Crochet With Me… Winter 2015 CAL~ Week 1

Crochet With Me… Winter 2015 CAL~ Week 1

Beatrice Ryan Designs ~Crochet with Me… Winter CAL is now starting!!

I am so excited to share with you the first part of our Crochet with Me.. CAL Afghan design!!  You voted for a surprise design and this one will surely be that!!! I am really loving the way this Retro Style Afghan is coming along!!  So,,, Let’s go over some of the details,,, Then~ Week 1 Instructions!!

*Each Sunday I will post an assigned amount of crochet, hopefully just enough to keep you moving forward to complete our project in a timely manner,,, But not too much to discourage you from finishing!!

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Are you ready to get started??  Let’s get Crocheting!!

This surprise design afghan will be using basic crochet techniques and a beginner/intermediate level.  There will be several design elements and some really fun, colorful stitching going on!  I am making 2 Afghans… I wanted to try self striping yarn for one and the other will be traditional color changing…

Below are Week 1’s Progress pictures… What do you think??  Don’t worry,,, It isn’t a Granny Square Afghan,,, But it does have quite a few of them in the design… In a couple of weeks… You will see how this afghan design begins to unfold… I think you will be surprised and very happy with what we will be doing!!

Winter CAL Week 1 Impeccable
     This week 1 progress picture of my first afghan is a Circle in Square using the traditional color changing technique.  I used Loops and Threads Impeccable Yarn.  It is soft  and  nice to work with and I loved the color results!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter CAL Week 1 Unforgettable

For the Second afghan, I used Red Heart Unforgettable in Polo,,,  It is a self-striping yarn and is very soft!  Less weaving in the ends and it has a more gradual color change… I love this one too!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 1 Crochet with Me… Winter 2015 CAL Instructions:

Materials list ~ Click Here for last weeks post.

Stitches:

St ~ Stitch     Ch ~ Chain     Sc ~ Single Crochet     Hdc ~ Half Double Crochet     Dc ~ Double Crochet    Trc – Triple Crochet     Dtrc – Double Triple Crochet.    Sl St ~ Slip Stitch

Instructions:

Circle in Square ~ Make 5 Squares this week

Each Square should measure approx. 6″ x 6″.

* If using Self~Striping Yarn you will Crochet rows 1-5 with out changing colors, Row 6 will be your Border Color

*If using Multiple Color Yarns and traditionally changing, You will change color each Row 1-5 and end with Row 6 using the Border Color.

Row 1:  Ch4, 9 Dc in the 4th Ch from hook (The first 3 chains count as a Dc), Join with Sl St to top of Beginning Ch. = 10 Dc

Row 2:  Ch 3 (Counts as Dc now and throughout), Dc in the same St as Beginning, 2 Dc in each St around. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 20 Dc

Row 3:  Ch 3, Dc in same St, Dc in the next St, *2 Dc in the next St, Dc in the next St*, Repeat * * around. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 30 Dc

Row 4:  Ch 3, Dc in same St, Dc in the next 2 Sts, * 2 Dc in the next St, Dc in the next 2 Sts*, Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 40 Sc

Row 5:  Ch1, Sc in the same St, Sc in the next St, *Hdc in the next 2 Sts, Dc in the next St, (Trc, Dtrc, Trc) all in the next St(Corner Made), Dc in next St, Hdc in the next 2 Sts, Sc in the next 3 Sts*, Repeat * * around 3 more times, ending with a Sc in the last St (Instead of Sc in next 3 Sts), Join with Sl St to beginning Sc. Finish off = 48 Sts

Row 6: Change to Border Color, Join to any Dtrc with Sl St, Ch 1, 3 Sc in the same St(this makes a corner), Sc in the next 11 Sts, *3 Sc in the next St, Sc in the next 11 Sts*, Repeat * * 2 more times. Join to beginning with Sl St. =56 Sc Finish off.

Congratulations… You now have a Circle in a Square!!

Make sure to complete 5 of these squares this week…  Thank you for joining in the Fun!!!!

And… please come share your pictures Wednesday on Facebook or on our group Pinterest Page!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

*** 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.***

Effortless Chic Crochet Beanie

Effortless Chic Crochet Beanie

A brand new design, just in time for the cold days ahead!!  The Effortless Chic Crochet Beanie is the second piece in the Effortless Chic Series!!  This series is a Simple, Chic Style that will dress up your wardrobe with a fun, quick crochet design!!  The first pattern in the series is the Effortless Chic Headband… Stop by and check it out!!  Stay tuned in the next week for the 3rd pattern in this series!!

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Effortless Chic Crochet Beanie

 Effortless Chic Crochet Beanie

 If you love this project… You can add it to your Ravelry Queue and Favorites… Click Here!!

A Stylish Hat that is easy to make and is another 1 skein project!!!

Materials

Worsted Weight Yarn ~ Pictured above in Plymouth Yarn Encore Dynamo, color 020.  A wool~acrylic blend that is self striping yarn. 180 yards

Hook ~ I

2 Fancy Buttons (optional)

Yarn Needle and Scissors

Stitches

Ch ~ Chain    St ~ Stitch    Sl St ~ Slip Stitch    Sc ~ Single Crochet    Dc ~ Double Crochet    FPHdc ~ Front Post Half Double Crochet    BPHdc ~ Back Post Half Double Crochet    Rev Sc ~ Reverse Single Crochet

*Special Stitch ~ X Stitch, This stitch pattern is formed by Skipping a stitch, Dc in the next stitch and then crossing back to the previous skipped stitch and making another Dc.. This forms an X Stitch.

Instructions

*Tip, You will be making a rectangle to form the crown of the hat… Once the rectangle is complete, you will sew the ends together to form the crown of the hat. Then you will gather the top of the hat using a yarn needle to make an easy stylish top and the final step… you will make a brim using simple stitching.

Ch 25

Row 1:     Sc in the 2nd Ch from hook and each St across. = 24 Sc

Row 2:     Turn, Ch 3(Counts as Dc now and throughout), *Sk St, Dc in next St, Dc in previous skipped St to form an ” X St” *, Repeat * * Across and Dc in the last St. = 2 Dc and 11 X Sts

Rows 3-34:     Repeat Row 2. Finish Off leaving a long tail to sew the hat together.

This rectangle is approximately 21″ long and  8 1/2″ wide.  If  you need to make the hat smaller or larger, you can add or subtract the repeat of row 2.

Sewing the crown of the hat together. 

With tail and yarn needle, Sew Row 1 together with Row 34, being careful not to gather the seam.  Finish off and secure.  Turn you crochet piece so that the seam is on the inside of the hat.

Gathering the top of the Hat

You can choose either end of the hat to be the top.   With a long piece of yarn and your yarn needle, gather the top of the hat by weaving in and out of the row ends and drawing it tightly together.  Sew the gathered area with a few stitches to secure the top of the hat. Weave in ends.

Brim

*You will be working in the round and your first row will be made in the ends of the rows from the crown of the hat.  You will have 33 row ends form the crown base of the hat, row 1 of the crown will not be in this count as it was sewn together to form the crown of the hat.

With right side facing and the bottom of the hat upwards, Join the yarn with a Sl St to any row end space.

Row 1:     Ch 1, Evenly crochet 66 Sc around the bottom of the hat.  This is approx 2 stitches in each row end. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 66 Sc

Row 2 & 3:     Ch 1, Sc around. Join with Sl St to beginning.  = 66 Sc

Row 4:     Ch 2(counts as a Hdc), Hdc in each St around, Join with Sl St to top of Ch 2. = 66 Hdc

Row 5:     Ch 1, *FPHdc in first 2 Sts, BPHdc in next St*, Repeat around. Join to beginning.= 44 FPHdc & 22 BPHd

Row 6:     Ch 1, Sc in each St around. Join with Sl St to beginning. = 66 Sc

Row 7:     Ch 1, Rev Sc in each St around. Join to beginning. = 66 Rev Sc.

Finish off

Sew 2 Fancy Buttons on to the brim .

Congratulations!!  You have a Effortless Chic Crochet Beanie

 

As usual… Charlie insisted on photo bombing our photo shoot!!!  And…Thanks to my lovely model and youngest daughter Mackenzie for showing off my latest design!!

Charlie and Mac

 

*** 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.***

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

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