Monday, September 24, 2012

Coffee Cup Pin Cushion Crochet Pattern & a Discussion on Tension

Coffee Cup Pin Cushion Crochet Pattern
By Sara Sach of Posh Pooch Designs
The perfect gift for any crafter!
 Crochet, knitting, sewing, any crafters would love to have one of these.
Especially if you are a Coffee lover, as well.
It is also a fun way to have a coffee or tea party with your kids, minus the pics of course.

See the Video Tutorial on my Youtube Crochet Channel at this LINK

Coffee Cup Pin Cushion Crochet Pattern by Sara Sach
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Skill: Easy

Hook- H/ 5.00 MM
Yarn - Worsted Weight (4) or Cotton yarn - I used Peaches and Cream Cotton yarn
Small amount of fiber fill - about a handful
Yarn Needle
2 straight pins
Decorative Buttons

Chain (ch)
Single (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Back Loop Only (blo)

Size: 2 inches tall, 6 inches around

Ch 3 Counts as dc
Ch1 Does not Count as a sc
Rounds are joined with a slst

The Pattern : Starting with the bottom of the cup:

R: 1 - Ch 4, (ch3 counts as dc) 9 dc in the 2nd ch from the hook,
join with a sl st to form a circle, ch 3 (10dc)

R: 2 - 1 dc in the same st as the ch3, 2 dc in each dc, around join, ch1 (20dc)

R: 3 -BLO this row only)
           1 sc in each dc around join, ch 1(20sc)

R: 4 - 1 sc in each sc around, join, ch 1 (20sc)

R: 5 - R: 7 - Repeat R: 4

R : 8 - Repeat R: 4, Forming the cup handle, then ch 7, join ch to the loop that lines up even on R : 3, sc back up the around the ch, and join to the top, tie off.

Coffee/ Top of Cup

The Coffee:
Repeat R: 1 and R: 2 From the Coffee Cup.
Tie off weave in the ends.
Stuff the Coffee cup, Place the Coffee on top.
Join the yarn to the sc above the handle, sc around the top of the cup, sewing the coffee and cup together. tie off and weave in the ends.
Add a Decorative button or applique.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Free Crochet Pattern - Washcloth with Pocket

Washcloth With Pocket Crochet Pattern
By Sara Sach of Posh Pooch Designs

This Crochet pattern has just been up dated
 to include 3 sizes!
5, 9 and 12 inch Wash cloths.
I had a lot of questions about making it bigger.
 So I listened and made it bigger! 

9 inch wash cloth 

See The Video on my Youtube channel at this LINK

Washcloth with a Pocket Crochet Pattern By Sara Sach
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Skill: Easy

Hook : H / 5.00 MM
Cotton Yarn - 2-3 oz depending on size -
                       I used I love This Cotton by Hobby Lobby

chain (ch)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet ( dc)

Size: 6, 9, 12 inch wash cloths
 Pattern is written  6 inch (9 and 12 inch in parenthesis)

Ch1 at the end of each row, is a turning ch, and does not count as a st.

Square Cloth:
R : 1 - Ch 19(29, 39), 1 dc in the 2nd ch from the hook, * 1 sc in the next ch, 1 dc in the next ch, repeat from * across row, ch 1, turn. (18, 28, 38 sts)

R : 2 - * 1 dc in the 1st st, 1 sc in the next st ( dc in the scs, sc in the dcs for pattern)
repeat from * across row, ch1, turn.(18, 28, 38 sts)

R : 3 - * 1 sc in the 1st st, 1 dc in the next st, Repeat from * across row, ch1, turn.
(18, 28, 38 sts)

R : 4 -20(30, 40) - Repeat R : 2 and R : 3, alternating rows.

Trim: sc evenly around all four sides of the cloth,
stitching 3 scs each corner. do not tie off.
At the last corner ch 15, join to the next st,
 forming a loop, tie off, weave in ends.

Corner Pocket: For a Scrubbie pocket ad 1 strand of any scrubbie yarn, 
along with the cotton.

R: 1 - Ch 3, 3 dc in the 2nd ch from the hook, ch 1 turn

R: 2 - 1sc and 1 dc in the first st, 1 sc in the next st,
1dc and1 sc in the last st, ch1, turn

R: 3 - 1 dc and 1 sc, in the first st, 1 dc in the next st,
1 sc, in the next st, 1 dc in the next st,
1 sc and1 dc in the last st, ch1, turn

R: 4 - Follow previous pattern of dc, sc across row, ch1, turn

R: 5 - 1dc and 1 sc in the first st, dc, sc, dc, sc, dc across row,
 1 sc and1 dc in the last st, ch1, turn

R: 6 - Repeat R: 4

9 inch  - R : 7- R: 11 - Repeat R: 4

12 inch R : 7 - R: 15 - Repeat R: 4

Trim ; 1 sc in each st across, 1 sc in the corner,
 sc across the next row, 2 sc in the corner, sc across row,
2 sc in the last corner, do not tie off
Line up the triangle to the opposite corner from the loop,
 sl st across the 2 sides of the triangle sewing the triangle
 to the washcloth, tie off, weave in ends.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Learning How to Dye Wool With Koolaide

I read This Blog
about Dying yarn with Koolaide
Written By Niccupp Crochet
I thought it would be fun to Try.

So here is what I did.

The first thing I did was buy some wool, and soak it in cold water.

And then I bought some Koolaide and vinegar.

This is a very inexpensive project.
The yarn was about $8.00
I bought it from Hobby Lobby
(using my 40% off coupon)
The Koolaide was 19cents each
and the Vinegar was about $1.50

Following the directions from the blog I spoke of ,
 I made some purple, red, orange and green batches
 and began the dying process.
(My kitchen smells all fruity)

After rinsing well, I hung it outside,
in the aspen tree in my back yard to dry.

I was disappointed in the colors at first,
But once they dried....I loved them.

I am calling them...
Shades of Sherbert!

I'll let you know what I decide to make with them.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Team Spirit - Human and Dog hats

Team Spirit Rolled Brim
Human and Dog Hats
Find the Crochet Pattern
At These links:

 Human Hat has sizes NB through Adult
Dog Hat is Sizes for Dogs 2-15 lbs
But is easily adjusted to larger sizes.

I used
Team Spirit Yarn
 From Hobby Lobby
Got Both hats from 1 skein of yarn!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Yarn Bomb -- Big Spool!

UPS left this on my Doorstep...
I was so excited, I thought it was a big spool of yarn!
Well, when my hubby was done with his project,
he gave me the empty spool.
I decided to Yarn Bomb it!

 I covered the center with Home Town USA yarn,
wrapping it around, and around, and around......

And around, till the center was covered.

Then I crocheted a circle top,
using different scraps of yarn.
By doing decrease stitches on the last 2 rows,
 it naturally fit over the edge.
Lastly, I made a circle on the top of the bottom,
and sewed it in place.
I was going to use this as a nifty side table
 in my craft room,
But I think Maximo and Rosie Bell
Have other ideas.

I Love How the Spool
turned out....
What do You think?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Crochet Pet Rug

I decided to design a dog rug that I could
take with me in our RV, for camping trips.
I wanted it to be completely washable and
able to roll up and store. 

The First Rug I designed was the

1. Dog Bone Rug
26 X 12 inches

The Crochet pattern can be found on both

2. Paw Print Rug
16 X 15 inches
This Crochet pattern can be found on both

3. Fish Shaped Pet Rug
18 X 8 inches
This Crochet pattern can be found on both

You can also find all the links
to these and more, on my

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Featured Designer - Boomer Beanies

Today our Featured Designer -
"Boomer Beanies"

As you can see from her banner,
she designs awesome Crochet Patterns,
as well as, makes the actual items.

Her designs are original , unique and 
But that is not all she does....

She also, hand spins yarn!
Aren't these gorgeous colors and textures.

YOu can find her patterns on

and her items and yarns on

To find out and keep up
with what's going on at
Boomer Beanies
Check out her

Monday, September 3, 2012

Lace Ruffle Yarns -- LOVE THEM!!!

I am totally in love
with the
 Lace Ruffle Yarns
the items I can make
with them.

The Red heart Ruffle yarns
are my Favorite to work with.
But there are new colors and
 brands popping up every day!

Have your tried the yarns?

What do you think?