Donna's Crochet Designs

Galena, Ohio · 4421 Sales


Donna's Crochet Designs

Galena, Ohio 4421 Sales On Etsy since 2006

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Last updated on Mar 26, 2018

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Crochet Scarves For Dogs?

No, my scarves aren't for dogs to wear, but for people to wear their favorite dog all winter long. (Yes, I'm asked that a lot.)

My first dog scarf design was for my daughter for Christmas. It was of our own dog, a beagle rat terrier mix, named Wyatt. It looked like him including the weird white patch Wyatt has on the back of his neck. The problem was it was sooo hot my daughter couldn't stand to wear it! It also contained three color changes (not exactly easy) in the scarf's body as well as being crochet on a small hook.

My designs have evolved to a lighter (thank you size L crochet hook) and shorter (no longer can you wrap the scarf around your neck twice and still have the dog's legs even with your knees) as well as many other dog breeds.

Most all of my designs have been requested by my customers. I love a challenge! I take inspiration from photos of actual dogs. I break down their unique features into sections, then the sections into shapes and finally into crochet. All the faces are just a series of shapes layered and sewn to the head thus forming that breed's look.

On my schedule is a series of dog breed ornaments and coin purses as well as a couple of cat scarves.

Check by to see what's next or request a pattern. The person who suggests a pattern will get that pattern free!

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Last updated on May 22, 2017
Frequently asked questions

I'm having problems downloading my pattern.

First, please have a look at this article from Etsy regarding downloading digital files. It may help resolve the problem:

If you’re still unable to download the pattern, please send me a conversation to let me know. I will email you the file/s. Please include your order number, your name and email address.

Can I sell what I make from one of your patterns?

Any item you make from one of my patterns you may sell. You cannot sell or give the pattern away. As the author of my pattern I hold all rights.

Custom and personalized orders

All of my patterns are written in US terms.

Custom and personalized orders

You will find the care instructions on the label of the yarn you used to make your item. You will find the symbols along the same line on the pattern were it tells the yarn weight and sample gauge.
And if you threw the label away (something I’ve personally done many times)? Hand wash and lay flat to dry is your safest bet.

Why do you join at the end of every round instead of placing a marker and do continuous crocheting?

The answer is simple: It’s how I learned. It makes it easier to keep stitch count for every round as you know exactly where the round begins and ends. There is a definite stopping/starting point so making stripes/changing colors easier.

I end every round the same way. After you make the last stitch in the round you slip stitch into the very first stitch you made in the same round to close the round. Then I work one chain and turn the piece so I am now working over the stitches I just made in the previously worked round.

Do I have to use the same brand of yarn that your used?

No. Some people may be allergic or prefer to work with only natural fibers or it’s just not a brand carried in your area. It is important however to use the same weight of yarn. So if the pattern calls for a medium weight or #4 yarn that is the kind you need to find in order to get the same sizes and look as the original design.

What is Gauge?

Gauge is the average measurement for how many stitches you should have per inch and how many rows of per inch while using the yarn and hook stated in the crochet pattern.

How do I find the gauge of my yarn?

Work a sample or swatch with your yarn and size of hook your pattern calls for. Normally I do a 10 stitch by 6-8 rows sample. I then measure the stitches at the top, middle and bottom of the piece. This way I see if I have changed my tension (worked the stitches looser or tighter) and get an idea of how close I am to the gauge listing in the pattern. This way I can decide if I need to crochet looser or tighter or go up or down a hook size.

Why is gauge so important?

Gauge is just as important as the finished size and material listing on a pattern. Nothing is more irritating than spending days on a crochet project to only find out you need to unravel it all because it isn’t sizing out correctly. By taking the time to work a sample swatch you know right away if you are way off with your crocheting style and end up with a much smaller or larger piece than what the pattern calls for.
It also helps when using a different yarn that what the pattern calls for.

What happens if I change hook sizes?

I’m often asked if a pattern calls for size H hook can I use a G hook instead, the answer is no. By going up or down even one size in hook you can completely change the finished size of your project. It will also change your gauge.