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While We Waited MCAL

Its time for another mystery crochet shawl!

This year's inspiration is the very strange year we are having, which initially doesn't seem too pretty! But I promise you, the ideas come together to make a beautiful scarf or wrap. The design plays with ideas about how the virus is separating us from one another but strangely bringing people together and how everyone is having a very different experience of it, but there are many shared experiences too. Its a soothing pattern with plenty of repetition with a different pattern to learn each week.

Some of you will find yourselves with more time on your hands at the moment and some of you will be juggling more than ever. Because of this we decided, for the first time in a mystery crochet along ,to offer the pattern in two sizes. The wrap size uses three 100g skeins and takes around about four* hours per week, the scarf uses three 50g skeins and takes around two* hours a week.

We've partnered with one of our favourite dyers, Vicki Brown Designs, to bring you gorgeous limited-edition yarn packs.

You can purchase kits HERE. They include all the yarn you need to complete the project and a pattern download (no need to buy the pattern separately here.)

If you aren't lucky enough to get your hands on one of the exclusive yarn packs, the shawl is designed to work well with lightly variegated, tonal and speckled yarns.

We'll be hosting the crochet-a-long in our Friends of The Crochet Project group on facebook and using the hashtag #WhileWeWaitedMCAL on instagram. Come and join the fun.

*these will obviously vary depending how quickly you crochet.

The pattern is released in "clues" or sections of the pattern.

Clue 1- Wednesday 17th June

Clue 2 – Wednesday 24th June

Clue 3 – Wednesday 1st July

Clue 4 – Wednesday 8th July

Clue 5 – Wednesday 15th July

Each clue will go live around 10am BST (UTC+1)



PLEASE NOTE: The pattern for a mystery crochet-a-long is delivered in five parts. To receive the updates we strongly recommend you have a Ravelry account (free to sign up at Ravelry.com) . After ordering you will receive an email with a link that invites you to add the pattern to your Ravelry library, this will enable us to broadcast the updates to you. Full instructions for this are given here.



Scarf (Wrap)

Width 20(40)cm/8(16)in

Length 165cm/65in

Length and width are adjustable, instructions are given in the pattern.


3 x 50g (100g) skeins of Vicki Brown Designs Standard Sock (4ply, 75% wool, 25% nylon, 425m/100g) in three different colours.

4.5mm (US H) hook


Clue One motif measures 3in square.

Block and check your first motif before continuing.

Difficulty Rating


Skills Needed

Basic crochet stitches, tall stitches, working in rows, working in rounds, missing stitches, decreasing, working into chain spaces, raised (post) stitches.


Its a surprise for now!



Inclusive Sizing

All of our patterns are sized from XS to 5X. We also include guidance within our patterns for altering to fit different body shapes. And if that's not enough, check out our free guide to making garments that fit.

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