Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Water Bottle Sling - FREE Crochet Pattern

I don't know about you....but during the summer months I find it really hard to sit and work on crochet and knit projects.  The beautiful weather outside is calling me to spend what little free time I have soaking up the sun.  Also, yarn can be really hot and makes my hands all sweaty.  But then I find myself RUSHING to get projects made up for Christmas gifts or a Craft Fair.  So the summer months are perfect for working up those small items that take just a little yarn and a little time.



My last project published was a Poop Bag Holder.  Todays pattern I believe compliments it perfectly. Many times I have been out walking my dog WISHING I had thought to grab a bottle of water so that I can give them a drink.  It gets SOOOOO hot here is South Texas!!!! Of course, it could also be used for someone without a dog and just wants a more convenient way to carry their water while they walk.

Can you see that I have attached a carribeaner to a collapsible measuring cup for easy drink stops.


I hope you enjoy this little pattern.  As always....if you find an error in the pattern please let me know in the comment section and I will try to fix it as soon as possible.

Give it a <3 or add it to your Ravelry queue here.

**This is an Original Design by Amy B Stitched. Feel free to make for profit, but remember to give credit to me, Amy B, and link back to this blog http://amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com/  Thanks!!**

WATER BOTTLE SLING
MATERIALS:
·         approx. 1 ounce or 70 yards worsted weight cotton yarn. Samples made using “I Love This Cotton”
·         size G crochet hooK
·         yarn needle
·         one pony style bead with large hole.

SIZE:  fits a 16.9 ounce water bottle

GAUGE: first two rows of pattern = 2 inches

STITCHES/TERMS USED:
·         ch = chain
·         dc = double crochet
·         sl st = slip stitch
·         beg = beginning
·         sc = single crochet
·         st = stitch
·         sk = skip
·         sp = space

INSTRUCTIONS:
Rnd 1: Ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook.  Sl st in top of beg ch 4 to join. (12)
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in first st.  2 dc in each st around. Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join. (24)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as join. (Ch 3, sk next st, sc in next st) around. Ch 1, dc in first sc to join. (12 ch sp)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in sp formed at join. (Ch 4, sc in next ch 3 sp) around. Ch 1, dc in first sc to join.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in sp formed at join. (ch 4, sc in next ch 4 sp) around. Ch 1, dc in first sc to join.
Rnd 6 – 14: repeat Rnd 5.
Rnd 15: Ch 1, 2 sc in sp formed at join. (Ch 2, 2 sc in next ch 4 sp) around. Ch 2, sl st in first sc to join. Finish off.

STRAP
Foundation Row: Attach yarn with a Standing Double Crochet on Rnd 12 in the space to the right of any sc, dc in next sc, dc in ch sp after sc. 
Row 2 – 70:  Ch 2 (does not count as st), turn. Dc in each st across.  (3 dc)
Row 71: Ch 1, turn.  Ensure the strap is not twisted. Working in sts on the other side of the sling, sl st through each dc and into the corresponding stitches across.  Finish off.  Weave in all ends securely.


TIE: Ch 80. Finish off, do not weave ends.  Weave tie through final row of chain spaces, centering the ends between the two straps.  Slip a pony bead onto both ends of the tie.  Tie an overhand knot at the end of each end of the tie.  This bead will be used to hold the tie securely after the water bottle is placed inside the sling.  

Be Blessed!!
Amy B

Monday, July 6, 2015

Poop Bag Holder FREE Crochet Pattern

I was looking for an alternative to the hard plastic cases for carrying rolls of poop bags to attach to my dogs leash.  There was just not really anything out there that could withstand the impact of crashing to the ground every time my little dog took off and pulled the leash from my hand.  Or when the little boy dog decided to make a snack of the crunchy plastic :(  Then I decided, why not CROCHET one!?!?!  

It took a couple of tries....but after a month of using this one I decided that it is time to publish the pattern on the blog.  It is super simple and would make a great addition to your CRAFT FAIR table, especially if you add a roll of bags and make them up in an assortment of colors!!

Give it a <3 or add it to your Ravelry queue here.




**This is an Original Design by Amy B Stitched. Feel free to make for profit, but remember to give credit to me, Amy B, and link back to this blog http://amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com/  Thanks!! 


POOP BAG HOLDER CROCHET PATTERN

MATERIALS:
Small amount of worsted weight cotton (approx 15 yds, 0.3 oz)
Size G crochet hook
Yarn needle

SIZE: approx 1/2 inch x 3 inches

STITCHES:
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Sl st – slip stitch

You will want to crochet tightly so that the bag does not stretch out easily.  You may need to adjust your hook size to get a nice tight stitch.

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 8 sc in first ch. Sl st in first sc to join. (8 sc(
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around. Sl st in top of first sc to join. (16 sc)
Rnd 3: BACK LOOPS ONLY THIS ROUND. Ch 1, sc in each st around. Sls t in first sc to join.
Rnds 4-7: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st around. Sl st in first sc to join. (16 sc)
Rows 8-10: DO NOT JOIN THESE ROWS. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each sc around. (16 sc)
Rnds 11-14: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st around. Sl st in first sc to join. (16 sc)
Rnd 15: BACK LOOPS ONLY THIS ROUND. Ch 1, turn. Sc around. Sl st in first sc to join. (16 sc)
Rnd 16: Ch 1, DO NOT TURN. (sc, ch 1, sk 1) around.  Sl st in first sc to join.  Finish off. (8 sc, 8 ch 1 sp)

CINCH TIE: Ch 50. Tie off leaving 1-2 inches on each end.  Weave cinch tie through the ch 1 spaces of Rnd 16.  Tie ends in an overhand knot to secure.  Trim ends close to knot.

A standard roll of "poop bags" will fit snugly inside.  Each roll of bags will have a sticker that holds it closed.  Leave this sticker in place until after you place the roll inside the crochet, lining up the sticker with the hole in the side.  IT WILL BE A TIGHT FIT, but will loosen up as you use the bags.  when you near the end of the roll it may try to slip out the side hole, just stick it back in :D
If you have trouble getting the bag roll to feed through the hole, you can just pull the bags through the drawstring opening!!