Wednesday, November 10, 2010

How I Design and A free Cute Pattern

How I Design a Crochet Pattern &
A Free Leg Warmers for Dogs Crochet Pattern.
Many people have asked me how I come up with all my fun and sometimes crazy ideas for Dog apparel. Sometime I get suggestions, and sometime I have  ideas swimming around  inside my head.   When I decide on a specific idea, I usually draw a very rough picture. In this blog we are going to Design Leg Warmers for:

Maximo and Rosie..The world's Cutest Dog Models!!!!

A rough drawing of  Leg Warmers for Maximo & Rosie

I am a visual learner, some would say "an artist", but looking at that drawing, no one would say that now. But anyway, I need to see it on paper to see what I want to create. As you can see I also take a few measurements. I then decide what stitches I want to use. Since these are very small, I decided to use Single Crochet. I want them to be stretchy so I an am going to stitch the rows Vertically.
I begin with a chain, and from there design the pattern. I write down the pattern in the notebook as I go. This way I can change it,  and make marks and ideas, about the pattern as I go.

Don't cha just love my dog done paper clip!
 It probably looks like Scribbles to you, but it makes perfect sense to me ( most of the time).

measuring my work
I always measure, over and over again. Crocheting can be tricky and I want my finished project to fit.
It fits! (Rosie likes it , too!)
Now you give it a try:

Pattern for Dog Leg Warmers:

Skill : Extremely Easy

Materials :

Hook : H
Worsted Weight yarn (I used Assorted Red Heart Yarns I already had)

Stitches :

Chain (ch)
Single Crochet (sc)

We will be stitching through the back posts in order to give the leg warmers a ribbed look.
This pattern will fit about 6 inches around and 5 inches in length. Depending on what kind of yarn and how tight you crochet will determine fit. You will need to measure your dogs front legs.

R - 1 : Ch 13, starting in the second ch, 12 sc, turn ch 1

R - 2 : 12 sc, turn, ch 1

R - 3 - 12 : Repeat R- 2

R - 13 : Repeat row 2,  fold leg warmer in half to form a tube, and sc evenly up the side to close the tube. Then sc evenly around the top to form an edge. tie off.

Finished Set of cozy leg Warmers.
The color choices are endless!

Add picot edge, ruffles, fun fur, Or stripes or solids!
I hope you will try this pattern and have some fun with it...And I would love to see a pic or two!
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