Sunshine and Shells Summer Hat Crochet-A-Long!!!  Starting June 1st!!

Sunshine and Shells Summer Hat Crochet-A-Long!!! Starting June 1st!!


Sunshine and Shells Summer Hat CAL… Join the fun!!


Starting Wednesday June 1st, Join me for a fun 3 week


Summer 2016 CAL

Week 1 ~ Wednesday June 1st – Pattern Preview, Materials List and Gauge Swatch!
Week 2 ~Wednesday June 8th – Top and Crown of Hat!
Week 3 ~ Wednesday June 15th – Brim and Shaping!

Each Tuesday Evening I will chat live on Facebook about the next days assignment… During the broadcast, you can ask questions and post your progress pictures in the post!!  I can’t wait for you to join me and we can all be wearing Beatrice Ryan Designs ~ Sunshine and Shells Summer Hat by the first day of Summer on June 20th!!
Join me tonight at 6pm PST for my Live Facebook Broadcast!!
I can’t wait to have some fun with you!!

Happy Crocheting!!



Crochet with Me!! 2016 Fan Showcase and Giveaway Winner!!

Crochet with Me!! 2016 Fan Showcase and Giveaway Winner!!

Crochet with Me!! 2016 Winter Crochet-A-Long Fan Showcase and JoAnn’s Giftcard Giveaway Winner!!!


This year’s CAL has been a blast…. So many great afghans made… Tons of yarn flying off of our hooks!!  I am so proud to have designed a project that has been loved and will be in so many homes!!   I thank everyone who participated in this years project for following along!!

I love that I can feature all of these fan pictures and hope that if you are still in progress you will email me your picture to add to the showcase!!

Please enjoy all of the photos and take a few minutes to look at all of the different color combinations and leave a comment…

The Giveaway Winner has done a fantastic job with their project and the announcement for the $50 JoAnn’s Giftcard Winner is at the bottom of the post!!


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Melissa C.                                              Karen K.

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Becky C.                                                             Vicky R.

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Melissa C.                                                     Vicki P.

IMG_0100     CAL2

Kay C.                                                              Barbara C. S.

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Linda L.                                                          Coleen S.

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Doreen F.                                 Linda R.

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Rebekah R.                                                    Jolene K.

blanket 2     Beatrice Ryan CAL 28 Mar 2016 (1)

Barbara Z.                              Dianne B.

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Laura Y.                                                          Sandra S.

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Evelyn F.                                                       Sandy S.

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Sherry S.                                                  Sonja N.

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Kelly H.                                      Julie G.

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Roxanne F.                                                       Kathy M.

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Dana D.                                                               Nancy F.

Beatrice Ryan Designs 2016 Afghan CAL by Therese Boyd     IMG_0268

Therese B.                                                       Theresa V.

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Steph E.                                  Chantelle D.

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Linda W.                                                      Irma H.

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Melissa B.                                                        Yvonne R.


Aren’t these all GREAT!!   I know I have seen many more posted around Facebook… So if you would like yours added please email them to [email protected]!!


Now… On to the winner of the 2016 Crochet with Me!! Winter CAL…..

Congratulations To Linda L.!!!!!


You have won the $50 JoAnn’s Gift Card!!!!



Here is a sneak peek of the Free Pattern Release for tomorrow!!  Stay tuned!!


Happy Crocheting!!



Crochet With Me!!! Week 12… Finishing up your amazing project!

Crochet With Me!!! Week 12… Finishing up your amazing project!

Crochet with Me!!! Week 12…

The weeks have flown by and our afghan grew from just a chain to a lovely, multi textural project!!  I have loved the process of this 12 week CAL and having all of you follow along!!



Crochet with Me!! CAL Winter 2016


I hope you have enjoyed this process as much as I have!!!  And, along the way maybe you learned some new stitching techniques or made an afghan for the first time…  I have seen so many beautiful projects on our sharing post, I can’t wait to see your finished afghans next Saturday at 3pm PST on our final Facebook sharing post!!

Now, on to the final leg of our project…

Let’s start with the weekly housekeeping!!  This week is super easy and you will be able to finish up with no problem…  Once the afghan is complete, we will be blocking the project to give it the final shape and make sure it is even all the way around!! The hardest part will be just tucking in any yarn ends before you block your project…

Stitches: There is only 1 stitch we will be using that has not been previously used… Once of my favorite simple finishing stitches ~ Reverse Single Crochet!!  If you haven’t used this technique… no worries!!  This is a single crochet worked from left to right instead of right to left!!


Week 12: The final instructions

Side edge 2 ~ 

Continuing with Color “A”

Working down the edge, fold your afghan in half and place a marker at the center point of you project.  Next, fold the project in half from one of the ends to the middle marker and place your next marker (this is 1/4th of the side), Next place your 3rd marker in the same manner on the opposite side of the middle marker.  Now you should have 4 even sections between the 3 markers.

Staying on the wrong side

Join with sl st to the top corner st.

Row 1: Ch 1, 2 sc in the same st to form a corner, sc 57 sts evenly to the first marker, sc 57 sts evenly across to the middle marker, sc 57 sts across evenly to the 3rd marker, sc 57 sts across evenly to the end, making your last st in the first stitch of Row 1 of the afghan(this should be where you did your beginning chain). =230 sc from the middle st of the corner where you began the side to the last st.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sk the 1st st, (sc,dc) in the next st, *sk the next st, (sc,dc) in the next st*, Repeat * * across to the corner st of this side edge. = 230 sts

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, *(sc,dc) in each sc from the previous row, skipping  the dc’s from the previous row*, Repeat * * across. =230 sts

Rows 4-7: Repeat row 3 four times

Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sc across. =230 sts

The Border

Continuing with Color “A”

Place marker in the last st of side edge. You will be working along the bottom edge of the afghan to start the border. The edging is worked in the round and not turning a the beginning of each round.

Round 1:  2 sc in same st (1st corner), *8 sc worked evenly across rows 1-8 from the side edge, sc in the next 152 sts, 8 sc worked evenly across rows 1-8 of the side edge, 3 sc in next st (2nd corner), sc in the next 228 sts*, 2 sc in the next st (3rd corner), Repeat * * one more time working along the top edge and second side of you project, sl st to the st with marker. = 804 sc

Round 2:  Ch 2(counts as hdc now and throughout), 3 BLhdc in next st (1st corner), 170 BLhdc across, 3 BLhdc in next st (2nd corner), 230 BLhdc across, 3 BLhdc in next st (3rd corner), 170 BLhdc across, 3 BLhdc in next st (4th corner), 229 BLhdc across, join with sl st to top of ch 2. = 812 BLhdc

Round 3:  Ch 2, BLhdc in next st, 3 BLhdc in next st (1st corner), 172 BLhdc across, 3 BLhdc in next st(2nd corner), 232 BLhdc across, 3BLhdc in next st(3rd corner), 172 BLhdc across, 3 BLhdc in next st(4th corner), 230 BLhdc across. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.=820 BLhdc

Round 4:  Ch 1, Reverse Sc around. Join with sl st to beginning. =820 sts

Finish off

Weave in any loose yarn ends

Shaping ~

Now that your project is complete, we will be blocking it.  I like 2 different methods and either is acceptable for this afghan.  You can use wet blocking or steam blocking. If using steam blocking just be extra careful not to over heat your yarn which will make the yarn collapse and not look quite as nice or  it may burn your project. 

Congratulations!!! You now have completed our 12 week Crochet-A-Long!!  It has been pure joy creating this project for you and hope you will join me next year for another Crochet with Me!!! Crochet-A-Long…


Make sure to post your week 12 final pictures to our Saturday sharing on Facebook next week!!!  And if you want to have a chance to win the $50 JoAnns Craft Store Gift Card… Make sure to read the rules and complete your afghan by April 8th!!

Thank you all for your support and following me in this wonderful crochet journey!!


Happy Crocheting!!


Charlie & CAL 2016

Charlie my ever loving dog!!  Loves to photobomb my photos!!


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