Monday, November 29, 2010

Candy Cane Collar - Free Crochet Pattern # 9

Candy Cane collar -12 collars of Christmas - Free Crochet pattern # 9

This dog collar is intended for decorative purposes only, 
not for attaching your lead or leash to . 
It lays and  fits nicely right over the regular collar.

When I decided to design a Candy cane collar I wanted it to have
 stripes but not exact stripes. Sort of hints of stripes, I guess. 
My creative juices started flowing and I ended up making  
about 20 different designs. I could not decide which one to use.
 So I put each one on Maximo
 to see which one looked best. And this one was the winner.

This is a very simple yet classy looking collar.
It has the red and white elements with out being to strippie (if that is a word??).

The Candy Cane Dog Collar Crochet Pattern by Sara Sach
Please add this To your Ravelry Favorites
Skill: Easy

Materials :
Hook : H
Yarn -Worsted Weight (4) , red and white

Stitches :
Chain ch
Single Crochet sc
Slip Stitch ss

Collar :

Ch 46, with white yarn, for a 9 in collar
 (+4 chs = 1 inch to make longer or -4 to make shorter)

R -1 : Join in red yarn, leaving the white yarn attached.
Follow the pattern , starting in the 2nd ch from the hook,
* ( sc, sc, sc, sc, ch 4, skip next 4 chs ),
repeat pattern from * to the end of the chain,
ch 3, working down the opposite side of the chain,
repeat pattern * to the end of ch, ch 3,
 join to the first sc, tie off red yarn.

R - 2 : With white yarn *(sc, sc, sc, sc, ch 4, skip next 4 sts),
 repeat pattern from * to the end of collar, 1sc, ch 20, turn and ss back down
ch, attach to collar with a sc. Working down the opposite side of the collar,
 repeat from * to the end of collar, 1 sc, ch 20, turn ss back down the ch,
 attach to collar with a sc, tie off. Weave in all yarn ends.

Embellish with a candy cane button or bow if desired.
 (I bought my buttons at Hobby Lobby in the Christmas department.)

Have fun with this Pattern!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Posh Pooch Designs in the Chihuahua Connection Magazine

Posh Pooch Designs is in The Chihuahua Connection Magazine! "It is a magazine for Chihuahuas and their people." It is published 8 times a year.  It is Filled with all types of Chihuahua information, from show news, to dog clothes,and special Articles.

This is the link to their web page to order a subscription:

The Article that Posh Pooch Designs is in, is about a very Special Chihuahua Named Diamond Girl. She is wearing one of our designs in her picture.

The Cinnamon Twist hat and Sweater Set  are Posh Pooch Designs.
Diamond Girl is a long haired Chihuahua that was born Blind. She was rescued from a Shelter by a wonderful lady named Shawna Hamon. Who has given Diamond Girl a forever home!!!!!  Isn't she just as beautiful as a diamond! Diamond Girl has her own facebook page called "Diamond Rescued".

Here is were our name is mentioned . :O)
 You can find the hat and sweater that Diamond Girl is wearing in my Artfire Shop. Just click on the Artfire link above.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

12 Collars of Christmas # 8 "Button Dog Scarf Crochet Pattern"

12 Collars of Christmas Collar # 8 
"Button Dog Scarf"
By Sara Sach of Posh Pooch Designs

Easy to Adjust For Any size Dog, Cat or Pet.

 I realize this collar is not exactly a "decorative collar" 
but I thought this was a really fun idea. 
It is made out of " I love This yarn - Blue magic Stripe". 
 It is a very easy pattern with really pretty with fast results!
 This collar can be worn along with any sweater or alone, 
either way it will keep their little necks warm. 

See this video on my Youtube Crochet

Channel at this LINK

Button Dog Scar Crochet Pattern By Sara Sach

Please, Add This Crochet Pattern to Your Ravelry Favorites
Skill - Easy...Really Easy!

Crochet Hook - H/ 5.00
Button - Any button of choice. I used 1/2 inch buttons.
Yarn needle
Yarn - Worsted weight (4) I used Red Heart Soft (about 1 oz. depending on size)

Stitches :
Chain (ch)
Single Crochet (sc)
Skip (sk)

Notes: Ch1 Does Not Count as a st.

Size: Ch 50 for a 9 inch collar

To adjust pattern - approx. 3 chs = 1 in, + 23 chains for over lap.
For Example - (9 X 3 = 27) + 23 = 50


R: 1 - Ch50, 1 Sc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch, turn ch 1
(49 sc - The number of stitches remains the same throughout this project)

R: 2 - Sc in first sc, ch 1, skip next sc,
*sc in the next st, ch 1, skip the next st, repeat from*
Repeat From * to *across row, ch 1 turn.

R: 3 - sc in each st, turn ch 1

R: 4 - 1 Repeat R: 2

R: 5 - Repeat R: 3

R: 6 - Repeat R: 2

R: 7 - Repeat R: 3, do not tie off

Add More Rows if a  wider Scarf is desired.

R: 8 - Sc evenly on all 4 sides of the Scarf, placing 2 sc in each corner.

Optional Lace Trim - 
*Ch3, sk the next sc, slst in the next sc*
Repeat From * to * Around all 4 sides of the scarf.
Fold Scarf as shown in the picture and tack the 4 corners.
Sew your buttons on going through both thicknesses of the scarf.

Please remember, This is a decorative scarf and no intended to 
be strong enough to attache a lead or leash to. 
It lays nicely right on top of the collar, with our being uncomfortable. 

I hope you enjoy this crochet pattern..
and again, if you make one I would love
 to see your pics!


Friday, November 19, 2010

Buttercup Yarn

I just finished a custom order for two Dog Sweaters made from the Buttercup baby yarn from Red Heart.
White Buttercup Baby yarn from Red heart yarn
It was quite challenging. The thing that is so wonderful about this yarn, is also the thing that is so terrible!
It is amazingly soft! But because it is so amazingly soft it is very difficult to work with.  I discovered that I can not work with it by itself. As I began to crochet the sweater, the yarn kept breaking and would not keep its shape. It was very pretty, but a very pretty blob of yarn!

So I decided to get some soft but durable baby yarn to use along with it. I used one string of each, the buttercup and the baby yarn and it worked beautifully!!

This is the yellow buttercup and the lemon yellow baby yarn. Worked great. Gave the buttercup yarn stability and the sweater was keeping it's shape.

Finished Yellow Buttercup Dog Sweater. It feels like chenille. I know it doesn't really look like a dog Sweater, but I do not have my dogs model custom sweaters, because I don't want them to have my dogs scent on them. 
This is the Pink Buttercup Dog Sweater. Both Sweaters have pompom on the back, but if it is not wanted, it can be snipped off.

These sweaters are complete with full tummy and sleeves. I really loved making these, as I love custom orders, because it gets my creative juices flowing. But also loved the challenge of working with a different type of yarn and figuring how to make it work.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Radar's Doggie treats!

Radar The Weather Dog for Channel 6 News Oklahoma
Radar's Doggie Treats

1 box Jiffy Corn Bread mix
1 egg ( shell and all! )
1 pound liver ( drained )
1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder ( opt)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients to baby food consistency. Pour batter evenly into a jelly roll pan or  two 9.5" X 11" baking pans sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 20 min, or until pick inserted comes out clean.  Cut treats into desired size. Break the treats apart. bake for another 15 minutes. Allow to cool and dry completely before storing in the frige.  Treats will keep up to a Week.

Every year The News on 6 , here in Oklahoma, puts out a Christmas circular with shopping ideas, coupons and recipes, this is the recipe that Radar The Weather Dog put in this years circular. I am going to try this as my pooches love liver treats.

Radar is a rescue dog from The Tulsa Animal Shelter. He is cute and sweet and its has been really fun to watch him since he joined the News on 6 team.

Learn how a weather star was born.
By Nick Bender, WARN Team Meteorologist

Radar as a puppy in the Shelter

"When we went scouting at the shelter for a weather mascot, there were lots of great dogs needing good homes. One stood out though - a little beagle mix who saw us coming and was turning himself inside out to get our attention.

To find the perfect pooch to help teach children and adults about severe weather safety, we enlisted the help of a local dog breeder and trainer, Susanne Shelton of Clickety Split Dog Training.

Thankfully, with good care from Susanne and the vet, Radar got over his initial hurdles and was able to make his debut at Trav's Wild Weather Camp last spring. He's learned about where to go in a storm, how to avoid flooded roads and lightning safety.

He's helping the WARN Team deliver those messages to school children all over Green Country. He's been staying sharp over the summer months and getting ready for next spring's weather camps.

 He also shows up periodically on Six In The Morning to help Susanne answer questions about training and behavior. Recently he visited a Red Cross "Pet First Aid" class. Radar is a great ambassador, and he's always learning."

To Learn more about Radar the Weather Dog Visit :

Sunday, November 14, 2010

12 Collars of Christmas - Pattern #7 "Retro"

I am very excited to share with you this weeks free collar pattern, 
it reminds me of The Brady Bunch, for some reason.
 I guess it's the colors. It kind of has a Art Deco feel to it.
 It is called "Retro".

Please remember these collars are for fun and decorative
 purposes only, and are not strong enough to attach your lead or leash to.

It is a little tricky with all the colors 
but once you do one, you will love it. 
and of course you can chose any colors you like! 
Bright pinks and greens would be pretty, too.

Retro Dog Collar Crochet Pattern By Sara sach
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Skill: Easy

Crochet Hook H
Worsted Weight yarn-(4) ( I used vintage yarn) yellow, brown, teal, & orange
yarn Needle

Chain (ch)
Half double Crochet (hdc)
Slip Stitch (ss)
Treble Stitch (tr)

All of the Color changes will be worked without cutting the yarn
 till the end of the project, unless otherwise stated. 
Less ends to work in on such a little project.

With Brown yarn, ch 39 for a 9 inch collar, ( 3 chs = 1 inch)

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

R - 2 : Add in orange yarn, follow pattern * 4 orange sc,( add in teal yarn)
 1 teal tr, repeat from * across collar, (leaving all three colors attached)
 At the end of the row tie off the teal and orange and work in the ends.

R - 3 : (with brown) 1 hdc in each st across

R - 4 : Change to the yellow yarn,( tying off the brown yarn)
working completely around the whole collar sc in each st and
5 sc at each end. Tie off and weave in ends.

Ties - (One on each end) Attach yarn to the center sc
with a ss, ch 25, 1 dc in the last ch ss back down the ch to
 the collar and join with a ss, tie off.

Now try it on your pooch, take a pic
 and send me  a picture to my facebook page,  please.
I hope that you enjoy making this collar as much as
 I enjoyed designing it!  Have fun with colors and let me 
know what you come up with! enjoy!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fall Colors

Fall 2010  Looking Down Our Street
Fall in Oklahoma isn't as Colorful as it is other places, but we do have some nice colors. This  a picture looking down our street. I think it is rather pretty.

Rosie  and Maximo
I brought Rosie and Maximo out front to play. We woke up to rain this morning, which we badly needed and more rain is coming. So I decided to take advantage of the break in the rain and let the pooches play in the leaves in the front yard.

Maximo did not like the wet leaves!!!!!
He just stood there and looked at me as if to say, "Mommy you have got to be kidding me, I am not getting my precious paws all wet!"  

Rosie Loved the leaves!!!
She ran around sniffing and prancing around, throwing the leaves in the air, well as far as you can throw  wet leaves. She had a blast!

Maximo in the flowers.
Maximo jumped up into the flower bed thinking it would be dry there.  NO, he got his precious paws wet and just looked at me again, with those sweet sad eyes, until I went over and picked him up...but of course I took a pic first!

Rosie in the flowers.
I guess Rosie didn't want to be left out, she jumped up into the flower bed and started posing for the camera. I think this is her serious face!

Looking the opposite direction, up our street.
 So even if we don't get all the reds, golds, and oranges in our fall folige that other states get.  I still love Fall In Oklahoma!

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.

See The Video on my Youtube channel at this LINK

 In this blog we are going to Design Leg Warmers for:

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

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  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.

It probably looks like Scribbles to you,
 but it makes perfect sense to me ( most of the time).

I always measure, over and over again. Crocheting
can be tricky and I want my finished project to fit.
Dog Leg Warmers Crochet Pattern by Sara Sach
Please, Add This Crochet Pattern to Your Ravelry Favorites.

Now you give it a try:

Pattern for Dog Leg Warmers:

Skill : Extremely Easy

Materials :
Hook - H
Yarn - Worsted Weight Yarn (4)Small Amount
 (I used Assorted Red Heart Yarns I already had)
Yarn Needle

Stitches :
Chain (ch)
Slip Stitch (slst)
Single Crochet (sc)
Back Loop Only (BLO)

Sizing: 3. 5 X 3 inches approximately
The Pattern can be adjusted to fit any size dog.

Gauge: 3 chs = 1 inch, 2 rows = 1 inch

Ch1 does not count as a stitch.
We will be stitching through the back looponly in order to
 give the leg warmers a ribbed look.

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 :  Fold leg warmer in half to form a tube,
 and slst evenly up the side to close the tube.

 R - 14 : Change to a different color if you like.
 Sc evenly around the top to form an edge. join to 1st sc, and tie off.
Weave in all your ends.

The color choices and trims are endless!
I hope you will try this pattern
 and have some fun with it...
And I would love to see a pic or two!