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Sneaky Embroidery

Embroidered Roses 

This is my second square for the In Bloom Blanket CAL. Today I chose to use a mix of crochet and embroidery. I love doing crossover projects and the best part of this is the embroidery is so simple you do not need to be an expert sewer to make these roses!
To grab this square as a free PDF download, head over to the main CAL page to grab the download code, then use that code in my Ravelry store. (Valid 4/27/2020 until 11am EST 4/28/2020).


Supplies

This pattern uses Mighty Stitch which was generously donated by WeCrochet to each of the designers in the In Bloom CAL

For this square you will need the colours;
Alfalfa, Cream, Mulberry and Sky
Hook: 4mm
Notions: Yarn needle, stitch marker, measuring tape, scissors.

Gauge
4×4’ = 19 stitches by 20 rows of sc.

Abbreviations
Ch. Chain
Dc. Double crochet
Sc. Single crochet
St. Stitch

Set up

To make main square.
In Cream Ch 36. Turn.
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc 4, *dc 5, sc 5*. Repeat * across. Ch3, turn (36sts).
Row 2: Skip first sc, dc 4, *sc 5, dc 5*. Repeat * across. Ch 1, turn (36sts).
Row 3: Sc 5 * dc 5, sc 5*. Repeat * across. Ch 3, turn (36sts).
Row 4-30: Repeat rows 2-3 until you reach row 30.
Finish leaving a long tail. Weave in ends.

To Add Roses.
For the roses we are incorporating an embroidery technique. You can add as many or a few roses to the square as you like. I chose to add 5 to my square.
Step 1: Create a star shape using 5 straight stitches, I made mine roughly 1 inch each, if you want smaller roses make these stitches shorter. Using a contrasting colour of yarn (this makes it easier to see where you are weaving in the next step).
Step 2: Using your main colour for your rose, thread a yarn needle with a generous amount of yarn. Start by weaving under your first stitch, then over the second. Continue this around the 5 stitches.
Step 3: Continue weaving under and over each consecutive stitch until your rose is nice and full and the guide stitches are covered.
Step 4: Finish off by stitching under the rose a couple of times and cut yarn.
Adding Leaves


Using Alfalfa attach yarn to square as close to the edge of the rose using a surface sc. Surface Sc 3 more times. Ch 1, turn, going down one side of the previous sc, sc, dc, hdc, sc in each sc across. Slip st into main square, cut yarn and weave in ends.
In my example I have shown what it looks like to have two leaves on each rose, one leaf or non. I personally prefer the one leaf, but this is completely customizable.
This Square is part of the In-Bloom Blanket CAL. Head over to my blog to view all of the floral squares we have on offer! Don’t forget to tag any of your completed makes with #bearrye, #inbloomblanketcal or #springbloomsblanketcal
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Beautiful Bluebells

Beautiful Bluebells


What do I need?


This pattern uses Mighty Stitch which was generously donated by WeCrochet to each of the designers in the In Bloom CAL
For this square you will need the colours;
Cream (Main Colour)
Alfalfa (C1)
Mulberry (C2)

Currently WeCrochet is taking a break on their deliveries due to COVID-19 so I have made a list of companies who are still delivering to help you prepare for the CAL. This list will be updated once every 24 hours to help keep you informed.

Hook: 4mm hook

Notions: Yarn needle, stitch marker, measuring tape, scissors.


If you would prefer to read the pattern unhindered it is also available as an ad free PDF on Ravelry. Click here to purchase.If you like scarves head over to Ravelry to grab my latest design the Sunny Sorbet Shawl exclusive to Ravelry. Subscribe to my newsletter using the link on the side of this page to receive a 15% off coupon to my Ravelry store!

Click HERE to download the free PDF download as part of the In Bloom CAL.


Gauge
4×4 = 19 sts by 20 rows
Abbreviations
Ch. Chain
Flsc. Front loop single crochet. Crochet into the front loop of the stitch only.
Sc. Single crochet
St. Stitch
Ss. Slip Stitch

Set up

Make base square
In Cream (MC), ch 39, turn.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in every st across. (38sts).
Row 2: Ch 1, flsc in every st across. (38sts).
Row 3: Ch 1, flsc in every st across. (38sts).
Row 4: Ch 1, flsc in every st across. (38sts).
Row 5: Ch 1, flsc in the next 15 sts. Join C2, 2 flsc, switch back to MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 6: Ch1, flsc in the next 21 sts. Switch to C2, 2 flsc, switch back to MC, flsc across. (38sts).
Row 7: Ch 1, flsc 15, C1 flsc 2, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 8: Ch1, flsc 21, C1 flsc 2, Mc flsc across. (38sts).
Row 9: Ch 1, flsc 15, C1 flsc 2, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 10: Ch1, flsc 21, C1 flsc 2, Mc flsc across. (38sts).
Row 11: Ch 1, flsc 15, C1 flsc 2, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 12: Ch1, flsc 21, C1 flsc 2, Mc flsc across. (38sts).
Row 13: Ch 1, flsc 15, C1 flsc 2, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 14: Ch1, flsc 21, C1 flsc 2, Mc flsc across. (38sts).
Row 15: Ch 1, flsc 15, C1 flsc 2, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 16: Ch1, flsc 21, C1 flsc 2, Mc flsc across. (38sts).
Row 17: Ch 1, flsc 15, C1 flsc 2, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 18: Ch1, flsc 21, C1 flsc 2, Mc flsc across. (38sts).
Row 19: Ch 1, flsc 15, C1 flsc 2, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 20: Ch1, flsc 21, C1 flsc 2, Mc flsc across. (38sts).
Row 21: Ch 1, flsc 15, C1 flsc 2, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 22: Ch1, flsc 21, C1 flsc 2, Mc flsc across. (38sts).
Row 23: Ch 1, flsc 15, C1 flsc 2, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 24: Ch1, flsc 21, C1 flsc 2, Mc flsc across. (38sts).
Row 25: Ch 1, flsc 15, C1 flsc 2, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 26: Ch1, flsc 21, C1 flsc 2, Mc flsc across. (38sts).
Row 27: Ch 1, flsc 15, C1 flsc 2, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 28: Ch1, flsc 21, C1 flsc 2, Mc flsc across. (38sts).
Row 29: Ch 1, flsc 15, C1 flsc 2, MC flsc 12, Join C2 flsc, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 30: Ch 1, flsc 8, C2 flsc 1, MC flsc 12, C1 flsc 2, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 31: Ch 1, flsc 15, C1 flsc 2, MC flsc 12, C2 flsc, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 32: Ch 1, flsc 9, C2 flsc 2, MC flsc 10, C1 flsc 2, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 33: Ch 1, flsc 16, C1 flsc 2, MC flsc 8, C2 flsc, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 34: Ch 1, flsc 12, C2 flsc 2, MC flsc 5, C1 flsc 2, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 35: Ch 1, flsc 18, C1 flsc 3, C2 flsc 3, MC flsc across. (38sts).
Row 36: Ch 1, flsc in every st across. (38sts).
Row 37: Ch 1, flsc in every st across. (38sts).
Row 38: Ch 1, flsc in every st across. (38sts).
Row 39: Ch 1, flsc in every st across. (38sts).
Row 40: Ch 1, flsc in every st across. (38sts).



Make Blue bells
Make a Magic Circle, Ch 1, 6sc in the ring. Pull tight to close. DO NOT SLIP STITCH TO FINISH.
Row 1: sc in each st across (6sts).
Row 2: sc in each st across (6sts).
Row 3: sc in each st across (6sts).
Row 4: sc in each st across (6sts).
Row 5: 2 sc in each st across (12sts).
Row 6: *4sc in next st, ss in next*. Repeat * across. (30sts).
Tie off leaving a long tail, this is to be able to stitch onto your main square. I made a total of 3 bluebells, but you could make up to 6 to attach onto the main square.

Attaching your bluebells.

Using long tail sew the ends through the square near the colour 2 portion of the design. This gives the appearance that the bluebells are dangling off the main stalk. Repeat across for each bluebell, sew in ends and cut to finish.


There you have a beautiful bluebell square to add to your blanket! To find the rest of the squares to complete our In Bloom Blanket head over to https://www.bearrye.com/2020/03/in-bloom-spring-blanket-cal.htmlwhere you will find more squares from 22 different designers.
Don’t forget to tag your makes in Ravelry as well as using #bearrye, #inbloomblanket and #springbloomsblanket on Instagram and Facebook so we can all see your lovely makes.
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Stash Busting Round up Week 1!

Stash Busting Challenge

The amazing Janne from Joy of Motion Crochet and Hortense from Knitting with Chopsticks have invited me this month to be part of their awesome Stash busting idea!
Each week this month the ladies will be compiling some great crochet patterns, perfect for using up all those odds and ends of yarn we have lying around. 

How does it work?

Each week you can visit this page to get your round up of all the FREE PDF patterns on offer. Just copy down the code SBCHALLENGE and visit each of the pattern links below to go to the designers site. On each page you will find a button that looks like this:
which will lead you to their Ravelry where you can download the pattern for free for a limited time. 
Download as many or as few patterns as you want! Don’t forget to tag any of your makes #SBCHALLENGE and link the designer because we would love to see your creations.
That’s all for the complicated stuff, here are the lovely designs!
Week 1 April 1st to April 7th.

These patterns are no longer free as part of the stash busting challenge, but many are still free as part of a blog post. Scroll down for Week 2 patterns.


The Crochet Easy Plant Hanger – Janne of Joy of Motion Crochet.

The Peek A Boo Beanie – Hortense of Knitting with Chopsticks.
Pretty in Pink Booties – Susan of Fosbas Designs.
Brighton Beanie – Sarah of Stitch and Hound.
Party Bear Coasters – Raffamusa of Raffamusa Designs.
Easter Eggs – Rachael of Desert Bloom Crafts.
Daisy Headband – Claire of Bear Rye.
Llama Wall Hanging – Claire of E’claire Makery.
Crochet Ragdoll Heart – Ragnhild of Yarnhild.
X Bangle – Courtney of Creations by Courtney.
Ice Cream Cozy – Sigoni of Sigoni Macaroni
Sweet and Simple Bow tie Head Warmer -Raelynn of Itchin’ for Some Stichin’ 
Kimono Baby Booties – Shehla of The Blue Elephants.
Luxe Spa Headband – Ashley of Through the Loop.
Lacey Little Hat – Suzanne of Crafting each Day.
Knotted Mesh Headband – Allison of Sweet Thing Crochet.
If you are looking for another challenge and more free patterns for the month of April head over to the In Bloom Spring Blanket CAL that I am hosting right here.


Stash Busting Challenge Week 2

Nordic Textured Coasters – Janne of Joy of Motion.

Tunisian Crochet Tresca Potholder – Raffamusa of Raffamusa Designs.

Triangular Headband – Claire of Bear Rye Crochet.

Soap Socks – Hortense of Knitting with Chopsticks.

Diamond Reflection Cowl – Amy of Another Mum Fights the Dust.

Bobble Fingerless Gloves – Claire of E’claire Makery.

Marley Beanie – Shehla of The Blue Elephants.

Cali the Cactus – Shannon of The Loophole Fox.

Cross Bookmark – Ashley of Edyth Blayn.

Coco Earrings – Courtney of Creations by Courtney.

Forest Trail Headband – Sarah of Ned & Mimi.

Two (or more) Colour Cowl – Claire of King and Eye.

Monkey Around Boot Cuffs – Ashley of Through the Loop.

Tulip Twist Headband – Tahryn of Burgundy & Blush.

Boho Plant Hanger – Brittany of Brittany Alice Crochet.

Mason Jar Cozies – Pam of Carroway Crochet.

Crochet Ragdoll Jellyfish – Ragnhild of Yarnhild.

Arewa Bracelet – Susan of Fosbas Designs.

Two-Toned Scrunchies – Rachel of Desert Blossom Crafts.

Sweet Daisies Potholder – Needle Klankers.

Farmhouse Washcloth – Sara of Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

Suze-Anna Raceback Top – Elizabeth of Desamour Designs.

Easter Eggs – Raelynn of Itchin’ for Some Stichin’

Baby Bunny Hat – Hannah of HanJan Crochet.

Embossed Heart Pouch – Allison of  Sweet Thing Crochet.

Mini Unicorn Amigurumi – Amanda of Loops and Love Crochet.

Stashbusting Washcloths – Suzanne of Crafting Each Day.

Freeze Pop Sleeve – Sigoni of Sigoni Macaroni

If you are looking for another challenge and more free patterns for the month of April head over to the In Bloom Spring Blanket CAL that I am hosting right here.

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Yarn companies still delivering.

Yarn companies delivering right now.

To help everyone have access to yarn needed for this CAL I  wanted to share an updated list of large yarn companies still delivering during these hard times.

I earn a small commission on most of the businesses found on this page. This helps me to be able to supply free patterns throughout the year. 

Darn Good Yarn

Darn Good Yarn are currently offering $100 FREE when you purchase $200 in gift cards on their site. This is amazing deal if you want to stock up or get a gift for a loved one.

Lion Brand

Lion Brand is currently continuing to ship yarn. They have a large selection of 4 weight yarns that will be usable with the In Bloom CAL.

Love Crafts

There is currently a 20% off lovecrafts exclusive brands ending tonight. So get there quick.

If anyone knows of any other companies who are currently delivering please let me know by email at claire@bearrye.com. international is preferred but I would also like to include local companies to help support small businesses.

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Black Friday Deals

Here is my compiled list of all my favourite yarn company Black Friday deals 2019. If you are looking for a much more extensive list of handmade items and Indie dyers/ designers check out Joy of Motion’s  round up of the best Black Friday Deals.

This page contains affiliate links. When shopping this Black Friday if you use any of the links on this page I will recieve a small percentage of that sale. 

Yarn Sales 2019

Joy of Motion Yarns 


Janne is offering 25% off all her hand dyed yarns with Free shipping on all orders. Click here to view some amazing yarns.
Lion Brand 

This weekend lion brand is offering all kits at 35% off  and bundle deals on multiple yarns. Head to their site to check out the deals.

Darn Good Yarn

Black Friday SAS

Darn Good Yarn has 40% off deals all weekend. They have more deals on their site check it out here for more details.

Knit Picks

Check out all their deals here, Including deals on enamel pins!!

Love Crafts

Love Crafts is having up to 60% off on their yarns!

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Patchwork Messenger Bag Review

The lovely Amanda of Crafty Barista Crochet let me test her Patchwork Messenger Bag pattern before release. It was my first time fully committing to making a crochet bag because I always worry about the sturdiness of the bag, risk of stretch and generally the gaps and holes that are associated with crochet. I can say that this bag does not have those problems. The combination of different surface stitches and textures gives this pattern a lovely aesthetic which does not contain any holes! The risk of stretching can also be combated with shortening the bag strap, making those stitches tighter or by adding a lining. I will be later adding a lining to allow the bag to be safe in those sudden April Showers.

I learnt a few lessons during this pattern test. The first lesson I learnt here was colour choice is just as important as fiber choice. As you can see in the picture above using black yarn may give an overall feel to the bag and may work with the whole colour scheme, but it does not do justice to the stitch definition. Because of this I chose to do the panels in a different set up on the other side of the bag. Switching the black out for the navy just gave a little more depth to the stitch, allowing you to see the design more clearly.

The second lesson is yarn choice. The pattern Recommends Caron Simply Soft, which although you can use comparable yarns, I think a pattern such as this should use the yarn it was made for. If you do use a comparable yarn however, it is definitely important that you choose something which will; a, be sturdy enough to hold a tight structure, and b, not over textured (fluffy or loopy, like an eyelash yarn) to help you show through those stitches. To recreate the combination I made I used Caron Simply Soft in the colours, Black, Dark Country Blue and Country Blue Ombre.

The thing I loved about this bag is that although it looks super complicated it really is not. If anyone else is like me and HATES seaming garments together or just dreads the sewing in ends aspect it really isn’t as much as it seems. It is made from very simple construction and only requires beginners stitching skills.

I really recommend getting your own copy of this pattern. You can get the pattern here, and  also remember to follow Crafty Barista Crochet on Instagram for more patterns.

Don’t forget to subscribe to be the first to hear about new blog content and patterns from myself, and follow me on Instagram (@bearrye), Facebook and Pinterest for exclusive sales and content.

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Sampler Scarf Tester Call

Tester Call

Hi everyone. I have a gorgeous new project for everyone to work on. Here is the Sampler Scarf. I am looking for people who would like to test this simple scarf pattern I have been creating to teach a class. The scarf starts with the simplest of stitches and becomes a little more complex as it goes on.

For testing this scarf you will get a free copy of the finished PDF file and the knowledge you helped in the teaching of the next generation of Crocheters!

Requirements:

I am looking for people willing to supply their own yarn. The pictured test scarf was made using Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Burgundy and Saffron. It can be made in any equivalent worsted weight yarn, or DK for a lighter airier feel. I recommend Paintbox yarns DK Cotton or Debbie Bliss Cotton DK

All testers will need a public Instagram account and the ability to add to Ravelry as a project after completing the test.

To apply send me a Direct Message on Instagram, Facebook or Email

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Spring has Sprung!

Hi Guys,

Photo credit; Copyright Claire Rye-Koswener


I am so eager for Spring to come! Although the season has technically already changed, I am still getting used to living in New York and dealing with Spring mornings STILL being below freezing. But sitting in my office room feeling the heat of the sun from behind closed doors is good enough for me!

With my aforementioned anticipation, I have started on making lighter projects. As said before, I like making things year round and really don’t see my hobby as a Winter-only past time. There are so many options out there now for lightweight yarns that there is no reason to put away your hooks once the weather gets warmer! 

Cotton Yarns from knitpicks.com



Photo credit; Copyright Claire Rye-Koswener


My first Spring project has been testing the gorgeous Athens Infinity Scarf for Miranda of I Don’t Give a Knit


For this project I used Caron Simply Soft in Soft Green. This is the first time I have used this yarn and I am really impressed. The colour is perfect for making any outfit look good for spring, with the slight shine to the yarn itself helping to give more depth to the colour.



Photo credit; Copyright Claire Rye-Koswener

The detail of the stitches leaves a lovely airy feel to the piece. And the drape on this is gorgeous. In her pattern are easy to follow instructions for each of the stitches used so there is none of that annoying googling each stitch to find a Youtube video just to get started!


The pattern itself is very easy to follow and I completed it in roughly 3 hours since I had quite a few breaks between. It was super easy to pick up and leave off as the repeat is fairly recognisable and allows you to jump back in whenever needed. Another great spring/ summery yarn for this pattern would be to use Paintbox yarns DK cotton. It would make the scarf a little airier and perfect for warmer weather.

To make your own Athens scarf don’t forget to follow Miranda on Instagram where you can find details to get her pattern.


I loved this pattern as the beginning of my spring makes and can’t wait to wear it this season. What will you guys be making this spring? Comment below, I would love to hear your plans for the warmer months and what you would like to see from me. I will be updating the blog at least once a week so don’t forget to subscribe to updates using the box below and follow me on Instagram for more news and updates.  
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Welcome to Bear Rye






Hi guys!

Hello, Hi, Welcome, thank you for joining me on my new journey! You might be thinking “oh, another crochet/ knitting blog, what’s so different here?” Well I’m not going to claim to be ground breaking, but I do want to share my passion with the community.

I have always struggled with finding patterns to work on and make for the warmer months, or even for just sunnier climes. You always see these gorgeous lace products in stores and I can’t help but think “I could make that, why buy it” and then all you can find online seems a little outdated.  With this blog, I aim to bring every one free and paid patterns for simple and intermediate modern projects to keep us busy year round. These will include summer wear, shawls, home decor and baby wear, because of course baby wear will always be classic and a year round winner! So if you are looking for year round makes, I hope you will follow along with my blog where I aim to release new content weekly, including through those summer dark days in the yarn crafts community.

If you would like to know about the new weekly content first please hit the subscribe button below.

For our first free pattern I have decided to release the Little Boy Blue hat.