Amazing Grace Baby Blanket

Amazing Grace Baby Blanket

The Amazing Grace Baby Blanket is the 8th pattern in the Amazing Grace Free Crochet Pattern Series!   All of the patterns in the Amazing Grace Series have the same signature stitch pattern and are dedicated to Cancer Awareness.  This adorable baby blanket was designed for children and babies who are suffering or recovering from any illness or tragedy. Along with all the other Amazing Grace Free Patterns, I encourage you to make these for yourself and to pay it forward by donating a finished item to someone who is suffering or recovering from illness…  It also makes great gifts and is fun and easy to make!!

 

Amazing Grace Baby Blanket

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Materials:

Worsted Weight Yarn – 5 Colors – 256 Yards Each

I used Red Heart Soft Baby Steps ~ 1 skein each White, Lime, Strawberry, Lavender and Aqua

Hook Size I

Scissors

 

Measurement:

41″ x 38″

 

Stitches:

St – Stitch     Sl St – Slip Stitch     Sk – Skip       Ch – Chain      Sc – Single Crochet     Dc – Double Crochet     Hdc – Half Double Crochet

Instructions:

*Make 4 Strips -Approx. 7″ x 35″ each

Amazing Grace Strips

Chain 33

Row 1:     Sc in 2nd Ch from hook, Sk 1 St, *(Sc, Ch 2, Sc) all in the next St, Sk 2 Sts*, Repeat * * across to the last 3 Sts(you will have skipped 2 Sts leaving 3 more stitches),  make one more (Sc, Ch 2, Sc) in next St, Sk 1, Sc in the last St. = 10 (Sc,Ch 2, Sc) spaces and 2 Scs

Row 2:     Ch 3 (Counts as Dc now and throughout), Turn, *3 Dc in next Ch 2 Space (shell made)*, Repeat  * *across, Dc in last St. = 2 Dc and 10 Shells

Row 3:     Ch 1, Turn, Sc in 1st St, Sk 1 St,  (Sc, Ch 2, Sc) in next St (This is the center stitch of the shell), *Sk 2, (Sc, Ch2, Sc)in next St* Repeat * * 8 more times, Sk 1 St, Sc in last St. = 2 Sc  and 10 (Sc, Ch 2, Sc) spaces.

Rows 4 – 69:     Repeat Rows 2 and 3

Row 70:     Repeat Row 2  *Note the right side of the strip is now facing you… This is important for joining!

Joining:

Joining

*Important*  When joining make sure all the strips are facing the same direction with Row 70 for each strip  at the top!

To Join:     With white yarn and first 2 strips right sides up and strips next to each other, you will be working up the sides of the rows. Join with Sl St to bottom corner (row 1) of 1st strip, Ch 1, Sc in same St, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St of 2nd Strip (See Photo).

 

Joining Strips

Now to continue joining… *Ch 1, Sc in Dc Row space on first strip, Ch 1, Sc in Dc Row space on Second strip(directly across from each other), Ch 1, Sc in Sc Row space of  first strip, Ch 1, Sc in Sc Row space of 2nd Strip (directly across from each other again)* See Photo. Repeat* * to top of strips. Sc in top of 1st strip, Ch 1, Sc in top of 2nd Strip. Finish off.   *Make sure to Ch 1 after each Sc stitch to keep the joining stitches nice and flat. = 142 Sc total

 

joining strips (2)

Join other strips in the same manner.

Boarder:

With white yarn, Join with Sl St to  top right corner of blanket.

Row 1:     Ch 1, Sc in Same St, *Sc in each St across the top of the 1st strip (32 Sc per Strip), Sc 2 Sts evenly across the joining section*, Repeat * * across to 1st corner, (132 Sc across the top edge, not including Corner Sts), 3 Sc in 1st corner, Working down the side of rows, Sc 105 evenly to 2nd corner, Sc 3 in 2nd Corner, Sc 132 evenly across the bottom to corner, 3 Sc in 3rd corner, Sc 105 evenly up the side of rows to last corner, 2 Sc in 4th corner, Join with Sl St to 1st Sc to complete 4th corner. = 486 Sc

Row 2:     Ch 2(counts as Hdc now and throughout), *Hdc in each St across to corner, 3 Hdc in corner*, Repeat * * Around, Ending with 3 Hdc in last corner. Join to beginning Ch 2 with Sl St.  = 494 Hdc

Row 3:     Repeat Row 2 = 504 Hdc

Row 4:     Repeat Row 2 = 512 Hdc

Row 5:     Ch 1, Sc in same St and each St across to corner, 3 Sc in corner, *Sc across to next corner, 3 Sc in corner*, Repeat * * Around. Join with Sl st to beginning Sc, finish off.  = 520 Sc

 

Congratulations… You now have an Amazing Grace Baby Blanket!!!

*To modify this blanket into an adult size afghan,,, You can add more rows to each strip to obtain the desired length.  And make as many strips as you like for the width!!

Amazing Grace Baby Blanket close up

 

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Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

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!!

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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!!!

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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

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

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!!

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Midnight Breeze Shawl

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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!!

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Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Sunshine and Shells Summer Crochet Hat ~ Free Pattern

Sunshine and Shells Summer Crochet Hat… This Free Crochet Pattern is the perfect Summer Hat.  Made in cotton to keep you cool and a nice brim to keep the sun out of your eyes!

Sunshine and Shells Summer Crochet Hat

Sunshine and Shells Crochet Summer Hat

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Hat Size:    

22″ Circumference

 

Materials:    

Lily ~ Sugar and Cream (Pictured in Ecru) 200 Yard Skein, Total for hat, Approx 160 yards

Hook ~ H & G or hook size to obtain gauge

 

Gauge:    

Hook Size ~ H  3″ x 3′    10 Dc x 5 Rows

 

Abbreviations: 

Ch-Chain              Sc-Single Crochet            Dc-Double Crochet          St-Stitch

 

Special Stitching:

Beginning Shell Pattern:      Ch 3, Skip 2 Sts, 5 Dc in next St, Skip next 2 Sts.

Shell Pattern:                         Dc in St, Skip 2 Sts, 5 Dc in next st, Skip next 2 Sts.

 

Note: Pattern is worked in the round and all joining stitches are joined to the beginning stitch.

 

Instructions:

Make a Magic Ring.

 

Row 1:    Ch 2 (Does not count as a stitch now and throughout), 12 Dc in Magic Ring, Join to beginning Dc. Pull Tail to tighten ring. = 12 Dc

Row 2:     Ch 2, 2 Dc in each St around, Join to beginning. = 24 Dc

Row 3:     Ch 2, *2 Dc in first St, 1 Dc in next St*, Repeat **around, Join. = 36 Dc.

Row 4:    Ch 2, *2 Dc in first St, 1 Dc in next 2 Sts*, Repeat ** around, Join. = 48 Dc

Row 5:    Ch 2, *2 Dc in first St, 1 Dc in next 3 Sts*, Repeat ** around, Join. = 60 Dc

Row 6:    Ch 2, *2 Dc in first St, 1 Dc in next 4 Sts *, Repeat ** around, Join. = 72 Dc

Row 7:    Chain 3 (Counts as 1st Dc now and  throughout), Skip next 2 Sts, 5 Dc in next St, Skip next 2 Sts (Beginning Shell Pattern made), *Dc in next St, Skip next 2 Sts, 5 Dc in next St, Skip next 2 Sts* Shell Pattern Made, Repeat** 11 times. Join to the top of Ch 3. = 12 Shell Pattern Repeats (including Beginning Shell Pattern).

Rows 8-12:    Repeat Row 7 five times.

Row 13:     Ch 1, Sc around, Join. = 72 sc

Row 14:    Ch 1, Sc in first St, Sc in next 6 Sts, *Sc 2 Sts together(decrease made over the next 2 Sts), Sc in next 7 Sts*, Repeat * * around, Join. = 64 Sc

 

Brim

Change to G Hook 

Row 15:     Working in Front Loops only for this row, Ch 1, Sc in first St, Sc in next 6 Sts, *2 Sc in next St, Sc in next 7 Sts*, Repeat * * around, Join.  72 Sc

Row 16 & 17:    Ch 1 Sc in first St, Sc around. Join. = 72 Sc

Row 18:    Ch 1, Sc in first St, Sc in next 7 Sts, * 2 Sc in next St,  Sc in next 8 Sts*, Repeat around. Join. 80 Sc

Row 19:    Ch 1 Sc in first St, Sc around. Join. = 80 Sc

Row 20:    Ch 1, Sc in first St, Sc in next 8 Sts, * 2 Sc in next St,  Sc in next 9 Sts*, Repeat around. Join. 88 Sc

Row 21-23:    Ch 1 Sc in first St, Sc around. Join. = 88 Sc

Finish off and weave in tail.

 

Enjoy your Sunshine and Shells Summer Crochet Hat!  For a variation, you can use wool or acrylic yarn for winter months!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

Sunshine and Shells Summer Crochet Hat 2

Sunshine and Shells Summer Crochet Hat

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Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket

This Free Crochet Pattern is an adorable baby blanket that is bright and cheery… It can be made using one or more colors to get the effect you desire.  Great texture front and back too!

Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket 1

Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket 2

Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket

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Materials:

Worsted Weight Yarn ~ 1200-1800 yards. This afghan looks more amazing using 3-5 colors of yarn.  In the photo shown I used Lion Brand Pound of Love Yarn in Bubble Gum, Turquoise, Honey Yellow and Lavender.

Hook ~ I

Yarn needle and scissors

 

Stitches:

Sl St – Slip Stitch     Sc – Single Crochet     Dc – Double Crochet     Sk St – Skip Stitch     Hdc – Half Double Crochet     Trc – Triple Crochet

FPTrc – Front Post Triple Crochet~ Yarn over 2 times, insert hook around designated post starting in the front, go around the back of the stitch and around to the front of the other side of the stitch, draw up a loop. Pull through 2 loops x3.

 

Tips:

To get the best effect from this simple stitching, you will change color every 2 rows.

 

Instructions:

Using your first color, Ch 92

Row 1:   Turn, Sc in 2nd chain from hook and each across. = 91 Sc

Row 2:   Turn, Ch 3(counts as Dc now and throughout), Dc in each stitch across. = 91 Dc

Change to next color. You can carry your colors up the sides of the rows or finish them off and join as needed and weave the ends in later.

Row 3:   Turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st Dc, *FPTrc in next stitch 2 rows below(Around the Sc of Row 1 directly below, See photo tutorial), Sk St(Your FPTrc is taking up this stitch below so you need to skip this stitch to avoid extra stitches, See photo tutorial), Sc in next stitch(In top of row 3)*. Repeat * * across to end. =46 Sc & 45 Dc – Total 91 stitches

 

FPTcr Rainbow Dash 1

FPTrc Rainbow Dash 2

FPTrc Rainbow Dash 3

Row 4:   Turn, Ch 3, Dc across. = 91 Dc

Change To Next Color

Row 5:   Turn, Ch 1 Sc in 1st St, * FPTrc around Previous Rows FPTrc (See Photo Tutorial), Sk St, Sc in next St*, Repeat * * across. = 91 Stitches

FPTrc4

Row 6:   Turn, Ch 3, Dc across. = 91 Dc

Change to next color

Rows 7-82: Repeat rows 5 & 6 ~   76 more times alternating colors as desired.

 

Edging:

Using all one color for the edging, continue using the yarn from row 82 or join new color in top right corner of blanket.

Row 1:  Turn,  Ch 1, Sc in 1st st and in next 89 stitches to the 1st corner, 3 Sc in corner.  Working along the side edges of the rows, evenly space 123 sc’s to the next corner(this is approx 3 sc in each 2 row color segment). 3 Sc in next corner stitch. Sc 89 stitches across the bottom , 3 Sc in next corner. Working along the 2nd side of the blanket rows,  Sc 123 evenly spaced to the next corner, 2 Sc in same space as beginning Sc (this equals 3 Sc in this corner). Join with Sl St to beginning Sc. =  436 Sc

Row 2:   Turn, Ch 1 Sc in same St, 3 Sc in next st (this should be the corner stitch of the previous row), Sc in the next 125 stitches to the next corner. 3 Sc in corner stitch. Sc 91 Sts across, 3 Sc in next corner stitch. Sc in the next 125 stitches, 3 Sc in the next corner stitch. 90 Sc across. Join to the beginning Sc. =444 Sc

Row 3:  Turn.  Ch 2(Counts as Hdc now and throughout), Hdc in next 92 sts, 3 Hdc in corner, Hdc in next 127 stitches, 3 Hdc in next corner. Hdc in next 93 stitches, 3 Hdc in next corner. Hdc in next 127 stitches, 3 Hdc in corner. Join to the top of the beginning Ch 2. = 452 Hdc

Row 4:   Do not turn… Sl St in next St,  Ch 4(Counts as Trc now and throughout), 2  Trc in same space (1/2 Shell made). Sk 2,* Sc in next St, Sk 2 , 5 Trc in next St (Shell)* Repeat 14 more times. Sk 2, Sc in corner. Sk 1 , 5 Trc in next St,* Sk 2 Sts, Sc, Sk 2, 5 Trc in next St* Repeat * *20 more times, Sk 1 Sc in corner. Sk 2, 5 Trc in next St,* Sk 2, Sc in next St, Sk 2, 5 Trc in next St*, Repeat * *  14 more times, Sk 2, Sc in corner.  Sk 1, 5 Trc in next St, *Sk 2, Sc in next St, Sk 2, 5 Trc in next St* Repeat * * 20 more times, Sk 1, Sc in last corner, 2 more Trc in same stitch as beginning 1/2 shell. Join to the top of Ch 4. = 76 Shells

Row 5:   Do not Turn, Ch 1, *2Sc in each Trc, and 1 Sl St in each Sc*, Repeat * * Around. Join With Sl St to beginning, Finish off

 

Rainbow Dash Blanket

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Happy Crocheting!!!

Elena

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1
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