Monday Makings… Crochet Fun and Yarn Shopping!

I love weekends!!!  Lots of time to crochet and spend time doing my favorite things!!

This last week was so busy, I couldn’t wait to sit down and get some serious crocheting done… And to top it off Saturday was a Yarn Shopping Day!!!  I have been so lucky to be able  to share my creativity with all of you,, It makes my design process so much more fun!!  Friday over on Facebook, We played a little guessing game… It was a blast!!  Every few minutes I posted a clue to “What will my next Free Pattern be”…  So many good guesses!  If you missed out on the fun, you will find out at the bottom of this post!!  Let’s get started on this week’s Monday Makings segment……

To start the segment off.. I want to share with you 2 Memory Blankets I made these last week!  You may wonder how I finished 2 blankets,,, Well ~ A Memory Blanket is a  small blanket 12″ or 15″ .. These blankets are being donated to our July ELK Studio From The Heart Charity Drive.  As most of you know, I have been working with Kathy from ELK Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs for almost a year with the charity she put together. Each month we donate to a designated charity.  Anyone can join us and if you are interested just shoot me an email!   For July, we are donating to Project Sweet Peas, Project Sweet Peas is a national non-profit organization coordinated by volunteers, who through personal experience have become passionate about providing support to families with infants in intensive care and to those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.    Maria from Pattern Paradise has organized this months drive and I have decided to donate these sweet little blankets…

c2c memory blankets

These Memory Blankets are a simple Corner to Corner Afghan and each measures approximately 15″.

If you haven’t tried this type of afghan, they are all the rage and are easy to make… Red Heart Yarns has a great pattern you can follow… Click here for the details!  This is the third time I have made this type of pattern and it is addicting!!

.

Next up is the  really fun stuff... I want to share with you my Saturday Yarn Shopping Trip… I left late morning to head up to Medford to get a little work done on my car… We live a little over an hour away from a town with any major stores, so when we go… We fill the day with shopping!  I collected all my coupons for JoAnn’s and Michael’s…  JoAnns had 4- 50% off, 1 – 40% off and then 15 % off the entire purchase coupon… Michaels had a 25% off the entire purchase coupon… So this was a great day to go yarn shopping!!  Here is what I got…  6 soft skeins of Red Heart Baby Yarn for my next new Free Pattern (See that announcement at then bottom).. Some Cotton yarn for my stash, a new hook and some place markers…

ag yarn

Colors for my new project….

Yarn Shopping

This weekends yarn haul!!!

.

Now… What you have been waiting for… After much thought ~  My next Free Crochet Pattern will be the 8th pattern in my Amazing Grace Pattern Series!!!  When I was trying to decide what to add, I realized I didn’t have a pattern for children yet!  Since the Amazing Grace Series is dedicated to Cancer and Illness, our little loves need something to wrap up in when they are suffering and recovering!!  So… My next pattern is ~ Amazing Grace Baby Blanket…  Here is a small sneak peek of this fun pattern… As usual we will be using the same stitch pattern that is in all the Amazing Grace projects… It is easy to follow and  the finished afghan will be cheery!!  Are you ready to make one??  The pattern is still in the works and should be finished before the end of the month!!  Stay Turned!!

Amazing Grace Baby Blanket Beginning

Also,,, Just for fun I did a quick manicure using these peacock fingernail stickers… Fun stuff!!

Manicure

Happy Crocheting!

Elena

Midnight Breeze Shawl

This beautiful shawl was inspired by cool summer nights in the mountains of Northern California…. And it would make a wonderful Prayer Shawl!!

.

Midnight Breeze Shawl

You can collect this pattern in your Ravelry Favorites and Queue too,, Click Here!

This shawl measures  18″  x 78″

 

Materials:

840 Yards of Worsted Weight Yarn – Recommend using Self Striping Yarn ~ Original design was made using Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable  – Color “Tidal”

 

Hook ~ I

Scissors

 

Stitches:

St, Sts – Stitch, Stitches      Sl St – Slip Stitch      Ch –  Chain      Sc – Single Crochet      Dc – Double Crochet     Trc – Triple Crochet

 

Instructions:

Ch 191

Row 1:   Sc in 2nd  Ch from hook and each across. = 190 Sc

Row 2:   Ch 3 (Counts as Dc now and throughout), Turn,  *Skip next St, Dc in next 3 Sts, Dc in previous Skipped St to form a Crossover Stitch* (See Photo), Repeat * * Across, Dc in last stitch.  =47 Crossover Shell Stitches & 2 Dc

Crossover Shell Stitch

Rows 3 – 6:    Repeat row 2 four times.

Row 7:    Ch 4 (Counts as Trc now and Throughout), Turn, * Sk 3 Sts, Trc in next St, Ch 2, Trc in 1st Skipped St to form and X Stitch* (See Photo), Repeat * * Across, Trc in last St.  = 47 X sts and 2 Trc.

Trc X Stitch

Row 8:   Repeat Row 7

Row 9:    Ch 1 Turn, Sc across. = 190 Sc

Rows 10 – 14:     Repeat Row 2

Row 15 – 16:   Repeat Row 7

Row 17:   Repeat Row 9

Rows 18 – 22:   Repeat Row 2

Rows 23 – 24:   Repeat Row 7

Row 25:   Repeat Row 9

Rows 26 – 30:   Repeat Row 2

Row 31:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in next 189 Sts across to last St, 3 Sc in last St to form 1st corner., Working along side of rows,  Sc 69 Sts evenly across, 3 Sc in last St to form 2nd Corner, Sc 188 Sts across the bottom edge, 3 Sc in last St to form 3rd corner, Sc 69 Sts evenly up side of rows, 2 Sc in same as beginning to form 4th corner, Join with Sl St. = 526 Sc Finish Off

Edging

Midnight Breeze Shawl Ruffle

Working along short ends of the shawl

Row 1:    Join With Sl St to corner St. Ch 1, Sc in same St. *Sk 2, 5 Trc in next St, Sk 2, Sc in next St.* Repeat Across. 12 – Trc Shells & 13 Sc

Row 2:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in 1st St and next St, *Ch 2, Sk 1 St, Sc in next St, Ch 2, Sk 1 St, Sc in next 3 Sts* Repeat * * Across to end. Sc in last 2 Sts.  = 47 Sc & 24 Ch 2 Spaces

Row 3:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in 1st St, * Sk St, 3 Dc in Ch 2 Space, 1 Dc in next Sc, 3 Dc in next Ch 2 Space, Sk St, Sc in next St* Repeat * * Across to end = 84 Dc & 13 Sc

Row 4:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in 1st St, *Dc in next St, 2 Dc in next St, Dc in Next St, 2 Dc in next St, Dc in next St, 2 Dc in next St, Dc in next St, Sc in next St* Repeat * * Across to end. = 120 Dc & 13 Sc

Row 5:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in 1st St, *Trc in next 10 Sts, Sc in next St* Repeat * * Across. =120 Trc & 13 Sc

Row 6:   Ch 1 Turn, Sc in 1st St, *2 Sc each of next 10 Sts, Sc in next St* Repeat * * Across. =253 Sc

Finish off and Weave in ends…

I recommend blocking your shawl for the best result.  I used the Steam Blocking Method, but you may also dampen you shawl and pin it into place until dry.

Enjoy!

Midnight Breeze Shawl length   Midnight Breeze Shawl Stitching

Midnight Breeze Shawl

NOW … Also available in a video tutorial thanks to Bob Wilson 123!!

Click Here for the Link to the Midnight Breeze Shawl Video Tutorial!!

10408603_807659125950942_5935361104290437311_n

*** 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.***

 

 

 

 

The Crochet For Cancer CAL and Giveaway Countdown….

Are you considering joining in our amazing Charity Drive for Crochet for Cancer??  I hope you are!!!  The countdown is almost finished…  All packages must be postmarked no later than April 28th 2014 to be eligible for entry in the Red Heart Giveaway for the $125 Prize Package!!  And, by supporting this Charity Drive,,, you will be helping those who are suffering or recovering from Cancer!!!  For more details on how you can get the Free Crochet Patterns, Get to know the Crochet Bloggers who have put this together, Giveaway Rules and much more… Click Here!

 

Here are 4 of the hats I mailed off….

Amazing Grace Hats

Amazing Grace Hats… Free Pattern Available in my Pattern Tabs at the top of the page…

.

Cal     RH prize

Crochet For Cancer CAL & Giveaway!!!  Lots of Free Crochet Patterns Available!!

 

Happy Crocheting!! #CrochetForCancerCAL

Elena

%d bloggers like this: