Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Live Video Chat - Granny Square or Afghan Square? Posh Pooch Designs

In Today's Live Video Chat we are 
Discussing the Question,
"Is it a Granny Square or an Afghan Square?"

I Have loved Granny Squares since I first learned to make one..... 
Many, many years ago!
The Difference between a Granny Square and an 
Afghan Square is really quite simple.
A Granny Square is the traditional or classic Granny Square. 
The Afghan Square is any Crochet Square that can be
 make into a Blanket.

See the Live Video Chat at this LINK

"So All Granny Squares are Afghan Squares,
But not all Afghan Squares are Granny Squares.
Like All Mustangs are cars, But not all Cars are Mustangs."

See the Video  "How to Crochet  a Classic Granny Square"
 on my Youtube channel at This LINK.

Maximo Loves Granny Square blankets the best!

Friday, September 23, 2016

African Flower Scrap Scarf Crochet Pattern | Posh Pooch Designs

The Video will show you how  to crochet the African Flower, 
How to join the hexagons together, and attach the fringe. 
to make them into this Scarf 
Youtube Channel at This Link

A Few Years a go I designed an African Flower Hexagon for fun.
 You can find that pattern HERE

I was playing around with the pattern, 
using up my left over yarn scraps, 
and put them together in a scarf.
 And Added Some Fringe.

The Size of The Scarf depends on you
and how long you want to make it.
 I like it at 48 inches long by 6 inches wide.

Add This pattern to Your Ravelry Favorites HERE

It is now one of my favorite scarves.
It goes with everything!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What is the Proper Way to Hold a Crochet Hook? Live Video | Posh Pooch Designs

A Question I received a couple of weeks ago was,
 "What is the proper way to hold a Crochet Hook"?

To be honest, there is NO proper way to hold a Crochet hook.
 You can hold it the way it is most comfortable for you.
There are, however, 2 ways that most people
 do hold their crochet hooks.
The Pencil and Knife Hold or Grip.

See The Live Video on my Youtube Channel at this LINK

See a Quick Video demo on my Youtube channel at this LINK

The Pencil Grip or Hold the hook is on top of your hand and actually hold the crochet hook like you would a pencil.

The Knife Hold or Grip - the hook is under your hand, and held that way you might hold a knife if you were slicing a loaf of bread.

There are many variations to both of these techniques.
Both ways are correct.. you hold the hook 
which ever way is the most comfortable for you.
There is not a right or wrong way to hold a crochet hook.

New Crochet Pattern Videos Coming this Week

Friday, September 16, 2016

Super Nova Super Scarf Crochet Pattern | Posh Pooch Designs

This Huge, Soft and Luscious Scarf is made with
 It is a beautiful yarn with a gold thread running through it. 
This yarn has deep jewel tones of purples, blues, 
greens and golds.
It is a thick boucle, so I made the pattern simple to crochet. 
But the end result is definitely not simple.
Although this yarn is a bulky 6, it is not heavy, 
and yet still very warm.

See The Video on my Youtube Channel at this LINK

It will help you with working with this type of yarn 
and how to attach the fringe.

Super Nova Over Sized Scarf Crochet Pattern By Sara Sach
Please add this Pattern to Your Ravelry Favorites

Skill: Easy

Crochet Hook – K/ 10.5
Yarn – Super Bulky 6 – I used 3 skeins (32 oz/ 480 yds.) Red Heart Stellar/ Nova
Yarn Needle for weaving in ends.

Chain (ch)
Double Crochet (dc)
Skip (sk)

Size: 84 X 28 inches with Fringe

Pattern notes: Ch 4 counts as 1 dc, ch1 at beginning of rows.

R: 1 – Loosely ch 66, 1 dc in the 5th ch from the hook, ch 1,
*sk the next ch, dc in the next ch, ch 1* Repeat From * to * across chain,
 Turn, ch 4 (33 dc, 32 ch 1 spaces)

R: 2 - *1 dc in the next dc, ch 1* Repeat From * to * across row, Turn, ch 4
(33dc, 32 ch1 spaces)

R: 3 – R: 58 – Repeat R: 2, tie off weave in your ends.

Fringe: See Video above for how to attach Fringe.

Cut 68 pieces of yarn 12 inches long for each end of the scarf.

With 2 strands of yarn, attach yarn to the 1st corner,
 then repeat in each ch1 space, and on the last corner.

Repeat On the opposite end of the Scarf.

What a comfy and elegant scarf,
 perfect for any time of the day.
It also, makes a great wrap to throw on,
 when there is a chill in the air.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Live Video Chat - Slip Knots and Slip Stitches | Posh Pooch Design

In Today's Live Video Chat we will be discussing
 the Difference between  a Slip Knot and  a Slip Stitch.

See The Live Video Chat on my Youtube Channel at this LINK

I received a message from a beginner crocheter who 
was confused and asked me to help her.
So I made a short Video to demonstrate.

See the Short Video on my Youtube Channel at this LINK

I also made some pictures to help illustrate.
 A Slip Knot is the knot we use when starting a crochet chain.

A Slip Stitch is a Crochet Stitch, it is called a slip stitch because you are slipping one loop,through another loop.

A Slip Stitch is also the stitch we use to join a round or circle.

 So you see, The Slip Knot and Slip Stitch are 2 different techniques and have 2 different purposes.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Step Into Fall Scarf Crochet Pattern | Posh Pooch Designs

This is my First Crochet Design specifically designed with the Caron Cakes Yarn in mind. And I absolutely love how it turned out.,
This lovely Scarf is designed using Caron Cakes yarn
 in Red Velvet. With rich shades of reds and grays, 
it is the perfect color choice.
It only takes 1 cake, 7.1 oz to crochet.
It is a Stair Step Scarf with a touch of chained Fringe.
Although, it is easy to crochet, it is a very elegant scarf to wear. As well as, being long and Classy. 

 See the video on my Youtube channel at this LINK

Step Into Fall Scarf Crochet Pattern By Sara Sach
please add this pattern to your Ravelry Favorites

Skill: Easy

Crochet Hook: I
Yarn: Worsted Weight (4) 7 oz.
           I used 1 Caron Cakes Yarn/ Red Velvet
Yarn Needle

Chain (ch)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Skip (sk)
Slip Stitch (slst)

Size: 64 inches X 14 inches

Notes: Ch 1 at ends of rows does not count as a st, it is a turning chain.

R: 1 - Ch 41, Turn, 1 hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook, and in each ch across,
turn, ch1. (40 hdc)

R: 2 - 1 hdc in each hdc across, turn. ch1 (40 hdc)

R: 3 - R: 5 - Repeat R : 2

R: 6 - Repeat R: 4, then ch 11, turn (40hdc, 11 chs)

R: 7- 1 hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 hdc in the ext 9 chs,
 1 hdc in the next 30 hdc, turn, ch1.
Leave the lst 10 hdc unworked.

R: 8 -1 hdc in each hdc, turn, ch 1 (40hdc)

R: 9 - R: 11 - Repeat R: 8

R : 12 - Repeat R: 8, Then ch 11, turn (40hdc, 11chs)

Repeat R : 7 - R: 12  12 more times for 14 "steps". Do not tie off 

Turn, 1 sc in each hdc across row, ch 1 turn
 *ch 16, sk the next st, join ch to the next st with a slst*, 
Repeat From * to* across row. tie off and weave in your ends.

Join yarn to the other end of the scarf with a slst, 
Turn, 1 sc in each hdc across row, ch 1 turn
and Repeat from * to *. tie off and eave in your end.
I have a few more of the Caron cakes,
 I wonder if I should make some more?
Yes, I should!
Any worsted weight yarn will work for this scarf,
 but I  really like how the long variegated colors 
look for this scarf.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Live Video Chat - "Loops and Posts" | Posh Pooch Designs

Are you confused by which loop to stitch in, 
or what a post is?
I will try to explain in today's Video Chat,
Loops, Bumps and Posts... as it pertains to crochet!
See The Live Video Chat at This LINK

Front Loop, Back Loop and Bottom Loop of the Chain.
Front and Back Post of a Stitch.
See a short demonstration on my 
Youtube Channel at this LINK

These are the loops on the top of the chain.
The loop facing you is the front loop, 
The loop facing away is the back loop.

The Bottom loop is the loop on the underneath side of the chain.
It runs down the center of the back of the chain.

The Post is the Body of the Stitch, 
whether it is single crochet, hdc, dc, tr or whatever the stitch is.

When you stitch the Front Post you stitch through
 on the side facing you.
The Hook is going under the Front post.

When you stitch the Back Post  you stitch through
 on the back side of the Post.
The Hook is going from the back, across the post, 
and stitched on the back side of the stitch.

This Picture shows 
Double Crochet Stitches 2 FP, 2BP, 2FP, 2BP 
You can see the stitches on the front, 
and the stitches on the back.