Thursday, April 28, 2016

Basic Tools For Leaning to Crochet | Posh Pooch Designs

I get this Question on a weekly basis, 
"What tools do I need to learn to Crochet?"
It can be very expensive if you purchase all the
 "things" you think you need.
But really you only need a few tools.
There are only 6 tools that you will need, 
When learning to Crochet


Video Chat - What tools you need to learn to Crochet
See This Video on my Youtube Channel at this LINK


1. Crochet Hooks - 
There are a lot of different types and sizes of 
Crochet Hooks.
I think when you first start, just pic up a few sizes of inexpensive hooks to see if you will like them.
Then you can try different kinds as you feel 
more confident.

2. Tape Measure:
 Some type of measuring tape or ruler to help you
 measure your items. This will help you with sizing and 
gauge.

3. Stitch Markers:
Stitch markers are a great help in marking corners, 
rows and such. There are several types. 
Some are plastic, some are metal,
and some are decorative. 

4. Yarn Needles:
You will need a Yarn Needle or Tapestry Needle 
for weaving in your ends, and sewing pieces together, 
and sewing on buttons.
There are several sizes, use one that fits the yarn 
you are using.
You will find them made of metal or plastic. 

5. Scissors:
You will Always want a pair of scissors with you.
You never know when you will need to cut out a knot.
You do not have to get an expensive pair. 
I like to buy a few pairs of child's school scissors 
when they are on sale in the Fall.

6. Yarn:
You definitely need Yarn! I suggest when you are
 first starting to purchase some inexpensive yarn 
and practice your stitches. Then when you feel more
 confident, splurge on some expensive yarn.
I hope this has answered your Question.
Know Go Check out all my
And make something fun!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Zoey's Scottish Beret | Posh Pooch Designs

My Grand Daughter, Zoey, needed a Scottish Beret.
Her Church was having a missions Conference 
and the children were doing a Missions Program.
Each Child was dressing up to represent 
all the different countries. 
She was dressing up like a little Scottish Girl
"A Bonnie Lassie".
Her mom asked me to make her a Scottish Beret.
So you know I did.
The Crochet Pattern I used was
Isabella's Fireside Girl's Beret
By Crochet Dynamite 
You can find the link for the Free pattern HERE

The only changes I made was making the bow a 
little smaller and adding the little 'thingy" on the top.

It is an easy well written pattern.
So if you need or want to make a child's beret
 this is a great pattern.
Zoey loved her beret and the program went well.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Dolly and Me Whimsical Capes | Posh Pooch Designs

Dolly and Me Whimsical Capes
One for Dolly and one For Me
I wrote the pattern,
 the Whimsical Cape Shawl For Ladies
You can find this Free pattern Here

And Was asked if I had one for 
little girls and their American Girl Dolls.
 I didn't so I wrote one.

I have made a video To explain the 
Foundation Double Crochet and 
the V Stitched used in these Patterns.
See This Video on my Youtube Channel at this LINK

Dolly and Me Whimsical Cape Shawl 
Crochet Pattern by Sara Sach
 Please, Add this pattern to your Ravelry Favorites



Skill: Easy

Materials:
Crochet Hook: I
Yarn: Bulky yarn (5) 3-4 oz. Child’s Cape, 1 oz. Doll’s Cape
           I used Lion Brand Tweed Stripes/ Popsicle

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Single Crochet (sc)
Slip Stitch (slst)
Double Crochet (dc)
Foundation Double Crochet (FDC)
Skip (sk)
Space (sp)

Sizes: Doll – 18 inch Doll (American Girl Doll)
            Girl - S – 3-5 year old – 20 inches), M-6-8 year old (24 inches)
Pattern written in Small with Medium in parenthesis.

Girl Cape Pattern:
Gauge: 4 dc = 1 inch
Each row is approximately = 1/2 inch

Notes: ch3 counts as the 1st Dc on the next row.

R: 1 - FDC 63 (66) Turn, ch 3

R: 2 – 1 dc in the same st as ch 3, *ch3, sk 2 dc, dc, ch1, dc in the next dc*
Repeat From * to * across row, ch 3 turn.

R: 3 – 1 dc in the same dc as the ch3, *ch3, dc, ch1,
dc in the ch1 space between the next 2 dc*
Repeat From * to * across row, Turn, ch 3

R: 4 – R: 15 – Repeat R: 3.
Only ch 1 at the end of R: 15

R: 16 – Trim -1 sc in each st and in each ch around, tie off and weave in your ends.

Sew a Button to top right side. No buttonholes are needed, as the space between
 the 1st 2 dc are perfect for the buttonholes.


Doll Cape Pattern:
Notes: ch2 counts as the 1st hdc on the next row.

R: 1 - FDC 33, Turn, ch 2

R: 2 – 1 hdc in the same st as ch 2, *ch2, sk 2 dc, hdc, ch1, hdc in the next dc*
Repeat From * to * across row, ch 3 turn.

R: 3 – 1 hdc in the same hdc as the ch2, *ch2, hdc, ch1,
hdc in the ch1 space between the next 2 hdc*
Repeat From * to * across row, Turn, ch 3

R: 4 – R: 6 – Repeat R: 3.
Only ch 1 at the end of R: 6

R: 7 – Trim - 1 sc in each st and in each ch around, tie off and weave in your ends.

Sew a Button to top right side. No buttonholes are needed, as the space between
 the 1st 2 hdc are perfect for the buttonholes.

 An Instant Download PDF File, 
containing all 3 Crochet Patterns, 
The Ladies, Child's and Doll's 
Whimsical Cape Shawl Crochet Patterns,
 is available in my Craftsy shop at This Link:

Friday, April 22, 2016

How To Read Yarn Labels | Posh Pooch Designs

You are walking a long in your favorite 
yarn store and see a luscious ball or skein of yarn.

 You pick up the yarn and look at the label.
Um... What?
What does all this mean?
Even to a person who has worked with yarns for years, 
all these symbols can be very confusing.
And "information" you are looking for,
 can be lost in all the 'information".

Yarn companies try to keep to the Standards 
for symbols. And Although it may seem like
 they are trying to be tricky,
 they really are not.
They are actually trying to give you as much 
information as possible on a small piece of paper.

See This Video on my Youtube Channel at This LINK

Ok... let us Get Started.
We will be referencing the Yarn above for today's Blog.
 It is Red Heart Steller - Nova

1. The Yarn Weight -  This Skein  is a Super Bulky 6.

All Yarns are classified into different yarn weights.
This refers to the yarn's strand thickness.

       0. Lace
             1. Super fine –Sock, Fingering
             2. Fine –Baby, Sport Weight
             3. Light  - Light Worsted Weight, DK Weight
             4. Worsted Weight, Afghan
             5. Bulky – Chunky weight, Rug yarns
             6. Super Bulky – Blanket, Roving
                 Although most yarns are put in these categories, 
                 there is still " wiggle" room between thicknesses.


                                                1             2              3 
2. Knitting Symbol – 
   Needle 10 US/ 6 mm
   A Swatch of 10 sts wide by 14 rows = 4 x 4 inch swatch (10 X 10 centimeters)

  3. Crochet Symbol –
    K -10.5 / 6.5 mm
   A Swatch 9 single crochets wide and 12 rows = 4 x 4 inch swatch (10 X 10 centimeters)

So those make sense, What about those 5 square symbols beneath those?

They are Care Instructions - For the yarn and as well as,
 items made from the yarn.


                                1      2       3      4        5
1.  Washing
2. Drying
4. Ironing
5. Bleaching
6. Dry Cleaning

Red Heart Yarn uses the Garment Standards for Laundry Care and so do most other yarn companies.
Here is a link to garment standards of textile symbols : LINK


For this Skein it reads: 
Machine Wash, Cold, Gentle Cycle, Dry Flat

 Next you will find What the yarn is made of.
This yarn is: 99% Acrylic, 1% Metallic

The amount of yarn per Skein is given in 
ounces, grams and yards.
For This Skein it is 8 oz. 224 grams/ 160 yds. 

Lastly,  if your skein has a dye lot, it will be listed 
near the Bar code sticker.  
As you can see This Yarn is Lot 23529
I hope this answered all your questions
 about reading yarn labels.




Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Whimsical Cape Shawl Crochet Pattern and Video | Posh Pooch Designs

Whimsical Cape Shawl Crochet Pattern
perfect for Morning, day or evening.
And Anytime of year!

Quick and Easy to Make.
 Whimsical and Fun to wear.
Crochet Pattern is designed in 4 sizes!

Here is a new Video to Help you understand
 the Stitches used in this Pattern

Ladies Whimsical Cape Shawl Crochet Pattern

 by Sara Sach

Please add this crochet Pattern to Your Favorites

Skill: Easy

Materials:
Crochet Hook: N-9.00MM
Yarn: Bulky yarn (5) 10.5 oz. / 279 yds.
           I used Yarn Bee, Whimsy bulky/Bombay
           The amount of yarn used depends on which size you make.
            (S and M – 2 skeins, L 2.5 skeins, XL 3 skeins)

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Single Crochet (sc)
Slip Stitch (slst)
Double Crochet (dc)
Foundation Double Crochet (FDC)
Skip (sk)
Space (sp)

Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Neck measurement – 32(34, 36, 38) inches
Pattern written in Small with Medium, Large, Extra Large in parenthesis.

Gauge: 2 dc = 1 inch
Each row is approximately = 1.2 inches

Pattern:

Notes: ch3 counts as the 1st Dc on the next row.

R: 1 - FDC 63 (66, 72, 75), Turn, ch 3

R: 2 – 1 dc in the same st as ch 3, *ch3, sk 2 dc, dc, ch1, dc in the next dc*
Repeat From * to * across row, ch 3 turn.

R: 3 – 1 dc in the same dc as the ch3, *ch3, dc, ch1,
dc in the ch1 space between the next 2 dc*
Repeat From * to * across row, Turn, ch 3

R: 4 – R: 12 – Repeat R: 3.
Only ch 1 at the end of R: 12

If you want your Cape shawl longer, repeat R: 3 for as many rows as you like.


R: 13 – Trim -1 sc in each st and in each ch around, tie off and weave in your ends.

Sew Buttons to top right side. No buttonholes are needed, as the space between
 the 1st 2 dc are perfect for the buttonholes.

 An Instant Download PDF File, 
containing all 3 Crochet Patterns, 
The Ladies, Child's and Doll's 
Whimsical Cape Shawl Crochet Patterns,
 is available in my Craftsy shop at This Link:

Monday, April 11, 2016

Watercolor Forest Shawl Crochet Pattern and Video | Posh Pooch Designs

Watercolor Forest Shawl Crochet Pattern


We remade the Video - 
It clear and not Fuzzy, and the Stitches are closer up.
See This Video on my Youtube Channel at this LINK


Watercolor Forest Shawl Crochet patter By Sara Sach
Please, add this pattern to your Ravelry Favorites

Skill: Easy

Materials:
Crochet Hook: N-9.00MM
Yarn: Worsted Weight (4) 13.5 oz. / 604 yds.
           I used Red Heart Boutique Treasure / Watercolor (4 skeins)

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Slip Stitch (slst)
Double Crochet (dc)
Skip (sk)
Space (sp)

Notes:
This is basically a C2C Style Shawl (corner to corner)
Therefore you will turn each row.


Size: Width – 60 inches, length - 30 inches
R: 1 – We will be starting at the point and working up in a variation of the C2C method.
Ch 6, 1dc in the 4th ch from the hook, 1 dc in the next ch, ch1, sk the next ch,
1 dc in the next ch,

R: 2 – ch 6, 1dc in the 4th ch from the hook, 1 dc in the next ch, ch1, sk the next ch,
Slst in the 1st ch 3 space, ch3, dc, ch1, dc in the ch 3 sp,

R: 3 – ch 6, 1dc in the 4th ch from the hook, 1 dc in the next ch, ch1, sk the next ch,
Slst in the 1st ch 3 space, ch3, dc, ch1, dc in the ch 3 sp,
 Slst in the next ch 3 space, ch3, dc, ch1, dc in the ch 3 sp,

R: 4 - ch 6, 1dc in the 4th ch from the hook, 1 dc in the next ch, ch1, sk the next ch,
Slst in the 1st ch 3 space, ch3, dc, ch1, dc in the ch 3 sp,
 *Slst in the next ch 3 space, ch3, dc, ch1, dc in the ch 3 sp* Repeat 1 more time,

R: 5 - ch 6, 1dc in the 4th ch from the hook, 1 dc in the next ch, ch1, sk the next ch,
Slst in the 1st ch 3 space, ch3, dc, ch1, dc in the ch 3 sp,
 *Slst in the next ch 3 space, ch3, dc, ch1, dc in the ch 3 sp* Repeat 2 more times,

R: 6 - ch 6, 1dc in the 4th ch from the hook, 1 dc in the next ch, ch1, sk the next ch,
Slst in the 1st ch 3 space, ch3, dc, ch1, dc in the ch 3 sp,
 *Slst in the next ch 3 space, ch3, dc, ch1, dc in the ch 3 sp* Repeat across row

R: 7 – R: 41 – Repeat R: 6 (repeat as many times as you like to make it as big as you like.)

R: 42 – Top Trim – Turn Working across the top of the Shawl, *Slst in the 1st ch3 sp,
Dc, ch2, dc in the st*( The stitch between the bumps)  Repeat From * to * across,

Side Trim- Turning and working down the 1st side, *Sc in the 1st row edge,
Dc, ch2, dc in the next row edge,* Repeat From * to * across to the Point of the shawl,
dc, ch2, dc, ch2, dc, ch2 in the point.
Then repeat as done for the first side of the shawl, join with a slst to the 1st st.
An ad Free Instant download PDF file is available 
in my Craftsy shop for $1.50 at this link:
Have fun making this classy shawl!
And post a pic to my facebook page at this link:
Posh Pooch Designs

Friday, April 8, 2016

American Girl Doll Clothes | Posh Pooch Designs

I decided to make a blog post with all the 
American Girl items I designed for my 
Granddaughter for her birthday.

 And, this way you can find all 
My Crochet Patterns easily.
All the doll patterns are designed for 18 inch dolls, 
like The American Girl Dolls.

 The Child's Crochet Patterns are designed 
For Little Girls 2-8 years old.

They are super easy patterns, and 
made with Red Heart With Love yarn.
No snaps, buttons or tricky closures, 
so they are easy to put on your dolls.

The Name of the Free Crochet Pattern is 
above each picture, and that is the 
link to take you to the pattern.






I really enjoyed designing these items
 for my granddaughter, 
and I am hoping she will love them.
I am so looking forward to getting some pictures
 of her and her dolls wearing these!

I decided to give my new doll a name.
We are calling her
 "Colorado Sunshine".

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Dolly and Me Spring Beanies Crochet Pattern | Posh Pooch Designs

Dolly and Me Spring Beanies - 
One For Dolly and One For your little girl!
The Doll beanie is Designed for the 18 inch dolls, 
like The American Girl Dolls.
The Child's Beanie is designed to fit a child 
about 2 to 8 years old.
These beanies were designed for my 
Granddaughter for her birthday.

The yellow dress the doll is wearing in the picture
 is the Simple Doll Dress and the 
Free Crochet Pattern can be found at this link:


























See the Video on my Youtube channel -

Part 1- The Doll Beanie - at this LINK


Part 2 Video  - Child's Beanie - 
YoutubeVideo at This LINK


Dolly and Me Spring Beanies Crochet Pattern
 By Sara Sach
Please, ad this pattern to your Ravelry Favorites


Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
Crochet Hook - H
Yarn - Worsted Weight yarn (4) I Used Red heart With Love
             Bright Pink – C1 (3 oz.)
             Spring Green – C2 (1oz)
             Yellow – C3 – (1 oz.)
              Purple – C4 – (1 oz.)
Yarn needle

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Space (sp)
Skip (sk)
Change (chg)

Size:  Doll Hat -Fits 18 inch dolls like American Girl Dolls

           Child’s hat – fit Child 2 to 8 years old (15 – 16 inches)


Dolly Hat –
Ch3 counts as a st, unless indicated otherwise.
Rounds are joined with a slst.

R: 1 – With C1, Ch 4, 9 dc in the 2nd ch from the hook, join to the 1st dc,
Ch3, (10 dc)
R: 2 – 1 dc in the same st as ch3, 2 dc in each dc around, join, ch 3
(20 dc)
R: 3 - 1 dc in the same st as ch3, 1 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next dc,
join, ch 3 (30 dc)
R: 4 -1 dc in the same st as ch3, 1 dc in the next 2 dc, 2 dc in the next dc,
join, (40 dc)
R: 5 – Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch1) sk the next dc, *1dc in the next dc, ch1, sk 1 dc*
Repeat From * to * around row, join to 3rd ch of ch4, (20dc, 20 ch1 = 40sts)
R: 6 – ch3, 1 dc in each dc and in each ch1 sp around, join,
R: 7 – Repeat R: 5
R: 8 – 1 sc in each dc and in each ch 1 sp around, join (40sc)
R: 9 – Chg to C2, Repeat R: 8
R: 10 – Repeat R; 8
R: 11 – Chg to C3, Repeat R: 8, tie off, weave in your ends.

Small Flowers – Make 1
With C4, Ch 2, 10 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, join with a slst to 1st sc.
Ch 2, 3 dc, in 1st sc, ch2, sl st in the next sc, ch 2, (1 petal made)
Repeat 5 more times for 6 petals. Tie off, and weave in your end.
Sew onto beanie.


Child’s Hat-
Ch3 counts as a st, unless indicated otherwise.
Rounds are joined with a slst.

R: 1 – With C1, Ch 4, 11 dc in the 2nd ch from the hook, join to the 1st dc,
Ch3, (12 dc)
R: 2 – 1 dc in the same st as ch3, 2 dc in each dc around, join, ch 3
(24 dc)
R: 3 - 1 dc in the same st as ch3, 1 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next dc,
Join. ch 3 (36 dc)
R: 4 -1 dc in the same st as ch3, 1 dc in the next 2 dc, 2 dc in the next dc,
Join.  (48 dc)
R: 5 – 1 dc in the same st as ch3, 1 dc in the next 3 dc, 2 dc in the next dc,
Join. (60 dc)
R: 6 – 1 dc in each dc, join, ch3 (60dc)
R: 7 – Repeat R: 6 for as many as needed for head length.
R: 8 – Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch1) sk the next dc, *1dc in the next dc, ch1, sk 1 dc*
Repeat From * to * around row, join to 3rd ch of ch4, (30dc, 30 ch1 = 60sts)
R: 9 – ch3, 1 dc in each dc and in each ch1 sp around, join,
R: 10 – Repeat R: 8
R: 11 – Repeat R: 9
R: 12 – Repeat R: 8
R: 13 – 1 sc in each dc and in each ch 1 sp around, join
R: 14 – Chg to C2, Repeat R: 8
R: 15 – Repeat R: 8
R: 16 – Chg to C3, Repeat R: 8, tie off, weave in your ends.

Flower – Use the same flower as doll hat, above.



I sure hope my granddaughter loves these items 
I designed for her and her American Girl Doll.
 Once she gets them, I also hope for a picture
 of her and her doll wearing them.

An add Free Instant Download PDF file is 
available in my Craftsy shop a for $1.50 at this link: