Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Live With Sara - "Tips on Sizing Crochet Patterns" | Posh Pooch Designs

Live  Video Chat With Sara Sach of
To Day we are discussing the Question
"How do I make a Crochet Pattern Smaller or Larger?

See The Video on my Youtube Channel
 at This LINK




Here are a Few Tips To Accomplish This:

1. Change Your Crochet Size. If the pattern calls for an 
H hook,and it is measuring too big or too small, 
change your hook size.I tend to crochet loose,
 so I usually go down a hook size.




2.  Change Your Yarn Weight - If the pattern is turning out
 to small, or you just want it to be bigger, use a thicker yarn.
 And if you want it smaller, switch to a smaller weight yarn.

3.Change Your Number of Beginning Chains - If the item is working to small, you can add more chains, 
and if it is too large, add less. Some patterns are worked in multiples. And Some are by measurements. 
For instance "3 chains = 1 inch". Then you know to
 make sure you measure correctly and the item will be the size you want.


And How many rows you stitch.

4. Change The Amount Of Rounds - When working in Rounds,
 it may come out to long or too short. and you may
 want to add less rounds, or more rounds.




5. Measure as you Go! Measure everything!
 Length, Width, Up, Down and Around!





What's New This Week at 
 Posh Pooch Designs

Travel Pillow Free Crochet Pattern and 
Video - LINK

American Flag Headband
Free Crochet Pattern and Video - LINK

Dog Collar and Wrist Band Awareness Ribbons 
Free Crochet Pattern and Video - LINK

American Flag Garden Flag/ Sing
 Free Crochet Pattern and Video - LINK

Little Cotton Key Chain Bag 
Free Crochet Pattern and Video - LINK

It's been a busy week!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

American Flag Garden Sign Crochet Pattern | Posh Pooch Designs

 Great Patriotic Decoration that you can stitch up really quick, because it is crocheted using chunky yarn! 
The Flag is Trimmed off with a easy shell stitch border.
The Cute Start is embroidered on.
 I made this one in about 2 hours!

I chose to use the Charisma Chunky (5) From Loops
 and Thread, Micheal's because although it is chunky, 
it is not heavy.
And if it gets rained on, or dirty, 
I can wash it and hang it up to dry.

If you do not have  chunky (5) yarn on hand,
 2 strands of Worsted Weight (4), 
held together will also work.

See The Video on my Youtube Channel 
at This LINK

American Flag Garden Sign Crochet Pattern By Sara Sach
 Please add this Pattern to Your Ravelry Favorites
Skill: Easy

Materials:
Crochet Hook – K /6.50MM
Yarn – Chunky (5) 50 oz. of each color – Loops and Thread Charisma
             C1 – Red, C2 - white, C3 – Blue, C4 - Yellow
Yarn needle

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Slip Stitch (slst)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)

Notes:
Ch3 Counts as a dc.
When changing colors, ch3 after the color change.
When changing colors, do not cut your yarn.

Size: 17 X 15 inches

Pattern:
R: 1 – With C1, Chain 32, 1 dc in the 4th ch from the hook, and in each ch across, Turn, Ch3
(30dc – st count remains the same for all rows of flag)

R: 2 – 1 dc in each dc, Turn

R: 3 – Change to C2, Ch3, 1 dc in each dc, turn, Ch3

R: 4 – 1 dc in each dc, turn

R: 5 - R: 12 - Repeat R : 1 – R : 4 2 more times.

R: 13 – With C1, ch3, 1 dc in the next 14 dc, Chg to C3, 1 dc in the next 15 dc, Turn, ch3
(15 red C1, 15 dc C3)

R: 14 – 1 dc in the next 14 dc, change to C1, 1 dc in the next 15 dc, Turn

R: 15 - With C2, ch3, 1 dc in the next 14 dc, Chg to C3, 1 dc in the next 15 dc, Turn, ch3
(15dc C2, 15dc C3)

R: 16 - 1 dc in the next 14 dc, change to C2, 1 dc in the next 15 dc, Turn

R: 17 – R: 20 – Repeat R: 13 – R: 16 1 more time.

R: 17 – Change to C3, ch 3, 1 dc in each dc across,
Turn working down the 1st side of the flag,
We will be placing stitches into the ends of the rows.
1 sc in the corner, *sk the next row end, 3dc in the next row end,
sk the next row end, sc in the next row end*
Repeat From * to * Down the side, across the bottom of the flag, then up the other side.
Dc across the top of the Flag, tie off leaving about 30 inch piece of yarn.

Fold the top 2 rows of the flag over, to form a fold to put the rod through,
 and sew closed with the tail of yarn.


To Form the Star, thread white yarn on the needle, find the center of the blue field,
 stitch a  +, the St an X on top of the +.


Slide the Flag on and hang it up!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Live Video Chat - Crochet Graphs | Posh Pooch Designs

"Live With Sara" 
from
 Posh Pooch Designs
This Week are talking about How to
 Crochet a Graph
See The Video on my Youtube Channel
 at this LINK


There are several techniques to crochet a graph pattern.
Crocheting  a Pattern according to a 
graph.  A Basic Graph can be used 
for almost all types of Graph Crochet.

1. Simple Single Crochet
Neck Tie Coaster and Mug Cozie - LINK
The graph is Crocheted using Single 
Crochet Stitches from the bottom, 
working up, row by row.

2. Corner to Corner (C2C)
Pixel Graph Blanket - LINK
A C2C Graph pattern is Worked from
 one corner to the other. 

3. Granny Squares -
Sewing Granny Squares together to form  pattern from a graph.
I Square per square of the Graph.
This is a Graph from Repeat Crafter Me
you can find it at this LINK

4. Filet Crochet- Filet Crochet
Whispering Pines Scarf - LINK
This Style is worked across rows,
 following the graph according to
 the stitches indicated by the designer.


There are other Styles out there also, 
these are just the 4 most popular.
What New This Week at
 Posh Pooch Designs

Kitties In A Row Bags
Free Crochet Pattern and Video - LINK

Briar Rose Shawl Free Crochet Pattern, Photo Tutorial 
and Video - LINK

Neck Tie Coaster and Mug Cozie
Free Crochet Pattern,  
and Video - LINK

See ya next Week!
Graph Patterns that I have made
Can be found at this LINK
Scroll down the page.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Live Video Chat with Sara - What Yarn Fiber is Best? | Posh Pooch Designs

"Live With Sara" 
Tuesdays at 9:30 AM MST
over on the facebook page at
 Posh Pooch Designs

Today's Topic - Yarn Fiber"

Yarn is made of many different fibers 
and blends of those fibers. 
But any fiber that can be spun or cut into long strips
 can be crocheted or knitted.
And therefore, Classified as "yarn".

Yarn Makers and distributors
always put on the label what the yarn

 is made out of. And be sure to always read the label, 
as some yarns are combinations of other fibers.


See The Video on my Youtube Channel at This LINK




1. Acrylic Yarn - The most popular yarn fiber is Acrylic, or Synthetic. It is inexpensive to make and inexpensive to purchase. And has really changed in the last few years.It is softer and smoother. It has a lot of bright colors and 
can be used for just about any project.
Acrylic is safe to Machine wash and dry, and holds up well.

2. Wool Yarn - is an interesting medium as it can be soft or scratchy, thick or thin, depending on how it is spun. Of course it is made from the wool of sheep. It must be washed very carefully. If you machine wash and dry it-- it will felt or shrink. Which is great if you did it on purpose. It must be washed by hand, gently rubbing the dirty area,
 and laid out to dry.

3. Alpaca Yarn - This yarn is a great yarn to use 
if you are allergic to wool, as it is hypo allergenic. 
It is also warmer them wool.
It can be mixed with other fibers, like acrylic to make a softer or for a warmer project. This yarn can be a little more expensive then wool or Acrylic, as it is harder to get.


5. Cotton Yarn - This is yarn made of 100% Cotton. 

It is a great yarn for washcloths and towels, and for lots of other projects as well. This yarn can be stiff when worked up, but there are a few styles that are softer. Usually the colors are dyed, so be sure to wash in cold water. 
6.  Other Yarns - There are many other yarn fibers and yarn blends such as cashmere, ox, silk and other animal fibers. Sometimes these are blended with Acrylic or wool.
Again, read the yarn label. The yarn label will also give you instructions on how to wash the yarn.
7. Tarn - T- Shirt Yarn - This is yarn made  of T Shirts that have been cut into strips. They can be cotton or poly blend, both work great. It's a great way to recycle old T Shirts in to something useful. I have made bags, rugs and baskets with this Yarn. 
8. Plarn - Plastic Yarn - This is yarn made from plastic bags. This is a little time consuming but a great fun to do. 
You can make shopping bags, baskets, place mats or rugs with this yarn. 

The Bottom line is anything that can be cut or torn into long strips can be crocheted or knitted, and can be called Yarn. 
Like table clothes, sheets, or jeans.

And you can crochet or knit with anything that is already in stings like rope, ribbon, thread, leather or cord. 


I actually love to find odd and different types
 of "Yarn" to Crochet With and see what fun
 things I can make!


What New This Week at 

How To Crochet a Triangle Granny Square
Free Crochet Pattern and Video - LINK

Sherbet Sack hat (5 sizes)
Free Crochet Pattern and Video - LINK

June Alexandrite Crochet Afghan Square 
Free Crochet Pattern, Photo Tutorial and Video - LINK

So, Are you " Getting" Enough Fiber?

Monday, June 5, 2017

June Alexandrite Crochet Afghan Square | Posh Pooch Designs

June Alexandrite Crochet Afghan Square
This is a Crochet Square #6 in Our Year Long Crochet A long.
Another Fun 6 inch Afghan Square.
It is a photo Tutorial to help you.
 the first few rounds seem hard, but once you do them, 
you will see it is really quite easy.
I used Lavender and A purple Variegated yarn, 
but you can use any colors you like.
 It is stitched in Worsted weight 4 yarn and
 I used a H 5.0mm Crochet Hook.
See The Video on my Youtube Channel
 at this LINK
June Alexandrite Afghan Crochet Square Pattern By Sara Sach
Please add this pattern to Your Ravelry Favorites

Skill: Easy

Materials:
Crochet Hook - H / 5.0 mm
Yarn - Worsted Weight (4) Red heart Super Saver Lavender - C1
                                                                               Variegated - C2
Yarn Needle

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Slip Stitch (slst)
Single Crochet (sc)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Space (sp)
Skip (sk)
Front Loop Only (flo)
Back Loop Only (blo)
Change to (chg to)

Notes:
Ch1 counts as sc
Ch2 Counts as hdc
Rounds are joined with a slst

R: 1 - With C2, ch5, join in a circle.

8 sc in the circle, join to 1st sc, (8sc)

R: 2 - *Ch 4, sk next sc, slst in the next flo of next sc*
Repeat From * to * 3 more times, ( 4 ch4 loops)

R: 3 - *Ch 4, slst in the flo of next sc, (the skipped sc from R: 2)*
Repeat From * to * 3 more times, (4 ch4 loops)

R: 4 - Chg to C1, Working in the BLO of R : 1, dc in the 1st sc, ch1,
*dc in the next sc, ch1* Repeat From * to * 6 more times, join to dc, 
( 8 sets of 1dc, ch1)

R: 5 - sl st in the 1st ch2 sp, ch2, 1 hdc in the same sp, ch2, 2 hdc in the same sp, ch2,
2 hdc in the next ch2 sp, ch2
*2hdc, ch2, 2 hdc in the next ch2 sp, ch2, 2 hdc in the next ch 2 sp, ch2*
Repeat From * to * 2 more times, join to the top of the ch 2.
( 4 corners, 4 sides)

R : 6 -sl st in the 1st ch2 sp, ch2, 1 hdc in the same sp, ch2, 2 hdc in the same sp, ch2,
2 hdc, ch2 in the next 2 ch2 sp,
*2hdc, ch2, 2 hdc in the next ch2 sp, ch2, 2 hdc, ch2 in the next 2 ch 2 sp,*
Repeat From * to * 2 more times, join to the top of the ch 2.
( 4 corners, 4 sides)

R: 7 -Chg to C2, sl st in the 1st ch2 sp, ch2, 1 hdc in the same sp, ch2, 2 hdc in the same sp,
 ch2, 2 hdc, ch2 in the next 3 ch2 sp,
*2hdc, ch2, 2 hdc in the next ch2 sp, ch2, 2 hdc, ch2 in the next 3 ch 2 sp,*
Repeat From * to * 2 more times, join to the top of the ch 2.
( 4 corners, 4 sides)

R: 8 - Chg to C2, sl st in the 1st ch2 sp, ch2, 1 hdc in the same sp, ch2, 2 hdc in the same sp,
 ch2, 2 hdc, ch2 in the next 4 ch2 sp,
*2hdc, ch2, 2 hdc in the next ch2 sp, ch2, 2 hdc, ch1 in the next 4 ch2 sp,*
Repeat From * to*  2 more times, join to the top of the ch 2.
( 4 corners, 4 sides)

R: 9 - Sl st in the 1st ch2 sp, ch2, 1 sc in the same sp, ch2, 2 sc in the same sp,
 ch2, 2 sc, ch2 in the next 5 ch2 sp,
*2sc, ch2, 2 sc in the next ch2 sp, ch2, 2 sc, ch2 in the next 4 ch2 sp,*
Repeat From * to * 2 more times, join to the top of the ch 2. ti eoff, weave in your ends.
( 4 corners, 4 sides)

The other Afghan Squares for the Crochet
 A Long are found at This LINK
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