Crochet Makes My Day!!

Today I just want to say I am thankful I love to crochet!!!  It brings me joy to create new projects and patterns and most of all great friends I have made along my crochet path!!  How about you,, Do you love to crochet?  What joy has it brought into your life??

Love to Crochet

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Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Winter’s Twist Free Headband Pattern

To celebrate my 1 Year Blogversary… And a Big Thank You for all of your support… I have designed this cozy Free Crochet Headband Pattern!

Winter’s Twist Headband

Winters Twist Free Crochet Headband Pattern

Click Here to add this fun pattern to your Ravelry queue and favorites!!

Materials:  Red Heart Super Saver Worsted Weight Yarn

                       Color A:   100 yards           Color B:   50 Yards

                       Hook~ H

                       Scissors

Gauge:     2″ x 2″  = 7 Dc X 3 Rows

Headband:  20″  To change the size, add or subtract 2 stitches

Stitches:  Ch – Chain     Sl St – Slip Stitch     Hdc – Half Double Crochet     Dc – Double Crochet

                    Bphdc – Back Post Half Double Crochet     Fphdc – Front Post Half Double Crochet

Instructions:

With Color A, Ch 68~ Join with Sl St to beginning.  Be very careful not to twist the chain while joining.

Row 1:     Ch 2 (Counts as beginning Hdc), Hdc around. Join with Sl St to beginning Ch 2. = 68 Hdc

Row 2:     Ch 2, *Fphdc in next Stitch, Bphdc in next Stitch*, Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl St to beginning Ch 2. = 68 Hdc

Row 3:     Ch 3(Counts as Dc), Dc in previous St (This will form an “X” and is a Twisted Stitch), Skip next Stitch, *Dc in next Stitch, Dc in previous stitch(Skipped Stitch), Skip St*, Repeat * * Around making “Twisted Stitches”, Join with Sl St to Beginning Ch 3. Finish Off.  = 34 Twisted Stitches.

Row 4: Change to Color B and Join with Slip Stitch to Same as Last Joining St(Ch 3 of previous row),Your Twisted stitches now will not line up with previous row. See Picture below.  Ch 3, Dc in previous stitch (Twisted Stitch made), Skip St, *Dc in next stitch, Dc in previous stitch(Skipped Stitch), Sk St.* Repeat * * Around, Join with Sl St to beginning Ch 3. Finish off.  = 34 Twisted Stitches.

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Row 5:     Change to color A, Repeat row 4, Finish off

Row 6:     Change to color B, Repeat row 4, Finish off

Row 7:     Change to color A, Repeat row 4, Do Not Finish Off

Row 8:     Ch 2, Hdc in each stitch around, Join with Sl St to beginning Ch 2 = 68 Hdc

Row 9:     Ch 2, *Fphdc in next stitch, Bphdc in next stitch*, Repeat * * Around, Join with Sl St to beginning Ch 2, Finish off and weave in ends.

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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.***

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Happy Crocheting

Elena

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Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Throw Back Thursday Crochet….

Like many of you know,,, My Grandmother Beatrice Ryan Ramshaw was the one who taught me to crochet 40 years ago…  I thought it would be fun to show you one of her blast from the past Afghans…  She was such an avid crocheter… Mastering both yarn and thread techniques!!!  I often wonder  what it was like to crochet for her… She was born around the turn of the century… and lived until 1997…  The materials she must have learned with would have been hard to come by… She lived in a remote area of Northern Canada until the 40′s… But even when she moved to the United States and settled in Northern California,,, I think yarn and patterns would have been so much different from what we have now!!

This week the Afghan I am sharing was made for my favorite Great Aunt Velma… Velma was her sister-in-law, who also came to the United States in the 40′s… They were great friend too!!  I was blessed enough to inherit this afghan after Velma passed away about a decade ago…  I was amazed how well this beauty held up over the years…  My best guess is that Beatrice made it in the 70′s.  Amazingly this is one of the softest Afghans I have… I was a little surprised,  many of the acrylic yarns during that time were pretty scratchy and rough!  It definitely is a treasure!

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This Great Afghan appears to be completely done in single crochet, with every other row done in back loop only… It looks to be a dk weight and a larger hook like maybe a N size…  Gotta love it… And to top it off… it measures a staggering 9+ feet long and 4+ feet wide…  I think she made it so it would nicely drape over both ends of Velma’s queen size bed…

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Well, there you have a Throw Back Thursday Crochet treat!!!  What about you… Do you have any Throw Back Treasures??

..Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

 

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Fun and Fantastic Friday Crochet….

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     Happy Friday… What are you crocheting this weekend???
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I am working on my “Pewter and Berries” Afghan…”True Colors” Afghan…”Sunburst  Granny” Afghan and New Hat Patterns!
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Chime in and let me know what you are up too… And if you have a moment… Post  your WIP’s on my Facebook Page!  I would
love to see you there!!!!
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So here is to Fridays, Work’s in Progress, and Being Happy!
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Elena
Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Southern & Sassy! My new crochet hat is finished!!

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Last night I put the finishing touches on my Southern and Sassy Hat by Elk Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs!  I was so excited for this pattern by my friend Kathy, I couldn’t wait to try it out!!!  It is easy to follow and worked up so quickly!  When I finished last night I showed it to my lovely 17-year-old daughter… She tried it on and loved it too!!!   You can get her pattern for this great hat at her Etsy Shop if you want to give it a try!  You won’t be disappointed…

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Southern and Sassy Hat on my new friendly mannequin…

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Me with my new Southern and Sassy Hat… I’m not to fond of pictures of myself…. But I really wanted you to see how it looked on a real head of hair…lol

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I also bought her second pattern, Simply Southern Hat,,, I will be starting it this weekend…  Can’t Wait!!!!

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I couldn’t resist my next project… For the Etsy Shop,,,A New Granny Chevron Afghan…  I dreamed of these colors for a while… This one will work up quickly… And Yes… I still need to join my True Colors Afghan… I always have 4-5 projects on the hook at the same time… And I have some new Beatrice Ryan Design Patterns I am working on too!  So Stay Tuned…

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Yesterday I mentioned a SPECIAL SURPRISE….  It’s getting close… Come back everyday to watch for it!!!!

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So here is to Southern Hats, Granny Chevrons, True Colors and A Special Surprise!!!!

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P.S.    … Don’t forget my Etsy Christmas in July Sale for all you lovelies!!!

Elena

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1
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