Crochet Living… My Journey of Crochet Decor!

Crochet Living… My Journey of Crochet Decor!

I am so excited to present you with my latest Weekly Post Series!!!

CROCHET LIVING… MY JOURNEY OF CROCHET DECOR

Recently I have moved into a new Condo and have had so much fun decorating!!  I thought it would be really fun to show you my new home and how I decorate with my crochet!!  It is a work in progress and you will get to join me in my fun!

Each week I will post a picture of an area in my new home that I have either decorated with previous crochet projects and talk about where the crochet project came from, what pattern was used and how you too can use your handmade crochet projects in your home!…  Also, I will share  Free Patterns that I will be making to decorate my home with, you will be able to make it right along with me! These projects will be CAL’s, finished or new free patterns or taking a finished project and turning it into a whole new home decor item!!! I hope to inspire you and show you what you can do with the most popular fiber arts craft in America ~ Crochet!


THE BEDROOM

Let’s start in my Master Bedroom… It is fairly a blank slate, no pictures yet on the walls… And not much color!  I am doing the room in white shades and teal shades.. On the nightstand you can see a teal doily I made a couple of years back…

This is a free pattern by Denise Owes and it is called Summer Splendor!

To kick off this new, fun journey… I have decided to make a super simple, chunky, colorful afghan!  This weekend when I was doing a little shopping therapy, I found my self in Michael’s!  Their Loops & Threads ~ Country Loom Yarn was on sale and exactly what I was looking for… I chose the color ~ Clear Skies!

This fabulous yarn is a #6, Super Bulky Acrylic Yarn, and a N Hook is recommended.  Each Skein is 104 yards.

I purchased 12 skeins for a total of just over 1200 yards.

Next week, I will post a finished picture of the afghan and the Free Crochet Pattern… Along with some other decorations adorning the room!


This Week's Coupon at Michaels.com
 Grab your coupons and get your yarn ready to start this fun project next week!!


Tune in weekly for more beautiful crochet, decorating ideas and inspiration!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


Custom Decorating with Crochet… The easy way to choose yarn colors!!

Custom Decorating with Crochet… The easy way to choose yarn colors!!

Now that the 2017 Crochet with Me – Crochet Along is done… I thought I would give you a tip on how I chose my colors!!  It is fun and an easy way to get inspiration for your crochet projects for your home!

As I was preparing to move into  my new home recently, I was out shopping each payday for things to fill my home!  I found so many things that had bright and cheery colors. I decided this year~ I would design the Mystery Afghan to add to my new decor! Below you will see a stylish ottoman/stool in fun colors and a whimsical pattern. The day I bought this, I decided to match up my yarn colors to this accessory.

Off I went with ottoman in hand to buy my yarn… It was so easy!  In just a few minutes I matched the 6 colors needed for this years afghan and I was out the door, almost to0 easy! This years afghan is in the bottom of the pile… but all 3 end up  matching the ottoman!  I must like bright colors… LOL!

So next time you are having a hard time choosing your colors for a project… Grab something that will be with the finished project and take it with you to buy yarn!  Or if it’s to big… take a few pictures…

Let the style of paid designers do the work for you!  You will start noticing trends… Home decor designers and yarn companies tend to be on the same track…

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

 

Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL… Week 6!

Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL… Week 6!

Crochet with Me!! Winter 2017 CAL… Week 6!

Crochet with Me!! 2017 CAL... Week 6

Week 6 of our 2017 Crochet Mystery Afghan has been so fun…  Many of you asked about the way the center was… So open and worried that it wouldn’t be good.. I agree… So… Here is the Center Fill in Option… I am leaving mine with the fill in!… I loved the way it turned out with so little effort… The chains and cool way the purple edge really pops!!  You can leave yours open if you prefer… It looks great that way.. maybe just not practical…. One of the really cool things that is added this week is a crystal button to the center of the flower… What do you think??

Crochet with Me! 2017 CAL center option

Each year my Mystery CAL Afghan is a surprise to me too… I only design a week ahead of the release… so, it is just as fun for me to see how my designs in my head come out in person… I hope you love it… it is easy to do this section… just take your time. and find a great button!!

Crochet with Me!! 2017 CAL Back Center Option

Here is what the back looks like… There is a slight pinwheel look due to how we increase… and a ridge where I joined using a single crochet method… But, if you like it smooth… you can just sew it into place!

Are you ready to get started… And make sure you go all the way to the bottom for information on the Awesome Red Heart Sponsored Giveaway we will have at the end of the project!


First, Choose a color that will make your project flower show up well… I picked white… My Pink would have been ok too… But the lightest color really shows off the chain spaces and the flower!!

When we left off at the end of Round 12, where the end of the opening is… There were 114 stitches… You should end up with 114 at round 14 of this circle

Ch 3, with sl st, join to form ring.

Round 1:  Ch 3, 7 dc in center of ring, join with sl st to top of ch 3. = 8 dc

Round 2:  Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, join with sl st to top of ch 3. = 16 dc

Round 3:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last st, join with sl st to top of ch 3. = 24 dc

Round 4:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 2 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =32 dc

Round 5:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 3 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =40 dc

Round 6:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 4 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =48 dc

Round 7:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 5 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 5 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =56 dc

Round 8:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 6 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =64 dc

Round 9:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 7 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 7 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =72

Round 10:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 8 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 8 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =80 dc

Round 11:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 9 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =88 dc

Round 12:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 10 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =96

Round 13:  Ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 11 sts, 2 dc in next st*, repeat *to* around, dc in last 11 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. =104

This next round will help the fill in option fit correctly to the slight floral shape of the opening using sc to fit by the flower petals and dc and increases to fill in between

Round 14:  Ch 1, *sc in next 2 st, dc in next 7 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 7 sts*, repeat *to* around, join with sl st to beginning sc. =114 sts

Now to crochet (or sew) this section on the afghan!

With wrong side of afghan facing, carefully line up the new section with the flower petals so that the 2 sc on the new fill-in piece line up with the slight dip where the tips of the flower petals are in the afghan round 11.  Join with a sl st in one of the dc’s in the fill-in piece. Now, going through 1 st of the backing and around the post of a st from round 12, make a sc. repeat this in each st around.

So, basically you will be crocheting one stitch of the backing with a post st of round 12… This causes a small ridge on the front side… Round 12 in my afghan is also white… Because round 11 was in purple… it looks really cool on the front!

Last step is to fasten a button from the front of the flower through the back of the fill in piece directly in the center… If you prefer not to use a button…. Just secure the centers with yarn.

That’s it… your fill-in is done…

Now for a row on both long sides of the afghan to tie last weeks color and stitching all together!

With Color D and working down the side of the rows/stitches of the afghan…

Round 48 (right side), Join with sl st to the top of ch 3 from the top right edge of the last rows worked last week. Ch 2, hdc 17 evenly to where round 40 of the afghan transitions stitch types to round 41, hdc in each st of round 4o including in the corner of that round(117 stitches), hdc 18 sts evenly in end of rows to the corner. Finish off = 153 hdc

Repeat on the opposite side of the afghan.

Congratulations!!! That is all of the crocheting for week 6!!


Now.. Here is a little more info on the Red Heart Sponsored Giveaway…  Red Heart Yarns is sponsoring a lovely yarn Giveaway worth $50...  By participating in the CAL and finishing your afghan in the allotted time… You will be eligible for the giveaway..

So, you may be wondering what the “allotted time” is??  Well, this is a 12 week CAL.. So the last weeks instructions will be posted on April 10th 2017… you will have until April 24th to finish the project in full! If you finish in time, you will email me a clear photo showing the full afghan.  Also giving permission to add your photo, first name and last initial to be posted in a grand finale post…  On April 29th, I will choose a winner using a number generator. Each photo will get a number and those will be put in for a chance to win!!  Good Luck!!

$50 prize pack August 2016

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


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