Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Crochet Calendar 100+ Crochet Patterns -- Give Away!

Winner has been contacted---
if they don't contact me back
 by Monday, I'll pick a new Winner!


How would you like to Win a
"Crochet Calendar 100+ Crochet Patterns
 Throughout the year"
Well, They sent me 2 and I only need 1,
 so I am giving one away!
This is a $14.99 Value and Free Shipping!

The Rules of the Contest:
1. Follow me on Facebook = 1 pt
2. Follow me here on the blog =1pt
3. Tell a friend and they follow and comment =1 pt
4. Comment here on this blog that you did these.

Contest will Run till Wed. Sept. 7th, noon CST.

Come play along!


Monday, August 29, 2011

I am Published..AGAIN!

Got back from the Post office
 to find these on my door step....

2 "Crochet - 100 plus Patterns
throughout the year"

I am very excited because 2 of my Patterns
"Posh Pooch Designs"
 are published in the Calendar.
"Rosie's Dog Sweater" and "Posh Snuggle Pouch"

My daughter's pattern
"Calleigh's Comfy Headband"
"Calleigh's Clips and Crochet Creations"
is published in the Calendar as well.

Just so excited!
I don't need 2 calendars,
so I think I will do a give away!



Saturday, August 27, 2011

Meet My Newest Model

I Love To Design and Crochet for my Pooches,
Maximo and Rosie.....
But I also love to design things for humans.

So I asked my Daughter-In-law
to Model a few items for me.
Isn't she Beautiful!
This is the Yarn Stash Busting
Hat and matching Leg Warmers.
This is the link for the Patterns on Ravelry

This is a Scoodie Crochet Pattern
(Hooded Scarf with Pockets)
Here is the Link for it on Ravelry


Christina's Panda Hat
Ravelry Download Link

I have more Patterns on Ravelry
 that are for humans
You can check them out here

Thursday, August 25, 2011

One Month On Etsy!!!!! Let's Celebrate!

Today is August 25th
and it is my one month anniversary
of opening  my  Etsy Shop!!!
My goal was to sell 30 items...
I have sold 45!!!!!!!
This is thanks to my wonderful customers!
So to say thanks-you....
Let's Celebrate!
Today and today only,
 I will give a free crochet pattern of choice
 with every Etsy Pattern purchase!
Now go shop in my shop!

Happy Shopping!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Crocodile Stitch Dog Collar Crochet Pattern

I Love the look of the Crocodile Stitch
 and wanted to incorporate it into a simple, yet
 fun crochet pattern. So I started with a dog collar...
I definitely have more ideas in mind!
I have been working on this 
pattern for a few days,
and really wanted to make it 
easy to understand.
Please, Add This Crochet pattern to Your 
Ravelry Favorites

Skill : Easy

Materials:

Hook : H
Yarn- Any Worsted Weight yarn
Tape measure

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Double Crochet (dc)
V Stitch ( vst)
Crocodile Stitch ( croc st)

Getting Started:
I will try my best to explain the Croc st. in easy to follow terms,
but if you need more help here is a link with pics
Crocodile Stitch Dog Bandanna photo Tutorial

The first thing you need to do is measure your dog's neck in inches,
according to the pic:
For a 12 inch neck ch 37, add or subtract 3 chs per inch to
 adjust to your dog's neck size, also, you need a odd
number of chains for the pattern to work properly.

R : 1 - 1 sc in the second ch from the hook, 1 sc in each ch, ch 1, turn

R : 2 - (V- St Row)-- 1 dc in the 1st st, * skip the next 2 sts,
 (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in the next st, repeat from * across row,
1 dc in the last st. turn

R : 3 - (Croc St Row) - 1 dc in the 1st dc, *turn work sideways and
 st 4 dc around the 1st post of the dc of the 1st v st,
 then turn work the opposite way and st 4 dc around
the post of the other dc in this v st. That is the first crocodile scale,
1 sc in the next v st, turn

Repeat From * across row, 1 dc in the dc at the end of row.

Again, if you don't understand how to do the croc st,
check out the link I listed above.

R : 4 - Ch 3, and Repeat R : 2

R : 5 - Ch 3, and repeat R : 3

R : 6 - Ch 3, 2 sc in the 1 v st, 2 sc in the center of the 1st croc st,
 * 2 sc in the next v st, 2 sc in the next croc st, repeat from * across row,
ch 7, ( the amount of chs here will depend on your dog' neck measurement)
 join to opposite side of the collar with a sc, to form a circle, turn, ch 1,

R : 7 - 1 sc in each sc around collar, join and tie off

This is a Great project to help you learn the Crocodile Stitch.

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Stash Busting Leggings and Matching Hat

I love to use my
yarn stash for fun and 
useful crochet items,
usually for my pooches.
By this time I made something for me.

These colorful Leg Warmers
 and Matching Hat
They were so much fun to design and make.


Close-up of the legwarmers....
I know I will need these this winter.
Get This Free Crochet Pattern HERE

Close-up of the hat!
I just love how it fits!
Get this Free Crochet Pattern HERE

here is another Great Yarn Stash busting Crochet Pattern

Infinity Scarf and Fingerless gloves
Get The Free Infinity Scarf 
Crochet pattern HERE
and
The Fingerless Glove 
Free Crochet Pattern HERE

Find ALL My Free Crochet Patterns
in my Free Pattern Directory HERE



Monday, August 15, 2011

Crochet IPad Cover

I got a Ipad 2 and I love it.
I bought a nice leather cover for It, but I wanted a bag with a pocket to carry it in, to take with me.
I found this one Here on the Red heart yarn site.  It wasn't exactly what I wanted.....So I tweaked it up
some.



I made it a little big bigger to accommodate the leather cover,
 I added handles and made the pocket square.


I ch 31, and followed the pattern for the cover,
but instead of making 2 pieces,
I stitched for 35 rows and folded it over, sc up the sides.



To make the handles:
R : 36 - Attach the yard of your choice, I choose a solid, to the top right 
side of the bag opening, 1 hdc in each st around the bag opening, join and ch 2

R : 37&38 - 1 hdc in each st, join, ch 2

R : 39- 1 hdc in the 1st 8 sts, ch 20 ( or more if you want a longer handle),
 join to the top of the bag with hdc, in the 8th st from the left side, hdc in
 the next 15 sts, ch 20, joining again in the 8th st from the end, checking to
 make sure the handles are centered on the bag, join, ch 2

R : 40- 1 hdc in each st and in each ch, join ch 2

R : 41&42 - 1 sc in each Hdc, join, Ch 2

R : 43- 1 hdc in each st, join and tie off

Pocket- Ch 21
R : 1 - Repeat R-1 from the bag Pattern
R : 2 - Repeat R : 2 from the bag Pattern
R : 3-13 Repeat R 2 from bag pattern
R : 14 -1 sc in each st, 3 sc in the last st, sc evenly around the remaining 3
 sides of the pocket, with 3 sc in each corner, join , and tie off.

Place pocket centered on the front of the Ipad bag and  sew in place
 with matching yarn.


I really like it how it turned out!


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Clip-On Poo Bag Keeper Crochet Pattern

If you walk your dog, and you should,
Then you need one of these.

Nothing drives me nuts more, 
then people who do not clean up 
after their dogs, when I am at the park.

Clip-On Poo Bag Keeper
You can clip it to your belt,
clip it on your leash,
or clip it on your dog's collar
and them carry it.

I made a video, I hope it helps and answers your questions.

See this Video on my Youtube Channel at this LINK

Clip On Poo Bag Keeper Crochet Pattern By Sara Sach 

Please, Add This Crochet pattern to YourRavelry Favorites

Skill- Easy

Materials:
1  D ring - 1 inch
1 clip - 1 inch
1 button - i inch
Yarn Needle
Hook: I
Yarn : Worsted Weight 94) - I used Red Heart Super Saver

Stitches:
Chain ( ch)
Half Double Crochet ( hdc)

Pattern:
Ch 1 does not count as a st, it is a turning chain.

R : 1 - Ch 15, 1 hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook, and in each ch across.
 ch1, turn (14hdc)

R : 2- R: 13 - 1 hdc in each st, ch 1, turn (14 hdc)

R : 14 - sc in each st, 3 sc in the corner, sc evenly around the other 3 sides,
 3 sc in each corner, join and tie off.
Square should measure 5 X 5 inches

Cut a piece of yarn about 18 inches long. 
Thread the yarn in the needle 
and stitch up the right side, gathering the side up tightly. 
Repeat on the left side, as well. Then flip right side out. 

Whip Stitch the D ring to the right end of the bag, then clip on the clip.

Button Loop:
Attach yarn to the center top of the bag opening, ch 5,
attach to the next st making a loop, with a sl st. tie off.

Sew on the button and slip to loop over the button.
Put your roll of Dog poo bags in side......and
 
And Go take your Dog for a Walk.
That's were I am headed!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

How to Make An Outdoor Dog Mat

My Dogs love to sit in the sun, 
outback on my deck.
I felt bad that they were laying on the wood,
 with no padding, 
so I decided to make them a
Outdoor mat to lay on.

These are perfect for kids, too.
It is a great way to use last years beach towel, 
or buy a new one when they are on sale.




This is what I did:
I bought a 1 X 22 X 22 piece of poly foam
 for about $4.00 at Hobby Lobby.

I looked in the Closet and 
pulled out a "much loved but still had 
lots of wear left in it",beach towel.

I folded the towel  in 3rds, like my pillow shams are folded,

making sure the foam piece would fit.
 I then sewed up the sides of the Towel.
Slid the foam in the towel cover, 
the way a pillow is slid inside a pillow sham.

The Dogs love it.
The best part is it is completely washable.
When it gets dirty or wet,
 I can slide out the foam 
and was the towel cover.
You can even was the foam piece,
 and let it air dry in the sun.
I have replaced the towel several times,
 and still use the same piece of foam.

How to wash the foam. 
I rinse and wash it in the kitchen sink,
 then lay it in the sun to dry.
once its dry, I put the cover back on.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Rosie's Flower Collar Slide With Thick and Thin Yarn

Recently my Daughter of
Purchased some wonderful thick and thin yarn from
and it was so pretty and soft.


These are some of the Sweet newborn hats she makes with it!

The yarn!
Isn't it lovely!
Well. She gave me a piece,
  
And I made this pretty little flower collar slide for Rosie.
It is so soft, easy to work with,
and so pretty.
I will be ordering some for myself!


Friday, August 5, 2011

3 Crochet Patterns For $9.00

It is Friday and Want to Have a
Crochet Pattern Sale!
3 Crochet Patterns...Any patterns..
Hats, Sweaters, Christmas, Fall..
ANY...

Link for Pattern Bundle on Etsy

If you don't see what you want on Etsy,
 Please check out my patterns on my Facebook page,
 I will be glad to include any of those.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Red Heart "Boutique Changes" Yarn - My Scarf Design

I was shopping for some "much needed yarn"
at Micheals and stummbled upon
this new unique yarn...

It is called changes, because it has 6 different yarns combined,
not together, but end to end. changing 6 times.
Ribbon, bulky, chunky and even a strand of metallic.

I bought 2 balls of the Garnet.
Each ball is 3.5 0z.

I made this scarf, by chaining 130,
  1 hdc in each ch, ch 2 at the end of the row, for 14 rows.
I then decided to add some fun ends.
I hdc across the end for 8 rows,
adding a shell st row on the 9th row.

OH!  I used a K - Hook

This scarf took 1 and 1/2 balls 
Here is a close up of the yarn, see the metallic
and all the shade and texture changes.
I really love it!