Tuesday, January 28, 2014

VIDEO: Easy Crochet Lacy Shell Scarf



This is a new video that I have on youtube.

This is a very easy lacy shell scarf. You are only using 2 stitches the entire time. Those stitches are a single Half Triple Crochet (HTC) and HTC Shell....that's it.

You can view it at youtube by following this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTGKu6Wflug 
or see it above.

Post with the pattern can be found at http://crochetpatterns09.blogspot.com/2009/08/crochet-lace-shell-scarf.html   If you download the PDF you will get a photo tutorial and written instructions. The video is also there to help.


(I just added a pattern using Double Crochets instead of the Half Triple Crochets, as requested by a viewer.)

Thanks!!
Heather

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Several Tips for Finding Yardage on a Crochet Project


Did you know you could use Algebra to figure out yardage 
also
helps you figure out if you have enough yarn?

Don't worry if you're not a fan of it just follow what you see below. Takes only a couple minutes.

I have a lot of time on my hands so I thought I would share how I determine how much yarn I used on a project. You could also use it to see if you have enough yarn for a project. Sometimes it's not as easy as multiplying 2 numbers together. I use it primarily for blankets but you can use it for other items as well.

When I crocheted a Baby Blanket I realized that Proportions could be used  to figure out how much yarn I used. Proportions are 2 fractions with an = sign in between them. I use so many different yarns and I also do a border. I also need to know how much yarn I used for sewing it together. It can get a bit complicated and I found that proportions were a perfect choice to figure that all out....and quickly.

((I did have another explanation when I first posted this but I wanted to explain something simpler. I didn't want to overload your brain.))

FOR WORSTED WEIGHT YARN

Let say I needed to know how many inches are 196 single crochets. I used an I hook and when I use that size hook I know that 20 Single Crochets = 44 inches. I did 20sc's and measured them, that's all there is to it.

So the question is.....If 20sc equals 44 inches then how many inches are used for 196sc's?

The proportion looks like this with explanation below.
20sc  =  196sc
44in          x

The left fraction is the information that we already know which is 20sc's = 44 inches. Put one on top of the other in the fraction.

The right fraction: The 196sc needs to be across from the other SC number (196). The inches also need to be across from each other. Since we don't know how many in 196 that is "x"....the unknown #. 196 on top and "x" on the bottom.

Now set up the fraction as seen above.

Time to Cross Multiply which means diagonally. 20 times "x" = 20x    AND  44 x 196 =8,624sc
So now you have 20x = 8,624

Now the Algebra comes into use......
Now Divide 20 on both sides so "x" is alone.
You have x = 431 inches
That is our answer which is almost 36 feet/12 yards

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Measurements that I've done so far. More to come...

I Hook
20sc = 44 inches
20hdc = 67 inches
20dc = 88 inches

K Hook
20sc = 50 inches
20hdc =76 inches


Let me know if you have any questions. I'm more then happy to help. If you leave a comment it won't be seen by the public unless I approve it to be. You can leave your email address if you need me to figure something out for you. OR just email me at Heatherg23@aol.com
Thanks!!
Heather

Friday, September 6, 2013

Puff Stitch Granny Square Pillow


PDF with Pattern Instructions

This is my new Crochet Puff Stitch, Granny Square, Pillow. I wanted to make into a pillow because of how soft the stitch is. All those Puff stitches create a nice cushion.

There are 2 different sides. I wanted to do something different.  I have yardage for each side because I used different weight yarn. 


Side 1: Solid Cream Color (Lionbrand Baby Soft - 1 pound)  (thin worsted weight)

All 13 Rows = 209 yards of Thin worsted yarn
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Side 2: Solid colored - Yarn: Caron 1 pound (Deep Violet, Lilac, Cream, Sky Blue)

Yardage for Worsted Weight yarn:
Row 1 uses  7.33 feet = 2.5 yards
Row 2 uses 14.67 feet = 5 yards
Row 3 uses  18.34 feet = 6 yards
Row 4 uses 22 feet = just over 7 yards
Row 5 uses 25.67 feet = 8.5 yards
Row 6 uses 29.34 feet = just under 10 yards
Row 7 uses 33 feet = 11 yards
Row 8 uses 36.67 feet = 12.25 yards
Row 9 uses 40.34 feet = 13.5 yards

Row 10 uses 44 feet = 14.5 yards

Row 11 uses 47.67 feet = just under 16 yards

Row 12 uses 51.34 feet = just over 17 yards



If you were to do a solid colored granny square with Worsted Weight Yarn it would be 121 yards.  


Hook Size: J
14 inch pillow




Row 1: ch1 (Work 1 Puff st in ring, chain 1)8 times in the ring, Join with a slip stitch to the top of the 1st Puff Stitch. Cut yarn and finish off. (8 puff stitches)


Row 2: ch1, Do (1 Puff, ch1) x2 in the same space and in each ch1sp all the way around, join in the top of the beginning Puff stitch (16 Puff stitches)


Row 3: We start to square off the granny square

ch1, Do 1 Corner in same space, ch1. Do (1 Puff in next ch-space, ch1)x3 then *Do 1 Corner, ch1. Do (1 Puff st in the next ch1-space, ch1)x3* Repeat from * to * then join in the top of the beginning Puff st . (20 Puff stitches)


Row 4: ch1, Do 1 Puff st in same space, ch1. Do 1 Corner in next ch3-space, ch1. Do (1 Puff st in the next ch1-space, ch1)x4. *Do 1 Corner in next ch3-space, ch1. Do (1 Puff st in the next ch1-space, ch1)x4* repeat from * to * then do (1Puff st, ch1) in each ch1-space and join in the top of the Puff st. (24 Puff stitches)


Row 5: ch1, do 1 Puff in same space, ch1, 1 Puff in next ch1-space, ch1. *Do 1 Corner in next ch3-space, ch1. Do (1 Puff in next ch1-space, ch1)x5* Repeat 3 times total then do 1 Co rner in next ch3-space, ch1, do (1 Puff, ch1) in each ch1-space and join in the top of the beginning Puff st. (28 Puff stitches)

You can continue in the same manner as many rows as are needed.




If you need to change yarns every row like the other side of my pillow here is the pattern..



The beginning chain 3 counts as the first DC

Chain 6 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring



Row 1: ch1 (Work 1 Puff st in ring, chain 1)8 times in the ring, Join with a slip stitch to the top of the 1st Puff Stitch. Cut yarn and finish off. (8 puff stitches)

Row 2: Join yarn in any ch1-space and chain 1. Do (1 Puff, ch1) x2 in the same space and in each ch1sp all the way around, join in the top of the 1st Puff stitch (16 Puff stitches)

Row 3: (Starting to square it off) Join yarn in between the a group of 2 puffs. It's also below where you cut off the yarn when you ended row 2. Ch1, Do (1 Corner, ch1)in same space. Do (1Puff, ch1) in each of the next 3 ch1-spaces * Do (1 Corner, ch1)in the next ch1-space. Do (1Puff, ch1) in each of the next 3 ch1-spaces * repeat 2 times total. Then, do (1 Corner, ch1) in next chspace. Do (1Puff, ch1) in each ch1-space then join at the top of the beginning Puff st.
(20 Puff stitches)

Row 4: Join new yarn in any corner ch3-space. Ch1, Do (1 Corner, ch1) in same space *Do (1 Puff, ch1) in each ch1-space, Do (1 Corner, ch1) next ch3-space * repeat 2 more times then Do (1 Puff, ch1) in each of the next 4 ch1-spaces and join in the top of the beginning chain 3. (24 Puff stitches)

Repeat in the same manner as many rows as you need on your square


FINISHING:
One thing I want to say is that I usually make the granny squares ¼ inch less then the size of the pillow so it's taut. If you make the squares to big the pillow form may be loose inside the granny squares.

Take the first granny square and lay it across the pillow form then take safety pins and attach the corners of the granny sq. through the corners of the pillow form. 

Take the 2nd Granny square and lay it on the pillow form. Get the safety pin through the 4 corners of that square as well.

Then, I started doing a single crochet through both sides. Do a single crochet in each side. On the corners, I did 5 single crochets. Just do as many as you think needs to be done. I used an H size hook.

You can do the whip stitch with a yarn needle if you want to.


You can find this pattern, and other Puff stitch pattern, HERE
Thanks for Stopping by!
Heather Gibbs














Thursday, September 5, 2013

Blue Granny Square Baby Blanket




This Crochet baby blanket (or Lapghan) consists of 20 Granny Squares that are 7 3/4th inches in size. There are 6 rows in the Granny Square and 1  "border" row of Single Crochets.

This square is called a Traditional Granny Square. If you're a beginner this is a great square to make. I say that because you're not crocheting into a stitch you're crocheting into spaces.

I have the instructions written 2 ways. The first is written with repeats and the 2nd does not. It's completely written out which can make it mu

Total Size: 41inches (104.14 cm) x 32 inches (81.280 cm)
Hook Size: Granny Squares = K /10.5 / 6.50mm

YARDAGE: Yarns used (Worsted Weight) 
  • Red Heart, “Stonewashed” (Medium Shade of Blue) 126 yards
  • I Love that Yarn, “Dark Country Blue” (Darkest Shade of Blue) 425 yards
  • Caron 1 Pound, “Sky Blue” (Lightest Shade of Blue) 543 yards
The Dark Country blue used over 1 skein of yarn just because I did a row  7 made of Single Crochets, as a border. So if you want to stay under 1 skein omit this row or use a different yarn for it. I did it because I used the same yarn for Row 6 and for sewing and I wanted to be able to see a slight difference in color so the 2 wouldn't blend together. I like the effect.

For help on determining how much yarn you used a great can be found in my other blog post HERE

Abbreviations:
  • ch1sp, ch3sp = Refers to the space made by ch1's or ch3's, from a previous row
  • ch 1 or ch 3 = chain 1, or 3, with your yarn and hook
  • * to * = Repeat the instructions between the astericks
  • beg = beginning

Make 20 Squares
Chain 5 and join to form a circle

First Pattern, written with Repeats
Yarn A
Row 1: Ch 3, do 2 dc in the ring, ch3, (Do 3dc in the ring, ch3)x3.and join at the top of the beginning chain 3 to make the last corner.

Yarn A
Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as the beg ch3 + ch1) *In the next corner do (3dc, ch3, 3dc) chain 1 * repeat * to * 3 times total. In the last corner space do (3dc, ch3, 2dc). Now join in the 3rd out of the beginning chain 4 to create the final dc. finish off yarn.


Yarn B:
Row 3: join yarn in any corner ch3sp and chain 3, Do (2dc, ch3, 3dc) in the same space, chain 1, *do 3dc in next ch1sp, ch1. In the next corner space do (3dc, ch3, 3dc), ch1* repeat * to * 3 times total. Finish by doing 3dc in the next ch1sp, ch1 and join by doing a slip stitch in the top of the beginning ch3

Yarn B:
Row 4: chain 4 (counts as the beg ch3 + ch1) *Do (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in the next corner ch3sp, chain 1 [corner made]. Do (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1)2 times [side made]* 3 times total.
Do (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in the next corner ch3sp, chain 1 [corner made]. Do 3dc in next ch1sp, ch1. Do 2dc in next ch1sp and join with a slip stitch in the 3rd of the beginning ch4. finish off yarn.

Yarn C
Row 5: Join yarn in any corner ch3sp and chain 3. Do (2dc, ch3, 3dc) in the same space and chain 1 [corner made]. *(3dc in next ch1sp, ch1) 3 times.
Do (3dc,ch3, 3dc) next corner ch3sp, ch1* repeat from * to * 3 times. Do (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1)3 times total. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the beg chain 3.

Yarn C
Row 6: chain 4 (counts as the beg ch3 + ch1)
*(3dc, ch3, 3dc) in the next corner space, chain 1, (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1) 4 times *. Repeat * to * 3 times. Do (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1) 3 times . Do 2dc in next ch1sp and join with a slip stitch in the 3rd of the beginning ch4. finish off yarn.


Yarn B

Row 7 Border: Insert hook into any stitch and chain 1, then do 1sc in each stitch. For the corners you can do (2sc, ch3, 2sc)

Cut yarn and weave in all ends

Below are the instructions completely written out, without repeats.

I wanted to mention something that I said at the beginning of the post, but just in case you came right down to these instructions.......... If you want yarn B to be under 1 skein (365yrds or so) either omit Row 7 (border of SC) or use a dif yarn. 

Yarn A
Row 1: Ch 3, do 2 dc in the ring, ch3,
(Do 3dc in the ring, ch3), (Do 3dc in the ring, ch3),(Do 3dc in the ring, ch3). Now join with a slip stitch to the top of the beginning chain 3 to make the last corner.

Yarn A
Row 2: Ch 4 (the beg ch3 +ch1)
In the next corner do (3dc, ch3, 3dc) chain 1,
In the next corner do (3dc, ch3, 3dc) chain 1,
In the next corner do (3dc, ch3, 3dc) chain 1,
In the last corner space do (3dc, ch3, 2dc).
Now join in the 3rd out of the beginning chain 4 to create the final dc. finish off yarn.
Yarn B
Row 3: join yarn in any corner ch3sp and chain 3,
Do (2dc, ch3, 3dc) in the same space, chain 1,
do 3dc in next ch1sp, ch1. In the next corner space do (3dc, ch3, 3dc), ch1
do 3dc in next ch1sp, ch1. In the next corner space do (3dc, ch3, 3dc), ch1
do 3dc in next ch1sp, ch1. In the next corner space do (3dc, ch3, 3dc), ch1
Finish by doing 3dc in next ch1sp,ch1 and join doing a slip st.n the top of the beg ch3

Yarn B:
Row 4: chain 4 (the beg chain 3 + ch1)
  • Do (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in the next corner ch3sp, chain 1 (Corner made). 
    Do (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1). Do (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1)
  • Do (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in the next corner ch3sp, chain 1 (Corner made) 
    Do (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1). Do (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1)
  • Do (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in the next corner ch3sp, chain 1 (Corner made).
    Do (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1). Do (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1)
  • Do (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in the next corner ch3sp, chain 1 (Corner made).
  • Do 3dc in next ch1sp, ch1.
  • Do 2dc in next ch1sp and join with a slip stitch in the 3rd of the beginning ch4. finish off yarn.
Yarn C
Row 5: join yarn in any corner ch3sp and chain 3,
  • (2dc, ch3, 3dc) in the same space, chain 1,
    (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1) 3 times total
  • Do (3dc,ch3, 3dc) next corner ch3sp, ch1 (Corner made)
    (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1) 3 times total,
  • Do (3dc,ch3, 3dc) next corner ch3sp, ch1 (Corner made)
    (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1) 3 times total,
  • Do (3dc,ch3, 3dc) next corner ch3sp, ch1 (Corner made)
    (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1) 3 times total and join with the top of the beginning
    chain 3

Yarn C
Row 6: chain 4 (beginning ch3 + ch1)
  • *(3dc, ch3, 3dc) in the next corner space, chain 1, (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1) 4 times total,*
  • Do (3dc,ch3, 3dc) next corner ch3sp, ch1 (Corner made) (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1) 4 times total
  • Do (3dc,ch3, 3dc) next corner ch3sp, ch1 (Corner made) (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1) 4 times total
  • Do (3dc,ch3, 3dc) next corner ch3sp, ch1 (Corner made)
    (3dc in next ch1sp, ch1) 3 times

  • To finish do 2dc in the next ch1sp and join with the 3rd of the beginning chain 4
    Finish off yarn

Yarn B

Row 7 (Border): Insert hook into any stitch and chain 1. You are doing 1sc in each stitch. For the corners you can do (2sc, ch3, 2sc)
Cut the yarn. You can weave in the ends or weave them in as you sew.

Yarn C
Finishing: I single crocheted the granny squares together. I hope to get a video out on how to do that. It's hard to stay in words. Hopefully by late fall, 2013. I will give a link when it's on Youtube


Thanks for visiting!

Heather





Friday, August 23, 2013

All Puff Stitch Granny Square


Crochet Solid Colored  Puff Stitch Granny Square

(October 27, 2013)

NEW VIDEO on how to do this Puff Stitch Granny Square on youtube at http://youtu.be/ZlLqjC4ekEA





Thin Worsted Yarn

My Crochet Puff Stitch Granny Square


This is a Granny Square made with Puff Stitches. It creates a thick granny square so it's great for Pet blankets which, for now, is the reason for these. Pillows would also be a great idea for making them. They're also unusually quick. I thought it would take longer then, say, a Traditional Granny Square.

There are 2 patterns below. The first is for the Solid colored granny square and the other is if you want to change yarn every row. 
How to do the Puff St: [YO, insert hook into next st, YO and pull through ]3 times…YO and pull through all 7 loops. (for a larger puff you can do 9 loops)


For those of you who are familiar with the Puff stitch there is always a chain 1 done after it, to secure it.  It's included in the instructions. You don't have to worry about remembering to do it. 
The Yardage for Worsted Weight yarn:
If you do a 5 Row Puff Granny Square = 110 feet total = 37 yards used

If you do a 6 Row Puff Granny Square = 139 feet total = 46 yards used

If you do a 7 Row Puff Granny Square = 172 feet total = 57 ½ yards used

If you do a 8 Row Puff Granny Square = 208 feet total = 70 yards used 
If you do a 10 Row Puff Granny Square = 292 feet total = 97 yards used

Skill Level: Beginner, because you are going into chain spaces not into a stitch.

Abbreviations:
* = Repeat in between instructions them
Corner = Do (1 Puff st, ch3, 1 Puff st) in the next ch3-space
ch-1 space or ch-3 space = refers to an actual space made from a previous row
ch1 = need to chain 1

Solid Colored Puff Stitch Granny Square
                          Download PDF with patterns here

Solid Colored Square: 
Hook size J
The beginning chain 3 counts as the first DC
Chain 6 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.

Row 1: ch1 (Work 1 Puff st in ring, chain 1)8 times in the ring, Join with a slip stitch to the top of the 1st Puff Stitch. Cut yarn and finish off. (8 puff stitches)

Row 2: ch1, Do (1 Puff, ch1) x2 in the same space and in each ch1sp all the way around, join in the top of the beginning Puff stitch (16 Puff stitches)

Row 3: We start to square off the granny square.
ch1, Do 1 Corner in same space, ch1. Do (1 Puff in next ch-space, ch1)x3 then *Do 1 Corner, ch1. Do (1 Puff st in the next ch1-space, ch1)x3* Repeat from * to * then join in the top of the beginning Puff st . (20 Puff stitches)

Row 4: ch1, Do 1 Puff st in same space, ch1. Do 1 Corner in next ch3-space, ch1. Do (1 Puff st in the next ch1-space, ch1)x4. *Do 1 Corner in next ch3-space, ch1. Do (1 Puff st in the next ch1-space, ch1)x4* repeat from * to * then do (1Puff st, ch1) in each ch1-space and join in the top of the Puff st. (24 Puff stitches)

Row 5: ch1, do 1 Puff in same space, ch1, 1 Puff in next ch1-space, ch1. *Do 1 Corner in next ch3-space, ch1. Do (1 Puff in next ch1-space, ch1)x5* Repeat 3 times total then do 1 Co rner in next ch3-space, ch1, do (1 Puff, ch1) in each ch1-space and join in the top of the beginning Puff st. (28 Puff stitches)

You can continue in the same manner as many rows as are needed. You will add 4 puff stitches for every extra row you do.

If you want to change colors every row......

The beginning chain 3 counts as the first DC
Chain 6 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring

Row 1: ch1 (Work 1 Puff st in ring, chain 1)8 times in the ring, Join with a slip stitch to the top of the 1st Puff Stitch. Cut yarn and finish off. (8 puff stitches)

Row 2: Join yarn in any ch1-space and chain 1. Do (1 Puff, ch1) x2 in the same space and in each ch1sp all the way around, join in the top of the 1st Puff stitch (16 Puff stitches)


Where to join yarn to start Row 3
Row 3: Join yarn in between the a group of 2 puffs. It's also below where you cut off the yarn when you ended row 2.

Ch1, Do (1 Corner, ch1)in same space. Do (1Puff, ch1) in each of the next 3 ch1-spaces * Do (1 Corner, ch1)in the next ch1-space. Do (1Puff, ch1) in each of the next 3 ch1-spaces * repeat 2 times total. Then, do (1 Corner, ch1) in next chspace. Do (1Puff, ch1) in each ch1-space then join at the top of the beginning Puff st.

Row 3 starts to square it off
Row 4: Join new yarn in any corner ch3-space. Ch1, Do (1 Corner, ch1) in same space *Do (1 Puff, ch1) in each ch1-space, Do (1 Corner, ch1) next ch3-space * repeat 2 more times then Do (1 Puff, ch1) in each of the next 4 ch1-spaces and join in the top of the beginning chain 3
End of row 4

Repeat Row 4 for as many rows as is needed.

End of Row 5
Again, for all this information in 1 PDF Download immediately at this LINK.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Heather

Friday, July 26, 2013

3 Blankets for Basset Hound Rescue Shelter

Crochet Pet Blanket

Larger Crochet Pet Blanket

Large Crochet Pet Blanket

As I said on this blog post..I Crochet blankets for local animal shelters and these 3 blankets are on their way to a Basset Hound Rescue in WI. They consist of 12, 8 inch Traditional Granny Squares. I did borders around the bottom 2 photos and doing a border on the first blanket right now. I forgot.

They are all 25 x 33 inches in size. I hope that is big enough. It's hard to find out the size of that breed.

Go to The Snuggles Project if you are interested in making some blankets for the cats and dogs of local shelters.

I crochet granny squares until I find a shelter that can use them. You would be surprised to see how many shelters have a good supply of blankets....which is great!  Because of that I email the shelters that use The Snuggles Project and ask if they need any.

For more info you can go to my blog post  HERE that explains everything.

Thanks for stopping by!
Heather



Sunday, June 23, 2013

Snuggles Project: Letting my scraps benefit animal shelters



One thing that I really enjoy is making Crochet items for charities. The Snuggles Project is a charity where you can make blankets for Animal Shelters. I have a lot of yarn , from garage sales, that I didn't use for personal items so I used some for these blankets. I also have a lot of  scrap yarn which was perfect for this. It doesn't take much yarn even if it were just for the first couple of rows.

****IF YOU ARE willing to fund the shipping of 1 or 2 blankets go towards the end of this post for more information. ****

What I'm doing is make granny squares until I find a shelter that needs blankets then I will sew them together. That's because I don't know what size they need to be until I find out what dogs will be using them. Cats are all the same size so you don't have to worry about that.

If you ever want to make some, even if it's just one, make sure you EMAIL the shelters to ask them if they need any because 2 out of the 10 shelters that I emailed actually needed them. GO TOWARDS the end of the post to see how to do that.

Granny Squares make great Pet Blankets (Snuggles Project) because
  • They don't use a lot of yarn, like I just mentioned
  • It's a quick project, doesn't take a lot of time to make them
  • They are thick so they are more comfortable for the animals to lay on.
  • FYI - 6 rows = 8 inches with a K hook








Using 8 inch Traditional Granny Squares
4 Granny Squares = 16 inches x 16 inch square (small dog or cat)
6 Granny Squares = 25 x 17 inches 
9 Granny Squares = 25 x 25 inches

I sewed it together using Single Crochet.

Size Guidelines from The Snuggles Project:
Small = between 16 x 16 and 20 x 20 inches {for Cats and Small Dogs}
Medium = between 20 x 20 and 32 x 32 {for Cats and Small to Medium Dogs}
Large = 32 inches + (Large Dogs)

If you're interested:
EMAIL THE SHELTERS like I mentioned at the beginning of the post. When you go to this link and choose the state, and city and get to the actual list of the shelters click on one. You will see some buttons. One of them says "Visit". That goes to the website. 95% of them have one. Find their "contact" link..again, if they have one. Ask them if they need any pet blankets. I put "The Snuggles Project" in (  ) just so they know why you're asking. 

GRANNY SQUARE PATTERNS:


MAIL TO A SHELTER OR TO THE CHARITY HEADQUARTERS
Click Here if you want to search shelters by State. Just look for the snuggles icon next to the shelters name to see if they accept these blankets.  If you don't have time to search for one you can send it directly to:
Hugs for Homeless Animals
PO Box 231024
Portland, Oregon 97281-1024
Email: snuggles@h4ha.org
Website: http://www.h4ha.org
Project Website: http://www.snugglesproject.org 


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Are you not able to make one? If you're interested in donating $5.00 I can ship 1 or 2 pet blankets to a shelter local to your area. Paypal will show me what town you live in so I can find them that way. I will let you know where I sent it/them and I will also report it to The Snuggles Project in my and your name. (They require that you report the donation to them.) I want you to feel secure that the money is going there and not keeping it for myself.

I will have to email shelters to see if they can accept them. I don't want to send the blanket(s) to a shelter that has plenty in stock. I then have to make em depending on what size animals they have. Some have larger breeds and some have smaller ones.  I've never asked for money for anything that I make but the costs add up after a while. I recently sent 3 blankets to a Bassett Hound Rescue near Milwaukee WI. 

Pet Blanket Shipping
 
 



Thanks for reading and stopping by,
Heather

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lozenge Mosaic Crochet Stitch Pattern


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This Crochet stitch pattern is called Lozenge Mosaic.  It uses all the stitches to create the pattern. A beginner can easily create this design. This crochet pattern has repeats in case you want to increase the number of stitches you are using. If you are using the chain 23 then you don't have to worry about the repeats. Just ignore them.

Stitches Used: 
  • Single Crochet (SC)
  • Half Double Crochet (HDC)
  • Double Crochet (DC)
  • Triple Crochet (TR)
  • Long Single Crochet (LSC)
Chain: Multiple if 12+11

Pattern: Lozenge Mosaic Stitch Pattern
Size: 7 inch square
Chain: 23  
Hook: I                
Yarn: Red Heart or any worsted weight yarn

Color pattern:
2 Rows with Yarn A and 2 rows with Yarn B
OR
2 rows A, 2 rows B,  2 rows A, 2 rows C then repeat if needed


**PLEASE READ Quick Note: Because of the amt of stitches and to save time, when I say "2SC", that means "Do 1SC in each of the next 2 stitches". If I say 4DC's then do 1DC in each of the NEXT 4 stitches. I never write patterns like this but it will save a lot of space and be less confusing, or intimidating, for you.**


Abbreviations: 
* : repeat the instructions between the asterisks
SC= Single Crochet HDC= Half Double Crochet
DC=Double Crochet  TR= Triple Crochet   Ch = Chain
2LSC (Long Single Crochet) = Inserting hook from front, like a normal stitch, work 1SC into each of the 2 free SC's (the ones you skipped) 3 rows below.


Yarn A
Row 1: Do 1SC in 2nd chain from hook and in each stitch across the row (22SC)

Yarn A
Row 2:  chain 1 turn, do 1SC in each stitch across the row. (22SC)

Yarn B:
Row 3: chain 3 turn, (counts as first DC here and throughout) 1DC, 1HDC, 1SC *chain 2, skip 2, 1SC, 1HDC, 2DC, 2TR, 2DC, 1HDC, 1SC * Repeat until last 6, then chain 2, skip 2, 1SC, 1HDC, 2DC

Yarn B:
Row 4: chain 3 turn, (counts as first DC) 1DC, 1HDC, 1SC,*Chain 2, Skip 2, 1SC, 1HDC, 2DC, 2TR, 2DC, 1HDC, 1SC * Repeat until last 6....then chain 2, skip 2, 1SC, 1HDC, 2DC ending in the top of the turning chain.

Yarn A or C:
Row 5: chain 1, turn, 4SC, 2LSC *10 SC, 2LSC* 
Repeat to last 4 stitches and do 4SC, ending in the top of the turning chain.


Yarn A or C:
Row 6: chain 1, turn, do 1SC in each stitch across the row.

Yarn B:
Row 7: chain 1,turn, *1SC, 1HDC, 2DC, 2TR, 2DC, 1HDC, 1SC, chain 2, skip 2*.       
Repeat from * to *. Basically you will end with the last SC that's written in the pattern.

Yarn B:
Row 8: chain 1, turn, *1SC, 1HDC, 2DC, 2TR, 2DC, 1HDC, 1SC, chain 2, skip 2*         
Repeat from * to *. You will end with the last 1sc that's right before the chain 2 skip 2 instructions.

Yarn A:
Row 9: chain 1 turn, *10SC, 2LSC *.              
Repeat from * to *. 
repeat rows 2-9
When complete just cut your yarn and weave in your ends.


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