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Crochet-A-Long with Beatrice Ryan Designs… Material List!!!!

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Are you ready for some crocheting??  I am, and I am so excited I can hardly stand it!!!  I’ve purchased my yarn,,, Designed the Afghan and whipped up the first week of the project…I thought I better get ahead, start to work out any kinks and make sure it will be a fun and easy pattern!  So here we go!!! First I will list the materials needed,,,Then the stitches we will be using so you can be prepared… Don’t worry… These are all basic stitches and combinations of stitches to make some really fun textures!  If there is any slightly tricky areas,,, I will post photo tutorials!!  Also tonight,,, I will post a few thoughts about the afghan…

Materials:

2500-3000 Yards of Worsted Weight Yarn – 4 to 5 Colors, with one of the colors being your neutral or dominate( Neutral or Dominate being something like Black, White, Cream, Brown, Navy, Gray) *I am using Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand Yarn

Hook- I  or preferred hook for drape of project

Yarn Needle

Scissors

And… A whole lot of fun!!!!

Stitches:

Ch-Chain     Sl St-Slip Stitch     Sc-Single Crochet     Hdc-Half Double Crochet     Dc-Double Crochet     Trc-Triple Crochet

Decorative stitches may include- Twisted Stitches, Popocorn, Bobbles, Shells and Reverse Sc

Thoughts about our upcoming CAL Afghan:

This afghan can be made using scrap yarns or a specific color scheme.  In either case you will need one main color through-out (the neutral or dominate color) and 2-4 other colors.

You can use an optional size hook such as G-K depending on how you like the drape of your Afghans… I like using an  I Hook, but feel free to use what you like. Keep in mind this may change the overall size of the project.

This afghan will be an average size throw, but it can be made smaller by ending at any point your prefer.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

Each Saturday I will post a segment of the pattern here.  You can come back any time and click on the Crochet-A-Long tab at the top of the page to view pattern sections.

Each Friday evening we will have Show and Tell on my Facebook page.  There will be a post you can comment or post you progress pictures!  This will be fun!!!

You can also join in over at Ravelry on my Crochet-A-Long Group… We have about 80 members so far in that group and we will have fun chatting over there too!!

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Let’s have some fun and make an afghan together…

Elena

Yarn Fun For Our CAL…..

Yarn Fun For Our CAL…..

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Yesterday was a successful trip to buy yarn!!

I scanned the yarn aisles of JoAnns for quite a while before I decided on the brand of yarn and colors I thought I would love to work with…My final decision was Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand Yarn… I was looking for something soft and affordable!  This yarn was on sale for $2.39(Regularly $3.99) and I had an additional coupon for 10% off my entire purchase,,, for a grand total of$39.32… I decided to purchase 17 skeins… 170 yard each for a total yardage of 2890… I am estimating yardage for the CAL to be 2500-3000 depending on what size hooks are used and personal preference for the size each person may make… There will be some easy stopping points if some participants would like to make it a little smaller…  Also another reason I selected Vanna’s Choice was the wonderful array of colors… There were so many to choose from!  And… If I need more of any color,,, It is very easily found!

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Vanna’s Choice Yarn… Bottom row is Taupe,,, Second row left is Dusty Purple, Second row right is Charcoal Grey,,, Third row left is Dusty Green and Charcoal Grey,,, Fourth Row  is Dusty Green and Silver Grey,,, and Top row is Silver Grey

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My daughter had a hand in choosing these colors… I think she really just wanted to get out of the yarn aisle!  I had these colors plus a few more in the basket trying to make my final selection and she helped me narrow it down to these 5 fabulous colors!!!!… I am playing around with the design today and will be getting the pattern started!  A Full Materials List will be posted in a couple of days,,, But if you are itching to get your yarn ~this can be a scrap buster along with one neutral or you can choose a color scheme using 3-5 colors plus a neutral!

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I am really excited about our CAL journey together!!!! How about you??

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Elena

Weekend WIP’s and Pattern Review… Whats on your hook?? Lets chat!!

It Saturday and I am sooooo excited!~!!!

I am off to buy my yarn to start the Viewer’s Choice Crochet-A-Long… I have the design sketched out and a color scheme decided…  Today I will head to JoAnns… along with my coupons to purchase my yarn…  I will also be grabbing a few other much-needed supplies for my crochet addition!  The closest JoAnns is over an hour away… So it is a big treat to go buy yarn!  We do have a local yarn shop here in my town… So don’t get me wrong… I love to buy yarn there…But for this project, they don’t have the yarn I need at the price I can afford…  I try to make at least 1-2 purchases a month at our LYS…

So, My weekend WIP is getting started with the CAL Afghan!  I will be posting the materials list this week after I get a little more of the design put together…  On Saturday January 18th I will post the first Pattern Segment for our CAL… Each Saturday I will post a segment for a week’s worth of crochet… Each segment will be easy to complete in the time-frame… The following Friday we will have Show and Tell” over on Facebook… And if you get a little behind,  the pattern will remain posted throughout the whole process. Are you ready???  You can either follow along here or on Ravelry!!

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Now for a little pattern review… This week I worked on two of my own patterns…The little shop I sell in Alpine Originals needed to be restocked and so I had fun working up these two patterns… Amazing Grace Hats and Twisted Stitches Coffee Cozies…  Both of these patterns are available for free in my pattern tab at the top right of this page… It was fun to work on these patterns again… They are easy and quick to work up!!! Let me know if you have made these and what you think!!

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Amazing Grace Hats

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Twisted Stitches Coffee Cozy

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SO…. Get ready for the CAL and tune in for the Materials List this week!!!!  Happy Crocheting!!!

Elena

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