Custom Decorating with Crochet… The easy way to choose yarn colors!!

Custom Decorating with Crochet… The easy way to choose yarn colors!!

Now that the 2017 Crochet with Me – Crochet Along is done… I thought I would give you a tip on how I chose my colors!!  It is fun and an easy way to get inspiration for your crochet projects for your home!

As I was preparing to move into  my new home recently, I was out shopping each payday for things to fill my home!  I found so many things that had bright and cheery colors. I decided this year~ I would design the Mystery Afghan to add to my new decor! Below you will see a stylish ottoman/stool in fun colors and a whimsical pattern. The day I bought this, I decided to match up my yarn colors to this accessory.

Off I went with ottoman in hand to buy my yarn… It was so easy!  In just a few minutes I matched the 6 colors needed for this years afghan and I was out the door, almost to0 easy! This years afghan is in the bottom of the pile… but all 3 end up  matching the ottoman!  I must like bright colors… LOL!

So next time you are having a hard time choosing your colors for a project… Grab something that will be with the finished project and take it with you to buy yarn!  Or if it’s to big… take a few pictures…

Let the style of paid designers do the work for you!  You will start noticing trends… Home decor designers and yarn companies tend to be on the same track…

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

 

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Crochet with Me!!  Winter 2017 CAL… Week 12 Finale!!

Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL… Week 12 Finale!!

Crochet with Me!!  Winter 2017 CAL…

Week 12 Finale!!


Here we are… The end of this year’s Winter CAL!!  It has been an honor and pleasure to present you with this years mystery afghan!  I hope you all have loved it as much as I have!

A big thank you to Red Heart Yarns for providing a nice discount on our online purchases and the lovely prize package I will be giving away (details at the bottom of the post).

If you followed along in my Facebook CAL Group… It was so much fun having you there… Stay tuned in May for a short 3 week summertime CAL!!

Let’s finish up and show off our beautiful afghans!!


Edging

Join color D in the top right corner space with the wrong side facing

Round 79:  Ch 2, (hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc) in same sp, hdc in the next 186 sts & sps, (2hdc, ch1, 2hdc) in next corner sp, hdc in next 243 sts & sps, (2hdc, ch1, 2hdc) in next corner sp, hdc in next 186 sts & sps, (2hdc, ch1, 2hdc)in next corner sp, hdc in next 243 sts & sps, Join to top of beginning ch 2, = 866 hdc

Turn, join color E to top right corner space

Round 80:  Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, {sk st, sc in next st, sk st, *5dc shell in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, sk 2 sts*, repeat *to* 30 more times, 7 dc in next corner sp, sk st, sc in next st, sk st, *5dc shell in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, sk 2 sts*, repeat *to* 39 more times, 5 dc shell in next st, sk st , sc in next st}, 7 dc in next corner sp, repeat {to} one more time, 4 dc in beginning corner sp, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. = 144 5dc shells & 4- 7 dc shells

Round 81:  Ch 3, turn,  dc in next 2 sts,{*sc in next sc, dc in next 2 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts*, repeat *to* 30 more times, sc in next sc, dc in next 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts , repeat *to* 41 times, sc in next st},dc in next 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, repeat {to} one time, dc in next 3 sts,   2 dc in same st as beginning, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. Finish off

Weave in any tails

Block your afghan into shape using either the wet method or steam method.

My afghan measured 60 x 78 slightly blocked, I liked the relaxed look. You can block it to be slightly bigger.

Congratulations!!!!!  You have now completed the Winter 2017 CAL Mystery Afghan!!


Now… For how you can enter the Red Heart Yarn Grand Prize Package!!

You have  until April 24th, 2017 at 11:59 pm PST to complete your afghan and email a picture of the completed afghan to beatriceryandesigns@gmail.com along with your full name, shipping address (no PO boxes) and a phone number for Red Heart to contact you if needed. I will place all entries into a fun post, each numbered. On April 29th 2017, I will draw the winner using a number randomizer.  This giveaway is open to the US, Canada, and Mexico only.

Good Luck and I can’t wait to see all the beautiful afghans!!


As usual, Charlie love to photobomb…

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


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Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL… Week 11!

Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL… Week 11!

Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL… Week 11!


Here we are… The last week before making the edging and blocking or project into the final piece!!  I am so excited to see the finish line… It has been so much fun, and I have love the journey!

This week is an easy stitch technique!  It has been included in many of my patterns!  I hope you love it too!

Let’s do this thing!

Turn, Join Color A with sl st to the top right corner ch sp.

Round 76: Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc in same sp, *sk 2 sts, dc in next st, ch 1, dc 2 sts back(in 1st sk st)-X st made*, repeat *to* 55 more times, (3dc, ch 1, 3dc) in next ch 1 corner sp, repeat *to* 75 times, (3dc, ch 1, 3dc) in next ch 1 corner sp, repeat *to* 56 times, (3dc, ch 1, 3dc) in next ch 1 corner sp, repeat *to* 75 times, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. =262 X sts & 4 (3dc, ch 1, 3dc)

Turn, Join Color B with sl to the top right corner ch sp.

Round 77: Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc in same sp, *sk 2 sts, dc in next st, ch 1, dc 2 sts back(in 1st sk st)-X st made*, repeat *to* 57 more times, (3dc, ch 1, 3dc) in next ch 1 corner sp, repeat *to* 77 times, (3dc, ch 1, 3dc) in next ch 1 corner sp, repeat *to* 58 times, (3dc, ch 1, 3dc) in next ch 1 corner sp, repeat *to* 77 times, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. =270 X sts & 4 (3dc, ch 1, 3dc)

Turn, Join Color C with sl st to top right corner ch sp.

Round 78:  Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc in same sp, *sk 2 sts, dc in next st, ch 1, dc 2 sts back(in 1st sk st)-X st made*, repeat *to* 59 more times, (3dc, ch 1, 3dc) in next ch 1 corner sp, repeat *to* 79 times, (3dc, ch 1, 3dc) in next ch 1 corner sp, repeat *to* 60 times, (3dc, ch 1, 3dc) in next ch 1 corner sp, repeat *to* 79 times, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. =278 X sts & 4 (3dc, ch 1, 3dc)

That’s it… You are now done with the base of your afghan…!

Next week, we will be making the border, weaving in the ends and blocking our project… Wow.. Almost done!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

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