Mystery Alongs

Each year we prepare for the Rose City Yarn Crawl with two mystery alongs – one knit and one crochet. Pre-sales start and pre-clue information is released in early December. The mysteries begin in January and wrap up in time for you to wear your finished garment on the Crawl! Join our newsletter and follow us on social media to stay in touch as we plot next year’s mysteries…


The Rose City Yarn Crawl will host both a Mystery Knit-Along and a Mystery Crochet-Along for the 2020 Crawl. With plans well underway for next year’s event, we are officially soliciting designers to submit proposals.

The Rose City Yarn Crawl, as you likely know, is an annual event that’s designed to highlight the amazing knitting/crochet scene here in Portland, Oregon. 10 shops will participate in the 2020 RCYC, and the whole craft scene in Portland is highlighted, elevated and supported through this Crawl. One big contingent of that crafting community is the pool of many talented designers based right here in the Pacific Northwest. We love what you do with sticks and string!

If you’re interested in designing either of the Mystery-Along shawls, please read over the following information and submit a proposal by July 31, 2019. The Rose City Yarn Crawl LLC will review the proposals and make selections in early August, giving each designer two full months to create the designs.

What we need from you

A never-before-released shawl pattern, to be debuted in January 2020 as a Mystery KAL / Mystery CAL for the 2020 Rose City Yarn Crawl.

Pattern Deadlines and Expectations

  • Pattern and sample complete by October 15, 2019.
  • Should be roughly advanced-beginner to intermediate level of difficulty.
  • Design should use 2 colors of fingering weight yarn
  • Designer must share design idea/swatches with Mystery-Along Team prior to getting started.
  • Pattern must be test-knit/crocheted and tech-edited.
  • Designer must break down the pattern into 5 distinct “clues.”

Designer Participation Expectations

  • Pre-clue yarn and color suggestions.
  • Work with Mystery Team to correct / clarify / finalize pattern details before release
  • Provide commentary to accompany release of each clue.
  • Participate on Ravelry group page threads and social media for KAL/CAL.
  • Attend pre-crawl activities as a VIP!!

The Rose City Yarn Crawl LLC will retain exclusive design and pattern rights through April 2021, for both hard copy and Ravelry sales. We’ll provide the yarn, formatting, photography, and will post each clue, as well as the final pattern on Ravelry. When and if you choose to release the pattern yourself after the exclusivity period, you are responsible for your own photography and formatting.

Interested? Please send a comprehensive bid (proposed design elements, fee, etc.) to no later than July 31, 2019. Questions? Send them to the same email address. Click here to view this bid request as a pdf.

Thanks so much for your time and consideration. So many fabulous knitting and crochet rock stars on the Northwest fiber arts scene – we’re so fortunate to have such talent here in and around Portland.

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