Monday, June 30, 2014

Cotton Table Runner Crochet Pattern

 I have chosen to use Patriotic colors,
but the table runner can be crocheted 
out of any color 
combination of Cotton yarn.

I chose these colors because
 I am keeping this one for me,
 To use on the outside deck table
for the Forth Of July.

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I used Sugar and Cream Cotton yarn
in Red, White, and Navel 
(which is a twisted cotton yarn 
with red, white and blue)

It measures 32 inches long
 and 14 inches wide.



This pattern would be perfect for place mats, 
 by adjusting the length.

Here is a close-up so you can see
 the yarns and the stitches.

Cotton Table Runner Crochet Pattern :

Skill: Easy

Materials:
J -Hook
Yarn : Sugar and Cream Cotton Yarn-
3 Balls of the Navel Cotton ( total of about 6 oz)
1/2 Ball  - WhiteCotton
1/2 Ball - Red Cotton

Stitches:
Ch ( ch)
Sing;e Crochet ( sc)
Half Double Crochet ( hdc)
Single Crochet Spike Stitch ( sc spk) 
Picot Stitch ( pc st) 
                How to St a Picot Stitch

Notes: Ch1 at the end of the rows does NOT count as a stitch.

The Stitch will be 45 stitches throughout the project.

R : 1 - We will be starting with  Navel yarn, ch 46,
 loosely. turn, 1 hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 
1 hdc in each ch across, ch1 turn.

R : 2 - 1 hdc in each hdc, ch 1, turn

R : 3 - *1 hdc in the next 5 hdc, ch 5, sk next 5 hdc*, 
Repeat 3 more times, 1 hdc in the last 5 hdc, ch1, turn

R : 4 - Repeat R : 3

R : 5 - *1 hdc in the next 5 hdc, ch2, sc around the 5 chs
 from R: 3&4,  ch 2*, Repeat 3 more times, 1 hdc in the last 5 hdc, 
ch 1, turn( see pic above)

R : 6 - 1 hdc in each hdc and in each ch across, ch1, turn

R : 7 - 1 hdc in each hdc, ch 1, turn

R : 8 - Repeat R : 7

Repeat R : 3-8, 8 more times or until desired length, tie off.

Trim: Attach the white cotton yarn to the left end of the runner,
 1 hdc in each hdc across, ch1 turn, 1 hdc in each hdc, tie off.
And repeat on the other end of the runner

Attach red yarn to the left end of the runner, 1 sc in the 1st st, 
1 sc spk, in the next st, alternate sc and sc spk in every other
 st across, ch 1 turn

pc st in the 1st st, sc in the next st, Alternate the pc st and sc
 in every other st across row, tie off weave in your ends.

(Check the pic above)

Repeat on the other end of the runner. 

I blocked mine to make sure it was a nice rectangle.


How I wash my Cotton Items: Place item in a cold water bath 
with a tsp liquid soap, 1 tsp white vinegar, 
and 1 tsp fabric softener. Gently wash.  

Larger items can be washed on the gentle cycle of your washer.

By adding the vinegar you are helping the colors not to bleed,
 and keeps the cotton from breaking down.

Drying your items: I do not machine dry any of my crochet items, 
no matter if its cotton, or acrylic, or any other fiber. 
I always hang them in the sun to dry.

With this being an item that will be around food, 
it will probably get dirty, 
so it is good to know how to wash it.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Learning Tunisian Crochet - Dog Collar

I have been learning Tunisian Crochet.
I started by Picking up a few books and 
then I discovered Videos
 By Kim Guzman.
You can find those at this Link:

She also has a lot of 
Free Patterns at this link:

These videos are excellent.
I normally do not like videos, 
I more of a "book in hands" 
Sort of girl.

This is my first Tunisian Crochet project.
This is not really a pattern.
Just an explanation of what 
I did to make Maximo's Collar.

Skill - Easy, (But be sure to watch the 1st video, it will help you.)

Materials :
Reflective Yarn -  Red Heart - Grey (4) Any Worsted Weight yarn can be used
Regular Crochet Hook - J (This is such a small project you can use a regular crochet hook.)
1 decorative button  ( I made this one with polymer clay )
How to make Polymer Clay buttons
Yarn needle to sew on button
Measuring tape to measure your dog's neck.

Stitches :
 Slip Stitch  (sl st)
Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS)

Note: I learned that you need to crochet looser then  normal.
 (My first project wasn't pretty.) If you crochet too tight it will curl up on you.

Okay,  lets get started: 
Step 1- Ch 8, skip the 1st ch,
Step 2 -  Pull up one loop through each ch , do not turn.
Step 3 - Yarn over hook, pull loop through the last loop,
*yarn over hook, pull thorough the next 2 loops,*
Repeat from *to* till there is only 1 loop left on the hook
Step 4 -  Skip the first "bar", *push hook through next bar, yarn over and pull loop through the bar,
 keeping loop on hook,* Repeat *to* across.

Note: I kept dropping stitches, so I learned to count my loops after each pass. 
 Repeat Steps 3 and 4 till desired length,
 add an extra inch for sewing the collar together.
Once the collar is at the desired length, put the ends together and slip stitch closed.

Add a button, bow or what ever you like.

This Collar could easily be stitched in the
 Tunisian Knit Stitch, as well.
This is a great project to do if you want to
 learn Tunisian crochet, 
and don't want to commit to a large project.
Its perfect for slipping on for evening walk at dusk.


Friday, June 27, 2014

Harley To The Rescue!!!

What is a Puppy Mill?
(click the link above)
Too Many puppies are born
 in Puppy Mills.
Too many dogs are forced
 to live in
 horrible conditions,
of filth and no human contact.
Never seeing the sun or
playing in the grass.

Harley is Here to Change that! 
I go a lot of people asking about Harley's tie.
Just click this link for the : FREE PATTERN

Meet Harley 
Please, Go Like his Facebook page
Harley
Harley was rescued from a Puppy Mill,
and
with his team
Rescue Dogs from Puppy Mills.

Please, take a few moments
 and read Harley's Story.

Harley and His team work with
National Mill Dog Rescue
"NMDR’s mission is to 
RESCUEREHABILITATE
 and RE-HOME 
discarded breeding dogs 
and to educate the general public 
about the cruel realities of the
 commercial dog breeding industry."

This is Harley and His Side Kick, Teddy.
Ready to go on a mission,
 to rescue dogs from Puppy Mills!
Please go to the 
and Donate
 to keep  
Harley and Teddy 
going on their 
missions of saving Dogs.

To keep up with Harley and Teddy's
Rescue Adventures, 
You can like their 
face books pages.


And Spread The Word -
No More Puppy Mills!
Have been following Harley
 for quite a while now. 
And love What He is doing, 
so much that we made a 
"Crochet Harley" of Him in 
his Super Hero Cape.

If you would like to make a Harley Doll
You can find the Pattern here:
Chihuahua Super Hero Doll

If you have any questions,
About Puppy Mills, 
Dog Rescue,
Harley or Teddy, 
feel Free to go to 
the their face book 
pages and they can answer 
any questions you may have.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dog Flag Bandanna Crochet Pattern

I realized I haven't designed anything new
 for the pooches in a couple of weeks,
 so I decided to make them a new bandanna.
This bandanna can be made to look 
Patriotic like the flag 
or it can be made in any 
cotton or acrylic yarn colors you have.

Rosie's is made From Bernat cotton, 
Sweet Treat and Pink. 

 Maximo's is made from 
Martha Stewart Cotton yarn.
Red, White and Blue.

The Pattern is really simple and 
can be made 3 sizes, 
Small, Medium and Large

We have made a video for  you.

See this Video on my Youtube Channel at this LINK



Pattern :  Flag Dog Bandanna
Be sure to click here : Ravelry and add it to your Favorites!

Skill:  Easy

Materials:
Crochet Hook - H
Yarn needle
Yarn - Worsted WEight (4) or Cotton yarn about 1 oz more depeding on size.
Fun Button, for decoration

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Single Crochet (sc)
Back Loop only ( blo)

Sizes: Not including the ties
Small - 6 X 6 inches
Medium - 7 X 7 inches
Large - 8 X 8 inches

Note: Ch 1, at the end of rows, does not count as a sc.
Color Changes will be for the Flag Style Bandanna

R : 1 - With Blue yarn, Ch 2, 3 sc in the 2nd ch, ch 1, turn ( 3 sc)
R : 2 - 2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc, in the next sc, 2 sc, in last sc, ch1, turn, ( 5 sc)
R : 3  - 1 sc in each sc, ch, turn, ( 5sc)
R : 4 - 2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc, in the next 3 sc, 2 sc, in last sc, ch1, turn, ( 7 sc)
R : 5 -  1 sc in each sc, ch, turn, ( 7sc)
R : 6 -  2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc, in the next 5 sc, 2 sc, in last sc, ch1, turn, ( 9 sc)
R : 7 - 1 sc in each sc, ch, turn, ( 9sc)
R : 8 - 2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc, in the next 7 sc, 2 sc, in last sc, ch1, turn, ( 11 sc)
R : 9 - 1 sc in each sc, ch, turn, ( 11sc)
    For Medium - Repeat R: 8- R: 9 ( 13sc)
    For Large - Repeat R: 8- R: 9 2 times( 15sc)

R : 10 - Change to white yarn, 2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc, in the next 9(11, 13)sc, 
2 sc, in last sc, ch1, turn, (13, 15, 17 sc)

R : 11 - 1 sc in each sc, ch1, turn ((13, 15, 17 sc)

R: 12-  Change to red yarn, 2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc, in the next 11(13, 15) sc, 
2 sc, in last sc, ch1, turn, ( 15, 17, 19 sc)

R : 13 -  Working in the BLO, 1 sc in each sc, ch1,
 turn ( 15, 17,19 sc)

R 14 - R:15 - Repeat R: 10 - R ; 11 ( 17,19, 21sc)

R : 16 -R;17  - Repeat R : 12 - R :13 ( 19, 21, 23 sc)

R : 18 - Trim and Ties -1 sc in each sc across the top of the bandanna,
 3 sc in the 1st corner, working down the first side, 
1 sc in the end of each row till the point of the bandanna, 
3 sc in the point, then work sc up the 2nd side of the bandanna. 
When you reach the last corner, st 2 sc, join to 1st sc, 
Then ch 25,1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, then sc back across the ch.
When you reach the top of the bandanna, sc across the top of the bandanna,
Ch 25,1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, then sc back across the ch,
join to the bandanna with sc,and tie off.

If you want your ties longer ch more the 25 chs.

If your dog has a thick neck you can ch as many as needed for longer ties.
Add a fun button, applique,star or flower for a unique look.

A Bandanna is a great way to dress up
 your pooch in the summer, 
with out a hot sweater.

All These pooches need, 
are little drinks with umbrellas in them.
yes, They are very spoiled, 
but I am okay with that.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My Favorite Potholder Crochet pattern By Oombawka Design

I completely get why this Crochet pattern is Called
Once I made one I was agree,
 It is my favorite too.

It is super thick! 
This picture just does 
not show how 
thick this pot holder is!

You can find this incredible 
Pattern here:


The pattern is super easy to read and follow, 
and has great picture to help you understand, 
exactly whee to put the hook and 
where to pull the yarn through.

I am a totally visual person, 
and usually love pictures, 
but she explains it so well,
 to me the pics where a bonus!

Bright yellow is my favorite color, 
But does not match my kitchen, 
so I am off to locate come
 latte and coffee colors 
and make some more.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuesday Treasury - Drawstring Bag Crochet Patterns

I love Drawstring bags.
 they are my favorite kind of bag.
I Lose stuff. 
I just in my car, toss my bag
 in the passenger seat 
and the drawstring 
helps me keep everything 
in the bag.

I have put together a fun treasury 
of Drawstring bags you can
 crochet to keep your stuff.

10 Fun Drawstring Bag 
Crochet Patterns

Click the name of the bag 
for the link.
Under the link is the 
name of the designer.


By Meladora"s Creations

By Stitch 11

By Posh Pooch Designs 

By Repeat Crafter me

By Moogly

By Trifles and Treasures

By Posh Pooch Designs

By Twinkie Chan

By Snappy Tots

I really hope you make some of these.
I tried to pick fun and different bags, 
as well as unique ones.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fish Pouch Crochet Pattern By Moogly


I was looking for a Shopping bag
 I made a few months before we moved.
I emptied a plastic tub of projects on the floor,
of my craft/yarn room,
 and out fell this Fish Pouch.

 I remembered doing a Crochet a Long, 
By could not remember when, or who with.
So I began investigating.

I knew it was a free pattern, 
so I checked the usual sites.
And found  found it on Ravelry.
It was
Crochet A Long

I should have remembered because
her patterns are go cool and 
out of the ordinary.
Then I Looked at the date, April 2013.
That was over a year ago.


Well, it is the cutest little drawstring bag.
I think I'll give it to my Grand daughter.
She has become quite the little fisher girl 
and can put a few treasures in it.
or maybe pack a snack in it,
for those long fishing trips.

I never did find that other bag.
Hopefully it is in another of my 
"project Tubs".

The pattern is a free pattern 
and has a photo tutorial with great pictures.
If you want to make this fun bag,
head on over to the blog,

I think it would also make a 
great Fish Pillow!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sweet Treats Drawstring Beach Bag Crochet Pattern

A Bright and Colorful 
Drawstring Beach Bag, 
Stitched in a wave pattern 
and has 2 fun pompoms.
I chose to use bright cotton yarns.
But any cotton yarn can be used.

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This Beach Bag Measures 
Approximately 12 X 15 Inches
It is a nice Size. It Fits a beach towel, 
flip flops with room to spare. 
It also has a Phone pocket 
 that measures
5 X 4 inches on the front.

Pattern: Sweet Treats Beach Bag

Skill - Easy

Materials:
J-Hook
Yarn Needle
3 fun buttons
Yarn - Worsted Weight Cotton -
             I used Bernat Cotton - Sweet Treat Variegated (c1), 
             teal (c2), pink (c3), Lime green (c4)

Stitches:
Chain ( ch)
Single Crochet ( sc)
Half Double Crochet  ( hdc)
Double Crochet ( dc)
Triple ( Tr)

Pattern:
We will be starting at the bottom of the bag.

R : 1 - With C2, Ch 31, 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across, ch 1 turn 
( ch 1 is a turning ch and does not count as a st). (30 sc)
R : 2 - 1 sc in each sc, ch 1, turn ( 30 sc)
R : 3-6  - Repeat R : 2 ( 30 sc)

R : 7 -1 sc in each sc across, st 6 sc across the end of the bag, 
turn and sc in each sc across the next side of the bag,
Turn and st 6 sc across the last end of the bag, join to the 1sc, ch 1
(72 sc)

R : 8 - Stitching in the back loops of  R : 7, 1 hdc in each sc around ,
 join ch 1 (72 hdc)


R : 9 & 10 - 1 hdc in each hdc around, join and ch 1(72 hdc)

R : 11 - We will be starting the Wave rows, Change to C3, tie off C2, 
Repeat the wave pattern around, *Sc, dc, tr, dc,* join to the 1st sc, 
ch 1 (72 sts)



R : 12 - Change to C1, leaving C3 still attached, 
(we will be alternating C1 ans C3 on every other row.)
Repeat the wave pattern around, *Tr, dc, sc, dc,* join to the 1st sc, 
ch 1 (72 sts)

Make sure you are stitching the Tr in the Sc of the previous row, 
and the Sc in the Tr of the previous row.
Your wave pattern should begin to look like this.

R : 13-29  - Continue to repeat R : 11 and R : 12, Alternating C1 and C3

If a longer bag is wanted, keep alternating until desired length is reached

R : 30 - Change to C4, Tie off both C1 and C3, 1 hdc in each st around, join,
 ch 1 (72 hdc)

R : 31-36 - 1 hdc in each hdc, join, ch 1 (72 hdc)

R : 37 - Change to C2, Tie of C4, 1 sc in each hdc, join, ch 1 (72sc)

R : 38-40 - 1 sc in each sc, join, ch1 (72sc)

R : 41 - 1 dc n each sc, join, ch 1 (72 dc)

R : 42 - 1 sc in each dc, join, and tie off.


Phone Pocket -
R : 1 With C4 - Chan 16, 1 sc in the 2nd ch and in each ch across, 
turn, ch1 (15 sc)
R : 2-7  - 1 sc in each sc, turn, ch 1(15 sc)
R : 8 - Change to C2, tie off C4, 1 sc in each sc, turn, ch1
R : 9-14 - 1 sc in each sc, turn, ch 1
Change to C3, tie of C2, 1 sc in each sc across, 
sc evenly across the bottom,
 then up the 2nd side, and then across the top, 
Tie off leaving a 20 inch tail of yarn, place pocket on the center
 of the front of the bag and sew in place.

Drawstrings - Ch 50 with C2, then ch 50 with C4, tie them securely together. lace the strings through, from back to front of R : 41, tie together leaving 5 inch string ends for attaching the pompoms.

Pom Poms - With C1, Wrap the yarn around your 3 middle fingers 25 times. With a * inch string of yarn, slide through loops and pull tight. Tie securely and trim pompoms evenly. Attach them to the ends of the draw strings.

Sew your fun buttons in place and you are ready for the beach.


I added This picture because as I was trying to
 photograph this new bag, my dogs photo bombed it.
They think they should always be in the photos.

LOL! They are such hams!
Can you spot them both?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Super Saturday Sale in My Ravelry Store!

You can find my store here:


Put at least, 2  items in your cart,

Use coupon Code 
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And get 30% off 
your entire order.

Sale includes everything
 in my Ravelry Store -
All Patterns and E-books.