To kick off the month of May, I led a Mystery Crochet-A-Long! Now all the instructions are complete, and I've added my own photos of the original project. I hope you've all had fun, and that we can do it again in the future!
Please feel free to post your pictures! If you're a member of the Crochet Lounge you can post them there, or post them directly to the Moogly Facebook page! I can't wait to see them! And if you're a Ravelry member, be sure to add the project to your notebook!
So are you ready to get started? If there's a stitch, abbreviation, or technique you're not familiar with, and it's in blue, that means it's a link to a video tutorial, so just click!
Moogly Mystery Crochet-A-Long: Mystery Fish Pouch
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- US - G, 4.00mm hook
- Lily Sugar'n Cream in 3 colors:
Color A - 70 yds
Color B - 70 yds
Color C - 10 yds
- Optional - 2 small buttons
DAY 1 – Using Color A
Round 1: Ch 40. Sl st in first ch to form circle, being sure not to twist chain.
Round 2: Ch 1, hdc in 1st ch. *Ch 1, skip next ch, hdc in next ch. Repeat from * until 1 ch remains. Ch 1, skip last ch, join to 1st hdc with a sl st. (20 hdc, 20 ch)
Round 3: Ch 1, hdc in each st and ch sp around. Join to first hdc with a sl st. (40 sts)
Round 4 – 10: Ch 1, hdc in BLO of each st around. Join to first st with a sl st. (40 sts) At the end of Round 10, break yarn and use seamless join in the 2nd st to finish off.
DAY 2 – Using Color B
Round 11: Join with a sl st to any st of Round 10. Ch 1, sc in same st. Skip the next st, work 5 dc in the next st, skip the next st. *Sc in the next st, skip the next st, 5 dc in the next st, skip the next st. Repeat from * to end. Join to BLO of first st with a sl st. (10 shells, 10 sc)
Round 12: Ch 3, work 4 dc in the BLO of the same st. Skip next 2 sts, sc in BLO of next st. *Skip the next 2 sts, 5 dc in the BLO of the next st, skip the next 2 sts, sc in BLO of next st. Repeat from * to end. Skip the last 2 sts and sl st in BLO of top of ch 3. (10 shells, 10 sc)
Round 13: Sl st in BLO of the next 2 sts (to center of shell). Ch 1, sc in BLO of same st. *Skip the next 2 sts, 5 dc in BLO of next st (sc of previous round), skip next 2 sts, sc in BLO of next st. Repeat from *, ending with a sl st in the BLO of the first sc of the round. (10 shells, 10 sc)
Round 14: Repeat Round 12.
Round 15: Repeat Round 13.
Round 16: Repeat Round 12.
Round 17: Sl st in BLO of the next 2 sts (to center of shell). Ch 1, sc in BLO of same st. *Skip the next 2 sts, 3 dc in BLO of next st (sc of previous round), skip next 2 sts, sc in BLO of next st. Repeat from *, ending with a sl st in the BLO of the first sc of the round. (10 shells, 10 sc)
Round 18: Ch 3, 2 dc in BLO of first st. Skip next st. sc in BLO of next st. *Skip next st, 3 dc in BLO of next st. Skip next st, sc in BLO of next st. Repeat from * to end, skipping the last st, sl st in BLO of top of ch 3.
Round 19: Sl st in BLO of next st. Ch 1, sc in BLO of same st. *Skip the next st, 2 dc in the BLO of next st, skip next st, sc in BLO of next st. Repeat from *, ending with sl st in BLO of first sc of the round.
Round 20: Ch 3, dc in BLO of same st. Skip next st, sc in BLO of next st. * Work 2 dc in BLO of next st, skip next st, sc in BLO of next st. Repeat from *, ending with a sl st in the BLO of top of ch 3.
Round 21: Sl st in BLO of next st. Ch 1, sc in BLO of same st. *Dc in BLO of next st, skip next st, sc in BLO of next st. Repeat from *, ending with a dc st and one st remaining. Break yarn and seamless join to top of first sc of round. (20 sts)
Using Color A:
Row 22: Flatten the work at Round 21 so that you can crochet the end closed and straight. Starting at right side, sc through both loops of both layers to close up the end. Turn. (10 sts)
Row 23: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, dc in the next 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in the next 3 sts, 2 dc in the last st. Turn. (11 sts)
Row 24: Ch 3, 2 trc in the first st, dc in the next st, hdc in the next st, sc in the next 2 sts, skip next st. Sc in the next 2 sts, hdc in the next st, dc in the next st, 2 trc in the last st. Ch 3 and break yarn, sewing the end into the base of the last trc. Weave in ends.
Using Color C, make 2:
Make magic circle, ch 1 and work 9 hdc into the ring. Break and seamless join, leaving 12” tail. Sew them onto Rounds 7 and 8 of Day 1 work, positioned so that the are opposite each other when the work is laid flat but closer to one side or the other, as shown. Add a button to the top of each circle if desired.
Using Color A:
Ch for 15 inches. Finish off and tie or weave in ends. Weave through the ch 1 sps of Round 1. Pull ends to close. Finished!
UPDATE! Moogly fan Pamela Morgan has come up with a fantastic alteration to this pattern, and has generously given me permission to share it with all of you! Instead of making a small pouch, you can make a Fish Plastic Bag Keeper! Her instructions:
"From Round 14 to 16, continue with this pattern for 22 rows, ending with a Row 12." Et voila!
It's been SO fun leading this Mystery CAL - even when the model didn't quite cooperate... I hope you had fun too!
Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2013. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, please visit the About page for details.You can contact me via Facebook messages or at TamaraKelly@mooglyblog.com.
How fun! This sounds like the perfect CAL for me as I usually go really the strong the first few days and then wander off.... Looking forward to joining you on this!
Thanks Julia! 😀
this will be my first also! Can't wait Tamare 🙂
Any certain fibers that would be best for this? Will 100% Cotton work?
100% cotton is what I used, but any fiber should work. A smooth yarn would be better than something like Homespun or a boucle. Great question, thanks!
I never heard of this before but it sounds like fun. I can't join this time but looking forward to another time.
I am super excited to do this!! It will be my first one 🙂
I've done them before but it's my first time leading. An adventure all around! 😀
my first one too.
Waiting for May now! 🙂
What is the Crochet Lounge you spoke of?
Facebook will have the instructions or check back here?
I'll post the instructions here! The Crochet Lounge is a Facebook group. 🙂
Cannot wait to get started...you are my one stop shop for anything crochet and I love it... your patterns are always so easy to read, complete and understand THANK YOU
Thank YOU Jessica! 😀
Can't wait!!! 🙂
Just wondering will it be any skill level??? I am a still in the beginning stages LOL.
Good question! I think I'd call it beginner to intermediate. I'll include charts and links to stitch tutorials where I can too. And each day there will be a picture of where you "should" be after finishing the day before.
Looking forward to doing this. I've never participated in anything like this, it should be interesting. And as Julia said, I'm gung-ho the first few days, then peter out. I have a LOT of WIP's , hahahaha.......Nancy
Yay! Found you via Pinterest, I would love to join this "mystery" crochet-a-long and I am super excited because it's going to be my first one... Already following you on facebook... Can't wait!
Yay! Thanks Sunshine!
I love mystery CAL can't wait to get started,thanks,sounds like fun and I love quick projects.
I am going to see if I can do this.... Never did one before.... 🙂
Hmm... I know what Im gonna be doing when I am supposed to be prepping for a craft show or two. lol. Looking forward to it. There will be time!
Yep, it's a quick one! 😀
I love this web site and I love the patterns here. I have done one other mystery CAL and am really looking forward to doing this one. I've never done one that is only 3 days long so it should be interesting and hold my attention longer. Thank you so much for offering this. Am anxious to get started. Patti
😀 Thanks so much Patti!
I might be crazy to join this with school, planning a wedding, and playing mom on my plate, but what the heck! It sounds too fun not to!
It's pretty quick - just a nice bite of crochet each day!
I'd love to do this! I'm new at crocheting. I work days, will that pose a problem to join in?
I don't think so Nicole! I'll post the parts of the pattern each morning, so it will be up for 24 hours before the next section. And then the whole thing will be up as a complete pattern forever. 🙂
Yeah!!! I'm sooooo excited. I've never done one of these and looking forward to it.
Ooo! Ooo! I have wanted to do a crochet-along for so long and keep stumbling on interesting patterns only after the first few days/weeks are already over. I'm in, Tamara!
And just to top off my anticipation? I'm almost to the end of an unrelated project. It closes April 30. No it's-over letdown for me--jump right from the end of one project to the beginning of the next. 🙂
This will be my first, looking forward to it! Thanks for offering a short one. 🙂
My first CAL and it's looks like a short one. This will be good for us beginners.
I recently discovered your blog and I love it! This sounds like fun. I can't wait to get started.
So exciting! Bought my yarn today (100% cotton Aran weight). Have never participated in a CAL before, let alone a mystery one - looking forward to tomorrow's part 1 reveal 🙂
What fun! I hope we have lots of hookers in on this! Got the yarn and the hook and the first set done!
Please don't think me stupid, but what exactly does BLO stand for in the instructions? I'm not to advanced, and have taught myself, but this one has me stumped. thanks, and don't laugh! lol
Not stupid at all! BLO is Back Loop Only. I've linked BLO and hdc to video tutorials here on Moogly, and will do that with other abbreviations as needed. If it's in blue and you don't know what it means or how to do it, just click! 😀
I've never done this before - how fun! I'm finished with the first one, but I have a question..... you say "At the end of Round 10, break yarn and use seamless join in the 2nd st to finish off." So, are we joining to the second hdc, or are you counting the chain 1 from that round as a stitch and we are joining to the first hdc?
Forgot to check the notify me of comments box.
You'll want to join to the second hdc. This maintains the stitch count for the next section - you can treat the join as a stitch, and have exactly 40 when done. 🙂
OK that's what I did, but wanted to make sure before I weaved in the ends. I am dieing to know what we're making! Please just go ahead and tell me - I won't tell anyone, I promise! 🙂
LOL! Sorry, you're going to have to wait! 😀
Just finished today's instructions. Normally I would do BLO patterns but Im intrigued by the mystery so Ive persevered and Im glad I did. Makes a nice cuff at the moment. 🙂
I'm hoping it will all be a mystery until Day 3! Keep it exciting! 😀
I posted today's work on the moogly facebook page and will do the same in crochet lounge as soon as I am accepted 🙂
Yay! Love seeing the pictures come in!
I am staring this NOW! How fun! I'm gonna throw a guess out there - Purse! 🙂
First one I've caught from the start, and a mystery to boot... I'm all in!
I've started!! Blue is color A, white is color B and Yellow for color C! What is this "Crochet Lounge" you talk about, Tamara?
It's a facebook group - one of the admins encouraged me to do a CAL. 🙂
Ha! Done 🙂 Can't hardly wait for instruction set #2.
Thank you Tamara!
What a fantastic idea! I am working on it right now, and will post my pictures to your facebook page once I am finished. Thank you for posting something fun, unique, and mysterious!
Well, I can hardly wait for tomorrow!!! I've got to find a needle to do the "finish"... This is my 1st to do, too!!! Thanks for the fun!! 🙂
I'm guessing a wine bottle cover....and we are beginning at the top!! LOL - ready for day 2 🙂
Quick question about round 12. 4 dc in BLO of same stitch as the sl?
Hi Denise! Work the 4 dc in the same st as you joined to - the first st of the last round. 🙂
See, this is what happens when I read a pattern BEFORE my first cup of coffee. Had coffee, dropped kids off at school, came home and re-read pattern and GOT IT! Thanks for understanding my un-caffeinated brain this morning!
Heh, I understand completely!
I love shells! I just finished Day #2 CAL. I'll post a pic to your FB page. This is really fun!
Ok sounds like fun!!! Where or how do we join this "crochet lounge" ?
The Crochet Lounge is a facebook group, but you don't have to join to do the CAL (though you can if you want to)! If you're a fan of the Moogly fb page you are welcome to post your pics there, or you can just follow along here on the blog! 🙂
I have completed the 2 days..... dont know whether its right or not.... but sorry I didnt choose other colours now...... 🙂 cant wait for todays instructions, I have been staying up "rather late" at night to do it..... have no idea what it might be after day 2 ..... 🙂
Hi, its very pretty but what is it?
It's a mystery! 😉 I'll be adding my finished photos this evening.
Ok I'll be patient 🙂
I know you have had a little excitement today, but I just have another quick question.
When you say sew the buttons opposite each other, do you mean opposite of the same side (ie 1 left 1 right) or opposite sides (ie 1 front 1 back)?
If I don't make since sorry! Migraine this morning, a little scare for my friend and her son, and a huge scare for one of our nephews and a crashed plane, not his thankfully!
NEVER MIND!!! I got it! 1 on each side of the project!
Tks, I had a lot of fun! Waiting for next crochet along!
Thank you so much for doing this, Tamara! I had so much fun - it was truly a mystery to the end for me. What a hoot!
😀 Glad to hear it Penny!
Super cute, all finished! This was my first CAL and I loved it. Can't wait for the next one 🙂
Glad you liked it Christin! 😀
😀 Glad you liked it!
This was my first CAL and it was so much fun!!! Had no idea what it was until the very end. 🙂
Really enjoyed this CAL!! I agree with some others. It was short and sweet and over before I had time to get bored or distracted. I really liked that about it. Good job!! I finished and still have no clue what it is. What does that say about my imagination!? This is my first finished CAL. I started one once that was a major undertaking and I actually forgot to go back and get more instructions and then I forgot where the CAL was!! Short attention span and even shorter memory!
It's almost dinner time here, so I think I'll add the photos now! 🙂
Love your model! 🙂
Thank you! 😀
If you sew the eyes on the same side it resembles an owl.
Ooo, you're right! Add a beak and it's a whole different bag!
My daughter,age four, commendered it immediately. So I put a strap on it and she has a fish purse! I will post pics this weekend. Thanks, this was fun!
😀 So glad you (and your daughter!) enjoyed it!
Does this fish do anything, like dispense plastic bags out its mouth or is it just a hanging toy? I'm sorry to be so lame but I need to understand what this darling fish does. Thank you. Betty
As written it's a simple drawstring pouch - my youngest has filled it with his markers! One person I know is using it to hold their water bottle, another is leaving off the eyes to make it a mermaid dress for a doll, and a third has made a "split tail" so that they can dispense plastic bags out of the bottom for their baby changing table. 🙂
Thanks Tamara....obviously I didn't read the whole thing very well did I? Thanks for opening my eyes!! Betty
I thought it might be a fun dusting cloth, making an icky chore more fun. Love the mermaid idea!
So much fun! I'm going to do this pattern again but with better color choices this time. My colors were not very fishy.
Leslie, I love the idea of converting it to an owl, too.
Great pattern I used green for color #1 and pink for color #2 and black for color #3 turned out looking good. Thanks was fun
Glad you enjoyed it Carolyn! 😀
Very cute , thank you so much
I LOVE this fish!!!!
I'm a SCUBA diver and I think this would be awesome to take on dives as a "shell bag". Bizarre question, but have you ever used nylon "paracord" to crochet? I am thinking it would be the best option for a salt-water proof bag...
I've used the thin stuff, like this: http://www.redheart.com/crochet-thread/red-heart-crochet-nylon-size-18 , but not paracord - but I know that some others do, so I think it would work!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!! 😀 Added it to my Etsy shop!! 😀 Woohoo!!
😀 Awesome! Thanks for the link too!
I wish I would have seen this from the beginning. I love mystery projects. I missed out on this one.
Hopefully I'll be able to think of another one! 🙂
I am at the end of row 14, but I have 3 stitches between last sc and top of ch 3. I have ripped out and repeated so many times. What am I doing wrong? I'm expecting to skip 2 stitches and then sl st in BLO of top of ch 3. I've got an extra stitch in there. Thanks. Trying to make this for my 1.5 year old great niece.
Hi Pat! It's hard to say without being there to see the project in person, but my best guess is that something got shifted. I'd go ahead and skip all 3 and see how the next round works out.
I have a grandson who LOVES fishing and is interested in crochet. This is perfect for him. Now, to figure out what colors an 11 year old boy would actually use...
😀 How fun, thank you Linda!
😀 How fun, thank you Linda!
I loved making this! It turned out so cute! My granddaughter will love it! Super easy to follow! I couldn't figure out where to post a picture!
😀 I'm so glad you like it Lorie! You can share a photo on the Moogly Facebook page if you like!