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What Kind of Mystery Afghan Would You Prefer?

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

239 thoughts on “What Kind of Mystery Afghan Would You Prefer?

  • May 8, 2015 at 7:58 am
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    Hey Mikey!

    1. I would love some advice on yarn available in Australia – websites, stores, etc – that can be used in substitute for those used in the Mystery. Your worsted yarn, etc is different in grading to the yarn I have seen here (eg. 8 ply worsted is not the same as 8 ply yarn found in Spotlight). Being new to crochet and wool art in general, this still puzzles me somewhat. Other than that, I am gleefully going to try anything I can get my hands on! I love most looks, except for anything too frilly or flowery 😛 I am also interested in having a go at wire, if that stirs any creative juices.

    2. I prefer to see bigger afghans, such as those that can go on Queen sized beds, but this smaller afghan took me the full time provided lol. I would, however, love a mystery where we can choose our own size (eg. use x squares for a throw, y squares for a baby blanket, etc). This would add more variety to our mystery and allow people to adapt it to their liking and crocheting speed 😉

    3. The ten weeks + four weeks was great for this afghan, especially for those of us who have other factors that take up our time. I would definitely need longer for a larger afghan. The amount of work each week was quite well worked out, with smaller steps allowing me time to catch up after falling behind on larger steps. Having too much to do in one week can be a little stressful, but I can understand that others get bored if there isn’t enough. Because of this, the extra month of time after the end of the crochet-a-long was really helpful for me. Perhaps you could have mini challenges for people who crochet faster each week or two? Eg. matching items, extra details, etc. That being said, people are more than capable of finding their own projects to fill their time if they are speedy crocheters. 🙂 I really appreciate being able to do the same challenge that more experienced crocheters are doing too – it has given me a real sense of accomplishment and pride.

    To give you an idea, I did the centrepieces of the squares quite quickly and this allowed me to catch up a bit after falling behind on weeks where more work was required (eg. puff stitches).

    4. I haven’t given up on a crochet-along yet, and I don’t plan to! The parts I found most tedious (which taught me patience and persistence, frankly), were doing the more complicated details on the granny squares, as there was twenty of each to do. Somewhere around the middle of these squares it felt like the squares were multiplying on me. Once I had constructed the afghan, however, I could see where the effort went and I partly wished I had done more squares to make it bigger (not that I had the energy to go back and do more at this point lol). I think your videos were the key ingredient in this challenge, as there were several times when I wasn’t sure what the pattern meant, exactly where to insert my hook or which direction my hands should be guiding the hook. That may have put me off the pattern originally if I didn’t have your help, as I wouldn’t have been able to complete it on my own. (Seriously, I hope you know how much you are appreciated!) The support and sharing on the Crochet Crowd was also of great encouragement in times when I felt like the steps were taking forever, as each time I finished a clue it felt like I had made a great accomplishment.

    5. I prefer designs that challenge the norm, that are unique and creative. I want to create items that make people say ‘how in the world did you do that?’. The braiding and puff stitches were my favourites in the Mystery Afghan for this reason. I would love to do nature-related themes, such as feathers, leaves, paw prints, etc, but frankly I am happiest when I am learning something new 🙂 I love the fact that these mysteries make us try things we may not otherwise have attempted.

    6. I would love to have two crochet-a-longs a year – I think that gives enough time between each one and gives both hemispheres time to crochet in warm and cool weather. 🙂 I did thoroughly enjoy keeping myself warm with the blanket I was making as this Autumn came along!

    Seriously, you are never going to be able to please all of us. I am just grateful that you do any of this at all. Throw anything at us, Mikey, we’re ready! 😀

  • April 9, 2015 at 1:19 pm
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    I don’t care what time of year the CAL comes, I will enjoy it. I have never really been a fan of granny squares but I enjoyed making this mystery afghan and learning new techniques; I personally prefer bright colors and a larger afghan. Nothing really deters me from completing the project. I think you do awesome work putting all of this together and find it to be great fun. I think the # of clues per week and the # of weeks for the mystery afghan has been just fine but I will go with whatever you decide. I trust your judgment on these things and am always curious to see everything unfold. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the effort you all put into this! You ROCK!!!

  • April 9, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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    Perfect Article to open up for suggestions and feedback! Love it! Answers to Consider 😉
    1 Prefer Patons line, Bernat a close second. (in our discussion group we heard alot of complaints with the splitty Caron Simply soft- which is great for knitting- but given how some crocheters migh be unconsciously “untwisting” the yarn with their movements- it seems the yarn has limitations for some folks. this twist/untwist issue also seems to be something that relates to left vs right handed crocheters.)
    2 Neutrals with 1 bright – seems the easiest for us to use as a basis for making our own changes- many people can look at neutrals and envision colors from that.
    3 What sizes of afghan do you prefer- Or an option to make it bigger if we designed something that has flexible options- yes options- from pillows to bedspread- modular design.
    4 How long should the crochet along be and maybe share how big of steps do you prefer each week? a) How long 8-10 weeks, b) about 2-4 hours max.
    5 Quit early? Feeling overwhelmed with the results to date- or feeling trapped in a design—to correct-Modular/pieced designs are best- Many crocheters will stick with a crochet along if they feel that they can re-use the pieces for something else if they don’t like it at the end.
    6 Tricky question about the appeal- It would be great to build the mystery along similar line to the now-vintage “choose your own adventure” children’s book series.. for example: This weeks clue- click this link for “more wild” click that link for more traditional”— this relates heavily to your question number 2 about colors- if you start out the mystery with fairly subdued or neutral colors- its much easier to create “out-of-comfort-zone” designs and get people to try them
    7 What time of year – definitely winter right after xmas- start mid january at the latest. Around the world many folks are trapped inside- or- with the December “giving holidays” just passed they need something new to do. February was a perfect time to be working on this 🙂 For the Folks who live “down under” sometimes their summertime, means more leisure time for crochet.
    8 Constructive feedback- best to make it really clear to people that they are not bound to any color directives within the pattern. There was alot of confusion about this, this time given the “yarn give-away”

    You guys are the best !!!

  • April 9, 2015 at 9:17 am
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    Have enjoyed the mystery afghan immensely for my first crack at following a crochet pattern, ( thank god for your videos Mike) but….. Here comes the but… It would have been good to have had a preview of just one square completed to be able to arrange the order of colours better and also to have had the idea of size with the option to do more to increase the dimension of the project…Not sure what the hell I’m going to do with it as its really too small for anything other than a knee rug.

    • April 16, 2015 at 2:42 pm
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      I would also like larger. As I have unused skeins I am adding a few more rounds before the picot edging. 10 weeks to 3 months is good. I will miss the weekly emails. While I think I would have arranged the colours differently had I known what the square looked like, I don’t think you should show a completed square – where’s the mystery?

  • April 8, 2015 at 1:07 pm
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    FALL IS A GOOD TIME TO START AN AFGHAN PROJECT.
    FALL COLOUR AND THE SOFTES YARNS ARE THE BEST.
    MAYBE AN AFGHAN THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO PUT TOGETHER.
    SOMETHING IN A ROUND THAT CHANGES INTO A SQUARE LATER ON?
    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK MIKE & DAN.
    THANKS

  • April 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm
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    Im sure i will love whatever you choose. I have been wanting to do a vertical striped afghan that has different stiches – one per row. I think something like that could work nicely for a crochet along and we might be able to learn some new stitches. I would like it to be asap 🙂 seasons dont matter. I always like bright colors, especially with spring coming. I usually choose soft yarns and any size is good. Again whatever you choose will be great. Just be you. We love you.

  • April 7, 2015 at 12:25 am
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    I prefer to work with Caron, Simply Soft or the no dye lot One Pound. I’d rather work a one piece project or squares that are 12 inches or larger. By the time I’ve made lots of small squares, I’ve become bored & never get it put together. I’d rather do big projects in the fall/winter for two reasons. One is that I live in the South & it’s hot working in a large project & the other is that I can maybe use it for a Christmas gift. Cołors don’t matter much to me because I can change them as I see fit. As for stitches, I’ve been crocheting nearly 40 years, a little challenge might be ok but usually I just need to get finished. I have health issues that prevent me from crocheting sometimes. Thanks for allowing us to have some input.

  • April 6, 2015 at 4:34 pm
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    What an excellent way for your followers to participate! Thank you, Mikey!

    Questions to Consider

    1. Of the Yarnspirations Yarn Lines, which yarns would you prefer to see in a Mystery. Caron, Bernat, Lily and Patons are the choices of brand but tell us more specifically which lines under the brand you most prefer. (Remember, we do allow yarn substitutions with our crochet alongs)

    My preference would be for the softer yarns, that are easy care – Simply Soft, Softee, Caron Pounder,
    – ones that are not as expensive WITH a list of suggested substitutions within the Yarnspirations lines to substitute something comparable.

    2. Colours… what kind of colours do you most prefer? Are you a country, contemporary, bright, neutral or anything goes?

    I like all colors, but not all colors are good for all designs. I would like to see a clue at the beginning of the CAL to indicate the STYLE of the finished product, for example “the current project is contemporary/funky with a detailed, layered pattern” so that we may choose our colors with a bit more of a general idea of what we’re working toward – I would not have chosen the colors I have for this pattern had I had more information about the finished product.

    3. What sizes of afghan do you prefer? Would you like to see throw sizes or bigger? Or an option to make it bigger if we designed something that has flexible options.

    I think a larger project would be a bit better from a usability standpoint WITH options to make larger the same way garment patterns are written, i.e. throw size requires X balls. afghan requires x balls, etc. with instructions on how many squares/motifs/pattern repeats are required for each approximate size. This way, we can pick and choose our sizes according to our needs and desires.

    4. How long should the crochet along be and maybe share how big of steps do you prefer each week?

    I feel the way this one was done was fine – on the weeks where the clues were simple (the center flower petals for instance) one week is more than enough – but the more labor intensive weeks, allowing 2 weeks was excellent. I believe 8 weeks or so is great, with an additional week or even 2 at the end to submit entries.

    5. What makes you give up on a crochet along the most? Biggest reason?

    I’ve only ever given up for personal interference such as time – working more hours than anticipated,

    6. Would you like the design to include features that are outside your comfort zone for style or prefer something predictable and everyday look or appeal?

    Going back to my comment regarding color choices and design, I feel that giving as much information about the style of the finished product, without giving away the design would be fantastic – for instance “the newest CAL is a throw in a traditional style that would be most complimentary in jewel tones or richer shades” “The newest CAL is a funky take on a granny square with multiple layered embellishments that would look wonderful in subtle shades or in black with bright colors for the embellishments”

    7. What time of year would you prefer a crochet along be?

    Starting in January and heading through October. I think most folks are busy with Christmas any time after October.

    Thank you, Mikey. You and the entire Crochet Crowd crew are wonderful folks, and I appreciate how much love and care you’ve put into everything you do for us. Blessings to you!

  • April 5, 2015 at 12:30 am
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    Thanks for this opportunity Mikey, first of all definitely no granny squares or designs based on granny squares, sizing should be a minimum of a single bed size and able to be made larger, including a matching cushion, i don’t mind how many colours are used (as i have to substitute both colour and yarn thickness/ply/brand anyway, most of the time) and i would enjoy something that included stitches/design from the most difficult of levels – i now only work on one project at any given time, that way i am ensured of completing said project, so time wise, it doesn’t matter how long a project takes to do.
    A great big thankyou for all you do, Mikey, Dan, Cathy and others …………

  • April 4, 2015 at 4:02 pm
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    Hi Mikey…About a month ago I came across The Crochet Crowd site and I instantly fell back in love with crocheting. I hadn’t crocheted since I was a teenager and that was many many moons ago! Your enthusiasm and welcoming nature pulled me right in. I read about the mystery CAL and by that time the first 3 clues had already been given. I ordered the Caron Simply Soft from Yarnspirations and couldn’t wait for it to arrive. I am currently on week 5’s clue and am thoroughly enjoying going through this mystery process. I have relearned the basic stitches that I had already known and I’ve learned and am continuing to learn new stitches and very soon will be attempting the dreaded braiding join! I sincerely want to give you and your team the highest kudos for all that you do to try and keep so many people happily crocheting.

    Now to get to your questions:

    I don’t have much experience with different types of yarns, but I am not especially happy with the Caron Simply Soft Yarn. It splits all of the time, which slows me down considerably. One of the colors that I chose for the mystery CAL was too close in color to one of the other ones, so I chose a different color from some yarn I purchased from the eTent sale. I have no idea what brand yarn it is as it was just banded with a generic eTent label, but the difference from the Simply Soft was quite noticeable. The yarn just glided along…no splitting at all. I wish I knew what brand it was, as I would use it all the time.

    I prefer to use more neutral, earth tones, but I also enjoy a pop of color here and there. As long as we can choose our own colors, there shouldn’t be a problem.

    I prefer larger afghans that are useful for people, even as large as bedspreads. These smaller decorative-type throws are not for me, but like the current mystery CAL, I will give it as a gift as it is too small for me to use personally. It would be nice if the new mystery CAL’s size was adjustable somehow.

    Since I started so late on this mystery CAL, it’s hard for me to comment on the frequency of the clues given. As long as the amount of work is divided up fairly over the weeks, that should be fine. As far as the length of the mystery, I think that 10-12 weeks would provide ample time to crochet something spectacular. I do want to comment on incorporating time into the mystery for blocking items (if needed). I had never blocked anything before, but I knew I had to do something as my squares were finishing up all floppy and misshapen. I am in the middle of blocking my squares right now and I’m finding out that it is very time consuming…not only due to all of the pinning, but then you have to wait for it all to dry. The squares are turning out 100% better looking though!

    I am not a quitter by nature, so hard stitches are fine as long as you keep providing your wonderful videos that show us the way, The reason why I quit crocheting in the past was that I lost interest and I was a teenager…other things took precedence, like boys and school and who knows what!

    I would definitely like to crochet outside my comfort zone. It would be boring only to do the stitches you already know how to do. Since the current CAL consists of granny squares, the next one should be something totally different. I am interested in learning new stitches, so an afghan/bedspread made in long rows with a variety of stitches would be nice.

    As others have mentioned, I think that the next mystery CAL should start at a time so that we could finish it in time to give it away for Christmas. No later than mid-September should work out well for even the slowest of crocheters.

    I look forward to meeting you Mikey and all other CC members who will be on the Alaska cruise. Keep doing the fantastic job that you do.

  • April 3, 2015 at 11:41 pm
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    1. Bernat Baby
    2. Multi-coloration
    3. Optional sizing
    4. No idea
    5. I usually don’t have the yarn specified.
    6. I’d prefer something predictable and simple
    7. Any time of year

  • April 3, 2015 at 5:57 pm
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    i typically use red heart yarn as that is about the only brand my local wal-mart stocks. I do prefer the Bernat baby sport yarn or lionbrand yarn when i can find it. Anything else i have to order online and wait for it to come. I like the idea of having different color combos so everyone can usually find a combo they like. personally i like pastel colors. i also like about a 10 to 12 week time frame. I would like to have the option to make it bigger. I can’t figure out how to make the current one bigger. Also having one start in the fall in maybe christmas colors or theme would be cool as a christmas gift. I like that it steps out of my comfort zone. To challenge me. I only really know how to sc, dc, hdc and triple dc now. i don’t mind weaving in ends. Putting squares together was my hang up they never look good when i put them together. learning how to do a crochet cable would be nice. As i have a pattern for an owl sweater for my daughter but can’t figure it out. And Mikey your videos rock. I would have given up on this current afghan if it wasn’t for that. i can’t seem to learn to read crochet patterns only if it is written in words. Keep up the videos you are awesome. My next thing other than cables to try and learn is that foundationless chain. i have started and ripped out this concept so many times. I love the magic circle and can’t believe it took me so long to love it.

  • April 2, 2015 at 9:53 pm
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    I love Caron Simply Soft.

    New techniques are always good in these challenges.

    The amount of work in this challenge was good. Maybe a 2-5 hours each week would work.

    Thanks for all you do!

  • April 2, 2015 at 4:34 pm
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    Please no more motifs or granny squares, that seems to be what every CAL is doing, I’d like to see a different approach. I really dislike tails and joining so I’d like to see something that texture without going overboard, something that will look elegant if done in one or two colors.

  • April 2, 2015 at 12:10 pm
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    I have always used Red Heart, but did use Caron Simply Soft and would use again. I am wiling to use any yarn suggested, if I don’t like it I would substitute the next time. I prefer more neutral colours although I have been working outside the box so to speak, using colours I wouldn’t normally use. The size doesn’t matter. I find a smaller throw ideal for sitting in me easy chair. I think you do a good job of mixing them up. Options to change size may be a way to go. I think you need to make the challenges according to the amount of work to be done. I did find some clues to be super easy and could have done more in some weeks. I have been crocheting many years and I enjoy the challenges that you offer. I realize not everyone is at the same level. Perhaps you could offer 2 challenges dither simultaneously or a short time span in between the two. It is a tremendous workload for you though, by I am sure you will find a way. You cannot please ev every one all of the time. I do enjor the mystery aspect, perhaps some do not. If I make something I personally don’t want, I will give it to someone who will enjoy it. Thank for all you do!

    • April 3, 2015 at 2:09 am
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      I hope I am doing this right, not sure if I’m “replying” to the questions asked, or to someone else’s “reply”.
      This was my 2nd mystery-along (I have fallen behind; but I am really loving it,). My first was a knit-along “Mystery” scarf. I enjoyed it, but never finished. I really liked how they offered each step in three levels (beginner/novice, intermediate, advanced) with no restrictions on keeping to one level. (That was my undoing. I wanted to do them all!) It would be nice to have those (or similar) options in the next (or future) crochet-along. I have limited amounts of time each day/week to commit to “crafting”, so I should like smaller/shorter projects. Of course, if the clues are available “indefinitely” one could take up each step as time permits.
      I do like the Caron simply Soft yarn. The only issue I have with it is it’s so easily “split”. I do not use it when teaching new crocheters/knitters. I don’t mind using it for myself.
      As for color options, I personally am drawn to softer colors or jewel-tones, in fairly traditional combinations. (but, that’s just me)
      Well, that’s my in put. Thank you all for all you do! Looking forward to catching up with the current Mystery Afghan (I’m behind on posting WIP’s as well)
      Sheri L Richards – Crochet and Knitting Teacher (aka Jade Knitter, Jade Knits)

  • April 1, 2015 at 9:10 pm
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    I would love to do an Irish-type afghan, one solid color, highlighting patterns and texture, perhaps a fringed border. Simply Soft is admittedly sometimes difficult to work with, but once you’ve completed your project, absolutely nothing is softer and more cuddly. I prefer working with a larger hook, J or K. I like the 10-week, clue every week, plan. I love your videos, Mikey . . . I never would have been able to complete the current project without them. 🙂

  • April 1, 2015 at 7:41 pm
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    I hate to weave in ends, so I like something that with a start that keeps on going, that ends up being the item without a lot of joining (squares/pieces etc.) I think you guys are doing a great job.

  • April 1, 2015 at 6:14 pm
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    Hi Mikey. I’m an easy “hooker”! Lol. I do not care what yarn, what colors, when, or what it is. Keep the mystery coming. The only thing is, agreeing with some other comments, that the afghan should be a bigger size. I love crocheting along……also could we not skip any weeks? waiting two weeks was excruciating! Lol

    • April 1, 2015 at 6:18 pm
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      I was thinking that maybe you can do two mysteries at a time….one for novice and one for advanced.

  • April 1, 2015 at 5:17 pm
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    1. Don’t care which brand–I can substitute if I don’t like the choices
    2. Makes no difference on colors as long as we can still have the option to choose our own color scheme.
    3. Larger sized afghans
    4. I think 10 weeks was a good length, but I usually finished the steps really quickly (with the exceptions of the harder weeks–those weeks I thought were perfect–not too overwhelming, not too easy).
    5. This is the first one I’ve done, but I think I would give up if a clue was extremely difficult–not because I didn’t like the style of the afghan.
    6. I like things that are different or “out of the box.” I liked some of the techniques we learned with this afghan. On the KAL I liked how each square was completely different–thought that type afghan would be fun.
    7. I think fall–once the days get so short, it’s nice to have something to do since you can’t be outside as much.

  • April 1, 2015 at 2:52 pm
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    Questions to Consider

    1 I love red heat
    2. One or two colors. Let the crochet decide.
    3. lapgran, throw
    4. mostly they are to hard.
    5. both
    6. Winter right before Christmas so it can be a gift. Start in October end first of December. Or right after Christ start in Janurary end first of March.
    I have never done one I keep looking at them but so far not seen any from the past I would of liked when done or would of been able to finish. So they scare me.

  • April 1, 2015 at 2:35 pm
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    I would like to see what the size would be before I start. I would also be nice if it could be something that could be made in different sizes, like throw, twin, double ect. This last one I added one row to the length and width to make it useable.

  • April 1, 2015 at 1:45 pm
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    Hi CC gang,
    This was my first Mystery CAL so I had no idea what to expect. I realize you have a broad range of experienced (or not) crocheters to deal with so perhaps a hint as to the degree of difficulty for the next CAL would help. I have been crocheting for too many decades and would really appreciate a challenge.
    The granny square was, for me, a real downer but as I had already purchased the yarn, I proceeded with it. I found the pattern overlay too busy and it had too many “loops” that could get tangled by fingers, feet, paws, etc. And of course the dreaded tails!! LOL
    Overall, the size was the biggest drawback. It’s not practical for anything other than a display piece on the back of a sofa. I personally don’t know what I’m going to do with it. Had there been information regarding the size at the very beginning, before I ordered my yarn, I would have opted for the larger size and been much happier.
    The yarn did split easily if I wasn’t keeping my tension constant but overall I liked the ‘hand’ of it. Very supple and the color choices were extensive. I wish that I would have chosen lighter colors but as I didn’t know how it was going to be used, that was my choice.
    Given the varied level of experienced people you were working with, I thought the pace was very good. It gave everyone a chance to keep up with the clues.
    I loved the braided join! It gave me a chance to practice something I hadn’t done in years. It also renewed my interest in the project. I was starting to drag my feet about completing it.
    I would love to see a project that is one-piece. I have been looking at Sophie’s Universes but the cost of the yarn is prohibitive. Maybe a multi-colored striped blanket with different stitches for each stripe? That way you can stop when you’ve reached your desired length. Just a thought. The different stitches is what actually piqued my interest, as opposed to the different colors.
    I think you do a fantastic job dealing with all of us! LOL We love you Mikey so keep up the great work. The Crochet Crowd is the absolute best group anywhere.

  • April 1, 2015 at 1:35 pm
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    1. Caron Simply Soft, Bernat or Red Heart (goes on sale all the time)
    2. Any colours as you can substitute (love how you gave the different choices so it was easier to pick our own). Max 4-5 colours is perfect.
    3. Love baby blanket sizes with the option to make bigger. Let us know up front what to do to make the size bigger.
    4. 10-12 weeks, with clues every week.
    5. Since this was my first MCAL, I never thought of giving up. Just didn’t like the braided join (too many holes). I like a sturdy blanket.
    6. Other than simple designs, I had never tried anything is complicated. I would love features outside side my comfort zone, just like this MCAL.
    7. Would love if you did Afghans rather than toys or things like that as your MCAL. I love to give my blankets away as baby gifts so blankets are preferable. No preference as to what time of the year or how many.

    This is my first MCAL with the right amount of colours and time. I did stitchcation but did not like how there were so many different colours. Maybe have the clues put up on Sunday so those of us that work can either start or take with us the next day, without have to take all the colours. If not then at least let us know what colours we will be using next. Having it done in pieces is great so I could bring with me to work and do on my lunch hour. I usually personalize them so after I submit it and I know who it is going to I will crochet a name as long as long as the border is straight.

    I would never have done this design without your video tutorials. Thank you so much for taking the time to make these videos, it is really appreciated. Keep up the good work!!!!!

  • April 1, 2015 at 12:42 pm
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    Of the Yarnspirations Yarn Lines, which yarns would you prefer to see in a Mystery: Caron , but any would be fine

    Colours… what kind of colours do you most prefer? bright ,colorful

    What sizes of afghan do you prefer? any size is ok… also I would like an option to make it bigger if we designed something that has flexible options.

    How long should the crochet along be and maybe share how big of steps do you prefer each week? I think this time frame has been perfect. Plenty of time to finish each week and it allows for unexpected life events without pressure to have to get too much done in a week.

    What makes you give up on a crochet along the most? I almost began to consider quitting because my colors look bad with this pattern,but I stuck it out and I am very glad I did.

    Would you like the design to include features that are outside your comfort zone : I want to learn new things so outside the comfort zone is cool

    What time of year would you prefer a crochet along be? Anytime!! All the time! I am already stressing about this ending soon, I have loved it so much!

    • April 1, 2015 at 9:32 pm
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      Any Four ply yarn would be good to work with. This is my first mystery afghan and I have loved every minute of it. It would be nice to know approximate size before we start, and also perhaps have the option to make it larger if we choose. It doesn’t matter how many colors are used.

  • April 1, 2015 at 12:22 pm
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    Wow, a lot of comments to have to go through. The current CAL is my first time with granny squares, although I did put one together for someone as a surprise. The next one should definitely be bigger, and about 8 to 10 weeks since we will be going into the holiday season. A choice of fall or winter colors, would be nice (or “frozen” inspired colors). You really got me thinking about this and I will have to try something out. I would like to see long panels done. Each one can have a different pattern, but at least 2 the same to be cohesive. I like traditional over abstract. Patons yarn would work best in a “sport” weight, I would think DK Superwash or Worsted. I know you don’t want to use the same technique to join the panels but I’ve been working on a hairpin lace pattern that uses chaining to join the sides instead of braiding. (braiding would be nice too) Also, with the panels and lace work, knitters will also be able to do almost the same as they can switch from a solid to lace and just continue on without having to join. I wish you could see it in my head. LOL, Thanks to you and Daniel (and the team) for all your hard work. I think we all give up on something if it is boring so a little challenging helps.

  • April 1, 2015 at 10:58 am
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    First off I have to say thank you for this CAL I have loved every step and find myself counting down until the next clue is out. Knowing that the videos are there to help me out and encourage me to keep going has been wonderful. I have really enjoyed looking through the Facebook post at everyone’s progress and colors have been a highlight for me as well. I know that when the next one comes around that I will join in because of the enjoyment that I have gotten from this project and look forward to the next one.
    1. As far as yarn choice goes for an afghan, I prefer something soft and easy to work with.
    2. For the colors on this CAL, I just looked at the variations that were provided and then selected four from a local store that I liked and seemed to follow the pattern of the variations, 3 dark with a light and it is working out wonderfully for me. I would most likely do this again. Because of the colors offered there was none that I really liked.
    3. Size wise I normally make at least full sized sometimes much larger. Therefore, for me having the information at the beginning to adjust the size would be great.
    4. For me one a week is great on the weeks that I finished faster I was more motivated to start/finish other WIPs that I have.
    5. I think the only thing that would cause me to give up on a CAL is if I felt that I couldn’t do the stiches that being said the videos have made all the difference in the world for me. The few times I looked at it and was, stumped Mikey was there to show me the way.
    6. What I have liked about the design of this CAL is that I have learned new stiches and techniques that I can easily transfer to other projects. I know that if I would have seen the completed project in the beginning that I would not have started. Therefore, any project that has stitches and techniques that can easily transfer to other projects would be great.
    7. As for time of year, I am in agreement with most others that cooler months would be best; I don’t like working on afghans in the summer it’s just too warm. Also longer nights give me more time to work on it as well.

  • April 1, 2015 at 10:50 am
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    I like to use different kinds of yarn, maybe not the Caron Simply Soft. I had a problem with it splitting. I think this time it would be nice to use pastel colors, with the size larger than this time. I like how we connected the squares with something new. I like being outside the box in the stitches I haven’t used. Anytime of year is good, maybe not so much close to Christmas. I have only started one other challenge and I didn’t finish it. Just wasn’t interesting. Love seeing new things from Mikey!

  • April 1, 2015 at 10:40 am
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    1. I think Caron United would be a nice afghan yarn although the colors are pretty limited. Any yarn really since substitutions are allowed.

    2. Colors… Anything goes! This is where everyone’s creativity can go wild.

    3. I think throw size with a flexible option to make it bigger if someone prefers is a nice CAL.

    4. Once a week clues for 8 to 10 weeks is a nice length.

    5. I probably won’t give up on an afghan unless my own life gets in the way. I do love making afghans. I probably would not participate in other CALs like Amigurumi.

    6. Either outside the comfort zone or predictable is fine. To me the design of an afghan I like to be a bit more practical, or useful rather than only decorative. On the current CAL the element of the surprise each week was the most fun.

    7. Time of year doesn’t matter… I crochet all year long. Even on cruises! 🙂

    Jeanne Steinhilber

  • April 1, 2015 at 10:36 am
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    I enjoyed this mystery crochet, wish there was more than twice a year, this is my first attempt at this, and I loved it. Love learning more stitches, If it wasn’t for you Mikey. I don’t think I would of past the granny squares. It is very hard to find yarns of Red Heart etc in the united kingdom, so I have to use what I have. Looking forward to the next mystery, would love to make larger afghans, as they make perfect presents. Keep up the good work.

  • March 31, 2015 at 7:00 pm
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    I need to know metres per ball to find yarn here in Tasmania, Australia that i can use as substitute.
    10 weeks is a good length of time
    Not a big fan of granny squares
    Really like to make larger blankets or at least ths option to do so.
    Would be most helpful to know the finished size before we start

  • March 31, 2015 at 6:45 pm
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    This was the first time I’ve done anything like this. I’ve only been crocheting for about 6 months or so, and have enjoyed it immensely!! I think doing something different is the purpose of completing something like this. Had I seen anything like this in a pattern book I would NEVER have attempted it. Having a range of colour choices (like the different choices you provided for us with this last project) is great. Options are important as then you can put your personal stamp on it. Giving measurements at the beginning with options to enlarge if you want would be great. For me, this is a ‘statement’ piece…I’m planning on buying a quilt rack to put in my living room and putting this on display!! I’ve printed the stitch-cation booklet, and look forward to buying my yarn at the Creative Festival in April. Thanks so much for making this such a great experience, and for all of your hard work!!

  • March 31, 2015 at 6:21 pm
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    Yarn and color doesn’t matter, because you always give ample information on substitutions. I’m not overly fond of crochet alongs with granny squares, because I feel like I can easily do squares on my own. Granny squares were the first thing I ever learned to crochet, when I was 13! I’d maybe like a sampler project, similar to the medallion sampler throw on the Lion Brand website, or the Sophie’s Universe crochet along, but not as intimidating as Sophie. She scares me!

  • March 31, 2015 at 6:03 pm
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    I adored this first of all. It pushed me to try something I would never have done. As a lefty and late learner, I have been doing “dish clothes”. This has been my first BIG project. The only thing I ask is that from the beginning have left handed videos, I struggled with the first few because everything, graph and videos were for right handers only.
    I prefer the soft yarns, for an afghan soft is good scratchy is not. Simply Soft or Bernat Satin will be my choice every time. The next one I will need enough time to order the yarns since in Houston, we don’t have a good yarn selection. Also take into consideration that if we order, PLEASE try not to be out of stock, which I dealt with until I almost gave up.

    Color choices are important. I do prefer bright colors but the people I would be making these for prefer muted. I struggled finding 4 yarns that worked together that I actually liked, since we really shouldn’t mix yarn types. I used black as my color A and let me tell you it was a pain to deal with.

    Being in Houston, it is hot most of the year so for me time of year really doesn’t matter.

    My husband wanted me to do this bigger but since it was a mystery I had no idea how big it would be. I think that for me, I would prefer one I could make bigger if I wanted to.
    Some of the steps like the week 6-7 were way to long a wait, others I over lapped. Since they were something I had never done before.

    I do suggest that the patterns really really need to be written in such a way that the stitch counts are easily found. I had to hunt them down.
    That is about it, I adored this off to finish up week 8 then back to the Yes Yes!! I was inspired and now have 2 big projects going on at the same time, Go Me!!

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      Teddy,
      I have been crocheting for years and am a lefty. No videos or left handed patterns when I started so it was up to me to learn from scratch.
      My suggestion: when the pattern says start, for instance, in the 2nd stitch to the right of the corner, just think ‘left’. Go to that stitch and start the pattern. It remains the same, left or right. Just substitute left for right whenever they mention it and you’ll be just fine.
      Sally

  • March 31, 2015 at 5:57 pm
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    I have loved the CAL so far, although granny squares are not my favorite. I would prefer an afghan in the round, though rows are fine too. I love learning new techniques, so that has been fun so far. I would love to do another of these since it is interesting to follow these clues without really knowing where we’re going with all of this. Thank you for all the work you put into these patterns! In terms of yarn and sizes, I personally like the pounders, and Bernat varieties, but not a deal breaker, and I would like to make a larger (full size bed or so) blanket so I could really curl up with it 🙂

  • March 31, 2015 at 5:49 pm
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    This is my first CAL and it was a little hard to know what colors to get since you didn’t know what you were going to end up with… I went out and purchased the Caron Simply Soft since it was a suggestion (Hat every minute working with it) Chose one of the color choices suggested (don’t like that much either) Had a difficult time catching on to the joining and the graph on the print out and the one in the tutorial was different so it has been less than enjoyable…If I were to do another one I would want………..1.Bernet or Red Heart yarn
    2.Neutral or pastel colors (although brighter is not real objectionable)
    3.Fexable options
    4. 6-8 weeks
    5.Not as confusing
    6. Moderate difficulty design
    7.Any
    I liked this article..

  • March 31, 2015 at 5:40 pm
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    I would love to have the steps posted much sooner so there’s no big gaps. I prefer to use Caron super soft is I believe the name. When I see it’s going to be a granny square type that completely annoys me so I just don’t join in. I prefer working patterns in rows at a time and not joining my work. The squares just don’t look very nice to me. It’s more rewarding to see a lace or zigzag design.

  • March 31, 2015 at 5:33 pm
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    Hi I like the Bernat or Patons, Carons seems to shred or split I enjoyed this CAL wished the blanket was bigger though. I would like the next to be an full to queen blanket I like spring colors 🙂 I have liked learning all these new stitches I am new to crochet so I have had a lot of fun. 🙂

  • March 31, 2015 at 5:29 pm
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    1. No preference on type of yarn.
    2. In terms of colours, I think it’s more important to understand the general feeling of the pattern. For example with this current CAL, when I saw other people’s muted colours in the same shades, I liked the pattern a lot more than my own choice of colours that were bright and definitely not in the same colour tones. If I had known that the pattern is busy (like this one was), then I probably would have chosen a different colour pallette.
    3. I like an afghan that will at least cover a grown up lazing on the couch — so 4′ x 6′ or bigger would be my preference. If not, then flexible would be great as long as we’re told up front when to start making it bigger. With this one, by the time we were told we could add extra squares, I really didn’t feel like starting again. If I’d known it was possible to make it bigger up front, then I would have made 30 squares right away.
    4. The 10 weeks was just fine. This one was paced well.
    5. I almost threw in the towel when the join stitch (braid) made it such an open-weave of an afghan. I really hate afghans with holes. I wasn’t crazy about the granny square holes but the openness of the braid and even now with the border made me almost give up. I wound up crocheting under the braid to give it some stability. And although I love the way the border looks, I’m going to have to modify it to make it more stable. The open weave of the pattern doesn’t suit the yarn being so soft and cozy.
    6. I love the challenges and I love all the design features that you used in this one. Crocheting on top is really cool. But as I said, I really didn’t like the holes all over the place in an afghan.
    7. I like having the crochet along between the beginning of January to the end of September at the latest.

    Thanks for the creativity and for asking for our opinions. I’ve joined a few crochet groups in the last while but this one is still THE best.

  • March 31, 2015 at 5:25 pm
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    I don’t care what kind of yarn or what color, I will change it to something I like.
    I like things that don’t come off cluttered or overly busy looking.
    I like afghans that are twin size or larger. If they are baby blanket size that is fine too. Just make it so they are adjustable. Tell us that we can increase the pattern stitch or make more squares. By the time you did so with this one we were half way into it and I didn’t feel like back tracking through the instructions again to get an afghan in a useable size. I don’t know what I am going to do with it.
    The instructions for this afghan tended to only take most a day or two to complete. With that in mind, maybe a couple more steps each week would be helpful and more time at the end to complete it for those that crochet a bit slower.
    I am not a huge fan of granny squares or lots of tie ins. With that said, I am game to learning new things. You could do something with squares or panels and give options to people saying if you would like a more laid back look make this change (or don’t add this). If you want more color, change colors here or here. For example, with this afghan you could have said that the “cluster” in the center was optional for people that wanted a more streamlined or graphic look to their afghan.
    With that in mind, I like a challenge, something with stitches that are oddly placed or design elements that aren’t normally seen on afghans. For example, there are several 3D doily stitches (I am not fond of crocheting with thread) that I incorporate into my designs, like spiral stitches and other stitches that add a dimension to my work. I do afghans all year long. I just do less of them in the summer because they can make crocheting feel very hot and stuffy.

  • March 31, 2015 at 5:13 pm
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    I hate sewing pieces together. Id like something where the body is in one piece but with challenging stitches/patterns and a fabulous border.I like the contrast of a really fabulous border against a solid piece.

  • March 31, 2015 at 5:07 pm
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    I will admit that at first I was hesitant to jump into a MYSTERY, but soon found myself drawn in looking forward to those Tuesday clues.
    I found the hardest part for me was the color choice, so I was very very grateful to find that there where a variety of color packages to choose and even purchase from. (thank you yarnspiratins)
    I like the 10-12 week/clues. (including the catch up week 6-7) if it was much longer I would have dropped out, but the finish line is sooo close now.
    I like that it was portable, making it an easy project to take almost anywhere to work on. (including the car dealer when I needed work done) it made the three hour time frame go by a little easier.
    I prefer throws/ afghans over the toys.
    I love that the afghan/throw is versatile to be made larger for future projects.
    I really like the video tutorials, still haven’t quit picked up on the graph/symbol reading but I’m sure that it will come with a little more practice.
    I liked learning the new techniques and stitches.
    I look forward and oh so can’t wait for the next MCAL later this year as well as for the years to come.
    thank you Mikey for taking the time to do all the video tutorials. I know i appreciated them.

  • March 31, 2015 at 4:36 pm
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    My top choice would be circular with different stitch patterns every few rounds, with the option of repeats to customize the size, or possibly surprise us and change the shape every few weeks, as it progresses out. I do not like joining motifs by any method. 3 or 4 shades of the same color would be beautiful.

  • March 31, 2015 at 4:33 pm
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    My first CAL, it did challenge me that’s for sure! I thought I was a pretty good at this but it WOW opened my eyes to all the amazing things I can learn since I had to quit crocheting 7 years ago due to arthritis, loving the ergonomic hooks!! Was hoping for more help learning the graphs. Love bright colors, do like the option of picking own color/yarn, but on the other hand if I’d known what this CAL was doing I’d have definitely picked different colors. REALLY VERY MUCH loved the videos but at times I wished for a closer up shot of where the hook was going and what the result should look like! I know there probably can’t help this part but…..I got very frustrated trying to back up the video to see a part again…too far, not far enough etc.
    Love all your free help, THANK YOU for all you do!

  • March 31, 2015 at 4:30 pm
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    Mikey I have really enjoyed participating in the Mystery Afghan Challenge. I think that 10 to 12 week time period for the challenge is realistic time frame. I chose to do two afghans at the same time, one with colors that the designer put together and another one that I totally selected. Based on comments that I saw regarding selection of yarns, I think that if some kind of guideline on to choose colors for the challenge would of been most beneficial for those that choose to either pull from their yarn stash or selected colors to online or at a store by them self. Being one that sews and quilts the selection of the second afghan was easy for me. Maybe choosing what type of yarn to use for a project as well of pulling colors together might be a great video to do and easily located on the website or youtube for reference purposes. I know that granny squares are easy to transport, but I did see people saying that they hate them. So, how about an afghan that has blocks that are different in design, which can be made bigger if the individual so desires and are crocheted together instead of weaving. I like to be challenged outside of my comfort zone and to learn new techniques.

  • March 31, 2015 at 4:29 pm
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    I love CAL, but have to admit that after 3-4 months I get behind or quit on it and finish it off with many blocks never done. But That is what is great about doing blocks is you can make it large or small. like Stitchcation I made it bigger by adding more grannys.
    I do not have a preference as to the type of yarn because I have always used what I wanted or all ready have. I have 6 CAL going right now and I have to say this one I am up to date on yours.
    It could be interesting to do a blanket where you add motifs to it. like a blanket that is made up of blues then add fish, coral, sea turtles etc. or a green blanket with added flowers, bees, and butterlies etc.
    what ever you choose it will be great. I have loved everything you put out even if I did not participate in them all.

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      Yarn choice:Bernal baby sport or I love the baby blanket yarn it’s so soft and would keep the recipient nice and warm. I want a huge blanket like 5 or 6 feet by 7 feet. Not everyone wants this though so give a flexible base that is all one piece so no joining is needed and we can make it as big or small as we want. I love the idea of more than one stitch in the base. Make it look interesting so it’s not plain. Then have an option of adding appliqués like roses for a traditional look. Or sea creatures, or insects, I love all these ideas. A spiral or c2c would be nice too. And give us an idea of how much yarn we would need for each size option etc. I would do it as soon as possible so it’s done by christmas. This is the first one I did and I’m not super fond of the size or pattern but I’m not giving up. I could have never done this without your videos. Please keep those up and include a left handed one too. As for colors I like to do 2 neutral colors browns, greys, white, etc. With pops of color. Or themes like beachy, jewel tones, winter, fall, etc. Use your creative mind and make it happen Mikey we know you can do it. 🙂 & I love a challenge I’m still on my granny squares but only because they are so boring I can’t get motivated to finish. Just keep it interesting with the videos I feel like I can learn anything. Maybe give an option for beginners that has only one or 2 stitches and then advanced can just add on more difficult stitches. Whatever you do we will love.

  • March 31, 2015 at 4:23 pm
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    First, I would like to say THANK YOU to Mikey, Dan, and The Crochet Crowd folks for all their hard work on providing the current CAL and KAL! I’m only participating in the CAL; and I just LOVE it… I finally learned how to crochet a granny square AND, this is my FIRST crocheted blanket!

    Here are my answers to your questions:

    1. I think I’d be okay with almost anything; although I’m having problems with the Caron Simply Soft being a little too slippery at times.

    2. I have a preference for what I call “cool/fall” colors; blues, greens, browns, burgundys, etc. There were 16 color kits, so there was PLENTY of variety; BUT, somehow you missed the mark on “fall” colors, “spring” colors (think Easter eggs, pastels, baby colors, etc), and “summer” colors (reds, oranges, yellows, etc.). I even like the idea of the “wild” colors (neons, and variable colors mixed with black). So try to having 4 colors from each of these type of categories for the future?

    3. I like the idea of sticking with a small size afghan (easier for new crafters), but having the option to make it bigger.

    4. I think 12 weeks might be a good length; this way you have 3 extra weeks to throw in to give extra time for those more complicated parts. If I hadn’t been working on another WIP when the current CAL started, I’d have been going right along and been able to finish each week as it came out.

    5. There hasn’t been a reason for me to give up yet; I’m just enjoying the learning! There are quite a few things on this CAL that I haven’t done before. Thanks Mikey! ^_^

    6. I have loved learning new things with this current CAL; so I have to say I’m in favor of new techniques!

    7. I think any time of the year would be okay, EXCEPT for November and December; those two months are the time of the year when people get the most busy due to the holidays and spending time with family. Also, by excluding those two months, it will allow those who want to have a project done for their gift-giving holiday (Christmas, Channukah, etc.) done in time. ^_^

    I hope this helps!

  • March 31, 2015 at 4:22 pm
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    This is my first cal and i enjoyed it very much. the mystery kept me going. Even my husband knows tuesday is clue day! Iwould like bigger afghans, i was happy that i could make it bigger, so i did. Would love to do this type of thing again. Anytime from september to april is a good time i think. Would like to do diferent crochet stitches so as to learn new things. Thank you Mickey you are an exellent teacher!

  • March 31, 2015 at 4:20 pm
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    Personally, I won’t do another one ~ until it is complete and I can do it at my own speed. It drags on way too long for me. I like to start something and get it done, not wait and wait and wait. The 2 week break was maddening! I am, also, looking at my current Mystery Afghan ~ and while I love the colors, the pattern and all the things that we’ve learned ~ it is really small. I can’t imagine it being useful for anything other than a baby afghan. I thought the border would end up being really wide to make it bigger, but that didn’t happen. So, that is a big disappointment ~ to spend all that time and end up with something so small. Having said that, I love Mikey and his patterns. I have learned so much! 🙂

  • March 31, 2015 at 4:15 pm
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    For yarn I like Caron one pound or Bernat super value. I like options for colors because there are some combination I might not think of myself. I do personally like bright colors. I think having the option if different sizes would be nice but baby size is great so that I’ll always be ready with a gift. The length if 10-15 depending on size is a great length for the CAL. I one thing that I haven’t liked is we crochet one round and then change colors. I don’t like that in any pattern that I do. I like to complete a few rounds/rows before having to change to another color. Maybe a pattern of different stitches done in rows would be nice. I like to try new tecquinches in crochet. A great time for another CAL would be late summer/early fall.

  • March 31, 2015 at 4:13 pm
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    I think you guys are wonderful, so I am sure I will enjoy whatever you come up with. The only thing I have to contribute to the comments is I would love to try something bigger so you can actually use it as a blanket. Also I wouldn’t mind starting something around late summer or fall. Other than that, I look forward to what you guys come up with, and can’t wait to learn more with the next CAL! By the way, I am sure you hear it all the time, but thank you guys for taking the time to do creative things like this. I don’t think I would’ve attempted an afghan like this if it weren’t for the videos, diagrams, and written instructions you have put together. It is a wonderful learning experience to have all of those options available so I can become more confident in knowing how to read written instructions and learning how to look at and follow the diagrams alongside the videos you put out with every clue.

  • March 31, 2015 at 4:12 pm
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    Any colors and any kind of yarn. Like the weekly clues and like the 10-12 weeks. Love being challenged and the videos! Throw to blanket size. Spring and fall best times. Thanks Mikey for all you and everyone there do!

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:56 pm
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    The CAL was my first and I found it very interesting.
    1. Caron 1 pound, lily, and I haven’t tried the paton.
    2. I like having color suggestions, or choose my own colors. My grandson chose mine.
    3. Lap or throw with option to enlarge if so desired.
    4. The 10 weeks was fine for me. Gave me time to complete steps if I had to review the video more than once, or something came up that needed my attention.
    5. When I reached week 5, I realized I wanted to change some of the design. Just my preference, the pattern was great.
    6. I like learning new stitches, videos have taught me so much. My projects look so much more professional. Loved learning how to join granny squares like you show in your videos.
    7. Whenever you choose. I will fit it in my schedule.
    8. I would love to learn how to do a graph picture. Love to do amigurumis.

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:54 pm
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    I use bernat as thats the only yarn sold at my local wal mart. Variety of color is great, I personally love country colors but if the afghan is a present or for one of my 8 children then id switch to thier favorite colors. I love learning new things so i always say take it to the limit. Size doesnt matter although that option to make it fit is awesome, as not everyone has the same size bed. I am a fast learner and have lots of time on my hands but others do work so time means alot, I think the smaller easy steps are great at 1 week and bigger more complicated 2 weeks. A person can always download the steps and play catch up in thier spare time, me I am keeping the instructions to make more afhhans in different color schemes. Mystery is the key word. Keep up the awesome work everyone from the crew at crochet crowd to all us followers.

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:50 pm
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    I am loving the CAL but will admit I am still a bit behind. I cannot crochet at home since the piece is a gift for someone with cat allergies. My mother, sister, and sister-in-law are all participating with varied levels of experience so this CAL has been wonderful to learn new techniques and stitches together. I tend to be a big picture type of person so making the choice on colors without knowing the final product was the most difficult part for me!

    I would love to see a bit larger afghan — snuggle size or larger (or at least easily able to make larger). I like projects that are easy to transport wherever I go so the grannies are nice — especially when they utilize a different joining technique like the current CAL. The 2-3 month timeframe is good and I liked one of the suggestions above for something for Christmas … or perhaps something for (American) Football Season with your team’s favorite colors? Winter is a great time for CAL — a larger afghan can get very warm when draped across your lap in hot weather and there is more time stuck indoors to work on projects.

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

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      I’m open to any yarn but it would be nice if it was easily accessible to all, I gravitate towards Spring colors and bright colors. I also prefer a good size afghan or the opportunity to make it bigger if possible. I liked the weekly clues but once a pattern gets bigger that will be real tough to keep up with so maybe twice a month?
      I tend to give up when things are too busy or too complicated, or I just plain hate my color choices.
      I’m open to unique stitches but I also like the tried and true.
      Honestly, I wish you had CAL’s going year round that also kept an eye on holidays and gift giving.
      Bottom line is I would crochet anything you choose, just because your you!!

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:48 pm
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    I joined the current CAL and bought the yarn for it, then found out that I really don’t like the pattern, so I’m using the yarn for something else. I like the country colors – soft blues, pinks, yellows, greens, tans, etc.

    As far as the type of yarn goes, I don’t like the Caron Simply Soft for crocheting because it’s expensive, it splits too easily, and the finished project looks old as soon as it’s done. I have used the Caron Pounder yarn in a lot of projects because it comes in nice colors and is very economical. I’ve used Bernat yarn, too, and like it.

    I think that 4 to 6 weeks is the longest the CAL should be. Keep in mind that probably most of us have lots of other types of projects in the works at the same time.

    For the type of project – I have afghans and throws coming out of my ears and have given many as gifts. If a really pretty pattern came along, though, I might go for it anyway. I don’t have small children in my family so anything for kids wouldn’t appeal to me.

    I don’t give up on my crochet projects; however, I might get sick of one that takes a long time or is very challenging and I’ll put it away for months, but I’ll eventually finish it. I do have a knitted squares one that I got sick of but still need to make 5 or 6 more squares to finish, and it’s been in it’s own little project bag for probably two years now. Crocheting is so much faster that I usually don’t have that problem with crocheted projects (except for one that has cross-stitch embroidery on it that’s been on hold for over a year because I need to embroider two more panels before I can put it together).

    Something for Christmas might be good, starting in September.

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:47 pm
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    I have just loved the present CAL and made two because I was conflicted about colors. My husband who has no interest in crocheting got caught up in the excitement and always asks on Tuesdays, “Did you get the clue yet?” My favorite part of this afghan has been the many textures that were taught. It adds so much to the cuddle appeal. I love Carons Simply Soft and have begun an optical illusion afghan for my granddaughter using this yarn. I also took part in the Sophies Universe CAL, but stopped when I was happy with the size. I have been crocheting all my life (I’m 68) but found that one to be a head scratcher at times. I’m up for any mystery, that’s part of the fun. Blocks, rows, rounds , bring it on. I did take some liberties with the join and used my main color. I think working on something I dislike or isn’t coming out right is very discouraging for me and can lead to an extended wip. I love a pattern that’s I can quickly learn then go like a house afire. Lastly, I especially like long winter projects when the warmth of an afghan on my lap is most welcome.

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:47 pm
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    I am enjoying this CAL, normally I avoid having to connect squares and crochet one big afghan. But this has been fun. I would like a Christmas (red, green and white) themed afghan to do in the fall. As for yarn I will probably buy local (Hobby Lobby). 2-4 months long for the CAL and would enjoy learning new stitches or patterns.

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:43 pm
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    I like the idea of the mystery and clues. My preferred yarn is Patons but I would just substitute if something else was recommended. No longer than 8 weeks or else I would become disinterested. I prefer 1 piece projects rather than squares, especially for a larger afgan. New concepts are great and keep things interesting.

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:41 pm
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    1. Caron yarn works, I can sub RedHeart if it is too pricey for my household’s yarn purchase limit.
    2. I like bright but will settle with anything goes. This one I mixed pastels with darks to switch it up on myself. You offered multiple color options, I think it was great.
    3. I love throw sizes, I think this one ran a bit small for my taste, but it does come with a modification. I’m 5’10” and I want a throw to at least cover my feet/ make it to the ankles (ha) while I lay on the couch.
    4. I think the balance of the 10 steps worked well, one a week only please. I do have other obligations and interests. I like that I can do this and other crochet projects or make it to the gym. 🙂
    5. I would give up without a clear video. I’m still new (this is my first afghan, I don’t have the skill set to go it alone. 🙂 The videos save me.
    6. I want the design to keep being unique. I want people to be confused by it and want to study it! Please keep teaching me elaborate patterns outside of my comfort zone.
    7. Could we do another in June or July? I think anything before Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas family time is ideal.

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:39 pm
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    1. I had quite a bit of trouble with the Caron Simply Soft. It’s soft for sure, but it splits so badly that it made crocheting much slower. I would prefer a yard that was easier to work with but since I hadn’t used Simply Soft much before this CAL, I bought it and was then stuck using it for the project.

    2. I found that I liked neutral colors much more when I saw pictures that people posted of their CAL who used more neutral colors. I liked the colorways that were different shades of the same hue the best.

    3. I like an afghan that is larger than this CAL. An option to make it bigger if you want is a good idea.

    4. The crochet along should not be longer than 2 months. Maybe 2 clues each week would be better.

    5. This is the second CAL I’ve done with the Crochet Crowd. I did the “Staycation” one over the summer and really enjoyed it. There were so many different stitches that I hadn’t used before and I enjoyed learning them. It was easy and informative. I’ve had mixed feelings about this current CAL. Unfortunately, I didn’t really care for the design. I think that was partially because I picked colors that in the long run, I didn’t like. Maybe it would be helpful to see an example of the finished CAL before we start so we have a better idea of what colors would work best? The main thing about this CAL that’s causing me grief is my own fault. Because I wasn’t crazy about how my afghan was looking, I decided to change some of it. I removed the center “flowers” because I didn’t like them and I added different motifs to each square. Then I used an off-white color to connect all the squares instead of the colors I had already used. I liked how that looked when I saw a picture someone else had posted who’d done this. So, I should at this point be done connecting and beginning the border, but I am still working on connecting.

    6. I would be happy with a design that includes features outside my comfort zone. This is how we learn new things. But as I’ve said, it may be helpful to have a general idea of what the design is going to be, rather than a complete mystery, so we can decide if we like it or not before purchasing the supplies.

    7. Any time of year would be great.

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:33 pm
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    I think you did a great job picking out the current afghan, it is so wacky and just something I would never have chosen on my own. Love it, and also, it’s not something that I think I could have figured out without your help.
    So, I’d say, keep the stitches and design interesting like this one. Your stitchcation afghan was also a big hit and many beautiful afghans were created as a result. Graphic patterns like the two just mentioned rather than something specific like that giant butterfly will likely please the most people, but we all have different tastes so I don’t envy you trying to find suitable ideas! Personally I hate C2Cs and those star shaped afghans … but that’s just me.
    The idea of doing different squares or a series of motifs seems to work well to please everyone and gives us freedom with colour and yarn choices while learning new techniques. Plus, we can adjust our sizes to suit us by making more motifs if we want.
    I personally prefer the Bernat and Paton lines of yarn.
    10 weeks seems just about right.

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:29 pm
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    Caron is easier to find locally for me but since substitutions are allowed, I don’t have a problem with which ever one is chosen. I like neutrals, jewel tones, and country. A 10 – 12 week CAL would be great and any time of the year is fine too. I would like to do a Graphgan CAL but maybe not for a mystery CAL.

    You have taught me so much! Thank you for all you do!!!!!

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:25 pm
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    This was my first CAL & I used yarn that I had on hand, which the brand was Red Heart for 3 of my colors I can’t remember what the brand was for the multi color I used. Minus my set backs I had a lot of fun with this CAL, it refreshed my memory on stitches I had forgotten how to do & taught me some new stitches that I have never attempted before. I really loved knowing that we had a short amount of time to complete this project because I would’ve normally just stopped working on it. So my suggestion would be to have another CAL that’s about the same time line. My hubby’s nephew asked me who I was making this afghan for & I told him myself. 😉

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:23 pm
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    I would like a stripe afghan that has different designs on the different rows. I saw one like that somewhere and loved the look but was afraid to attempt it on my own. You would be a wonderful teacher for something like that!

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:23 pm
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    Hi there Mikey and fellow Crowd-ers. I’m in a land down under and have been crocheting with the aircon set as cool as I can get it. It’s mind blowing how much snow is outside your homes.
    I’m going to be honest. I’ve turned my grannies into kid ponchos. I got left behind due to a family emergency and I didn’t like what I was seeing. The plan was to make the afghan as a gift for my dad but it’s not quite suited for him. So I made ponchos. I decided as a slow crocheter life’s to short for unloved projects. The end results being posted are fantastic but for me this one was a fizzer. Glad to hear it’s not just me having yarn issues. You get what you pay for. I’m not worried by it. It’s soft enough and most importantly for me machine wash and dry! I hate high maintenance yarn. My people won’t use my gifts if they have to fuss with the cleaning. Anyway (or is it anyhoo? 😉 ) I’m not easily deterred. I’ll be having a stab at your next project. There’ll be no predetermined recipient. That’ll make it easier for me to get into. I love your site and seeing the work of my fellow happy hookers. Thank you for doing the tutorials. They’re fun and educational. Now to finish that bunny rug… or the shawl?

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:21 pm
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    Questions to Consider

    1. I am very very new (this is my first crochet along and i’ve only done one other project before starting this; a hat) So my knowledge of different types of yarn is extremely limited. I have had some trouble with the brand of the current CAL though, so I would like to try others.

    2. I prefer neutral colors usually. but i am ok with being able to choose something different. not really a fan of super bright or flashy colors.

    3. I want to make something that’s usable. A baby blanket size is nice for gift giving, but I would like to try making something that’s a good size for lounging on the couch to watch a movie or something. Bigger than a baby blanket, but not so big as a bed size I guess.

    4. Length of time I guess depends on the size and difficulty of the project. I’m ok with whatever you guys choose. The 10 week one seemed like a big commitment at first, but it’s gone really fast!

    5. First CAL, here. I haven’t given up yet! The video tutorials have made it super easy for me to follow along and see the things that don’t really make sense to me when just reading it or looking at the charts. As long as there’s that, i’m good!

    6. I like new and different but usually prefer traditional style. The cal i’m doing now is very different and busy, i would probably not have chosen it for myself, but that’s the fun of the mystery. I’ve made something i probably would have passed up if it’d been my choice. I don’t mind either way, but my preference is to have something that is a bit more tidy looking and visually pleasing. The more traditional would be nice to learn so it can be applied for other projects.

    7. Whenever is good! I’d do another one through spring & summer so i could have a couple of new warm blankets for next winter. but it’s something nice to do through the winter months too because i do tend to have more time then.

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:21 pm
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    1. I like to Caron Simply Soft myself as it is not to spendy, has a mix of colors, and it not scratchy!
    2. I am open to any color combination
    3. I prefer slightly bigger throws as I like to snuggle comfortably with my blankets wrapped under my feet so I think the idea of a flexible size would be great.
    4. I have no preference in this as I have not participated before.
    5. N/A
    6. I have no real preference besides I hate putting together squares!
    7. No difference what time of year really!

    Thank you

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:07 pm
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    1. I like soft yarns that keep their shape/drape when the item is complete and I don’t like yarns that split, are slick or become a nightmare if frogging when I’m making the item. My favorite is a cotton blend and least favorite is yarns like Homespun and Caron Simply Soft.
    2. I like any color but need help with selecting combinations (I just don’t seem to have the imagination to come up with great color combinations). Also, maybe a project that tackles all those unused yarn skeins/small balls would be a blessing!
    3. I prefer throw size as it’s a size that keeps my interest until the end. It would be nice though to have optional sizes with the yarn requirements listed if someone wants to go bigger.
    4. The timing was perfect on this project. I had time to complete the clue of the week and still devote time to my WIPs.
    5. I give up on lengthy projects. For example, I started a king size, thread bedspread about 10 years ago. After the initial excitement of starting such a project, I was lucky to work on it maybe every two months or so. Now, I don’t even want to look at it and am thinking of just throwing it away so it doesn’t guilt me every time I see it! It’s about 1/3 done. Also, like many have said, I don’t like weaving in ends or joining an endless number of squares.
    6. I’d love trying something new! I’ve never tried Aran, cable, or using popcorn/bobble stitch to create a design and would really like trying something along those lines. Every once in awhile, I see a really intricate Aran afghan or the “Tree of Life” afghan and really admire the skill that it must required to make something like that.
    7. Starting around September I’m making Christmas gifts and my donation gifts for the church, so Sep-Dec would be difficult for me.

  • March 31, 2015 at 3:02 pm
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    I don’t have a yarn preference because substitutions are allowed. I live in hot Arizona so large afghans don’t get worked on May-September. We moved here from Oregon and I had a King sized afghan in progress and it took me years to finish because of the heat! I don’t mind large ones in the winter months though, prefer them. I’m up for anything that challenges me to learn new things because there are always great diagrams and video’s to baby-step me through the tougher ones. The mystery CAL boosts my confidence and I love the mystery part of the project. If I end up making something that isn’t my style then I’ll use it for a gift to someone that would love it.

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:55 pm
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    My only thought would be to have everyone pick out a variegated yarn with 3-4 coordinate colors and then stretch our capabilities so we learn something new too.
    Also, 8-10 weeks so we can have ready for a Christmas gift. 😉

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      I like the in time for Christmas gift idea

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:53 pm
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    I have enjoyed this last cal. It has been fun watching it unfold with surprises around every corner. I like having variety, so as long as things are changed up with each cal, I will continue to be interested in them. Anything goes!

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:51 pm
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    1.I prefer the Caron Pounders, because you get good value and it is a good quality yarn. But I like the other yarns too.
    2. Muted colors.
    3.Something queen sized.
    4.Two months is about right for me.
    5. If it takes too long, i.e., more than about two months or so.
    6.Something outside the zone.
    7.Doesn’t matter to me.

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      P.S. Don’t like putting pieces together like squares. Much prefer a one piece item with color changes only.

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        I don’t care for motif afghans either but I know a lot of people do like them. I think it would be nice if it was announced whether the afghan was motifs or rows. I also think that would help in picking out the colors. I like the idea of having the size optional. I understand that there are some people who are available to crochet all day if they want but some of us are not, so not sure about the weekly clues, but if the pattern stays available ( and the videos) then I guess it wouldn’t really matter how close the clues are to each other. P.S. You may be really sorry you asked for opinions lol. I know I did a survey in a church ONE time as I learned my lesson well!

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:45 pm
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    This was my first CAL and I have really enjoyed it. I am fairly new to crochet and have been challenged by some of the steps. I really appreciate the accompanying videos; without them I would be lost. I don’t have any recommendations on yarn, etc. as I am not that experienced, but something that is easy to work with. The Simply Soft did split, and some of the skeins had such imperfections in the middle of the skein that I had to cut it out. I think winter would work best for me as I can’t do a lot of my outdoor activities. What I liked about the “mystery” was that it forced me to get each clue done in time to work on the next one. I have an afghan project that I started many, many years ago that is just sitting. It involves 63 squares, each a different stitch. Since I don’t know many of the stitches, I’ve put it off. Now I can look for your videos on how to do some of those stitches – gotta love the internet! I do like the 10 weeks so that I can see a finished product sooner, but expanding to 16 or 20 weeks would work fine too. Something with some of the familiar along with some new and exciting stitches. I would like to see it be a bigger finished item so having the option to expand sounds like the way to go since bigger projects will cost more, we would have the option to do the small one or the larger one. Thanks again for all your hard work.

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      I am also a beginner at crochet and this was my first CAL I love it, it’s also the first and last time I will use the Caron soft yarn, mine also had imperfections in 4skeins I emailed customer service and they did send me replacement yarn but one of those had it too, and the splitting of the yarn drove me crazy! Several times I was so frustrated I was gonna ditch the project but I was learning and figured if I can get thru this then the next one will be easier

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:44 pm
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    I liked this being a mystery but the design I am not crazy about. 3 or 4 month CAL would be good I think, and a week or two weeks for each clue. I prefer neutral colors but bright fun colors are starting to grow on me. Maybe a vote on some patterns would help getting something most people like. This design was kind of weird to me it seemed the middle of the squares were not done? If they would have turned into a flower it would have looked better. Thanks for all the work you do Mikey!

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:42 pm
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    1. I really have no preference since yarn substitutions are allowed.
    2. I love bright colors for crochet projects, it makes it more interesting.
    3. I like slightly bigger throws, the idea of having one with flexible sizes is awesome. I made my current crochet along bigger.
    4. I love how long this one is, its fun too look forward to it each week. The only clue that I thought was too short was adding the flower in the middle, that one went too quick.
    5. N/A
    6. I love that this crochet along made me go out of my box a little with the mini balls, it was nice to actually learn something new. Ive been crocheting for many years so its not often I learn a new technique and I loved it.
    7. If its an afghan any time other than summer is good, it gets too hot to work on blankets in the summer. If its anything other than a blanket than the time of year makes no difference.

    Thank you so much for all that you do!

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:37 pm
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    Well, when it comes to a fiber choice I am not picky, I will crochet with just about anything at least once. 10 weeks is a good length, not to long but not too short either, I like the clues being available each week. Prefer if a week wasn’t skipped in the middle of a CAL, if the clues are scheduled weekly. Anytime of year is good for me, that’s what air conditioning is for 😉 Any level of difficulty is okay with me as I have been crocheting for over half a century. As with many others I dislike joining squares via whip stitch or sewing. I like the several weeks on a border, I love a wide border =). Throw with option to expand is always nice. I don’t give up easily, any WIP, that seems like it will never get finished, is usually being made for me…..

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:33 pm
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    First of all, thank you to Mikey, TCC, and Yarnspirations for putting these things together!
    1. Since so many people are on a budget something like the Supervalue, Pounders, or Jumbos should be an option. Or Simply Soft if people like using it. As long as you can sub though it shouldn’t really matter.
    2. I’m a country/neutral plain jane kinda girl. But in the fall I always get inspired to use earthy fall tones, rusts, greens, orange, maybe a little yellow. The leaves are so beautiful. But if people can pick their colors that works great. It is just hard to pick not knowing the final design and what will look good, what order to use, etc.
    3. Flexible sizes would be great. Maybe having that option to make it bigger out front would be good though instead of waiting until halfway through to say ok, now if you want it bigger just repeat everything you’ve already done. 😉
    4. 8 – 12 weeks is a good time frame. One or 2 clues a week
    5. I haven’t given up I am just WAY behind. I almost gave up when I saw it was granny squares. And the week with the big loops turned me off a bit. But I am determined to finish. I just got busy with orders, craft fairs and another challenge. I will catch up and finish. Very glad there is an extra month at the end.
    6. I’d like it to be challenging but maybe not so out of the box.
    7. I think spring and fall work great for blankets.

    I absolutely love the look of the Sophie’s CAL I have seen other people post. Would love to do something along those lines. Something like the Rings of Change blanket would be awesome too. I love the fact that one can be anything from a doily to a blanket to an area rug just by using different sized thread or yarn and stopping at different places in the pattern! Also there is one on Ravelry that I saw with different stitches and colors that would be very interesting. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mixed-stitch-stripey-blanket Just to give you some ideas of what I’d like to do. Though I am sure whatever you come up with will be amazing. 🙂

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:33 pm
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    Well, I’m kind of a beginner, but I love The Crochet Crowd and would love to do one of the mystery Cal’s. I would love to learn new stitches and would love to make an afghan. I love bold colors, but tend to go to warm tones a lot. I also have issues with patience,so I may have a problem sticking with something that takes more than 8-10 weeks to complete. I watched along on this last challenge and have to say I was a little intimidated, but I know Mikey is wonderful at instruction and feel confidant that I could do this. I would love it if it were enough before Christmas to make it a gift, but winter months are also good as my dog loves to cuddle under make WIP. I anxiously await the next mystery CAL.

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      I forgot to say that I have not used any of the listed yarns yet, but I watch my elderly aunt use bernat baby soft and coordinates a lot and love the way it works up, so a pretty baby blanket would be nice to make, something besides the plain sc, dc, and hdc that I know how to do would be real nice.

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:32 pm
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    Wow! So many questions, LOL! What has kept me going MOST with the current CAL are Mikey’s AWESOME videos! The coordinating written patterns are great too but the videos REALLY help me understand them and I think I would be lost without the videos as I am still a relatively new crocheter. Not understanding a video would be the thing most likely to make me ‘give up’ (I don’t like to quit things as a rule). I REALLY enjoyed using Caron Simply Soft for this current mystery CAL (it is easy to find and goes on sale a lot which is good for those of us on a budget!). I had not used it before and it IS SOOOO SOFT and really was a pleasure to crochet with. My hands break out in hives & blisters when I use wool and get really irritated by yarns with metallic elements also, so I would ALWAYS need acrylic substitutions or options please. I like all kinds of colors really – just not so much of a ‘pinky-purpley’ person (if a project required those colors I’d make it for a niece). No preference on afghan size, though I do appreciate knowing ahead of time what the final size will be, helps me in determining who it would be for and then what colors would be best for that person. I LOVE smaller blankets because I LOVE donating them to animal shelters & rescues (some of those animals have never felt something soft beneath their feet before! SO SAD!) but if the blankets have a lot of loopy elements (like the current one)I can’t donate it to shelters because little paws are likely to gt tangled or stuck in the loops or holes. I think 10 weeks/10 clues was good, wouldn’t mind a little longer or a little shorter in either direction, of no issue to me. I probably have less time for CAL projects during the winter holidays when a lot of baking, decorating, working extra shifts to afford gifts is going on, the rest of the year I am fine personally. Probably have the most free time over the summer (I am an online tutor, few summer shifts). As a personal note – I think it would be AWESOME if we could have a crochet along geared toward pets/dogs – I think a lot of folks would enjoy making small afghans for their cherished furry family members and hopefully some would be inspired to make an extra or two, now or in the future, to donate to a shelter as well – that is my own personal ‘thing’ I like to do so I thought I’d share it in case it was of interest to you as well. Now I hope you can enjoy a cup or tea or cocoa after reading this novela I have typed for you (LOL!!)

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      OH! I agree, his videos MAKE the whole project! Yes, the written patterns and diagrams are good, but having Mikey walk me through the steps (sometimes over and over and over until I get it) is what has really taught me the different steps in the patterns. Plus, he makes you smile and enjoy the learning process! Especially when it is something totally new to you!

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      I think that’s a great idea to make a smaller afghan for my pets. I’ve never thought of that so thank you for your idea and also donating to shelters! I’ve never done a CAL so I’m excited to try one. 🙂

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:32 pm
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    I have a had a blast doing this Mystery CAL with everyone! Was my first one. I’m excited just thinking about doing another! No matter what the next one is, I will be joining in! There are three things I love about your CALs: learning new things, stepping outside of my ‘norm’, and the feeling of comradery I get knowing that I am doing something, making something, working on something right alongside (virtually, at least) a whole bunch of other crochet friends/fanatics! I know that just having enthusiasm doesn’t begin to answer the questions, so I will attempt to give my two cents worth here.
    1. I like the Caron or Bernat lines. I have never used Patons before.

    2. I am a country gal who likes earthy colors with a pop of brightness. Of course, occasionally I get a wild hair and Lord have mercy, anything goes! I am really in to functionality with flair!

    3. As for the size, I would say larger than a throw size would be best for our home. I have two boys and a hubby, so it is safe to say, that around here, size does matter! Ha ha! I would say, something that would fit a twin/full size bed or so? Something big enough to fit all of your body under to snuggle up in.

    4. I’m not concerned about the time frame. Maybe anywhere up to around 16 weeks? As for how big of steps, I think that depends on how hard they are and how easy the steps are to break down. That should be yours and the “developer/designer” people’s call.

    5. This current Mystery CAL is my first one and I am loving it, so I can’t say for sure what would make me want to quit. Perhaps boredom or not feeling a real connection or passion to the work in progress?

    6. Yes! I love to learn new things! I would love to learn some Celtic stitching. Doesn’t matter if it is a subtle influence in the design or if it takes center stage in the project. I would love to learn the cable knit look!

    7. Any time of year is good. If we’re looking at this year, maybe beginning of September–to be able to finish it just before Christmas and give as a gift if desired.

    I have to say, I am so glad to have found The Crochet Crowd community, and I love you Mikey! Thank you for all of your hard work, and for your infectiously awesome personality!

    ~Deb G.

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    Of the Yarnspiration Yarn Lines, my favorite is Caron, but I’ll crochet with anything as long as it isn’t too expensive since the cost of a project can rise rather quickly based on yarn brand.

    I like pretty much any color scheme, but I like it when I’ve got options to pick from.

    I like to crochet larger afghans, but throws are nice too. Something with a flexible size would be great! Throw size for those who want it, but can be made bigger if desired.

    I don’t really have an opinion on the length of the mystery crochet along, but I’d prefer many small steps over a few large steps to complete the afghan.

    I’ve never given up on a crochet along, but if I did it would be because the project was way too complicated for my skills at that point in time.

    I’d like the design to include features that are outside my comfort zone, but to also include something thats predictable for an everyday look.

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:30 pm
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    First of all, I want to say thank you for the current MCAL. It’s a pattern I’d never pick out myself because of all the steps and new techniques. I’ve learned new things, stretched myself, and not put aside a project that normally would collect dust for years before finishing. This project is one of the best you could’ve picked since it’s challenging but doable for many skill levels. It’s also super forgiving! I have dozens of mistakes but am able to make it work. I love that.

    A useful afghan pattern that could be easily modified and hooked up for multiple applications would be a great CAL. A sampler afghan might fit this bill easily, since you could take a certain square and make it a whole blanket in the future while still maintaining the mystery part of the process. Above all, I think you have a great eye for the right patterns, Mikey. Thanks for all that you do!

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    This is the first ‘along’ of any kind that I’ve done & I’ve 90% enjoyed it 🙂
    (the missing 10% is down to me, not to any issue with the crochet along)

    If I was to start this afghan as a full pattern, there is no way I’d do it. I’ve had to do a couple squares from start to finish last week to catch up & if the whole piece was presented that way, my patience wouldn’t last! Getting each clue every week kept me engaged & interested, even my kids & husband wanted to know what each new clue looked like 🙂 It also kept the whole project manageable. My biggest issue with the whole thing was the amount of threads to weave in…. I still have loads dangling out of the back.

    I also liked that we could chose our own wools & colours….. the recommended brands are not on sale anywhere near me so I was able to substitute a similar wool. Being able to chose our own colours makes the whole thing more personal.

    For a future project, I’d like to try maybe a collection of different squares of a managable size …… maybe 5 or 6 different types of square & a couple weeks to work on a nice border??

    Finally……. it’s been great to get back into crochet after a long break, big, big thank you to the whole team for all the work you do & for making us all feel like part of that team. <3

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:28 pm
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    This was my first crochet-along, so I don’t have much experience to go on. I like the overall length of this project, but I would like to see more complex steps. I knocked week 2 out the first day, which made the wait for step 3 very long. And I didn’t think the join (while unique and quite a neat way to do something like that) really warranted 2 weeks. I haven’t had a reason to give up on a crochet-along yet, but boring steps and long waits in between would be the most likely reasons I can see.

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:28 pm
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    Hi there,

    I’m not new to crochet but new to the CAL, I do love something new and interesting but I’m also a lover of pretty rather than way out abstract!

    So the janie crow is more up my street, but I’m open to suggestions too, I’d like to see something that uses more colours. I think the idea of a stash buster would suit many people and suit our budget too. Something where only the main would be the bulk purchase would be great, with the option of buying a whole pack. This could be helpful for us that take part in a group and then yarns could be shared for example.

    I have a huge stash of my favourite yarns so I’m usually able to improvise but many need advice and suggestions too…….Many things to think about….If you are planning a seasonal CAL then perhaps it could have motifs that match….Many crochet artists use simplicity in the design with just a few really outstanding glorious features. Whilst I advocate the less is more philosophy that does not mean it needs to be boring. Keep me interested. Most of us who love this hobby do it because once skilled you are fast, it grows in front of your eyes, tantalising you to hurry along! I’m a yarn addict, I love the texture of crochet. So soft medium weight yarn that is neat when worked with. Scruffy really bulky yarns do not lend themselves to intricate designs.

    Then trend appears to be a seasonal subject, I would love to do an autumn cal, with squirrels, acorns, leaves . Or a winter one with Christmas, the options are endless.

    Ooh I’m excited now, please get your thinking caps on and come up with a marvel!!!

    With love Andrea

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:24 pm
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    I like to learn new stitches. right now I’m trying my hand at making doll clothes. I did not do this mystery this time I am tired of granny squares. I pick whatever yarn I find. It doesn’t matter what the brand is. I go for the price, feel and color. I’d like to see something unusual. something elaborate, something pretty.

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:22 pm
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    I loved this most recent CAL afghan. The steps were clear and has just enough work in them for one week. I would love to have the option to make a smaller throw or a larger blanket with the next CAL I participate in. I would love to have a couple more difficult steps in there because this is how I learn new techniques! I learned several new things that I can now apply to other crochet projects I will make in the future. I do prefer to participate in the CAL in the winter when we are not so busy, compared to summer time. I love jewel tones and pastels as well as neutrals and primary colors. It’s all good to me. I typically use Red Heart yarn and the Carron soft yarn was really difficult for me to use but I am just being patient with it. One last comment… I would love to see something a little more on the simple side as far as complete design and overall look. This last CAL was kinda busy and I noticed a lot of people were complaining or staring their hesitancy with this last CAL because it looked so busy. Keep us the good work, everyone! I love what you guys do!

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:19 pm
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    1. Yarns: I like all yarns, but Bernat and Patons are favorites with me, too. The Bernat Super Saver is good for many projects, easy to find in stores and reasonably priced for most people. I like Caron Simply Soft even though it splits easily. Generally speaking I think a worsted weight is the easiest for most people to handle.
    2. Colors: I prefer colors that are practical around the house or for a particular person. My personal style is country, but I like pastels for babies and bright colors for kids and teens. I think some colors look best depending upon the style of the pattern, too (i.e., modern or traditional). Also I think the color suggestions were helpful for the Mystery Afghan CAL. I chose slightly different colors, but it helped guide my choices.
    3. Afghans sizes: Throw size is a great standard. It would be great to know how to make a pattern into various bedspread sizes (twin, double, queen, king) The Mystery Afghan CAL could make an awesome bedspread!
    4. CALs: I like the CALS the way they are now because you can pace yourself and still have time to work on your other WIPs!
    5. I don’t give up! I just try until it works. I think the videos are excellent and really make a difference, especially with the Mystery Afghan CAL. The only reason I can think of anyone giving up is if they decide they don’t like the pattern. But even then, I would finish the pattern.
    6. It’s nice to mix it up! Have some patterns for everyday and some with more creative twists. It helps you learn new things and keeps your mind open to new possibilities.
    7. I think it’s nice to be at least 2 months ahead of a holiday or a season. I prefer to work on big, warm blankies in the fall and winter, and lighter items in the spring and summer, but sometimes you need to start a little early to have it ready on time. Amigurumi, bags and toys are a favorite with me for any time of year, but are especially nice in the warmer months.

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      I sooo agree with you about the color suggestions being so helpful, Debbie! I used a color combo that was given, and am so gad I did! I’m not the greatest at putting different colors together on my own, so was thankful those options were there!

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:15 pm
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    I love cotton yarns so for me lily sugar n cream would be fab
    I am an anything goes kind of person. What I love about the current mystery afghan is that I was able to make it much bigger without having to think about it. I also love the full pattern that includes a nice border. My stitch cation border was a boring double crochet border as I was lacking inspiration. Having 3 kids I appreciated the longer time to get things finished.

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:14 pm
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    1. Something inexpensive. I invested a lot of money (for me) into this Mystery CAL for the yarn and ended up quitting because I hated the pattern. I feel I like wasted my money which really bothers me. If the pattern had not been squares (ie cut yarn) I would have frogged the whole thing and reused the yarn for something beautiful I loved instead of feeling resentful. I do love the look and feel of the Caron Simply Soft though I understand the splitting issues.
    2. I am a Winter skin tone and love bright solid jewel tone colors. Cools, not warms. Neutrals just drain me of energy while brights (Not neon though!) energize me. Warm tones clash with everything in my life.
    3. If it’s not a baby sized afghan it needs to be at least a twin or queen bed size. My bed is a Cal King. But I make afghans for my children and nieces and nephews so twin is good. Throw and lapghans seem too small and unfinished. An option to make it bigger if desired would be optimal. Size options to choose from would be ideal.
    4. 2-3 months or around 10 weeks is probably optimal. I wouldn’t worry about whether people fall behind as long as you leave time at the end for catching up. If it’s too slow, you run the risk of people dropping out from boredom. I could have finished every one of these clues this time around in a night or two at most if my schedule was tight as they were very basic but I understand that some people’s skill levels or schedules would require longer. The amount given each week should keep an intermediate crocheter busy a couple hours a night for say 3-4 nights a clue at least to keep them busy and interested.
    5. Boredom or hating the design. It should be pretty.
    6. Something that’s comfortingly challenging. Definitely want to learn something new.
    7. Any time of year is good. Late summer to early fall maybe. Early enough to make and give it for Christmas if so desired but not so close to Christmas that it interferes with making other gifts or won’t be finished on time.
    Thanks for all your hard work.

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:10 pm
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    I prefer yarns that are machine wash and dry. I would love do something challenging. Like a Celtics themed throw. Or a very large afghan made from 6 or 8 large squares or rectangles. My favorite colors afghan re in the blue family but afghan rent bright summery colors afghan render good. Thanks

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      I would love to see something Celtic themed also.

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:06 pm
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    I really enjoyed this CAL. I’m always up for learning new techniques and things that keep it interesting. I’m a person who loves all different colors, but tend to fall on the brighter side. I’d love to see one that is one large piece, but a bit larger than a throw. I love all kinds of yarn, so that doesn’t matter as much to me. I’ve to see or for maybe the theme for that particular time of year that we are in. But I’m game for anything. You all do such a fabulous job with this site and everything about the Crochet Crowd. Keep up the awesomeness!

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:02 pm
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    1. Out of the Yarnspirations lines, I only have experience with Caron Simply Soft. I love how soft it is, but oh my goodness does it split apart easily.

    2. I prefer neutrals, greens, and blues. That being said, I chose one of the grey/blue recommended packs for this blanket and (perhaps because the pattern was SO busy?) I struggled with enjoying the way they came together. Had I seen the pattern beforehand, I likely would have reassigned the colors to different contrast letters and enjoyed it a bit more.

    3. I adore bed-sized afghans, -however- given time and financial restrictions I would probably not be able to participate in such a project. Throw-sized with optional directions to enlarge would be perfect.

    4. 10 weeks seems like a good average length, though if it were a large or complex project then more time would be indicated. Short enough that it’s not an overwhelming amount of time, but long enough to be satisfying. For steps, the best I’ve seen for CALs has been that steps-per-week vary depending on complexity. Clues come out fortnightly, and perhaps the first step has 5 simple clues. Next step has more complex stitches and might only have 3. Etc.

    5. Frustration would probably be the #1 reason for me. This pattern, in particular, was wildly more busy than I prefer in both colors and design. I soldiered through each week hoping that this week would be the week I started liking it, that it would suddenly be elegant. However, I got to the joining (and I’ve never done any type of joining project whatsoever before), which I was unable to figure out, even with the videos. Perhaps mystery projects are not for me, but the combination of not liking the way the pattern progressed with a joining technique that I just couldn’t figure out made it so that I finally put down the project.

    6. I’m okay in general with stitches and techniques out of my comfort zone (that’s why I started this one, tbh, because I’d never done a granny square), but the overall design should be more appealing. I know a lot of people were saying that you could just donate or gift the blanket if it ended up being not to your taste, but I am fairly new to crochet and have a limited budget. If I spend my entire month’s recreation budget on the yarn and then take months of my time to build this thing, I’d prefer that it be something that I’d WANT to keep in the end (even if I plan on gifting it).

    7. I think that time of year is a crapshoot, honestly. So many people from around the world participate in online CALs that you’re not going to find a time of year that’s cold and blankety for everyone participating. December might be the only month that I’d say would be out since there are so many busy family-time holidays across varying traditions then.

  • March 31, 2015 at 2:01 pm
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    Hi Mikey,

    Here’s my two cents.

    1. I mostly use either Red Heart Soft or Caron Simply Soft, so Simply Soft would be my first choice. I also love Lily Sugar ‘N Cream, but only for bathroom or kitchen accessories.

    2. I love bright colors (I’m a hippie from the 60’s/70’s LOL), but I don’t think there’s a color that I don’t like, so pretty much anything goes.

    3. I prefer larger afghans, definitely bigger than throws. Something that can be expanded upon is also a good idea. We like to use them more as blankets and we’re always trying to stretch the throws to cover our feet.

    4. I don’t care how long a crochet-along goes, but I personally need it done in baby steps. I have two jobs, one full-time (outside the home) and one part-time (from home), so there are days when I can’t crochet at all. In fact, if I think I’m going to have a free night to spend crocheting and then I get a call that there’s a job waiting for me at home, I get really mad. LOL

    5. I haven’t given up on the present Mystery Afghan (and I have to say from everyone’s pictures that it’s starting to look pretty amazing), but I’m very far behind and it’s only because I hate granny squares – I hate all the ends you have to weave in and I hate having to sew them all together (thus having even more ends to weave in). UGHHHHHH I would much rather work on one continuous project.

    6. I would love to learn how to make something outside my comfort zone, but my personal style is pretty predictable and everyday looking, so if it were something for me to wear, I’d have to go with that. Otherwise, again, anything goes.

    7. I love to crochet all year long, so any time of year is fine with me.

    Thanks for everything you do and I’m so looking forward to finally meeting you and Diva Dan on next year’s cruise.

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:54 pm
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    I like a large afghan. I like ones with a more solid feel, not so many holes. I don’t have a preference on the yarn. As far as colors go, I like more classic colors with a pop of color. Like black and white with red. Khaki beige and purple. This was my first crochet along and my first crochet item period. I have really learned a lot, so definitely out of my comfort zone. I like to do it in fall, completed prior to Thanksgiving. Thanks for the videos. I am a visual learner, so they encouraged me. You do a wonderful job and I have enjoyed it.

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:52 pm
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    This is my first CAL and I am loving it! I really enjoy the surprise of it all! I’m really happy that you let us know that we could make this one bigger (my hubby is 6’3″. He funds my projects so he always gets first pick. Haha) I realize that I really don’t have any criticism, I just wanted to put my two cents in, in the hopes that you don’t change too much!

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:47 pm
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    Mikey
    I love doing your mystery crochet-alongs.
    I love the mystery, learning new techniques, patterns, skills and stitches.
    I trust you completely.
    I like going against the traditional.
    I think one of the problems with the craft today is that too many people, in their minds, are hung up on the patterns and ideas of our grandmothers.
    I prefer something more modern and unique and I would rather stretch my skills and imagination than be bored and disappointed with doing something that had been done 40 years ago.

    I’m with you whatever you throw at us.

    Swak

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:47 pm
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    When deciding on what yarn to buy, I always go by cost or what’s on sale. I would like the size to be flexible. Color is up to the individual participants. 10 weeks is good with another 4 weeks to finish after the final clue. Although I do have several WIPs, I never give up. I will finish at some point. But for me, the sewing blocks together is not fun. But this one I’m sure will be different! I have a lot of yarn in my stash but I have mainly single skeins, so if I could use those I’d be happy. I am working on the current CAL but I started late and I’m falling further behind. I’ll get there! I love these!

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:47 pm
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    I think these crochet along was well set up giving us enough time to finish each clue.
    I do wish that the option was given for stash busting. Basically in this blanket the main color and contrast c are the only ones that Had to be the colors they needed to be.
    I like the lap size. with this one the part I don’t like is the odd loops, because I’m normally looking for blankets that I can use for a baby gift.
    All and all this afghan was great. And I have enjoyed it. I think Tuesday is a great day to release the clues.
    I also really enjoy the stuffed animals from last summer.
    Thank you

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:45 pm
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    I really don’t have a preference, but I did just want to say, this is my first mystery afghan and really enjoyed doing it. I can’t tell you how much I looked forward to each Tuesday to get my clue and continue with my project. I love doing this and whatever you pick, I’m up for the challenge.

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:44 pm
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    Of the choices I like Simply Soft. Would like to pick my own colors with direction of how much main color and accent colors are needed. Varying sizes would be good. One thing that would stop me from doing it would be needing to join motifs (my stitch – cation challenge blanket is still sitting in a bag, half of the squares joined-I lost steam/interest). I much prefer working on the afghan as a whole with each clue. Challenging stitches are always welcome.
    Looking forward to seeing what you choose!!

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:43 pm
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    Id like something chunky. I like big balls what can I say? Im not a fan of things that involve lots of weaving of ends. As for colours i tend to go for anything. I looked at the options provoded for the current cal to see how they might fit and then selected my own. Perhaps some hints on you want a darker colour and a few lighter contrasts or something of the sort to allow people to select their own palette. I also like larger throws and blankets too. I tend to even increase the size of baby blankets so the current one feels tiny to me. I am inclinded to call it a throw while soemthing a little larger (up to twin size bed) Id call afghan and beyond I would call a blanket. Timing wise I think late summer/autumn would be excellent as to me that is more blanket/throw/afghan season so perhaps late august early september as a start. 10 weeks has seemed reasonable and being able to learn new thigns and challenge my brain has been wodnerful. And if we were to go to granny squares again perhaps it could be a pattern of animals within a square (eg penguins LOL) <–yes I want to find a penguin blanket pattern 🙂

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:43 pm
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    Winters here in northwest Pennsylvania are very long, so I would like to start the mystery challenge right after the holidays to help with those days that we see nothing but snow pileup outside.

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:39 pm
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    1. After using Caron Simply Soft yarn on this project I have found I do not like it. Very difficult for me to use, although I do love the rich colors. Next time I will use a substitute. The Caron splits so much and does not look neat enough for me. I feel mine looks sloppy as a result which is a turn off for me.
    2. I love vibrant rich colors. However, I am not a fan of so many different contrasting colors used, makes it look too busy for my taste. I think next time I will go with colors that are more complimentary of each other instead of so contrasting.
    3. I think I like the idea of an option to make it bigger if we desire. Flexible options would be great.
    4/5. I think my biggest problem with this latest crochet along was I found myself almost losing interest with having to wait each week for the next clue. I hate getting started and then having to wait, no patience. A week between clues is about max for me. Maybe give more clues weekly and then have the time at the end for everyone to catch up.
    6. Designs outside my comfort range are fine with me. The video tutorials are excellent and I like to learn new things. Just as long as it is not so busy with so many contrasting colors. I guess I would be more happy with different interesting stitches. I have done the peppermint swirl, dusty snowflake, and am currently working on a Matelasse afghan, something different from the norm.
    7. I am good with all year long projects. I like to keep busy. This was my first crochet along and I love it.

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:38 pm
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    I LIKE to be challenged with new designs and stitches. My favorite to work with is Bernart chunky. I’ve been following the Sophie but not making one they are beautiful. I’m enjoying the recent challenge because it’s different and it all comes down to your color choices.

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    I really prefer a CAL in the winter months, nothing like a new project to keep the winter blues at bay.
    Afghan size. I personally like something a little larger than a throw. Something to curl up in but not a huge afghan. I think crocheters choice in size would be a plus.
    Colors. I like the home like and vibrant colors over the bright, eye popping colors. Not that I’m afraid of color…if I’m going to snuggle in an afghan, I would rather have relaxing colors rather than wow, wake up colors.
    Yarn type/brand. The Simply Soft we’re working with now has been a struggle for me with all the splitting and twisting. I probably will not use it again. But like a lot of crocheters, I prefer to use a #4.

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:37 pm
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    1. I would like yarn that doesn’t cost a lot.So no fancy yarns. Nothing very ” slippery”.

    2.I like all kinds of colors. If they don’t fit my decor, or my very fave colors, I just give projects away.

    3.I prefer bigger sizes.But make the patterns a neutral size. With an option to make larger, if the person wants to.

    4. 10 to 12 weeks.

    5. I haven’t given up yet. The only thing that has caused me to get frustrated, was my own choice of colors.

    6.yes, if it means I will learn something new.

    7. Anytime, except between the end of octibber through mid December. With 7 grandkids, I need that time for Christmas gift making.

    I personally do not wanna do granny squares. Too much of a good thing.

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:36 pm
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    I’ve really enjoyed the current CAL but my Mom who has Alzheimer’s (beginning stages) is having difficulty remembering the stitches. That being said, I would like to see a more elegant, possibly difficult pattern to stretch my skills. Also, less pieces. (I absolutely hate weaving in the ends and almost quit this one…but I took your advice and just wove them in as I went along.) I prefer Jewel tone colors, especially purples. I agree with the comments about the Simply Soft. It does tend to split and my Mom has had a lot of difficulty with that. Maybe something along the line of the Caron 1 pounds or the Bernat pounders. I have to watch my pennies and don’t always have a lot of extra spending cash for something like this. An Afghan that is bigger or something that can be made bigger. Winter or cooler months is a good time for an afghan especially here in the lower 48 where it is warm for most of the year. For this current CAL the clues are pretty well spaced. While I get mine done fairly quickly, this gives me time to work with my Mom to make sure she keeps up. I think you should determine the frequency of the clues as you have already worked with the pattern. I believe most people in the Crochet Crowd trust your judgement. Thank you so much for all you do! The videos are wonderful and great for my Mom as she can watch them when I cannot be there to help her!

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:36 pm
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    I like the Caron yarn but I usually prefer a sturdier yarn for afghans. The colors don’t matter. I like to experiment. I don’t like to weave in too many ends or join a lot of pieces. I tend to crochet more in the cooler months so Sept would be an awesome time to start.

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:35 pm
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    I love the square a week crochet a longs. They tend to run a little longer, but you get the great variety, and the option of doing multiples of squares for a bigger afghan. Also, it lets us crocheters with jobs, kids, arthritis, or other circumstances that may slow us down a little longer to stay caught up. I know in this current challenge, between job, kids, and arthritis, I am so far behind that I am tempted to give up. I am just now on week 4, and if I hadn’t made up all those squares already, I’d chuck the whole thing. I’m so discouraged because I’m so far behind. I know there are plenty of folks out there that can bang these clues out in a day or two, but everyone just can’t do that.

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      don’t be discouraged..DO NOT GIVE UP ! …I’m still working on the middle motif….the chemo tires me out so some days I can’t crochet as much but I am determined to finish this CAL ! It’s one of the things getting me thru my cancer!

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      I agree with you Kristin, this one has been difficult to keep up with due to work and other commitments. I’m keeping one or two squares up to date at a time and now am having to catch up all twenty before I can start the borders – DON’T give up though we still have time!

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:34 pm
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    I Just love everything you do I love all types of yarn and just love bright happy colors and I have learned so much from y’all even though I’ve been crocheting since I was two ( my mom taught me ) right now my favorite stitch is the C2C I’ve made 4 so far they work up so fast I’m working on the mystery afghan going on now but had to use a different yarn it has been the very most fun and I look so forward to each new clue so I’m open to try anything you throw our way keep up the good work you guys are so much fun I’m 61 years old and disabled so believe me when I say the first thing I do every morning after reading my Bible is grab my coffee and look on FB to see what’s going on with you guys thank you for all your hard work love you all

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:31 pm
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    1. I always like to know which yarn you are using for a project, but as long as we know what weight yarn you are using, being able to choose whichever yarn band we like works well!
    2. I prefer all kinds of colors! I like bright contrasting colors. I like jewel tones, pastels, and muted tones. I like picking a dark, medium and light shade of the same color as well. Being able to pick our own colors is nice!
    3. I prefer throw size or bigger. I made 30 blocks instead of 20 for the CAL. Having an option to increase size if so desired is great! I see a couple people mentioned not being too keen on making a baby blanket, but I think a baby blanket tutorial would be great!
    4. The current 10 weeks is a good length. I guess it really depends on the project! A baby blanket one could be shorter.
    5. Boredom would probably be a reason I would give up, or waiting too long between clues.
    6. Things outside my comfort zone for sure! That’s how we learn and become better at crocheting! But at the same time, not every CAL needs to be super intricate. A 4 to 5 week afghan CAL that teaches some new techniques would be fine, too!
    7. The timing of this CAL was great! For a fall one, mid September through mid November would be perfect! Summer is winding down and the project would be done in time for winter time use or a Christmas gift!

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:29 pm
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    1.Yarn type…… I like Caron simply soft yarn. It’s so soft!
    2. Colours… I like the way you did it this time where you had several color combinations for us to choose from. I like spring colors like sky blue, yellow, pink.
    3. Size…..I like the option to make it bigger, but when you tell us how much yarn we need could you tell us for both throw and blanket, so we can buy ahead please.
    4. How long ….I like the 10 week, because I have other projects I am doing. This gives me time to work on them. Plus if there is a part that is hard, it gives me time to figure it out, and I do not get behind.
    5. Giving up on CAL….. I have never given up on one. I guess the closest I came one time was because it was to easy, I got board.
    6. DESIGN…..I like both, I am old so I like everyday look but also open minded. I have truly enjoyed this last one.
    7. TIME OF YEAR FOR CAL….. Spring like now and fall. Summer I am busy with yard work and vacations. Winter, with all the holidays Thanksgiving and Christmas it’s hard to keep up with shopping, family and friends coming over. Yep Spring and Fall would be great!

    I am easy, I will go with the flow! Whatever you pick, I will do. Your sweet for asking!

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:29 pm
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    I love the mystery aspect but wish there was a little more guidance in the beginning that may have helped with color choice (saying, MC will be used for motifs and CC1-3 will layer on top, for example, doesn’t begin to give away the final look but does at least give an idea of what to expect). To that end, yardage requirements rather than # of skeins is helpful too.

    I also love, love, love the idea behind the Sophie’s CAL everyone seems to be doing, where you choose the type of yarn and the finished size changes accordingly. The idea of being able to customize the size is great.

    I also agree with the commenters requesting different shapes and techniques. Let’s mix it up and do something really unusual and challenging!! The braiding on this CAL definitely fits that idea… it may not be my favorite technique but it’s still cool to learn something new and different!

    Can’t wait for the next challenge!

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    1. I like Bernat Satin and Caron Simply Soft
    2. Country and Neutrals are my favourite, but I like to have a pop of colour at times also
    3. I like throws, options for baby size to afghan are nice.
    4. Timing is an interesting one. I have enjoyed the pace of this CAL and most times I am able to adequately complete the clue in a weeks time. I thought I wouldn’t need the extra time with the braid join and was sad to hear we got two clues at once, but quickly found out that worked out best for me. Good call on that one. So, my official response is that it seems you have a good handle on some needing more time and some needing less. Giving the time at the end for completion also helps. Personally, I think waiting more than one week for a clue would drive me crazy.
    5. I don’t tend to ever give up. I might put something aside or decide a different purpose for it, but I appreciate things even if they aren’t for me.
    6. Love things outside my comfort zone! SO good to learn and see new and different things.
    7. Anytime of year is crochet mystery time in my books!

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:23 pm
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    1.I like Caron yarn and can get it. Haven’t tried the others yet.
    2. I like all colors, but really like the different shades of purple, would be cool to see an afghan that used them all together.
    3. I do throws but do like bigger afghans- options to make bigger are good.
    4. Depending on how much is involved with each clue 1 a week, and no limit to how long it should be as I’m a slow stitcher.
    5. The only thing that makes me give up is if I don’t like the stitch it is. That was my problem with Stitch-cation still needs 2 blocks because I couldn’t bring myself to repeat and do 2 of the stitches.
    6. I like learning new stitches but after this last Mystery would love to do something with a ripple or round shape to it.
    7. Summer or Fall

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:22 pm
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    Hola!
    Primero dejame decirles qie es la primera vez que participo en una cobija misteriosa, asi que estoy intrigada y maravillada. En base a tus preguntas:

    1. En México no es fácil conseguir la marca de estambre que manejan pero hoy que estoy de visita en Estados Unidos me di cuenta que me gustó mucho Caron.

    2. Los colores pueden ser cualquiera al final todos somos diseñadores y twrminaremos haciendo o comprando el que mas nos guste. Pero si es importante que al sugerirlos usaran una ayuda visual para saber los colores graficamente asi posemos encontrarlos mas fácilente y se vería el contraste.

    3. El tamaño podria ser algo flexible para que cada quien decida de que tamaño sera su cobija.

    4. El trabajo puede Abarcar 10 semanas o puede ser un tipo Rally conforme terminas la primera clave entregas tu trabajo y te entregan la segunda y asj sucesivamente.

    5. Es muy raro que me de por vencida y menos con algo misterioso!

    6. Me gusta que sea algo nuevo que sea un reto, esa es la idea. Estuve viendo tejidos tipo vitrales y seria muy interwsante.

    7. En enero y agosto.

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:20 pm
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    Hey guys! First, I’d like to say that I really liked the current Mystery Afghan CAL all the way until the joining phase. I didn’t like the use of the different colors to join the squares. I also wish is was bigger.
    With that being said, I’d like to see something big and chunky with a larger size afghan, maybe with a tribal or aztec design. I have a pattern that I can’t wait to do with tribal designs. Those would of course work best with a medium wight yarn and not a chunky one, but either of those is my pick/request.
    Thank you all the all the time that goes into all of this!

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:18 pm
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    1. I have always used redheart yarns. I would like to see CAL using different yarns each project. We would get exposure to a variety.
    2. I like to play with color. But do enjoy neutrals as gifting colors.
    3. As for size, a larger or flexible pattern would be ideal. The taller family members would really appreciate it. Throw size is great for decor but not so useful. Something that would be useful and beautiful would be great!
    4. The weekly clues have worked out for many. I get behind and catch up as WORK allows. The extra month to complete after all clues are given is a good idea for those who do get behind a bit. Thank you.
    5. I never give up just get slowed down. Biggest reason has nothing to do with the pattern. Life just steps in and projects have to be sidelined for a bit. I always finish eventually.
    6. I love a challenge. We can always find predictable easy patterns. Love learning new skills and techniques. I agree with previous post, squares are great I love them but different shapes would be fabulous.
    7. I’m up for a good mystery anytime. That is one of my favorite parts of this CAL the anticipation of what is to come. At times I looked at the finished clue and said. I don’t think I like it then the next clues adds something to it and it totally changes my opinion. Thank you for a job well done. Always kept me guessing!!

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:15 pm
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    1. I like Caron…Caron simply soft and Caron One Pound. Caron One Pound is my favorite.

    2. All colors. I have 5 young children, so bright colors suck them in, while my husband and I enjoy the country/earthy tones.

    3. All sizes…the bigger the better!!

    4. As long as you can. Whatever you can do.

    5. My income isn’t the greatest and I have a hard time getting yarn 98% of the time. The only thing keeping me from doing the Sophie’s Universe CAL right now is lack of funds…and it stinks.

    6. Why stay inside your comfort zone?? You can’t learn that way!!

    7. Any time of year is fine…

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:14 pm
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    1. Caron simply soft and caron one pound (453.g/16oz) no dye lot are a couple of my favorites. But I would like to see something done in Bernet Handicrafter Crochet Thread.

    2. Color depends on who I’m making the item for as I have some very pickyfamily members. But having option on changing colors helps with this.

    3. I like the idea of the pattern being small throw size but with options to make it bigger.

    4. Time should be based on the difficulty of the step. If an easy task, one week, if harder like the braiding, a couple.

    5. I gave up because there is no one in my family who would like the blanket. Other times would have to do with life becoming too busy

    6.i like challenges but sometimes taking it easy ends up being more productive.

    7. Fall and spring would be nice. I think it would be eat to have one per season.

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:13 pm
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    I am loving the current Mystery Afghan. I learned a lot of new ways to put yarn together. My favorite colours are pretty, girly ones, like pinks, purples, teal, etc. I would be interested in making a large blanket, and also a Christmas-themed one. Although Caron Simply Soft looks nice, I would not use it for a blanket, as it seems fragile and tends to split when I work with it. Thank you for all you do!

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:10 pm
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    Mikey, thanks for ALL of your hard work!!! I’ve been crocheting for over 50 years (holy crap!) and have learned an amazing amount from you! !! Your tutorials are beautifully done and easy to follow.

    I love mystery projects! Have done mystery quilts (tons of them) & mystery beadweaving. This is my 2nd mystery crochet along.

    I stopped this one because the design just wasn’t for me. No problem. Will finish up and donate…8))

    I love wild colors!
    Worsted weight yarn.
    Nice big throw is good size.
    Love using hexagons. …so many possibilities. …8)))

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:07 pm
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    1. I would love a project using Caron One Pound or Bernat Handicrafter. Caron Simply Soft and Bernat Softee Chunky are great, too.

    2. I love all colors, but I like warm tones and also bright colors the best.

    3. I am longing for bigger blankets. Teeny little lapghans are practically usless to me. Would love bigger projects or the option to make them bigger.

    4. I think 2-3 months is a good length of time. Number of instructions at a time is hard to answer because it really depends on the project.

    5. I had never given up on a CAL until this last MCAL. I quit halfway through week one after making 11 squares because I was bored with it. It was also then that I discovered the Sophie’s Universe CAL (they were already 5 weeks in), and dove into that one instead. I’m going to frog the squares eventually and not finish the MCAL. Some of them were really pretty, but I don’t think I would have liked my colors or the finished size. I guess that’s another reason to abandon – that you end up not liking your colors.

    6. Definitely want projects outside of my comfort zone. I love unique and intricate patterns.

    7. I prefer earlier in the year, up to September. After that, I’m focused on Christmas.

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:07 pm
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    Love the ideas of past mystery challenges. I really love a creative challenge – interesting and unique is where it’s fun. Afghan sized or with options are my vote. Color choices can always be adapted to varied pallets, so it doesn’t matter to me so much what colors yours demonstrate. For those crafters that can’t quite visualize a different set of colors, perhaps options could be offered – they can always ask, right? ie: Hey Mikey, those tones are too tame, what do suggest for someone who loves purple?! Either way, we love you! Keep it up!!

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:07 pm
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    NO granny squares, carron or Paton yarn, jewel tones for colors, larger size, outside my comfort zone. Would love a an elegant but beautiful design. No chunky yarn. Anytime and 12 to 15 clues.

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:05 pm
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    I’d love to see an afghan where every row (or few rows) is a different stitch.

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:02 pm
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    I think the time frame and difficulties were fine, it gave a little wiggle room for those who can’t get it done in a day or two. I would like to try an all in one piece that each round is different or combines rather than joining squares.

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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    Samplers are nice… learned lots in the one last year…. would even like a square a week or 2 a week if small…. or small graphs that are to be put together….. i would like to see finish products sometimes and release the square each week. Maybe do challenges with like a spa set or kitchen set and everyone show their take on it…. i love seeing new ideas. If you do baby blankets…. have a variation so people can make it bigger to suite their needs… have we done a star yet…. just remember some members are newer than others and occasionally have things not so difficult. Oh so many ideas

  • March 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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    I like Caron Simply Soft the best and the “anything goes with colorway”. I enjoy projects that really challenge me and are different from other’s out there.

    I think it would be fun to do one continuous blanket where each round is a little different instead of having to sew blocks together.

    I also would love a pattern that could be adapted to different sizes of yarn/hooks and be made either big for a bed, or small for a lap or even smaller for a baby! – of course that would use different types of yarns, but I’m ok with that!

    Hope this helps! I’m really enjoying the current CAL, thank you for your hard work Mikey and Dan!!!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:59 pm
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    1. Beginner, so I have no experience with other yarns beyond caron simply soft and red heart super saver. I’m always down for something new to try!
    2. Anything goes for me!
    3. Definitely bigger than a throw!
    4. Maybe one clue per week, people seem to have other projects going on and want to participate but don’t want to be overwhelmed.
    5. Boredom
    6. Definitely new techniques! I like a little challenge!
    7. Doesn’t matter to me ,really! Just wait until after the tent sale! Haha!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:59 pm
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    For me, yarn type and colour is not a huge deal because I usually just use whatever I feel like using. I prefer something challenging with new techniques to learn. I know this is probably something that is too difficult to achieve, but maybe have two variations: one simpler and one more challenging, that people can choose their difficulty level (for example, on the current CAL, have the option of the twisted braid join or a more simple join). Personally though, I love being challenged to new things. I get bored if I keep doing the same thing over and over again.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:59 pm
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    Firstly – Mikey, thank you so much for putting this together. I can’t imagine the amount of work that you and your crew must do. This CAL is my first and has been so much fun. I eagerly await the new clue on Tuesday and look forward to seeing everyone’s pictures that they post from all over the world.
    Now – the answers to your questions –
    I would be happy with Bernat or Paton. This was my first time using the Caron Simply Soft to crochet and I found that I had a lot of splitting.
    Colors – I’m contemporary/neutral, but the color groups that were set up for the current CAL were great – gave everyone an idea of combos. The bright neon color CALs were great looking!
    Size – throw size is fine, but options adding length/width would be nice (extra borders, blocks or rows). My guys are over 6 feet, so at least 65-72 inches in length is best for me.
    Length of time – 10 weeks was great for me, but I’m OK with longer. As far as steps – I would like enough to keep me going most of the week, for instance clue 8 on the current CAL will be finished in a matter of hours, and 2 weeks for some clues may be a little long. That said, the 2 week clue was also a blessing as I was recovered from the crud going around and with it being such a new technique, I know (from the comments on FB) that a number of folks were struggling and nervous about starting.
    I usually give up when frustration levels hit the ceiling – but then I still go back and try to conquer it!
    I always want to be challenged! I have been crocheting/knitting for well over 50 years – it’s always fun to learn something new. Maybe a simplified and stepped up version of the same pattern – we don’t want to forget our newbies.
    I’m up for doing it any time of the year. I always have something going. Maybe in the summer, something lighter, more open design

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:55 pm
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    Ive enjoyed tis crochet along and I love the mystery of it. I don’t mind joining squares and I loved the new braiding technique that I learned. id love to see a cal like the sophie’s universe one where you start in the middle and add rows of unusual stitches. Its been a blast to do and ive learned a lot of new stitches. As for the questions. 1. bernat satin is one of my favorite yarns but I like patons canadiana too. Colors..anything goes. Throws w an option to make it bigger would be excellent. I like the weekly clues and then the month afterwards to catch up. I think that’s perfect. Ppl can always catch up but if the clues are fairly quick for us to do then its hard to wait longer than a week for the next clue. Ive never given up on a cal but im close to giving up on one that im doing now. Its square by different designers and its soo frustrating. Some of the designers have done a great job and their instructions are great. But others couldn’t possibly have even tested their pattern because the counts are all off and the instructions unclear. Im a very experienced crocheter and can figure things out from the photo, but its very frustrating. I don’t *like* doing that. Im a person that buys a pattern so I don’t *have* to frog! Though the yarnspirations patterns have had an occasional mistake (that’s human) for the most part they are accurate and your videos help me figure out anything I cant get from the written instructions or diagram. I love things that take me out of my comfort zone, but also understand that there are many new crocheters working along w us and you’ve got to aim for kind of a happy medium. Any time of year works for me. Feb is lambing time here on the farm, which is why im still joining the last few squares so I can start my border!

    If you do a cal mikey.. odds are excellent i’ll be doing it. I love the crochet crowd and the ppl here. This cal seemed to bring out some not so nice ppl but day in and day out your facebook page is by far the friendliest most welcoming place to be! Love it!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:55 pm
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    Hi Mikey and Dan and crew 🙂

    1- Bernat anything really but blanket, softee chunky, satin and cotton come to mind first 🙂
    2 anything goes!
    3-anything goes!
    4-just like the current one, the timing and steps have been super and just the right amount 🙂
    5-difficulty to follow along, if there’s too many detailed steps, then more likely to get frustrated. also, texture of the yarn, if it’s not easy to work with within a few steps, it sits to the side for forever.
    6-outside comfort zone! (it’s a big world out there of stuff I’ve yet to discover!) (ps. please try the new beautiful shells motif pattern going around, could really use a video for it! lol )
    7-not on Christmas or Thanksgiving, way too busy a time of year, other than that, go for it!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:55 pm
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    I would like to see some filet crochet. Red Heart has an afghan I would love to see, Filet Crochet Bunny Blanket. Since it’s Red Heart and not Yarnspirations I guess we won’t see it any time soon. I would still love to see some kind of filet crochet though. The colors don’t matter and I prefer bigger than a lapghan. The yarn doesn’t really matter either.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:53 pm
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    This is my first ever challenge and I am loving every minute of it. Being rather new to crochet this has been exciting for me. I will definitely do another with you. Thank you for all you do!!!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:53 pm
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    This was my first CAL & I loved it! Anxiously awaited the clues each week. Here is my input for the next one…

    1. Open
    2. Contemporary or neutrals
    3. Bigger than traditional throw.
    4. ???
    5. I loved the challenges. I was hoping to learn new techniques & I did.
    6. I definitely like getting outside of my comfort zone. I always like to try new things & broaden my experiences & techniques.
    7. Anytime

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:52 pm
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    I would prefer a 4 ply… neutral off white/beige. .. crochet in strips. Look of knitted. . ARAN. STYLE. . Then creative joining pattern and Border. Started in early Autumn. ..Thanks for asking. .. Kathy Matlock

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    Something that teaches new stitches, just like the Mystery Afghan being done now. It has different ways to use stitches, we were able to choose different yarn if we are attached to one specific yarn, simple and not over whelming.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:48 pm
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    1- The yarn doesnt really matter to me. If I dont like what is suggested I will just try to find something I do like that is close.
    2- Same as above. I’ve never been one to follow the exact rules lol
    3- FLEXIBLE!! Something that is easy to adjust to whatever size you prefer.
    4- Time doent matter to much for me. I liked this time of year as it doesn’t conflict with the massive amount of Christmas crafting I do.
    5- With the MCAL I might not choose the best colour option. This last one I stuck to a suggested colour scheme that I thought I would like and now I am just waiting to see if I like the border enough to finish. But that is all me not the pattern!
    6- It all depends. I love to learn new styles and pattern options, but obviously there will always be some that I dont like that others love and vice versa.
    7- Start of the year! I’m going through withdrawl that time of year from crafting so I really need something to fill my time!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:44 pm
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    1. I’ve only used Caron Simply Soft. Open to try others…maybe something chunky?
    2. Anything goes colors. Depends on who I give it to.
    3. I love baby afghans be a use I make them for the newborns in our church but I’m open to any size for other gifts.
    4. I like the lengths of this one and the summer one last year. It takes me longer because sometimes I have to read and re-reread the directions and watch the videos few times before I start and then stop and start as I’m working. I forget stuff as quick as I read or see it so I need more time than the girls/guys who can do a clue in one day. Hard to admit that but it is why I feel so good when I do accomplish one of these. Years of migraines and medications has messed up my brain. Your videos help me so much.
    5. When I mess up so bad I’d have to rip out a lot or if I can’t understand the written instructions. Both on this project. Gave up on written instructions and went by your videos. Would Yarnspirations let you edit the written patterns? No stitch count was given for each round and I wasn’t careful with every chain so my squares sides are lots of different counts. Nearly gave up, then almost did regular join, then punted with 9 chain spaces on each side 3 or 4 stitches between each sc. Crazy but it’s working.
    6. I like the challenge. It makes me feel good about me when I can do it. Would be nice to have some easy stuff mixed in to rest my old brain. Not necessarily in the mystery but in a side project to do between clues.
    7. Summer and winter

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    I would like to make a throw for a bed, something that the size can be adapted by the person. I really like patterns that have different shapes or sizes in it (like squares, rectangles, ect.) bold or neutral colors are fine. Larger hooks or multiple threads together would be nice as well.

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    Firstly, I am loving this Mystery CAL. Being a mystery it keeps it exciting. Even my husband gets excited to see what I’ve done next. So to answer your questions –
    1. I don’t really have a preference on brand and type. Being in Australia all of them aren’t always available here.
    2. I love bright colours. That said I’m pretty easy and it’s just about anything goes.
    3. I’d like to see throw rug size or bigger.
    4. I think anything over 5 weeks is good. I love this 10 week one. I’d be happy doing a 20 week one for that matter.
    5. Haven’t given up yet so can’t answer this question.
    6. I like the challenge of learning new things. Some weeks though I’m happy to have something predictable.
    7. I like crocheting between February and November. Our summer in Australia is way too hot to be dealing with wool. Mind you, it’s the perfect excuse to retreat to the air conditioned bedroom.

    I’ve made two of this CAL. One for me and one for my Mum. It’s not a pattern I would pick out to do but I am loving it.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:43 pm
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    Love the article. I really liked the mystery CAL. This was my first one.
    Here are my answers to your questions.
    1. Simply soft
    2. I prefer neutral or country but am open to anything
    3. Larger than a throw
    4. 10- 12 weeks is good
    5. Love them
    6. Outside comfort zone is great
    7. Anytime

    I would like to try either a mosaic afghan or an African flower one

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:42 pm
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    1. Bernat and Patons are two of my favorites; specifically Bernat Softee (including Chunky) and Satin (or just soft yarn in general!), and Patons Decor.
    2. I tend to stay in the warms and neutrals in color choices, but only because it fits my current decor (and in the winter, it’s what I want to wrap myself in). I’m not opposed to bold colors, but I’m not sure it wouldn’t go to a friend (or niece/nephew) as a gift.
    3. The bigger the better as far as sizes of afghans go. I come from a line of very tall people, so I almost always end up modifying the sizes for bigger if/when I can. Or the size being the deciding factor sometimes. However, an option to make it bigger if we designed something that has flexible options would be wonderful.
    4. As for how long the crochet along should be, number of steps vs difficulty of steps… Hmmm… This is an excellent question. What I have noticed is that some people get their week clue done in a day, and others fall behind (see #5) and then feel overwhelmed. I do think that 1 week in between clues is adequate, as long as you continue to give X # of week(s) after the final clue for completion. 2 – 4 weeks, for me, would be ideal.
    5. I don’t participate in many CALs because I don’t often have focused time to commit to finishing the project in the allotted time. This is my issue, not The Crochet Crowd’s. 😉 What makes me, and perhaps others, give up on a crochet projects in general is 1 of 2 things: 1) getting bored quickly (this can be the same color over and over and over again OR the same stitch over and over and over again), or 2) frustration (the stitches aren’t laying right, decided I didn’t like the color choices I made, I have other projects I HAVE to finish for [fill in event/occasion] and and don’t have time to do both).
    6. The simple answer is yes. Some things SHOULD include features that are outside our comfort zone for style, while others can be predictable. Knowing what level the work is (and maybe the types of stitches included that one should know or be willing to learn) would be tremendously helpful in deciding if we’re prepared to embark on the CAL journey.
    7. I don’t personally have a preference; however, I don’t know too many people who want to have the weight of the yarn and a bigger blanket on them in the summer when the weather is too beautiful to sit and hook.

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      I prefer a yarn that is machine washable, such as Red Heart, Bernat. I loved the CAL. It was a lot of fun. I would prefer not to have all the layering done on this afghan. I would have picked different colors if I had known. Maybe a larger square with different stitches for a larger afghan.

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      1. YARN: My favorite yarn is Red Heart Soft (the Carons Simply soft seems to bother my throat and it splits too much). The only Bernat I’ve used is the Mosaic.
      2. COLOR: I lean towards teal/purple/pink but whatever colors are suggested I would probably just use colors I like. I am a non-conformist 🙂
      3. SIZE: I like the idea of being able to add on to the pattern to make whatever size we want. This latest CAL seems to be dinky (I think even with border it will be too small, but I don’t like it enough to add squares to it).
      4: TIME: I prefer 4-6 weeks. 10 seems little long.
      5. REASON I QUIT: Not understanding the pattern or it’s taking toooo long.
      6. COMFORT ZONE: As long as I have your video to follow I can usually figure it out. Just no BPDC. I hate those.
      7. TIME OF YEAR: Maybe September when it gets cooler and there is time to finish for Christmas in case I decide to give as gift.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:41 pm
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    1. Any yarn but Simply Soft! 2. Country or neutral are my favorite 3. Out of my comfort zone for sure! Maybe strips of different challenges? 4. Throw size with options. 5. 1-2 clues/wk 6. 10 wks seemed OK. 7. Boredom would make me stop

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    I would love a large round afghan. Bright colors, new stitches. Want to learn to keep the right tension to keep it flat.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:39 pm
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    I am going to finish tge current mystery CAL but I’m not liking it. Too busy of a pattern for my taste. I’m not a yarn snob as long as it is fairly soft. The Simply Soft seems to split a lot but I love the feel of it. The pace seems good. I think I would like to see a differnt shape afghan with a great textured pattern in neutral colors. I love kearning new stitches snd techniques. I am a fan of the round Matelasse afghns.

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    2. I think color choice is very personal, and could make or break any project. Giving examples, like you did on this last CAL was a great idea.
    3. I prefer larger afghans, but for a CAL i think the smaller, but optional flexibility of size is important, for those who would like to make it bigger.
    4. The length of the CAL doesn’t matter to me. I get very busy and sometimes can’t keep up week to week, but once a week clues are great.
    5. Nothing makes me give up a mystery, because that is the point. It is a mystery, and that is what is fun about it. If i don’t end up liking to end product, i can always donate it, or give as a gift to someone who does.
    6. I LOVE challenge. The more difficult the better. The video tutorials you make are amazing. I like the art of crochet. Complex is great.
    7. For afghans, winter, or early spring is optimal.

    Please remember, that because crochet is art, and very personal, no two people are going to be happy with the design of a particular project. What is simply stunning for one, can be considered awful to the next. That is unavoidable. You do great work and a wonderful service, by offering these CALs to the public, and creating useful and excellent tutorials, so that everyone, of any skill level, can enjoy this craft. Keep it up!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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    My two cents …
    1) Caron Simply Soft is a good yarn to work with, although I have noticed that if it’s not a ‘fresh’ batch, it sort of dries up and then the plies split as you work (not good). Bernat’s is ok, which I feel is chunkier, and helps work up a project fast.
    2) I’m an any colour goes person; I have no problem putting colours together. However – If you’re going to suggest colour palettes (which is good too), my brain wants to see the pattern so that I know which colour to use for which round, etc. Yeah, I know, then it’s not a mystery any more! But my OCD brain starts putting and matching colours together for a project, to see which one works well in the pattern and which one does not, etc. To be honest, I was going to join in the current CAL but hadn’t had a chance to buy the yarn yet. But I saw early photos of the first square, and clicked off from the CAL – it was either the colour choices and/or the pattern that bothered me, and so didn’t bother to buy the yarn again. I know I could have used my own colours after seeing the pattern, but I wasn’t intrigued again.
    3) and 4) For me, the size of the afghan will depend on how much time there is for the CAL, and whether I can work it into my already full schedule. I would say that a lapghan size is good (6 squares by 8 squares size) and a new square/pattern a week is good. One gets enough time to work on it, and will finish it in time to be a part of the challenge/mystery CAL, and they can increase the size after the CAL.
    5) Following on to the point above – Time. Speaking for myself, but I’m sure there are others in the same situation, not all of us can sit and crochet at our leisure all day. If the afghan needs to be a twin bed size to be done in 4-6 weeks, then it’s going on the WIP pile or the to-do list, and will get done after the CAL/challenge.
    For a size bigger than lapghan, then the CAL will need to take place over a period of 8-10 weeks.
    6) My brain likes to learn something new, so learning a new style is good.
    7) The time of year to work on it best is probably late summer into early fall, so that it’s ready for the winter and Christmas holidays, possibly to gift to others.
    Thanks for reading.

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    I would like to do a stash buster afghan. A pattern that I have wanted to do but am not good at the math is the Jacob’s Ladder. It is great for using up left over yarn instead of always going to the Granny Square. It also lends itself to being any size hence the math involved.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:36 pm
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    I would love to use a Bernat yarn or even Lilly… Not fussy for the super soft for current cal… Something larger and lovely would be great…. There is a cool one on the yarnspirations website it’s green with flowers in the middle

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:36 pm
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    1.I prefer worsted weight yarn, no brand preference, but I think it’s the easiest size to interchange
    2.I like we were given the color samples to go by, but some of the folks that just went with whatever they had have some beautiful blankets 🙂
    3.I prefer a bigger blanket over a little, one, this one’s turning out too small for my liking, or the option of making it bigger is great!
    4.I think the 10 weeks you gave here is great, I’m sad over not getting a clue that one week but I understand that some folks needed to catch up. I’m a fairly quick crocheter so I could have done more per week than what we were given.
    5.This is the first one I’ve done and didn’t give up. for the folks that were confused I do think your vidoes were wonderful help and think that if they took the time to watch they would understand the clue given. you did wonderful work with that. I liked that we were given printed pattern, the picture/graph pattern, as well as the video. 3 different ways to get the same clue, that was awesome.
    6.I do prefer an everyday look/nothing too far out. I gift a lot of my afghans and a more classic look is easier to gift.
    7.fall/winter. I live in a northern state and so spend a lot of time inside when it’s dark/cold out I wouldn’t want to do a CAL in the summer when its sunny/warm and prefer to be outside at that time.

    I enjoyed doing this CAL and wouldn’t be opposed to another one.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:35 pm
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    I like having choices of color combos like this afghan. It’s fun to see everyone’s ideas of color. I’m a little behind with this one and like that there is month with all the clues after it’s done. Love, love the creativity of this one. It’s got my creative juices flowing!! Doing this after Christmas is good. Helps to keep one busy waiting tor spring!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:34 pm
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    I have really enjoyed doing the mystery afghan, it was so out of my element. I have always used the simply soft yarn for all my afghans. I think any color combination would be fine. How about an afghan that takes a year to make, every month you get a square and at the end we put it all together. This should be big enough to hunker down in during the cold winter months (especially the ones we have in Michigan). Please add the graphs also, I still have a hard time reading instructions. I just cant mentally picture it til I see the graph. Looking forward to our next challenge

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:33 pm
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    Love trying yarns so whatever you feel best fits the project. Something larger than a throw afghan. Beach colors/boat/spring. … I’ve had 5 ft of snow for so long I need cheerful things to look fwd to. I learn with every mystery you do! I love the challenge but would love to see some back to basics stuff because I’m still learning and I’m paranoid about it coming undone or when my ends show up no matter how hard I try to hide them! The summer one I didn’t finish because I got frustrated with how done of my squares turned out. …. but that challenge made a 3 year project possible for me to finish with confidence! The winter one just was too artsy for me and I wandered away when I saw how they were being attached. … I’ll finish it but will do it differently. Mid/late winter late summer are perfect times I think! Thank you for all you do! Your videos and community made it possible for me to teach myself and continue to improve!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:33 pm
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    1. Not a huge fan of the Simply soft but I’m good with most yarns.
    2. Anything goes
    3. I like large afghans.
    4. I 8-12 weeks us good.
    5. I don’t care for so many granny squares and then having to do so many steps on each granny square.
    6. Up for anything.
    7. Any time

    I am enjoying the CAL but haven’t stayed caught up.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:32 pm
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    I like the CAL but its hard to keep up for me when there is so much going on otherwise. I think winter is the best time because that’s when I have the most down time. I like any brand/colors because we can substitute. I’d like to see other CALs besides blankets, like maybe a small project, socks or hand warmers, hats or scarves. I did try the Caron united scarf CAL but after the 2nd clue I gave up because I thought it was ugly (no offense).

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:32 pm
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    I would love to see throw size with the option to make it bigger. I love colorful and different color combos using any brands that are soft. Looking forward to the next challenge

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:32 pm
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    1. bernat and patons yarn I think
    2. I like bold and vibrant colors, ones that stick out
    3. I would think bigger then a throw
    4. as long as it takes, and I would think bigger clues then currently
    5. I give up when its to easy, not challenging enough
    6. I would most definitely prefer something that’s takes me outside my comfort zone, maybe even teach me a thing or 2
    7. any time of the year would be good, I crochet all year long

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:31 pm
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    Id like something that would resemble the old time quilts… I’ve seen a few on fb that were crocheted and I thought they were just beautiful..

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:29 pm
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    This has been my first Mystery Afghan and I am loving it!!! As for future mysteries I would love to try Bernat yarn. I like bright colors but any thing well coordinated is fine. Would like to see a large size or option to make larger. About 10 clues would be great. What makes me give up is boredom…like a bit of a challenge as long as we have you great videos and instructions! Would like the design that includes features outside my comfort zone and would like the project to begin in late fall or early in January. Thanks for all of the great work you do to keep us learning!!!!

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    Great job trying to meet members needs.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:27 pm
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    This is my first crochet along, and I was terrified to try it, but I’m so glad I did. I would have passed this pattern up if I had seen it in a book because it would have looked too hard. By breaking it into steps, I’ve been able to see that it was all stuff I’m capable of doing (with help from some of the videos). I think that’s what I would like next time too. Not picky about yarn, because let’s face it, I’m going to pick what I want anyway 🙂 . Would like it not to be scratchy though. For me, Christmas is the only time of year that would be bad, because it’s so busy; unless it’s something small.

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    1. Would use an inexpensive yarn. Without knowing the final design, I may not want to sink a lot of cash into the project
    2. I would like to choose my own colors. In not a fan of super bright colors. My age I guess. Lol
    3. My children are very tall and I am a larger person. I would like something larger than a throw. The are too small to be of use.
    4. 8-12 weeks is plenty.
    5. I give up on patterns that are too busy or look like it was done in the 70’s. Crochet has come a long way
    6. Out of the comfort zone works for me
    7. Ready for winter!
    I quit the current cal because it was way too busy for my taste. I would prefer something more elegant. Less joining. Love you guys thanks for hearing us out!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:26 pm
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    1. I love Super Soft, but am willing to try anything as long as it is not too expensive.
    2.Neutral, beachy, bright or jewel tones are my favorite
    3.I like big afghans, I love to be able to wrap up in them!
    4. The length of the CAL depends on the degree of difficulty of the afghan I suppose. I think the pace for this current CAL is good. I was finished early most weeks, but that was okay because I always have something else to work on.
    5. Not getting the instructions or being able to figure it out. I haven’t had that problem with the CAL, but the Yes, Yes Shawl gave me fits and I bagged it.
    6. I like being challenged. I may not prefer the end result, but I always learn something I can use in the future. And if I don’t like the finished product, it makes a great gift! 😉
    7. Anytime it good, although I have a hard time working on a big afghan during the summer when it is hot!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:26 pm
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    I’m loving the challenge of the current CAL, it’s a pattern I never would have picked for myself so that’s the fun in the mystery. I will definitely do another CAL in the future!

    1. I really like the Simply Soft, it’s my first time using it and it’s nice to work with. I also love Paton’s Canadiana yarn, it’s a great weight and quality with tons of colour choices.
    2. I picked very bright colours for the current CAL and I don’t normally, and I kind of regret it. I guess that means I like neutral and contemporary choices best. I wish I had selected different colours for the current project becuase the design is so busy, but that is no fault of the designer or Crochet Crowd, that was my own choice, a risk becuase I had no idea what the mystery pattern would be.
    3. I would like to make a larger size Afghan that you can actually curl up under in the living room. The current one isore a display piece that a usable blanket for more than a lap cover.
    4.I thing the current format of 10 clues is perfect, and I really liked that some clues are a bit shorter and that we got 2 weeks for the longer one. I fell a bit behind becuase of life busy-ness and it was nice that I never got behind on more that one week of clues.
    5.Weaving in the ends has been a lot of work that isn’t as fun as doing the actual crocheting, but I have never wanted to quit!
    6. I love learning new techniques and being challenged to try something that I wouldn’t normally choose myself. But I do want the finished product to be something I can use in my home or gift.
    7. I think this project was timed well, the new year is a great time to start a new project like this! So it was announced at a great time.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:25 pm
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    This is my first CAL and I love it! I love learning new techniques and open to anything. They make wonderful gifts or donations.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:25 pm
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    This is my first crochet a long. The only part about the current CAL is that I was intimidated by the joining. I watched the video you made (thank you so much by the way) and decided that’s it I’m done. I sat on it for a few days and told myself I won’t learn if I don’t do it. So I picked up my yarn and my squares and watched the tutorial and crochet along with you! I got it and I felt so foolish for wanting to give up!
    As for future CAL/KAL I would love bigger projects. Something that will fit a bed or be big enough to use as decor for my couch. (I have a very long couch lol) as for colors I love bright vibrant colors, but my daughters (who think I’m nuts wanting neon in my afghans) want warm, dare I say normal (deep and rich) colors.
    I’m so enjoying all of the crochet projects that you post and I’m working on the yes yes shawl and enjoying how it’s turning out

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:24 pm
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    My 1st MCAL. Enjoyed it. Friends kept wanting to see my progress. Color choice was hard not seeing the finished product but that was ok too.
    1. Bernat or Patons.
    2. I like to show different throws for each holiday. So seasonal?
    3. Size ok but a little bigger would be ok too.
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    6. I want to learn something with the double pointed crochet hook.
    7. I’ll make time whenever you post except Between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    You are so cute!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:24 pm
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    Something with a LOT LESS weaving of ends haha! I hate weaving in ends!!! I also very much dislike Caron SS yarn, and I’ll for sure have to make a substitution if it’s the yarn of choice in a future CAL. It’s much thinner than other worsted weight yarns, it’s slippery, it frays and splits, and the ends won’t stay tucked even if I use your “weave it 3 times” technique. It looked like you used a different brand in your tutorial videos as well. I prefer Red Heart, if I’m honest.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:23 pm
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    1. Whatever requires me to spend the least amount of money.
    2. I prefer neutral and dark colors, but I think people should be able to choose which ever colors best fit their personal style.
    3. I prefer something a little larger, but something with an option to increase the size would be great.
    4. I would say the time allotment for each step would depend on the step. How much is there to do? How complicated is it? Basically, the more there is or the harder it is, the more time there should be for people to complete it.
    5. If a project is too repetitive, I get bored. If it involves a lot of single crochet, I tend to not want to do it (I hate have to do single crochet).
    6. Outside my comfort zone! Teach me new things, please!
    7. October. Colder weather is a good time to sit indoors and crochet.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:23 pm
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    Log Cabin so we can be ready for winter. I enjoyed the last Mystery Afghan. I would like to see this in a single bed size with larger squares, Rich Browns, Coppers, Cream, Light to medium Grey. I have learned so much by joining your group. I want to say THANK YOU to all.

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    I like throws, something versatile to keep on the sofa. I’m not particular about yarn, because I can always sub my preference. Timing… to have it completed for late Fall and/or early Spring

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:23 pm
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    I am currently working on my first mystery with the current mystery afghan and I love it. As a new (or relatively new) crocheter this has taught me SO much. So please keep doing these. I will definitely be joining in.

    So for your questions, here goes:

    Yarn: I don’t know enough about yarn to really give an educated answer here. I am currently working with the Caron yarn which is very soft but tends to unravel a bit for me, but that may simply be my inexperience shining through. So, take your pick of yarn.

    Colors: I think this is a question that many people will give different answers on. My thoughts are that everyone should be able to pick either from a set of colors that you pick knowing that they work together for the project, or go “rogue” and pick their own. I picked my own for the current CAL and while I like them, I may have liked it better if I’d been more traditional and picked from one of your “kits”. But I like having the opportunity to pick my own colors, so please give us examples but let us explore our creativity.

    Size: Again, I like choices. Currently my only complaint about the current project is that it seems like it’s going to be a bit small. I may crochet a bit tight so my squares are not maybe as big as other people’s may be, so the afghan seems (I haven’t started the border yet) like it’s a little on the small side. I like the idea of having a basic size and being able to adapt that to whatever size you want it to be.

    Length: Wow, that’s a toughie. I haven’t had any issues with the current project, and sometimes I wish there were more steps in each weeks clues (though I did get crazy behind on week 4… for some reason that weeks clue just made me crazy). So I’m open on this.

    Giving up: Hmmm… I guess I would say boredom. I haven’t mastered reading patterns and my crocheting is pretty elementary at times, so I wind up doing the same pattern over and over and over once I understand it. I made a bunch of corner to corner afghans (thanks for the video tutorial for that!) last year as Christmas presents, and now I’m bored to death of the pattern. I still like it, but I have at least two unfinished ones getting dusty as they wait for me to want to work on them again. So boredom is the real killer for me. That’s what I have loved about the current afghan mystery – I am learning all sorts of new stuff and it never is boring because it’s totally different and fun. I love it.

    Comfort zone: My comfort zone is boring (corner to corner AGAIN???). So please go outside the comfort zone. Push me. Teach me something cool and amazing. The corner to corner is cool and amazing, but I need to have that as only one of the ideas in my repetoire. Not the entire repetoire. Make sense?

    Time of year: All year. I love this project and will be sad when it’s over. So I think it would be awesome to have one each season — Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. That way if someone is going to be travelling for, say, Summer they can just skip that mystery… but those of us with no lives can continue and crochet to our hearts content.

    In a nutshell – please keep doing these. They are awesome and such great teaching tools for those of us who barely know a double crochet from a slip stitch. I am having a great time and am so glad I took the plunge to start this one. Keep up the great work.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:22 pm
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    1-Caron simply soft
    2-contemporary or neutral
    3-flexible but bigger than throw
    4-more clues but smaller ones. Please keep working people in mind that have limited time
    5-falling behind
    6-either way
    7-early fall like maybe to complete something for holidays

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:20 pm
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    I am a little lost here. What’s the mystery afghan all about. Sorry that I’m being a little stupid here.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:19 pm
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    I love the mystery CAL we are doing now. That being said it is the first ever CAL I have ever done. For the questions you asked I would like something bigger than the decor throw we are making this time.
    Something a bit more challenging than what we are doing (as long as we have your wonderful videos!). I consider myself a beginner/intermediate crocheter.
    And anything not over late November-December (holidays).
    Other than that I’m open to what you offer! Would love to do another CAL with the Crochet Crowd!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:17 pm
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    How about one of those stripey ones with a different stitch for each stripe? They look fun 🙂 I’m enjoying this one because it’s slightly out of my comfort zone – which is what I want in a ‘challenge ‘ so thanks to you and your team!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:16 pm
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    This is my first CAL..as a matter of fact, its my first piece that doesn’t go straight across, back and forth until I’m done. Its been fun and challenging. My regret is the caron yarn I’m using. It unravels before I even get started. Your piece is beautiful, mine looks like its been used already. Having said that, I love the pattern and my colors and look forward to more CALls in the future.

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      i agree Caron SS is awful

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:16 pm
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    1) This was my first time working with Caron yarn and it’s splitting like crazy. I would rather Bernat yarn in the future. thankfully i’m able to fix the splits so far but it’s been a lot of work to have it unravel due to splits from the yarn.
    2) I loved that we were able to pick our own colors. It was so much fun to see all the different combinations people put together!
    3) Definitely bigger than a throw! It needs to be something I can sit and curl with the kids. If we know we can make it bigger in the beginning that helps also. I’m new so don’t have time to make 20 more squares and still keep up with the week.
    4) I feel the steps were good each week. Some were harder and some easier so they gave you a chance to take a breathe in between.
    4) I haven’t given up but this was my first!
    5) outside of comfort zone! I want to learn new things with these 🙂
    6) Anytime of the year not around major holidays

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:16 pm
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    I don’t really care about colors or yarn type although an afgan in worsted weight cotton would be uber heavy!!!!. I’ll almost always choose my own yarn and colors.New stitches and shapes always are a challenge. Personally I don’t like single piece afghans as I tend to get bored with them, or my wrists start to hurt . If. we will be doing a large afghan or throw spring or fall is best so we don’t have a big blanket over our legs in the middle of summer! Baby blankets are great for charity work,and the right pattern that could be enlarged might be good for all!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:16 pm
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    Love this crochet-along. Would prefer October to December. Otherwise the rest was perfect.

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    I’m not super picky. I would just prefer something that doesn’t include squares.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:16 pm
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    Was very disapointed in this mystery crochet along. Way to busy. Now for the questions, baby or full doesn’t matter to me. I think your time lines are fine and not too long. I do like patterns that can be expanded or shortened, expanded to full size afagan and shortened to baby size. I like soft elegant colors. I’m not a fan of the overly bright or neon colors. Any thing you do Mikey is ok, I have crochet since I was about 4 or 5 years old and I’m 73 now, so I can take something I don’t care for and make it into something I like, as I’m doing with this last mystery afagan. I’m not doing the loops, I’m doing the center flower and I’m using a granny stitch to join as I don’t care for the braided look. I have to say I’ve had fun and will do it again.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:15 pm
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    1. I enjoy working with the Caron Simply soft
    2. I like any color. I like to choose my colors except for a mystery CAL its hard to know what to choose.
    3. I would like the opportunity to choose once the CAL is under way. Start with the throw size and if I want a bigger on I could. That depends on difficulty. The current one is perfect in timing and length. If we are doing squares to put together you hit it right on for the current one. If you are thinking of doing on in the round can do 5 or six rounds as it grows cut way back to two rounds a week.
    4. This doesn’t matter to me. Just don’t start one the same week as the cruise. Having to wait 2 weeks just to see the first clue was frustrating.
    5. When I can’t keep up with the pace. I’m doing the Sophie Universe and am on clue 9 and 12 just came out. This one for me should be an every other week new clue or half the clues every week. I’m about to give up on it.
    6.How about a little of both to keep the frustration down.
    7. This one doesn’t matter. I simply enjoy the project when you are ready to do one.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:15 pm
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    Mikey,

    I have really enjoying doing this mystery CAL. I have been reading some of the negative comments and do not agree with any of them. I joined this CAL to have fun and learn new stitches which I did while doing this. I like the idea of it being a mystery that way I look forward to seeing what the next clue will be. The gamble of it being a mystery also has the added challenge of working with the colors. I am glad that you did supply a suggested list of colors for the people who did not want to choose their own colors. I did not go with the suggested colors and picked my own and I love the way it is turning out.

    I would like to see a larger size with lots of colors for the next one. It would be nice to have a couple of weeks to complete the steps if there are more than one row being done that way everyone has enough time to complete them before the next step comes out. I would like it to be challenging as well and something that is different from the normal easy stitches.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:14 pm
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    1. Caron (loving the simply soft)
    2. country
    3. option to make bigger
    4. ??
    5. anything but squares! hate all the ends
    6. new stitches are always fun to learn
    7. winter

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:13 pm
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    I have been looking at the clues for the current one as they come out.. Have not been able to join in though, much as I’d like to. I have 6 kids between the ages of 1 and 7 running around here at all hours. 2 are mine the other 4 I babysit. I’d love to do a CAL, but it’d would have to be super simple, while maybe teaching me a new stitch, and I’d definately need time to keep up as some days I would not be able to get as much done.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:12 pm
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    1) Caron soft yarns
    2) I love bright colors. I love gray contemporary patterns. I feel like that would be popular and really outside the box.
    3) throw size with the option to make larger.
    4) 12 weeks
    5) too slow. Sometimes I can get bored when the cal goes too slowly
    6) outside comfort zone. I feel like a lot of crochet patterns are very country and traditional. I would like to see more that is a different style
    7)fall/winter

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    1. Bernat Super Value.
    2. Anything goes for colors. It would be nice to see beforehand a hint of how the colors look together though so you can make sure you’ll like the combination. It’s so hard to tell how it will look when they are all in skeins. Maybe just a striped square to show off the color combos that are recommended.
    3. I prefer bigger sizes than your average lapghans. Maybe something more like a twin or a bit smaller than a twin.
    4. 2 or 3 months are good for CALs, depending on the size. I liked how the steps were split out on this Mystery CAL, there was enough to get done in a couple days if you wanted, or spread out over the week, except weeks 6 and 7 didn’t really need to be combined since it didn’t take very long to do.
    5. I would only give up if I absolutely could not figure out a step. But Mikey’s videos help a TON, so definitely keep those up for any future CALs.
    6. I’m open to any design, I think that’s the fun of the Mystery CAL. You have no idea what it will look like. Not everyone likes the same thing, you have to opportunity to learn new techniques and do something differently. If you don’t like the finished look, you can always give the afghan away to someone who does like it.
    7. Any time of year works.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:10 pm
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    Caron is my go-to. It’s soft, cheap, and the colors are beautiful. I gave up on this last mystery challenge cause I did not like the pattern. I’m more of a minimalist when it comes to patterns. I like simple-looking. Doesn’t mean the pattern has to be easy though. I do like tiny details. I like lots of white, neutrals, pops of color.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:10 pm
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    I have very much enjoyed this mystery crochet along. It is the first one I’ve ever done. It has been interesting to see the afghan take shape. I wasn’t always sure I liked how it was going, but am determined to see it through. Once I got the squares together, I am sure that I love it and can’t wait to start the border! As for future ones – I love being challenged! But there is no way I’d have gotten through this one on my own. I love having the clues given out weekly – with video tutorials! I am open to any colors and yarns. Probably prefer throw size, but open to larger too. Thanks for providing these tutorials! I will definitely do another mystery crochet along – any time of year! (well, maybe not so much in the fall – Christmas gift making time).

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:10 pm
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    I loved this mystery CAL. I would like to do a big blanket with lots of textures and new techniques and bright colors. Maybe with flowers sewn on. I would also like to do an amirugumi CAL, mystery or otherwise.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:10 pm
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    i would love to see more mystery crochets! 1) I like Caron brand. 2) I’m good with any colors. 3) I like the idea of the option to make bigger. 4) I think eight weeks like this last one is a great idea. 5) I’ve never done one before, but with any other project if it gets monotonous I have a hard time finishing it. 6) Something outside my normal style is great. 7) Any time of year!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:07 pm
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    I’d look to see an afghan geared toward 7-12 year old boys. There are so many “girly” options out there with flowers and whatnot. My son is begging for a blanket, but we haven’t found the right one yet.

    • March 31, 2015 at 4:17 pm
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      Have you looked at the camouflaged yarns for your son’s afghan? I make baby boy afghans out of camo, instead of the traditional blues, and the new mothers love it. Browns with navy work well. Mikey’s never ending granny, 5 pointed star, and corner 2 corner work great for boys; I’ve made them all,

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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    The 2015 CAL is my very first mystery CAL. Altho Im not fond of the colors I picked, Im going to finish the project because im so OCD I cant leave anything unfinished lol. I am IN LOVE with the idea of the CAL and next time I will be more attentive to the colors I choose. I also think the “throw” size works well for the mystery. Keep up the good work, I’ll be there next time with hook and coffee to crochet right along with you.

    Gift Caudill

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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    I love learning new concepts in a CAL! I would like the option of adjustable sizes on the next one. That can be semi easily done if it’s motifs again. (You will need x amount of motifs for a throw, y amount for twin size bed,…) Also, it would be nice to have less rains to weave in on the next one! Lol. (Please don’t take that harshly…I’ve gotten to the point where I laugh when I find another tail to weave in!) I am not a fan of Caron yarn, but like you said, that can be substituted. I LOVE the diagrams!!!!! Thank you for all of the hard work that you put into the projects!!!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:05 pm
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    1.Of the Yarnspirations Yarn Lines, which yarns would you prefer to see in a Mystery. Caron, Bernat, Lily and Patons are the choices of brand but tell us more specifically which lines under the brand you most prefer. (Remember, we do allow yarn substitutions with our crochet alongs)
    I prefer thicker yarns that build bigger and faster. I do have to say I have never used the yarn that was used this time and I was super excited with how super soft it is.

    2.Colours… what kind of colours do you most prefer? Are you a country, contemporary, bright, neutral or anything goes?
    When it comes to colors I like the classic country colors personally

    3.What sizes of afghan do you prefer? Would you like to see throw sizes or bigger? Or an option to make it bigger if we designed something that has flexible options.
    I like bigger sizes. I am 5’8 and my boyfriend is 6’4 and my son is already a big kid so the smaller ones are nothing more than a decoration than anything and I prefer to use what I make.

    4.How long should the crochet along be and maybe share how big of steps do you prefer each week?
    I like the smaller steps every week and a 15-20 week challenge would be awesome! I am a full time student and a mom so I don’t always have time for the big steps in one week

    5.What makes you give up on a crochet along the most? Biggest reason?
    I give up when there seems to be too much to do and not enough time to do it. I would love a large throw that was broken up into smaller bite size pieces that I know I could get done in the right time.

    6.Would you like the design to include features that are outside your comfort zone for style or prefer something predictable and everyday look or appeal?
    I love trying new things. That is why I went with this challenge. I would have never made anything like this at all and I would love to expand my horizons even further with the next challenge. Like the title implies it is a challenge and I am enjoying it very much so.

    7.What time of year would you prefer a crochet along be?
    Winter is my favorite time of the year to crochet because I cant garden in the snow 🙂

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:05 pm
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    1. Bernat Super Value
    2. Contemporary colors or Neutral
    3. Flexible patterns are the best, but definitely bigger than a throw.
    4. ???
    5. ???
    6. I definitely love to do things out of my comfort zone.
    7. Anytime

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:05 pm
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    I loved doing this MCAL. For me was the right size and not overwhelming. I just bought a oak Q size hook, would love to see something done using a Q hook. Looking forward to the next..

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:03 pm
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    I like the crochet along. The only thing I would be careful with is baby blankets. I don’t have a baby nor do I know anyone with or having a baby. Otherwise, I like surprises 😉 I think you guys did a good job with this one! I like to be challenged. This is my first granny square anything. Thank you 🙂

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:03 pm
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    I would like to do something that isn’t squares. Maybe octagon or diamond

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      I love the Simply Soft or Bernat yarns.
      If it is a more open design, I would prefer Bernat over the simply soft. The simply soft is too slippery when it comes to weaving in the tails.
      Concerning colors. . . if it is a busy pattern, I’m more of a neutrals or ombre colorway.
      I would like to finished size to be at least a twin size or with the options to enlarge it during the pattern.
      Something done in another shape besides squares would be a lot of fun.
      Thanks for taking feedback!
      I had a lot of fun with the last design. It was great learning new things.

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:01 pm
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    I prefer Caron Simply Soft, the current CAL is my first time using it and I love it. I prefer bright colors and would love to see a larger size afghan for a CAL (for example: I am going to make the current Mystery Afghan double the size its supposed to be).

    Then longer the CAL, the better for me personally. I have two jobs so sometimes its hard to find the time to keep up. And I love that this CAL includes techniques I have never used before, makes it very interesting!

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:01 pm
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    Throw size would be perfect

  • March 31, 2015 at 11:59 am
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    This has been my first Mystery Afghan, and some of it was challenging. I like learning new things but would prefer something with everyday use appeal. Not sure this current one goes with our decor. Still having fun!

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      You could donate to a child in the hospital if you decide it doesn’t work for you at home.

  • March 31, 2015 at 11:59 am
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    I personally prefer a large afghan. I am a tall person, and I like a full size afghan to keep me nice and warm!

  • March 31, 2015 at 11:58 am
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    Something a little bigger then the latest one. I think we should be able to pick our own colors, and also one that is a little challenge but not overly tricky! if that wasn’t vague enough for you I can keep going! lol (maybe start in late August early September and make a nice, big, warm snuggly one for cold winter months!)

  • March 31, 2015 at 11:56 am
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    1. I love Bernat or Patons yarn the most.
    2. I love neutral colours, or 2 neutrals and an accent colour. I’m not into loud, bright colours but that being said I have used them for other afghans and they turned out fantastic. Just depends on your mood when buying your yarn for your project.
    3.I’d prefer something bigger than a throw, but it’s mostly because I’m a plus sized woman and the throw size afghans are too small for me. Unless I planned on giving it as a gift to someone instead.
    4. I’d like it to be as long as possible, with 1-2 clues per week. But no more than 12 clues in total I guess.
    5. Lack of motivation, getting bored with the pattern, same thing over and over and over again.
    6. YES! I want to learn new techniques!
    7. Early fall would be nice.

    • March 31, 2015 at 12:10 pm
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      Hi all, i dont really have a preference to yarn brands but i do love bright and colorful. I would prefer something a little bigger than this one and keep the new concepts coming. I am a little slower than others so i would like to see something a little wild and a little more time if a complicated week. late summer early fall would be perfect to have something either working on or done by winter. I would really like to see something really out there, even more than this one haha. thanks to the crochet crowd and yarninspirations for this pattern. its been great and opened my mind

  • March 31, 2015 at 11:56 am
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    Hi Mikey! I really enjoyed last years Stitch-cation. I loved learning new stitches. Of course, I’m slower than cold molasses and have not finished. I have 2 squares left and then the edges. I procrastinate like the best of us! Thanks for what you have taught me and for getting me back to crocheting! Silly me started another afghan before finishing Stich-cation. Have lots of WIPS from years ago. Take care……….

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