Just Be Happy

Monday, July 17, 2017

Chain Reaction Blanket - Crochet Pattern

The Chain Reaction Blanket is my newest crochet pattern. I have had this idea in my head for quite awhile, but I was having a hard time making my vision come to life, but after several failed attempts, the pattern is ready!
You can find it on Craftsy, Raverly, Etsy and also here.

Happy Crocheting!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Piña Colada Tote - Crochet Pattern

Pineapples are super trendy right now and I love it, so I decided to design something with a pineapple print, so the Piña Colada Tote was born.
For the sample I made I used a leather bottom, but the pattern also includes instructions for you to make the bag with a crochet bottom.
The tote is roomy, perfect for a beach or pool day!
You can find the pattern available in all my shops: etsy, craftsy, ravelry and also on my website.

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.

Designed by Jackie's Design Studio