Mystery Alongs

The 2020 Mystery Knit and Crochet Alongs are now underway! Our theme this year is “Birds of the Pacific Northwest” and the Mystery patterns are just the ticket to help us take flight.

With your pattern purchase on Ravelry you’ll receive a pre-clue description of materials needed and schedule of clues, as well as a yarn suggestion list from the shops participating in this year’s Rose City Yarn Crawl. Clue #1 should have arrived in your Ravelry library the afternoon of Monday, January 20, 2020. A new clue will follow each Monday afternoon thereafter – five clues in total.

Mystery Along Schedule
Clue 1 – January 20, 2020
Clue 2 – January 27, 2020
Clue 3 – February 3, 2020
Clue 4 – February 10, 2020
Clue 5 – February 17, 2020

After the last clues are released on February 17, you’ll have two weeks to finish up in plenty of time to wear your finished project while you crawl! Around the mid-March, each design will be released in its entirety as a regular, non-mystery pattern. See our Ravelry Help page for tips on using Ravelry’s free service.

2020 Mystery Knit Along Designer

Marie Greene

Marie Greene of Olive Knits learned to knit at her grandmother’s side when she was around 11 years old and – as her family and friends can attest – she never put her needles down. And if she’s not knitting, Marie can be found writing (about something creative), speaking (about something creative) or cooking (something delicious). Truth be told, she’s always up to something.

Marie loves crunchy wool, coffee, true crime podcasts and rainy days. And as crazy as it sounds, she loves early early mornings and Mondays. Yep, she’s that person.

Olive Knits started with seamless sweaters (because that’s what Marie loves to knit), but has grown to become a space that supports knitters throughout their creative journey.

2020 Mystery Crochet Along Designer

Laurinda Reddig

Laurinda Reddig enjoys experimenting with unusual crochet techniques and building community through her passion for crochet. She uses over 30 years of crochet experience to develop new twists on standard techniques, break them down and teach them through her designs, books and classes. Her second book, Reversible Color Crochet: A New Technique (Interweave 2014), teaches the reversible intarsia technique she developed.

Laurinda’s innovative designs and articles have been published in various magazines, including Interweave Crochet, Crochet!, and Vogue Crochet. She is currently running Ficstitches Yarns, a quarterly crochet Kit Club, and ReCrochetions Retreats, both featuring her designs and classes. When not crocheting, she is busy raising two children and sharing her love of hand crafts with them.

Laurinda designed her first shawl for the 2014 RCYC MCAL, the first year of the Mystery Crochet and Knit Along, and is excited to be designing her 20th Shawl Pattern for the 2020 MCAL. Learn more about Laurinda at Recrochetions and Ficstitches Yarns.

2019 Mystery Along Patterns

Last year’s patterns are no longer mysterious – now you can see just how lovely they are before buying the regularly-formatted patterns. Browse through finished projects on Ravelry and you might just recognize photos of friends from the 2019 Rose City Yarn Crawl! Our theme 2019 theme was “A Walk In the Park” and the Mystery patterns were just the ticket to start us off on the right foot.

2017 MCAL

Sunset On the Butte

by Jenn Wolfe Kaiser

Inspired by a panoramic view of a sky full of vibrant color, local crochet designer Jenn Wolfe Kaiser (Life Adorned) brings us a beautiful, shallow triangle shaped shawl.


by Rosemary (Romi) Hill

Inspired by the great National Parks and Forests of the West, iconic knitwear designer Rosemary Hill (Romi) shared a spectacular triangle shaped shawl.

2018 Mystery Along Patterns

The 2018 Rose City Yarn Crawl theme was Waterways and these two patterns kicked it off swimingly.

2017 MCAL

Ramona Falls

by Cory Ellen Boberg

The long, asymmetrical triangle shape of this two-color shawl reminds Cory Ellen of the curve of a river – just the thing for the Waterways theme of the 2018 Crawl. The design features waterfall-inspired lace and slip-stitch colorwork for striking but easy-to-knit details for the adventurous beginner.

Lost Lake

by Noriko Ho

The Lost Lake shawl reminds designer Noriko Ho of her days living in Portland during optometry school, when she was drawn to the riverfront for a moment of calm between study sessions. The shawl is constructed in a traditional triangular shape with two different colors of fingering weight yarn. It lends itself well to one speckled skein and other coordinating solid.

2017 Mystery Along Patterns

The 2017 Rose City Yarn Crawl theme was Portland Pastimes, celebrating all the exciting things to see and do in our wonderful city.

2017 MCAL

Vicki’s Hike Shawl

by Julie Blagojevich

Join designer Julie Blagojevich and the shops of the Rose City Yarn Crawl for a shawl designed to imitate hiking. Long stretches of flat paths are followed by recurring “hills” in the design. Increases and decreases in each row will create a fabric of biased stitches. Let’s go for a walk!

Klickitat Street Cowl

by Casapinka

Klickitat Street is a fun cowl that uses two different colors of yarn and a number of different stitch patterns, but is still simple enough for the advanced beginner. It is designed for a variegated or bright yarn to work with a more subtle color, so don’t be afraid to use your favorite bright colors.

Past Mystery Along Patterns

Mystery Along Knit 2016

Velo Cowl

2016 Mystery Along
Knit Pattern

Mystery Along Crochet 2016


2016 Mystery Along
Crochet Pattern

Mystery Along Knit 2015

Washington Park Shawl

2015 Mystery Along
Knit Pattern

Mystery Along Crochet 2015

Rose Trellis Shawlette

2015 Mystery Along
Crochet Pattern


2014 Mystery Along
Knit Pattern


2014 Mystery Along
Crochet Pattern