Wednesday Facebook Fan Favorite… Week 23

Happy Wednesday!!!  I can’t believe we are doing Week 23 Fan Favorite… Time has flown by!!!  Thank you all for participating and making this so much fun!!  This weeks Facebook Fan Favorite is a Free Crochet Pattern I really want to make!!!  It looks fairly simple, comfy and so many of you loved it too…

The pattern is called… Waterfall-Crochet Drops Jacket with Shawl Collar… I could really see myself wearing this with a pair of leggings and cute boots!!!  What about you???  How would you wear it??   If you love it and missed it over on Facebook in the daily segment… Click Here for the Free Pattern Link…

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Other News….

The Crochet-A-Long is going great!!!!  If you haven’t started Week 1′s assignment (8 Granny Squares) it is not to late to join in the fun…  I will be posting week 2 instructions on Saturday morning,,, but week 2 is an easy week and you will have time to catch up!!!

Check in over on Facebook on Friday for our Facebook “Show and Tell”,,,  We all will be posting our progress pictures… I can’t wait to see what you all have done…

We also have our very own CAL Pinterest Board… To pin your pictures just shoot me an email to [email protected] and I will have Pinterest send you an invite!!

Our Ravelry group has over 110 members and I can’t wait to see what happens there too!!!  You can join in over there any time!

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Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

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.***

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Wednesday Facebook Fan Favorite… Week 22

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This week we have another great Free Crochet Hat Pattern as our weekly Facebook Fan Favorite!!!!  This hat was one I reviewed earlier this week and totally fell in love with!!!  The one I made will be headed to a charity later this week along with several other items…  This Free Crochet Hat pattern was one of the largest Fan Favorites so far!!!

If you haven’t tuned in to my daily segment ” Daily Free Pattern Find…Would use wear this? Would you make it? Tell me what you think… Here is the FREE PATTERN link if you like it..”  Take a peek!!! Each day I feature a free crochet pattern that I have found during my internet browsing…  You can see past segments in my Photo Album titled the same over on Facebook!  The winners are chosen by Facebook Fans liking, commenting and sharing these segments… So cast your vote over on Facebook for next week’s Fan Favorite!!

Here is this weeks Facebook Fan Favorite….

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The pattern is written in Italian… But also has a graph and English directions! I am not clear if they wrote this pattern or translated it from another site…  The pattern is made of basic stitches and was very easy for an intermediate crocheter!  The only problem I ran into was… They left out the directions for rows 11-14… It was simple for me to figure out by looking at the hat that we were just going to repeat the 9 & 10 two more times and then continue to the directions for rows 15-20… The nice thing about this hat was… It turned out exactly like the picture and I love it!!  If you want to make this hat don’t shy away because of the multi language  directions… The English version is typed in red and easy to see… and if you remember to repeat rows 9 & 10 for the missing directions you will have no problem if you are a beginner!  Click Here for the Free Crochet Pattern!

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January Viewer’s Choice Crochet-A-Long…. Are you ready,,, Do you have your yarn and hook??? Only 3 more days for the first Pattern Post!!!!  Saturday Jan. 18th tune in for the first weeks instructions for this really fun Afghan I am designing just for you!!!!  You can also join in my Ravelry group, Pinterest Page and Facebook…  Friday evenings we will be having Show and Tell on Facebook where you can post your progress pictures… You can also post your progress pictures on  to the Pinterst page too…  Just shoot me an email to join the Pinterst group and I will add you to the list to post there!!  [email protected]

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Happy Crocheting!!

Elena.

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Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Beatrice Ryan Designs,,, Crochet-A-Long… Are you ready??

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Just a few more days to go and our hooks will all be working on a new fabulous project!!!!  Next Saturday (the 18th)  I will post the first segment of the pattern for our Crochet-A-Long…  This is a Free Crochet Pattern to all participants and the only requirement is that you have FUN!  Thanks to all of you who voted for  our Viewers Choice Crochet-A-Long!!!  I was excited you chose an Afghan!! I have designed it, crocheted the first section and have written it for  next Saturday!!!

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If you haven’t done a Crochet-A-Long before… This is how it will work!…..

1.You can find the Materials List already posted in the Crochet-A-Long tab at the top of the page.  As well as each weekly pattern post!

2.Each Saturday I will post the weekly segment of the pattern that you will complete by the next Friday.

3.Friday Evenings we will have Show and Tell on my Facebook Page… You can post comments and pictures on the designated Pinned Post on Facebook.

4.You can Join in on Ravelry in my CAL Group for more fun and discussions…

5.And… I have an official Pinterest Page where we can post and pin our CAL pictures!!! Beatrice Ryan Designs CAL 2014

6.One last thing… We will be having a vote at the end to name this afghan!!! So stay tuned and let’s have some fun!!!

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Oh… And would you like a peak at Week One???  Shhhhhh…. Yes we begin with a Granny! But, that is just the beginning!!  Lots of design elements and  fun,,, I can’t wait for you to see how this design turns out!!

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Beatrice Ryan Designs CAL

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Happy Crocheting!! Elena

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Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Wednesday Facebook Fan Favorite… Week 21

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As the Arctic Vortex whips through the United States and freezes a large part of our country, many of us are crocheting to pass the time while we are trying to stay warm…What a way to start the new year!!!!  Today’s Facebook Fan Favorite it the first one for the year and it will keep you cozy in this chilly weather!  This design is from one of my favorite designers,,, Bonita Patterns… She is famous for her Crocodile Stitch projects and I have made several of her patterns!  This is a free one from her and well worth checking out!!!  So here it is… Our first Fan Favorite for the year… Reversible Textured Slouch & Crocodile Stitch DOUBLE LAYERED Flower by Bonita PatternsClick here for the Free Crochet Pattern.

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Don’t you love this hat?? I do and the flower is made from her signature Crocodile Stitch Pattern!!!  This will definitely be on my to-do a list for this year!!.

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On another note…. Are you ready for our Crochet-A-Long??? If you missed my last post containing the Material List… You can Click Here to see it… And at any time you can click on the Crochet-A-Long tab at the top of the page to see all the posts for this upcoming project… Each Saturday starting January 18th I will begin to post a pattern section for a weeks worth of crochet…  And every Friday Evening we will have a “Show and Tell” on my Facebook page where you can post your comments and progress pictures!!! And,,, Hang out on Ravelry too… We have a large group of you who have joined  over there… It will be another great place to hang out and crochet!!  I am beyond excited!! I have written and crocheted the first weeks section and will be taking the pictures this weekend…

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I think you are going to love it… It is a combination of all my favorite stitches and pattern pieces… Contemporary yet modern!!!  So get your yarn and hook… come hang out with me and crochet!!!

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Happy Crocheting… Elena

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Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1
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