Kitty Turn Tail Coasters

The first time I saw a crocheted cat butt coaster was probably a couple years back. So they’re not a new thing, just a new to me thing. I had never made one because 1 – I don’t have cats and 2 – no one asked. Until a couple weeks ago that is.

My sister R (well I should say M but I always call her R so I’m sticking with that letter) asked me if it would be possible to make her a set because she had just saw them on the interwebs and fell in love. I said yes and went in search of natural cat colored cotton. Which to be honest, is a little hard to find. I have a bunch on hand but have you ever seen a green, pink, or yellow cat?! Please show me if you have one. I on the other hand still don’t have any cats. Side note, I also found myself in the yarn aisle asking Luke “is this a good shade of pink for a cat’s butt hole??” And while working these up I was also asking myself “can you see the butt hole well enough in this variegated yarn??” Two questions I hope to NEVER ask again.

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There’s a bunch of patterns out there for these but it’s simple enough that I wanted to work up my own. And that’s what I did. Calm your kitties, yes I plan to share the pattern πŸ™‚ My mom, who also has no cats, has commissioned me to make some dog butt coasters. So I’ll be working on those within the next few days. I don’t believe I’ve seen those so I’ll be sharing that pattern as well. And I might make some cat/dog face coasters. No noses or whiskers but some ears. So keep your eyes open for those posts.

Without further ado, here’s my very own cat butt coasters pattern! BE WARNED these have NOT been tested!! So feel free to comment, message, email or whatever if you have questions or spot an error! Also this is using US terms.

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Kitty Turn Tail Coaster Pattern

I used a 4.00mm hook and Lily Sugar ‘n CreamΒ  yarn in Camomile for the butt and Earth Ombre, Overcast, and Black for the different cats. I also worked this as a spiral. So no slip stitching to the first stitch!

Round 1: With Pink, 7sc inside Magic Circle

Change to cat color

Round 2: inc in each st around [14]

Round 3: (sc, inc) in each st around [21]

Round 4: (2sc, inc) in each st around [28]

Round 5: (3sc, inc) in each st around [35]

Round 6: (4sc, inc) in each st around [42]

Round 7: (5sc, inc) six times, 6sc [48]

Round 8: chain 13 (tail), dc in third ch from hook, 2dc in next, 1dc, 2dc, 2dc, 6dc, 1dc in side of last sc of round 7 (should be a total of 15dc in tail), skip one sc, 18 sc, chain 6 (leg one), dc in third ch from hook and next three, 1dc in side of last sc, skip one sc, 7sc, chain 6 (leg two), dc in third ch from hook and next three, 1dc in side of last sc, skip one sc, 16sc, skip one sc, sl st in next, finish off.

Weave in your tails and you now have a completed cat butt coaster!!

*** Please feel free to share this and your finished projects with others. I just ask that you please link back to my post. Please do not copy this pattern and claim it as your own ***

On the Hook:

  • Doggie Turn Tails
  • Cabled Messy Bun Beanie
  • Birthday Scarf

Golden Tide Helmet

For those of you that don’t know, I live in a small down in west central Pennsylvania. When I say small, I mean small. I used to think I grew up in a small town, until I moved here. C-ville has two stop lights. Well three if you count the blinky one across town. Definitely a big change from outside of King of Prussia. Man I miss that mall, especially now that it has totally upgraded. Sigh. Now I have to travel an hour to get either to State College or Altoona or work up for the 2.5-3 hour trip to the outlets in Grove City. Woohoo! But life’s not about malls!!

Our tiny town is built around the West Branch of the Susquehanna River! All thanks to the lumber industry back in the day and the family owned company that still has its headquarters right here in C-ville. Since the river cuts the town in half our school mascot is the Golden Tide. Yes it’s a wave. Yes it’s gold. I’m not really sure why but the outfit isn’t really pretty. It reminds me of a Twinkie with a toupee. Anyways….

Luke helps coach our football team. Over the few years we’ve made friends with some of the other coaches and their wives. It was nice all of us girls watching and cheering together. Then one announced she was pregnant. And another. And another. And I switched to drinking bottled water because I did not want what was in the tap. And then they all had a second round of kids. And then some had thirds! So now when we’re at the games there’s a bunch of kids running around and it’s adorable!

You’re probably starting to wonder where I’m going. A couple of those new kiddos happened to be boys and how could I not say no to a football helmet styled hat?! I made the girls hats too but they were just school colors. I wanted my hat to match as close to possible to our helmets. Our colors are black and gold. Go figure being this close to Pittsburgh. But it’s more of a Penguins gold than it is Steelers gold. More of a true gold. And our helmets actually have a special paint that makes them sparkle. They’re so cool looking. So I looked around and found what I thought was the best option, Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Maize.

This yarn is amazing. It’s super soft so perfect for baby’s head. Somehow I’m able to get what seems like a kazillion hats from two skeins. Win-win! Since it’s thinner than Red Heart Super Saver I had to make up a whole new basic beanie. The math is most likely in one of my bajillion notebooks so if I ever make this again, I’ll be posting the pattern up for sure! It’s sized to fit 0-3 months and done with a 4.0mm hook. I wanted the earflaps short and stubby so they looked more like a helmet so I only did 6ish rows and ended with 3ish stitches. I ended it with a surface slip stitched GT on each side.

I think they look pretty darn similar!! This picture credit goes to a player’s mom who takes pictures at all the games. Isn’t she wonderful?! Here Luke is doing his thing and getting the kids excited. I say kids because our kicker is a girl! Woohoo!! She’s pretty awesome too. Here’s to another good season and more helmet hats!

On the Hook:

  • Cat Butt Coasters
  • Messy Bun Beanie
  • Birthday Scarf

Ava Boot Cuffs

I can’t remember exactly why I decided to make these other than I knew they were going to be a gift to my great friend L. I can’t even tell you what made me go “L really needs a pair of boot cuffs” but something did and I made them. She’s told me she loves them and I got pictures way back in October 2015 when I gave them to her. She could be lying for all I know and I wouldn’t care. Because I asked her before hand if she would like some and she said yes. So if she doesn’t like them that’s on her πŸ˜‰ But I really do think she does πŸ™‚

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The Ava Boot Cuff is from designer Michelle from Two Brother’s Blankets. I absolutely adore all her designs!! Her clothing is so amazing! Sadly, I have yet to make any of her other patterns 😦 One day though because I have several tops saved up for myself. Like the Camden Hat, Houston Hoodie, and Siesta Sweater just to name a few. If you’re not familiar with Michelle’s work you seriously need to go check her out. Like right now. Why are you still reading this?!

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I used Red Heart Super Saver in Buff and Medium Thyme and a 5.5mm hook. Sadly, as with everything apparently, I wasn’t able to meet gauge. The pattern was simple enough that I was able to wing it for my measurements using the pattern as a guideline. And it worked out fabulous!! On the fourth round of the body of the cuff I changed to Medium Thyme and then back to Buff for the last two rows. Then to spice it up, I took a piece of the Medium Thyme and threaded it through the rows above and below the color stripe. And then I added a few buttons to each cuff as well. Now that I have boots that I wear pretty often I think I might need to whip myself up a pair, or two.

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On the Hook:

  • Bacon and Eggs Scarf
  • Baby G’s things
  • Saint Francis doll

Removable Flower

I really like the idea of flowers on hats and headbands. They’re really cute and girls of all ages like them. The thing that I don’t like about them? Permanent attachment. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great idea for most projects. But there’s some I was always hesitant about. Like way back for my baby cousin L I made her a set of headbands with removable flowers. The button was attached to the headband and the flowers slipped over that. But I wasn’t fully happy because the headband could never be worn by itself. There was always that darn button. So I was on the hunt to find a truly and fully removable flower.

I believe it was Pinterest who came to my aid! I swear it’s always Pinterest. But I found this great idea over at Tw-in Stitches {a crochet blog} and she had the same problem / thoughts I was having! So I took her pictures and used her idea and ran with it. The result (just the same as hers) was AMAZING! A fully functional flower accessory that’s completely removable with no left overs! Woohoo! Now I’ll try to explain what I did.

So first I made my flower. I used Salena Baca’s 6 Petal Flower With Leaves but minus the leaves. Turned out rather nice don’t you think? It was a little confusing where exactly to put the sc between the petals so I had to fudge it and there was a prominent line between the first and last petals (at least to me). But still turned out so much better than all my previous flowers. Oh I suppose I should say I used a 5.5mm hook and Red Heart Super Saver in Pretty N Pink and With Love in Black and Gray and 3 big pink buttons.

Now comes the really cool removable part. Flip your flower over. I sewed a tiny little button to the back of petal layer number two. On the opposite petal (still in layer two) I attached my yarn and did what I believe is 3 sc. Then I went back and forth for a couple rows until the strap would reach across the back of the flower to the first edge of the button. Then I did a couple chain stitches and slip stitched it to the other side to form a loop that would go over the button. It looks like I did 4 chains. It was a tiny button. And that’s it!! Don’t forget to weave your ends! Those would definitely ruin the finished look.

You now have a flower that is 100% removable! All you have to do is insert the strap between two stitches on the hat, loop it around a couple stitches (to make sure its secure), poke it back through to the front of the hat and secure it with the button! Ta-da!! I haven’t tested this on any other flowers since but I believe it would also work. I made it three times using Salena’s flower.

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Here’s M and her Mom both wearing the hats while she was getting her 4th of 6 chemo treatments πŸ™‚

On the Hook:

  • Bacon and Eggs Scarf
  • Baby G’s things
  • St. Francis – possibly

Amazing Grace Hat for M

This is the second hat I made for M. The free pattern is the Amazing Grace Hat and is designed by Elena Hunt of Beatrice Ryan Designs. She designed this as a Charity Crochet Hat so I figured this would be perfect to use for the other hat!

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I used a 5.00mm hook and Red Heart With Love in Gray. Just a couple of things with this pattern. My first problem was that it came out way too small. I’m not sure how that happened because I checked gauge (I highly suggest you start doing that for all worn garments) and I matched it. So I was a little confused. I needed it to fit a 23 inch head and the circumference came out to 20 inches. And there was not enough stretch. So I frogged it. I was easily able to adjust it though so that it did become the size I needed.

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Then there was the issue of my rows turning out just a tad short. That’s usually never a big problem, just add a couple more rows. In this case I added two more rows of the special shell rows. No biggie. I did though leave out the last row of reverse single crochet at the end. I didn’t feel like the hat needed that.

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I used the black flower on this hat for pictures. Buuuuuut it’s removable so viola! It can also be worn plain, just like the Tri – Color Cloche πŸ™‚ Stay tuned for how I did the removable flower, it’s coming next!

On the Hook:

  • Bacon and Eggs Scarf
  • Baby G’s things
  • Birthday Scarf