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Crochet with Me!!  Brand new weekly crochet segment…

Crochet with Me!! Brand new weekly crochet segment…

Crochet with Me

Join me each week  for my new segment.. Crochet with Me!!

How would you like to hang out with a group of girlfriends and make fun, fabulous afghans??  You have found the right place!!  Every couple of months I will pick a fun afghan to make… I will post the link to the free pattern by a great designer and we will get hookin’!!   Each week I will assign a few rows to complete by our next segment,,, Yep.. You guessed it~ This is a Crochet Along!

I will post a new “Crochet with Me” segment each week to show my progress with the featured afghan…  I will talk about the pattern, the designer, the yarn and stitches used in the  project… For those of you who join me on this fun adventure… You can email me you progress photos and I will include your photos in the segment too!!

Are you ready to Crochet with Me??  Let’s get started!!

For our first project I have chosen an afghan I have been wanting to make for years… The Vintage Fan Ripple Afghan!

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Vintage Fan Ripple Afghan…

 Photo is  from ~ A Creative Being’s version of this great afghan…

 

This pattern has been around forever, You can find several patterns for this around the web!  I have chosen to use the pattern and tutorial that was provided by Wink over at A Creative Being!!  She has a great eye for color and her photo tutorial is wonderful too!! So… Let’s get started!!  Here is what you will need to get started…

Head over to A Creative Being’s website to grab the instructions… and make sure you say hi while you are there!! Click Here for the pattern…

Next… Gather your supplies… Yarn, hook and other crochet necessities!

Then… Get Hookin’!!

Weekly Row Assignment…  Choose how large you would like your afghan to be and Complete 2 color segments… She has this listed in steps instead of rows… So it will be step one, then repeat step 2-5 twice for two color sections… Each section of color is a repeat of steps 2-5!

I cant wait to see how we do with our first couple rows… Make sure to email me you pictures for next weeks Crochet with Me segment!!

 

Yarn

Here is the yarn I have chosen… It is Red Heart Yarn… I am sooooo excited to see how this turns out!!

Happy Crocheting… See you next week for Crochet with Me!!

Elena

Amazing Grace Blissful Slouchy ~ Free Crochet Pattern…

Amazing Grace Blissful Slouchy ~ Free Crochet Pattern…

Amazing Grace Blissful Slouchy

Amazing Grace Blissful Slouchy

If you love this pattern,,, You can save it to your Ravelry queue and favorites for easy access…    CLICK HERE

To Celebrate our Amazing Grace Crochet Charity Drive… Here is my 10th Amazing Grace Free Crochet Pattern!!

Keeping in the style of the Amazing Grace Stitch Pattern… This hat pattern is a variation of the Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie,,, It is the same great style, with a fashionable slouch effect!  The Amazing Grace Free Crochet Pattern Series is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness and my dearest friend Sandra Kay Gilb who passed away in 2007 from this unfortunate disease.  Please consider paying it forward to those who are suffering or recovering from cancer by donating items made from my free patterns…

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Amazing Grace Blissful Slouchy

Materials

Yarn ~ 125-150 yards Worsted Weight Yarn Total(Pictured above is Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand Yarn)

Color A~Main Color

Color B~Accent Color

Shop for your yarn needs at Michaels Craft Store Online!! Affiliate Link

Although all worsted weight yarn is  graded to be a #4, there is variance between brands… I found Red Heart With Love and Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice to be a great weight for this hat and  also soft.  Caron Simply Soft was wonderful for the softness, but made the hat slightly smaller.

Hook ~ I

Scissors and Yarn Needle

 

Stitches

St – Stitch     Sl St – Slip Stitch    Ch – Chain     Sc – Single Crochet     HDC – Half Double Crochet     FPSC – Front Post Single Crochet

 

Instructions

Begin with a Magic Circle (Video Instructions)

Row 1:  Ch 1 (Does not count as 1st St now and through out), 10 HDC in Magic Ring.  Tighten Ring by pulling on loose tail.  Join with Sl St to  top of 1st HDC. = 10 HDC

Row 2:  Ch 1, 2 HDC in 1st St and 2 HDC in each St around, Join to top of 1st HDC. = 20 HDC

Row 3:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, Hdc in next St,* Around.  Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. = 30 Hdc

Row 4:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, 1 HDC in next 2 Sts.* Around.  Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC.  = 40 HDC

Row 5:  Ch 1, Hdc in each St Around. Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC = 40 HDC

Row 6: Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, 1 HDC in next 3 Sts* Around  Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. = 50 HDC

Row 7:  Ch 1, Hdc in each St Around. Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC = 50 HDC

Row 8:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, 1 HDC in next 4 Sts* Around  Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. = 60 HDC

Row 9:  Ch 1, Hdc in each St Around. Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC = 60 HDC

Row 10:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, 1 HDC in next 5 Sts* Around  Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. = 70 HDC

Row 11:  Ch 1, HDC in each St Around. Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC = 70 HDC

Row 12:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, HDC in next 6 Sts, 2 HDC in next St, HDC in next 5 Sts* Around to last 5 Sts, 2 HDC in next St, HDC in last 4 Sts. Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. = 81 HDC

Row 13:  Ch 1, Hdc in each St Around. Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC = 81 HDC

Row 14: Ch 1, Turn, FPSC in each St around. Join with Sl ST to top of beginning FPSC. = 81 FPSC (This is the wrong side now facing you.)

Row 15:  Change to color B, Ch 1, Turn, Sc in each stitch around. Join with Sl St to beginning Sc. = 81 Sc (Right side facing)

Row 16:  Ch 1, Turn, Sc in each stitch around. Join with Sl St to beginning Sc. = 81 Sc  ** See tip at the bottom of the page for lengthening your hat if desired**

Row 17:  Change to color A, Ch 1, Turn, Sc in each stitch around. Join with Sl St to beginning Sc. = 81 Sc

Row 18:  Ch 1,Turn,  FPSC in each St around. Join with Sl ST to top of beginning FPSC. = 81 FPSC (This is the wrong side now facing you.)

Row 19:  Change to color B, Ch 1, Turn, Sc in 1st St, Ch 2, Sc in  same St again, Sk 2 Sts, *(Sc,Ch2,Sc) all in next St, Sk 2* Around, Join with Sl St to beginning Sc. = 27 Ch 2 Spaces

Row 20: DO Not Turn, Sl St in 1st Ch 2 Sp, Ch 3(Counts as Dc now and throughout), 2 more Dc in same Ch 2 Sp., *3 Dc in next Ch 2 Sp(Shell made)*, Repeat * * Around, Join to top of beginning ch 3 . =27 Shells made.

Rows 21 & 22: Repeat Rows 19 & 20

Row 23:  Change to Color A, Do Not Turn, Ch 1, Sc Around, Join with Sl St to beginning. = 81 sc

Row 24:  Ch 1, Turn, FPSC in each St Around. = 81 FPSC (Wrong Side Facing again)

Row 25:  Ch 1 Turn, *Sc in next 8 Sc, Decrease over the next 2 Sc’s* Around. Join with Sl St to top of beginning Sc. = 72 Sc

Rows 26 & 27:  Change to Color B,  Ch 1 Turn, Sc Around. Join with Sl St To beginning Sc. = 72 Sc

Rows 28 & 29:  Change to Color A, Ch 1, Turn, Sc Around, Join with Sl St to beginning Sc. = 72 Sc

Row 30:  Ch 1 Turn, FPSC in each St Around. Join with Sl St to beginning Sc. – 72 FPSC.

Finish off and weave in ends.

Congratulations.. You have completed the Amazing Grace Blissful Slouchy!

** To increase the length of your Amazing Grace Blissful Slouchy, You can repeat row 16 as many times as desired.**

Amazing Grace Blissful Slouchy Hat    Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie solid

Here you can see the difference between the Amazing Grace Blissful Slouchy and the Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie…

 

Amazing Grace Blissful Slouchy Hats

Stop by the Amazing Grace Crochet Charity Page to see how you can make a difference!! Click here or on the tab at the top of the page

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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.***

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

 

Amazing Grace Crochet Charity Drive… Week 2 Featured Pattern!!

Amazing Grace Crochet Charity Drive… Week 2 Featured Pattern!!

Amazing Grace Featured Pattern

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Have you started your projects for the Amazing Grace Crochet Charity Drive??  I have, I made 7 of the new Amazing Grace Blissful Beanies…  And I made the prototype for the Amazing Grace Blissful Slouch!!!  Hats seem to be so quick and easy to make,, I hope to make a ton of them for the charity… If you haven’t read about how to donate and Prize Package yet… Click Here for the information…

This weeks Amazing Grace Featured Pattern was my second design in the series…  The Amazing Grace Headband!!

 

Amazing Grace Headband

You may wonder,,,, How would a headband be used by a cancer patient… and why would I include this pattern in the series….

I had just finished the original Amazing Grace Hat and noticed that the crown of that hat would be a perfect headband… With a nice easy edging, I could have another pattern and make this a series instead of just one pattern… So the Amazing Grace Pattern Series was now born… This is what gave me the idea to keep all of the Amazing Grace Patterns the same “Stitch Style”…  So now each time I design an Amazing Grace Pattern,,, I have to think about how to make it all work using this stitch pattern!!

Not all cancer patients lose their hair or they may be in a stage that they still have some… Many also wear wigs, so I thought it would be nice to have something not so heavy and a little more stylish to help them feel pretty and comfortable while they were going through treatment or recovering… You can also make the Amazing Grace Headbands for family members who need something to brighten their day… You can make the Amazing Grace Hat for the patient and a matching Amazing Grace Headband for a family member… Wouldn’t that be a great gift??

I love giving gifts to people who are a little down… When my dearest friend Sandy was in her last days,,, I would head down on the weekend and visit with her… It was a 3 hour drive and it was so hard knowing I would soon be sitting in her room talking about old times, her wishes and close to the end,,, just holding her hand because the cancer had migrated to her brain…  I was blessed to know her final wishes and knew her well enough that when she said just the couple of words she could get out… I always knew just what she meant…  One of my best memories was spending time with her family too… One day while stopping at the store to get her a little snack,,, I decided to fill up a basket with tons of fun snacks for her boys…  When I got to her house I set the basket on the table and the boys dug in,,, candy, drinks, chips and much more… If it only took the sadness away for a moment it was so worth it!!  So remember, many are suffering when a loved one has cancer…  Giving a little will bless you more than you can imagine!

I hope you will consider making a few to donate!!  For the guidelines make sure you check the Amazing Grace Crochet Charity Drive at the top of the page!!

Amazing Grace Headband   Amazing Grace Headband

Happy Crocheting!! And God Bless!!

Elena

Untitled1   Amazing Grace Prize Package Giveaway    Amazing Grace Charity Extravaganza

May you also remember all those live lost on this day may years ago and the sacrifices made by the heroes who did what they could to save lives !!  America is a strong, great country!

Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie ~ New Free Crochet Pattern

Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie ~ New Free Crochet Pattern

Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie

Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie

Click Here…If you love this pattern you can save it to your favorites and queue on Raverly

To Celebrate our Amazing Grace Crochet Charity Drive… Here is my 9th Amazing Grace Free Crochet Pattern!!

Keeping in the style of the Amazing Grace Stitch Pattern… This hat has added texture and is fun to make using more than one color… The Amazing Grace Free Crochet Pattern Series is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness and my dearest friend Sandra Kay Gilb who passed away in 2007 from this unfortunate disease.  Please consider paying it forward to those who are suffering or recovering from cancer by donating items made from my free patterns…

 

Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie

Materials

Yarn ~ 125-150 yards Worsted Weight Yarn (Pictured above in Brown and Cream is Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand Yarn)

Shop for your yarn needs at Michaels Craft Store Online!! Affiliate Link

Although all worsted weight yarn is  graded to be a #4, there is variance between brands… I found Red Heart With Love and Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice to be a great weight for this hat and  also soft.  Caron Simply Soft was wonderful for the softness, but made the hat slightly smaller.

Hook ~ I

Scissors and Yarn Needle

 

Stitches

St – Stitch     Sl St – Slip Stitch    Ch – Chain     Sc – Single Crochet     HDC – Half Double Crochet     FPSC – Front Post Single Crochet

 

*Instructions for making this hat in multi-color are noted at the bottom of the page

 

Instructions

Begin with a Magic Circle (Video Instructions)

Row 1:  Ch 1 (Does not count as 1st St now and through out), 10 HDC in Magic Ring.  Tighten Ring by pulling on loose tail.  Join with Sl St to  top of 1st HDC. = 10 HDC

Row 2:  Ch 1, 2 HDC in 1st St and 2 HDC in each St around, Join to top of 1st HDC. = 20 HDC

Row 3:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, Hdc in next St,* Around.  Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. = 30 Hdc

Row 4:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, 1 HDC in next 2 Sts.* Around.  Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC.  = 40 HDC

Row 5:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, 1 HDC in next 3 Sts* Around  Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. = 50 HDC

Row 6:  Ch 1, 1 HDC in each St Around Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. =50 HDC

Row 7:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, 1 HDC in next 4 Sts* Around  Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. = 60 HDC

Row 8:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, 1 HDC in next 9 Sts* Around  Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. = 66 HDC

Row 9:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, 1 HDC in next 10 Sts* Around  Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. =72 HDC

Row 10:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, 1 HDC in next 23 Sts* Around. Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. = 75 HDC

Row 11:  Ch 1, Turn, Work FPSC in each St Around. Join to top FPSC. = 75 FPSC

Row 12:  Ch 1 Turn, Sc in each St Around. Join to top Sc. = 75 Sc

Row 13:  Ch 1 Turn, Work FPSC in each St Around. Join to top FPSC. = 75 FPSC

Row 14:  Ch 1 Turn, Sc in 1st St, Ch 2, Sc in same St as beginning Sc, Sk 2 Sts, *(Sc,Ch2,Sc) all in next St, Skip next 2 St* Repeat * * Around. Join to beginning Sc. = 25 Ch 2 spaces.

Row 15:  DO Not Turn, Sl St in 1st Ch 2 Sp, Ch 3(Counts as Dc now and throughout), 2 more Dc in same Ch 2 Sp., *3 Dc in next Ch 2 Sp(Shell made)*, Repeat * * Around, Join to top of beginning ch 3 . =25 Shells made.

Row 16: Do not turn, Sl St in next St(2nd St of Shell from Prev Row), Ch 1, Sc in same St, Ch 2, Sc in same St, Sk 2 Sts, *(Sc,Ch2,Sc) all in the next St, Sk 2 Sts*., Repeat * * Around, Join to beginning Sc. = 25 Ch 2 Sps  *Tip-The  (Sc,Ch2,Sc) are all done in the middle St of the  Dc Shells from the previous row

Row 17: Repeat  Row 15

Row 18:  Do not turn, Sc in each St around. Join to beginning Sc = 75 Sc

Row 19:  Ch 1 Turn, FPSC in each St around, Join to beginning FPSC. = 75 FPSC

Row 20 – 22: Ch 1 Turn, Sc in each St Around. Join to beginning Sc. =75 Sc

Row 23:  Ch 1 Turn, FPSC in each St around. Join to Beginning FPSC.  = 75 FPSC

Finish off and weave in ends.

Congratulations.. You have completed the Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie!

Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie solid

Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie in Solid

Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie Hats

Stop by the Amazing Grace Crochet Charity Page to see how you can make a difference!! Click here or on the tab at the top of the page

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Instructions for Multi-Color Hat

*To make the Taupe and Cream Style Hat on the far left

Main Color : Taupe

Alt. Color: Cream

Rows 1-12 Main Color

Row 13-17  Alt. Color

Row 18-19 Main Color

Row 20-22 Alt. Color

Row 23 Main Color

 

*To make  just the center a second color like the Blue and White one on the far right

Change to 2nd color for row 13-17, then back to the main color at row 18

*** 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… 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

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