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Volume XVIII, Issue No. 18
September 30, 2015

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Subject: Crochet dog sweater pattern dogs name was bella

I have been going crazy trying to find the crochet sweater pattern that a dog named Bella was wearing I cannot find find any place I have been looking for a week to find it I wifi pay for the pattern please please help me thank you




Tina made Bella's sweater using the Dog Sweater pattern on this page:

All of the sweaters worn by the dogs in The Dog House are versions of this pattern.
Those crocheting the sweaters have added their own embellishments.
Tina made an insert to join the chest and neck on Bella’s sweater which formed leg holes.
I do know that the yarn she used was Peaches and Crème cotton yarn.

Lisa Hamblin, CNM/MBA





“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

~~ Aesop ~~

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So he arose and went to Zarephath, and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, "Please get me a little water in a jar, that I may drink." And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, "Please bring me a piece of bread in your hand." But she said, "As the Lord your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that we may eat it and die." Then Elijah said to her, "Do not fear; go, do as you have said, but make me a little bread cake from it first, and bring it out to me, and afterward you may make one for yourself and for your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel, "The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain on the face of the earth." So she went and did according to the word of Elijah, and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bowl of flour was not exhausted nor did the jar of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke through Elijah.


1 Kings 17:10-16

Thus has the Lord of hosts said, "Dispense true justice, and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another."


Zechariah 7:9-10


For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, "Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?" And the King will answer and say to them, "Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of the, you did it to Me.

Matthew 25:35-40


And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?" And he answered and said, "YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." And He said to him, "You have answered correctly; DO THIS, AND YOU WILL LIVE." But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied and said, "A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho; and he fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went off leaving him half dead. And by chance a certain priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him, and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, "Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return, I will repay you." Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers' hands?" And he said "The one who showed mercy toward him" And Jesus said to him, "Go and do the same."

Luke 10:25-37


Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; as it is wirtten, "He scattered abroad, He gave to the poor, His righteousness abides forever." Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God.

2 Corinthians 9:6-12

If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or disputing; that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may have cause to glory because I did not run in vain or toil in vain.

Philippians 2:1-16


And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a compliant against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Colossians 3:12-17





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Tension is a term used in reference to how even/uniform your stitches are when you crochet.
When you make a series of chain stitches with an even tension the chain will have uniform stitches which look really nice and even. If your tension is off the chain stitches do not look even. The stitches may look different in size and/or orientation. The stitches may not lie flat and could look twisted. Crocheting a swatch using the yarn you need for a project can help you even out your tension and make your project much more enjoyable.










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Re: Dog Sweater

I made your easy dog sweater.
I used the Adjust for my dog Leo.
He tried to eat it then he stood up and was being very playful.

Dog Sweater Free Crochet Pattern

I think he likes it.
He is my first small dog and he shivers a lot.
So I wanted to say Thank you and Leo will be styling in no time.
Next matching leg warmers!

Daniele Cummins

<< Reply >>

Thank you for sharing!
I have included your photo of Leo in The Dog House:
in hopes of encouraging others to make sweaters for their
furry friends.

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RE: How to Crochet - How to Find the Center Strand of Yarn in a Skein and How to Untangle Yarn

<< Comments >>

Thank you.
I never knew that skeins had a center if there was no end sticking out or an indicator on the label.


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RE: How to Crochet - Join with a slip stitch to form a ring.


<< Comments >>

THANK YOU!!! I probably watched a few of your video's more than a year ago. I picked up a crochet hook for the first time since I first crocheted a blanket for the baby I was expecting 26 years earlier. I made the same blanket for my granddaughter last year before she was born, but this time I got some help on part of it because I wanted it to be perfect. I was pretty happy with that. Now, more than a year later, I picked up a hook again and I'm working on a new project. I've been trying to remember where to put my hook through when it says "Ch 4, join with slip st to form a ring." I thought that maybe it meant to try and get the hook through that initial slip stitch but it didn't seem right. I don't want to say how many times I have pulled out stitches but now I can hopefully get beyond round 2. Thanks again!

<< reply >>

You're very welcome. Glad the video helped. Happy crocheting!


Re: Stitch_Question

I had a question about the bridal hankie. When working on rows 2 & 3 of the border, it seems like the top & bottom lacy part lay flatter than the sides. Is this normal? I did the 1st row as listed where you sc then 3 ch, skip a stitch, then sc. Is this correct or did I misinterpret the pattern??

Michelle Spond

<< Reply >>

It's been quite a few years since I made this pattern.
I don't recall any part of the edging looking different.



Re: ReadAPattern

What does it mean when pattern says dc in next ch 4 space?
Is it one stitch or one in each chain 4?

<< Reply >>

This means you work one double crochet stitch into the hole
beneath the next 4 chains.



Re: Suggestion/Question

I just started crocheting again my Grandmother tonight me in my twenties but I did more crosstitching. Now I can't do as much crosstitching so I'm trying to get back into crocheting and I can not make sense of the directions. Why can't they make them a little more simple. If I see something I like I kinda make up my own pattern, I would love to do more but I am a visual learner not a book learner. Any ideas?


<< Reply >>

The language of crochet is not as difficult to learn as one might think.
Check out our Beginner's Guide:
which includes video tutorials to help get you started.
Feel free to email me with any questions.



Re: Whale_Afghan_Square

Good Morning, I am trying to make this pattern for a co-worker’s baby. I have not used two colors before. I am having a hard time trying to figure it out. I did carry the yarn but it works on the wrong side. It is a cute pattern. ?? Thanks

Laurie Potter

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Our video for the Row Count Purple Heart Coaster pattern shows how I
do color changes:
Color changes are the same in all of my row count patterns.
I never cut a color until I finish with it.
I carry the unused color along the top of the stitches to the point where I will need it again for
the next row, then drop it so I can pick it up on the way back.

Easy dog sweater

I love it! It's quick and easy. I'll be making them for me, my friends and shelter dogs. If you don't mind, I'll probably sell some to take care of the dogs I rescue.

Thank you,
Jennifer McMullin

Hi Lisa,
I've been receiving your newsletters for a long time. I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy them and all the spiritual truths sprinkled throughout.
Thank you and God Bless you and your family,
Victoria V. (BAC = Born Again Christian)
Southern Utah


My pattern says. (I have ended first row in DC then chAin, one turn) now , my question
It's says that the chain one is a DC then I'm to do *raised DC, Dc1* do this to the chain one turn.
Do I go in around and out on the second DC then skip the third DC and do the DC hen on the next DC is in around and out.etc? Thank you

<< Reply >>

Normally when working in double crochet stitches the designer will have you
make 3 chains before you turn to begin the next row. Therefore, I have a couple of questions:

1) Is this pattern written in American terms, and;

2) Is this pattern online?

I need to see the pattern language as written to give a proper answer.


Re: Six_Inch_Easter_Afghan_Square


My best suggestion is that I would like to see the video of how to crochet this Easter Afghan Square.
Thank you


<< Reply >>

Thank you for your suggestion.
I will add this to my list of future videos.





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"Laughter is an instant vacation." - Milton Berle
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Humor provides us with a valuable tool for
maintaining an inner strength in the midst
of outer turmoil. - Brian Deery




During our church's worship service, the pastor invites
all the young children to join him near the altar for
the "Children's Moments Sermon."

One day, with seven small children in attendance, he spoke
about the ingredients required to make up a church, using
a chocolate-chip cookie as an example.

He explained to the children that, as with a cookie
requiring ingredients such as sugar and eggs, the church
needed ingredients to make up the congregation.

Holding a cookie aloft, he asked, "If I took the chocolate
chips out of this cookie, what would I have?"

A shy six-year-old raised his hand. "Six less grams of fat,"
he replied.


Our son Sam was a deejay at a university radio
station. During one shift, he ran through his
material faster than expected.

He asked listeners for requests, but no one phoned.

So Sam played a few more wild hard-rock numbers
and asked for calls after each one, but still no

Finally he got serious with his audience. "Okay,"
he said, "if I don't get any requests, I'll play
something my parents would like."

The phone rang immediately.


Doug Smith is on his deathbed and knows the end is near.
His nurse, and his wife, are with him.
He asks for 2 witnesses to be present and a camcorder
be in place to record his last wishes, and when all is ready
he begins to speak: My son, "Bernie, I want you to take the
Mayfair house. My daughter, Sybil, you take the apartments
over in the east end. My son, Jamie, I want you to take the
offices over in the City Centre. Sarah, my dear wife, please
take all the residential buildings on the banks of the river."

The nurse and witnesses are blown away as they did not realize
his extensive holdings, and as Doug slips away, the nurse says,
"Mrs. Smith, your husband must have been such a hard-working
man to have accumulated all this property".

Sarah replies, "Property ? .... He had paper routes!"



While walking through the woods one day, I was surprised to
hear a child's voice. I followed the sound, trying in vain to
understand the child's words. When I spotted a boy perched on
a rock, I realized why his words had made no sense: He was
repeating the alphabet.

"Why are you saying your ABC's so many times?" I asked him.

The child replied, "I'm saying my prayers."

I couldn't help but laugh. "Prayers? All I hear is the

Patiently the child explained, "Well, I don't know all the
words, so I give God the letters. He knows what I'm trying
to say."

"Peter!" his mother scolded. "There were two cup cakes in the
pantry this morning, but now there's only one! Do you have a
logical explanation?"

A long pause...

Then Peter replied, "It must have been too dark. I didn't see
the other one."


When my mother was 91, I took her to an ophthalmologist
for cataract surgery evaluation. She was blind in one eye,
couldn't hear well and used a walker. The doctor briskly
gave her a cursory examination.

At the end of the session, he held up three fingers, asking
Mother, "How many fingers do I have?"

"I hope you have five if you're going to operate on me!" she

He gave her his full attention.


Hailey is staring into the open fridge, just pondering
for awhile.

"Hey, honey - whatcha looking for?"

"A snack."

"Well, we have string cheese, applesauce, pears, apples,
lots of snacks in there. What can I get for you?"

"No, Mom. I meant an *un*-healthy snack."


Little Tony was so happy to see his grandmother that he ran
up and gave her a big hug.

"I'm so happy to see you, grandma. Now daddy will have to do
that trick he's been promising to do!"

His grandmother was curious. "What trick is that, sweetie?"

The little guy smiled at her, "I heard daddy tell mommy that
he would climb the walls if you came to visit us again!"


Little Johnny stared at his test paper.
The big red "F" stared back at him.
Freddie looked at his glum friend and asked, "Why did you get
such a low grade on that test?"
"Because of an absence," Johnny answered.
"You mean you were absent on the day of the test?" he questioned.
Little Johnny replied, "No, but the kid who sits next to me was."


A passenger on a Southwest flight says that he once faced a flight delay just before they boarded.

A flight attendant picked up the microphone and announced: "We're sorry for the delay.
The machine that normally rips the handles off your luggage is broken, so we're having to do it by hand.
We should be finished and on our way shortly."


Daniel, aged 4, returned from Sunday school with a new perspective on the Christmas story.

He had learned all about the wise men from the east who brought gifts to the baby Jesus.

Daniel was so excited he just had to tell his parents, "I learned in Sunday school today all about the very first Christmas.
There wasn't a Santa Claus way back then, so these three guys on camels had to deliver all the toys.
And Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer with his nose so bright wasn't there yet, so they had to have this big light in the sky to find their way around."



Because of an ear infection, my young son, Casey, 
had to go to the pediatrician. I was impressed 
with the way the doctor directed his comments and 
questions to my son. 

When he asked Casey, "Is there anything you are 
allergic to?" 

Casey nodded and whispered in his ear. 

Smiling, the pediatrician wrote out a prescription 
and handed it to me. 

Without looking at it, I tucked it into my purse. 

Later, the pharmacist filled the order, remarking on 
the unusual food drug interaction my son must have. 
When he saw my puzzled expression, he showed me the 
label on the bottle. 

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