last week I gave all the info on Size, Materials, Gauge and much more in the Material List post… A lot of people don’t do gauge swatches.. That is totally fine.. Afghans dont need to fit. But if you want to try to stick close to the pattern size and yardage needed, you may want to do one.. It is a 3″ x 3″ swatch, but you will want to make the swatch at least 4″ x 4″ then measure in the middle for an accurate gauge of the 3″ x 3″. The beginning/end rows and stitches don’t make accurate counts.. So that is why you want to measure in the middle… G


Here is my color line up… You can choose your colorway to be in any order you like… The way my eye liked my colors was from lightest to darkest… A~White B~Stone C~Sweet Pink D~Light Gray E~Cameo F~Pewter


Don’t forget to add this to your Ravelry Favorites… Click here!!!

Stitches:

  • St ~ Stitch
  • Sl St ~ Slip Stitch
  • Sk ~ Skip
  • Ch ~ Chain
  • Bl ~ Back Loop
  • Dec Sc ~ Decrease Single Crochet *Insert hook in next st, pull up loop, insert hook in next st, pull up loop, Yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook*
  • Sc ~ Single Crochet
  • Blsc ~ Back Loop Single Crochet
  • Dc ~ Double Crochet
  • Xst ~ X stitch *working over the next 2 stitches, sk st, dc in next st st, dc in previous sk st*

Instructions:

Beginning with Color A

Row 1: Ch 233 (using stitch markers every 50 chains will help with the count)

Row 2: Turn, dec blsc over the 2nd & 3rd ch’s from hook, blsc in next 8 ch’s, *3 blsc in next ch, blsc in next 9 ch’s, sk 2 ch’s, blsc in next 9 ch’s*, repeat *to* 9 more times, 3 blsc in next ch , blsc in next 8 ch’s, dec blsc over the last 2 ch’s. =231 blsc

Row 3-11: Ch 1, turn, dec blsc over the next 2 sts, blsc in next 8 sts, *3 blsc in next st, blsc in next 9 sts, sk 2 sts, blsc in next 9 sts*, repeat *to* 9 more times, 3 blsc in next st, blsc in next 8 sts, dec blsc over the last 2 sts. =231 blsc

Finish off

Change to Color B

Rows 12-15: Ch 1, turn, dec blsc over the next 2 sts, blsc in next 8 sts, *3 blsc in next st, blsc in next 9 sts, sk 2 sts, blsc in next 9 sts*, repeat *to* 9 more times, 3 blsc in next st, blsc in next 8 sts, dec blsc over the last 2 sts. =231 blsc

Row 16: Ch 3(counts as dc), sk st, *make 4 Bl Xsts, 3 bldc in next st, make 4 bl Xsts, bl dc in next st, sk 2 sts, bl dc in next st*, repeat *to* 9 more times, make 4 bl Xsts, 3 bl dc in next st, make 4 bl Xsts, sk st, bl dc in last st. = 88 bl Xsts & 55 bl dc

Rows 17-20: Ch 1, turn, dec blsc over the next 2 sts, blsc in next 8 sts, *3 blsc in next st, blsc in next 9 sts, sk 2 sts, blsc in next 9 sts*, repeat *to* 9 more times, 3 blsc in next st, blsc in next 8 sts, dec blsc over the last 2 sts. =231 blsc

Finish off

**The approx. length at the end of this week is 8″ laid flat. not stretched


That’s it… you have completed week 1!!! Meet me back here next Sunday for Week 2, more color, more fun stitching!!!

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 2020 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.

2020 Crochet with Me… Winter Mystery Afghan CAL!!!

2020 Crochet with Me… Winter Mystery Afghan CAL!!!



Welcome to the 7th Annual Crochet with Me… Winter Mystery Crochet Along!! Please join me once again over the next several weeks and make yourself a beautiful, whimsical afghan… If this is your first time, you can click on the Crochet with Me tab at the top of the page and see all of the past CAL’s.


Make sure to add this CAL to your Ravelry favorites for easy access.. Click Here!


This CAL will be a 12 week project(not including the material list). Each week I will post a section for you to complete. If you start late or miss a week, you will find all of the posts in the Crochet with Me Tab at the top of the website… This week I have posted the CAL info, material list and all the fun ways you can participate… So let’s check it out!

Easy to join… All you need to do is come back here each Sunday afternoon for the weekly post… If you would like to get post reminders.. You can enter your email in the Stay Connected section in the right sidebar.

Another great way to join the fun is to hop over to Facebook and join my Beatrice Ryan Designs CAL group… This group is dedicated to my CAL’s only… We post pics, help each other, and each week I post the new links in the group… For this CAL, there will be weekly prizes exclusive to the group members(details below)

There is also a grand prize.. Stay tuned for more information!

**This is another traditional afghan, easy stitching, great take along project!


Size:

Approx 55 x 65

Material List:

3000-4000 yds total of worsted weight yarn in 6 colors

I used 2(370 yd) skeins each of Red Heart with Love in the following colors:

  • A-White
  • B-Stone
  • C-Sweet Pink
  • D-Light Gray
  • E-Cameo
  • F-Pewter

*If using other colors, the idea is that they will create a slightly gradient effect throughout the rows. You can use less color combinations, but the effects with turn out differently than the design is intended.

Hook – K or size needed for gauge

Scissors and Yarn needle


Gauge:

Why do a gauge swatch? By making a quick gauge swatch, your project will be closer to the intended size of the design.

3″ x 3″ = 10 blsc x 10 rows *Back Loop Single Crochet. (this has been corrected from the original)


Weekly Post Schedule:

  • Sunday Feb. 23rd – Material List
  • Sunday March 1st – Week 1
  • Sunday March 8th – Week 2
  • Sunday March 15th – Week 3
  • Sunday March 22nd – Week 4
  • Sunday March 29th – Week 5
  • Sunday April 5th – Week 6
  • Sunday April 12th – Week 7
  • Sunday April 19th – Week 8
  • Sunday April 26th – Week 9
  • Sunday May 3rd – Week 10
  • Sunday May 10th Week 11
  • Sunday May 17th – Week 12 Final weekly post
  • Sunday May 24th – Fan photo post and Grand Prize Drawing

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 May 24th 2020. To be eligible, you must email a picture and permission by Friday May 22nd, 2020 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 Monday starting March 2nd, 2020 a $10 Amazon Gift Card will be given away to one member in the Beatrice Ryan Designs CAL Group on Facebook. Each Monday, a post will be made explaining the rules to enter. The entry time will only last part of the day… 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!


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

FacebookTwitter, InstagramMy 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 2020 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.

2019 Crochet with Me!!! Mystery Afghan Crochet Along… Week 4!

2019 Crochet with Me!!! Mystery Afghan Crochet Along… Week 4!

2019 Crochet with Me!! Mystery Afghan CAL.. Week 4!

This week is easy-going, and simple stitching. There is a photo tutorial of the special stitch used.. So don’t worry if you have never used an X-Stitch before!  We are now 1/3 done.. Can you believe it??  I love this afghan, it is so easy to do one week at a time and in 12 weeks.. Voila.. An afghan!!!  If you are just joining me, you can still catch up, all the weeks including the Material List are in the Crochet with Me tab at the top of this page… Each week is just a few short hours of crochet.. Super manageable!

Don’t forget to add your project to Ravelry!!!! And you can also check out 50+ project, Click Here!!


So here is the skinny on this project.. It is 12 weeks of crocheting, each weeks link is posted for safe keeping in the Crochet with Me!! tab at the top of the page…  You start with the Material List  .. Lots of great details about how the CAL works and the great Grand Prize Giveaway from our friends at Red Heart Yarns!!

See all the other fun details at the bottom of the post!!

Let’s get started…

This weeks stitches:

Ch – Chain

St – Stitch

Sl St – Slip Stitch

Sc – Single Crochet

Blsc – Back Loop Single Crochet

Blhdc _ Back Loop Half Double Crochet

Hdc – Half Double Crochet

Dc – Double Crochet

X St – X Stitch : Sk 2 sts, dc in next st, ch 1, dc in the 1st sk st (Photo tutorial below round 27)

This Weeks Size

30″ x 38″ smoothed, but not stretched

*This week we will be only working on the Right Side(side with texture).. No turning

Let’s Get Started!

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Round 25:  Ch 2, Blhdc in next st, 3 blhdc in next st, blhdc in next 97 sts, 3 blhdc in next st, blhdc in next 69 sts, 3 blhdc in next st, blhdc in next 97 sts, 3 blhdc in next st, blhdc in next 67 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 2 bl. = 344 blhdc

Round 26:  Ch1, blsc in same st, blsc in next 2 sts, 3 blsc in next st, blsc in next 99 sts, 3 blsc in next st, blsc in next 71 sts, 3 blsc in next st, blsc in next 99 sts, 3 blsc in next st, blsc in next 68 sts, join with sl st to bl of beginning sc. = 352 blsc

Finish off

Join Color B in Right Hand Corner Stitch of the long side

Round 27:  Ch 3, 4 dc in same st, dc in next st, *X-st(see pic below for tutorial){Xst explanation above in stitch directory} over next 3 sts, dc in next st after X-st*, repeat *to* 24 more times, 5 dc in next st, dc in next st, repeat *to* 18 times, 5 dc in next st, dc in next st, repeat *to* 25 times, 5 dc in next st, dc in next st, repeat *to* 18 times, join with sl st to top of ch 3. = 86 X-sts & 110 dc’s

Finish off

Join Color A in Right Hand Corner Stitch of the long side

Round 28:  Ch 1, 3 sc in same st, sc in next 105 sts(including the ch1’s), 3 sc in next st, sc in next 77 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 105 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 77 sts, join with sl st to beginning sc. = 376 sc’s

Finish off

Join Color C in Right Hand Corner Stitch of the long side

Round 29:  Ch 3, 4 more dc in same st, dc in the next 4 sts, *X-st over the next 3 sts, dc in next st after X-st*, repeat *to* 24 more times, dc in next 3 sts, 5 dc in next st, dc in the next 4 sts, repeat *to* 18 times, dc in next 3 sts, 5 dc in next st, dc in the next 4 sts, repeat *to * 25 times, dc in next 3 sts, 5 dc in next st, dc in the next 4 sts, repeat *to* 18 times, dc in the last 3 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. = 86 X-sts & 134 dc’s

Finish off

Join Color A in Right Hand Corner Stitch of the long side

Round 30: Ch 1, 3 sc in same st, sc in next 111 sts(including the ch1’s), 3 sc in next st, sc in next 83 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 111 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 83 sts, join with sl st to beginning sc. = 400 sc’s

Round 31:  Ch 2, 3 blhdc in next st, blhdc in next 113 sts, 3 blhdc in next st, blhdc in next 85 sts, 3 blhdc in next st, blhdc in next 113 sts, 3 blhdc in next st, blhdc in next 84 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 2. = 408 blhdc

Finish off..

That’s it.. You just finished week 4!!! I can’t wait to share week 5 with you!

Make sure to join the Join the Beatrice Ryan Designs CAL Facebook to see all the great progress pictures.. share yours,,, ask questions and have fun with us!!

Please make sure to share you project on your own Facebook Page to get the Love of Crochet spread!!

More details coming soon about the fabulous Red Heart Yarns Grand Prize Giveaway.. Stay tuned!!   

Here are the pics and links from previous weeks!!

2019 Crochet with Me!!! Mystery Afghan CAL… Material List and Promo Information!!!  Click Here…

2019 Crochet with Me!! Mystery Afghan CAL… Week 1!! 

2019 Crochet with Me!! Mystery Afghan CAL… Week 2!!

2019 Crochet with Me!! Mystery Afghan CAL… Week 3!!

This shows how fast we are growing our Afghan’s!!!!!


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

FacebookTwitter, Google+, Instagram, 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 2019 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 blogwebsite 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.

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