Crochet Easy Dog Sweater!

Glad your here… as it’s cold outside and our dog, a cairn terrier mix we liberated a year ago from an animal shelter, is smallish and gets cold easy. I developed an easy dog sweater that is warm, easy on and off and washable. This pattern is adaptable to any size dog as long as you measure. Three measurements are needed. Around the neck, from head to beginning of tail and around the chest or belly (which ever is larger)


Our dog Buddy is the model today so it looks real big on him.

I’m making this for a friends dog and his measurements are 16 inches around the neck, 20 inches from neck to tail, and 25 inches around the chest/ belly area.

For this sweater I am using Bernat royal blue and Red Heart white.

A size 5.5 crochet hook but use what the yarn recommends.

A button or 2 I use one that can be sewed in with yarn. Easy and looks great! They are 1.1/4 inches and are easy to sew in with yarn.  As it’s a larger dog I am doing 2 buttons.


Scissors and yarn needle

Stitches DC- double crochet (you can use any stitch you like but I used DC because then I don’t have to leave a space for the button-hole. It’s there for you.

Chain
For the sweater I chained 50 and did DC in  the 4th chain from the hook. DC to the end chain 3 turn and work your way. That’s it… yes that’s it. Well for the first part anyway.

Now I’m doing a stripped pattern so I alternated the blue and white every 2 rows. You decide if you want solid or stripped or multi-colored. I did 2 rows of blue and 2 rows of white. But again the beauty part of this easy dog sweater is you design it.

I am also, doing back loop only. After your first DC row start using the back loop only as you work the length.  It gives the sweater a great pattern design.

I also did a turtleneck so I did a few more rows so it can fold over.


After you have the length sew 3-6 inches together so it goes around your dog’s neck.

Then on one side of the sweater start don’t my D.C. Leaving an area for the front legs and back-end.


D.C. The width you need for your dog. And just eyeball the perfect position for the button or buttons.

Attach the button on the short piece b cause then you can button your pup in for the best fit.


Buddy is not happy with me because I woke him up.

See easy as can be. Just pick your color or colors and get the measurements. I add 1 inch to the numbers because the last thing your pet wants is a tight-fitting sweater.

To wash this fabulous easy sweater just wash in cold water and lay flat to dry.

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Glad your here!

Lisa

Crochet the Easiest Shawl!

Glad your here crochet lovers! As I was shopping for my Christmas gifts and such, I noticed there were a ton of shawls made from all materials and styles. As someone who is not a fashionista in any way shape or form I thought…”HEY guess their in style again..” I know real observant….

I made a few shawls for my craft fair adventures in November and December and they sold out. Complete shock to me because I tend to make what I like and what I have fun making for these things… Trends are not a part of my booth plan.

I want to share with you the easiest shawl I make. You can use your own yarn choices and color schemes of course.

For this shawl I used Carron Cakes. I must say this yarn is perfect for a shawl or even blanket. The color combination and transition are excellent!

Crochets Easiest Shawl:

You will need:

Carron Cake yarn at least 2 balls, or the yarn of your choice.

Crochet hook that works best with your yarn choice.

Scissors always a must

Yarn needle to sew in ends if you need too

Stitches I use are magic ring, DC – double crochet, and chain

Not hard at all…

Start with a magic ring inside the ring crochet 1 DC, chain 1, 3 DC, chain 1, and 1 more DC. total 5 DC. You will have 1 set of 3 DC.


Row 2 Chain 4, turn your work and in the first hole crochet 3 DC, chain 1, and 3 DC in next hole, chain 1, 1 DC. total 2 sets of 3 DC.


Row 3 repeat the chain 4 at each end of the rows adding 1 set of 3 DC at each end.


You will be doing this pattern till you reach the width you want. It’s a big triangle. With the cake yarn 1 ball will make a child size but I do 2 balls for teen and adult size.

After you have the desired width of your shawl you can stop there and weave in ends… but if you want a little splash on your shawl add fringe… you can make them as long or short as you like. For this you just cut the length you want but remember it’s going to be doubled over. I used a huge hook to attach it. Easy huh?  Look at that transition…. FABULOUS!!

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See how easy it is… I even did this shawl while watching TV. Because it takes me a few days to complete this project I only did a sample of the process so I can get this out there for you. I’ll finish it and it will be posted on my Etsy site soon.
Let me know if you like this shawl and if you make one… comment below! And don’t forget to follow me for more easy crochet projects.

Glad your here!

Lisa

 

 

Crochet a Bun Hat the Easy Way!

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Today’s post is to talk about crochet…. Crochet is one of my favorite things to do. I can take it everywhere and I can express my creativity while making things people need and enjoy.

DISCLAIMER: This pattern is written for your use and enjoyment PLEASE do not sell it for profit. This pattern also assumes you know how to do the crochet stitches already. If you need help please let me know I can walk you through it.

Lets talk Bun Hat…. The bun hat is easy and quick to work if you know the basic crochet stitches. Because long hair is in style right now people are making this hat all over the internet but it never comes out exactly correct for me. I decided to try one of my own creations with easy instructions.  I do not understand most crochet instructions so I just play and work it to come out the way I like it. Also, plenty of pictures to show you how the hat comes together.

This pattern is for adult/teens you can make a smaller one by doing less single crochets on the hair band and less double crochet rows. Use a measuring tape to find your perfect width and hight.

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Lets talk materials that you will need:

Yarn ( any kind you like) my favorite type of yarn is Red Heart Super Saver because it’s very cost-effective and easy to work with.

Crochet hook ( any size that works with the yarn you choose to work with. Red Heart works well with a 5.5 mm so that is what I use with it.

Needle to sew in ends if you need too.

Scissors to cut the yarn as needed

And for this project get a hair band just a regular cheap one will do.

Stitches you will be working with are:

SC – single crochet

DC – double crochet

FPDC – front post double crochet

BPDC – back post double crochet

C – chains

SS – slip stitch

Row 1: Attach the yarn on to the hair band then I single crochet around the band till you reach 24 SC. Then SS and C 3

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Row 2: 2 DC in each stitch around then SS and C 3.

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Row 3: Pattern is 2 DC in first stitch then 1 DC in next. repeat till you reach the end of the row and SS and C3.

Row 4-9: 1 DC in each stitch with a SS and C3 at the end of each row.

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Row 10: Alternate FPDC and BPDC to the end of the row. SS and C3.

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Row 11: Alternate BPDC and FPDC to the end of the row then SS and C3.

Row 12 and 13: Repeat row 10 and then row 11 SS and C1 at each end of rows.

Row 14: SC each stitch around and SS together. DONE!!!!

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Easy HUH????

My model is my daughter Allison. How cute is that…

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Change it up using multiple colors or alternating the stitches a different way. Unique and the hight of fashion…

If you have any questions please contact me here and I will do my best to help.

Glad your here!

Lisa

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