Three Cats and a Dog Butt Coasters

The other day a Facebook friend posted a pic of some cat butt coasters saying she would like some. I replied that I had seen these before and had thought about making some. Well a few days after that when I was able to get to the library to use the internet. I downloaded this PDF pattern for Cat Butt Coasters which I found on Ravelry.com by Lydia of Indoor Cat Crochet.

I set to work making cat butt coasters the next day. I finished two that day. I finished 4 the next day. I took a couple of days break then made the last two.

I made two sets. The first set was for the friend. I didn’t get picks of it, but her set has two black cat butts and two tri-colored. She also has a dog, so I made her a tan-colored dog butt too.

The Second set was for my daughter. The black one is for her kitty, Mina. The one with patches of orange and brown is a memorial for her kitty, Punky. The tri-colored one is for my son-in-law’s cat, Larz. The rust colored one is the dog butt for their dog, Buck. He has a stubby tail so I only chained seven to make it that way.

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A Lovely Day for Hats Photo Shoot

It was so nice yesterday, I decided to do a photo shoot for two new hats. There was just enough breeze to play with my hair, no wind machines needed. lol I used my usual backgrounds of the two trees and the bush. Today though I decided to use BOB as a background he was getting lonely as no one visited him all this winter.:P

First up is a pale yellow and dayglow stripe skull cap of my own design. The photos framed in yellow are my favorite and were used in its Ebay listing.

Here are the stats for this cap.

Project Name: Pale Yellow Multi-colored Dayglow Stripe Skull Cap
Pattern Used: Double crochet Striped Skull Cap
Designed by: Arlene K. Didier from Skrappy Skarves
Started on: 02/06/2017
Finished on: 02/07/2017
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet for brim Double crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight In 0322 Pale Yellow and 3934 Dayglow
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches . Crown to edge measures 6 1/2 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Teen/ Small Adult

 

The next hat is a dark rainbow slouchie beanie. My favorite ones are framed in dark red and were used in its Ebay listing.

Here are the stats for this hat.

Project Name: Multi-colored Dark Rainbow Slouchie Beanie
Pattern Used: Rainbow Slouchy Hat
Designed by: Maz Kwok from Be a Crafter 😄
Started on: 02/01/2017
Finished on: 02/05/2017
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet for brim Half Double crochet and Single crochet 2 together
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0311 White, 0365 Coffee, 0254 Pumpkin, 0886 Blue, 0406 Medium Thyme, and 0322 Pale Yellow
Red Heart accent in 0361 Putty Red Heart Jumbo in 0356 Amethyst
Unlabeled Scrap Ball of Red
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches . Crown to edge measures 11 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Teen/ Small Adult

Square Corner Camera Case/Dust Cover Pattern

And Photo Tutorial

I had just jotted down this pattern after I had completed Nick’s Green Camera Case. I knew I needed to edit it and go through it more thoroughly. What better way to do that then crochet the item again and tweak it here and there when needed. So that is what I did. I got the pattern written and did photos as I crocheted the new item.

First the written pattern.

Square Corner Camera Case/Dust Cover Pattern
Designed by Arlene K. Didier from Skrappy Skarves
This will fit the Canon Powershot A2300 and ELPH 180 cameras.
Or any small point and shoot camera measuring 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 1 inch.
Pattern alternates between rows and rounds so pay close attention.
Hook size: F/5 – 3.75 mm
Any 4 ply worsted weight yarn in color of your choice. One for Main Color and one contrasting color for optional trim.
Scissors
stitch marker
tapestry needle for weaving in ends and trimming in option 3
1 inch diameter button
sewing needle
sewing thread
Instructions:
Chain 17
Row 1: Double crochet in 2nd chain from hook. Double crochet across to end. Chain 2, turn. – 16 Dc
Row 2: Double crochet across to end. Chain 2, place stitch marker in 2nd chain of chain 2. – 16 Dc
Counts as first Dc for each Round.
Switch to working in rounds.
Round 3: Double crochet in back loops only of the next 15 stitches, 2 double crochets in next stitch, (this is your corner stitch).Turn work, place 1 double crochet in the two end rows, turn work, two double crochets in the next stitch(2nd corner), turn work Double crochet in the next 14 stitches, 2 double crochet in next stitch(3 rd corner),Turn work, 1 double crochet in each of the two end rows. Slip stitch to Chain 2 stitch with the stitch marker in it, Chain 2 move stitch marker up. – 40 Dc
Round 4: Double in each double crochet around. Slip stitch to chain 2 to join. -40 Dc
Rounds 5 – 7: Repeat round 4. – 40 Dc
Do Not Fasten Off.
Switch back to rows to form flap.
Row 8: Half Double Crochet In back loop only of next 17 double crochet. Chain 2, turn. – 17 Hdc
Row 9: Half double crochet to end. Chain 2, turn. – 17 hdc
Row 10: Half double crochet to end. Chain 2, turn. – 17 hdc
Row 11: Half double crochet to end. Chain 2, turn. – 17 hdc
Row 12: Half Double crochet in back loop only across to end. Chain 2, turn. -17 hdc
Row 13: Half double crochet to end. Chain 2, turn. – 17 hdc
Row 14: Half double crochet to end. Chain 1, turn. – 17 hdc
Row 15: Single Crochet in next 7 half double crochet, chain 3, Skip next 3 half double crochet, single crochet in next 7 half double crochet. Chain 1, turn. – 17 sc
Row 16: Single crochet across, single crochet in chain 3, single crochet to end.
Fasten off weave in ends. Sew Button on in line with hole in flap.

If you are going to trim, sew the button on after you are done trimming.

Click first photo for larger slide show of photos.


TRIMMING CORNERS
Option 1: Slip stitch to join your contrasting color in bottom one of the corners. Single crochet to the opening of case. Fasten off, weave in ends. Repeat for other three corners. This is how I trimmed out Nick’s Green Camera Case.

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Option 2: Slip stitch to join your contrasting color in bottom of one of the corners. Slip stitch to the opening of case. Fasten off, weave in ends. Repeat for other three corners.
Option 3: Using Tapestry needle and contrasting yarn stitch corners as seen in photos.


TRIMMING THE BOTTOM
Join contrasting color in the front loops of Round 3. Slip stitch around , fasten off , weave in ends. See photo.

Slip stitching around bottom.
Slip stitching around bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
TRIMMING THE OPENING AND FLAP
Join Contrasting color in back right corner Double crochet of opening. Slip stitch around to left back corner double crochet. Slip stitch up the flap,2 single crochet in corner stitch, slip stitch over to other corner, 2 single crochet in corner stitch, slip stitch down flap to beginning slip stitch. Fasten off, weave in ends.


Sew on button in line with flap.

The final photos with the stats.

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Project Name: Orange Pumpking Camera Case/Dust Cover
Pattern Used: Square Corner Camera Case/Dust Cover Pattern
Designed by: Arlene K. Didier from Skrappy Skarves
Started on: 12/23/2016
Finished on: 12/23/2016
Hook Used: F/5 – 3.75
Stitches Used: Double Crochet, Double Crochet Back Loop Only, Half Double Crochet, Single Crochet, and Slip Stitch
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4ply worsted weight in 0254 Pumpkin and 0324 Bright Yellow
Other Materials: 1 inch diameter bright yellow button
Measurements: 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 1 inches with a 3 inch flap

 

Two Strand Rainbow Hat

I thought I could use another hat. I have been wanting to use this pattern so I finally did. I thought it would be great to put a little brightness into these dreary winter days.

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Project Name: Two Strand Rainbow Hat
Pattern Used: Rainbow Hat Pattern # 14
“24 Hours Crochet Hacks: 25 Fast and Easy Crochet Hat Patterns for Beginners” Locations 642 – 689
by Emily Rohan Copyright 2015
Started on: 12/11/2016
Finished on: 12/14/2016
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Double Crochet and Single Crochet
I added an extra round of double crochet before the starting single crochet round for the brim.
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0319 Cherry Red
Red Heart Super Saver in 0390 Red Hot, 0254 Pumpkin, 0324 Bright Yellow, 0322 Pale Yellow, 0368 Paddy Green, 633 Dark Sage, 0886 Blue
Red Heart Wintuk 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fiber Knit and Crochet Yarn in 814 Robin Blue
Red Heart Super Saver in 3972 Mulberry Mix
Unlabeled Skein of Purple Blue Variegated
Red Heart accent 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0779 Cranberry
Unlabeled Ball of Pink
Red Heart Jumbo in 0311 White
Lion Brand Wool Ease 78% Acrylic 19% wool 3 ply sport weight in 301 Multi White
Measurements: Circumference of 20inches . Crown to edge measures 9 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Adult

Two New Hats for Martin

Martin has been growing like a weed. I can’t believe he will be a year old next month. The time has just flown by.

He has out grown all his hats that I have made for him. I even made some that were 18 months to two-year sizes and they don’t fit. His heart hats and shamrock hat probably would still fit if I had not done the trim with two strands held together. I have a tighter grip when I crochet with two strands and that tends to make the edge not stretchy. I will have to get them and try to remedy that for him. In case you forgot what these hats looked like here they are again. The pattern for the heart hats is Bubblegum Heart Beanie or Emy’s Beanie by Amanda Evanson from MNE Crafts. At the time I made the blue heart hat I could not get the hang of how to do front post double crochet, so I just did it in double crochet, it made a very nice slouchie hat. The shamrock hat is also by Amanda Evanson

So with cooler temps and winter probably not far off. I made him two new hats in short order. They are both 3 year plus sizes pattern. I didn’t have time to borrow my son’s camera to take photos before giving Martin his hats.

The first hat was a Quick and Easy Chevron Hat by Kayla Scharmar from Pins’s Needles. I had done one in an adult version earlier. It was a very stretchy pattern so that is why I chose it for one of his new hats. Maybe, just maybe he will actually be able to wear it for a couple of years. I chose the colors 0971 Camouflage and 0254 Pumpkin  both are Red Heart Super Saver 100% acrylic 4 ply worsted weight yarn. The finished measurements were a circumference of 17 inches and a crown to edge measurement of 6 1/2 inches.

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The second hat was an ear flap hat. I chose this pattern by Amy Lehman of Crochet Jewel, because every kid should have at least one ear flap hat at some point. I have also used this pattern for an adult version. I used the colors 0387 Soft Navy and 0311 White both are Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight yarn. I did not get measurements of it. I finished crocheting it while I was fishing. My son-in-law stopped to see how the fishing was going so I gave it to him to take home. Update: Marty was wearing this when he came to Grandma’s house on Saturday(9-24-2016), so I was able to get some photos.

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