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Throw Back Thursday Crochet… One year ago today!!

On year ago today I posted about my second True Colors Afghan… You can read the short post Here!  My Grandson still loves his True Colors Afghan which was the first one I made!!

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1st True Colors Afghan…

The post goes on to chat about the second one I was getting ready to join… Funny, I put it away and haven’t finished it yet… Do any of you do that… Yep… A year later and it is halfway joined!!  I need to get this great afghan out and finish it up!!!

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Here are the squares ready to go… I have started joining them with black yarn… It probably wont take long to finish!!!  Why do we put projects away??

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I also posted about finishing up a great hat I was working on Southern and Sassy Summer Hat by ELK Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs… Kathy is currently giving away some of her patterns for free for a short time and this great hat  is one of the hats on the list!!!  Hop over and get the code!!

I did finish this project… Yay, and I loved the way this hat turned out…  What do you think!!

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Southern and Sassy Summer Hat…

Well that’s Throw Back Thursday, One year ago today… Thanks for stopping by!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

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Monday Makings… Crochet Fun and Yarn Shopping!

I love weekends!!!  Lots of time to crochet and spend time doing my favorite things!!

This last week was so busy, I couldn’t wait to sit down and get some serious crocheting done… And to top it off Saturday was a Yarn Shopping Day!!!  I have been so lucky to be able  to share my creativity with all of you,, It makes my design process so much more fun!!  Friday over on Facebook, We played a little guessing game… It was a blast!!  Every few minutes I posted a clue to “What will my next Free Pattern be”…  So many good guesses!  If you missed out on the fun, you will find out at the bottom of this post!!  Let’s get started on this week’s Monday Makings segment……

To start the segment off.. I want to share with you 2 Memory Blankets I made these last week!  You may wonder how I finished 2 blankets,,, Well ~ A Memory Blanket is a  small blanket 12″ or 15″ .. These blankets are being donated to our July ELK Studio From The Heart Charity Drive.  As most of you know, I have been working with Kathy from ELK Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs for almost a year with the charity she put together. Each month we donate to a designated charity.  Anyone can join us and if you are interested just shoot me an email!   For July, we are donating to Project Sweet Peas, Project Sweet Peas is a national non-profit organization coordinated by volunteers, who through personal experience have become passionate about providing support to families with infants in intensive care and to those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.    Maria from Pattern Paradise has organized this months drive and I have decided to donate these sweet little blankets…

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These Memory Blankets are a simple Corner to Corner Afghan and each measures approximately 15″.

If you haven’t tried this type of afghan, they are all the rage and are easy to make… Red Heart Yarns has a great pattern you can follow… Click here for the details!  This is the third time I have made this type of pattern and it is addicting!!

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Next up is the  really fun stuff... I want to share with you my Saturday Yarn Shopping Trip… I left late morning to head up to Medford to get a little work done on my car… We live a little over an hour away from a town with any major stores, so when we go… We fill the day with shopping!  I collected all my coupons for JoAnn’s and Michael’s…  JoAnns had 4- 50% off, 1 – 40% off and then 15 % off the entire purchase coupon… Michaels had a 25% off the entire purchase coupon… So this was a great day to go yarn shopping!!  Here is what I got…  6 soft skeins of Red Heart Baby Yarn for my next new Free Pattern (See that announcement at then bottom).. Some Cotton yarn for my stash, a new hook and some place markers…

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Colors for my new project….

Yarn Shopping

This weekends yarn haul!!!

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Now… What you have been waiting for… After much thought ~  My next Free Crochet Pattern will be the 8th pattern in my Amazing Grace Pattern Series!!!  When I was trying to decide what to add, I realized I didn’t have a pattern for children yet!  Since the Amazing Grace Series is dedicated to Cancer and Illness, our little loves need something to wrap up in when they are suffering and recovering!!  So… My next pattern is ~ Amazing Grace Baby Blanket…  Here is a small sneak peek of this fun pattern… As usual we will be using the same stitch pattern that is in all the Amazing Grace projects… It is easy to follow and  the finished afghan will be cheery!!  Are you ready to make one??  The pattern is still in the works and should be finished before the end of the month!!  Stay Turned!!

Amazing Grace Baby Blanket Beginning

Also,,, Just for fun I did a quick manicure using these peacock fingernail stickers… Fun stuff!!

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Happy Crocheting!

Elena

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Midnight Breeze Shawl

This beautiful shawl was inspired by cool summer nights in the mountains of Northern California…. And it would make a wonderful Prayer Shawl!!

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Midnight Breeze Shawl

You can collect this pattern in your Ravelry Favorites and Queue too,, Click Here!

This shawl measures  18″  x 78″

 

Materials:

840 Yards of Worsted Weight Yarn – Recommend using Self Striping Yarn ~ Original design was made using Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable  - Color “Tidal”

Hook ~ I

Scissors

 

Stitches:

St, Sts – Stitch, Stitches      Sl St – Slip Stitch      Ch –  Chain      Sc – Single Crochet      Dc – Double Crochet     Trc – Triple Crochet       DTrc – Double Triple Crochet

 

Instructions:

Ch 191

Row 1:   Sc in 2nd  Ch from hook and each across. = 190 Sc

Row 2:   Ch 3 (Counts as Dc now and throughout), Turn,  *Skip next St, Dc in next 3 Sts, Dc in previous Skipped St to form a Crossover Stitch* (See Photo), Repeat * * Across, Dc in last stitch.  =47 Crossover Shell Stitches & 2 Dc

Crossover Shell Stitch

Rows 3 – 6:    Repeat row 2 four times.

Row 7:    Ch 4 (Counts as Trc now and Throughout), Turn, * Sk 3 Sts, Trc in next St, Ch 2, Trc in 1st Skipped St to form and X Stitch* (See Photo), Repeat * * Across, Trc in last St.  = 47 X sts and 2 Trc.

Trc X Stitch

Row 8:   Repeat Row 7

Row 9:    Ch 1 Turn, Sc across. = 190 Sc

Rows 10 – 14:     Repeat Row 2

Row 15 – 16:   Repeat Row 7

Row 17:   Repeat Row 9

Rows 18 – 22:   Repeat Row 2

Rows 23 – 24:   Repeat Row 7

Row 25:   Repeat Row 9

Rows 26 – 30:   Repeat Row 2

Row 31:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in next 189 Sts across to last St, 3 Sc in last St to form 1st corner., Working along side of rows,  Sc 69 Sts evenly across, 3 Sc in last St to form 2nd Corner, Sc 188 Sts across the bottom edge, 3 Sc in last St to form 3rd corner, Sc 69 Sts evenly up side of rows, 2 Sc in same as beginning to form 4th corner, Join with Sl St. = 526 Sc Finish Off

Edging

Midnight Breeze Shawl Ruffle

Working along short ends of the shawl

Row 1:    Join With Sl St to corner St. Ch 1, Sc in same St. *Sk 2, 5 Trc in next St, Sk 2, Sc in next St.* Repeat Across. 12 – Trc Shells & 13 Sc

Row 2:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in 1st St and next St, *Ch 2, Sk 1 St, Sc in next St, Ch 2, Sk 1 St, Sc in next 3 Sts* Repeat * * Across to end. Sc in last 2 Sts.  = 47 Sc & 24 Ch 2 Spaces

Row 3:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in 1st St, * Sk St, 3 Dc in Ch 2 Space, 1 Dc in next Sc, 3 Dc in next Ch 2 Space, Sk St, Sc in next St* Repeat * * Across to end = 84 Dc & 13 Sc

Row 4:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in 1st St, *Dc in next St, 2 Dc in next St, Dc in Next St, 2 Dc in next St, Dc in next St, 2 Dc in next St, Dc in next St, Sc in next St* Repeat * * Across to end. = 120 Dc & 13 Sc

Row 5:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in 1st St, *Trc in next 10 Sts, Sc in next St* Repeat * * Across. =120 Trc & 13 Sc

Row 6:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in 1st St, *2 Sc each of next 10 Sts, Sc in next St* Repeat * * Across. =253 Sc

Finish off and Weave in ends…

I recommend blocking your shawl for the best result.  I used the Steam Blocking Method, but you may also dampen you shawl and pin it into place until dry.

Enjoy!

Midnight Breeze Shawl length   Midnight Breeze Shawl Stitching

Midnight Breeze Shawl

 

*** You may make and sell products from my patterns but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post these patterns and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***

 

 

 

 

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Crochet Pattern Preview… Happy 4th of July!!

HAPPY 4th of JULY

 

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Charlie and a Crochet Rag Wall Hanging/Rug, I make one of these every year to sell… If interested… it may still be available in my Etsy Store!!

 

 

Pattern Sneak Peek…

While I was on my short trip to take my daughter to college orientation,,, I was able to get some really fun yarn and start my next Free Crochet Pattern DesignIt is still in the design process,,, But I hope to finish it up this weekend and get it out to all of you next week!!  I thought you may like a little sneak peek!!  I’m not telling what it will be yet… Some of you have requested this project…  I hope you will love it!!

 

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Fun yarn and Fun New Pattern!!

To finish up this celebration,, I wanted to also share a collage of some of the fun flowers in my garden!!  Have a great 4th of July Holiday and make sure you get some crochet in while celebrating our countries freedom!!

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Happy 4th of July!!

Elena

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Wednesday Crochet Facebook Fan Favorite~Week 41

Alot of great crochet going on!!!  This last week we all fell in love with so many projects.. and this weeks Daily Free Pattern Find from Facebook had a clear winner…  It is from our friend Lorene at Cre8tion Crochet!  Queen Anne’s Lace Headband.. I will be making several of these for my granddaughter and friends too!  Hope you will stop by and check out her website for more great patterns!!  Click Here for this weeks Facebook Fan Favorite!

 

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Next up is our Fan Favorite Round up…

This Round up was a great collection of Free Crochet Patterns using Cotton… It was put together by our friend at String With Style!!!    Tons of great patterns and perfect for this summer… Hop over and take a look… Click here for the Round up!

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And personally here at Beatrice Ryan Designs… This weeks most popular pattern was my new Sunshine and Shells Summer Hat Pattern… It is a great summer hat and lots of fun to make…  You can find this pattern and many more in my Free Pattern Tab at the top of the page…

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Next up is a new pattern to be released hopefully next week… Tell me what you think??  I have tons of fun making these quick, fashionable bracelets… Hope you love them…

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Have a great week… and Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

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Sunshine and Shells Summer Crochet Hat ~ Free Pattern

Sunshine and Shells Summer Crochet Hat… This Free Crochet Pattern is the perfect Summer Hat.  Made in cotton to keep you cool and a nice brim to keep the sun out of your eyes!

Sunshine and Shells Summer Crochet Hat

Sunshine and Shells Crochet Summer Hat

 Click Here to add this pattern to your queue and favorites on Ravelry

Hat Size:    

22″ Circumference

 

Materials:    

Lily ~ Sugar and Cream (Pictured in Ecru) 200 Yard Skein, Total for hat, Approx 160 yards

Hook ~ H & G or hook size to obtain gauge

 

Gauge:    

Hook Size ~ H  3″ x 3′    10 Dc x 5 Rows

 

Abbreviations: 

Ch-Chain              Sc-Single Crochet            Dc-Double Crochet          St-Stitch

 

Special Stitching:

Beginning Shell Pattern:      Ch 3, Skip 2 Sts, 5 Dc in next St, Skip next 2 Sts.

Shell Pattern:                         Dc in St, Skip 2 Sts, 5 Dc in next st, Skip next 2 Sts.

 

Note: Pattern is worked in the round and all joining stitches are joined to the beginning stitch.

 

Instructions:

Make a Magic Ring.

 

Row 1:    Ch 2 (Does not count as a stitch now and throughout), 12 Dc in Magic Ring, Join to beginning Dc. Pull Tail to tighten ring. = 12 Dc

Row 2:     Ch 2, 2 Dc in each St around, Join to beginning. = 24 Dc

Row 3:     Ch 2, *2 Dc in first St, 1 Dc in next St*, Repeat **around, Join. = 36 Dc.

Row 4:    Ch 2, *2 Dc in first St, 1 Dc in next 2 Sts*, Repeat ** around, Join. = 48 Dc

Row 5:    Ch 2, *2 Dc in first St, 1 Dc in next 3 Sts*, Repeat ** around, Join. = 60 Dc

Row 6:    Ch 2, *2 Dc in first St, 1 Dc in next 4 Sts *, Repeat ** around, Join. = 72 Dc

Row 7:    Chain 3 (Counts as 1st Dc now and  throughout), Skip next 2 Sts, 5 Dc in next St, Skip next 2 Sts (Beginning Shell Pattern made), *Dc in next St, Skip next 2 Sts, 5 Dc in next St, Skip next 2 Sts* Shell Pattern Made, Repeat** 11 times. Join to the top of Ch 3. = 12 Shell Pattern Repeats (including Beginning Shell Pattern).

Rows 8-12:    Repeat Row 7 five times.

Row 13:     Ch 1, Sc around, Join. = 72 sc

Row 14:    Ch 1, Sc in first St, Sc in next 6 Sts, *Sc 2 Sts together(decrease made over the next 2 Sts), Sc in next 7 Sts*, Repeat * * around, Join. = 64 Sc

 

Brim

Change to G Hook 

Row 15:     Working in Front Loops only for this row, Ch 1, Sc in first St, Sc in next 6 Sts, *2 Sc in next St, Sc in next 7 Sts*, Repeat * * around, Join.  72 Sc

Row 16 & 17:    Ch 1 Sc in first St, Sc around. Join. = 72 Sc

Row 18:    Ch 1, Sc in first St, Sc in next 7 Sts, * 2 Sc in next St,  Sc in next 8 Sts*, Repeat around. Join. 80 Sc

Row 19:    Ch 1 Sc in first St, Sc around. Join. = 80 Sc

Row 20:    Ch 1, Sc in first St, Sc in next 8 Sts, * 2 Sc in next St,  Sc in next 9 Sts*, Repeat around. Join. 88 Sc

Row 21-23:    Ch 1 Sc in first St, Sc around. Join. = 88 Sc

Finish off and weave in tail.

 

Enjoy your Sunshine and Shells Summer Crochet Hat!  For a variation, you can use wool or acrylic yarn for winter months!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

Sunshine and Shells Summer Crochet Hat 2

Sunshine and Shells Summer Crochet Hat

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Amazing Grace Summer Crochet Coaster Set

This Amazing Grace Summer Crochet Coaster Set  is the 7th pattern in the Amazing Grace Crochet Pattern Series.  The Amazing Grace Series is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness and use a specific stitch pattern for all of the patterns.  These coasters would definitely  cheer up someone suffering or recovering from any illness .  Combined with a cute mug and some great tea or coffee, this would be a great gift!  These are super quick and easy to make!!

 

 Amazing Grace Coaster Set

Amazing Grace Summer Crochet Coaster Set

If you love this… Click Here to put it in you queue and favorites on Ravelry

 

Materials:

DK Weight Yarn 100 Yards- 4 Coasters,

Pictured- Cascade Yarns  Pima Tencel in Spring Green

Hook – E

Stitches:

St – Stitch     Sl St – Slip Stitch     Sk – Skip       Ch – Chain      Sc – Single Crochet     Dc – Double Crochet

 

Instructions:

Base of Coaster

Ch 15

Row 1:   Sc in 2nd Ch from hook, Sk 1, *(Sc, Ch 2, Sc) all in next St, Sk 2*, Repeat across ending with (Sc, Ch 2, Sc) to last 2 Sts. Sk 1, Sc in last St. = 2 Sc and 4 (Sc, Ch 2, Sc) spaces.

Row 2:   Ch 3 (Counts as Dc now and throughout), Turn, 3 Dc in next Ch 2 Sp(Shell Made) 4 times, Dc in last Sc. = 2 Dc and 4 Shells.

Row 3:   Ch 1, Turn, Sc in 1st St, Sk 1, (Sc, Ch 2, Sc) in next st, *Sk 2, (Sc, Ch 2, Sc) in next st* Repeat * * 2 more times, Sk 1, Sc in last St. = 2 Sc and 4 (Sc, Ch 2, Sc) spaces.

Row 4-8:   Repeat rows 2 & 3 two more times, then repeat Row 2 once more.

 

Edging

Row 1:    Ch 1, Turn, Sc in same as turning and next 12 across, 3 Sc in next st (Corner Made), Sc 12 evenly down the sides of coaster rows, 3 Sc in bottom corner,  Sc 12 across bottom of coaster, 3 Sc in bottom corner, 1 Sc evenly up side of coaster rows, 2 Sc in same as beginning Sc to make last corner. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 60 Sc

Row 2:   Ch 1, Turn,Sc in first St, 3 Sc in next St(corner), Sc in next 14, 3 Sc in next St (Corner), Sc in next 14, 3 Sc in next St(Corner), Sc in next 14, 3 Sc in next St (Corner), Sc in next 13, Join With Sl St to beginning. Finish Off. = 68 Sc

Weave in ends.

 

Enjoy!

 Amazing Grace Summer Coaster Set

 

The Amazing Grace Free Crochet Pattern Series is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness and my dearest friend Sandra Kay Gilb.  Sandra passed away in 2007  from Breast Cancer.  This was a devastating loss and spurred my passion for Breast Cancer Awareness!  At the age of 43 Sandra was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, the same disease that took her mother’s life many years earlier and claimed Sandra’s life in less than 2 years.  Each Amazing Grace Pattern is designed to comfort cancer patients as they are treated and recovering from this or any disease!!  Please pay it forward by donating items made from these patterns to help someone afflicted by this disease.

 

I hope you also enjoy making them for yourselves, for gifts and spreading the word about Breast Cancer Awareness by sending other crocheter’s to my site to build Awareness and a Charitable Community!

 

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