Monday, December 31, 2007

Free Felted Crochet Heart Garland Pattern

Use this Heart Garland for Valentine’s Day decorating. Instructions are included for felting the hearts by hand. If you prefer, the hearts can be felted in a washing machine.

This is an easy project even if you've never tried felting before. The heart motifs are crocheted using 100% wool yarn. Then a hot water soak and a little rubbing causes the pieces to turn into a felt-like fabric. See the complete directions at the end of the crochet pattern below.

Stitch the felted hearts together with red bead spacers for a small garland. Then you're ready to decorate a stuffed dog, your real dog, or trim a basket or door wreath.

Patons Classic Wool Merino Yarn 1 skein – Bright Red
(or any medium weight 100% wool)
Crochet Hook size G
6 Red beads- approx. 8mm
Red sewing thread
Sewing needle
2 medium size bowls
Few drops dish detergent
Rubber gloves

Heart Motif
Make 6 with red wool yarn

Row 1: Ch 2 (1st hdc),
2 hdc in second ch from hook. ( 3 hdc)

Row 2: Ch 2 (1st hdc) Turn,
Hdc in same stitch,
Hdc in next hdc,
2 hdc in last hdc. ( 5 hdc)

Row 3: Ch 2 (1st hdc) Turn,
Hdc in same stitch,
Hdc in next 3 hdc,
2 hdc in last hdc. ( 7 hdc)

Row 4: Ch 2 (1st hdc) Turn,
Hdc in same stitch,
Hdc in next 5 hdc,
2 hdc in last hdc. ( 9 hdc)

Row 5: Ch 1, Turn,
Skip first 2 hdc,
5 dc in next hdc,
skip next hdc,
slip stitch in hdc,
skip next hdc,
5 dc in next hdc,
skip next hdc,
slip stitich in last hdc. (2 Five-dc clusters)
Fasten off.

Felting the heart motifs will make them smaller and fuzzier. The individual stitches will begin to disappear and the heart will look like felt.

Work in or near a sink so you have easy access to hot and cold water. Fill one bowl with very cold water. Fill the other bowl with very hot water. For quickest felting make the water as hot as comfortable to work in with your rubber gloves on. Add a few drops of detergent to the hot water bowl.
*Place the crocheted heart in the hot water for about 3 minutes. Agitate the piece in the water with a spoon. Take it out and rub it and roll it between both hands. Squeeze out the water and place the piece in the cold water, swishing it around for a few minutes.
Repeat from the * several times. Change the water as needed to maintain the hot and cold temps. Check your results as you go. Eventually the piece will look fuzzy, the individual stitches will blur and the piece will shrink.
Rinse in fresh cold water and squeeze out as much water as possible. Don’t twist or wring it. Pull the heart into shape with your fingers and set aside until completely dry.
Repeat with the other 5 hearts.

With needle attach red sewing thread to the side of a heart. * Thread on a bead, attach thread to the side of the next heart. Go through the width of the heart, hiding the thread on the inside. Repeat from * until all heart and beads are attached. Join thread to opposite side of 1st heart to form a ring. Secure and fasten off.

This pattern cannot be offered for sale or posted online in any form. You may sell items made by you to raise funds for Greyhound Adoption or dog rescue.

Copyright 2008 L. Conlon

Happy Crocheting!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Thanks for Supporting Greyhound Adoption!

Thank you Laurie P. for sending this photo! Laurie made 2 life size crocheted Greyhounds from our pattern to give as gifts. Don't they look greyt under the Christmas tree?!
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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Felted Purses....Last Minute Gifts

At the last minute I decided I needed something special in which to "wrap" my nieces' Christmas Gift Cards. I found a free pattern for these little felted purses here at the Lion Brand Yarn website. (You'll need to register for free).

Then I embellished the purses with felted flowers made from 2 patterns. The pink flower pattern is free and can be found here. The red rose is from a set of patterns I purchased from an Etsy Shop here.

The pattern gave directions for felting by washing machine but I did it by hand in a small bowl. This was my first attempt at felting and I loved it! Try it if you need a quick gift or get started now for Valentine's Day.

Happy crocheting.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Greyhounds Visit Santa!

Our hounds, Wyatt & Presto, visited with Santa this week. Rumor has it they asked for new stuffies, liver treats and a baby sister.

The photo was taken at Long Island GreyHound Transfer (L.I.G.H.T.) Visit their website: for greyt info about Greyhounds. You'll find F.A.Q's, photos, and even an online Adoption Application. If you live on Long Island or you're coming for a visit, be sure to check the event schedule. Come to a Meet & Greet to talk to their friendly volunteers and meet some of these greyt dogs!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Greyhound Rock Stars

Take a break from shopping and wrapping and decking the halls. Sit back and enjoy Greyhounds sharing the stage with Crowded House...

Had to share this greyt photo I received this week from Carrie H. The little Pixie Hound was crocheted by Carrie and donated to a Greyhound Adoption Fundraiser. I heard it was a great success! Thanks, Carrie!!
Can you guess which is the real Greyhound??

Saturday, December 1, 2007

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Happy Crocheting!

Free Santa Hat Crochet Pattern

Want to add a few finishing touches to your Christmas decorating scheme? Why not whip up a Santa hat or two with this quick and easy pattern?! Then you can have fun dressing your stuffed animals, dolls or even your real pets. Here's the pattern:

Santa Hat
4-ply yarn, Red 2 ounces
Bulky weight yarn, White 1 ounce
Crochet hook Size G
Yarn needle

Finished Size: 7” by 6”

Work hat in continuous rounds. Do not join rounds.
Rnd 1: with red, ch 2,
6 sc in second ch from hook. (6 sc)
Rnd 2-5: sc in each sc around. (6 sc)
Rnd 6: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) around. (9sc)
Rnd 7: sc in each sc around. (9 sc)
Rnd 8: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) around. (12 sc)
Rnd 9: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) around. (18 sc)
Rnd 10-13: sc in each sc around. (18 sc)
Rnd 14: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) around. (24 sc)
Rnd 15: sc in each sc around. (24 sc)
Rnd 16: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) around. (30 sc)
Rnd 17: sc in each sc around. (30 sc)
Rnd 18: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) around. (36 sc)
Rnd 19: sc in each sc around. (36 sc)
Rnd 20: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc) around. (42 sc)
Rnd 21-23: sc in each sc around. (42 sc)
Change to white bulky yarn
Rnd 24-27: sc in each sc around. (42 sc)
Fasten off. Fold up the white part like a cuff.
Optional: Sew 6 inches of ¼ inch wide elastic to last round.
Ch 2 with white bulky yarn
Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Rnd 4: sc next 2 sc together around. (6 sc)
Fasten off. Insert tip of the hat into the opening of Rnd 4 and sew in place.
Fasten off.