Friday, January 17, 2020

Granny Rose | Crochet Pattern Tests

It's that time of year for flowers and hearts,
so I've been revisiting, revising, recoloring and remixing
the Granny Rose Crochet Pattern in these colors:
You can purchase this yarn by clicking here.

The pattern has been updated with my tests and
 the updated version can be found by clicking here.
and is currently out for additional testing.
(Thank you Sherrie.)


And if you only need the rose,
please find the pattern by clicking here.

Stay tuned for a couple of projects with this fun granny square
including the pillow in this previous post and an upcoming heart-shaped pillow.

and of course,



Thursday, January 9, 2020

Granny Rose Pillow Remix | Pattern Link with Modifcations

New Year ~ New Project!
 Working on a couple of pillows to brighten up the studio/guest room.
Picture these with pom-poms.

 I dusted off the old Granny Rose Crochet Pattern
 from nearly a decade ago and did a little remix:

Designer: Astri Elisabeth
Pattern: Granny Rose Afghan with *modification below.
(Please click here for pattern.)
Yarn: Scheepjes Colour Crafter or Stylecraft Special DK
(Please click here if you would like to purchase yarn.)

 Luckily I had a couple of 16" x 16" pillow forms.

All this yarn is from my stash...
New Years Resolution:
See how long can I go without purchasing more yarn.
Pom-poms with a Ta-da coming soon!

*Omit one granny row for a smaller square, but be sure to include bonus hdc row.



Saturday, January 4, 2020

Candy Cane Hat and Metro Scarf | Free Pattern Link and Info

This is me and the NVO
(or is this The NVO and I???)
in the first two crocheted projects completed in 2020!

We don't like photos of ourselves but we live in a small town in winter sooooooo...
this was our only option.
(Thank goodness for filters. πŸ˜‰)
🍬Candy Cane Hat 🍬                                          πŸ’™ Metro Scarf πŸ’™

The Metro Scarf

Designer: Astri Elisabeth
Pattern: *Alternating Single Crochet
Yarn: Scheepjes Metropolis
(Click here for yarn.)

It's simple to make:
Row 1: sc, ch1
Rows 2-?: ch1, sc 
Each single crochet is worked in the chain space
 from the previous row. Make it as wide and long as you would like. Then add a little fringe to the edges.
*If you are new to crochet, detailed directions can be found in the
"365 Crochet Stitches a Year" Perpetual Calendar
 by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss  - "Alternating Single Crochet", March 16
I love how this stitch worked up with this yarn.

The Candy Cane Hat
Designer: Melanie Ham
Pattern: Absolute Beginner Crochet Hat with *modification
(Click here for the free pattern.)
Yarn: Trysil - Superwash Rent Ullgarn
(100% Wool Superwash)

*Instead of a pom-pom the hat was crocheted longer and 
then the top was tied into a ball by wrapping two strands of yarn
 a couple of inches from the top, tying and weaving in the ends.
 It's still long enough to fold up to make sure the ears
 are completely covered in a double layer too. 
We have many below zero days here in Wyoming...brrrrrrrr...
and this wool hat is just the ticket!

Please note the NVO is wearing the same hat as I am.
His is shorter, no pom-pom/ball and it's black. πŸ˜‰

Happy new beginnings and



Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year | Godt Nyttȧr | 2020


Wishing you lots of 

into 2020 and beyond!



Tuesday, December 24, 2019

1 Day Before Christmas | Mitered Dishcloth | Pattern Purchase with 50% Off Coupon

On the day before Christmas...
The Mitered Dishcloth

Made with 2 Scheepjes Cahlista Cuties
(15G 25.5 M each cutie)
or any 100% cotton worsted weight yarn.

Crocheter: Astri Elisabeth
Designer: Astri Elisabeth of Apple Blossom Dreams 
Pattern: Mitered DishCloth
(Click here for the pattern.)
Yarn: Scheepjes Cahlista
(Click here for yarn.)

This has been my most popular pattern since 2010 and as a token of my appreciation
 for your interest and patronage over the years, the pattern can be purchased for 50% off in the 
Apple Blossom Dreams Etsy Shop from now until 12/31/19.


God Jul and Merry Christmas!!!

Happy Holidays

Monday, December 23, 2019

2 Days Before Christmas | Crocheted Fjord Beanie | Free Pattern Link

On the 2nd day before Christmas...

A Fjord Beanie!

Crocheter: Astri Elisabeth
Designer: Snowcatcher
Pattern: Fjord Beanie
(Click here for the free pattern.)
Here's me wishing you an awesome season:
I look mad but I'm not!

Happy Holidays

Sunday, December 22, 2019

3 Days Before Christmas| Crocheted Colorful Snowflakes | Free Pattern Link

On the 3rd day before Christmas...

Colorful Snowflakes
(My scientist hubby likes the looks of this photo.)

Crocheter: Astri Elisabeth
Designer: Sarah London
Pattern: {2012} Simple Snowflake
(Click here for the pattern.)
Yarn: Scheepjes Cahlista
(Click here for yarn.)

Many applications for these colorful beauties...

Gift embellishments/accouterments,

or slip them into a card;
include an ornament hook so they can be used for tree ornaments, as well!
 Be sure to block them,
these were blocked with liquid starch:
Useful after the holidays and into the Winter and New Year, as well.

Happy Holidays