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Monday Makings… Crochet For Cancer CAL Send Off!

Another Monday and so much Crochet going on!!  Over the weekend I gave you a sneak peek of my next Free Crochet Pattern over on Facebook!!!  I can’t wait to show you the whole project..  I’m guessing next week some time I will be releasing the pattern…  It is really fun and very versatile!!  Can you guess what it is??

 

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Free Pattern Coming Soon!!!

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Also over the weekend,,, I whipped up 4 new Amazing Grace Hats….   These 4 hats are being mailed off later today for our Crochet For Cancer CAL…  I changed it up a litte and made these hats two-tone… What do you think??

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Amazing Grace Hat Free Pattern

Amazing Grace Hats

4 Amazing Grace Hats ready for Crochet For Cancer

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Hats packaged up and cards enclosed…

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Are you participating in this great event?? Crochet for Cancer CAL and Giveaway… Click Here for more information!! Still time to make your hats, and get them mailed by the deadline for your chance for the giveaway…  Lots of free patterns available too!!

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Red Heart Prize Package…

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Happy Crocheting…

Elena

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Crochet For Cancer CAL… Amazing Grace Remix…

Are you almost ready to send in your Crochet For Cancer CAL projects??  I have several ready to go!!  If you haven’t read about this great event… here is the basic info…

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A couple of weeks ago myself and 9 of my Crochet Blogging friends got together and started a Crochet For Cancer CAL charity drive…  We all donated tons of Free Crochet Patterns for you to use and the donations will be going to Hooks For Hope… A chapter of Crochet for Cancer…By donating 4 handmade hats or 2 larger projects, you can be eligible for the Red Heart Prize Package Drawing…  Click Here for detailed information and the list of Free Patterns!!! #CrochetForCancerCAL

 

One of my Free Patterns is my very popular Amazing Grace Hat…  So last night I whipped up another one to put in my donation package…  This time I mixed it up… I made it two-tone!!!  I used my left over yarn from my CAL Afghan… It is Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand Yarn…  What do you think of this Amazing Grace Hat Remixed??

 

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Next on my list to donate… is my latest Amazing Grace Project… The Amazing Grace Tote Bag I did a little Remix on this one too!!!  I made this one two-tone and I used Cotton Yarn… I loved the way it turned out!!!  The cotton gave it a completely different feel and the two-tone is my daughters favorite one so far!!!  What do you think??

 

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Both of these were so much fun!!!  I hope you will give them both a try and also consider donating to this great cause and if you are… Good Luck on the Giveaway!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

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Wednesday Facebook Fan Favorite… Week 35!!

I love spring and all the bright colors… This week’s favorites are all bright and cheery and I can’t wait to show you what you voted for as you Facebook Fan Favorite!!  Your Facebook likes, comments and shares are all tabulated as votes and at the end of the week (Sundays) I add up the numbers and find out what your Fan Favorite is!!

To start off this week… The Daily Free Pattern Find Fan Favorite is another project I would love to make!!  It comes from Jam Made… She has a cute site that combines Crochet, Knitting and Sewing… Stop by and check out her other projects… This weeks Fan Favorite is her Crochet Elephant…  Click Here to check out the pattern!!!

 

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Crochet Elephant Free Pattern by Jam Made!!!

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Next up is this weeks Free Crochet Round Up Fan Favorite… Another fun round-up from Daisy Cottage Designs!!  Lauren from Daisy Cottage Designs has put together a round-up of 25 Free Crochet Flower Patterns!! Click Here to Check out the patterns!!

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Daisy Cottage Designs Flower Round Up….

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This week I released my next Free Pattern… Amazing Grace Tote Bag!  This was the top viewed pattern on my website!!  It is really fun to make and super useful!!  The Amazing Grace Series is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness…

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Amazing Grace Tote Bag….Free Pattern

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Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

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Tuesday Tidbits… Crazy World of Yarn!

Happy Tuesday…  I have been so busy this week with the release of the Amazing Grace Tote Bag...  It was so much fun to design and I ended up with three of them for myself…  I hope you will check it out and try one for yourself!!  Perfect for the market, beach or your everyday bag!!  Amazing Grace Tote Bag

 

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Amazing Grace Tote Bag

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So… Today’s Tidbit ~ Actually I have 2,,, The first one was one of the most interesting things I have worked on!!  My friends at The Yarn Box asked me to write another article,,, This one would be about the most unusual yarns we work with…  I was a bit nervous,,, I am pretty much and Acrylic/Wool/Cotton gal..  But, by the end of writing the article I was so fascinated by what I found out!!!  I hope you will be too!!  So please hop over to The Yarn Box and read my latest article!!  Then come back and let me know what you think…Yarn ~ The Crazy, Strange World of Crocheting with Unusual Fiber!

 

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Yarn ~ The Crazy, Strange World of Crocheting with Unusual Fiber!

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The second Tidbit today… Don’t forget about our Crochet For Cancer Crochet Along and Giveaway...  I hope we blow the doors off the post office with all of our donation!!!  If you haven’t seen the information on this great project… Click here for full details!!  But, in a nutshell….  By donating 4 hats or two larger items to Hooks for Hope (A Crochet for Cancer Chapter)  and have your package post marked by April 28th… You will be eligible for the $125 Prize Package Giveaway from Red Heart Yarns!!!

You all know how much this cause means to me… I lost my best friend to cancer in 2007,,, and I have dedicated the Amazing Grace Series to her and Breast Cancer Awareness!!  By following the link above… You can find all the Free Crochet Patterns myself and 9 of my Crochet friends have donated just for you to use!!  There are some great patterns on the list!!  So PLEASE… consider making some hats to donate!!

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Crochet for Cancer Crochet Along and Giveaway…#CrochetForCancerCAL

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Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

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Amazing Grace Tote ~ Free Crochet Pattern

This fun tote can be used for the market, beach or as your everyday bag!! Along with all of the other Amazing Grace Free Patterns, This tote is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.  Each pattern in the Amazing Grace Free Crochet Pattern Series can be made for personal use or donated to someone suffering or recovering from cancer.

 

Amazing Grace Tote

Amazing Grace Tote

 

 

Size:  

Height – Approx 15″ (not including handle)      Circumference – Approx 30″

 

Materials:

H & K  Hooks

Worsted Weight Yarn – 360-425 Yards,  Cotton or Acrylic    (Red Heart Super Saver Pictured above and Acrylic and Cotton pictures at the bottom of the post)

2 Metal Rings, 1″

Scissors

 

Stitches:

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

 

Instructions:

This pattern is worked in the round.

Starting with an H hook, Ch 2.

 

Row 1:     9  Sc in the second Ch from hook, join with Sl St to beginning Sc. = 9 Sc

Row 2 :    Ch 1, 2 Sc in the same St as joining,  2 Sc in each St around. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 18 Sc

Row 3:     Ch 1, 2 Sc in the same St as joining, Sc in next St, *2 Sc in next St, Sc in next St*.     Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning. =27 Sc

Row 4:     Ch 1, 2 Sc in the same St as joining, Sc in next 2 Sts, *2 Sc in next St, Sc in next 2 Sts*.    Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning.  = 36 Sc

Row 5:     Ch 1, 2 Sc in the same St as joining, Sc in next 3 Sts, *2 Sc in next St, Sc in next 3 Sts*.     Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 45 Sc

Row 6:     Ch 1, 2 Sc in the same St as joining, Sc in next 4 Sts, *2 Sc in next St, Sc in next 4 Sts*.     Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 54 Sc

Row 7:     Ch 1, 2 Sc in the same St as joining, Sc in next 5 Sts, *2 Sc in next St, Sc in next 5 Sts*.     Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning. =63 Sc

Row 8:     Ch 1, 2 Sc in the same St as joining, Sc in next 6 Sts, *2 Sc in next St, Sc in next 6 Sts*.     Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 72 Sc

Row 9:     Ch 1, 2 Sc in the same St as joining, Sc in next 7 Sts, *2 Sc in next St, Sc in next 7 Sts*.     Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 81 Sc

Row 10:   Ch 1, 2 Sc in the same St as joining, Sc in next 8 Sts, *2 Sc in next St, Sc in next 8 Sts*.     Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 90 Sc

Row 11:   Ch 1, 2 Sc in the same St as joining, Sc in next 9 Sts, *2 Sc in next St, Sc in next 9 Sts*.     Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 99 Sc

Row 12:   Ch 1, 2 Sc in the same St as joining, Sc in next 10 Sts, *2 Sc in next St, Sc in next 10 Sts*.     Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 108 Sc

Row 13:   Ch 1, 2 Sc in the same St as joining, Sc in next 11 Sts, *2 Sc in next St, Sc in next 11 Sts*.     Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 117 Sc

Row 14:   Ch 1, Working in Back Loops Only for this row only… 1 Sc in each St around. Join with Sl St to beginning.  =117 Sc

*Switch to Hook K*

Row 15:   Ch 1, (Sc, Ch 2, Sc) all in the first St, Sk 2 Sts, *(Sc, Ch 2, Sc) in next St, Sk 2 Sts*.   Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning Sc. =39 Ch 2 Spaces.

Row 16:   Sl St in Ch 2 Space, Ch 3(Counts as Dc now and through out), 2 Dc in same Sp, *3 Dc in next Ch 2 Space -Dc Cluster made*.  Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning Dc. = 39 Dc Clusters.

Row 17-34:   Repeat rows 15 & 16

Row 35:   Ch 1, Sc in each St around. Join with Sl St to beginning = 117 Sc

Row 36:   Ch 1, Sc in each St around. Join with Sl St to beginning = 117 Sc

Row 37:   Ch 1, *11 Sc, Dec Sc in next St*, Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 108 Sc

Row 38:   Ch 1, *10 Sc, Dec Sc in next St*, Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 99 Sc

Row 39:   Ch 1, Sc Around, Join with Sl St to beginning. = 99 Sc

Row 40:   Ch 1, *9 Sc, Dec Sc in next St*, Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 90 Sc

 

Handle Base (there will be 2)        handle

 

 

First Handle Base

*You will no longer be working in the round

Row 1:   Ch 1. Sc in next 15 Sts

Row 2:   Ch 1 Turn, Dec Sc, Sc 11, Dec Sc. = 13 Sc

Row 3:   Ch 1 Turn, Dec Sc, Sc 9, Dec Sc. = 11 Sc

Row 4:   Ch 1 Turn, Dec Sc, Sc 7, Dec Sc. = 9 Sc

Row 5:   Ch 1 Turn, Dec Sc, Sc 5, Dec Sc. = 7 Sc

Row 6:   Ch 1 Turn, Dec Sc, Sc 3, Dec Sc. = 5 Sc

Rows 7-11:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc Across. = 5 Sc Finish off, Leaving a long tail for sewing

 

Second Handle Base

Row 1:  Skip 30 Sts from previous handle base, Join with Sl St to next St. Ch 1 Sc in Same as joining, Sc 14. = 15 Sc

Row 2:   Ch 1 Turn, Dec Sc, Sc 11, Dec Sc. = 13 Sc

Row 3:   Ch 1 Turn, Dec Sc, Sc 9, Dec Sc. = 11 Sc

Row 4:   Ch 1 Turn, Dec Sc, Sc 7, Dec Sc. = 9 Sc

Row 5:   Ch 1 Turn, Dec Sc, Sc 5, Dec Sc. = 7 Sc

Row 6:   Ch 1 Turn, Dec Sc, Sc 3, Dec Sc. = 5 Sc

Rows 7-11:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc Across. = 5 Sc Finish off, Leaving a long tail for sewing

 

Bag Edging:      handles

Working along the side rows and across to the other side – From Row 11 on the right handle base to the top of row 11 on the left handle base…

Join with Sl St to top of Row 11, Sc evenly across.  Finish off

Repeat on the other side of bag.

 

Handle: strap

Ch 6

Row 1:   Sc in second Ch from hook and each across. -= 5 Sc

Row 2:   Ch 1 turn, Sc across. = 5 Sc

Repeat Row 2 until handle measures 22″

Working along side rows of handle. Sc evenly down each side of the handle, finishing off on each side and leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

Finishing:     tote pieces

Putting it all together.

 

Starting with handle base and metal ring. Wrap the handle base around the metal ring and sew it to the inside of tote. Repeat for both sides.

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Wrap the Handle strap through the metal ring and sew it toward the inside of the handle. Repeat on the other side.

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Congratulations… You now have an Amazing Grace Tote!!!  Please consider Paying it Forward by making one for someone suffering or recovering from Cancer!

Amazing Grace Tote Free Pattern

Tote made using Acrylic…

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Amazing Grace Tote Free Pattern

Tote made with Cotton….

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Tote in Multi Colors…..

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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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Wednesday Facebook Fan Favorite… Week 34

More great Free Crochet Patterns!!!  Last weeks Free Crochet Patterns that were featured on Facebook were some of the best!!  Lets see what was your favorites!!

 

The favorite Daily Free Pattern Find was from Helena LB on Ravelry… It is by far one of the most popular projects featured and one I really want to make for myself!!  It’s a V-Stitch Poncho…  For the free pattern link… Click Here!

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V-Stitch Poncho by Helena LB

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This weeks most popular Free Crochet Round Up Pattern Collection is from Daisy Cottage Designs and it is all about Bright fun crochet patterns…  She included 32 great free patterns… Click Here for the link!!

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32 Free Crochet Pattern Round Up…

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And to finish off the week… My most popular pattern this week was the Amazing Grace Prayer Shawl… If you havent tried it yet… you can find it along with all of my Amazing Grace patterns at the top of the page by clicking on the Amazing Grace Pattern tab…

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Amazing Grace Prayer Shawl….

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Two items of interest….

1. Crochet for Cancer Crochet Along and Giveaway is now up and running… I really hope you will participate by making 4 hats and donating them along with me!!  Myself and 9 of my Crochet Blogging friends have joined together to make this event happen… We each have provided Free Patterns just for you!!  Click here for more details about how you can join in and your chance to win a $125 Prize Package from Red Heart Yarn

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2.  Next week I will be releasing my next Amazing Grace Pattern…  The Amazing Grace Market Bag!!!  So stay tuned…

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

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Monday Makings… Pattern Review and A Crochet For Cancer CAL!!!

Wow,,, It was a busy week… I crocheted my little heart out to finish up two baby shower gifts for my best friends first grandchild!!  They love Retro and VW Bus’… I really wanted to show you all my progress pictures several days ago, But the shower was Saturday… and I didn’t want her seeing the gifts!!  I did post the picture previews to Instagram and Facebook… But now I want to share a little about the patterns with you!!

The first gift was a beautiful Four Color Spiral Blanket by Smooth Fox…  It was really fun to make… It is for someone who has slightly advanced skills… But only because of the color changes…   Once I got my rhythm down… This afghan was a breeze!!  I used Caron Simply Soft for a great Baby Blanket result!!  What do you think?? Do you love it?? Click Here for the Free Pattern

 

Spiral Afghan

Next on the Baby Shower Gift List… A VW Pillow… This was definitely a favorite!!!  This pattern is by Deborah Bagley and Dana Bincer at Yarnovations… It was also slightly advanced, but has great instructions…  They have lots of great Free Patterns too… So for your Free VW Bus Crochet Pillow Pattern,,, Click Here!

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These were both great patterns… They will be very loved by baby!!!

SUPER EXCITING EVENT!!!!!!!

Yesterday I posted the information for our Crochet For Cancer Crochet Along and Prize Package Giveaway… If you want to participate in this really great event…  There are many Free Patterns donated by myself and 9 of my Crochet Blogging Friends just for you!!!  And, Red Heart has donated a $125 prize package for one lucky winner!!!  Over the next 2 weeks we will be making hats and other crochet items to donate to Crochet for Cancer and Hooks of Hope… Check out all the great patterns and LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!  Click Here for more information!

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Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

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