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Monday, May 23, 2016

Crochet Dog Sweater Pattern© and it's Free!

 Free Crochet Dog Sweater Pattern©
By Connie Hughes Designs©

My puppy is very tiny in fact we thought she was 3.5lbs. 
But when we took her to the vets and they weighed her 
we found out she only weighs 2.6lbs!!
Here's my 1st puppy sweater...
this pattern is very easy and simple to make... 
I made the sweater so that there is only one leg opening...
because my puppy had never worn a sweater before...
this just made taking it on and off easier for her and for me...
she adapted quite well...if you have a short haired dog like mine...
They Will and Do Get Cold!
Gracie wore her sweater all day yesterday when we were out and about and
she didn't seem to mind it at all... I know it kept her warm...she
was ready to get out of it once we got home though.

I used a tape measure to measure my puppy. This sweater won't fit all puppies because mine is so small. But you can make one for yours by measuring like I did.
My puppy's measurements are:
7" around the neck
91/2" around the body
From the lower neck to about 3" from the tail is 6
I made my sweater slightly bigger than her exact measurements because I didn't want her to get scared by having something on to tight. If your dog is use to sweaters then make it closer to their actual measurements.

To make the Puppy Sweater: with  Red Heart Gumdrop in Cherry & F Hook
Ch7
Row 1. 1sc in 6sts, ch1 & turn.
Row 2. 1sc in the BLO in 6sts, ch1 & turn.
Rows 3-40. repeat row 2
Join the 2 ends together and wk 1slst across in 6sts, ch1.
Row 42. 1sc in 42sts, you can join or use a stitch marker. I used a stitch marker because I do not like the line you can get when joining.
The ch18 below will make the leg opening.
Row 43. ch18, skip 18sts, 1sc in 24sts.
Row 44. wk 1hdc in each st (including ch18)-42sts.
Row 45. 1hdc in 42sts
Repeat row 45 until the body of the sweater reaches about 2 or 3inches from the tail.



On Saturday night we gave Gracie a bath because she was going to Grandma's 
house on Sunday and this poor little girl had a complete melt down...
she curled up in a ball and then fell asleep like I've never seen her!

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Free Crochet Sand Bucket Pillow Pattern©

Free Crochet Sand Bucket Pillow Pattern©
By Connie Hughes Designs©
For all my new followers and viewers if you missed it...
This is another one of my 1st Free Patterns from 3 years ago! :-)
Connie
Summer is a Coming Time for Sand Buckets
Here's one they can play inside with!





Materials Used:

Red Heart Spring Green, Blue, Bright Yellow, Pale Blue, Tan, and Pumpkin Orange.

Fiber-fill
Needle
Matching thread in
Blue, Tan, Yellow, Orange, Green 

G Hook

Abbreviations used in pattern
ch-chain
wk-work
sc-single crochet
hdc-half double crochet
st-sts-stitch & stitches
BLO-back loops only

With Spring Green
(Ch 2 will count as your 1st st throughout this pattern)

Row 1 
ch3, wk 11 hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook, join

Row 2
ch 2, wk 1 hdc in the same st as ch 2, 2 hdc in every st, join

Row 3
ch 2, wk 2 hdc in the next st, 1 hdc in the next st, join

Row 4
ch 2, wk 1 hdc in the same st as ch 2, 2 hdc in the next st
(so it's 2 hdc in one st, 2 hdc in the next st, repeat all the way around & join



Row 5

ch 2, wk 1 hdc in the next 2 sts, 2 hdc in the next, repeat & join

(so it's 1hdc in the next 3 sts, 2 hdc together in the next st)


Row 6
ch 2, 1 hdc in the next 3 sts, 2 hdc in the next, repeat & join
(so it's 1 hdc in the next 4 sts, 2 hdc in the next)

Row 7
ch 2 1 hdc in BLO in each st, join

Row 8 
ch 2, wk 1 hdc in both loops all the way around, join

Row 9
ch 2, 1 hdc in each st, adding 1 st in each new row
(place them randomly) join

Rows 10 to 17
repeat row 9 

Rows 18 to 21
I stopped increasing in row 18 to 21, the next 4 rows are for making the bucket taller.
Fasten off at the end of row 21

With Tan make the sand
(use a st marker)

Row 1
wk 6 sc it the magic ring, no not join (this is worked in the round)
(6sts)

Row 2 
wk 2 sc in each st around (12sts)

Row 3
wk 1 sc in the next st, wk 2 sc in the next, all the way around (18sts)

Row 4
wk 2 sc in the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st, around (24sts)

Row 5 
wk 3 sc in the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next, around (30sts)


Row 6 

wk 4 sc in the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st, around (36sts)



Row 7 
wk 5 sc in the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st, around (42sts)

Row 8 
wk 6 sc in the next 6 sts, 2 in the next, around (48sts)

Row 9
wk 7 sc in the 7 sts, 2 sc in the next st, around (54sts)

Row 10
wk 8 sc in the next 8 sts, 2 in the next one, around (60sts)

Row 11 
wk 9 sc in the next 9 sts, 2 sc in the next, around (66sts)

Row 12
wk 10 sc in the next 10 sts, 2 sc in the next st, around (72sts)

Row 13
wk 11 sc in the next 11 sts, 2 sc in the next, around (78sts)

Row 14
wk 12 sc in the next 12 sts, 2 sc in the next st around (84sts)


Row 15

wk 13 sc in the next 13 sts, 2 in the next, around (90sts)



Row 16
1 sc in the BLO all the way around (this will make it easier to sew to the bucket)

Row 17
1 sc in each st under both loops, all the way around
Fasten off

The Handle

Row 1
ch 69, wk 1 hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across, ch 2 & turn
wk 1 hdc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each st across
Fasten off

With matching thread sew the two sides together like a tube. Using thread makes it look better then using the yarn. I learned the hard way.

The Shovel (the long part)

Row 1
ch 2, wk 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, do not join


Row 2

wk 2 sc in each st around, do not join



Row 3
wk 1 sc in each st around, and continue that until your piece is about 3 inches long (I did about 12 rows)
when it's as tall as you want it, sc dec all the way around until closed.

For the Round Handle part

Row 1
ch 29, wk 1 sc in each st across

Rows 2 & 4
repeat row 1 and fasten off.

Sew this piece together like you did for the bucket handle.
Then sew the two ends together joining them like in picture 1.

Stuff your bucket with fiberfill and attach the sand piece to the top of the bucket. As shown in picture 2. Be careful when sewing the two pieces together, try not to pull the thread to tightly or your bucket will bunch up. 

Sew the top handle part of the shovel to the 3 inch tube in picture 3 and then attach that to the top of the sand part as shown in the picture. To help my bucket handle stand up I placed the shovel close to the handle to help support it and sewed them together (like in picture 4).

Picture 1

Picture 2
Picture 3


Picture 4





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Free Crochet Sand Bucket Pillow Pattern©
By Connie Hughes Designs©
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Free Crochet Sun Hat Napkin Rings & Tea Cups Pattern©

Free Crochet Sun Hat Napkin Rings & Tea Cups Pattern©
By Connie Hughes Designs©
For all my new followers and viewers if you missed it...
This is one of my 1st Free Patterns from 3 years ago!
Connie
I was emptying my dish washer a while back and as I was putting my plates away...
When I thought of making some place mats & napkin rings to match!


I made these little tea cups...


But my favorite are these little hats!
The place mats are one row of single crochet and one row of double crochet, 
then I did a bobble stitch trim.
These little cups & hats are so easy to make...and they really fit with the plates
It's been hard to find napkin rings 
that look right with this set...
Now I can hardly wait to use them!

Free Crochet Sun Hat Napkin Rings & Tea Cups Pattern©
The little hats would be perfect for a ladies tea or the Red Hat Society, 
I made a sample in red.
Materials I used:
Red Heart Yarn
I used these colors because they fit my décor.
Bright Yellow
Spring Green
Blue
Orange
Buff or Tan

Hooks Used:
D,G & H

Other Materials:
Needle & Matching Threads
Fiberfil

Abbreviations
sc-single crochet
dc-double crochet
BLO-back loops only
st-stitch
wk-work
sl-st-slip stitch

For the Tea Cup use G hook
Make the magic ring

Row 1, 6 sc into the ring

Row 2, 2 sc in each st around

Row 3, 1 sc in the next st , 2 sc in the next, around

Row 4, 1 sc in th the BLO

Row 5, 1 sc in each st around, both loops

Rows 6, 7,8, & 9, 1 sc in each st around, at end of row 9 ch 8 and

sl st into the 6th row from the top of the cup, that makes the handle.

Fasten Off.

For the Saucer
Repeat Rows

1, 2, 3 of Tea Cup

Row 4, 1 sc in the next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, around

Row 5, 1 sc in the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st, around and FO

For Top of Tea Cup in buff or tan

Make the magic ring

Row 1, wk 6 sc into the center

Row 2, 2 sc in each st around

Row 3, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in the next, around and FO

For the Leaf in Spring Green

For cup

Ch 6, 1 sl st, 1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 6 dc in the last st, working on the other side wk 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, 1 sl st, FO

For The Napkin Ring Make With Spring Green use H hook

Ch 24 and join with a sl st

Row 1, Ch 1, 1 sc in each st around, join

Row 2, Ch 2, 1 dc in each st around, join

Row 3, Repeat row 1

Row 4, Repeat row 2

Row 5, Repeat row 1

With needle and thread sew the leaves on to the saucer, fill the cup with fiber fill and sew the tan piece down on top. Then sew cup onto leaves and saucer. Sew the cup and saucer onto the napkin ring.

The Hat, use G hook

Make the magic ring

Row 1, 6 sc in the ring

Row 2, 2 sc in each st

Row 3, 1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next around

Row 4, 1 sc in each st around

Rows 5, 6 repeat row 4

Row 7, 2 sc in the back loops only all the way around, join

Row 8, ch1, 1sc in each st

Rows 9, 10, 11 repeat row 8 and FO

Bottom of Hat

Make the magic ring

Row 1, 6 sc in the ring

Row 2, 2 sc in each st, around

Row 3, 1 sc in the st, 2 sc in the next st, around

Row 4, 1 sc in the 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st, around

Row 5, 1 sc in the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st, around

Row 6, 1 sc in the 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st, around

Row 7, 1 sc in the 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st, around, FO

With a D hook sl st top of hat to the bottom part, stop and stuff the top part of hat and continue your way around. Sometimes the top part of the hat doesn’t lay flat with the bottom, if that happens just tack it down with a needle and thread like in the photo.

Using the D hook and orange yarn

Make the band around the hat ch 45, with matching thread sew to hat like in the picture. Ch 20 to make the loops of the bow, stitch that in place like in the picture.
Make napkin rings and attach like you did for the Tea Cups.




Now you have completed the 
Free Crochet Sun Hat Napkin Rings & Tea Cups Pattern©
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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Here's Gracie the little Chihuahua

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!
This is my Mother's Day present from my husband...he knew I
needed something little to love...her name is Gracie, she is a pure breed Chihuahua...she weighs about 3.5lb
 and she is the sweetest thing ever...I got her yesterday and
we were out most of the day, she loved being inside my
doggy bag...and every where we went people just loved her...she
slept all night and when she woke up this morning she just
played with her little toy!
I will soon be making little sweaters and hats for her and I'll make those
patterns available to you!
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