Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL… Week 8!

Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL… Week 8!

Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL… Week 8!!


Week 8 of our mystery afghan!!  I can’t believe by the end of this week we will all be 75% done with our project… Each week I am loving it more and more!!  Playing with new stitching techniques and watching it grow…

What do you think??  I hope you are all joining me on our CAL Group on Facebook… If you haven’t joined yet,,, Click Here!  You can be a member just to watch our projects grow… This group will be open for upcoming CAL project all year-long!!

This week is a two-row repeat… super easy once you see how to wrap your double crochet’s into a nice bundle… I have a upclose picture to show you what it looks like, plus a written explanation…  Are you ready to get started??

Let’s make week 8!!!


*Special Stitching Wrapped 3dc shells… You will make 3 dc in a chain space, next you will YO and insert your hook around the middle of all 3 previous dc stitch.  YO draw through to loops, YO and draw through last 2 loops…  So, to break it down… you are doing a dc around the middle of the 3 dc stitches. It sound harder than it is… Trust me!  Just make sure to make your dc fairly loose around the stitches.. Other than that… Here is how they will look!

Alright… Let’s get the party started!!

Join Color A with sl st to top right corner st of afghan.

Round 66: Ch 1, sc in same st, {sc in next st, *ch 3, sk 3 sts, sc in next st*, repeat *to* 28 more times, 3 sc in next st, sc in next st, repeat *to* 40 times, 3 sc in next st }, repeat {to} 1 time, 2 sc in last corner st(same as beginning sc), join with sl st to beginning sc. =128 ch3 sps, 154 sc

Round 67:  Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in same st, {dc in next 2 sts, *3 dc in ch 3 sp, dc around the middle of 3 previous dc (wrapped 3dc shell), dc in next sc*, repeat *to* 39 more times, dc in next st, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, repeat *to* 29 times, dc in next 2 sts, 3 dc in next st}, repeat {to} 1 time. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. = 138 wrapped 3dc shell, 163 dc

Change to Color B, join with sl st in top right corner st, Turn

Round 68:  Ch 1, 3 sc in same st, {sc in next 3 sts, *ch 3, sk wrapped 3dc shell, sc in next st*, repeat *to* 28 more times, sc in next 2 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, repeat *to* 40 times, sc in next 2 sts}, 3 sc in next st, repeat {to} 1 time. Join with sl st to beginning sc. =138 wrapped 3dc shells, 170 sc.

Round 69:  Ch 3, turn, dc in next 3 sts, {*3 dc in next ch 3 sp, make a wrapped dc shell, dc in next sc*, repeat *to* 28 more times, dc in next 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts, repeat *to* 40 times, dc in next 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts}, repeat {to} 1 time ending with the 3dc in the last corner. =138 wrapped 3dc shells, 178 dc.

That’s it,,, Easy-Peasy!!

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Also, we have a great giveaway from Red Heart Yarns for those of you who finish your project by April 24th, 2017!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


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Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL… Week 6!

Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL… Week 6!

Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL… Week 6!

Crochet with Me!! 2017 CAL... Week 6

Week 6 of our 2017 Crochet Mystery Afghan has been so fun…  Many of you asked about the way the center was… So open and worried that it wouldn’t be good.. I agree… So… Here is the Center Fill in Option… I am leaving mine with the fill in!… I loved the way it turned out with so little effort… The chains and cool way the purple edge really pops!!  You can leave yours open if you prefer… It looks great that way.. maybe just not practical…. One of the really cool things that is added this week is a crystal button to the center of the flower… What do you think??

Crochet with Me! 2017 CAL center option

Each year my Mystery CAL Afghan is a surprise to me too… I only design a week ahead of the release… so, it is just as fun for me to see how my designs in my head come out in person… I hope you love it… it is easy to do this section… just take your time. and find a great button!!

Crochet with Me!! 2017 CAL Back Center Option

Here is what the back looks like… There is a slight pinwheel look due to how we increase… and a ridge where I joined using a single crochet method… But, if you like it smooth… you can just sew it into place!

Are you ready to get started… And make sure you go all the way to the bottom for information on the Awesome Red Heart Sponsored Giveaway we will have at the end of the project!


First, Choose a color that will make your project flower show up well… I picked white… My Pink would have been ok too… But the lightest color really shows off the chain spaces and the flower!!

When we left off at the end of Round 12, where the end of the opening is… There were 114 stitches… You should end up with 114 at round 14 of this circle

Ch 3, with sl st, join to form ring.

Round 1:  Ch 3, 7 dc in center of ring, join with sl st to top of ch 3. = 8 dc

Round 2:  Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, join with sl st to top of ch 3. = 16 dc

Round 3:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last st, join with sl st to top of ch 3. = 24 dc

Round 4:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 2 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =32 dc

Round 5:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 3 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =40 dc

Round 6:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 4 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =48 dc

Round 7:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 5 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 5 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =56 dc

Round 8:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 6 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =64 dc

Round 9:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 7 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 7 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =72

Round 10:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 8 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 8 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =80 dc

Round 11:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 9 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =88 dc

Round 12:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 10 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =96

Round 13:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 11 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 11 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =104

This next round will help the fill in option fit correctly to the slight floral shape of the opening using sc to fit by the flower petals and dc and increases to fill in between

Round 14:  Ch 1, *sc in next 2 st, dc in next 7 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 7 sts*, repeat *to* around, join with sl st to beginning sc. =114 sts

Now to crochet (or sew) this section on the afghan!

With wrong side of afghan facing, carefully line up the new section with the flower petals so that the 2 sc on the new fill-in piece line up with the slight dip where the tips of the flower petals are in the afghan round 11.  Join with a sl st in one of the dc’s in the fill-in piece. Now, going through 1 st of the backing and around the post of a st from round 12, make a sc. repeat this in each st around.

So, basically you will be crocheting one stitch of the backing with a post st of round 12… This causes a small ridge on the front side… Round 12 in my afghan is also white… Because round 11 was in purple… it looks really cool on the front!

Last step is to fasten a button from the front of the flower through the back of the fill in piece directly in the center… If you prefer not to use a button…. Just secure the centers with yarn.

That’s it… your fill-in is done…

Now for a row on both long sides of the afghan to tie last weeks color and stitching all together!

With Color D and working down the side of the rows/stitches of the afghan…

Round 48 (right side), Join with sl st to the top of ch 3 from the top right edge of the last rows worked last week. Ch 2, hdc 17 evenly to where round 40 of the afghan transitions stitch types to round 41, hdc in each st of round 4o including in the corner of that round(117 stitches), hdc 18 sts evenly in end of rows to the corner. Finish off = 153 hdc

Repeat on the opposite side of the afghan.

Congratulations!!! That is all of the crocheting for week 6!!


Now.. Here is a little more info on the Red Heart Sponsored Giveaway…  Red Heart Yarns is sponsoring a lovely yarn Giveaway worth $50...  By participating in the CAL and finishing your afghan in the allotted time… You will be eligible for the giveaway..

So, you may be wondering what the “allotted time” is??  Well, this is a 12 week CAL.. So the last weeks instructions will be posted on April 10th 2017… you will have until April 24th to finish the project in full! If you finish in time, you will email me a clear photo showing the full afghan.  Also giving permission to add your photo, first name and last initial to be posted in a grand finale post…  On April 29th, I will choose a winner using a number generator. Each photo will get a number and those will be put in for a chance to win!!  Good Luck!!

$50 prize pack August 2016

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


Falling in Love with Every Which Way Crochet Boarders… A Book Review!

Falling in Love with Every Which Way Crochet Boarders… A Book Review!

Every Which Way Crochet Boarders… by Edie Eckman

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I love collecting crochet books… Flipping through the pages, letting my mind wander!  A few years ago, I purchased Edie’s first Around the Corner Crochet Boarders… It has been a staple in my project and go to book for a very long time… So when I was asked to review Edie’s new book -Every Which Way Crochet Boarders… I jumped on the chance.

Edie is an icon in the crochet world and has been designing and publishing her patterns for a very long time. Her new book is so amazing, I have fallen in love!!

Not only do you get excellent quality, color photos, the instructions are wonderful and .. Each pattern has a graph for those of you who love them!! Boarders are what make the project. Imagine an afghan with nothing around it… then, imagine it with a beautiful border!  The key is, finding one you can make that works with your project.  Edie makes that simple by giving you the stitch multiples for each pattern… All you have to do is pick the one that works!

You may wonder which one is my favorite…There are way to many to choose from! She has written 139 new border patterns for this new book…

But, Guess What????  She has been kind enough to let me share a special pattern from the book right here on my site… I chose one that is so fitting for the time of year… It is a Shamrock border!!!!

Saint Patricks Day shamrock leaf symbol isolated on white vector illustration

Just scroll to the bottom of the page for the special free pattern from the book!!


Now for one more fun thing… Not just the opportunity to have a pattern from the book… But, There is a give away too!!  One person will win a lovely copy of Edie’s new book ~ Every Which Way Crochet  borders!! This give away is now thru February 28th, 2017… The winner will be announced on March 1st.  Sorry, but this giveaway is for US residents only… For those of you who are elsewhere, please enjoy the free pattern..

Giveaway is now over…

The winner is Trish B… Congratulations!!!!!

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Good Luck!!


If you would like to purchase this lovely crochet book… It is available on Amazon…

If you would like to purchase Edie’s other boarder book…

And don’t miss out on the other sites that are on Edie’s Blog Tour… Click here for the list!!


Now… Here is the super cute Shamrock Boarder from Edie’s book ~ Every Which Way Crochet Boarders…

EveryWhichWay-Slideshow5  Base Round, each side: 11 + 5 + corners

Begin in  corner st.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in first st. *make Shamrock, skip 5 sts, sc in next st,{(ch 1, picot-3) two times, ch 1, sk 4 sts, sc in next st, make shamrock, skip 5 sts, sc in next st} to corner st, placing last sc in corner st, picot-3, sc in same corner st; repeat from * around. omitting last sc, join with  sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

*Stitches & Notes

Picot-3: Ch 3, sl st in third chain from hook

Shamrock: (Ch 1, picot-3) two times, ch 7, sl st in sixth ch from hook to form center ring, turn; (ch 5, sc in ring) three times, turn;(sc, 9 dc, sc) in each of the next 3 ch-5 spaces, sc in center ring, ch 1, picot-3, sl st in ch-space between picots opposite picot-3, picot-3, ch 1

Excerpted from Every Which Way Crochet Borders (c) Edith L. Eckman. Photography by John Polak.

** Thank you Edie for allowing us to have this cute pattern!!

I was given this book by the publisher to review as compensation.


Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

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