Monday Makings… A new look and lots of crochet coming you way!!

Monday Makings… A new look and lots of crochet coming you way!!

I didn’t get much crocheting accomplished..  Over the weekend I was busily working on the website making the new changes.. Many things are still the same,  but I did change the theme slightly which changed the top of the site and the boxes the posts are in… Also some of the advertising is positioned a little differently… You may wonder why I have had advertising in the past and why it will be added this time too…  Running a website isn’t free and it helps off set the cost of the website and the costs of designing and publishing my free patterns…

One of the best upgrades in my opinion,,, besides the cute theme… Is the Print Friendly button at the bottom of each post… This nice little button will make it very easy for you to print out  my patterns without all the other pieces of the website… You click on it and it takes you to a screen with the page you are wanting to print…

printfriendly Look for this button at the bottom of each page!

This is one of my favorite tools!!

Here is what you can do with Print Friendly…

1. Print

2. Make a PDF

3. Send it as an email

4. Delete the sections you don’t want to print… Very customizable!!

This is one of my favorite tools!! You will find the button at the bottom left of each post… above “Related Posts”

 

A few other changes I like….

At the bottom of each post there is a section of  “Related Posts“, This hopefully is a fun way for you to get to know me and see posts from the past you may want to read!!

In the Sidebar... I will be making some changes… one is my Twitter Feed is now in place… If you like twitter.. check it out…

Pinterest...  If you love Pinterest.. As always you can click on the button at the bottom of each post to pin one of my pictures.. But now… You can hover over the picture and you will find a Pin It button there too!!!

 

I will be fussing with the site for a bit… so please still be patient!!

 

Now on to the CROCHET!!  I have been working on a new pattern… I didn’t quit finish it this weekend as planned… Hopefully this week!!  Here is another sneak peek…

rainbow dash bag sample

And…THIS THURSDAY  I have a very SPECIAL SURPRISE!!!  So make sure to come back and be a part of a really great Crochet Collaboration!!  Shhh… I might have a  little something new with one of my most popular patterns…

Lastly!!!  Next week will be the beginning of an 8 week Crochet Charity Extravaganza…  I hope you will tune in and help me make this a special time…  It includes my Amazing Grace Patterns,,, Charity,,, Prizes,,, and Paying it forward!!

Amazing Grace Charity Extravaganza

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Monday Makings and Crochet Pattern Review…

I can’t imagine a week without crochet!!!  This last week I have had many hours to sit and create… I love to design new projects and  one of my favorite things to design has been my Amazing Grace Series!!  I am working on the 8th pattern in the series, if you have been following then you know.. It is a Baby Blanket!!  If you are new to Beatrice Ryan Designs or don’t really know the back story of this Amazing Grace Series… I have dedicated these patterns to Breast Cancer Awareness and my dearest friend Sandra Kay Gilb who passed away in 2007 from this disease!  The same stitch pattern is used in all of the projects designed in the series..  Now that I have several patterns in the series, I have expanded my dedication to making these patterns for all cancer types and anyone who is suffering or recovering from a major illness.  My hope is that if you love one of these patterns,,, You might make and donate one of your projects to the cause!  These patterns are for personal use too and I hope you enjoy making some for yourself or as gifts!!

So,,, This week I am over half way done with the pattern and here is another quick peek!!  The Amazing Grace Baby Blanket!!

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Amazing Grace Baby Blanket Coming Soon!!

Next up… A quick little pattern review… I am always wanting to make a quick fun project designed by someone else… So this week I made this adorable little Hedgehog.. This is a Red Heart Pattern and it is free… It was fun to make and I think any little one would love receiving this cute, soft toy!!  Click Here for the pattern!!

hedgehog

And, I can’t resist showing you another picture of my favorite dog,,, Charlie… He is always with me when I am trying to photograph my projects… He posed for this one just after I took the pictures of  the Amazing Grace Baby Blanket…

charlie

Happy Crocheting

Elena

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Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1
Throw Back Thursday Crochet… One year ago today!!

Throw Back Thursday Crochet… One year ago today!!

On year ago today I posted about my second True Colors Afghan… You can read the short post Here!  My Grandson still loves his True Colors Afghan which was the first one I made!!

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1st True Colors Afghan…

The post goes on to chat about the second one I was getting ready to join… Funny, I put it away and haven’t finished it yet… Do any of you do that… Yep… A year later and it is halfway joined!!  I need to get this great afghan out and finish it up!!!

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Here are the squares ready to go… I have started joining them with black yarn… It probably wont take long to finish!!!  Why do we put projects away??

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I also posted about finishing up a great hat I was working on Southern and Sassy Summer Hat by ELK Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs… Kathy is currently giving away some of her patterns for free for a short time and this great hat  is one of the hats on the list!!!  Hop over and get the code!!

I did finish this project… Yay, and I loved the way this hat turned out…  What do you think!!

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Southern and Sassy Summer Hat…

Well that’s Throw Back Thursday, One year ago today… Thanks for stopping by!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

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….

Yarn Shopping

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!!

Manicure

Happy Crocheting!

Elena

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Midnight Breeze Shawl

This beautiful shawl was inspired by cool summer nights in the mountains of Northern California…. And it would make a wonderful Prayer Shawl!!

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Midnight Breeze Shawl

You can collect this pattern in your Ravelry Favorites and Queue too,, Click Here!

This shawl measures  18″  x 78″

 

Materials:

840 Yards of Worsted Weight Yarn – Recommend using Self Striping Yarn ~ Original design was made using Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable  - Color “Tidal”

Hook ~ I

Scissors

 

Stitches:

St, Sts – Stitch, Stitches      Sl St – Slip Stitch      Ch –  Chain      Sc – Single Crochet      Dc – Double Crochet     Trc – Triple Crochet

 

Instructions:

Ch 191

Row 1:   Sc in 2nd  Ch from hook and each across. = 190 Sc

Row 2:   Ch 3 (Counts as Dc now and throughout), Turn,  *Skip next St, Dc in next 3 Sts, Dc in previous Skipped St to form a Crossover Stitch* (See Photo), Repeat * * Across, Dc in last stitch.  =47 Crossover Shell Stitches & 2 Dc

Crossover Shell Stitch

Rows 3 – 6:    Repeat row 2 four times.

Row 7:    Ch 4 (Counts as Trc now and Throughout), Turn, * Sk 3 Sts, Trc in next St, Ch 2, Trc in 1st Skipped St to form and X Stitch* (See Photo), Repeat * * Across, Trc in last St.  = 47 X sts and 2 Trc.

Trc X Stitch

Row 8:   Repeat Row 7

Row 9:    Ch 1 Turn, Sc across. = 190 Sc

Rows 10 – 14:     Repeat Row 2

Row 15 – 16:   Repeat Row 7

Row 17:   Repeat Row 9

Rows 18 – 22:   Repeat Row 2

Rows 23 – 24:   Repeat Row 7

Row 25:   Repeat Row 9

Rows 26 – 30:   Repeat Row 2

Row 31:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in next 189 Sts across to last St, 3 Sc in last St to form 1st corner., Working along side of rows,  Sc 69 Sts evenly across, 3 Sc in last St to form 2nd Corner, Sc 188 Sts across the bottom edge, 3 Sc in last St to form 3rd corner, Sc 69 Sts evenly up side of rows, 2 Sc in same as beginning to form 4th corner, Join with Sl St. = 526 Sc Finish Off

Edging

Midnight Breeze Shawl Ruffle

Working along short ends of the shawl

Row 1:    Join With Sl St to corner St. Ch 1, Sc in same St. *Sk 2, 5 Trc in next St, Sk 2, Sc in next St.* Repeat Across. 12 – Trc Shells & 13 Sc

Row 2:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in 1st St and next St, *Ch 2, Sk 1 St, Sc in next St, Ch 2, Sk 1 St, Sc in next 3 Sts* Repeat * * Across to end. Sc in last 2 Sts.  = 47 Sc & 24 Ch 2 Spaces

Row 3:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in 1st St, * Sk St, 3 Dc in Ch 2 Space, 1 Dc in next Sc, 3 Dc in next Ch 2 Space, Sk St, Sc in next St* Repeat * * Across to end = 84 Dc & 13 Sc

Row 4:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in 1st St, *Dc in next St, 2 Dc in next St, Dc in Next St, 2 Dc in next St, Dc in next St, 2 Dc in next St, Dc in next St, Sc in next St* Repeat * * Across to end. = 120 Dc & 13 Sc

Row 5:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in 1st St, *Trc in next 10 Sts, Sc in next St* Repeat * * Across. =120 Trc & 13 Sc

Row 6:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in 1st St, *2 Sc each of next 10 Sts, Sc in next St* Repeat * * Across. =253 Sc

Finish off and Weave in ends…

I recommend blocking your shawl for the best result.  I used the Steam Blocking Method, but you may also dampen you shawl and pin it into place until dry.

Enjoy!

Midnight Breeze Shawl length   Midnight Breeze Shawl Stitching

Midnight Breeze Shawl

NOW … Also available in a video tutorial thanks to Bob Wilson 123!!

Click Here for the Link to the Midnight Breeze Shawl Video Tutorial!!

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*** 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.***

 

 

 

 

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1
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