In sneaks another dachshund make….dachshund corner to corner crochet cushion

After my first few crochet Dachshund makes I still had a few more I wanted to do and first out is this Corner to Corner Dachshund Cushion. The pattern is available over on my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HookStitchSew

Just had to make one more crochet Dachshund wall hanging – but this time just a little bigger!

I liked my crochet Dachshund wall hanging so much and I really enjoy corner to corner so I decided to make another! However I wanted this one to be a little bigger, have slightly different hanging loops and have some tassels. So with those requirements in mind I set off and made a second version – here it is!

The pattern is available over on my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HookStitchSew

Dachshund Crochet Wall Hanging (the first of many Dachshund makes to come!)

After making my Dachshund corner to corner blanket pattern I’ve had it in mind to do a few more Dachshund makes and I have finally got a chance to do some!

The first is a Dachshund wall hanging, I’ve wanted to make a wall hanging for a little while now and thought it would be great to combine the Dachshund and the wall hanging together, I’m really please with how it’s turned out.

After making this wall hanging a few more Dachshund ideas popped to mind – be prepared for quite a few over the next few months!

Pattern is available over on my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HookStitchSew

Corner to Corner Dachshund Blanket Pattern

I recently took part in a Corner to Corner crochet along by Zeens and Roger (zeensandroger.wordpress.com) I really enjoy making corner to corner crochet as its great seeing the pattern gradually evolve so was really looking forward to  giving it a go.  I decided to do a Dachshund themed blanket.  It took quite a few attempts to draw a pattern up I was happy with and even longer to decide on the colours to use but eventually I got there!

The pattern is available over on my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HookStitchSew

Woofing and wagging its tail out of the crochet bag is a dog hooded blanket with pattern 

The hooded blanket theme is continuing here, soon as I think I’ve made them all a few more ideas pop into my head!, I do have a few other projects on the sidelines that will be making there way on here soon but I just wanted to get a few more of these blankets finished first! 

The pattern is available over on my Etsy shop: 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/524392498

Patchwork drawstring bag – part 2! 

Since my last patchwork drawstring bag I’ve been making a bit more progress through the Christmas makes. Am actually getting trough them a bit quicker than I was expecting so am hopeful I might actually get everything finished! I really want one of these bags for myself, but that will have to wait for now!

I used the very cute scotty dog fabric by The Craft Cotton Company for this one,  and can’t wait for the recipient to open it!
Pattern for this is from Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine issue 40.

A great make for any four legged friends this Christmas – a crochet dog ball 

Some friends of mine have just got a very cute little puppy and I was wanting to make him a little present for Christmas, I searched about online and came across something I knew would be perfect – this knitted dog ball: 
http://m.instructables.com/id/Knitted-dog-ball-that-helps-clean-their-teeth/?ALLSTEPS
The only problem was it was a knitting pattern rather than crochet, so to adapt this for crochet I just used dc stitch and did the following pattern, making two strips in three different colours (6 strips in total):

Crochet dog ball:

4mm hook

11ch 

Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc rest of row 

Row 2-60: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row  

Fasten off. 
Once the strips are made I followed the instructions to join and wrap the strips together to make the ball, I found it quite fiddly and it took me a few attempts to get it right, but when I did the following I managed to get it to work: 
1- Take a blue strip and sew the ends together to make a round, then take a red strip and pass it through the blue round and sew the ends to make another round. Now take the second blue strip and pass it through the red round and sew the ends together to make a final round.  

  
2- Lay the loops out flat as shown in picture below to make sure they are in the right places, a lot of the problems I encountered were because I didn’t have them like this. I put a stitch marker in one of the strips so not to get them mixed up.  

   

3- Take the second red strip and place it as shown in the photo below and sew the ends together. 

  

4- Put a little stuffing into the middle as it will make the next stage a little easier – although it is still quite fiddly! 

  

5- Take one of the yellow strips and weave it over the strip. Start by going under a blue, over the next blue and repeat going around the ball until you get back to the start and sew to join.

  

6- Take the second yellow strip and start going over the blue strip that you previously went under, then over the next and repeat around until you get back to the start and sew to join.  

  
7- Put more stuffing into the ball so it becomes fully ball shaped, now sew along the edges of the strips to seal them so the stuffing doesn’t come out.  

  
   
   

Despite the fiddly bit driving me a bit crackers it was worth it, and I know it’s recipient will have a lot of fun with it on Christmas Day! You could make these bigger too by increasing the number of rows, and by increasing the number of stitches on the starting chain to increase the thickness of the strips.  

Another animal make – I know they are really starting to get out of hand now, but I really couldn’t resist these dashingly cute dachshunds! 

I’m slowly starting to make a bit of a dent into my to do list – it maybe only a small dent but it’s all progress! The number of animal makes I have completed and have still yet to do is just insane, although finally they are starting to reduce in number and I have resisted adding any more – for now! I’ve managed to squeeze in this animal make before starting quite a big project I have been putting off for quite a while. I’m quite excited for this next make and surprisingly it’s not going to be animal related, although I have a feeling it’s going to be one of my biggest challenges I have taken on so far! However, back to this post and all of its animal cuteness! 
I saw a pattern for these patchwork dachshunds in Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine (Issue 8) – it’s actually the reason I bought the magazine! I have been looking forward to doing them for a while and after the success of the patchwork rabbits I was confident I could give them a go! I made one with pinks, blues and biege, and the other in blues, greens, and biege. These were small pieces of some of my favourite fabrics I have had leftover from other projects so was very happy to be able to use them.  

  
I think doing the rabbits first helped me a lot with doing these as I kind of knew what I was doing, rather than the unknown I experienced with the rabbits! I had no real problems at all, well until I sewed a head piece on upside down! But luckily I realised and got it sorted out without any trouble – the joys of unpicking! 

 

I knew these dogs would look cute, but I really couldn’t believe how cute they have come out, I know they are going to be very well lived in their new homes – although they will have a little wait until they go as these are part of my ridiculous number of Christmas makes!