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

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

Tri – Color Cloche for M

In September of 2015 Luke’s mom came to me asking if I could make her cousin M who had cancer a couple of hats. Of course!! Her only specification was that the hats be pretty and soft so it would feel nice against her head. Not a problem what so ever! I made two different hats and three removable flowers. This post I will talk about the Tri – Color Cloche.

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I really like this free pattern by Caron Design Team. I have made it several times before in baby, child, and adult sizes and thought it would be perfect. I used a 5.00mm hook and Red Heart With Love in Black. I really like this yarn! I get all the amazingness that is Red Heart but with extra softness. For the brim I used this free pattern by Craft Chic. Works perfect!!

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I put the gray flower on for the pictures but since they’re removable she’s able to put which ever one she wants on or leave it plain! I don’t know why I waited so long to make removable flowers? I think they’re soo much better than sewn on ones!

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Stay tuned for hat number two and how to make the removable flower!!

On the Hook:

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

Cafe au Lait Lapghan

There’s so much I can say about this lapghan!! Do you guys know the term lapghan? I know it took me some time to use it. Basically all it is is a mini afghan. It’s roughly half the size of a normal sized afghan. About the same size as those fleece throws everyone has. You know where I’m going here? It’s an afghan the perfect size to fit on your lap. Hence the name lapghan!

Anyways, back to the pattern!! It is Lion Brand’s 5 1/2 Hour Throw / TV Lapghan (Aran). The pattern can be found HERE but you need an account to download. Don’t worry, it’s absolutely free and it’s great because you can save patterns.

I have made this lapghan countless times! I love it that much. It’s really my go to gift when I need something really personal without being overly in your face that I made the gift. Because I mean who doesn’t want a home made blanket in their house?? And since it uses three strands of yarn at once I’m totally able to customize each one for the giftee and each one is totally different!

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This particular lapghan was made for one of my cousins as a wedding gift. I used Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo in Aran, Buff, and Cafe. These three colors together I just couldn’t resist the name of Cafe au Lait for this color combo. I also used my trusty P/Q 15.00mm hook!! It says to use Vanna’s Choice which don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love but I don’t like to have to deal with ends in a mesh like stitch so I either use Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo or Caron One Pound. The only thing I do different is my border goes all the way around instead of just two sides. Just makes more sense to me that way.

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You may be wondering “It says it’s 5 1/2 hour lapghan, is that for real?” I can tell you “Yes, this lapghan can be worked up that fast!” Holy cow is right! I’m pretty sure the time is just for the main blankety part without the fringe because that’s about how fast I was able to make this once. Only once you ask? Yes because apparently I have weird hands and working with a giant hook and three strands of yarn cramps my hands worse than thread and a teeny tiny hook. So I have to take frequent breaks. But that one time I was working under super crunch time deadlines and HAD to get it done. And I did πŸ™‚ The fringe always takes what seems like weeks to complete. But that’s only because I loathe attaching fringe almost as much as I hate sewing on limbs. So yes, I have completed this blanket start to finish in two days. It can be done!!

On the Hook:

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