Thursday, April 28, 2016

Basic Tools Fro Leaning to Crochet | Posh Pooch Designs

I get this Question on a weekly basis, 
"What tools do I need to learn to Crochet?"
It can be very expensive if you purchase all the
 "things" you think you need.
But really you only need a few tools.
There are only 6 tools that you will need, 
When learning to Crochet


1. Crochet Hooks - 
There are a lot of different types and sizes of 
Crochet Hooks.
I think when you first start, just pic up a few sizes of inexpensive hooks to see if you will like them.
Then you can try different kinds as you feel 
more confident.

2. Tape Measure:
 Some type of measuring tape or ruler to help you
 measure your items. This will help you with gauge.

3. Stitch Markers:
Stitch markers are a great help in marking corners, rows and such. There are several types. Some are plastic, some are metal,
and some are decorative. 

4. Yarn Needles:
You will need a yarn needle or Tapestry Needle 
for weaving in your ends, and sewing pieces together, 
and sewing on buttons.
There are several sizes, use one that fits the yarn 
you are using.
You will find them made of metal or plastic. 

5. Scissors:
You will Always want a pair of scissors with you.
You never know when you will need to cut out a knot.
You do not have to get an expensive pair. 
I like to buy a few pairs of child's school scissors 
when they are on sale in the Fall.

6. Yarn:
You definitely need Yarn! I suggest when you are
 first starting to purchase some inexpensive yarn 
and practice your stitches. Then when you feel more
 confident, splurge on some expensive yarn.
I hope this has answered your Question.
Know Go Check out all my
And make something fun!



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Zoey's Scottish Beret | Posh Pooch Designs

My Grand Daughter, Zoey, needed a Scottish Beret.
Her Church was having a missions Conference 
and the children were doing a Missions Program.
Each Child was dressing up to represent 
all the different countries. 
She was dressing up like a little Scottish Girl
"A Bonnie Lassie".
Her mom asked me to make her a Scottish Beret.
So you know I did.
The Crochet Pattern I used was
Isabella's Fireside Girl's Beret
By Crochet Dynamite 
You can find the link for the Free pattern HERE

The only changes I made was making the bow a 
little smaller and adding the little 'thingy" on the top.

It is an easy well written pattern.
So if you need or want to make a child's beret
 this is a great pattern.
Zoey loved her beret and the program went well.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Dolly and Me Whimsical Capes | Posh Pooch Designs

Dolly and Me Whimsical Capes
One for Dolly and one For Me
I wrote the pattern,
 the Whimsical Cape Shawl For Ladies
You can find this Free pattern Here

And Was asked if I had one for 
little girls and their American Girl Dolls.
 I didn't so I wrote one.

I have made a video To explain the 
Foundation Double Crochet and 
the V Stitched used in these Patterns.

Dolly and Me Whimsical Cape Shawl 
Crochet Pattern by Sara Sach
 Please, Add this pattern to your Ravelry Favorites

Skill: Easy

Materials:
Crochet Hook: I
Yarn: Bulky yarn (5) 3-4 oz. Child’s Cape, 1 oz. Doll’s Cape
           I used Lion Brand Tweed Stripes/ Popsicle

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Single Crochet (sc)
Slip Stitch (slst)
Double Crochet (dc)
Foundation Double Crochet (FDC)
Skip (sk)
Space (sp)

Sizes: Doll – 18 inch Doll (American Girl Doll)
            Girl - S – 3-5 year old – 20 inches), M-6-8 year old (24 inches)
Pattern written in Small with Medium in parenthesis.

Girl Cape Pattern:
Gauge: 4 dc = 1 inch
Each row is approximately = 1/2 inch

Notes: ch3 counts as the 1st Dc on the next row.

R: 1 - FDC 63 (66) Turn, ch 3

R: 2 – 1 dc in the same st as ch 3, *ch3, sk 2 dc, dc, ch1, dc in the next dc*
Repeat From * to * across row, ch 3 turn.

R: 3 – 1 dc in the same dc as the ch3, *ch3, dc, ch1,
dc in the ch1 space between the next 2 dc*
Repeat From * to * across row, Turn, ch 3

R: 4 – R: 15 – Repeat R: 3.
Only ch 1 at the end of R: 15

R: 16 – Trim -1 sc in each st and in each ch around, tie off and weave in your ends.

Sew a Button to top right side. No buttonholes are needed, as the space between
 the 1st 2 dc are perfect for the buttonholes.


Doll Cape Pattern:
Notes: ch2 counts as the 1st hdc on the next row.

R: 1 - FDC 33, Turn, ch 2

R: 2 – 1 hdc in the same st as ch 2, *ch2, sk 2 dc, hdc, ch1, hdc in the next dc*
Repeat From * to * across row, ch 3 turn.

R: 3 – 1 hdc in the same hdc as the ch2, *ch2, hdc, ch1,
hdc in the ch1 space between the next 2 hdc*
Repeat From * to * across row, Turn, ch 3

R: 4 – R: 6 – Repeat R: 3.
Only ch 1 at the end of R: 6

R: 7 – Trim - 1 sc in each st and in each ch around, tie off and weave in your ends.

Sew a Button to top right side. No buttonholes are needed, as the space between
 the 1st 2 hdc are perfect for the buttonholes.

 An Instant Download PDF File, 
containing all 3 Crochet Patterns, 
The Ladies, Child's and Doll's 
Whimsical Cape Shawl Crochet Patterns,
 is available in my Craftsy shop at This Link:

Friday, April 22, 2016

How To Read Yarn Labels | Posh Pooch Designs

You are walking a long in your favorite 
yarn store and see a luscious ball or skein of yarn.
 You pick up the yarn and look at the label.
Um... What?
What does all this mean?
Even to a person who has worked with yarns for years, 
all these symbols can be very confusing.
And "information" you are looking for,
 can be lost in all the 'information".

Yarn companies try to keep to the Standards 
for symbols. And Although it may seem like
 they are trying to be tricky,
 they really are not.
They are actually trying to give you as much 
information as possible on a small piece of paper.


Ok... let us Get Started.
We will be referencing the Yarn above for today's Blog.
 It is Red Heart Steller - Nova

1. The Yarn Weight -  This Skein  is a Super Bulky 6.

All Yarns are classified into different yarn weights.
This refers to the yarn's strand thickness.

       0. Lace
             1. Super fine –Sock, Fingering
             2. Fine –Baby, Sport Weight
             3. Light  - Light Worsted Weight, DK Weight
             4. Worsted Weight, Afghan
             5. Bulky – Chunky weight, Rug yarns
             6. Super Bulky – Blanket, Roving
                 Although most yarns are put in these categories, 
                 there is still " wiggle" room between thicknesses.


                                               1             2              3 
2. Knitting Symbol – 
   Needle 10 US/ 6 mm
   A Swatch of 10 sts wide by 14 rows = 4 x 4 inch swatch (10 X 10 centimeters)

  3. Crochet Symbol –
    K -10.5 / 6.5 mm
   A Swatch 9 single crochets wide and 12 rows = 4 x 4 inch swatch (10 X 10 centimeters)

So those make sense, What about those 5 square symbols beneath those?

They are Care Instructions - For the yarn and as well as,
 items made from the yarn.


                                        1        2       3       4        5
1.  Washing
2. Drying
4. Ironing
5. Bleaching
6. Dry Cleaning

Red Heart Yarn uses the Garment Standards for Laundry Care and so do most other yarn companies.
Machine Wash, Normal
Machine Wash, Cold
Machine Wash, Cold
Machine Wash, Warm
Machine Wash, Warm
Machine Wash, Hot
Machine Wash, Hot
Machine Wash, Hot
Machine Wash, Hot
Machine Wash, Hot
Machine Wash, Hot
Machine Wash, Hot
Machine Wash, Permanent Press
Machine Wash, Gentle or Delicate
Hand Wash
Hand Wash, Cold
Hand Wash, Warm
Hand Wash, Hot
Do Not Wash
Dry clean
Dry clean, Any Solvent
Dry clean, Petroleum Solvent Only
Dry clean, Any Solvent Except Trichloroethylene
Dry clean, Short Cycle
Dry clean, Reduced Moisture
Dry clean, Low Heat
Dry clean, No Steam
Do Not Dry clean
Bleach When Needed
Non-Chlorine Bleach When Needed
Do Not Bleach
Tumble Dry, Normal
Tumble Dry, Normal, Low Heat
Tumble Dry, Normal, Medium Heat
Tumble Dry, Normal, High Heat
Tumble Dry, Normal, No Heat
Tumble Dry, Permanent Press
Tumble Dry, Gentle
Do Not Tumble Dry
Do Not Dry
Line Dry
Drip Dry
Dry Flat
Dry In Shade
Do Not Wring
Iron, Any Temperature, Steam or Dry
Iron, Low
Iron, Medium
Iron, High
Do Not Steam
Do Not Iron
Below these symbols you will find and 
explanation of the symbols given . 
For this Skein it reads: 
Machine Wash, Cold, Gentle Cycle, Dry Flat

 Next you will find What the yarn is made of.
This yarn is: 99% Acrylic, 1% Metallic

The amount of yarn per Skein is given in 
ounces, grams and yards.
For This Skein it is 8 oz. 224 grams/ 160 yds. 

Lastly,  if your skein has a dye lot, it will be listed 
near the Bar code sticker.  
As you can see This Yarn is Lot 23529
I hope this answered all your questions
 about reading yarn labels.