Thursday, December 18, 2014

Lovey Crochet Pattern Collection - A Treasury of Lovey Blankets To Crochet

 In This Crochet Pattern "Round-Up" I have 
A Treasury of Lovey Blankets To Crochet.

Some are Free and Some are not.
But There is a nice Selection of different styles, 
and for boys, girls or even puppies!

The Name of the Lovey Design is the link,
Just click it for the pattern.
The name of the Designer is underneath.

Repeat Crafter me

Calleigh's Clips and Crochet Creations

My Merry Messy Life

Carolina Guzman

Sandy Powers

Cre8tion Crochet

Stitch 11

Posh Pooch Designs

Snappy Tots

Petals to Picots

Carolina Guzman

Look At What I Made

Cheryl Bain

Repeat Crafter me

So you have squares, 
and different shapes, 
and even fleece.
And Different Characters to choose from.
These are all great Baby Shower gifts, 
Birthday gifts, Christmas Gifts, 
or an anytime gift..
And Nothing says "I Love You",
More then a hand made gift,
 made with love.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How I make Pompoms - Picture Tutorial

I love making pompoms.
 Many people have asked me,
 how I make mine.
Well, there are lots of contraptions
 you can use, 
and lots of different ways.

I have tried making pompoms 
with a pom pom maker,
 forks, card board tubes, 
and card board circles, 

But I like to just use my 
hand, scissors and yarn.
It is the simplest method
 I have every used.
And you can make 3 different sizes,
Again, just using your hand!
2 inch,   3 inch,     4 inch
Pom poms

This is an approximate measure, 
but it has been very accurate for me.

Okay, This is what I do.
For a 2 inch pom pom, 
I wrap the yarn around my 2 finger, loosely.

For a 3 inch pompom, 
I wrap the yarn around my 3 fingers, loosely.

For a 4 inch pom pom, 
I wrap the yarn around my 4 fingers, loosely.

You should be able to to
 wiggle your fingers.

The amount of wraps I do, 
depends on how thick I want the pom pom.
I usually wrap the yarn 20 to 30 times around.
 I have a 10 inch 
piece of yarn already cut.
I Slide that piece of yarn
 threw my fingers, 
with the tails to the front.
Then I Tie the yarn, 
and slide the loops off my fingers.

I then Make sure the
 tying yarn is centered, 
and tie securely.
Then I trim the pompom evenly.

This method works great for me.
I am working on a new Cowl design 
that will have pompoms and
 I will be using these pompoms.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Super Simple Crochet Belts - Free Belt Crochet Pattern

These Belts were designed when
 I had lost a few pounds.
 and I wasn't ready to go down clothes a size.
My tops and sweaters were a little baggy.
The belts were a really great solution, 
because you can cinch
 the waist of your top in and
 look slimmer instantly.

This is a very simple pattern, 
and it works up fast. 
It is also a great project to take along
 with you when you travel.
And You can use just about any
 type of Cotton yarn.
Acrylic and Wool can be a little
 too Stretchy for the belts.

Super Simple Crochet Belts Crochet Pattern 
By Sara Sach

Please add this Crochet pattern to Your Ravelry Favorites

Skill: Super Easy

Hook - G
Yarn - Any kind of Cotton - 1 ball - I used Sugar and Cream I had on hand.
The mount will depend on your waist measurement.
2 D- Rings - I prefer the 1 inch D- Rings
Chain ( ch)
Single Crochet  (sc)

Note - ch1 at ends of rows, is a turning ch, does not count as a st.

Gauge4 rows = 1 inch

R : 1 - Working over the flat edge of 2 D-rings, stitch 6 sc, ch 1 turn ( 6sc)

R : 2 - 1 sc in each sc, ch1, turn ( 6sc)

R : 3 - R : 140  - Repeat R : 2  For a 30 inch waist. 

4 rows = 1 inch
30 x 4=120  plus 20 more rows for over lap

If your Waist is smaller or larger - 
you will need to adjust the amount of rows to fit your waist.

Cut yarn and weave in your end after R ; 140, or your last row. 
The Brown Belt I only used 5 sc across, 
and the Black belt is 6 sc across.

You can add fringe, beads, 
buttons or even appliques.
The #1 New Years Resolution is to
Lose Weight or get healthy.
I know it is mine every year.
I have a lot of really pretty sweaters, 
and do not want to buy clothes until
 I have lost a little more weight.
So I made a few of these belts.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Paw Print Christmas Stocking Free Crochet Pattern

Paw Print Christmas Stocking Free Crochet Pattern
This Stocking is 
Perfect for Dog or Cat lovers!
This crochet pattern was written a few years ago.
I have sold quite a few and decided to make it Free.
It is super easy to make, and super fast as well.
I have made them in many different colors
for Both dog lovers and cat lovers.

It has also been a great Custom seller this year.
I Love To Customize them for each customer.

I wanted to have it ready to re-release last week,
But I didn't have it updated, re-edited. 
Now it is ready!

Paw Print Christmas Stocking Free Crochet Pattern
By Sara Sach

Please, add this Crochet pattern to your
Ravelry Favorites.

Skill - Easy

Hook - H
Yarn Needle
Yarn : Worsted Weight ( 4) I Love This Yarn Med. Brown ( 3oz)
Red Sparkle, White Sparkle,(2 oz of each)

Stitches :
Chain                                       (ch)
Slip Stitch                                 (sl st)
Double Crochet                        (dc)
Half Double Crochet                 (hdc)

Measures Approximately 12 inches long By 8 inches at the widest part.

You will need to make two, a front and a back for the 
stocking out of the med. brown yarn or 
what every yarn color you choose.

Note: Ch1 at end of rows is a turning ch and does not count as a st.

Row 1 : Ch 21, dc in 12nd dc, and in each ch across
, ch 1, turn ( 20dc)

Rows 2 -10 : Dc in each dc, ch1, turn(20dc)

Row 11 : Ch 4, sl st in second ch from hook, 
sl st in ch and dc to the end of the row, ch 5, turn

Row 12 :  Dc in second chain from the hook, dc in each ch , 
sl st, and ch, across row, ch 1, turn

Row 13 : Dc in second chain from the hook, 
dc across row, 2 dc in last dc, ch 1 turn,

Row 14 : I dc in each st, ch 1 turn ( 28dc)

Rows 15 - 17 : Repeat row 14, turn

Row 18: Skip first st, dc in each dc, sl st in last st on row, 
ch 1 turn ( 26 dc)

Row 19 : Dc in first 5 sts, 1 sc in next st, 6 dc,
 1 sc, 6 dc, 1 sc, 5 dc, 1sc, ch 1, turn (22dc, 4sc)

Row 20 :  Repeat Row 19 and tie off.

Close up of the pads for the paw.

Large Pad for Paw:

R-1 : ch 12, 1 dc in the 2nd ch, and in next 10 dc, 2 dc in last ch, 
turn, working  up the opposite side of the ch. 
2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each ch, 2 dc in last st,
 join to form an oval.

R 2 : ch 1, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in next st, 
2 dc, in next stitch, 1 dc in the next 10 sts around,
 2 dc in last st, join and tie off. 
Place on Center of paw and sew on.

Small Pads For Paw:

You will need to make 4 of these

ch 3, in second ch from the hook, 8 dc, join to form a circle,
 tie off, place and sew on paw stocking.

After the pads are sewn on the stocking, 
place the front on top of the back, 
and sc around the stocking, with the red sparkle yarn, 
sc around the opening at the top, ch 12 and make a loop
 to  hang the stocking from.

Close up of the Bow.

To make the Ribbon
Change to White Sparkle Yarn , 
or sparkle yarn  of your choice.
Ch 65, 1 hdc in each ch, ch 1 turn
1 hdc in each hdc, tie off, work in ends.

Lay the ribbon out in a cross bow pattern. 
Cut a 24 in piece of yarn and wrap it tightly around the 
center of the cross to form the center of the bow. 
Tie tightly and attach to the  stocking.

There are lots of other appliques you could add, 
like a dog bone, fish, or any Christmas applique
 to personalize 
the Stocking for your pet or pet lover.
I also re-released the Dog Bone Stocking 
a few weeks ago.
You can find that Free Crochet pattern
 at the link Below.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

What Is A "Turning Chain" And How Do I Use It?

I get this question a lot.
So, I thought I would explain what it is 
and why I use it.

First of all, 
Those who know me, 
and know my patterns...
understand that I do not 
stay within the "norms" of 
Crochet pattern writing.

I design my own way and 
what works best for my patterns.
not what others think I should do.
Just thought I would put that out there! 

What is a turning chain - 
It is simply a chain made at the end of a row, 
for the purpose of making the turn,
 to the next row, lay smoothly.
 A Sc Swatch I made, 
 It is always understood to 
do a turning ch with sc.

But, I actually use the ch1, turn , 
which is the Turning chain, 
every time I want a smooth turn, 
no matter the stitch  being used.

I know that is crazy of me!

I do it because it
It leaves a smooth edge, not a hole.
Now, let me show you why:
These are 2 Hdc Swatches 
I  made to show the difference.
The one on the top left is ch1, turn (turning chain).
The one on the lower right is the ch2, turn.

The Standard is to Ch2 at the end
 of the hdc row.
But you can see that it leaves a hole, 
and is not a smooth turn.

These are 2 DC Swatches 
I made to show the difference.
The Standard is to Ch3 for Dc,
 at the end of the row.

The one on the top left is ch1, turn
 (turning chain).
The one on the lower right is the ch3, turn.
But you can see that it leaves a big hole, 
and is not a smooth turn.

If you ch 3, turn,
it makes it really hard to get a smooth edge, 
and really difficult  to put a border on, also.

This is the same for taller stitches, like Tr,
 as well, 
the taller the stitch the bigger the holes get.

Like I said, I love to use the turning ch, 
no matter the stitch I use, 
when stitching in rows,
 to get a smooth edge.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Quick Christmas Crochet Patterns - Christmas Treasury of Crochet Patterns

A Collection of 
Quick Free Christmas Crochet Patterns

Christmas is just a few Weeks away,
And here is a round up of fun 
Free Christmas Crochet Patterns 
to help you decorate, 
or use as gifts.

I have included a few for
 the pooches or kitties,
some mini decorations and 
a couple things just for fun!

Just  click the name 
of the crochet pattern 
you want to see 
and it will take to where
 the pattern is.

great for kitties, too!

perfect for gift cards

Makes a fun photo prop for babies and kitties, too

great gag gift or put on a package for the dog lover.

perfect for gift cards!

These are all lots of fun to make -
I know because I made them all.
I think there is something 
for everyone 
on this List.
And Sometimes you can have
 unexpected Visitors. 
Having a few of these on hand, 
will let you make sure 
every visitor leaves with a gift.
Have Yourselves a 
Merry Little Christmas!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Ball Ornament Coaster Crochet Pattern

This is a December Extra 
Coaster Crochet Pattern
For Our 
Coaster Crochet Pattern 
of The Month.

I am decorating for Christmas and 
wanted some cool coasters for The Table 
that are easy to make, 
but look like they weren't!
Then I thought these would make super 
fun Place markers too!
I printed off some fun place markers, 
with a space to write the names. 
Then I added some curly 
Christmas ribbon. 
I put one of each plate.
I love it!

Okay, I know you want to 
make a bunch of these.
And these would be a great way
 to use up your yarn stash, 
and have a little gift to send 
home with your guests!
Please add this crochet pattern to your 

Christmas Ball Ornament Coaster 
Crochet Pattern   By Sara Sach
Skill: Easy

Materials -
Hook - H
Yarn - Any Worsted Weight yarn (4)
I used Red and Green Sparkle Yarns

Chain (ch)
Slip Stitch ( sl st)
Double Crochet ( dc)
Back loop only  (blo)
Front loop only ( flo)

R: 1 - With Red yarn,  Ch 5, 9 dc in the 4th ch from the hook, join, ch3

R : 2 - Change to green yarn, leaving the red yarn still attached,
1 dc in the same st as ch3, 2 dc in each st around, join, ch 3

R : 3 - Change to red yarn, leaving the green yarn still attached,
1 dc in the same st as ch3, *1dc in next st, 2 dc in the next st*
Repeat From * to * around, join, ch3 (30dc)

R : 4 - Change to green yarn, leaving the red yarn still attached,
FLO, 1 hdc in each st around join, cut green yarn, weave in the end.

This makes a nice edge for the Mug to stay in place on the coaster.

R : 5 - Ornament top - With red yarn, working in the blo,
1 dc in the next 4 dc, ch 1 turn

R : 6 - 1 dc in each dc, ch 1 turn

R : 7 - sl st in the 1st dc, ch 7 for ornament loop,
attach loop to the next dc with a sl st, sl st in the last dc,
cut yarn and weave in ends.

And That is all there is to it!
These would be awesome
 in neon stripes!