It’s been awhile!

It’s been awhile since I did a blog post. Life has gotten a bit crazy over here. We have added my two nephews to the mix since the unexpected loss of my brother last fall and we have all had to adjust. Everyone is doing well. It really is amazing how resilient the heart is and how strong teenagers can be.

I haven’t really been interested in yarn since then, although I did do a square for Makers Give Back to benefit St. Judes Childrens Hospital, but that has been it. I have actually thought about getting rid of my yarn stash. Especially cosindering since I haven’t been knitting or crocheting my hands and wrists have quit hurting.

Don’t worry! That doesn’t mean that I will stop crafting. I have found that I am more in love with crafting in other ways so I have geared my Etsy shop more towards vinyl and custom decals and other fun things I can make and create and I still design custom graphs over on my Facebook page!

Stop by the shop and see what I have available and remember that I always take custom orders! So keep an eye out for maybe a few tutorials on cutting projects with the Cricut or other fun crafty stuff and for some fun new vinyl!

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Sincerely yours,

Angela

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Potter by You!

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After designing my Harry Potter CAL everyone got busy and started making fun custom graphs to add to their blankets and sharing them in my Crafty Ridge Crochet Facebook group. I thought it would be a great idea to get them all together in one spot so everyone can enjoy them and these great designers could get the recognition they deserve! So with their permission I bring to you Potter by You!

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You have seen the adorable Dobby Square by Kimberly Allard of Bewitching Stitch and you can grab it here! But check out her other amazing designs below. Plus she has some other fun edited versions of my graphs over on her blog that are so much fun!

 

 

 

 

The fun doubles with the next graph! Check out Fred and George by the very talented Jessica Haines over on Stitchfiddle

 

Raven Cintron of Raven’s Craft Creations worked her magic on these Fawkes, Ginny and Tonks Squares!

We celebrate the house of Slytherin with this square by Jessica Rick on StitchFiddle!

 

And of course we cant have a post of new designs by you without some awesome new banners like this great design by Anna Staggs over on StitchFiddle!

 

Have you made a custom square for your Harry Potter afghan? If so please share your links in the comments here and hop over to Facebook and join along in the fun.

As always come over and visit me on Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr and keep up with my new designs as well as my adventures in crochet and knitting!

Happy Hooking!

Angela

 

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My Adventures in Knitting

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This is where it all began! The wonderful world of Marly Bird.

She has a great set of beginner videos where she is teaching her mom how to knit and not only is it super informative but it is also fun and really makes you comfortable, which is something you need when learning something new.

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Before I knew it I was knitting and purling and changing colors with ease!

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After working out the basics I thought “Now what should I do?” and of course the first thing I think of are SOCKS……mostly because I like to torture myself. So I ordered some Sock-Ease yarn by Lion Brand and some bamboo needles on Amazon! I bought the cheep needles because, well I try to be thrifty but I wish I had bought a better set! These will do in a pinch but you really do get what you pay for in this case.

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I think Zeus was even worried about the whole knitting socks thing. I found this great blog by Winwick Mum and the Sockalong and it is so jam packed full of great tips, tricks and tutorials that it is now permanently bookmarked on my laptop and phone.

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I started with dpns and realized quickly that they are not my favorite. Something about all of those tips and the yarn going this way and that. So those had to go and I grabbed a circular was off.

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Before I knew it, I had the ribbing done for my very 1st sock! Color me impressed!

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A week later I had the leg done and was staring down the heel! Yes it took me a week, remember it is my very first sock as well as my very first knitting project so it’s a bit of a slow go trying to figure out what is comfortable for me.

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Even as daunting as those directions looked I was capable of working up the heel flap and the turn and TADA…..1st heel done! Of course I used this great video by Blooming Knitter and pulled out the dpns for the heel flap, leaving the top of the sock on the circulars.

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Before I knew it (2 long weeks later) the 1st sock was finished! Woo Hoo! Just don’t ask me about that Kitchener stitch..Let’s just say I searched for a new way to close up my next pair as soon as I was done with this sock and will be Russian Grafting from now on!

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Three weeks and I finally have a finished pair of SOCKS! And now I am off to the next pair, seeing as how this pair have already been snatched away and I need a pair for myself. I think the next pair will be with a thicker yarn and maybe a bit shorter leg!

Hop over to my Instagram and Facebook page to share your projects with me and follow my Adventures in Knitting!

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Winter Ridges Collection

My Winter Ridges Collection is a set of 3 new patterns available in my  Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy shops! You can grab each one individually or get the entire collection at a great deal on Ravelry!

Each pattern has a fun texture that works for both men and women and it’s perfect for all ages! They are quick patterns and each one uses less than a skein of your favorite worsted weight or light bulky yarn.

I introduce a fun stitch that I have never used in this pattern, so I put together a quick video that I hope makes it easy for everyone.

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Cuddly Headband!

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This Cuddly Headband pattern is a perfect match for my Cuddly Cowl Pattern available on Ravelry! Hook it up in a chunky yarn to match your cowl and you have the perfect set to keep you warm this winter!

 This pattern is free here on the blog but you can also download the PDF for a small fee in my Ravelry shop!

Supplies:

Yarn: #5 Super Bulky Weight Yarn I used Loops & Thread Charisma in Espresso

Hook: N/9.00 mm hook

Notions: Scissors, Yarn Needle

Sizing:

These measurements are approximated, and actual subjects may vary.

Gauge: 4 dc and 2 rows is 2”

Laying Flat Finished Headband is 18″ around and 3” wide

Notes:

  • Chain 2 does not count as a stitch in this pattern

  • Always start next row in same stitch as Chain

  • When working in the round you can use a stitch marker in the first  stitch to mark the start of a round. This may help you to keep track of your rows and to make sure you are slip stitching into the first stitch.

  • You can begin this pattern with a Foundation Double Crochet or with a row of chains and Double Crochet which ever you prefer

  • Follow this link for a video by The Crochet Crowd on how to do a Foundation Double Crochet (FDC)

Stitches and Techniques UsedFoundation Double Crochet: Chain 3. Yarn over, insert hook in 3rd chain from hook, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 1 loop (1 chain made), [yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 2 times — foundation double crochet. Yarn over, insert hook under 2 loops of chain at bottom of stitch just made, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 1 loop (1 chain made), [yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 2 times. *Yarn over, insert hook under 2 loops of chain at bottom of stitch just made, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 1 loop (1 chain made), [yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 2 times. Repeat from * as needed. DC Yarn over (yo) and insert your hook into the stitch below, yarn over and pull through stitch, yarn over and pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through last two loops.FPDC: Yarn over (yo) and insert your hook from front to back between the posts of the first and second stitch of the row below. Yarn over and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. Yarn over and draw the yarn through 2 loops, yarn over and draw through last 2 loops on hook.

Pattern : This is written for a teen/adult size measuring 19-20 inches in diameter. This pattern is easily adjustable for other sizes by measuring Row 1 and stopping at the size you need and continuing to the next row.Row 1: Using the Foundation Double Crochet, leave 5 inches for sewing, create a total of 39 Double Crochet, sl st to top of 1st dc, being careful not to twist your row.

  • If using a chain, chain 41, sl st to 1st ch, being careful not to twist the chain, ch 2 and dc in same st and each st around) sl st to 1st st.

  •  This should make a complete loop of dc.

Row 2: ch 2, fpdc in same st, * hdc in next st, fptrc in next st, repeat from * to end, sl st to 1st st (20 fpdc, 19 hdc)Row 3: ch 2, hdc in same st, *fpdc in next st, dc in next st, repeat from * to end, sl st to 1st st (19 fpdc, 20 hdc)

Row 4: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to top of 1st sc, tie off and weave in ends. (39 sc)

Row 5: attach yarn to reverse side of row 1, ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to top of 1st sc, tie off and  weave in ends (39 sc)

Like the Peace Sign applique on my Bulky Headband? Grab the details below to make one to add to your headband!

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Make it in a super bulky like I did for a big cuddly applique that fits perfect on my Cuddly Headband or make it out of the yarn you are working with now so you can add it to your current project.

Supplies:

Yarn on any weight (I used a chunky yarn)

Hook that your yarn specifies ( I used a N-9.00mm)

Yarn needle for weaving in those ends

With base color create a magic circle.

Rnd 1: create 8 hdc in mc, sl st to top of 1st st, ch 1 (8)
Rnd 2: 2 hdc in each st, sl st to top of 1st ch, ch 1 (16)
Rnd 3: *2 sc in 1st st, sc in next st, repeat from * around (24)

With contrasting color attach to top of stitches in rnd 3 with sl st at bottom of circle.

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Sl st in each st around, making a circle.

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Then create a vertical line through the center of the circle to the top of sl sts, tie off and weave in ends.

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Attach yarn with sl st again 4 st to the right of the bottom of the vertical line you just made and sl st at an angle up to the 5th sl st of the vertical line.

Then continue working across the vertical line at an angle to 4th st to the left of the circle.

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Weave in ends and leave a length of yarn to attach it to your project.

This weekend only grab my Cuddly Cowl pattern on Ravelry for just $1.00 with coupon code PEACE!

After you have this hooked up, make sure to come over and share pictures of your finished work on Facebook or tag @CraftyRidge on Instagram because I love to see everyone’s work!

Happy Hooking,

Angela

 

 

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Pikachu Beanie

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It seems Pokemon is a Go again and everyone loves this fun little guy! I was asked to make a Pikachu hat for a custom order and couldn’t find a pattern that fit the image in my head so as a designer what do I do? I write it up and share with my friends! Enjoy!

 

Supplies

Worsted Weight Yarn in yellow, red, black and white.

J hook and an H hook and a Yarn needle

Gauge       7 hdc and 5 rows is 2 in

 

Hat Base

Child/Teenager with a J Hook

make a magic ring.

Round 1: 8 hdc in ring, sl st in the first hdc (8 hdc)

Round 2: ch 1, *2 hdc in each st*, sl st in the first hdc (16 hdc)

Round 3: ch 1, *2 hdc in the 1st st, hdc in the next st, repeat from *, sl st in the first hdc (24 hdc)

Round 4: ch 1, *2 hdc in the 1st st, hdc in the next 2 st, repeat from *, sl st in the first hdc (32 hdc)

Round 5: ch 1, *2 hdc in the 1st st, hdc in the next 3 st, repeat from *, sl st in the first hdc (40 hdc)

Round 6: ch 1, *2 hdc in the 1st st, hdc in the next 4 st, repeat from *, sl st in the first hdc (48 hdc)

Round 7: ch 1, *2 hdc in the 1st st, hdc in the next 5 st, repeat from *, sl st in the first hdc (56 hdc)

Round 8-18: ch 1, *hdc around, repeat from *, sl st in the first hdc (56 hdc)

Round 19: ch 1, *hdc around, repeat from *, sl st in the first hdc, fasten off (56 hdc)

Adult with a J Hook

make a magic ring.

Round 1: 8 hdc in ring, sl st in the first hdc (8 hdc)

Round 2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each st, sl st in the first hdc (16 hdc)

Round 3: ch 1, *2 hdc in the next hdc, hdc in the next st, repeat from *, sl st in the first hdc (24 hdc)

Round 4: ch 1, *2 hdc in the 1st st, hdc in the next 2 st, repeat from *, sl st in the first hdc (32 hdc)

Round 5: ch 1, *2 hdc in the 1st st, hdc in the next 3 hdc, repeat from *, sl st in the first hdc (40 hdc)

Round 6: ch 1, *2 hdc in the 1st st, hdc in the next 4 hdc, repeat from *, sl st in the first hdc (48 hdc)

Round 7: ch 1, *2 hdc in the 1st st, hdc in the next 5 hdc, repeat from *, sl st in the first hdc (56 hdc)

Round 8: ch 1, *2 hdc in the 1st st, hdc in the next 6 hdc, repeat from*, sl st in the first hdc (64 hdc)

Round 9: ch 1, *hdc around* repeat from *, sl st in the first hdc (64 hdc)

Round 10-18: ch 1, *hdc around, repeat from *, sl st in the first hdc (56 hdc)

Round 19: ch 1, *hdc around, repeat from *, sl st in the first hdc, fasten off (56 hdc)

 

Ear Flaps (optional)

Count out 24 stitches on the front of the hat. Place a stitch marker on either side of these stitches. These stitches are now marking where your earflaps will begin. You can then mark out 10 sts from your marker for each of the flaps.

Row 1: attach yarn in 1st st and hdc in same st and next 9 st, ch 1 and turn (10)

Row 2: hdc in each st, ch 1 and turn (10)

Row 3-5: hdc dec, hdc in next 6 st, hdc, ch 1 and turn (8)

Row 6: hdcc dec, hdc in next 4 st, hdc, tie off and weave in ends (6)

Ears (make 2)

With H hook and black yarn, work in spiral

Round 1: Create 4 sc in magic circle (4)

Round 2: *2 sc in 1st st, sc in next, repeat from * (6)

Round 3: *2 sc in 1st st, sc in next, repeat from * (9)

Round 4: sc in each st around (9)

Round 5: *2sc in 1st st, sc in next 2 sc, repeat from * (12)

Change to yellow

Round 6-9: sc in each st around (12)

Round 10: *sc dec, sc in next 2, repeat from * (9)

Round 11: sc in each st around (9)

Round 12: sc in each st around, tie off and leave length for sewing (10)

*Sew ears on top of hat at row 6 and 7 on both sides.

 

Eyes (make 2)

With black yarn and J hook

Round 1: 12 dc in magic circle, sl st to top of 1st dc, tie off and leave length for sewing

With white yarn and J hook

Round 1: 6sc in magic circle, sl st to top of 1st st, tie off and leave length for sewing

*Sew white piece to black piece and then sew black piece to center of face at row 8 about 8 st apart.

 

Cheeks (make 2)

With red yarn and J hook

Round 1: 12 dc in magic circle, sl st to top of 1st st, ch 1

Round 2: *2 sc in same st, sc in next st, repeat from *, sl st to top of 1st st and tie off, leave length for sewing

*Sew cheeks on either side of face about 1 row down from the outside of the eyes.

For nose and mouth find center of face and using length of black yarn create V for nose and a W for the mouth.

*Finish hat with a row of sc in black around last round of hat and earflaps.

Now that you have this guy all hooked up, make sure to come over and share pictures of your finished work on Facebook or tag @CraftyRidge on Instagram! I love to see everyone’s work! 

Happy Hooking, 

Angela

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Magical Eyes

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Doing the Harry Potter CAL I have come across some amazing edits and fun designs by those in Crafty Ridge Crochet. One of my favorite edits are these eyes! They seem to bring life to the square and make them even more magical. So I hear the question all the time. How do you make them? Easy Peasy!

So here we go!

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Step one is to print off your Ron by Crafty Ridge graph!

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Step 2 is to start on the top of the eye and change the top left corner to the color you want it to be. I chose blue for Ron. Change the colors in the next 3 squares. You can use a crayon or marker on yours.

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Step 3 You will then change the colors of the next 3 squares below that , then turn and change the next 3 squares too.

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Step 4 Net step is to close up the outside of the eye by changing the colors up the left side. Your eye should now be 4 squares by 4 squares.

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Step 5 is just a little gleam in the eye to add some more life! I chose to put a white square in the tip right corner of the remaining black but you can really put it in any of them.

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Just make sure to do the same thing on both eyes or he may look a little weird and check to  make sure you have 7 squares between each eye and 5 squares on either side of them.

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TaDa! Finished eyes in just a few simple steps.

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Now you can edit any of the eyes on your graphs like Brenda did with her Ron or add them all together like Jessica did to her Harry graph! They look amazing! I wish I would’ve thought of this edit before releasing the squares. It really brings them to life!

As always, you can check out my video tutorials  at the top of the page, for short videos that show each step of working up a graph in c2c. For a longer video about the basic c2c check out the one by Mikey over at The Crochet Crowd!

To see the previous squares in the Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL and more tips, tricks and tutorials just click here! See previous posts for other patterns and tips on working up your Harry Potter Afghan.

To join in on the fun come over and join us on Facebook for the Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL as well as other designs by yours truly! I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished afghans!

Also feel free to share your squares on Facebook and don’t forget to tag @CraftyRidge on Instagram and Twitter. I love to see everyone’s finished work and share them on my pages.

Happy Hooking!

Angela

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Gamer Pillow Case

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My newest pattern, the Gamer Pillow was designed for my favorite gamers, this pillow case has a fun texture on both sides and is the perfect accessory for any video game lover. This pattern is written in American and UK terms with graphs as well as written directions. Use your favorite worsted and create your pillow case in a multitude of colors. Finished pillow case will be 16”x 16” square and fits perfectly over a 16” pillow form.

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The back is perfectly Geeky with a flap so you can remove it and wash it or change out the pillow. Grab it today through Saturday 6/11/16 for a special discounted price on Ravelry. Don’t forget to check out the specials on Ravelry when you buy 3, 4 or 5 of my patterns at the same time.

 

Also available on Etsy and Craftsy!

 

Happy Hookin!

Angela

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Purple Nostalgia

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Sadly today I learned of the death of one of my favorite musicians, the pop master Prince.

Purple Rain was and still is one of my favorite albums. I remember singing every single song into my hairbrush while dancing in front of the mirror. It was a favorite pass time of mine and honestly I just got done dancing around the kitchen to the same album while cooking dinner.

His music is brilliant and his style is iconic and  he will be sorely missed by so many people.

So, to pay tribute to this Pop Icon I have created this graph for everyone as a reminder of the brilliant talent that we have lost today.

Grab the FREE pattern here Prince Memorial by Crafty Ridge, get settled in with your favorite Prince album, some yarn and your favorite hook and get to hooking, then hop over to my Facebook page and share your finished work with me and my Facebook family

Happy Hooking

Angela

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Custom Graphs Made Just for You

Are you wanting some custom graphs to create your own personalized afghan? I can make them specifically for you and it’s as simple as 1, 2, 3!

 

Pokemon, Superheros, Princesses or just something fun that speaks to you. Design the perfect afghan.

Step 1. Simply contact me on Facebook or Etsy with what you have in mind, a single image, multiple squares or banners.

Here is the breakdown of my current prices.

Custom full size afghans are available, price is based on detail. Contact me for a quote.

Individual squares are $4.00 a piece Squares are commonly ordered in the following packages:

Option A: 1 individual square, 25 high x 25 wide $4.00

Option B: 2 squares, each 25 high x 25 wide $8.00

Option C: 4 squares, each 25 high x 25 wide $16.00

Option D: 6 squares, each 25 high x 25 wide $24.00

Option E: 9 squares, each 25 high x 25 wide $54.00

Option F: 12 square, each 25 high x 25 wide $58.00

Decide if you need a banner for your afghan? Maybe one for the top and one for the bottom? The size of your banner/s will depend on the size of your afghan. Banners come in three different sizes and vary in price from $7-$15 each.

Small Banner: 1 banner, 25 high x 50 wide (Perfect for afghans 2 squares wide) $7.00

Medium Banner: 1 banner, 25 high x 75 wide (Perfect for afghans 3 squares wide) $11.00

Large Banner: 1 banner, 25 high x 100 wide (Perfect for afghans 4 squares wide) $15.00

*remember to take into consideration any borders that you will be adding to any of the squares and/or banner. These will change the size of your finished products.

 

Step 2.  Place your order and pay! It’s super simple and all I need from you is an email address to send the invoice to. After payment has been cleared I will then add your order to my “to do” list and upon completion I will send you mock-ups of each individual graph. After your approval, all graphs will be sent to you in PDF format via your email address or Facebook messenger.

Step 3. Sit back, relax and leave it in my hands. Your order will be ready before you know it. Timing will vary depending of difficulty of design and all orders are first come first serve. But my turnover time is rather fast.

*All finished graphs are numbered, without written directions. I do not include written directions for any of my graph designs unless otherwise stated.

*All designs are allowed 2 edits, any edits upon that will be charged accordingly. This includes changing of designs or images after payment. 

 

 

 

 

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