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….

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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!!

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Happy Crocheting!

Elena

Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket

This Free Crochet Pattern is an adorable baby blanket that is bright and cheery… It can be made using one or more colors to get the effect you desire.  Great texture front and back too!

Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket 1

Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket 2

Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket

If you love this blanket…  Add it to your Ravelry queue and favorites… Click here!

 

Materials:

Worsted Weight Yarn ~ 1200-1800 yards. This afghan looks more amazing using 3-5 colors of yarn.  In the photo shown I used Lion Brand Pound of Love Yarn in Bubble Gum, Turquoise, Honey Yellow and Lavender.

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Yarn needle and scissors

 

Stitches:

Sl St – Slip Stitch     Sc – Single Crochet     Dc – Double Crochet     Sk St – Skip Stitch     Hdc – Half Double Crochet     Trc – Triple Crochet

FPTrc – Front Post Triple Crochet~ Yarn over 2 times, insert hook around designated post starting in the front, go around the back of the stitch and around to the front of the other side of the stitch, draw up a loop. Pull through 2 loops x3.

 

Tips:

To get the best effect from this simple stitching, you will change color every 2 rows.

 

Instructions:

Using your first color, Ch 92

Row 1:   Turn, Sc in 2nd chain from hook and each across. = 91 Sc

Row 2:   Turn, Ch 3(counts as Dc now and throughout), Dc in each stitch across. = 91 Dc

Change to next color. You can carry your colors up the sides of the rows or finish them off and join as needed and weave the ends in later.

Row 3:   Turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st Dc, *FPTrc in next stitch 2 rows below(Around the Sc of Row 1 directly below, See photo tutorial), Sk St(Your FPTrc is taking up this stitch below so you need to skip this stitch to avoid extra stitches, See photo tutorial), Sc in next stitch(In top of row 3)*. Repeat * * across to end. =46 Sc & 45 Dc – Total 91 stitches

 

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FPTrc Rainbow Dash 3

Row 4:   Turn, Ch 3, Dc across. = 91 Dc

Change To Next Color

Row 5:   Turn, Ch 1 Sc in 1st St, * FPTrc around Previous Rows FPTrc (See Photo Tutorial), Sk St, Sc in next St*, Repeat * * across. = 91 Stitches

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Row 6:   Turn, Ch 3, Dc across. = 91 Dc

Change to next color

Rows 7-82: Repeat rows 5 & 6 ~   76 more times alternating colors as desired.

 

Edging:

Using all one color for the edging, continue using the yarn from row 82 or join new color in top right corner of blanket.

Row 1:  Turn,  Ch 1, Sc in 1st st and in next 89 stitches to the 1st corner, 3 Sc in corner.  Working along the side edges of the rows, evenly space 123 sc’s to the next corner(this is approx 3 sc in each 2 row color segment). 3 Sc in next corner stitch. Sc 89 stitches across the bottom , 3 Sc in next corner. Working along the 2nd side of the blanket rows,  Sc 123 evenly spaced to the next corner, 2 Sc in same space as beginning Sc (this equals 3 Sc in this corner). Join with Sl St to beginning Sc. =  436 Sc

Row 2:   Turn, Ch 1 Sc in same St, 3 Sc in next st (this should be the corner stitch of the previous row), Sc in the next 125 stitches to the next corner. 3 Sc in corner stitch. Sc 91 Sts across, 3 Sc in next corner stitch. Sc in the next 125 stitches, 3 Sc in the next corner stitch. 90 Sc across. Join to the beginning Sc. =444 Sc

Row 3:  Turn.  Ch 2(Counts as Hdc now and throughout), Hdc in next 92 sts, 3 Hdc in corner, Hdc in next 127 stitches, 3 Hdc in next corner. Hdc in next 93 stitches, 3 Hdc in next corner. Hdc in next 127 stitches, 3 Hdc in corner. Join to the top of the beginning Ch 2. = 452 Hdc

Row 4:   Do not turn… Sl St in next St,  Ch 4(Counts as Trc now and throughout), 2  Trc in same space (1/2 Shell made). Sk 2,* Sc in next St, Sk 2 , 5 Trc in next St (Shell)* Repeat 14 more times. Sk 2, Sc in corner. Sk 1 , 5 Trc in next St,* Sk 2 Sts, Sc, Sk 2, 5 Trc in next St* Repeat * *20 more times, Sk 1 Sc in corner. Sk 2, 5 Trc in next St,* Sk 2, Sc in next St, Sk 2, 5 Trc in next St*, Repeat * *  14 more times, Sk 2, Sc in corner.  Sk 1, 5 Trc in next St, *Sk 2, Sc in next St, Sk 2, 5 Trc in next St* Repeat * * 20 more times, Sk 1, Sc in last corner, 2 more Trc in same stitch as beginning 1/2 shell. Join to the top of Ch 4. = 76 Shells

Row 5:   Do not Turn, Ch 1, *2Sc in each Trc, and 1 Sl St in each Sc*, Repeat * * Around. Join With Sl St to beginning, Finish off

 

Rainbow Dash Blanket

*** 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

Monday Makings ~Product and Free Crochet Pattern Review!!!!

I love when Friday rolls around and I get off work (Billing Supervisor for an Internet Company)…  I whirl through the house and do a quick clean up… Then it’s time for WEEKEND CROCHET!!  I sit in my comfy chair,,, Turn a movie or my favorite TV show on… and start crocheting!!!  I have so many projects on my list… Currently I have 4 design patterns on my list,,, Each in a different stage of the process..  This week I am releasing a new blanket… Here is a sneak peek!!

Sneak Peak...

Free Pattern Coming This Week!!

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I also have some cute earrings coming out soon, a hat and…. The next Amazing Grace Pattern!!!!

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Now on to the Free Crochet Pattern Review!!  Earlier this week I posted a fun pattern to my Facebook page…  Everyone loved it.. So this weekend when I sat down to crochet… I worked up 4 of these great dishcloths!!  The pattern is Simply Square Log Cabin Dishcloths by Deborah Ellis… The pattern was easy to follow and worked up very quickly… and one of the best parts of this great pattern,,, I was able to use up my scraps of cotton yarn!!  So far everyone who I have shown them to fell in love… Well worth trying!!  Click Here to head over to the Free Pattern!!

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Log Cabin Dishcloths

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Log Cabin Dishcloths Set

Simply Square Log Cabin Dishcloths!!!

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Now it’s on to the Product Review…  Recently my friends over at The Yarn Box sent me the ArtBin Yarn Drum and asked me to try it out and write a review… I loved it and I know you will too!!!  Hop over to The Yarn Box and Read all about this great yarn organizer and my review!!  Click Here to read the review…

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ArtBin Yarn Drum

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Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

Winter Crochet Blankets….

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The cool crisp season is here!… I have been working on 3 blankets for the upcoming winter season,,, I worked on them in between writing the Amazing Grace Pattern Series…  Last night I finally had time to put the final touches on two of them and snap some pictures… These two blankets are headed over to my Etsy Shop later today!!!  Both blankets turned out perfect!  When I began both of them,,, I wasn’t sure of the final result and I hope they will both be scooped up by someone who will love them!

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The first blanket I call Pewter and Berries.  It is a Granny Ripple… Very simple, yet very striking!  I used Red Heart With Love Yarn and it turned out soft and cozy.  The blanket measures 70″ x 56″… A perfect winters blanket!

pewter collage.

Pewter & Berries Granny Chevron

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The second blanket is for baby… this is a Ziggy Zaggy, Yellow and Purple Blanket…  I used Lion Brand Pounder… Great soft yarn for baby!  It measures 36″ x 38″…  It is gender neutral in yellow and purple…

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Ziggy Zaggy Baby Blanket!

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I have one more blanket to join and put the edging on… Hopefully I will get to that soon!  But in the meantime… I needed to whip up something quick… So I made these great ballet style slippers that were featured over on my Facebook page in my daily segment… “Would you wear it… Would you make it???”  They were quick to make and very comfortable… If you would like to give them a try… Click here for the free pattern…

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Hope you enjoyed my latest creations… Happy crocheting!

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Elena

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A Crochet-A-Long… You decide the project!!!!

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Happy November!  I have been tossing around the idea of having a Crochet-A-Long starting in January 2014…  Since I am like all of you yarnies… I can’t decide what it will be… I always have tons of work in progress projects!  So what better than leave it up to Viewer Choice!!!!  You all were so supportive during the voting for the final Amazing Grace Pattern poll… I thought…hmmmm… Lets do another poll!!!!

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So here are my thoughts… Start crocheting in January…I will make a fabulous design for us…  You choose what it will be!!!!  The winning vote will determine not only the project… but also the length of time!  A blanket may take a couple of months… A hat maybe a week…  Let’s have some FUN!!!!.

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Voting closes December 15th, 2013

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Your Vote Counts!

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P.S…. Leave comments too!!!!

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