Saturday, June 25, 2016

Chevron Headband Crochet Pattern | Posh Pooch Designs


This headband is my very favorite headband, now.
I can not stop making them.
 Solid, striped or variegated. Thick or thin yarn.
Make it how ever you want!
This a very versatile Pattern
 You can use any yarn and any crochet Hook.
 Just make sure you are using the hook the yarn calls for.



See This Video on my Youtube Channel at This LINK

Chevron Headband Crochet Pattern by Sara Sach
Please, Add this Crochet Pattern to Your Ravelry Favorites

Skill: Easy

Materials:
Crochet Hook: H
Yarn – Worsted weight (4) 3 colors
            I used Grey –C1, Hot Pink – C2, Bright Orange – C3
Yarn Needle

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Single Crochet (sc)
Single Crochet 2 stitches together (sc2to)
Back Loop only (blo)
Change to (chg to)

Size: Youth to adult – 18 to 20 inches

Notes:
Ch1 at ends of rows does not count as a st.

R: 1 – With C1, ch 14, 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook,
 1 sc in the next 5 chs, 3 sc in the next ch,
1 sc in the next 6 chs, ch1, turn. (15sc)

R: 2 – Working in the blo, sc2to the 1st 2 sc, 1 sc in the next 5,
3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next 5 sc, sc2to the last 2 sc,
Ch1, turn. (15sc)

R: 3 - R: 16 – Repeat R: 2

R: 17 – Chg to C2, Repeat R: 2
R: 18- R: 24 – Repeat R: 2
R: 25 – Chg to C3 – Repeat R: 2
R: 24 – R: 32  - Repeat R: 2
R: 33 – Chg to C1, Repeat R: 2
R: 34 – 52 – Repeat R: 2
Join the ends together, and sc joining both ends together.
Tie off and weave in all your ends.







Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Posh Pooch Designs, Where it all Began | Posh Pooch Designs

Posh Pooch Designs 

Who came first?
Posh Pooch Designs or Maximo and Rosie?

See the Video on my Youtube Channel at this LINK

It All began with a little white spotted 
Chihuahua named Maximo.
My sister helped me find him. I really wanted a little girl dog,
But when we went to pick him up,
 I think we bonded on the spot.
The door was opened and he walked out, a little thin, a little scraggly, in need of a bath, but so beautiful.
 My sister picked him up and handed him to me.
He looked at me and licked my face.
That was it! I was his.
I named him Maximo because it means Bright little child.


He was very smart and learned his name 
and my commands quickly.
I started making him little sweaters and 
hats because he was cold all the time.
As most chihuahuas are.

I was worried that he was lonely when we were gone from the house and So we decided to get him a little sister.
When we got Rosie she was 14 weeks old 
and weighed 1.4 lbs.

 She was tiny and under fed, but I saw a special 
spark in her eyes and bounce in her step.

We were going to call Her Lily Bell, but when my
 husband saw her, he changed her name
to Rossita Bell -  Which means Rosebud.

At First I had to give her puppy milk, 
everything else made her sick. Eventually, she was able
 to eat real puppy food. 
As she grew bigger and stronger, 
her bond with Maximo grew as well.
He mothered her like she was his baby.

She was very playful and he was very patient.


Today they are inseparable. If one goes to the Vet. 
They both have to go or the other 
will cry the whole time they are gone.


Maximo and Rosie are the heart of 
These two sweet and loving pooches are
 the reason I started designing
 and creating dog Sweaters, hats and a bunch more.
As well as, the reason I keep on designing.

You will rarely see on pooch without the other.
 I was a little bothered that now that Maximo 
and Rosie or 7 and 8 years old, that they are 
considered Senior Dogs.
They are still so young and playful, such patient 
Dog models.
They will do what ever is asked of them for the 
payment of a dog cookie or 2.

I still design Dog items, but also design items for people.
 That is why my I changed my theme from,

"Where crochet has gone to the dogs."
to
"Designs for pooches, designs for people,

 and designs for fun!"

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Where to Find Posh Pooch Designs

I am often asked,
"Where can I find you online and
Where can I see your designs?"
So, to answer those questions,
 I have put together a blog Post with all the 
"Places" you can find 
Posh Pooch Designs online.

The Name above the Symbol is the link.
Just click the link above 
the pic and it will take you to each "Place".
And Please, do go to each any everyone.
Look around, and see all our designs, and what is going on at posh Pooch Designs.


























So, come on by...........
follow, subscribe, like,
and let me know you stopped
 by to see me.

If you have any questions,
please feel free to email me.

Thank you for being a friend 
and Fan of Posh Pooch Designs

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Traveling With Crochet - Be Prepared | Posh Pooch Designs

It is the time of year for vacations, 
travel  and Fun.

One of the questions I get all the time is,
"Can I take my crochet hook, 
 or scissors on an air plane?"

I decided to put together some tips
 on taking your Crochet and Knitting on vacation.
And I hope this answers all your questions.

See This video on my Youtube channel at this LINK

1. Check with the Rules of the Airline you are flying with.
These rules are usually listed on the website, 
and if you can not find the information, call them.


Here is what the TSA states,
"On domestic flights in the US,
 knitting needles and crochet hooks are permitted by the TSA
 in carry-on luggage. The TSA suggests that you carry wooden
 or plastic needles over metal. 
Circular knitting needles are preferred over straight. 
Each country is different, though."

Here is a link to the TSA Blog
That discusses this.

2. Never take your expensive of sentimental 
hooks, scissors or supplies. If they decide to take 
one of them from you, you may lose one that
 is very special.

3. Hooks -Take a Plastic hook, or knitting needles.
They are less likely to take a plastic hook, and if they do, 
you have only lost a few bucks.
4. Scissors - For Cutting yarn, take some nail clippers, 
instead of scissors. You can clip your yarn easily,
 and those are allowed.

5. Stitch Markers -It is a good idea to take a few Stitch markers. 
You will probably be interrupted a few times and 
can mark your spot, to come back to it later.
Plastic needles, plastic stitch markers, and a nail clipper.
Put them inside an old plastic bottle. 
Stores great in your project bag and if it gets lost, 
again, you are only out a few dollars.

6. The Yarn - Prepare your yarn. Make sure you have the center 
pull ready, or your yarn balled up neatly and ready to go.
I even remove the paper wrapper and store it in the 
bottom of my project bag.

7. The Project - Really think about the projects you take. It is best to take a project you are familiar with. if you are going to work on something new, read over the pattern ahead of time, to make sure you understand it.

8. The Project Bag -Have all your supplies packed in a project bag that
 you can put in the bin for the scanner. I always us a gallon
zip lock bag, and tuck that inside my carry on bag or
 as I call it "Big O" Purse".

9. The Pattern - many people prefer to make a copy of their 
pattern and store it in your project bag. But you can store it on your phone or tablet by downloading it ahead of time. Then you do not have to mess with any papers or loosing the pattern.

10. My recommendation for projects for traveling are Cotton washcloths. The yarn is small and compact. You do not have to change colors on very often. And that you do not have to think about the pattern once you get started, in most cases.


Here are a few ideas of Wash cloths that are fun 
and easy to crochet.

If I am visiting and staying in someones home, 
I work on a set of 2 or 3 washcloths
 to give them as a thank you gift.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Sleepy Bear Teether Lovey Crochet Pattern and Video | Posh Pooch Designs


Just sent me A Box of
I love This new yarn so much. The colors are amazing.
 It has traditional pastels, but also more "creamy colors".
And They are tested, 
so they are safe for your kids!
The yarn is made in 
Light (3), as well as, worsted weight (4).
So, There are lots of projects that 
this yarn can be used for besides just baby things.
Also in the box was a
 teether shown in the picture above.
It is a 3" Natural Beeswax maple 
wooden teething ring.

I designed this really sweet 
Sleepy bear Teether Lovey.
The pattern is written with or without the teether.

See This Video on my Youtube Channel at this LINK

Sleepy Bear Teether Lovey Crochet Pattern
By Sara Sach

Please add this Crochet Pattern to Your Ravelry Favorites

Skill: Easy

Materials:
Crochet Hook – H
Yarn - Baby hugs Baby yarn – Red Heart (4)
            C1-Sky (blue), C2-Peachie, C3 Small Amount of Black for face
Small Amount of Poly Fiber Fill for Bears head (about a handful)
Baby Teether - Wooden Teether 
1 Stitch Marker

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Single Crochet (sc)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Single Crochet Together (sctg)
Skip (sk)
Space (sp)
Change to (chg to)

Size: Blanket measure about 12 X 12 inches

Blanket Lovey - Pattern notes:
Ch2 at ends of rows counts as a dc.
When changing colors, ch2 after the color change.

R: 1 – With C1, ch 47, 1 hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook,
 1 hdc in the next ch, ch2, sk 2 chs,
*1 hdc in the next 2 chs, ch2, sk 2 chs* Repeat From * to * across row,
1 hdc in the last 2 chs, turn, ch 2, (24 groups of 2hdc)

R: 2 – 1 hdc in the next st, 2 hdc in the 1st ch2 sp,
*ch2, 2 hdc in the next ch 2 sp*
Repeat From * to * across Row, 1 hdc in the last 2 hdc, 
Turn (26 groups of 2 hdc)

R: 3 – Ch2, 1 hdc in the next st, ch 2,
*2 hdc in the next ch2 sp, ch 2* Repeat From * to * across Row,
1hdc in the last 2 chs, turn, ch 2 (24 groups of 2 hdc)

R: 4 - 1 hdc in the next st, 2 hdc in the 1st ch2 sp,
*ch2, 2 hdc in the next ch 2 sp*
Repeat From * to * across Row, 1 hdc in the last 2 hdc, 
Turn (26 groups of 2 hdc)

R: 5 - R: 26 -- Repeat R: 3 – R: 4, Alternating Rows.

Blanket Trim –
R: 27 - With C2, 1 hdc in each hdc and ch across, 3 hdc in the 1st corner, 
Working down the Side, hdc evenly down the side of the Blanket,
3 hdc in the next corner,
1 hdc in each hdc and ch across bottom of Blanket, 3 hdc in the 1st corner,
Working down the last Side, hdc evenly up the side of the Blanket,
3 hdc in the next corner, join to the 1sy hdc with a slst,

 
R: 28 - 1 sc in each hdc across, ch 25 at the corner, join in the same hdc.
1 sc in each hdc down the side of the blanket.

Leave the 5 sc in the next corner un-worked, if adding the teether

Adding the Teether -
St 2 sc in the next 5 hdc stitching over the teether,

If NOT adding the teether, sc to the corner,
ch 25 at the corner, join in the same hdc.
Sc evenly up the next side of the blanket,
ch 25 at the corner, join in the same hdc.
Sc up the last side, join to the 1st sc, tie off.

Tie the loops in the corners with a simple loop knot.

 Sleep Bear Head –Pattern Notes:
Head is stitched in rounds.

R: 1 - Ch 2, 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, place your st marker, (6sc)
R: 2 - 2 sc in each sc, (12 sc)
R: 3 - 1 sc in the 1st st, 2 sc in the next st, repeat around, (18 sc)
R: 4 - 1 sc in the 1st 2 sts, 1 sc in the next st, Repeat around, (24 sc)
R: 5 - 9 - 1 sc in each st around, (24 sc)
R: 10 - Sc in the 1st 2 sts, sc2tg in the next st, repeat around, (18 sc)
R: 11 - Sc in the 1st st, sc2tg, Repeat around, (12 sc)

Stuff the head, but not tightly, I light a soft huggable head.

R: 12 - sc2tg around, tie off leaving about a 12 inch tail to sew head on the blanket.

Ears – Make 2-
Ch2, 6sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, join to 1 sc, to form a circle, (6sc)
2 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to 1st sc,
tie off leaving a 10 inch tail of yarn. (12sc)
Sew on to sides off head.

Face - With a small amount of blank yarn, 
Embroider the sleep eyes nose and mouth according to the picture.
This little lovely is the perfect size to keep for your
 little teething baby or for a toddler to take along.
And Know that the yarn you are using 
has been tested for safety!
Here is my Tester photo for the pattern.
It was stitched in the mint and yellow. 
And stitched in stripes. 

My tester didn't have the wooden teether
 so she used a plastic one she had on hand.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Hand And Wrist Exercises For Crocheters and Knitters | Posh Pooch Designs

Have you ever been working on a crochet 
or knitting project, 
and before you realized it, a few hours have passed?
And then you set the project aside, and 
Your hands and wrists, and even your neck is stiff?
I know I have.
I have put together a few exercises for your
 hands, wrists and your neck, that I use. 
And they work great for me.

Disclaimer:
I am not a doctor, Chiropractor or 
physical Therapist.
If you are on pain go to your Doctor!

I am just a crafter with stiffness.
See This Video on my Youtube channel at this Link

I do not know if these moves
 have actual names,
these are the names I have given them. 

As with any exercise, 
if it hurts, do not do it!

1. Finger Curls
Hold your hand up straight, 
gently curl your finger forward. 
Make sure you thumb stays flat against
 your pointer finger.
Slowly curl and uncurl your fingers
 about 6 to 8 times.

2. Fist Curls
Hold your hand up straight with your fingers closed in a fist,
with your thumb pressed gently against your pointer finger.
Slowly tilt your fist forward and backward about 6 to 8 times.

3. Thumb Stretches
Press your  thumbs and  fingers together.
Put gentle pressure on your thumbs and pointer fingers
 and hold for a few seconds.
Concentrate on stretching and relaxing the thumb.
Repeat this about 6 to 8 times.

4. Finger Stretches
Place your thumb and fingers together.
Spread your fingers.
Put gentle press on thumbs and all fingers,
 opening and closing your fingers.
Concentrate on each finger stretching 
and relaxing the pressure.
Repeat This about 6 to 8 times.

5. Princess Wave
Hold your hand up flat, wave by turning your hand to the right, 
then to the left, gently pulling as you wave.
Repeat This motion about 6 to 8 times.
The perfect move for loosening your wrist.

Lastly, lets talk about your neck

There are 2 simple moves I do.
1. Neck Tilts
Tilt Your head to the right, hold for 15 seconds, 
Tilt your head to the left, hold for 15 seconds
Then Tilt to the back, and then to the front.
 Holding each time for 15 seconds.
NEVER ROLL YOUR NECK!

2. Shoulder Raises
Gently lift your shoulders up, 
and gently lower your shoulders down.
Do not drop your Shoulders.
Control your urge to drop your shoulders.

These simples moves can be a help
 to all crafters.
 If you crochet and knit, 
but also for beaders, painters, 
and anyone who works their hands.
And also for those who work on 
their Computers.