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

 

 

Reading Wednesday! Nora Roberts Key Trilogy!

One of my all time favorite past times is reading. I love light reading such as romances with a bit of mystical mystery thrown in for good measure. I am starting a new blog series called Reading Wednesday where I will review books I actually read and I think you will enjoy. Most of these books are not new releases. They are books I like to keep and read often.

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Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors. My favorite writings of hers are her famed trilogies. Unlike most romance novelist Nora Roberts adds other elements to tell the story. That in my opinion, makes her unique and refreshing even though she has been writing for over 25 years.

Disclaimer: There may be some spoilers but I do my best to share this book with you without sharing too much..

Key Trilogy:

Overview of the books:

Three strong smart women are invited to Warriors Peak a castle like home in the hills of Pleasant Valley. They meet Rowena and Pitt. They are the magic of this story. They tell a story of three demi-goddess that are captured by a nasty god wanting to control the god world. Their teacher and protector are Rowena and Pitt and because they were unable to save the girls they have been banished to our world till they find three women to find  three keys and unlock the box of souls to release them. Rowena and Pitt can do little to help Mallory, Dana, and Zoe but they do their best to protect them so they can search for the keys. Each woman has 1 moon cycle to find their key.

Key of Light synopsis:

The first book in this series is called Key of Light. Mallory a curator of an art gallery in the valley must find her key through her love of art. She meets Flynn who is a handsome news paper man and who is the step brother of Dana. Through this he gets involved and helps the women in their quests. But as with every romance story he is captivated by Mallory.

In Flynn Mallory finds what she has always wanted and while she is searching for her key she is trying to convince Flynn she is what he has always wanted.

Key of Knowledge synopsis:

The second book in the series is Key of Knowledge. Dana is a librarian who loves books and is facing her hours cut at the local library. Her quest is to find her key in books and yes knowledge. She had a lover in her youth who through circumstances comes back to the valley to help the women in the quest for the keys.

Jordan was Flynn’s best friend and Dana was heart-broken when Jordan left to become an author. Jordan wants to win Dana back and keeps her guessing as he courts her again.

 

Key of Valor synopsis:

The last book in the series Zoe is a hair stylist at a local salon and has been fired. Zoe needs to open up and have courage to find her key. Zoe had a hard life growing up but she came out of it with a precious son named Simon. As a single Mom he is the reason for everything. She meets Brad a building supply store tycoon but Brad has a painting of her and fell instantly in love but when he finally meets her he falls deeper and wants to win Zoe and her son. Zoe must learn to trust again and accept or she wont find her key.

My humble opinion:

What ties these books together and what makes them unique as a series. Well as always you have strong women meeting the men of their dreams and desires but you also see how connected the women are though the series. Having met at the Peak and going through their separate trials to find the keys to let the souls of the demi-goddess out they become best friends.  They learn to trust each other and the men helping them. Each woman was strong and smart but they become better by banding together.

Of course, the good battle evil and win, but they win together.  They form a family of 6 and because of that they have the keys to unlock the lock. What mere mortals can do with a little help from the gods.

I hope you enjoyed this review and keep coming back to see what I do next on this blog. Please follow and share with your friends and family.

Glad your here…

Lisa