Monday, May 30, 2011

V-Stitch Grocery/Produce Bag Crochet Pattern

I wanted a big bag for shopping
 that was pretty and sturdy.
So I designed one..
It even holds a 7 pound Maximo!
I had a lot of people asking for this pattern bag to be
 written for a chunky yarn.
 When I saw the Red Heart Strata Yarn, I immediately thought 
it was perfect for this bag pattern.
And it is!

See the Video Tutorial on my Youtube Channel
 at this LINK

V Stitch Grocery Bag Crochet Pattern by Sara Sach
Please, Add This Crochet Pattern to Your Raverlry Favorites
Skill : Super, Super Easy


Materials:
Option1 - Crochet Hook - J
                Yarn -  Worsted Weight Yarn (4) 3 colors
                Red Heart Super Saver (5 oz)
 Option 2 - Crochet Hook - K
                  Yarn - Bulky (5) 4 colors
                  I used Red Heart Strata

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Slip Stitch (slst)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Skip (sk)
Space (sp)

Size: 12 inches long X 20 inches around, not counting the handle.

Pattern Notes:
Join rounds with a slst, Ch 3 at beginning of rounds counts as a dc.
The amount of colors and the stripes are up to you,
          Option1 - I changed colors after every 3rd row.
          Option 2 - I changed colors after every 4th Row

Pattern:
Option 1 - ch 37, Option 2 - ch 27
R: 1 - ch 36, *2 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in each ch across, 2 sc in the last ch*,

Working back down the opposite side of the ch, repeat from * to *, join, ch 1
(Op.1 - 38 + 38 = 76 sc, Op.2 28 + 28 = 56sc)

R: 2 - R: 3 -1 sc in each sc around, join, ch1 (76 sc, 56 sc))

R: 4 - 1 sc in each sc, join, ch 3 (76 sc, 56 sc))

R: 5 - 1 dc in the 1st 2 sts, ch 1, sk the next st,
* 1dc in the next 2 sts, ch 1, sk the next st* , repeat from * to *around,
join to 1st dc.

R: 6 - Ch 3, and 1 dc in the sp between the 1st 2 dc, ch1,
 *2 dc in the space between the next 2 dc to form a "V", ch 1 *
 Repeat from * to * around, join to 1st dc.

R: 7-22 - Repeat R : 6 ( add more rows if you want a longer bag)

R: 23 - 1 sc in each st around, join, ch 1

R: 24-26 - Repeat R : 23
Handle :
R: 1 - Ch 36
 ( Ch more If  a longer handle is desired - this would be a great over the shoulder bag)
1 sc in each sc, ch1, turn

R: 2 - R: 4 - 1 sc in each sc, ch 1 turn, tie off after R :4

Sew one end to each side of the bag with matching thread.....Now lets go shopping!
I really love the way
these shopping bags turned out
 so I wanted to share it

Enjoy!

Oklahoma Aquarium + Grandkids= FUN!

This is our Last Week in Tulsa, as we are moving to Parker, CO next week.  My daughter, SIL and our grandkids came down for a week-end visit. We went to  the Oklahoma Aquarium for some fun memories.
Warning!
This blog post contains lots of cool pics
 of my grandkids!!!

Ayden and the Alligator.

2 Nemos!

Cleaning the tank.

Touching things!
The have several touching tanks.
And feeding tanks.
star fish, horse shoe crabs, stingrays, tiny sharks
and several things I didn't know what they were.


An Actual Shark cage!
Ayden, Calleigh and Elisabeth, my DD,


SHARKS!

Weird fish

All kinds of fish.
More fish!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Beautiful Ruffle Purse Crochet pattern

Lately I have been on a this kick of making
shopping bags and purses.  
Last night we had a huge storm and when I am nervous,
I crochet.
So I printed off this really beautiful
 Crochet Pattern for a Ruffled Purse.

Black and White with Gold Ring handles.

This color of yarn makes it hard to see
the wonderful rows of ruffles on this bag.
it measures 10 1/2 x 9 according to the pattern,
but mine came out to be 13 X 11, I must crochet looser.

The handles I previously bought at Hancock Fabrics.
It is very hard to find purse/ tote handles.


 It is an amazingly easy pattern and makes a beautiful purse or tote.



Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Smiles Dog Collar Crochet Pattern



There have been so many reasons to be in a sad mood lately,
So I decided to design a fun Dog Collar to Cheer us all up.
It must be made with a bright color
 and have a smile on it. 


Smiles Dog Collar Crochet Pattern by Sara Sach
Please add this Crochet Pattern to Your Ravelry Favorites

Skill: Easy


Materials :
Hook: I / 9
Yarn Needle
1 inch button
3 pony beads and 1 larger smiles face bead ( or beads of your choice)
Yarn : C1 - yellow Worsted weight yarn, C2- White worsted weight yarn
Small amount of Crochet Cotton thread for beading

Stitches:
Chain (ch0
Single Crochet ( sc)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Star Stitch (star st)

The instructions for this pattern are little bit " free-er" then I usually design,
so no row or round #'s)

With C1, Ch 31 ( for a 8 inch neck) stitch 13 star sts

Ch 38 (for a 10 inch neck) stitch 14 star sts

Ch 45 (for a 12 inch neck) stitch 15 star sts

( To lengthen more add 7 chs, which equal 1 more star per 2 inches,
 this may also vary depending how tight or loose you stitch. )

Ch 31, in the 2nd ch from the hook, pull up a loop and keep on hook,
 pull up one loop in the next four chs, keeping them on the hook,
(6 loops on the hook) loop yarn on hook and pull through all 6 of the loops.

( first bottom of the star stitched--this row will stitch the bottom
1/2 stars and the next row will complete the top of the stars)

* Insert your hook in the ch1 loop just made and pull up a loop,
pull up a loop at the base of the last st worked, then pull up 1 loop
 in the next 3 chs for 6 loops on the hook ,
 loop yarn and pull through all 6 loops, ch1

Repeat from * across ch. sc in the last ch, ch1, turn

This row will work the top of the stars: Ch 2, 3 hdc in each ch1 at the center of each star across, sl st to join,

Here is a good link on how to do the star stitch : Link


Join C2, sc across the top of the collar, 3 sc in the end of the collar,
then sc across the bottom of the collar, ( the collar will have a natural curve to it.)
evenly space 4 sc across the last end, join to first sc, turn ch 3 and join to corner,
5 sc on the ch , through the hole, to form the button hole, join and tie off.
Weave in all ends.

This one in in reverse - the Star stitch is stitched in yellow,
with the trim in white.


Beaded Charm:
Thread needle with a 12 inch piece of crochet cotton,
thread on the 3 bead and the large charm bead.
Thread the needle back up through the three beads.



Then sew onto the center front, bottom of the collar, so it dangles down in the middle.



Isn't This collar Cheerful!
We get to learn new techniques :
The Star Stitch and  how to add a beaded charm.

here are a few more Crochet patterns
to Bring a little Sunshine to your Day!

Need a "Little Ray of Sunshine"! here is a fun Crochet Pattern to do just that.
How about a Sunshine Fridgie Crochet pattern
or a Sunshine Coster Crochet pattern
Yellow Star Stitches with White Trim

White star stiches with Yellow Trim

Rosie Bell Says ,
 " Have a Paws-itively tail waging Day!"

Sunday, May 22, 2011

History of the Sock Monkey

I Love Sock Monkey's,
but where did they come from?
  Who thought them up?
and Why?
Traditional Sock Monkey
I am obsessed with these little Sock monkeys.
They are full of personality and fun, plus they are just so stinkin' Cute!

So where did they come from?

Who made them? and  Why?


Great Link on the History of the sock Monkey: Link




How to make a Sock monkey from Real Socks: Link


This is one of the original versions.
 I am loving all the red pom poms.
I am thinking of ordering some these socks and trying to make one,
following these directions.

Sock Monkey items in my Etsy Shop
Please feel free to take a minute and look at all the
cool Sock Monkey Items I have designed.

And if there is something you are looking for, just ask.
I love Custom orders.


Friday, May 20, 2011

A Sock Monkey Hat For Me!

I have made many Sock Monkey items,
but nothing for me.
So I decided to find a
Sock Monkey Crochet Pattern
and make one.

 I started my search for a Pattern
on Ravelry.com and
was willing to purchase one,

When I came across this
Sock Monkey Hat
Free pattern .

I Love the pattern and
 I like how it is written -
Easy to understand.
So here is my Hat:
I know, I know, my dog's are
 better models then I am.
But isn't this a darling Sock Monkey Hat.

Any way, I just had to share this pattern,
it is a great pattern and it is free!

Here is my Sock Monkey hat next to
 Maximo's, 
Sock Monkey Hat,
My Chichuahua

If you would like me to make you a 
Sock monkey Hat, 
just contact me.
I would be Happy to make you one.
Here is the hat a little closer..
Oh, pooh, That ear is till flopped over!

If you would like me to
 make one for your pooch,
 you can order one at these links:

Med to Large Custom made
16-50lb dogs

XXS to Small Custom Made
2-15 lbs dogs
You can chose the colors and Style!
Sock Monkey Dog hat 
for Small Dogs.

I think I am becoming obsessed
 with Sock Monkeys!,
That are just so stinkin' cute!



Thursday, May 19, 2011

I Got A POM POM Maker!

I took my 40% off Coupon from Hobby Lobby
and decided to Go ahead and get a Pom pom Maker!
I ♥ It!

It comes with two sizes.
The tiny one is perfect for Dog hats and
the larger one is great for other projects.
It looks sort of odd, but it is really cool.
You just wind your yarn around the one "arm" then
close it, open the other side and
wind your yarn around it, and close it too.

See..
"piece of cake!"

( hum...I wonder if there is any of that choc. cake left?)


Then you just cut all the yarn around the pompom maker.
no pieces of yarn all over the place or wasted in the trash basket.

(Is it wrong to have cake for breakfast,
  isn't a donut cake?)


Next, Cut a long piece of yarn and tie it around the center.

( I know I saw  the frosting container,
in the frig.)

Then open up the pom pom maker...
And wa la ...
 a cute little perfect pom pom!

( Now where is that cho. cake!)



Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"Sock Monkeys Around The House"

I know I am known as a
 "Dog Clothes Crochet Pattern and Dog Clothes Designer"
 ( I am a legend in MY own mind)
 But Lately, I have been asked to create some different
sorts of crochet items, and I have really
 enjoyed the distraction.
This are my latest Collection ----Aren't These Fun!
"Sock Monkeys Around The House"
If you would like the crochet patterns for these here are the Links:

Sock Monkey Small Purse/ Lunch bag: Pattern Link

Sock Monkey Drawstring Purse : Pattern Link

These 6 Pattern are grouped together in a E-Book
Called : "Sock Monkeys Around The House"

1. Hot Pads, 2. Coasters, 3. toilet paper cover
4. Plastic Bag keeper, 5. Coffee Mug Coat,
6. To Go Cup Coffee Cozy

You can also find all these Crochet Patterns in my

Sock Monkey's Rock!