Sunday, September 14, 2014

Christina's Panda Hat Free Crochet Pattern

My Daughter In law Loves Pandas.
 She asked me to make her a fun panda hat, 
But not one with a face on it.
So I designed this hat for her.
"Christina's Panda Hat"
The pattern will fit a Youth to Adult.
it is basically a dc beanie with a few rows of V Sts,
 and easy ear flaps, Panda ears and Flowers.
Oh, and Braids! 
I had this in my Ravelry Shop,
And Sold quite a few,
But Decided to give it away for Free.

Please add this pattern to your favorites,
 in Your Ravelry Shop.


So here is the pattern.
Size- Youth/ Adult

Skill- Easy

Materials -
Hook- I
Yarn Needle
Any Chunky Yarn ( 5)- I used 1 each of Jiffy-Black C1, White C2, Heather Grey C3, Dark Pink C4
(If you use worsted weight yarn, you will need to use two strands.)

Stitches-
Chain (ch)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
V stitch (v st)
Treble Stitch ( tr st)

R : 1- We will be starting at the crown of the hat,  with C2, ch3, 
11 dc in the 2nd ch from the hook. join in a circle, ch 3 . ( 12 dc)

R : 2 - 1 dc in the same st as ch3, 2 dc in each dc around, join,
 ch 3 (24dc)

R: 3 - 1 dc in the same st as the ch3, * 1 dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st, 
Repeat from * around, join, ch 3 ( 36dc)

R : 4 - 1 dc in the same st as ch 3, * 1 dc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc in the next st, 
Repeat from * around, join, ch 3. ( 48dc)

R : 5 - 1 dc in the same st as ch 3, * 1 dc in the next 3 sts, 2 dc in the next st, 
Repeat from * around, join, ch 3. ( 60 dc)

R : 6 - 1 dc in the same st as ch 3, * 1 dc in the next 4 sts, 2 dc in the next st,
 Repeat from * around, join, ch 3. (72 dc)


R : 7 - Change to C1, (V stitch row)1 dc in the 1st st, *skip next st, 
2 dc in the next st, Repeat from * around, 1 dc in the same st as 1st dc,
 join. ( 24 Vst)

R : 8 - Change to C3, 1 dc in the 1st st, *2 dc in the space 
between the 1st and 2nd dc to make the v st, 
Repeat from * around, 1 dc in the same st as the 1st dc, join. ( 24 Vst)

R : 9 - Change to C4, Repeat R: 9 ( 24 Vst)

R : 10 - Change to C3, Repeat R : 9 ( 24 Vst)

R : 12 - Change to C1, Repeat R: 9 (24 Vst)

R : 13 - Change to C2, 1 dc in the 1st V st, 
*1 dc in the space between the next two v sts, 1 dc in the next V st, 
Repeat from * around, join, ch 3.(72 dc)

R : 14 - 1 dc in each dc around, join, tie off. ( 72 Vst)

Ear flaps: 
R : 1 -With  C1, Fold hat in half, count back 6 toward the center
 of the right side, 1 sc in the next st, 1 hdc in the next 2 sts, 
1 dc in the next 6 sts, 1 hdc in the next 2 sts, 1 sc in the next st, turn, ch 1.

R : 2 - Repeat R : 1
R : 3 - Repeat R : 1, tie off

Repeat on the left side of the Hat.

Trim:
With  C1, attach yarn to the back center of the hat,
 1 sc in each st all the way around the edge of the hat, join, tie off.

Ears: Make 2
R : 1 - With C1, ch 3, 12 dc in the 2nd ch from the hook, join, ch 3

R : 2 - 2dc in each dc, join and tie off leaving a 12 in tail of yarn.  
Sew the ear on the side of the hat, using the tail of yarn.

Ties: Make 2
Cut 1 strand each of  C2, C3, C4, 35 inches long. Loop all three strands
 through the center of the Ear flap, and braid, tying a knot at the bottom of the tie. 
Trim evenly.

Flower:
With C3, ch 3, 7 dc in the 2nd ch from the hook, join

Change to C4,  *(ch 3, 3 tr, ch 3) in the 1st dc,  
Repeat  from * 6 more times for 7 petals, join to the 1st petal,
 tie off.  Sew on to the from of the Hat.
Isn't she a beautiful Model!








Saturday, September 13, 2014

Yarn! Yarn! Yarn! Glorious Yarn! And Sweden.

My Husband Went on a Business 
Trip To Stockholm, Sweden.
The 2nd Day he was there, he called me all excited.
"I found a Yarn ( Garn in Swedish) Shop." he said.
I am going to go inside and see what I can find you.

I think the test of true love is if your Hubby is willing to
 go into a yarn shop and pick some yarn out for you.

The Shop He went to is 
This is their Blog
I realize it is all in Swedish, but I used Google translate.
And this is the yarn he picked out.
I was very impressed with his choices.
he said if he had more room in his suitcase, 
he would have gotten me more.


He also purchased this Book for me.
It has Ami Dogs, little clothes, bowls, toys
 and a dog house to make a complete play set.

While he was there he got a few pics
 that I want to show you.
The pics were taken in Town town Stockholm
 A Bike Yarn Bombed!
He wanted to show were the bike was.
I love the Architecture.

shopping




Sunset.

This is a Place Called the "Ice Bar"
made completely out of ice.

I have got to get started on Some Fun 
projects with this new yarn.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Everyday Shawls - The Easiest Shawl pattern Ever!

I am still getting lots of Questions 
about Yarn choices for the Everyday Shawls.
So Today I am doing a comparison of my 
2 Shawl Designs
You can find the Free Crochet Pattern at these links:

and

Both patterns are extremely easy.

No fancy stitches or tricky techniques.
I put the skill level at easy,
But really these are both beginner patterns.
And if there are any questions,
there is a Step by step,

As far as size, you keep repeating
 the steps and you can make 
this shawl as big as you want!

Now to the subject of Yarn.
You can do both patterns using
 ANY Yarn you wish. 
Make sure you are 
using the hook the yarn calls for.
And again, the smaller the hook and yarn, 
the more rows you will need to do.
If you are using a different yarn 
then the pattern calls for, 
the amount of  yarn will be different too.

I hope this has answered 
some of your questions.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Everyday Shawl Crochet Pattern For Worsted Weight Yarn

I got so many questions about
 using different yarns for my 
I thought I would answer them here.

And the answer is YES, 
 you can use any type of yarn, with the
But you will get different results.

I made The Everyday Shawl with 
Worsted Weight Yarn (4)
I used Hobby Lobby  - Colors
It has a striping lovely effect that I like.
As you can see I changed it a little
from the original Everyday Shawl.
I added a row of Dc every 8th row.
 I felt like it needed to be a little more
 stable and would hold its shape better.

Please, add this pattern to your favorites on
 Ravelry

Everyday Shawl WW Crochet Pattern
 By Sara Sach

 Skill - Easy

Materials-
Hook- H
Yarn - Worsted Weight yarn ,
 I used 2 skeins (8 oz) of Hobby Lobby - I Love This Yarn - Colors - Pasha
Yarn needle to weave in ends.

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Double Crochet ( dc)
Picot Stitch ( pt st)
  
Notes:
 Ch4 at ends of rows counts a dc, ch1 on the next row.
Step By step Picture Tutorial Here

R: 1 - Ch5,  dc, ch1, dc in the 5th ch from the hook, ch4, turn (3dc)
( The first 4 chs of the beginning chain count as your 1st double crochet , chain 1.)

R : 2 - 1 dc in the same st as the Ch4, ch1 dc in the next dc,
ch 1, dc, ch1, dc in the last dc, ch 4 , turn ( 5 dc)

R : 3 - 1 dc in the same st as the Ch4, ch1 dc in the next dc, 3 times,
dc, ch1, dc in the last dc, ch 4 , turn ( 7 dc)

R : 4 - 1 dc in the same st as the Ch4, *ch1, dc in the next dc*,
Repeat From * to *  across row,  ch1, dc, ch1, dc, in the last dc,
ch4, turn ( 9 dc)

R : 5- Repeat R:4 (11dc)

R : 6 - Repeat R:4 (13dc)

R : 7 - Repeat R:4 (15dc)

R : 8 - 1 dc in the 1st dc, 1 dc in the 1st ch1 space, 
*1 dc in the next dc, 1 dc in the next ch1 space* 
Repeat From * to * across row, Ch 4, turn (30dc)

No increase stitches on R : 8

R : 9 - 1 dc in the same st as the Ch4, *ch1, dc in the next dc*,
Repeat From * to *  across row,  ch1, dc, ch1, dc, in the last dc,
ch4, turn ( 17 dc)

Repeat R : 2-R : 9 
5 more times, or as a many times as needed for size needed.

Trim -

We will be working down the side of the shawl toward the point,
 *evenly space 5 dc, 1 pc st* Repeat down the side of the shawl
 to the point, then work up the other side of the shawl till you reach
 the 1st dc, join and tie off. 
Weave in your ends.

Here is the yarn up close.
It is twisted yarn, with teal, green, beige and 
purple thread going through it.
Here is a picture of the 2 shawls together.
Here is a picture of the yarn I used.
I Love This Yarn - Stripes - Pasha

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ruffles, Ruffles and More Ruffles Crochet Patterns - Tuesday Treasury of Crochet Patterns Features Ruffles!

I love Ruffles.
I Love to wear them.
I love to crochet them.

I have put together in my
Tuesday  Treasury of 
Patterns LOTS of  Ruffles!
Ruffles  for All -
People and Pooches.
Cats can wear these Dog Items Too!

These are all
Patterns.
Expect the knit.
The Video is By 
Red Heart yarns


Video By Red Heart yarns



















I Love To Crochet Ruffles, 
I Love to Knit ruffles, 
and I even love to sew ruffles.
It would be a much happier World,
 if everyone wore Ruffles everyday.
I mean, everyone at the 
circus wears ruffles.
and, although I find 
clowns to be creepy,

We love them because 
the ruffle collar makes them 
seem cheerful and fun!

Did you know that the
 1st week of August is 
National Clown Week?

I missed it this year, 
But there is always next year!
So Get Clowning around and
make you or someone else some
 Ruffles!

Monday, September 8, 2014

THe Everyday Shawl Crochet Pattern Picture Tutorial

The Easiest and  Quickest Shawl Pattern 
you will ever make!

Do you have some
laying around and can not figure
 out what to make with it?
This yarn can be a little 
tricky to work with, 
but this pattern is a snap!

Please, go add this pattern
 to you favorites on
Everyday Shawl Crochet Pattern
 By Sara Sach

Skill - Easy

Materials-
Hook- N- 9.00MM
Yarn - Homespun  Lion Brand Bulky(5) 1.5 skeins (9 oz.)
I used Homespun color -Bourbon
Any (5) Bulky yarn can be used for this pattern.
Yarn needle to weave in ends.

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Double Crochet ( dc)
Picot ( pt st)

Notes:
When working with this type of yarn, it is best to crochet loosely.

Ch4 at ends of rows counts a dc, ch1 on the next row.

R: 1 - Ch5,  dc, ch1, dc in the 5th ch from the hook, ch4, turn (3dc)
(The first 4 chs of the beginning chain count as your 1st double crochet , chain 1.)


R : 2 - 1 dc in the same st as the Ch4, ch1 dc in the next dc,
ch 1, dc, ch1, dc in the last dc, ch 4 , turn ( 5 dc)



R : 3 - 1 dc in the same st as the Ch4, ch1 dc in the next dc, 3 times,
dc, ch1, dc in the last dc, ch 4 , turn ( 7 dc)



R : 4 - 1 dc in the same st as the Ch4, *ch1, dc in the next dc*,
Repeat From * to *  across row,  ch1, dc, ch1, dc, in the last dc,
ch4, turn ( 9 dc)



R : 5- R: 30 -- Repeat R:4
You should have 2 increases for each row.

If you want your Shawl to be bigger, continue to repeat R: 4 until you have the desired size.

60 X 30 inches


R : 31 - 1 dc in the 1st dc, 1 dc in the 1st ch1 space, *1 dc in the next dc, 1 dc in the next ch1 space* Repeat From * to * across row,


We will be working down the side of the shawl toward the point, *evenly space 5 dc, 1 pc st* Repeat down the side of the shawl to the point, then work up the other side of the shawl till you reach the 1st dc, join and tie off. Weave in your ends. 

All Done!

I really love this style of yarn.
I know many do not.
And Struggle crocheting with it.
 But I really like a challenge.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Chunky Blanket Free Crochet Crochet Pattern

A Friend gave me box of yarn.
I had never worked with it before.
 It was soft and squishy and just screamed,
"make me into a blanket".
So I did.
The yarn is soft, and smooth. 
Like working with thick silk.
This blanket is so very soft,  squishy and warm
It is perfect for a baby blanket or lapghan.

This pattern can be made as big as you want,
The size is totally up to you and your needs.

Please. go to 
and add it to your favorites.

Chunky Blanket Crochet pattern
by Sara Sach

Skill: Easy

Materials:
Hook - N-13 hook
Large Yarn Needle
Yarn - Bulky ( 6)
I Used Hometown USA / Lion Brand
           C1 - Teal (2 skeins)
           C2 - Bright Pink (2 skeins)
           C3 - Lime Green ( 2 skeins)
           C4 - Dark Purple (2 skeins)
           C5 - Black (3 skeins)
You will need 2 skeins of each color, except black you will need 3 skeins.

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Double Crochet (dc)

Pattern: Blanket will be approx. 34 x 34 inches
It is the perfect size for a lap blanket or baby blanket,
and is so easy to make bigger.

6.6 sc + 8 rows = 4" (10 cm) on size N-13 hook





With C1, ch 62 ( To make blanket larger add chs in increments of 2)

R : 1 - 1 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, 1 dc in each ch across, ch1, turn

R : 2 - 1 dc in the 1st st, *skip the next st, 3 dc in the next st, skip the next st, 1 sl st in the next st,*,  Repeat from * to * across row, 1 dc in the last st, turn

R : 3 - Change to C2, ch1,  1 dc in the 1st  sl st, * 1 sl st in the 2nd dc in the 1st shell ( 3 dcs) 3 dc in the  next sl st *, Repeat from * to * across row, 1 dc in the last st, ch1 turn.

R : 4 - Repeat R : 3

R : 5 & 6  - Change to C3, Repeat R : 3

R : 7 & 8 - Change to C4, Repeat R : 3

R : 9 & 10 - Change to C5, Repeat R : 3

R 11 & 12 , Change to C1, Repeat R :3

R : 13 & 14 - Change to C2, Repeat R : 3

R : 15 & 16 - Change to C3, Repeat R : 3

R : 17 &18 - Change to C4, Repeat R : 3

R : 19 & 20 - Change to C5, Repeat R : 3

 R : 21-30  -- Repeat R : 11-20

 R : 31-40  -- Repeat R : 11-20

 R : 41-50 --Repeat R : 11-20

To make Blanket Bigger, continue to repeat until desired length.
 Tie off , using a large yarn needle weave in all your yarn ends.

Trim:

Attach C5 to one of the corners of the blanket and repeat the 
Shell Stitch around all four sides of the blanket, join with sl st.  
Repeat, then Tie off and weaving all the ends. in ends.


This yarn is  washable, 
but I always hand wash and hang to dry.
 I want my creations to last as long as possible.
Maximo and Rosie love this 
soft squishy blanket!
It is pooch approved.