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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Dog Sweater - Tutorial / Pattern on Page 4 ♥ on: February 05, 2009 06:32:16 PM
I finished this sweater just in time for the real winter to begin... At the start of January. Poor Iggy Pup doesn't like to be cold (just like me) so what better way to stay warm and snuggly?

I made it up as I went along... not too shabby, eh?

Comments and criticism are always welcome, this site has really motivated and inspired me - so much talent!

Iggys Sweater my first attempt at dog clothes without a pattern.

**Disclaimer - I have never written a crochet tutorial before and did not keep any type of notes for Iggys Sweater. Please keep this is in mind. I frogged quite a lot of stitches to get this sweater exactly how I wanted it to fit Iggy Pup. Please dont get discouraged and keep that puppy handy for fittings!

My fathers friend is a foster home for CRUSA and just got Paris who is in need of some winter warmth. I am crocheting a sweater for her using this method. Find out more about Paris here

I used Red Heart in Earth and Sky for Iggy and Pink Camo for Paris.

First off - the collar.
The collar is very simple. Chain the desired height of the collar. I chained so it was approximately three inches long.
Hdc (half double crochet) in each chain across.
Chain 2 or 3 for turning chain. (Iggys sweater was done with 2, the Paris sweater is done with 3 for a more frilly scalloped appearance).
Hdc in the back loop only.
Chain 2 or 3 for turning chain.
Hdc in between the stitches.
Keep repeating this until the collar is long enough to fit comfortably around the dogs neck.

Now resist the urge to stitch up the collar into a circle. I think it makes fittings much easier Smiley

Now onto the body.

Attach the yarn at a corner (I simply decided which edge was the best and connected it to the other one).
Sc (single crochet) in each stitch around.
When you get to opposite corner of the collar keep going.
You could use stitch markers if you were concerned with being precise but I didnt for Iggys sweater.

The sweater is going to start taking shape Smiley You are creating the shoulder and upper chest areas.

Fit the dog and stop when you get to the top of the front legs.

Crochet the chest piece separately from the back. I just marked where Iggys legs were with twist ties and just went back and forth until there was ample room for a leg hole.

Next crochet the back piece. You can judge how your dogs leg holes should be shaped. (Many dog sweaters in stores simply have a slit) Crochet the back piece until its long enough to reach just behind the front leg.

Sc from the back piece into the chest piece. (They should be approximately the same length so connecting them is easy-cheesy).

Continue Sc. This will form the belly of the sweater.

Fittings are important during this stage. Boy dogs will need you to be more precise in where you end the round and round scing.

When the belly is long enough, start scing back and forth using 1 turning chain.
In order to shape the end of the sweater, I dcd a few times in each row.

Continue until the sweater is as long as desired.

Now the sleeves!
I was not concerned with tapering the sleeves. I thought they were pretty adorable straight.

Attach the yarn to a corner of the arm slit.
Sc in each stitch around and keep going. (Again feel free to use stitch markers but know Iggys was done without em)
Make the sleeves as long as desired.
Repeat for the other sleeve.

Finishing on Iggys sweater - I did the crab stitch on the cuff of each sleeve and on the bottom of the sweater. It added a nice finished look.

Finally, stitch up the collar, weave in your ends and tell your pampered pet that the masterpiece is ready! Shocked )

♥ Stripes - thick or thin they will add some style and interest.
♥ Crocheting for a diva dog? how about some ripples or even a cute ruffles on the sleeves and butt end.
♥ Embellish - add some buttons or even some crochet flowers.
♥ Use a different stitch than the Sc hdc or dc will create more open airy sweater.

Please feel free to ask questions or offer comments, criticisms, etc.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / pattern assistance needed? on: January 03, 2009 06:25:26 AM
I am absolutely stumped on this...

this will be my first afghan - i am so pumped and excited to be trying this - totally leaving my comfort zone and all.


(its a download-able pdf from coats and clark)

I made the foundation chain... then row 1.

My trouble is in row 2. it wants me to
"sc, ch2, sc all in ch-2 space" the problem is i have a dcdec first after i do the turning chain.

if i do the scdec in the ch-2 space from the (dc ch2 dc) in row 1 it looks goofy and it bunches...

i would think the scdec and dcdec should line up some how...  i am so confused Huh
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / I was 'SC'ing wrong last night... what is it? on: January 02, 2009 06:18:02 AM
I caught myself sleepily crocheting single crochet incorrectly!  >.< embarassing? ya i know...  Embarrassed

but what was i doing?

yoh, pull up a loop, yoh pull through one loop, yoh and pull through remaining two loops...  does this have a name?
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Happy Holidays :D on: December 24, 2008 08:58:26 AM
merry christmas, happy hanukkah, joyous kwanzaa and festive festivus to everyone!

regardless of what you celebrate or when ... i want to thank all of you for continually inspiring me.

i never could have gotten through the "crafted christmas" crochet marathon without craftster!

take care and be well!
~Sara ♥
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Need child scarf pattern (for a good cause) on: December 15, 2008 06:42:52 PM
a woman was walking with two tiny children today (it was 20 below F with the wind chill)... she took shelter in our office's entry way.  long story short - i want to crochet a few scarves for her two little girls. they are are between 1 and 3 years old.

can anyone point me to a nice pattern?  i plan on winging it with just a plain one if yall have no suggestions but i thought if any place would offer great help, it would be yall here at craftster! Smiley
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Diva Scarf (& one for a fish) on: December 07, 2008 08:45:06 AM

I completed a scarf for my darling co-worker Cheesy  It is approx 4 inches wide and over 6 feet long. The yarn was a challenge to get used to but once I did I whipped up an identical one for my bf's mum's birthday and then these two. My co-worker shares her desk with a darling blue betta fish named BoBo... so the second scarf is tied around the top of his bowl in honor of the holiday season. Smiley

Hope you like them!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon on: October 03, 2008 12:34:44 PM
I dreamt about a great lil crochet pink breast cancer awareness ribbon Thursday morning... I finished this last night and I'm wearing it today.  I think its a great way to remind people about October being breast cancer awareness month.

ribbon by DIY Sara, on Flickr
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first post - several completed projects on: September 25, 2008 07:21:09 PM
I adore this site... so much inspiration in one place.

My mother taught me to crochet when I was in grade school... I tucked my hooks away after I developed tendonitis in both wrists.  Recently (last fall) I picked up my hooks and got back into it and I love it now more than ever (despite the discomfort)!

Now onto my projects Smiley  
First was a scarf for my bf. Just a basic sc repeat with the lions homespun.

Matt's Scarf by DIY Sara, on Flickr

Next an ipod cozy for my bf with an opening for the screen.

IPod Cozy by DIY Sara, on Flickr

IPod Cozy by DIY Sara, on Flickr

IPod Cozy by DIY Sara, on Flickr

I made a scarf for Iggy Pup our Boston Terrier. I found a nice brown and turquoise yarn (red heart) and matching button and came up with the pattern as I went.

Iggy's Bandana by DIY Sara, on Flickr

I discovered this great site and made a "professor sweater vest" from the tutorial here.  I can't wait to take Iggy out this fall. I think he looks very handsome in the bright orange.

DSC00680 by DIY Sara, on Flickr

Iggy in his finished sweater! by DIY Sara, on Flickr

DSC00650 by DIY Sara, on Flickr

I gave a try at amigurumi and made a goldfish (basic pattern from lionbrand with some alterations). I had to give the little guy a top fin...  I definitely need to practice but I'm happy with how this turned out.

DSC00684 by DIY Sara, on Flickr

Amigurumi Goldfish! by DIY Sara, on Flickr

Currently I have several projects in the works. Several scarves for presents and then a purse for me... I am going to attempt some other crochet goodness and try to give all craft/crochet gifts for the holidays this year.

Smiley thank you all and I hope to be able to join in on offering more sources of inspiration to this great site!
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