Book Review & Giveaway… Design Your Own Crochet Projects!!

Book Review & Giveaway… Design Your Own Crochet Projects!!

Book Review & Giveaway… Design Your Own Crochet Projects!!  

By Sara Delaney


Today I want to talk about a really amazing crochet book!!!  Design Your Own Crochet Projects by Sara Delaney is one of the most detailed books for learning all the in’s and out’s of crochet I have come across!  Starting with the details of yarn, swatches, and guides to creating every kind of project – Including how to measure and make it fit!…

Now you can make hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, socks and slippers to customize your size…  This 250 page book includes 18 patterns with tons of detail of how to make  Sara’s patterns fit you too!.  I am so excited about the sock section, I can hardly wait to try her methods!!!! With winter in the air here… the gloves look really fun to make too!!!

Sara also has a great stitch dictionary with pictures and over 31 stitch techniques.  There is a great stitch abbreviation and definition section too!  This is a very beautiful book and clear written.. I know all of you would love to have this in your crochet library…

Sara also has a Crochet Calculator Webpage… This tool is so awesome!  You can click on the type of project… then you enter the info like the length, width, stitch pattern and so forth.. then it hit calculate…  It then tells you how much yarn you need… how many total stitches and rows… FABULOUS!!!!!  Click Here to head over to her Crochet Calculator!!

To purchase Design Your Own Crochet Projects… You can buy it on Amazing for super quick delivery!!

And.. just for being a Beatrice Ryan Designs fan… You can have a chance to win a copy of Design Your Own Crochet Projects thanks to Sara Delaney and Story Publishing… *Giveaway restricted to USA and Canada*

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WINNER: EILEEN K!!!!  


Good Luck and Happy Crocheting!!  Stay turned here on Beatrice Ryan Designs for more great patterns coming very soon!!

Elena

Sweet Sunset Baby Blanket… Free Crochet Pattern!

Sweet Sunset Baby Blanket… Free Crochet Pattern!

Sweet Sunset Baby Blanket

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Also available in PDF Format on Ravelry and Craftsy!!


This super sweet baby blanket is  and easy to make shell and post stitch pattern that can be quickly made for a great gift or blanket for your own precious angel.  Using self-striping yarn makes it even easier to whip up this Sweet Sunset Baby Blanket!!

Supplies ~

YARN: 1150 yards of worsted weight yarn. I used 3 skeins of Caron Cakes in Spice Cake.

HOOK: Size J

 

Stitches ~

St – Stitch

Sk – Skip

Ch – Chain

Sc – Single Crochet

Hdc – Half Double Crochet

Dc – Double Crochet

Reverse Single Crochet

Bpdc – Back Post Double Crochet

Fpdc – Front Post Double Crochet

Shell – 5 dc in same stitch

RS – Right Side are even rows         WS – Wrong Side are odd rows

Size ~

36″ x 36″ after blocked

Instructions ~

Ch 100

Row 1:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each across. =99 sc

Row 2:  Ch 2(counts as hdc now and throughout), turn,  *hdc in next st, sk 2 sts, shell in next st, sk 2 sts*, repeat *to* 15 more times, hdc in last 2 sts. = 16 shells & 19 hdc

Row 3:  Ch 3(counts as dc now and throughout), turn,  bpdc around next st, *sk 2 sts, shell in next st, sk 2 sts, bpdc around next st*, repeat *to* 15 more times, dc in last st. = 16 shells, 17 bpdc & 2 dc

Row 4:  Ch 3(counts as dc now and throughout), turn,  fpdc around next st, *sk 2 sts, shell in next st, sk 2 sts, fpdc around next st*, repeat *to* 15 more times, dc in last st. = 16 shells, 17 fpdc & 2 dc

Rows 5 – 51:  Repeat rows 3 & 4

Edging ~

With RS facing join with sl st in chain of beginning ch on bottom right corner.

Round 1:  Ch 1, sc in same st, working up the side of rows, sc 77 sts evenly up the side, 3 sc in top of ch 3 from beginning ch 3 of row 51, * hdc in next st, sc in next 5 sts*, repeat *to* 15 more times, hdc in next st, 3 sc in next st, sc 77 evenly down the side of rows, 3 sc in 1st st of bottom left corner, sc in next 97 sts, 2 sc in same st as beginning sc. Join with sl st to beginning sc. = 360 sts.

Round 2:  Ch 2, turn, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 99 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 79 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 99 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in net 78 sts, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 2. = = 368 sts

Round 3:   Do not turn, sl st in next st, sc in same st, ch 2, sc in same st*ch 2, sk st, sc in next st*, repeat *to* 50 more times, ch 2 s sc in same st(1st corner), repeat *to* 41 times, ch 2, sc in same sp(2nd corner), repeat *to* 51 times, ch 2, sc in same st(3rd corner), repeat *to* 40 times, ch 2, sk st, join with sl st to beginning sc. = 188 ch 2 sps

Round 4:  Do not turn, ch 1, sc in same st, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, *sc in next st, sc in next ch 2 sp* repeat *to* 50 more times, sc in next st, 3 sc in next st, ch 2, repeat *to* 41 times, sc in next st, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp , repeat *to* 51 times, sc in next st, 3 sc in next ch 2 st, repeat *to* 41 times, join with sl st to beginning sc. = 384 sc

Round 5:  Ch 1, reverse sc  in each st around. = 384 reverse scs.

Finish off and weave in ends.

Block blanket into shape using wet or steam method.

That’s it!!!  Congratulations… you now have a Sweet Sunset Baby Blanket

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


©Copyright 2017 Elena Hunt/Beatrice Ryan Designs.  All my, patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog website, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you. This post may contain affiliate links/ads. If you purchase something from a link in this post, I may be compensated.


 

Ziggidy Zag Summer Square… New Free Crochet Pattern

Ziggidy Zag Summer Square… New Free Crochet Pattern

Ziggidy Zag Summer Square

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Are you ready for another fun, easy crochet square pattern ?? Here you go!!!  This is a 12″ square using worsted weight yarn. It can easily be made in one sitting!!

Using this 12″ Square you can make many sizes of beautiful afghans by making several blocks and crocheting them together, Or…  This Ziggidy Zag Summer Square along with my Rainbow Burst Reversible Square and my Festival of Fall Square are all made to work together to make a fun sampler afghan if you want to spice it up!


Materials:

Worsted weight yarn – 2 to 9 colors. 50 – 75 yards total.  I used Vanna’s Choice Yarn

Colors in order

A: Kelly Green    B: Mustard   C: Cranberry   D: Fern   E: Terra Cotta   F: Aqua

 

Hook- Size J

Stitches:

St – Stitch     Sp – Space     Ch – Chain    Sl St – Slip Stitch     Sc – Single Crochet     Dc – Double Crochet     Trc – Treble Crochet     Dec – Decrease (insert hook in st, yo and pull up loop, insert hook in next st, yo and pull up loop, yo, pull yarn thru all 3 loops on hook)

Special Stitches:  

V Stitch – 2 dc in one stitch

Puff Stitch ~ Yo, insert hook in sp, pull up loop, yo, insert hook in same sp, pull up loop, yo, draw yarn through all 5 loops on hook.

Decorative Stitch (sc,trc,sc) in one st. When making this st, make sure to pop the trc to the front of the square. This will make a nice decorative stitch.

Size:

12″ x 12″

Instructions:

Using Color A

Begin with a Magic Circle(video tutorial by Moogly)

Round 1:  Ch 1, *puff st, ch 1*, repeat * * 8 times. Join with sl st to beginning puff st. Finish off. = 8 puff sts & 8 ch1 sps

Color B

Round 2:  Join yarn with sl st in any ch1 sp, ch 3(counts as dc), (dc, ch-1, 2 dc) in same sp, *(2dc, ch-1, 2dc) in next ch-1 sp*, Repeat * to* around. Join with sl st to beginning of ch-3. Finish off. = 32 dc & 8 ch-1 sps

Color C

Round  3:  Join yarn in any ch-1 sp, ch 4(counts as trc), 8 trc in same sp, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp, 9 trc in next ch-1 sp*, repeat *to * 2 more times, (dc, ch 1 dc)  in last ch1 sp. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch-3. Finish off. =36 trc and 4-(dc,ch-1,dc)

Color D

Round 4:  Join with sl st in the 5th st of any corner (middle st of corner ) from row 3, ch 4, 6 more trc in same st, *sk st, V st in next st*, repeat *to* one more time, sk st, V st in ch 1 sp, repeat *to* 2 times, sk st, {7 trc in next st, repeat *to* 2 times, sk st, V st in ch 1 sp, repeat *to* 2 times,  sk st}, repeat {to} 2 more times, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 4. = 4- 7 trc and 20 V sts

Color E

Round 5:  Join with sl st in 4th st of any corner (middle of corner st) from previous round, ch 3, 6 more dc in same st, * sk 2 sts, V st in next st, V st in center of next 5 V sts, sk st, V st in next st, sk 2 sts*, {7 dc in next st, repeat *to* one time}, Repeat {to} 2 more times, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. = 28 V sts and 4- 7 dc

Color F

Round 6:   Join with sl st in 4th st of any corner (middle st of corner ) from previous round, ch 3, 6 more dc in same st, * sk 2 sts, V st in next st, V st in center of next 7 V sts, sk st, V st in next st, sk 2 sts*, {7 dc in next st, repeat *to* one time}, Repeat {to} 2 more times, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. = 36 V sts and 4 – 7 dc

Color A

Round 7:   Join with sl st in 4th st of any corner (middle st of corner ) from previous round, ch 3, 6 more dc in same st, * sk 2 sts, V st in next st, V st in center of next 9 V sts, sk st, V st in next st, sk 2 sts*, {7 dc in next st, repeat *to* one time}, Repeat {to} 2 more times, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. = 44 V sts and 4 – 7 dc

Color B

Round 8:   Join with sl st in 4th st of any corner (middle st of corner ) from previous round, ch 3, 6 more dc in same st, * sk 2 sts, V st in next st, V st in center of next 11 V sts, sk st, V st in next st, sk 2 sts*, {7 dc in next st, repeat *to* one time}, Repeat {to} 2 more times, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. = 52 V sts and 4 – 7 dc

Color C

Round 9:  Join with sl st to 4th st of any corner(middle st of corner) from previous round, ch 1, 3 sc in same st, *sc in next 3 sts, (sc,trc,sc) in the center of each of the next 13 V sts, sk st, sc in next 3 sts, 3 sc in next st*, Repeat *to* 2 more times, sc in the next 3 sts, (sc,trc,sc) in the center of each of the next 13 V sts, sc in the last 3 sts, join with sl st to the beginning sc. = 52 (sc,trc,sc) and 36 sc  *you will continue to use Color C*

Round 10:  Ch 1, sc in same st, {3sc in next st, sc in the next 4 sts, *dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st*, repeat *to* 12 more times, sc in next 4 sts}, Repeat {to} 2 more times, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts, repeat *to* 13 times, sc in last 3 sts, join with sl st to beginning sc. = 148 sts

Weave in ends

That’s it… You now have a Ziggidy Zag Summer Square!!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


©Copyright 2017 Elena Hunt/Beatrice Ryan Designs.  All of my patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog, website or social media, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you. This post may contain affiliate links/ads. If you purchase something from a link in this post, I may be compensated.

 

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