Frequently Asked Questions
Want to learn more about what an MCAL is? Below are some of the questions we get asked the most.
01. What is an MCAL?
MCAL stands for Mystery Crochet-Along, an online event which runs for a limited time where people work together on the same project. With Mystery crochet-alongs we know the theme of the Crochet-Along but not the specific projects, which are released in parts throughout the event.
02. What is an Amigurumi Advent?
Amigurumi Advent is a paid for Mystery Crochet Along by Airali design and Irene Strange which includes 24 crochet and amigurumi patterns released daily – like an advent calendar – from 1st to 24th of December. It also includes a bonus big pattern – something new every year – that you can download as soon as you sign in.
03. What is Amigurumi School of Magic?
Amigurumi School of Magic is a paid for Mystery Crochet Along by Airali design and Irene Strange which includes 5 parts (with 3 amigurumi pattern each + extras), the bonus big make and a final surprise.
04. What is Early-bird Rate?
We offer an introductory Early-Bird price for the first to join, it means you get to save up to 40% off the full price MCAL.
Note: local VAT taxes may be applied depending on your country.
05. How do I get the patterns?
To take part in the Mystery Crochet-Along you will need to purchase a copy of the MCAL pattern either on Ravelry or on LoveCrafts.com.
Early-Bird price is 15$ only until 30th of November.
For those joining the MCAL via Ravelry the daily updates will be sent out through the Ravelry pattern update tool, with each part presented as a separate PDF file. Click the update pattern icon in your individual Pattern Library to update the PDF.
For those joining the MCAL on LoveCrafts.com the PDF pattern file will be re-uploaded each day with the latest part added on to make the file longer.
For those joining the MCAL on Etsy the patterns will be redeemed on Ravelry, a daily update will be received by email.
Join us in the Amigurumi Adventures Ravelry group to chat and share your Advent in progress!
06. Can I join on Etsy?
You can sign up for the MCAL in our Etsy shop, but as Etsy doesn’t support digital updates the patterns will be redeemed on Ravelry – make sure to leave us your email address or Ravelry username at checkout to receive the daily updates.
07. Do I need to have a Ravelry account to take part?
Having a Ravelry account isn’t essential but it will help get the pattern updates easier.
08. How many patterns will there be?
A typical Advent MCAL will have 1 large project and 24 little patterns, one on each day of the advent.
A typical School of Magic MCAL will have 1 large project and 15 smaller patterns, 3 per week.
09. Can beginners join in?
Sure! We aim to make patterns that will be fun to make for crocheters of all levels and will share additional support in our Ravelry group or on Instagram if something is more tricky.
10. How are the instructions written?
All patterns are written in US crochet terms, with plenty of step-by-step images to help make each project.
11. What yarn will I need?
The MCAL is designed to work with DK weight cotton yarn, but like all amigurumi projects it can be made in any yarn and hook. Using bulkier yarns will result in bigger toys, lighter yarns will produce smaller toys – it really depends on personal preference.
TIP: Each make will need a small amount of yarn, great for using up odd bits from the stash!
We will usually release a list of materials a couple of weeks before and MCAL starts.
12. Can I use different hook size?
Depending on your yarn you may need to change to bigger or smaller hook size, find one that works best for you!
13. What patterns will there be?
That's the mystery! Take a look at our previous collections to get a feel for our work, we will share a moodboard and theme before each MCAL opens.
14. Do I have to make all the patterns in the MCAL?
You are welcome to make all of the daily patterns or just your favourites – it’s totally up to each maker! We hope you will enjoy receiving the daily surprise and crochet at your own pace enjoying the countdown to Christmas Day.
15. Do we have to share the projects on Instagram?
Sharing on social media is completely optional, we do love seeing all your makes and share them on our Instagram Story!
Use the hashtags #amigurumiadvent or #amigurumischoolofmagic to make your posts visible to everyone browsing the hashtags.
There will be prizes! A few makers will be randomly picked from the Instagram posts and Ravelry thread at the end of the MCAL.