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.

Quote from www.holidayinsights.com

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.

For all my Hua Headwarmers, I use Caron Simply Soft Yarn. It’s soft and easy to work with.

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.

Feature in Pet Appreciation Blog Hop

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.

This crochet pattern will be featured in the Pet Appreciation Blog Hop hosted by Jo’s Crafty Hook on Monday, August 21, 2023. On that day, you will be able to get a free PDF download of the pattern through Ravelry. Hit the button below to get the coupon code.

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

Once you have the coupon code, return here and hit the button below to go to the Ravelry pattern. Input your code at check out, and the Busy Bee Hua Headwarmer will buzz it’s way into your Ravelry library.

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 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

Pinterest Pin 10 dog sweater crochet patterns with 3 photos of dogs wearing sweaters.

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.

Click either of the buttons below for a premium PDF download of the pattern and other dog related patterns and products.

Puppy Dog Ornament Feature

This ornament was featured in Trim The Tree Blog Hop hosted by Juniper & Oakes. Click the round up below to check out all the ornament patterns.

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

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

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.

Pinterest pin with 3 different Puppy Dog Ornaments hanging in a pine tree.

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Awesome Dog Amigurumi

Amigurumi in itself is awesome. It’s always amazing how a designer can take a strand of yarn and form it into the shape(s) of animals with just a hook and needle. I love dogs, so that means I love dog amigurumi. It’s fun to see how different designers craft their image of a dog.

Here we will feature very different interpretations of dogs by several designers. Most are patterns, some are ready made or made to order. Each will have a link (click on each title) to take you to each design to explore at your leisure. Enjoy your stroll through Dog Amigurumi Land.

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Lucky the Chihuahua by Doris Yu

This amigurumi is actually how I got my start on Etsy. For the story on that, check out my earlier blog post, My Start on Etsy. He is so cute and was modeled after a real chihuhua. This is a pattern on Ravelry.

Whimsical Wiener Dog by Nerdpreneurcreations

Here we have a fun shaped dog in a fun color. Make it your child’s favorite color, and it can become their favorite friend. You can find this pattern on Ravelry.

Babygreifling by Susi-haekelt.at

This cool dog is a baby grab toy perfect for tiny fingers to wrap around. The pattern is written in German, but go check out the blog. When I did, Google Translate offered me an English translation.

Bentley the Beagle by Accessorize This Designs

This super cute pup is the perfect cuddle companion sure to keep your little one company at bedtime. I love his puppy dog eyes and heart shaped nose. This is a pattern on Ravelry.

Pipsqueak by Sarahdipititoo

This pretty purple pup is ready to steal your heart. This is custom crochet made just for you . Sarah will gladly take your order.

Dachshund Puppy Dog by Aixa Rodriguez Avendano

This is an adorable representation of the wiener dog. This pattern is available on Ravelry in both English and Spanish.

Orion Puppy by Dragonfly Creations

This darling friend can hold your hook and watch over you as you crochet if you want. Or a perfect friend for your child. This pattern is available on Ravelry.

Dog Tissue Box Cover by TimmelCrochet

This doggie will cover your tissues and keep you company when you’re sick. You can find the free pattern on this very blog under the patterns section. If you prefer the PDF download, the link will take you to my Etsy shop.

Dog Cup Cozies by Hooked by Angel

I am so in love with these cozies. A must have for dog lovers! She captures each breed effortlessly. These are so fun and adorable. You could have a different dog for each day of the week. They are available as patterns and also ready made/custom order. The link takes you to a pattern, but be sure to check out the whole shop.

I hope you enjoyed your stroll through Dog Amigurumi Land! Hopefully, you found something you’d like to make or buy from one of these fabulous designers. Until next time, Happy Crocheting!

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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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How to Crochet a Flower Bandana

This is my sweet Abby!

We all love our dogs. And who doesn’t like their dog to look good. I know I love to keep my Shih Tzu/Pug mix Abby groomed and looking sweet. She usually gets a bandana from the groomer, but I like to make my own, too. In this post, I’ll show you how to crochet a dog bandana with a flower on it.

I used Caron Simply Soft in Mango and Sunshine. I thought those were beautiful, bright, spring colors. A cotton yarn would work up nice as well. Color combo possibilities are endless. Have fun and use your imagination. I used a G (4mm) hook. You will also need a snap for closure.

First, using a tape measure, measure around your dog’s neck in inches.

With your main color, Ch the number of stitches needed to measure 1” less then neck size. Remember, yarn stretches. Make it an odd number so you will end up with an even number of stitches. I used half double crochet for this bandana. Another great stitch to use for this is the herringbone hdc. (YO, insert in st, YO, pull through, do not YO but pull through 1st loop on hook, then YO, pull through remaining loops on hook)

Row 1: hdc in 2nd ch from hook, and in each ch across.(even number of sts) Fasten off.

Hold up to dog’s chest and use stitch markers to mark a stitch on each side the width of the chest. Rejoin the yarn where 1st st marker is and continue with row 2.

Row 2: hdc in each st to the 2nd stitch marker, turn

Row 3: Ch 1,hdc first 2 sts together, hdc across to last 2 sts, hdc last 2 sts together, turn

You will repeat row 3 until you are down to 1 stitch. Fasten off. Weave in any ends.

Three Border options:

Border 1: This is the border in the picture. Join your contrasting color in 1st ch of row 1 (Ch 3, skip next st, sl st next st) around bandana working in chs, sts, and ends of rows. Join with sl st to 1st st. Fasten off.

Border 2: This makes a small shell like border. Join in 1st ch of row 1 (3hdc in next st, skip next st, sl st in next st) around working in chs, sts, and ends of rows. Join with sl st in 1st st. Fasten off.

Border 3: This is a simple border. Join in 1st st, Ch 1, sc evenly around working in chs, sts, and ends of rows with 3 sc in the point of bandana. Join with sl st in 1st st. Fasten off.

Flower Motif:

With yellow, Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook or use magic circle (6) Fasten off. Join white with sl st in 1st st. (Ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next 2 chs, hdc in last ch, sl st in next st) Repeat around until you have 6 petals. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew flower to middle of bandana. This flower may be too big to use on a bandana for really small dog.

Sew the snap ends to each end of the 1st row. If you don’t have a snap, a 1/2 inch button can be used and buttoned through one of the stitches on the other end.

All that’s left is to fasten it around your dog’s neck. Doesn’t she look beautiful?

I hope you enjoyed this crochet bandana tutorial, and your dog loves their new accessory. If you like my work, consider signing up for my newsletter to be kept up to date of new releases, special offers, and promo codes. You can also find me on Instagram @timmelcrochet

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15 Crochet Dog Accessories

I am a big dog lover. I have worked with dogs my whole adult life. I also have 4 at home. You will find a considerable amount of dog related crochet on my blog as well as in my shop. We all love our dogs. They are not just like family. They ARE our family. We like to buy or make them gifts the same as we do other members of our family. I feel sometimes crochet for dogs gets overlooked. But not today! In this post, you will find 15 links to fabulous patterns, tutorials, and ready made/custom orders for dog/pet accessories.

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1. Big Dog Bandana at Papiocreek Crochet

What a beautiful dog! Who doesn’t love a Newfie? This beautiful bandana free crochet pattern is made for big dogs. It wraps onto the collar, featuring a solid version and a plaid version.

2. Dog Bone Placemat at DACcrochet

I love everything about this Dog Bone Mat. We all know how dogs can make a big mess. This placemat can help keep that to a minimum. I can also see it being used as a rug or a mat for a small dog to lie on. It’s available as a paid pattern and ready made.

3. Freeform Dog Sweater at Crochet Instinct

This is a visually stunning and unique piece. While this is not a pattern, Stephanie shows you how she freeformed using a template of a dog sweater. Maybe she will inspire you to do your own freeform.

4. Dog Sweater at Crochet It Creations

No matter the size of the dog, this sweater will fit. This pattern is available in 6 sizes for dogs from 2 lbs to 60 lbs.

5. Boston Terrier Dog Bandana at Hooked on Bostons

How cute are these for all you Boston Lovers. Patti makes these and other dog related items. She would be happy to take your order.

6. Lacy Dog Collar at Celtic Knot Crochet

How adorable is this? Can you say Fancy Fido? Sadie is the cutest. A beautiful button in the middle lends to the classy look. This is a free pattern and is available in 5 sizes.

7. Pet Memorial Sampler and More at Custom Crochet Just for You

Here you can find custom made heartfelt memorial samplers, fun dog birthday hats, and bandanas. Sarah would love to take your order and make something special just for you.

8. Paw print Dog Bandana at Golden Lucy Crafts

Say Hi to Lucy. Isn’t she Pretty In Pink? This free pattern sports a cute paw print at the tip of the bandana.

9. Pumpkin Toy(Cat or Dog) at Brighter Sides

This cute toy can be made for a cat with catnip. Or leave out the catnip, and you have a toy for a small dog. Your fur babies are about to have some fun. This is a DIY tutorial with video and free PDF pattern.

10. Rigby Scarf at Sincerely Pam

This pretty scarf is named after this adorable Westie Eleanor Rigby. This free pattern was created just for her. It is adaptable to any size dog and even humans. Now that is a win win!

11. Dog Cowl with Flower at Kathy Rose Designs

This dog cowl is as beautiful as the button in the center of the flower. And look at that face. She knows she looks good. This paid pattern cowl fits right over your dog’s existing collar. Leave the flower off and, you have a cowl for your male dog as well.

12. Dog Headbands at TimmelCrochet

Made to order headbands in 2 designs. Can be made to fit any size dog. This cute headwear makes for great photo ops. Your dog will be the Belle of the Dog Ball.

13. Dandy Dog Sweater at Heart Hook Home

There is a pattern of three here. Three beautiful dogs modeling three beautiful sweaters in three different sizes. This free crochet pattern is worked in one piece which means no sewing.

14. Earflap Dog Hat at Posh Pooch Designs

What’s cuter than dogs in hats? Dogs in hats with their ears sticking out. Keep those doggo heads warm. This paid pattern bundle includes three sizes.

15. Dog Harness at Cool Creativity pattern by Pixie Heart Strings

What a great idea for a smaller dog where a regular harness might chafe. With this free pattern, you could have a different colored harness for every day of the week.

I hope you enjoyed these 15 crochet accessories for dogs. I also hope you will give some of them a try. Please feel free to share your creations with me in my Facebook Group or Instagram. Your pooches will love all of these designs. But be careful they don’t run away with the ball of yarn!

Until next time, Happy Crocheting!

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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