Just Be Happy

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Bernadette Bag

 It's mid-August and I am publishing my third pattern of the year, which might not sound like a lot, but that is the amount I published in 2020, so I have faith that this year will be better, I just know it!

I am excited because I really love how this bag turned out, I made it with Lily's Sugar 'n Cream yarn, which is pretty inexpensive and awesomely sturdy for a bag, just 4 balls of yarn, a 5.5mm hook and a pair of handles and you're good to go!

What do you think?

The pattern is available on my etsy shop and my ravelry store, too.

Happy Crocheting!

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Moss Stitch Washcloths

I've been thinking about my kids going back to school next month and it's time to get some gifts made to give to their lovely teachers, so at the moment I am making some washcloths and soon, I'll harvest the lavender from our backyard and make some lavender bath salts to go with the washcloths.

These are so fun to make, they are quick and the perfect project to keep in your purse. One ball of Lily's Sugar 'n Cream is enough to make two washcloths.

Yesterday while I was getting a pedicure, I was able to make three of them!

If you are interested in making them, I made a video of the pattern is it's in my highlighted in my Instagram stories. Just go to and click there to see: www.instagram.com/justbehappycrochet

Also, the labels were an instant download from this etsy shop, I think they are perfect for the washcloths!

Happy Crocheting!


Sunday, August 1, 2021

Our Sweet Australian Labradoodles

Rocco and Bernadette playing tug o' war with a tiny stick.

Bernadette sitting pretty on my crocheted Color Riot Blanket.

Rocco sneaking on my bed.

Little Bernadette wondering when I am going to give her
 a treat in exchange for this photo.

Well, we did it... we got a puppy last April (2020) when Covid lockdowns were super strict and we weren't leaving our house to do anything fun. His name is Rocco and he is a red parti Australian Labradoodle, he is really sweet and very playful and we were so in love with him that this year we decided to get him a play mate. 
I was a little concerned at first, I didn't know how he would act with a new puppy, but I think he was just so excited to have company, that he has been gentle with her since day 1. 
Bernadette is also an Australian Labradoodle, she is an apricot tuxedo and loves to cuddle, the kids are in heaven with the dogs and have been really helpful with walks, letting them out to potty and playing with them.
They are hypoallergenic and really don't shed a whole lot. Trust me, our last dog, a Jack Russel Terrier that passed at 15, a few years ago, used to shed so much that I feel like I still find her fur every once in awhile... LOL
I've created an instagram account for them because I was flooding my personal account with puppy pictures, so if you want to see more pictures of these cuties, you can follow @roccoandbernadette on IG.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Paradise Shawl Crochet Pattern

 When it rains, it pours! Isn't that true? I didn't produce any patterns for months and now, two patterns in one month! LOL

Anyhow, this shawl was made with only one cake of yarn and it creates this beautiful ombré effect. It's fingering weight, which makes it so light and perfect for spring and summer nights!

What do you think?

The pattern is available on etsy and ravelry.

Happy Crocheting!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Record Blanket Pattern

 New pattern alert!

Yes, I did it, my first pattern of 2021! It took me awhile, but it's here and I am feeling great about it. I love how it looks and I think it's a good representation of who I am. 

This is the design I worked on while I was attempt my Guinness World Record attempt, hence the blanket name.

I wanted to make something colorful, but not super "in your face", I also love tapestry crochet, so I knew I had to use that technique for my design.

What do you think? 

The pattern is available in my etsy shop, ravelry store and website.

Happy Crocheting!

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Longest Marathon Crocheting

Hi there, long time no see! 
I totally vanished from here, just gotta say 2020 was my best blogging year... I suppose with all the craziness going on around, I didn't feel like putting the pressure on myself to blog, which is silly because blogging should be just fun.
Anyhow, things are good. 
My son is going to start 7th grade this Fall, he is going to be a teenager next year, my mind feels like it is going to explode every time I say those words out loud! He is really serious into Boy Scouts (he is 2nd class scout, for those of you that know the ranks) and he is doing sailing camps and practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
My daughter is going to start 4th grade, she is doing piano, ballet and girls scouts, but begging me to sign her up for gymnastics. We shall see.... our problem is simply finding enough time... LOL
What else is new??
Well, well, here is the fun news: I am a Guinness World Record holder for the Longest Marathon Crocheting!
Over Memorial day weekend, I crocheted for 34 hours and 7 minutes, had 18 people come in shifts of 2 people/ every 4 hours to witness it. It was an amazing experience to see what you can accomplish when you set your mind to something, because your body just follows.
I made one whole blanket and a shawl during the attempt, the blanket will be donating to my kids' school for their annual auction next year. I also hope to make a pattern for the design I created for the blanket, so that will be my launch back into pattern writing! 

Here is the Guinness World Records link.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Simple Beanie Pattern

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know I have been on a beanie "saga". I haven't revealed the purpose of the beanies I am making because I need to have a some tangible dates and paperwork before I say the reason, but meanwhile I am just working away!

I've many inquiries about the pattern I am using, so I decided to write it and share it with you!
It's a simple half double crochet pattern, it is really easy to memorize and it works up quickly.

I hope you enjoy the pattern and please use the hashtag #justbehappycrochet if you post your hats on social media, so I can see them!

Pattern Key:
Ch = Chain
Hdc = Half Double Crochet
St(s) = Stitch (es)

Gauge: 12 hdc and 10 rows = 4 inch square

- I-9(5.5mm) hook
- Worsted Weight Yarn
- Scissors
- Yarn Needle 


Foundation round: (starting at the top) Make and adjustable ring; ch 2 and hdc 11 into ring (12 hdc)
Round 1Ch 2, (2 hdc in each st) around, join. (24 hdc)
Round 2: Ch 2, (1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st) around, join. (36 hdc)

Round 3: Ch 2, (1 hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around, join. (48 hdc) 
Round 4: Ch 2, (1hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around, join. (60 hdc) 
Rounds 5-18: Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join. (60 hdc)
Fasten off. Weave in any loose ends with yarn needle.

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