Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Think Snow!!! Tuesday Treasury of Snowman Crochet Patterns

I have put together a fun selection of 
10 Snowman
Crochet Patterns.
Several different styles, 
all are Easy and fun to make.

You will find the list and the designer 
below the picture.
Just click  on the name of the pattern,
 and it will take you to the pattern.

 Jocelyn Sass

Calleigh's Clips and Crochet Creations

Snappy Tots

Posh Pooch Designs

Posh Pooch Designs

Repeat Crafter

Red Heart

Carolina Guzman

By Lily and Cream

Yarnspirations

If you will notice,
 i id not do anything from Frozen The Movie 
or anything that resembles Olaf.
Do not get me wrong, I Love the movie.
I just wasn't going that direction.
But there is Lots and Lots of crochet patterns
 on Ravelry with those themes.



Monday, October 20, 2014

Blanket Stitch Photo Tutorial For Towel Trims

I get this question all the time.
"How do I add a crochet trim
 to a bath towel or dish towel?"

I have made these many times for gifts and
for myself to spruce up a bathroom
 or guestroom.
It is a great way to at a little trim to
 baby cloths or blankets too.

I use  the Blanket Stitch, and it works great!
And here is how I do it.

It is a good idea to pre-wash the towels you will be using, 
as most towels are cotton, and there well be some shrinkage.

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What you need:
 Freshly washed towel
Metric Tape measure or ruler
Yarn needle
Worsted Weight yarn ( 4) 
I used Red Heart Super saver
You can use cotton yarn, too
I just prefer to use the worsted weight.
Hook-G

I really like this ruler I got from Micheal's.
It is the perfect size.
We will be using the centimeter, for measuring.

Thread your need with an 18 inch piece of yarn.
Tie a small knot in the end of the yarn.
Slip the needle in the folded end of the
 towel with the right side facing you.

Sew a 1 centimeter stitch  across the top, to start.


 Push the needle through the end of the towel,
 at the next centimeter, loop the yarn under the needle,
 to form a loop, then pull gently.


Continue to use your ruler to measure,
 and sew a stitch each  centimeter.
Do not pull your loops too tight.
The loops made by this stitch row will be 
where we place out crochet stitches.


I folded the towel up so you can see the stitches across.
Cut your thread and weave in your end.


I laid a piece of white paper under the edge so
 you can see, where to crochet your stitches.


To Begin your crochet row,
push Your hook through the first loop on the right end,
and pull up a loop, ch 1

Then stitch 1 single crochet in each of the loops across.
This will form a foundation row.
The number of sc stitches will be different for each towel.


next, I did a row Triple crochet V stitches.

Ch3, *skip the next 2 stitches, Tr, Ch1, Tr in the next st*
Repeat From * to * across row, Tr in the last st.

Then I did a row of dc Shells across.

But you can do what ever type of trim you like.



You can Blanket st across, 
or around any towel, 
wash cloth or blanket and 
add a beautiful Crochet Trim.

You can even use this method 
on blouses,  collars, or Skirt hems!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Snowman Mug Coaster Crochet Pattern

This is so Cute!
I Love how it turned out.
I love snow and snowmen!
I wanted a mug coaster that had a edge, 
so the mug would stop 
sliding off the coaster.

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Snowman Mug Coaster Crochet Pattern
By Sara Sach

Skill: Easy

Materials -
Hook - H
Yarn - Any Worsted Weight yarn (4) White, Blue, Orange and Black
            I used Red Heart Super Saver left overs

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


R: 1 - Ch 5, 9 dc in the 4th ch from the hook, join, ch3
(10dc)

R : 2 - 1 dc in the same st as ch3, 2 dc in each st around, join, ch 3
(20dc)

R : 3 - 1 dc in the same st as ch3, *1dc in next st, 2 dc in the next st*
Repeat From * to * around, join, ch 3 (30dc)

R : 4 - FLO, 1 hdc in each st around join, ch2(30hdc)


This makes a nice edge for a Mug of hot coffee or cocoa,
to stay in place on the coaster.

R : 5 - Working blo of R : 3,  *sl st in the next 5 sts, 
ch 2, 3dc, ch 2, in the next st,*
Repeat From * to * 3 more times, then sl st in the last 6 sts, join,
 tie off and weave in your ends.

This makes it look like he has snowballs for arms and legs! 

R : 6 - The 11 sl sts are the top of the snowman,
and where we will stitch the hat.

Join the blue yarn to the 3rd sl st, 1 hdc in the next 6 sl sts,
ch 1, turn ( 6hdc)

R : 7 - Hdc tog the 1st 2 hdc, 1 hdc in the next 2 sts,
 hdc tog the last 2 sts, ch1 turn ( 4 hdc)

R : 8 - Hdc tog the 1st 2 hdc,
 hdc tog the last 2 sts, ch1 turn ( 2 hdc)
tie off, weave in your ends.


How to make a Tiny Pom pom -
Wrap your yarn around your 2 middle finger 12 times.
With a 10 inch piece of matching yarn, slip it through the loops
 and tie securely. Trim the loops evenly.
 Use the tie to attach the pom pom onto the top of the snowman's hat.

The face of the Snowman is embroidered on.
Now, I need to fresh cup of coffee!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pumpkin Patch - The Truth about Dogs and Pumpkin


What is the Truth About Dog's 
And Pumpkin?

 Pumpkin is VERY Good For Dogs, 
cats, goats, and most pets, 
But
not with sugar and spices, 
So no pies, cookies or lattes.
Save those for you!

Why Is Pumpkin Good For Our Pets?

1. It is a great source of Fiber and helps to regulate their,
 um, ya know. Keeps their "tootsie rolls" consistent.

2. Pumpkin has great nutritional value.
vitamins A, C, and E, alpha and beta carotene,
 lutein, magnesium, potassium, iron and Zinc.


3. Giving your dog or pet, pumpkin with every meal
 is beneficial in helping your dog lose or maintain weight. 


What Kind of Pumpkin Is Best?

Fresh is always best, so go pick a few pumpkins,
 and chop them up, seeds and all. 
and start feeding them to your pet.

You can also dehydrate the pieces. 
And use them as treats. My dogs love those.

Fresh pumpkin is not always available, 
so canned pumpkin is great, too.

Maximo picked his pumpkin out!

What I do.

I give my Dogs, 1 table spoon of 
canned pumpkin with every meal.
I watch for sales this time of year,
 and stock up.
Rosie's pumpkin is much bigger.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Red Heart's New Grande Yarn Review and A Free Crochet Pattern

This yarn is completely different
 from the Old Grande Yarn.
There are nine different colors, all solids.
 I chose the Foggy Grey.

It is super bulky like the old Grande, 
But it is also Super thick and light at the same time!
The new Grande is beautiful with a wonder sheen to it.

When I began to Crochet With it, 
It was so easy to work with that it didn't even feel
like a bulky yarn.
It was light and airy.
I searched on line for a few crochet patterns
 but found only 1 crochet pattern.
I did not care for it, so I designed one of my own.

I wanted to show how pretty the yarn is, 
and how easy the yarn is work with.
And it is not heavy to wear.
I decided on designing an infinity scarf, because,
 I seem to always loose scarves that are not attached.
I designed this fun Infinity scarf with a bow and fun button.
Foggy Grande Infinity  Scarf.

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Foggy Grande Infinity Scarf Crochet Pattern
 By Sara Sach

Skill - Easy

Materials:
Hook -P
Yarn -2 skeins of Red Heart NEW Grande (6)
( I used the Foggy Grey and it takes all of both skeins )
1 Big Fun Button
Yarn Needle with a big eye

Stitched_ Chain (ch)
Single Crochet (sc)
sk - skip
blo - back loops only

Scarf measures - 6 inches wide X 48 inches around

Ch 103, join in a circle being careful not to twist the ch.
The number of stitches will be the same through out the pattern.
Ch 1 at the beginning of each round counts as your first st.

R : 1 - 1 sc on the 2nd ch from the hook,
* ch 1, sk the next ch, 1 sc in the next ch*
Repeat from * to * around, join,

R : 2 - ch 1, Working in the blo, 
*sk the next st, 1 sc in the next st, ch 1*
Repeat From * to *, join

R : 3-7  - Repeat R : 2, join and tie off.

Bow -
R : 1 - Ch 19, 1 sc on the 2nd ch from the hook,
* ch 1, sk the next ch, 1 sc in the next ch*
Repeat from * to * around,
ch1,(ch1 does not count as  st) turn

R : 2 -  Working in the blo, 
*sk the next st, 1 sc in the next st, ch 1*
Repeat From * to *, ch1, turn

R : 3-6 - Repeat R ; 2, tie off and weave in ends.

With a 24 inch strand of matching yarn,
 tie around the center of the bow and cinch it in tight. 
Winding around  till  all of the yarn is wound around, 
weave in your ends.

With matching yarn sew on a fun button, then sew on scarf.
By stitching this Scarf in rounds, 
you get a nice striping effect, 
but if you prefer not to have the striping effect, 
you make  the back side of the scarf the outside. 

I also think this is a great scarf for guys, 
just leave off the bow and 
you have a comfy warm scarf,
that anyone would wear. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Max's Antler Crochet Pattern From the Grinch

The Grinch has long Been one of my 
Favorite Christmas Movies.
The original Grinch. The Cartoon.
But I always felt so sad for Max,
 The little Dog.
I Thought it would be fun to make a little 
photo prop that resembled the 
Antler that Max wore.
Max's Antler 
Crochet Pattern By Sara Sach
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Although this pattern is intended for the Pooches, 
Cats, bunnies,goats and any other pet 
would look adorable in this! 

What a perfect pet photo prop!

Skill: Easy

Materials -
Hook- G
Yarn -Small Amount of Worsted Weight (4) Beige, Red and Black
I used Red Heart Super Saver
Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Stitches -
Chain ( ch)
Slip Stitch  ( sl st)
Double Crochet ( dc)

This Pattern is designed for small dogs,
 I have given an explanation on how to size it for larger dogs.

Gauge -10 chs = 3 inches


The Top
With red yarn ch 81

25 ch  (1st tie), 10 chs (ear hole), 10 chs (top between the ears),
 10 chs (ear hole), 25 chs (for tie), + 1 ch as a turning ch.= 81 chs.

To make the Top part larger , add chs where needed.
It is a good idea to measure your dog's head between the ears for a good fit.

Turn, 1 sl st in the 2nd ch, and in the next 24 chs, ch 10, skip the next 10 chs,
Join to the next ch with a dc, 1 dc in the next 9 chs, ch 10, skip the next 10 chs,
join to the next ch with a sl st, 1 sl in the next 24 chs, tie off and weave in your ends.


The Antler -
With the Beige Yarn, ch 33

1 sl in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sl st in the 2 chs,
st tog the next 2 sl sts,  st tog the next 2 sl st,
1 sl st  in the *13 chs,

ch 6, turn, 1 sl st in the 2nd ch, and in the next 4, join to ch
sl st in the next 7 chs,

ch 6, turn, 1 sl st in the 2nd ch, and in the next 4, join to ch
sl st in the last 5 chs, tie off and weave in your ends.

Place antler in the center of the top and
tie on with the 12 in strand of black yarn.
Tie securely with a bow.


To make the antler longer for larger sizes, simply add more chs, and
add more sl st at the *. This will make the antler longer.

Optional Pipe Cleaner - You can crochet over a
 pipe cleaner/ Chenille Stem  with 33 sc, in place of the 33,
 or larger if adding chs, in  place of the 33 chs.
 This will give you a stiffer antler that is also pose able.

When I was taking these photos, 
my battery died.
Rosie just sat there waiting on me 
to change batteries.
This is the face she had when I returned.
She is such a good little model, 
But I think she was ready for her pay -
a cookie.




Friday, October 10, 2014

Cable Stitch Square hat with Pom Poms Crochet Pattern

I have been working on this
 hat for a couple on months.
I have had so many orders 
that I am just now getting to releasing it.
Although this hat looks hard, 
it is really quite easy.
I took some pictures to help you 
with the cable section.
Once you see how it is done, 
I think you will think it is easy, also.
I designed the construction 
of the hat a little different
 then I have ever done before, 
but I think it worked great
 for the cable stitch pattern.
The hat is made in a long 
rectangle then sewn closed.

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Cable Stitch  Square Hat with Pom poms Crochet Pattern
By Sara Sach

Skill- intermediate

Materials -
Hook H
Yarn -4 oz of Super soft (4)
I used  Lion Brand Yarn pound of Love - pink

Stitches -
Chain ( ch)
Slip Stitch ( sl st)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc)
Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc)
Front post Triple Crochet ( fptr)

Gauge 14 sc+16 rows=4

Sizes - Adult (20 inches)- youth ( child 18 inches)
The adult size will be the first number and the child size is 2nd number

Note: ch1 at the end of rows, is a turning ch, and does not count as a stitch.

Ch 39 for Adult  (33 for child)

R : 1 - 1 dc in the 2nd ch from the hook, and in each stitch across, ch 1 turn
(38, 32dc) Your number of stitches will not change through the project

R : 2 - 1 dc in the 1st st, *1 fp dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st*,
Repeat from * to * across, ch 1 turn

R : 3  -1 dc in the 1st st, *1 bp dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st*,
Repeat from * to * across, ch 1 turn


R : 4 - 1 dc in the next 8 (5) sts, 1 fpdc in the 2 sts, 1dc in the next 2 sts, 
1 fpdc in the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next 2 sts, 1 fpdc in the next 6 sts, 
1 dc in the next 2 sts, , 1 fpdc in the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next 2 sts, 
1 fpdc in the 2 sts, 1 dc in the next 8 (5) sts, ch 1 turn

Stitch Pattern Explanation : o=dc, l = fpdc
oooooooolloolloolllllloolloolloooooooo - Adult
      ooooolloolloolllllloolloollooooo - Child

R : 5 -1 dc in the next 8 (5) sts, 1 bpdc in the 2 sts, 1dc in the next 2 sts, 
1 bpdc in the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next 2 sts, 1 bpdc in the next 6 sts, 
1 dc in the next 2 sts, , 1 bpdc in the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next 2 sts, 
1 bpdc in the 2 sts, 1 dc in the next 8 (5) sts, ch 1 turn

R : 6 - Repeat R : 4

R : 7 - Repeat R: 5

R : 8 -1 dc in the next 8 (5) sts, 1 fpdc in the 2 sts, 1dc in the next 2 sts, 
1 fpdc in the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next 2 sts,

skip the next 3 fpdc,

fptr in the next 3 sts,

then cross back

 and fptr in the 3 skipped sts

1 dc in the next 2 sts, , 1 fpdc in the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next 2 sts,
1 fpdc in the 2 sts, 1 dc in the next 8 (5) sts, ch 1 turn

R : 9 -1 dc in the next 8 (5) sts, 1 bpdc in the 2 sts, 1dc in the next 2 sts, 
1 bpdc in the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next 2 sts, 1 bpdc in the next 6 sts, 
1 dc in the next 2 sts, , 1 bpdc in the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next 2 sts, 
1 bpdc in the 2 sts, 1 dc in the next 8 (5) sts, ch 1 turn

R : 10-45(36) -Repeat R : 4-9 5 times For Adult, 4 times for child

R : 46 ( 37) 1 dc in each stitch across, ch 1 turn
(38, 32dc)

R : 47(38) - 1 dc in the 1st st, *1 fp dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st*,
Repeat from * to * across, ch 1 turn

R : 48(39)  -1 dc in the 1st st, *1 bp dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st*,
Repeat from * to * across, tie off and weave in your end.

Fold Hat in half, Wrong side out. Sl St  down each side to sew the sides closed, 
Secure tightly and flip over to the right side.

 R : 49(40) Sc around the brim of the hat. 
This will insure that the sides of the hat do not come apart.

Pom pom - Wrap the yarn  around your 4 finger 30 times. 
With a 12 inch piece of yarn slip it through the loops and tie securely. 
Trim pom poms evenly.

Using the tie of the pompoms attach one to each corner of the hat.

 I did this test hat in pink, 
but wouldn't it be fun in 
some bright colors or
 variegated yarn?

If you make one or even a bunch,
Feel free to post a picture
 to my face book page