Dog Measurement Guide

Do you struggle with measurements when it comes to making your own crochet dog clothes? Not sure what size to get when buying your dog clothes? This handy dog measurement guide is the answer to your dilemma.

Included in this free guide is how and where to measure your dog. You will find typical measurements for each size. There is also a handy sheet to print and keep track of all those measurements.

A puppy get measured with a green measuring tape.

How to get your free dog measurement guide

Grab your free three page guide and have confidence the next time to make a dog sweater or hat. Know the correct size to buy when shopping online or in stores.

Check out some patterns to try out your new found skills:

10 Dog Sweater Crochet Patterns

Flower Dog Bandana

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Have a Pawsome Day!

Hooded Tiger Blanket Crochet Pattern

This hooded tiger blanket holds a special place in my heart. While I tend to stick to dog-related designs, I’ve decided to share it to coincide with Give Something Away Day, on July 15th, 2021. Read on to find out why this blanket is dear to me, and how you can get a free download of the pattern.

“Giving benefits us all… The giver also benefits. Giving not only makes us feel good but it teaches gratitude, too. Whether we give financially or by offering our skills and services, we lift others up.”

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How the Hooded Tiger Blanket Came About

A few years ago, I was scrolling through Facebook and saw a pattern for a child size Hooded Unicorn Blanket by BriAbby. You can find that pattern HERE.

My granddaughter absolutely adores unicorns, and I loved unicorns before they were cool. So, of course, the thought that popped into this grandma’s head, “This is the perfect Christmas gift for her.” I bought the pattern, got the yarn in all the pretty pinks and purples she loves, and made this beautiful unicorn blanket. Needless to say, she absolutely loved it.

A friend of the family, who played on a softball team with Tigers in their name, asked, “Can you make an adult sized, tiger one?” And my brain went, “Hmmmm.” And the Hooded Tiger Blanket was born. Oh, and that family friend adored the blanket.

Another reason the blanket is special

My son, Jesse, modeled the blanket for me in all the photos. He is autistic and socially distanced as most with this condition are. He keeps to himself and stays out of the limelight. Quiet frogs and turtles are more his scene, not loud, roaring tigers.

Can you say thrilled? That was me when he agreed to be my model. He had fun and was quite amused(as you can see from the smirk on his face) as I repositioned the blanket several times trying to get it just right for the photo. A cherished memory was made that day for both of us.

A young man sitting on a black leather couch wearing a crochet Hooded Tiger Blanket.

How this Hooded Tiger Blanket gave something to me

“Cha-ching” What a wonderful, musical sound. The Etsy App sound. If you are a handmade seller, you know what I’m talking about. The Hooded Tiger Blanket was my very first sale on Etsy in not one, but two shops. What are the odds of that?

Give Something Away Day

So now, I want to give back. On July 15, 2021 starting at 12 am EST for 24 hours, to celebrate Give Something Away Day, you can get a free PDF download of the Hooded Tiger Blanket. Click the Ravelry Button below, which will take you to the pattern. Upon checkout, use coupon code GIVEBACK to get your free pattern. This will only work on the date listed above.

Pattern Instructions includes 2 sizes:

Teen/Adult Size: 79″ x 60″

Child Size:  50″ x 45″


#4 worsted weight yarn in Orange, Black, and a little White for the ears

US I (5.5 mm) and J (6 mm) hooks     

Needle for sewing on parts

Optional: Pins (They keep pieces in place while sewing)

Close up picture of young man in wearing the hood of a Hooded Tiger Blanket.

Several of my designer friends are participating in Give Something Away Day as well. Check out their posts below to see what they are giving away.

Sweet Potato 3 Christine is sharing a cute peppermint twist hat.

Creative Snugglies Christina is sharing amigurumi dolphins.

Here are some of my others patterns and posts you may like:

Puppy Pot

10 Dog Sweater Crochet Patterns

Puppy Dog Ornament

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Have a pawsome day and don’t forget to give something away. You’ll feel terrific after!


Amigurumi Dog and Plant Cozy Crochet Pattern

Puppy Pot is a crochet pattern for an amigurumi dog and plant/basket cozy all in one. It’s as cute as it is functional. You can keep all your crochet hooks close at hand on your desk. Make one for a child to keep their pens and pencils. Pop a small plant in it to brighten your space. It makes the perfect dog lover gift.

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Supplies Needed For Amigurumi Dog/Pot Cozy

  • #4 acrylic yarn—I used Red Heart Soft 275 yds MC, 15 yds CC for belly
  • 12 mm safety eyes
  • 15 mm safety nose
  • I used a small amount of DK yarn for the white around the eyes.
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • 3 1/2″ diameter x 4″ high container (I used an empty frosting can)

Abbreviations Used:

MC=main color

CC=contrasting color 

Rnd: Round     

MR=magic ring

sc=single crochet



Inv Dec=invisible decrease



dc=double crochet

BL=back loops

yo=yarn over

Special Stitches Used:

Puff Stitch

Popcorn Stitch

Skill Level:

Easy to Intermediate: general knowledge of amigurumi needed

This premium crochet pattern is available in both my Ravelry and Etsy shops. It is a 7 page PDF. It includes written instructions for special stitches. For those who are visual learners, there are links to video tutorials as well. The puppy is 8″ high. I used an empty frosting can for the cozy insert. Yay for recycling!

Click either button below to snag your copy today.

Short Video Amigurumi Dog

My testers loved making their amigurumi dog. Check out their versions below.

Perfect Dog Lover’s Gift

The Puppy Pot would make the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life. Christmas, Birthday, or Just Because, anyone would love to receive this cute pup. Children would love to keep their treasures in the pot. I like to put a faux succulent in mine as well.

Gray amigurumi dog with white belly with a crochet plant cozy. A nameplate with TimmelCrochet sits in front of the dog.

When you make the Puppy Pot, I would love to see your version. Tag me on Facebook or Instagram @timmelcrochet or share in my Facebook Group Timmelcrochet For Dogs

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Here is another amigurumi dog pattern you might enjoy:

Puppy Dog Ornament

Thanks for popping in! Have a pawsome day!


Walk on Your Wild Side Wildlife Edition

Walk on Your Wild Side Day is April 12th, and it encourages us to take a chance. It’s a call to the inner strength within you, to do something out of your comfort zone. Do something wild and crazy, and perhaps a little daring.

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But, I’m not actually talking about you, though. Your pup is who I’m thinking about. Let them bring out their inner wild side. How do I do that, you ask?

By making and giving them the gift of a Hua Headwarmer, Wildlife Edition. I already know the question you’re about to ask. What is a Hua Headwarmer? Well, you see, Hua(hoo-ah) is an affectionate term we used in a dog daycare I worked at for a Chihuahua.

A cute, tan chihuahua with straight ears looking at the camera for Walk on Your Wild Side Day.
This is a Hua!

And a headwarmer, of course, would be a hat. So Hua Headwarmer=Chihuahua Hat.

Disclaimer: It also fits other small breed dogs similar to the Hua. Psst: don’t tell the chihuahuas that. They think it’s all about them.

Backstory of the Hua Headwarmer

A co-worker at the dog daycare sent me a internet video of a chihuahua wearing a knitted hat with a Pom Pom on top. She asked, “With your rad skills, do you think you can crochet this?” Not one to walk away from a challenge, I said, “Sure, I’ll give it a try.”

The next day to her amazement, I brought in the hat I had made. We popped it on her chihuahua, Banana. The picture below is the result.

A blond chihuahua wearing a crochet hat with a Pom Pom and a blue and orange bandana.
This is the original Hua Headwarmer

A Hua with a Headwarmer! And henceforth, Hua Headwarmers became a hot commodity. They are very popular in the colder weather. All the cool chihuahuas rave about them.

They went a tad viral one holiday season, and I made and sent out over 500 of them in a two month period. There is a Hua Headwarmer in every state. They even went to Spain and France. You can find the original and several other designs, like Puff Stitch, Ribbed, and Double Pom Pom, for custom order in my Etsy Shop.

And because I’m a BIG unicorn lover, you will also find the Hua-corn Headwarmer! I also made a Bunny one. But, I decided to challenge myself even further.

Walk on Your Wild Side Hua Headwarmers

Now, on to the Wildlife Edition. I decided to take the original and add some fun features. A couple of ears here, a couple of horns there, then add a few spots and maybe a mane.

And Viola! Giraffe Hua Headwarmer

It was so cute. I didn’t want to stop there. Why not create a whole line of Wildlife Editions? I started doodling a bunch of pictures.

Now, imagine the theme song to Jaws in your head as you look at the next picture. “Dun,dun,dun,dun”

Walk on Your Wild Side with a shark hat on a stuffed chihuahua.

Bzzzz Bzzzz! What is that buzzing in my ear? It’s a Busy Bee Hua Headwarmer, of course. Yea, technically a bee is not wildlife, but the design got in my head, and I had to do it.

A stuffed dog wearing a bee hat standing next to a square container of succulents.
Cute little bee!

Hua Headwarmer Wildlife Edition Patterns

After I had made these three cute designs, I realized it was a lot more work to make these hats than the original Hua Headwarmer. I made the decision to sell them as crochet patterns only and not products. You can find all three patterns separately and as a bundle in both of my shops. Click either link below.

Oh, I almost forgot to introduce you to my top model in most of the photos. My chihuahua plushie, “Buttercup”, so named by my seven-year-old granddaughter. She loved her so much, she would steal her from me every time she came to visit. So being a very smart and loving Grandma, I bought another one just for her. She named it “Reeses.” But then, she took it home with her and still steals Buttercup when she visits. Ha Ha Ha! Nice try, Grandma!

What’s Next in this Wild Side Series?

What will be the next Hua Headwarmer Wildlife Edition pattern? Let’s see how good your memory is. What wild animal was in the cover photo at the top of the page?

Tsk Tsk! No fair scrolling back to the top.

If you like to learn some interesting things about dogs, check out my post: 15 Cool Facts About Dogs

If you’re a crocheter, check out my Patterns.

I bet you thought I wasn’t going to show you the next Wildlife Edition that will be coming out. Did you guess the correct animal or did you cheat by scrolling?

If you took a Walk on Your Wild Side, you'd definitely see a crocheted lion hat.
If you guessed Lion, good job!

I hope you enjoyed my take on Walk on Your Wild Side Day. Now go do something fun, adventurous and wild!

And if you crochet, and make one of my wild Hua Headwarmers, please tag me on Instagram or Facebook @timmelcrochet

I’ve teamed up with some other crochet bloggers. Why don’t you take a look at their take on Walk on Your Wild Side Day!

Sweet Potato 3

Creative Snugglies

Juniper & Oakes

Madame Stitch

Crochet & Stitch

Millennial Maker Co.

Have a pawsome day!


10 Dog Sweater Crochet Patterns

We all love our dogs. They have become a integral part of our family life. Fiber artists enjoy making handmade gifts for family members. What better handmade gift to give your four-legged friend than a dog sweater. With this round up of different styles and sizes, you are sure to find just what your beloved pup needs.

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The Cha Cha Dog Sweater Dress by Ozark Nomad

This cute, frilly dog sweater dress is perfect to dress up your furry friend for holidays or just because. Pattern instructions allow to make for any size dog. This is a premium pattern.

A chihuahua in a crocheted pink frilly sweater dress.

The Maggie Dog Sweater by Posh Pooch Designs

A darling sweater with a lovely added flower motif. This pattern is available from XXS-M sizes. It is available as a free and premium pattern.

Two chihuahuas in colorful sweaters. One sweater is pink and yellow with a flower on the back. One is blue and yellow with no flower.

Ready to Roam Sweater by Make and Do Crew

This sweater comes in nine sizes! Also, includes two choices on finishes. Seamed or button closure, because every dog’s wiggle factor is different when trying to dress them. This is a free pattern.

A big dog in a blue, white, red sweater.

Basic Sweater Tutorial by Maria’s Blue Crayon

The great thing about this dog sweater is it takes you step by step on how to measure your dog and make it customized for them. This is more a tutorial than an actual pattern. Free on the blog.

Two cute cockapoo dogs sitting on a couch wearing blue sweaters.

Decorative Loop Dog Sweater by Stitchwerx Designs

This sweater has a lovely design in it. It comes in XS, S, and M but has suggestions to alter the size for a custom fit. This is a premium pattern.

A Papillion dog wearing a green sweater with an arrow type design.
A circle image of wander yarn from Furls.

Furls has a new yarn with a great selection which would make your dog sweater outstanding. Click the picture above to get yours today.

Jovi’s Jumper (Tunisian Sweater) from byGillBux

This sweater is made in the Tunisian entrelac style. Written in UK terms. Made in 5 sizes (with a bonus explanation for a smaller size and 2 other large sizes) This is a premium pattern.

A short stubby dog wearing a white sweater.

If you are enjoying this post, be sure to also check out my 15 Crochet Dog Accessories Post

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Cinco De Mayo Poncho/Sombrero Set by Sarah Barnes

While this is not a sweater, it is a cute set and the poncho would keep the neck and chest warm. It is made for a small dog but can be adjusted to fit medium and large breed. This is a premium pattern.

A stuffed dog modeling a crocheted poncho and sombrero.

Dandy Dog Sweater by Heart Hook Home

This stylish sweater is available in XS, S, and M. It’s worked from neck down in one piece with no sewing. This is a free pattern.

A dachshund mix standing on a step wearing a green sweater.

Dog Jacket with Bow by ShiFio

This adorable jacket comes with a bow. It comes with an explanation on how to measure to get the correct fit. This is a premium pattern.

A Shih Tzu laying on a wooden floor wearing a pink crocheted jacket and wearing a bow.

Turtleneck DK Sweater by Gemma Brown

This colorful turtleneck sweater fits small-medium dogs. This is a premium pattern.

Four picture graphic of colorful dog sweaters and a bull dog and pit bull puppy wearing them.

Would you like to learn some awesome facts about dogs? Check out this post 15 Cools Facts About Dogs

I hope you found some fabulous sweaters to make your furry family member. May you enjoy the process of making one and bonding with your pup at the same time.

TimmelCrochet logo of a drawn dog holding a bone in its mouth.

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Puppy Dog Ornament Crochet Pattern

This cute puppy dog ornament will look wonderful hanging from your Christmas Tree this year. It’s the perfect way to include your favorite four-legged family member in the festivities. With so many color possibilities, you’re sure to match your pup closely. Pattern includes directions for pointed or floppy ears. Your dog has folded ears. No problem. Make the pointed ears then fold them over.

This ornament would make a thoughtful gift for the dog lover in your life. Handmade and dog related. Win Win!

Pinterest pin showing several puppy dog ornaments hanging in a small pine tree with lights.

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Puppy Dog Ornament Feature

This ornament will be featured in Trim The Tree Blog Hop hosted by Juniper & Oakes. On December 10, 2021 you can get a free download of this crochet pattern. On that day, you will need to click on the button below to go to the main round-up post to get the coupon code.

Hanging Puppy Dog ornament in a cream color with pointed ears and red bow on its head, hanging from a pine tree.

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Other Fun Dog Crochet Patterns

Are you looking for other easy gifts for the dog lover on your list. Are they also a reader? My paw print bookmark would be the perfect answer. Or how about a dog tissue box cover to make those boring tissues fun. Click either picture below for the free pattern.

A brown paw print flat crocheted bookmark.
Pawprint Bookmark
Dog Tissue Box Cover

Whether you want to buy the ornament or make it yourself, I hope you will truly love the Puppy Dog Ornament. A lot of heart went into every stitch. May it find a special spot on your Christmas tree this year and for many years to come.

I would love to see all your ornaments. Please tag me @timmelcrochet on Facebook and Instagram. Better yet, show off your hanging pups in my Facebook Group TimmelCrochet For Dogs.

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Have you ever wondered if you could turn your crochet hobby into a business? I wondered too, and I did some research and came across a webinar that completely changed my life. If you want to take the plunge and change your life too, check out the link below.

You won’t be disappointed. I know I wasn’t. I now have not one but two crochet businesses. And I owe it all to taking the first step of clicking on this webinar:


Until next time, Woof Woof!

A puppy holding a bone logo picture.

15 Cool Facts About Dogs

Image by Jeff Chabot from Pixabay

We all love dogs. They have become such a part of our culture and our family that they sleep with us, eat with us, hang out with us. They are our tried and true companions, our best friends, and our confidants. They give us unconditional love, only wanting to please us and get love in return.

How much do you know about dogs? I bet there will be one or two things in this list you didn’t know. I’ve worked with dogs my entire adult life, and there’s some I didn’t know either.

So on to the list:

  1. A dog’s nose print is as unique as your fingerprint. No two nose prints are alike.

2. Speaking of noses, a dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than ours. Can you imagine being able to smell something bad 10,000 times more. Yuck! Dogs don’t seem to mind though.

3. How about a dog’s ears? They can hear 4 times the distance. That’s probably why I can never sneak a bag of chips without them knowing.

4. Your dog circles around and around, then curls up in a ball to sleep. Do you know why? They do it not only to stay warm but as an innate instinct to protect their vital organs.

5. And speaking of sleeping, puppies sleep 18-20 hours a day while growing. “Mom, I’m gonna go take a nap” Zonk! Wake up 18 hours later.

6. While we’re on the subject of puppies, they have 28 teeth. Adults have 42.

7. A dog’s sleep is much like ours and that is why they dream.

8. Dog’s can sense time: Probably why my dog Ginger bugs me every day at 5 pm. It’s dinner time!

The bigger one is the aforementioned time senser.

9. Dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet.

10. While we are contemplating that, has your dog’s paws ever smelled like Fritos? It’s because a combination of microorganisms and sweat give off a nutty aroma. I will never think of Fritos in the same way again!

11. Dogs do not only see in black and white. They can also see color, mostly blue and yellow.

12. Dogs can recognize more than 150 words. When mine are outside, and I yell “Hungry Hippos,” they come running!

13. Do you know all the reasons dogs bark? They are being protective, sounding the alarm, bored, greeting you, or they want attention. Or maybe they just like to hear themselves talk. We all know that one in the group.

14. When you pet a dog, not only does your blood pressure goes down, but so does the dog’s.

15. And lastly, both humans and dogs excrete the hormone oxytocin(the love hormone) It’s been studied that long-term friendship between humans and dogs might be due to oxytocin positive interactions between them.

Photograph: MBI/Alamy

Did you learn at least one thing you didn’t know about dogs? Dogs are special creatures, and life would be lonely and boring without them. And life for them would be lonely and boring without us.

If you are looking for a dog, check out your local shelter. There are so many lost and lonely pups waiting for their furever home! All of my dogs (4) were rescues and they are the best kind!

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Brickwork Stitch Tutorial

A stitch tutorial for the Brickwork Stitch.

The brickwork stitch is a lovely textured stitch. It uses treble crochets and front loops to create a raised alternating brick pattern. I’ve used a 3 color sequence to allow you to see where the front loop stitches are and therefore making it easier for you to learn the stitch. It would look pretty in a 2 color repeat or if you are more interested in the texture, a single color would work as well.

It would make an adorable baby blanket using pastel baby colors. Use a chunky yarn, and you could create place mats or hot pads.

With this stitch,after the first 2 rows are made, you will crochet on the right side only. Keep this in mind when deciding on a project, as it is not reversible. For instance, only one side of a blanket would have the texture. For a place mat or hot pad, it would not matter as you only use one side. There is also a lot of weaving of ends. You may want to weave as you go. Use a hook size compatible with your yarn size. For this demonstration, I used a 4 mm (G) hook. The Lilac Yarn is Red Heart Soft and the Cream and Green(Limelight) Yarn are Caron Simply Soft.

Abbreviations Used:

ch= chain, sc=single crochet, hdc=half double crochet, FL=front loops, BL=back loops, tr=treble, rep=repeat, st=stitch

Multiple is 6 sts + 3, plus 1 for foundation chain.

Step 1: Work the number of foundation chains you need for your project in Yarn A.(Lilac) Sc in 3rd ch from hook, and in each ch across, turn.

Step 2: Ch 1 (counts as sc), skip first sc, sc in FL only of each sc across, changing to yarn B (Cream) in the yarn over of final sc, turn. Fasten off yarn A. (Lilac)

Step 3: In yarn B(Cream), ch 2 (counts as hdc), skip 1st st, work hdc (in both loops) of every sc across. Fasten off Yarn B, but do not turn work. From here you will not be turning, but joining the yarn back at the beginning of each row.

Treble Crochet ( Yarn over twice, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over pull through final 2 loops.) See illustration below.

Step 4: If using 3 colors, join Yarn C (Green). If using 2 or just one color, join Yarn A(Lilac) to beginning of previous row, ch 1 (counts as sc), 1 tr in FL only of next 2 sc from 2 rows below, sc in BL only of next 3 hdc, *tr in FL only of next 3 sc 2 rows below, sc in BL only of next 3 hdc: rep from * to last 3 sts, tr in FL only of next 2 sc from 2 rows below, sc in last sc. Fasten off, but do not turn.

Step 5: Repeat step 3. If using 3 colors, join Yarn A(Lilac). If using 2 colors, join yarn B(Cream).

Picture is showing 5 rows of the Brickwork Stitch completed.
5 rows completed

Step 6: If using 3 colors, join Yarn B(Cream), if using 2 colors, join Yarn A(Lilac) to beginning of previous row, Ch 1 (counts as sc) sc in BL only of next 2 hdc, *tr in FL only of next 3 sc 2 rows below, sc in BL only of next 3 hdc; rep from * to end. Fasten off but do not turn.

Step 7: Repeat step 3. If using 3 colors, join Yarn C (green), if using 2 colors, join Yarn B(Cream)

Step 8: Repeat Steps 4-7 for whatever length the project is.

I hope you enjoyed learning this brickwork stitch and are able to use it in your next project. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Subscribe if you would like to be informed when new content is added. Until next time, have a happy day and Happy Crocheting!

Crochet Edgings

Crochet Edgings to finish your projects.

You just finished your blanket, your scarf, your piece of clothing. But is it really finished. What is it missing? Yes, an edging. Most crochet items need a crochet edging to be truly finished. There are so many edgings to choose from. Some are fairly simple while others are quite complex. I’ve compiled a small list of fun and easy ones. Maybe you are a beginner, maybe you are intermediate. Whichever you are, I hope you will find these edgings simple and fun.

Abbreviations Used: sc=single crochet, dc=double crochet, st=stitch, ch=chain, hdc=half double crochet, tr=treble crochet, rep=repeat, tch=turning chain, yo=yarn over

Simple Shell Edge

If using this on say a blanket, I would single crochet all the way around the blanket. This would make a foundation row. This edge works best in multiples of 4 sts + 1.

Row 1: (right side) join with a slip st in your edge, ch 1, sc in same stitch as join, *skip next st, 5 dc into next st, skip next st, sc in next st; rep from * to end. Fasten off.

Gentle Wave

This edging works best with multiples of 14 sts + 1. This edging would look nice on a baby blanket. You could also make a foundation row sc before beginning the wave.

Row 1: (right side) join with sl st in your edge, ch 1, sc in same stitch as join, *over next 14 sts, sc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, ch 1, (tr, ch 1) in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * to end. Fasten off.

Bobble Dainty

This edging works best in multiples of 5 sts + 1.

Special stitch: popcorn st=work 4 dc in next st, drop loop from hook, insert hook into the first dc you made, pick up dropped loop and draw through the dc, ch 1 to secure popcorn.

Row 1: (right side) I would use a foundation row of single crochets, turn.

Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as a hdc, ch 2) skip 1st 2 sc, sc into next st, *Ch 5, skip 4 sc, sc into next st; rep from * to last 2 sc, ch 2, hdc in last sc, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in 1st hdc, ch 3, popcorn into next sc, ch 3, *sc into next ch 5 arch, ch 3, popcorn into next sc, ch 3; rep from * to last sp, sc into 2nd ch of tch. Fasten off.

Pintuck Edge

This edging works with multiple of any number of sts. It makes a sort of raised edge, I think would look wonderful on a pillow.

Row 1: (right side) Use Yarn A to sc all around edge, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as a dc) skip st at base of ch, dc into front loop of each sc to end, turn. Fasten off Yarn A, join Yarn B.

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as a dc) skip st at base of ch, dc into back loop of each dc to end, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, *insert hook through next dc and corresponding back loop from the st on 2nd row, yo, draw loop through the layers, yo, complete as a sc; rep from * to end. Fasten off.

Honeycomb Edge

This edging works best in multiple of 5 sts + 1. I think this edge would look cool on the end of a scarf.

Row 1: (right side) This would be a foundation of sc, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc into each of 1st 2 sts, *Ch 5, skip 2 sc, sc into each of next 3 sc; rep from * to end, omitting 1 sc at end of last rep, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc into 1st sc, *5 sc into next Ch 5-arch, skip next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * to end, turn.

Row 4: Ch 6 (counts as 1 tr, ch 2), skip 1st 2 sc, sc into each of next 3 sc, *Ch 5, skip 3 sc, sc into each of next 3 sc; rep from * to last 2 sc, ch 2, 1 tr into last sc, turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc into 1st tr, 2 sc into ch 2-sp, skip next sc, sc into next sc, *skip next sc, 5 sc into next ch 5-arch, skip next sc, sc into next sc; rep from * to last ch 2-sp, 2 sc into last sp, sc nto 4th ch of tch. Fasten off.

I hope you enjoyed learning these 5 fun and easy edgings. I hope you can incorporate one of them into one of your future crochet projects. Until next time, Happy Crocheting!

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My Start on Etsy

I started crocheting at the age of 11 and crocheted pretty regularly for most of my life. As with any hobby or things we enjoy doing, life has a habit of getting in the way. You get busy living that, and sometimes the things you enjoy doing get put on the back burner. Crocheting took a hiatus in my life.

At the dog daycare where I work, we do a secret Santa exchange every year. A couple of years ago, I decided to make my present. The person I drew had chihuahuas. I decided to crochet a chihuahua and searched the internet for a pattern. I found one called Lucky the Chihuahua by Doris Yu on Ravelry.

It was so very cute. On the scarf, I embroidered Hua (Hoo-ah) because that is what we call them at work. After it was opened, everyone loved it, and I heard a lot of “You should sell your stuff on Etsy.” I had heard of Etsy but didn’t really know anything about it. I did some research on it, liked what I saw and thought why not give it a try.

I crocheted a few things from pattern books I had from my mother. I listed them and waited. Nothing happened. I had heard writing and selling patterns was a popular way to go on Etsy. I had always followed everyone else’s patterns and thought, “I don’t think I could I actually make one myself.” I remembered what my mother once told me. “You never know what you can accomplish unless you try.” The first pattern I made and wrote was a turtle pillow for my son.

My first pattern

It wasn’t an “Oh my god, that is the most awesome thing ever”, but it was my first attempt, and I was proud of it. My son loved it and that mattered more.

My 2nd pattern was a Hooded Tiger Blanket. My son modeled it for me to take the picture, and he enjoyed doing that. I listed it in my shop. Then one day, I had set my phone down and walked into another room.

Next thing I knew, I heard “Cha-ching” and I was, “Oh my god, I think I just had my first sale on Etsy.” I had no idea it was going to make that sound. I ran to my phone, and sure enough someone bought my Tiger Blanket pattern. I’ve heard the Cha-ching sound many times since. I will never get tired of hearing it, and I get just as excited as that first time.

My first sale on Etsy

My most popular item in my shop to date is the Hua Headwarmer aka a chihuahua hat. Also inspired by a co-worker who sent me a video of a chihuahua wearing a knitted hat. She said, “With your rad skills, you think you can crochet this?” Boom! The very next day I brought her a hat, and we put it on her dog, Banana.

Hua Headwarmer
modeled by Banana

And since then, I have added several different styles of Hua Headwarmers including Hua-Corn hat, Ribbed design, Puff Stitch design, and Double Pom Pom. I have recently started a line of wildlife edition Hua Headwarmers. Giraffe and Shark are my first two. I am and will be selling the patterns for these hats as well as made to order hats for some of them. I also have patterns not related to dogs.

If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading about how I got my start. I hope you will enjoy the content and free patterns I will be providing. Have a happy day and as always Happy Crocheting! If you would like a promo code of 25% off anything in my Etsy shop, click here: Promo Code