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Monday Makings and Pattern Reviews….

What a fun last week!!!  I released my latest Free Crochet Pattern… Winter’s Twist Headband,,, The Crochet-A-Long is going fantastic,,, lots of great projects shared on Facebook last Friday on Show and Tell!!!  My Sunburst Granny is now all most done… Squares are completed and joined,,, Now just for the edging!!  And, I made 3 more hats for our upcoming charity drive at ELK Studio From The Heart…  Wow… Now that’s alot of crochet!!

So here are some pictures and then… Reviews of the hats I made… Just in case you would like to make them too!!

First here is my Winter’s Twist HeadbandClick Here for the link to the Free Pattern!

Winters Twist Headband Free Pattern

Next,,, Week 5 Crochet-A-Long… Click the tab “Crochet-A-Long at the top of the page to get going on this great afghan!!

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And here is how my Sunburst Granny Square Blanket is coming along… All that’s left is the edging… I hope to finish that up by tonight!!

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Now on the the reviews…

The first  hat is from ELK Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs… This is Kathy’s Country Appeal Hat… This is a Free Pattern!  As usual, this pattern is easy to read and can be made in one evening…  Kathy is quite the hat designer and as you know,,, I have made several of her wonderful patterns… This hat is one of my favorites!!  The texture she designed makes this very cozy and comfortable to wear!  It is worked from the bottom up to assure a great fit!!  So if you would like to make this Country Appeal Hat, Click Here

 

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Country Appeal Hat

The Second Hat I made is the Surface Braid Hat by The Laughing Willow…  To make this hat, Click Here for the Free Pattern… I have wanted to make this style of hat for a while and just found this pattern recently!!  It is a great technique to get the fun effect on the right side of the hat… This technique makes the hat very stretchy and plush!!!  I actually ended up making two… I need to send off at least 4 hats to the charity… so now I am ready… I have these 3 hats and one from last weeks review.

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Flat Braid Hat

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I hope you had a great Crochet Week!!!

Happy Crocheting!!

 

 

Monday Makings… Life in the Crochet Lane!!!

I absolutely love to crochet!!!  If a day goes by without a hook in my hand… I feel sort of lost!  So many of us talk about all our projects we are working on and how many we have stashed away… I am the Queen of that!!   I thought I would take a moment to see if I could check some of those off my list this weekend…  And the big answer was NO… I just decided to add more to my list…. Love to Crochet!!!

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The beginnings of my newest,,, Bright Sunburst Granny Afghan…

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All the centers complete and most of the Third rounds are done…

 

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The final size of the Sunburst Granny Block…

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So why start another Afghan while working on our CAL???  Yep that’s what I said to myself…   I  am donating  this Beautiful Bright Sunburst Granny Afghan to a Fundraiser… It has to be done in just a couple of weeks… So I had to get busy!!!

If you remember from last year… I made a Beautiful Cream and Scrap Sunburst Granny… I loved it so  much that I thought I would make another!!!  This pattern is from Priscillas Crochet… You can Click Here to get her Free Pattern!!

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Beautiful Cream and  Scrap Sunburst Granny from Last Year….

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Also this weekend~I worked on our CAL pattern… So much fun… I hope you are making it with me…  If you haven’t started the CAL,,, It’s not to late to join in the fun…Week 1-3 are easy and you could catch up before we get to week 4… Lots of fun and lots of great stitching!!!

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A corner of my Week 3 CAL Afghan… So in love with Vanna’s Choice Yarn by Lion Brand!!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

Beatrice Ryan Designs Crochet A Long Afghan.. Week 2

I hope you had a great week and had fun crocheting your Granny Squares…  Are you ready to put them together and move on to the next step??

There are two methods frequently used to join Granny Squares… You can whip stitch them together or crochet them together… Since I am a total crochet-a-holic and not so much a seamstress… I always have crocheted mine together… But if you prefer the look of the stitching method that will be great too… I found 2 great tutorials for these methods incase you haven’t joined Granny Squares together before…

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The first method is Crocheting Granny Squares together. This tutorial is by one of my favorite Crochet Artists… Lucy from Attic 24… She is famous for her colorful Granny Squares and this tutorial is very clear and it will walk you through this method if this is the one you  would like to use!!!  Click Here for the Crocheting Granny Squares Together Method…

The second method is to Sew the Granny Squares together. I found a great tutorial from Lion Brand Yarn to demonstrate this method… Click Here for the tutorial on How to Invisibly Seam Granny Squares Together Method…

Stitches:

Sl St – Slip Stitch     Ch – Chain     Hdc – Half Double Crochet

Instructions for Week 2:

Join your Granny Squares together in on of the above methods.  You will join them in 2 rows of 4 squares.  See my Granny Squares below for placement.

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This is the back side of my Joined Granny Squares… Notice the slight ridge the Sc joining forms… I like this for my self and over time the ridge slightly lessens as the yarn settles into place.  But, if you don’t like the ridge the whip stitch method would be a better choice for joining.

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Step 2 – Working with neutral or main color:

*Tip 1: You will want to make sure when making row 1 & 2 that the top and bottom row have the same number of stitches and the right and left sides each have the same number of stitches. 

*Tip 2:  When working or row 1 & 2…It will be important to have an even amount of stitches on each side of your work, the exact count isn’t important,,, but the even numbering is!!  Next weeks pattern section will be thrown off if you have odd amounts of stitches…When counting your stitches,  the center stitch of the corner will not be added into your count..  You should check your stitch count at the end of each of the four sides and make sure it is an even number and that the parallel sides have the same number of stitches… This will ensure your afghan will remain in an even rectangle shape.

Row 1:      Join with Sl St in any corner.  Ch 1, 3 Sc in corner. *Sc in each stitch across to the next corner, 3 Sc in Corner*. Repeat * * Around, join with Sl St to first Sc.

Row 2:     Ch 4 (counts as Hdc plus ch 2 for corner), Sk 1 Sc, Hdc in next Sc.  *Hdc across to 1st Sc of next corner. You will skip the center Sc of previous row corner, Ch 2, Hdc in next St and each across to next corner*. Repeat * * Around, Join with Sl St to 2nd chain of beginning Ch 4. Finish off. You should have approx 44 Hdc on the sort sides of the rectangle and 94 Hdc on the long ends of the rectangle.

Below is an up close picture of the corners for reference.

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And here is a photo of week 2 completed… 8 Granny Squares joined, 1 row of Sc’s, 1 Row of Hdc’s….

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Congratulations… You have finished Week 2!!!  Don’t forget to hop over to Facebook next Friday for Show and Tell at 5Pm EST… and Pinterest to see what everyone has done so far!!!

Happy Crocheting… Elena

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Beatrice Ryan Designs Crochet-A-Long Afghan… Week 1

Here we go!  The time has finally come for us to start our Afghan!!  If you missed the materials list you can find that post in the Crochet-A-Long tab at the top of the page.  Each week I will post a Free Pattern section on Saturday morning…   All CAL weekly Free Pattern sections will be posted in the Crochet-A-Long tab throught the entire CAL.  Once complete it will be posted as a pattern in whole and available in the Pattern Tab.  You can follow along here each week, And you can also join me on Ravelry with my Crochet-A-Long Group, on Facebook each Friday evening for our “Show and Tell” and on our Pinterest Board designated just for this CAL… If you want to post your progress pictures on Pinterest you need to shoot me an email to [email protected] so I can add you to the group!

So here we go!!

This CAL will start with 8 basic Granny Squares, Each Granny Square should be approximately 6″-7″ across…  Gauge is not important so if you want to make a smaller or larger blanket you can adjust this by your hook size…The dominate or neutral color will be worked for the LAST ROW of each square.  You can use it more than once in your square if you desire.  These will be the only time we use Granny Squares in this pattern… We will be joining them together in a specific manner next week…  This afghan will be worked in the round.

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These are my 8 Granny Squares… I am loving my colors!!

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Stitches:

Ch – Chain     Sl St – Slip Stitch     Sc – Single Crochet     Dc – Double Crochet

Tips:

I work over my ends as I go. This saves time weaving the ends in.  I also prefer the Magic Circle to start my project, Click Here for a video tutorial.  If you prefer to use the basic method of Ch 5, join into a ring that will work just fine!

You can use as many colors as you like, or make this a solid color afghan.

Instructions:  Make 8 Granny Squares

Make a Magic Circle

Row 1:     Ch 3 (Counts as Dc now and throughout), 2 Dc in center of ring, Ch 2, *3 Dc in ring, Ch 2*, Repeat * * 2 more times, Join with Sl St to top of Ch 3. Pull center tight = 4-Dc 3 clusters  and 4- Ch 2 spaces.   Fasten off.

Row 2:     Join next color to any Ch 2 space using a Sl St. Ch 3, 2 Dc in same as joining.  Ch 2, 3 Dc in same space, *Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 2 space, Ch 2, 3 Dc in same space*, Repeat * * 2 more times. Ch 1 Join to top of Ch 3 with Sl St. Finish off. = 8 – Dc 3 clusters, 4 – Ch 2 Spaces and 4 – Ch 1 Spaces.

Row 3:     Join next color to any Ch 2 space using a Sl St. Ch 3, 2 Dc in same as joining.  Ch 2, 3 Dc in same space, *Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 2 Sp, Ch 2, 3 Dc in same Ch 2 Sp*, Repeat * * 2 more times. Ch 1, 3 Dc in last Ch 1 space, Ch 1,  Join to top of Ch 3 with Sl St. Finish off. = 12 – Dc 3 Clusters, 4 – Ch 2 Spaces, 8 – Ch 1 Spaces.

Row 4:     Join next color to any Ch 2 space using a Sl St. Ch 3, 2 Dc in same as joining.  Ch 2, 3 Dc in same space, *Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 2 Sp, Ch 2, 3 Dc in same Ch 2 Sp*, Repeat * * 2 more times. Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 space, Ch 1, 3 Dc in last Chain 1 space, Ch 1.   Join to top of Ch 3 with Sl St. Finish off. = 16 – Dc 3 Clusters, 4 – Ch 2 Spaces, 12 – Ch 1 Spaces.

Row 5:     Join next color (Your dominant or neutral color)  to any Ch 2 space using a Sl St. Ch 3, 2 Dc in same as joining.  Ch 2, 3 Dc in same space, *Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 2 Sp, Ch 2, 3 Dc in same Ch 2 Sp*, Repeat * * 2 more times. Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 space, Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 space, Ch 1, 3 Dc in last Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1.   Join to top of Ch 3 with Sl St. Finish off. = 20 – Dc 3 Clusters, 4 – Ch 2 Spaces, 16 – Ch 1 Spaces.

Weave in any loose ends with a yarn needle.

All Done… Congratulations on finishing week 1!!  I prefer to block these Granny Squares with a steam method.  Lay each Granny Square flat on ironing board.  Gently steam each square, being very careful not to press down on the  yarn… You will only hover over the square.  Gently manipulate each square into shape before it cools.  Leave on ironing board until completely cool.   If you prefer to block your squares by pinning them to a foam board and letting them sit that is also a great way to obtain a great shape!

Next week we will be joining these squares, so if you haven’t finished all of them… The joining will only take a small amount of time and you will be able to catch up…

Have a great week!!! Don’t forget to show up Friday evening on Facebook and share your progress. Check the Pinterest Board also… and for more discussion and fun… Hop over to Ravelry!

** My Free Patterns are made for your enjoyment.  If you find any errors, please email me at [email protected]**

*** 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.***

Celebrating International Crochet Day…!!!

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Today is International Crochet Day!!!  Wow… I think it should be a holiday,,, So we can gather to crochet!!!

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So to celebrate,,, I would love to hear from all of you… Who taught you to crochet and how long have you been “Hooking”??  Here is my short story…

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When I was 10 my grandmother Beatrice Sadie Ryan Ramshaw taught me to crochet… She bought a skein of my favorite color yarn for me to get started, Deep Purple!!!! My first project was a Granny Blanket… Just one big Granny Square!  I wish I still had that first project… But, What I do have are several of Beatrice’s Afghans, Doilies, and her love of crochet!  For the most part crochet was put in a box for many years, doing a small project once in a while until I reached my mid 20″s… Then the fire was lit… I have crocheted hundreds of projects and learned the true art of crochet… I hope you enjoy my love of crochet!

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So, now you know why I call my website Beatrice Ryan Designs and my upcoming pattern “Sadie”(her middle name) a 1920’s style inspired hat pattern will be released soon in honor of my grandmother!

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Now it’s your turn,,, Tell me your crochet story… Just leave a short comment so we can all celebrate together!

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Elena

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