Just Be Happy

Monday, May 8, 2017

Place Setting Mat - Crochet Pattern

The struggle is real, folks!
I have two kids, an 8 year old boy and a 5 year old girl. We have a family dinner every day and although they see the table set, when I ask them to set the table for me it's always a disaster... lol
So, loving crochet like I do, I thought I would come up with a design for a place setting placemat to help them.
What do you think?
The pattern is available in all my shops and it's on sale this week - no coupons needed!
Ravelry - Etsy


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Mediterranean Tiles Throw - Crochet Pattern

After feeling like I was in a huge crochet funk, I am happy to report that I am back with a new design and I am immensely proud of it! 

My new release, the Mediterranean Tiles Throw is now available in all my shops and I am here to share with you a little bit of my inspiration story.

Hang in there with me for a moment. So.... my husband is getting ready to remodel the downstairs bathroom, which means I have been doing a lot of research to show him what I would like the bathroom to be. While browsing for tiles, I came across the picture below (credit: picture from Home Depot's website) and although these are not the tiles I want installed in my bathroom (I am going with white and grey), I love them so much that they inspired me to create my new crochet pattern!

I am sharing this with you because often I am asked about where my inspiration comes from and that is such a hard question to answer, because as you can see, inspiration can come from the most unusual places!

                                              (credit: picture from Home Depot's website)

Find the pattern: { Ravelry - Etsy - Craftsy }


Friday, March 17, 2017


Hi! Let me introduce myself in case you are new here. My name is Alessandra Hayden, I am the designer behind Just Be Happy Crochet. I have been crocheting since I was 8 years old, but designing  professionally since 2008.
I love to experiment with color combos, geometric shapes to create my crochet designs. 
Life is my inspiration and I say that because new ideas can come from the least expected places like a mosaic sidewalk for example.
The pictures I added are a sample of my newest patterns, if you like what you see here, please visit any my shops to see all the patterns I have to offer. 
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying all the talented crochet designs participating in the Crochetville's NATCROMO blog tour.
As a token of my appreciation, use the coupon code NATCROMO (ravelry only) this month to receive a 30% discount on any pattern purchase from my shop.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Mini Easter Baskets {Free Crochet Pattern}

We love holidays at our house. We love to decorate, to celebrate and to give gifts. However, gift giving can turn out expensive, so I try to be creative.

My kids are giving their teachers and friends these mini crochet baskets filled with 5 or 6 little chocolate eggs that can be found at pretty much any grocery store for a very reasonable price this time of year.

- Crochet Hook size H-8/5.0mm
- Worsted Weight Yarn
- Scissors
- Satin ribbon (optional)

Ch = Chain
Hdc = Half Double Crochet
Sl St = Slip Stitch
St(s) = Stitch(es)
BPhdc = Back Post Half Double Crochet
FPhdc = Front Post Half Double Crochet

Round 1: Start with a magic ring. Ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc), hdc 9 into ring, join with a sl st. (10 hdc)
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc into each hdc from previous round, join with a sl st. (20 hdc)
Round 3: Ch 1, BPhdc into each st around, join with a sl st. (20 BPhdc)
Round 4: Ch 1, (BPhdc into the next 2 sts, FPhdc in the next 2 sts) 5 times, join with a sl st.
Round 5: Ch 1, (FPhdc into the next 2 sts, BPhdc in the next 2 sts) 5 times, join with a sl st.
Round 6: Repeat round 5.
Round 7: Sl st around. Do not fasten off. (20 sl sts)
Handle: Ch 15, sl st on the other side of the basket to make the handle, turn and sl st in each ch to make handle firmer. Fasten off and weave in loose tails.

I found the little Easter tags here and printed 4 per page to have the size reduced to fit the itty bitty baskets.

If you make some little baskets, please tag #justbehappycrochet on instagram or Facebook so I can see them.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Plaid Cowl / Scarf Pattern

It has been a very long time since I posted anything. I have decided to exercise, read more and spend more time with my friends, so the time on the internet has decreased, which I don't think it's a bad thing. I just need to get more organized to use the time I spend on the internet in a more meaningful way, doing stuff that matters other than just browsing with no purpose. 

Anyways, I had my family visiting from Brazil for a month, we did a lot of fun sightseeing, little day adventures and lots of cooking was involved, but I managed to finish a major crochet project and I feel really good about it.

No more babbling, see those gorgeous pictures above? That's my new pattern, the Plaid Cowl/Scarf and it's now available on ravelry, etsy and craftsy.


Friday, December 9, 2016

Story Stones

I spent the last few days painting rocks on the kitchen table with some "help" from my little elves. It's Christmas time and we love giving presents to the people we love and to the people in need, but it starts adding up, so we have to get creative in order to check everyone off of our list.

My sweet girl wanted to give something to her classmates, after some Pinterest investigating, we settled on Story Stones. The stones came from our front yard, the painting supplies we already owned and I also had the linen drawstring bags from the time I used to sell peg dolls, so we just had to work on painting and type a card to explain how the Story Stones work.

We are pleased with the way everything turned out and can't wait to bring them to class next week!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

3rd Annual Sales Event

Welcome to the 3rd annual sales and giveaway event!

This year's event is brought to you by 24 of your favorite crochet designers and one of your favorite yarn company!

We've great feedback about our coupon code, ENABLER, so we decided to keep it for another year.

How to shop? Simply click on name under the picture of the designer below and it will bring you to their ravelry shop. Apply the code ENABLER at checkout. Offer is valid from 11/26/2016 to 11/28/2016.

Abigail Haze Designs                             ACCROcrochet

A Crocheted Simplicity                                          Ana D             

Blackstone Designs                                  Briana K
Crafting Friends                           Crochet by Jennifer

CrocheTrend                              Crystalized Designs

Danyel Pink Designs                            Divine Debris

Em's Corner                                        Felted Button

Glamour4you                               Just Be Happy

Lila Bjorn Crochet                               Luz Patterns

Melody's Makings                         One & Two Company

The Purple Poncho                               Pattern Paradise

Sincerely Pam                                 UnravelMe Designs

The Giveaway:

This year's prizes include:

(1) Winners will each choose a $40 gift card to the craft store of their choice (Michaels, Joanns or Hobby Lobby)
(2) Winners will each  receive their choice of 8 balls of Lion Brand Wool Ease (See below for more details and links to prizes)
(3) Winner will receive a set of (10) Clover Amour Crochet Hooks from A Crocheted Simplicity.

(2) Winners will each receive any 8 balls from Lion Brand Yarns Wool Ease family! Click on the following links to see your options.

*Lion Brand giveaway is open to residents of the United States & Canada only.

Click on the Game Graphic below to enter to win any of the fabulous prizes.
Winners will be drawn on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 and the list of winners will be posted on        A Crocheted Simplicity's blog.

Thank you for joining us for another great event! We hope you enjoy the fantastic sales & giveaway we've put together for you this year. If you could please do us a favor this weekend, we would absolutely LOVE it if you could like or comment on any of our posts that you see on Facebook. Thank you!

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