Friday, 16 August 2019

Scrappy Lucky Dog

A crocheted dog sits surrounded by small balls and skeins of scrap yarn in different colours. The dog is light brown with a black patch on one ear and white patches on two feet and on its tail.
Crocheted puppy plays with scraps of yarn.

Moving house?
Cleaning out?
Going overseas?

Got a stash to sort?

Here's a cute stashbuster!

After spending a year in Australia, a friend was returning home to Europe and deciding what to pack and what to leave behind.

Above-view of crocheted dog surrounded by yarn scraps on three sides - in front and either side.
What shall I make with these leftovers?
During the year, she was inspired to learn to crochet but it was a busy year with little time to complete any projects. Consequently, she had a little bag of half-finished bits and pieces, not worth adding to the airline luggage weight limit as she was unlikely to finish them.

Have you been there? Where you start a project that seems like a good idea at the time, only to lose enthusiasm later?  I think that's where my friend was at.

She gave me a parting gift of a little bag of yarn scraps: unlabelled, unidentified and various weights, colours and fibres.

This is what I have done with them so far.

Scrappy Lucky Dog sits on a navy background. It is light brown with blue safety eyes. Its right floppy ear is black on the end. Its front right foot and back left foot are white. The curved, tapered 'waggy' tail has a white patch where it meets the body.
"Lucky Dog" pattern designed by Deb D'Zio
(Crocheted by Jodiebodie 2019)

The pattern is Lucky Dog by  Deb D'Zio, featured in the book Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters Around the World (Durant & Eckman 2013)

I am thinking of using some of the scraps to make a nice collar or other accessories for this Scrappy Lucky Dog or perhaps make a playmate.

What else should be made with these scraps?
What are your 'happy scrappy' project ideas?

Please share your thoughts in the comment box below
or email

The crocheted dog is 'playing' with the scraps of yarn around it. The yarn includes 5 ply (light DK) acrylic in red and beige; 8 ply (DK) acrylic in light brown and white, 4 ply cottons in black, navy, light blue, mauve and blue-grey sparkle blend
Lots of scraps for play!
8 ply in light brown and white
5 ply in red and beige
4 ply in light blue, navy, black, mauve and blue-grey sparkle


Project Details

Pattern: "Lucky Dog" by Deb D'Zio
Book: Durant, Judith & Eckman, Edie [Editors], Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters Around the World, 1st printing, ISBN 978-1-61212-042-3,, Storey Publishing LLC, 210 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247, USA, 20132013
Yarn: The yarns available look like 5 ply and 8 ply acrylic and 4 ply cotton.
  • Scrappy Lucky Dog is made of 8 ply acrylic
Hook: 3.5 mm hook used for Scrappy Lucky Dog.

Other Materials: One pair of blue safety eyes, polyester fibre filling, yarn needle, scissors.

Above-view of crocheted dog. The light brown dog is sitting on mottled blue-green fabric facing towards the right hand side.  The tail has a white patch close to the body and is pointing to the left. The dog has a rounded body with a cylindrical head. Two teardrop shaped, floppy ears are attached on the top of the head
Top view of Scrappy Lucky Dog

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  1. Oh my God! He is sooooooo cute. I have lotsa scraps and once my arm is better I can see making a few of these. Often I make izzy dolls with scraps, or little gnomes, or tiny ornaments for the christmas tree but more and more crochet is calling me. After making the two monkeys earlier this year with scraps I feel an urge to keep going with other animals.

    1. Yes, I remember your monkeys, Mary-Anne - cheeky monkeys! One of my friend's real life puppies saw the Scrappy Lucky Dog toy and got very excited so I will probably make another one for that puppy as well. Between us we can quickly create quite the menagerie, I'm sure! :-)

  2. That is the cutest dog ever and all those scraps will be a wonderful reminder of your friend.

    1. Hi Meredith!
      Yes, it certainly is a case of 'puppy love'. The intention is to have no scraps left over at all - a scrappy challenge. I am trying to be very disciplined by restricting my crochet to whatever is in the existing stash in order to save money and care for the environment.
      Nice to see you are still around the blogosphere and thank you for taking time to say hello. I miss your posts when you are away. x

  3. Your lucky dog is cute! It was nice of your friend to share her yarn.

    1. I have a feeling that Lucky Dog might find its way home. ;-)

  4. Oh he is soo sweet! Lots of personality. My mum used to make long-legged rabbits out of yarn scraps ūüėä

    1. Hi Pam! You have reminded me:

      There's a great book by Hisako Okawa called "Long-legged Friends: Crochet Creatures to Create and Cuddle" published in 2012. It gives the basic schematics for all sorts of animals with long stripy legs and bodies. Do you have any photos of your mum's handmade long-legged rabbits?

      I am about to embark on another friend for Scrappy Lucky Dog with the remaining yarn scraps. Your comment got me considering the long-legged friends. Thanks for the reminder! :-)

  5. Here is another puppy pattern in similar colours published in German by Häkelfieber on 14 September 2019: