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Coming September 1st… Amazing Grace Charity Crochet Extravaganza!!!

I am preparing a Crochet Charity Drive starting September 1st…  Lots of fun, prizes and paying it forward!!!  I will be featuring my story about the Amazing Grace Free Crochet Pattern Series… And promoting the free patterns in this series for a very special donation for Breast Cancer Awareness in October 2014!!!  Stay tuned for this big 8 week event!!!!  And… A new Amazing Grace Pattern for the Finale!!

In the meantime… Hop over to my Amazing Grace Free Pattern Series Page and have some fun with these Free Patterns… Click here to view the patterns

Amazing Grace Charity Extravaganza

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Happy Crocheting…

Elena

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Monday Makings ~ Crochet Flower Potholder Review!

Another Monday and a little fun crochet to share!!  This weekend I decided to break out all the cotton yarn I bought a few weeks ago and get something done…  When I was trying to decide what to make,,, I remembered my friend Tamara over at Moogly had done a Potholder Round Up several months ago… I hopped over to her blog and could hardly decide which potholders I wanted to make…

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 Click here to see her fun roundup…

After scouring over all the great patterns… I decided on the Starburst Hotpad by Loretta Schepp… I have been seeing these fun flowers for several weeks now and had been wanting to make some for myself… The pattern is really fun!  It is fairly easy, the only slightly tricky part was figuring out how to join them once all the motifs were crocheted… But once I got it, I whipped 3 out in not time!!  If you would like to make these fun hotpads… Click Here

Flower Potholder Trio

Really fun and easy to make!

Flower Potholder

Bright and Cheery!

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Great collection of potholders!!

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I hope you will give these a try!!!  Have a great week and Happy Crocheting!

Elena

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Amazing Grace Baby Blanket

The Amazing Grace Baby Blanket is the 8th pattern in the Amazing Grace Free Crochet Pattern Series!   All of the patterns in the Amazing Grace Series have the same signature stitch pattern and are dedicated to Cancer Awareness.  This adorable baby blanket was designed for children and babies who are suffering or recovering from any illness or tragedy. Along with all the other Amazing Grace Free Patterns, I encourage you to make these for yourself and to pay it forward by donating a finished item to someone who is suffering or recovering from illness…  It also makes great gifts and is fun and easy to make!!

 

Amazing Grace Baby Blanket

Click Here ~ If you love this pattern,,, You can add it to your Ravelry Favorites and Queue for easy access!!

 

Materials:

Worsted Weight Yarn – 5 Colors – 256 Yards Each

I used Red Heart Soft Baby Steps ~ 1 skein each White, Lime, Strawberry, Lavender and Aqua

Hook Size I

Scissors

 

Measurement:

41″ x 38″

 

Stitches:

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

Instructions:

*Make 4 Strips -Approx. 7″ x 35″ each

Amazing Grace Strips

Chain 33

Row 1:     Sc in 2nd Ch from hook, Sk 1 St, *(Sc, Ch 2, Sc) all in the next St, Sk 2 Sts*, Repeat * * across to the last 3 Sts(you will have skipped 2 Sts leaving 3 more stitches),  make one more (Sc, Ch 2, Sc) in next St, Sk 1, Sc in the last St. = 10 (Sc,Ch 2, Sc) spaces and 2 Scs

Row 2:     Ch 3 (Counts as Dc now and throughout), Turn, *3 Dc in next Ch 2 Space (shell made)*, Repeat  * *across, Dc in last St. = 2 Dc and 10 Shells

Row 3:     Ch 1, Turn, Sc in 1st St, Sk 1 St,  (Sc, Ch 2, Sc) in next St (This is the center stitch of the shell), *Sk 2, (Sc, Ch2, Sc)in next St* Repeat * * 8 more times, Sk 1 St, Sc in last St. = 2 Sc  and 10 (Sc, Ch 2, Sc) spaces.

Rows 4 – 69:     Repeat Rows 2 and 3

Row 70:     Repeat Row 2  *Note the right side of the strip is now facing you… This is important for joining!

Joining:

Joining

*Important*  When joining make sure all the strips are facing the same direction with Row 70 for each strip  at the top!

To Join:     With white yarn and first 2 strips right sides up and strips next to each other, you will be working up the sides of the rows. Join with Sl St to bottom corner (row 1) of 1st strip, Ch 1, Sc in same St, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St of 2nd Strip (See Photo).

 

Joining Strips

Now to continue joining… *Ch 1, Sc in Dc Row space on first strip, Ch 1, Sc in Dc Row space on Second strip(directly across from each other), Ch 1, Sc in Sc Row space of  first strip, Ch 1, Sc in Sc Row space of 2nd Strip (directly across from each other again)* See Photo. Repeat* * to top of strips. Sc in top of 1st strip, Ch 1, Sc in top of 2nd Strip. Finish off.   *Make sure to Ch 1 after each Sc stitch to keep the joining stitches nice and flat. = 142 Sc total

 

joining strips (2)

Join other strips in the same manner.

Boarder:

With white yarn, Join with Sl St to  top right corner of blanket.

Row 1:     Ch 1, Sc in Same St, *Sc in each St across the top of the 1st strip (32 Sc per Strip), Sc 2 Sts evenly across the joining section*, Repeat * * across to 1st corner, (132 Sc across the top edge, not including Corner Sts), 3 Sc in 1st corner, Working down the side of rows, Sc 105 evenly to 2nd corner, Sc 3 in 2nd Corner, Sc 132 evenly across the bottom to corner, 3 Sc in 3rd corner, Sc 105 evenly up the side of rows to last corner, 2 Sc in 4th corner, Join with Sl St to 1st Sc to complete 4th corner. = 486 Sc

Row 2:     Ch 2(counts as Hdc now and throughout), *Hdc in each St across to corner, 3 Hdc in corner*, Repeat * * Around, Ending with 3 Hdc in last corner. Join to beginning Ch 2 with Sl St.  = 494 Hdc

Row 3:     Repeat Row 2 = 504 Hdc

Row 4:     Repeat Row 2 = 512 Hdc

Row 5:     Ch 1, Sc in same St and each St across to corner, 3 Sc in corner, *Sc across to next corner, 3 Sc in corner*, Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl st to beginning Sc, finish off.  = 520 Sc

 

Congratulations… You now have an Amazing Grace Baby Blanket!!!

*To modify this blanket into an adult size afghan,,, You can add more rows to each strip to obtain the desired length.  And make as many strips as you like for the width!!

Amazing Grace Baby Blanket close up

 

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*** 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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Monday Makings and Crochet Pattern Review…

I can’t imagine a week without crochet!!!  This last week I have had many hours to sit and create… I love to design new projects and  one of my favorite things to design has been my Amazing Grace Series!!  I am working on the 8th pattern in the series, if you have been following then you know.. It is a Baby Blanket!!  If you are new to Beatrice Ryan Designs or don’t really know the back story of this Amazing Grace Series… I have dedicated these patterns to Breast Cancer Awareness and my dearest friend Sandra Kay Gilb who passed away in 2007 from this disease!  The same stitch pattern is used in all of the projects designed in the series..  Now that I have several patterns in the series, I have expanded my dedication to making these patterns for all cancer types and anyone who is suffering or recovering from a major illness.  My hope is that if you love one of these patterns,,, You might make and donate one of your projects to the cause!  These patterns are for personal use too and I hope you enjoy making some for yourself or as gifts!!

So,,, This week I am over half way done with the pattern and here is another quick peek!!  The Amazing Grace Baby Blanket!!

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Amazing Grace Baby Blanket Coming Soon!!

Next up… A quick little pattern review… I am always wanting to make a quick fun project designed by someone else… So this week I made this adorable little Hedgehog.. This is a Red Heart Pattern and it is free… It was fun to make and I think any little one would love receiving this cute, soft toy!!  Click Here for the pattern!!

hedgehog

And, I can’t resist showing you another picture of my favorite dog,,, Charlie… He is always with me when I am trying to photograph my projects… He posed for this one just after I took the pictures of  the Amazing Grace Baby Blanket…

charlie

Happy Crocheting

Elena

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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!!

Manicure

Happy Crocheting!

Elena

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