Thursday, September 29, 2016

Animal Puppets Crochet Pattern | Posh Pooch Designs

This Crochet Pattern is been on the "back burner" for a while,
 And  is now ready to release.
These are fun to make and fun to play with. 
And They stitch up real fast!
Although I designed the puppets using Worsted Weight
 Acrylic Yarn, you can also make them out of Cotton yarn.  
They make great bath buddies, too!
I designed the puppet big enough to fit an adult's hand, 
and small enough to fit a child's hand.
It measure about 9 X 6 inches.
The Pattern is very versatile and includes all 4 ear styles.
Cat, Bunny, Bear and Dog.
So the color and Style possibilities are endless.


See the Video Tutorial on my Youtube Channel at this LINK

Animal Puppets Crochet Pattern by Sara Sach
Please, add this Crochet Pattern to Your Ravelry Favorites

Skill: Easy

Materials:
Crochet Hook – H
Yarn – Worsted Weight (4) 3 oz. Main Color (MC) I used Red Heart Super Saver
             Cotton yarn works great too
             Small Amount for face, features and bow.
Yarn Needle

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Single Crochet (sc)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc)
Together (tog)

Size: 9 X 6 inches not including the ears

Notes:
This crochet pattern is the basic puppet body crochet pattern,
and the ear patterns for the cat, bunny, bear and Dog.
Pattern:  The Body of the Puppet - Make 2
Ch 1 at ends of rows does not count as a st, it is a turning chain.

R: 1 – With MC, ch 18, 1 hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook, and in each ch across,
Ch1, turn. (17hdc)
 R: 2 – 1 hdc in 1st hdc, *1 fpdc in the next hdc, 1 hdc in the next hdc*
Repeat From * to across, ch 1 turn. (9hdc, 8fpdc= 17 sts)
 R: 3 – 1 hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn (17hdc)
 R: 4 – R: 9 – Repeat R: 3
 R: 10 – We are Beginning the arms on this row, 1 hdc in each hdc, ch 9, turn
1 slst in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sl st in the next 8 chs, 1 sl st in the next 17 hdc,
Ch 9, turn
 R: 11 – 1 hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 hdc in the next 8 chs, 1 hdc in next 17 sts,
1 hdc in the next 8 slsts, ch 1 turn (8 + 17 + 8 = 23 hdc)
 R: 12 – 1 hdc in each hdc, ch1, turn. (23 hdc)
 R: 13 – R: 15 – Repeat R: 12
 R: 16 – Sl st in the 1st 8 hdc, 1 hdc in the next 17 hdc, ch 1 turn.
Leave the last 8 hdc un-worked. (17 hdc)
 R: 17 – 1 hdc in each hdc, ch1, turn. (17hdc)
 R: 18 - R: 20 – Repeat R: 17
 R: 21 – Hdc Tog the 1st 2 sts, 1 hdc in the next 13 hdc, hdc Tog the last 2 hdc, ch 1, Turn (15 hdc)
 R: 22 - Hdc Tog the 1st 2 sts, 1 hdc in the next 11 hdc, hdc Tog the last 2 hdc, ch 1, Turn (13 hdc)
 R: 23– Hdc tog the 1st 2 sts, 1 hdc in the next 9 hdc, hdc Tog the last 2 hdc, ch 1, Turn (11 hdc)
 R: 24- Hdc tog the 1st 2 sts, 1 hdc in the next 7 hdc, hdc Tog the last 2 hdc, ch 1, Turn (9 hdc)
Tie off and weave in your ends.

Place the Front of the puppet and the back of the puppet together, with the right side facing out.

Starting at the right side at the bottom, sc evenly up the side of the puppet, 
and all the way around until you reach the bottom left side of the puppet. 
 Place 3 sc in the outer corners of the paws, to rounds them. 
Secure and weave the ends.

Nose and Face of the Puppet:
The face of the puppet is stitched the same for all 4 animals.
Snout:
 R: 1 - With White yarn, ch 2, 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, join with a slst to 1st sc,
 to form a circle, ch 1(6sc)
 R: 2 – 2 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the top of the 1st sc, ch 1 (12sc)
 R: 1 – 1 sc in each sc around, join, tie off leaving a 12 inch tail of yarn for sewing
snout on the front of the puppet.
Center snout on the front of the puppet head and sew in place.

Eyes are made by stitching on French knots. You can use safety eyes is preferred.

Nose is stitched on by stitching long stitches to form a triangle, stitch the mouth
Below the nose.

Paws are formed by stitching 2 stitched over the ends of the puppet “hands”.
Do not stitch to deeply, so you can fit your fingers in the puppet.

 Ears:

Bear – Make 2
With White yarn, ch 5, 9hdc in the 4nd ch from the hook, join with a slst to 1st hdc,
 tie off leaving a 12 inch tail to sew on the puppet’s head. (10hdc)

Cat – Make 2
R: 1 - Ch 2, 3 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, ch 1 tur, (3sc)
R: 2 - 1sc in each sc, ch 1 turn
R: 3 – 2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc in the next, 2 sc in the next sc, ch 1, turn. (5sc)
R: 4 – 1 sc in each sc, ch 1 turn. (5sc)
R: 5 – 1 sc in each sc across, turn sc evenly up the side of the ear,
3 sc in the top point of the ear, sc evenly down the side of the ear,
join to sc with a sl st, tie off leaving a 12 inch tail of yarn to sew 
on top of puppet head.

Bunny – Make 2
R: 1 - Ch 2, 3 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, ch 1 tur, (3sc)
R: 2 sc in each sc, ch 1 turn
R: 3 – 2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc in the next, 2 sc in the next sc, ch 1, turn. (5sc)
R: 4 – 1 sc in each sc, ch 1 turn. (5sc)
R: 5 – R: 9 Repeat R: 4
R: 10 – 1 sc in each sc across, turn sc evenly up the side of the ear,
3 sc in the top point of the ear, sc evenly down the side of the ear,
 join to sc with a sl st, tie off leaving a 12 inch tail of yarn to sew on top of puppet head.

Dog – Make 2
R: 1 - Ch 2, 3 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, ch 1 tur, (3sc)
R: 2 sc in each sc, ch 1 turn
R: 3 – 2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc in the next, 2 sc in the next sc, ch 1, turn. (5sc)
R: 4 – 1 sc in each sc, ch 1 turn. (5sc)
R: 5 - 2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc in the next, 2 sc in the next 3sc, ch 1, turn. (7sc)
R: six – 1 sc in each sc, ch 1, turn, (7sc)
R: 7 – R: 9 - Repeat R: 4
R: 10 – 1 sc in each sc across, turn sc evenly up the side of the ear,
3 sc in the top point of the ear, sc evenly down the side of the ear,
 join to sc with a sl st, tie off leaving a 12 inch tail of yarn to sew on top of puppet head.

Fold the Dog ears Forward for droopy ears.


Bow - To make the little Bow – With yarn of Choice, Cut a piece of yarn about 12 inches long.
 Wrap yarn around your 4 fingers about 12 times. Cute and Tie the center with the piece of yarn.
Attach to the Front of the puppet under the mouth.
Which Animal will you make first?

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 You can purchase one for $1.50 
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Live Video Chat - Granny Square or Afghan Square? Posh Pooch Designs

In Today's Live Video Chat we are 
Discussing the Question,
"Is it a Granny Square or an Afghan Square?"

I Have loved Granny Squares since I first learned to make one..... 
Many, many years ago!
The Difference between a Granny Square and an 
Afghan Square is really quite simple.
A Granny Square is the traditional or classic Granny Square. 
The Afghan Square is any Crochet Square that can be
 make into a Blanket.

See the Live Video Chat at this LINK

"So All Granny Squares are Afghan Squares,
But not all Afghan Squares are Granny Squares.
Like All Mustangs are cars, But not all Cars are Mustangs."





See the Video  "How to Crochet  a Classic Granny Square"
 on my Youtube channel at This LINK.

Maximo Loves Granny Square blankets the best!

Friday, September 23, 2016

African Flower Scrap Scarf Crochet Pattern | Posh Pooch Designs

The Video will show you how  to crochet the African Flower, 
How to join the hexagons together, and attach the fringe. 
to make them into this Scarf 
Youtube Channel at This Link


A Few Years a go I designed an African Flower Hexagon for fun.
 You can find that pattern HERE

I was playing around with the pattern, 
using up my left over yarn scraps, 
and put them together in a scarf.
 And Added Some Fringe.

The Size of The Scarf depends on you
and how long you want to make it.
 I like it at 48 inches long by 6 inches wide.

Add This pattern to Your Ravelry Favorites HERE

It is now one of my favorite scarves.
It goes with everything!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What is the Proper Way to Hold a Crochet Hook? Live Video | Posh Pooch Designs


A Question I received a couple of weeks ago was,
 "What is the proper way to hold a Crochet Hook"?

To be honest, there is NO proper way to hold a Crochet hook.
 You can hold it the way it is most comfortable for you.
There are, however, 2 ways that most people
 do hold their crochet hooks.
The Pencil and Knife Hold or Grip.

See The Live Video on my Youtube Channel at this LINK





See a Quick Video demo on my Youtube channel at this LINK


The Pencil Grip or Hold the hook is on top of your hand and actually hold the crochet hook like you would a pencil.

The Knife Hold or Grip - the hook is under your hand, and held that way you might hold a knife if you were slicing a loaf of bread.

There are many variations to both of these techniques.
Both ways are correct.. you hold the hook 
which ever way is the most comfortable for you.
There is not a right or wrong way to hold a crochet hook.

New Crochet Pattern Videos Coming this Week





Friday, September 16, 2016

Super Nova Super Scarf Crochet Pattern | Posh Pooch Designs

This Huge, Soft and Luscious Scarf is made with
 It is a beautiful yarn with a gold thread running through it. 
This yarn has deep jewel tones of purples, blues, 
greens and golds.
It is a thick boucle, so I made the pattern simple to crochet. 
But the end result is definitely not simple.
Although this yarn is a bulky 6, it is not heavy, 
and yet still very warm.

See The Video on my Youtube Channel at this LINK

It will help you with working with this type of yarn 
and how to attach the fringe.


Super Nova Over Sized Scarf Crochet Pattern By Sara Sach
Please add this Pattern to Your Ravelry Favorites

Skill: Easy

Materials:
Crochet Hook – K/ 10.5
Yarn – Super Bulky 6 – I used 3 skeins (32 oz/ 480 yds.) Red Heart Stellar/ Nova
Yarn Needle for weaving in ends.
Scissors

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Double Crochet (dc)
Skip (sk)

Size: 84 X 28 inches with Fringe

Pattern notes: Ch 4 counts as 1 dc, ch1 at beginning of rows.

R: 1 – Loosely ch 66, 1 dc in the 5th ch from the hook, ch 1,
*sk the next ch, dc in the next ch, ch 1* Repeat From * to * across chain,
 Turn, ch 4 (33 dc, 32 ch 1 spaces)

R: 2 - *1 dc in the next dc, ch 1* Repeat From * to * across row, Turn, ch 4
(33dc, 32 ch1 spaces)

R: 3 – R: 58 – Repeat R: 2, tie off weave in your ends.

Fringe: See Video above for how to attach Fringe.

Cut 68 pieces of yarn 12 inches long for each end of the scarf.

With 2 strands of yarn, attach yarn to the 1st corner,
 then repeat in each ch1 space, and on the last corner.

Repeat On the opposite end of the Scarf.

What a comfy and elegant scarf,
 perfect for any time of the day.
It also, makes a great wrap to throw on,
 when there is a chill in the air.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Live Video Chat - Slip Knots and Slip Stitches | Posh Pooch Design

In Today's Live Video Chat we will be discussing
 the Difference between  a Slip Knot and  a Slip Stitch.

See The Live Video Chat on my Youtube Channel at this LINK

I received a message from a beginner crocheter who 
was confused and asked me to help her.
So I made a short Video to demonstrate.

See the Short Video on my Youtube Channel at this LINK

I also made some pictures to help illustrate.
 A Slip Knot is the knot we use when starting a crochet chain.

A Slip Stitch is a Crochet Stitch, it is called a slip stitch because you are slipping one loop,through another loop.


A Slip Stitch is also the stitch we use to join a round or circle.

 So you see, The Slip Knot and Slip Stitch are 2 different techniques and have 2 different purposes.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Step Into Fall Scarf Crochet Pattern | Posh Pooch Designs

This is my First Crochet Design specifically designed with the Caron Cakes Yarn in mind. And I absolutely love how it turned out.,
This lovely Scarf is designed using Caron Cakes yarn
 in Red Velvet. With rich shades of reds and grays, 
it is the perfect color choice.
It only takes 1 cake, 7.1 oz to crochet.
It is a Stair Step Scarf with a touch of chained Fringe.
Although, it is easy to crochet, it is a very elegant scarf to wear. As well as, being long and Classy. 

 See the video on my Youtube channel at this LINK

Step Into Fall Scarf Crochet Pattern By Sara Sach
please add this pattern to your Ravelry Favorites

Skill: Easy

Materials:
Crochet Hook: I
Yarn: Worsted Weight (4) 7 oz.
           I used 1 Caron Cakes Yarn/ Red Velvet
Yarn Needle

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Skip (sk)
Slip Stitch (slst)

Size: 64 inches X 14 inches

Notes: Ch 1 at ends of rows does not count as a st, it is a turning chain.
If Your Scarf tends to curl, you may be stitching too tightly.

R: 1 - Ch 41, Turn, 1 hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook, and in each ch across,
turn, ch1. (40 hdc)

R: 2 - 1 hdc in each hdc across, turn. ch1 (40 hdc)

R: 3 - R: 5 - Repeat R : 2

R: 6 - Repeat R: 4, then ch 11, turn (40hdc, 11 chs)

R: 7- 1 hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 hdc in the next 9 chs,
 1 hdc in the next 30 hdc, turn, ch1.
Leave the last 10 hdc unworked.

R: 8 -1 hdc in each hdc, turn, ch 1 (40hdc)

R: 9 - R: 11 - Repeat R: 8

R : 12 - Repeat R: 8, Then ch 11, turn (40hdc, 11chs)

Repeat R : 7 - R: 12  12 more times for 14 "steps". Do not tie off 

Fringe:
Turn, 1 sc in each hdc across row, ch 1 turn
 *ch 16, sk the next st, join ch to the next st with a slst*, 
Repeat From * to* across row. tie off and weave in your ends.

Join yarn to the other end of the scarf with a slst, 
Turn, 1 sc in each hdc across row, ch 1 turn
and Repeat from * to *. tie off and eave in your end.
I have a few more of the Caron cakes,
 I wonder if I should make some more?
Yes, I should!
Any worsted weight yarn will work for this scarf,
 but I  really like how the long variegated colors 
look for this scarf.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Live Video Chat - "Loops and Posts" | Posh Pooch Designs


Are you confused by which loop to stitch in, 
or what a post is?
I will try to explain in today's Video Chat,
Loops, Bumps and Posts... as it pertains to crochet!
See The Live Video Chat at This LINK

Front Loop, Back Loop and Bottom Loop of the Chain.
Front and Back Post of a Stitch.
See a short demonstration on my 
Youtube Channel at this LINK

These are the loops on the top of the chain.
The loop facing you is the front loop, 
The loop facing away is the back loop.

The Bottom loop is the loop on the underneath side of the chain.
It runs down the center of the back of the chain.

The Post is the Body of the Stitch, 
whether it is single crochet, hdc, dc, tr or whatever the stitch is.

When you stitch the Front Post you stitch through
 on the side facing you.
The Hook is going under the Front post.

When you stitch the Back Post  you stitch through
 on the back side of the Post.
The Hook is going from the back, across the post, 
and stitched on the back side of the stitch.

This Picture shows 
Double Crochet Stitches 2 FP, 2BP, 2FP, 2BP 
You can see the stitches on the front, 
and the stitches on the back.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Reflective Dog Collar and Human Headband Crochet Pattern | Posh Pooch Designs

Do you have some of the Reflective Yarns in your yarn Stash 
and not sure what to make with them?

 I have a fun crochet pattern for you and your pooch.
When Summer begins to turn to fall, the days become shorter 
 And I end up walking the dogs in the darker and cooler hours
 of the morning and evening.

I designed this crochet pattern using the reflective yarns I had on hand. We live on 5 acres, so I don't leash my dogs
 when we are out walking. 
When they are wearing one of these collars  I can keep my flash light on my dogs and never loose them in the dark.
Also, cars going by can see us. 

 This Collar can be slipped on and off quickly, and works great with any sweater or harness. Their necks stay warm and safe,
and If their ears get cold, just pull it up over their ears.

See This Video Tutorial on my Youtube Channel at this LINK

Reflective Dog Collar and Human Headband Crochet Pattern
Please add this pattern to Your Ravelry Favorites

Skill: Easy

Materials:
 Crochet Hook - K Hook
Yarn - Red Heart Reflective Yarn (5) - 1 strand
           or I Love this yarn, Hobby Lobby- Reflective Yarn (4) - 2 strands
Yarn Needle
I've have a bunch of this yarn laying around and I need to use it.

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Foundation Half Double Crochet (fd hdc)
Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc)
Back Loop Only (blo)

Size: Headband - 20 inches X 4 inches  - Youth to Adult
          Dog Collar - 10 inches X 4 inches

Gauge: 2 hdc = 1 inch, 2 rows = 1 inch

Pattern Notes:
ch 2 counts as a hdc, join rounds with a sl st
Pattern is written for headband (18 to 20 inch)
   with dog collar in Parenthesis (10 inch collar)

How to measure your dogs neck:
Measure your dog's neck loosely and add 1 inch 

           
Pattern:
R: 1 - 40 (20 fd hdc - See video above for an explanation
join in a circle, ch 2 ( 40,20 fd hdc - the st count remains the same throughout the project)
Use the tail of the yarn to close the gap left when joining - see Video above.

R: 2 - *1 fpdc in the next st, 1 hdc in the next st* Repeat From * to * around, join. ch 2

R: 3 - Blo, 1 hdc in each st around, join, ch 2

R: 4 - 1 hdc in each hdc, join, ch 2

R: 5 - R : 6 - Repeat R: 4

R: 7 - Repeat R: 3

R: 8 - Repeat R : 2, tie off weave in your ends.

Tie: Ch 30, tie off and weave in the ends. attach to the front of the 
Headband/ Collar and tie a bow.


So, if You have some Reflective Yarns laying around,
 this crochet pattern is perfect.
Whether you have Red Heart or I Love This yarn, 
both yarns work great for this pattern.
Why not make you and your dog a matching set.