C2C Pillow

Since I was delivering that giant blanket to E I wanted to make her a present too. I actually think it was a late Christmas present. I wanted to give her something functional this time. So I figured a pillow would be perfect!

I chose the c2c (corner to corner) method because it was new to me at the time and I was in love! I picked three colors I knew she’d like and used that amazing random stripes generator. I wasn’t sure how long to make this one so I chose an absurdly large number and just stopped when it was long enough to wrap around the pillow.

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I used Big Twist Value in Medium Gray, and RHSS in Baby Pink and White with a 5.0mm hook. I also used a 14 x 14 inch pillow square insert. I crocheted up a rectangle that was both wide enough for the pillow and then long enough to go over the top and create a flap that I could button on. I wanted her to be able to easily take the insert out and be able to wash the case.

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I did a sc border around the whole rectangle in white. On one of the short sides I made sure to include button holes. I then seamed up two of the longer sides 14 inches for the height of the pillow. I then attached some buttons to the front of the case to keep the flap down.

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I think it turned out great! Even little Maggie approves! Most definitely a quick and easy way to make a pillow case. Now I need to pick some colors out and make some for new my couch

On The Hook:

  • Baby Girl Dress
  • Baby Boy Things
  • Floor Poof
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Charcoal Block Blanket

I was asked by my friend E to make a blanket for her husband A a long while ago. I was a little nervous to do it because of its size. He’s well over 6 foot tall so this blanket needed to be huge. It actually rivals the one I made for Luke (who is also over 6 foot). She had given me a picture of a blanket she saw somewhere on the internet and asked to make one using the same blocking/stripping pattern but in different colors. I looked all over for a pattern but couldn’t find one and had to make my own. Which wasn’t difficult. Just needed to make my gauge and do some math. No big deal.

It was terrible. It was super simple to make since it was just row upon row of sc. It was just so boring because it was row upon row of sc. I did a lot of binge watching on Netflix during this blanket. I used my (then) favorite ergonomic Boye 5.0mm hook. I mean I had to, this thing was going to take forever and I needed my hand to be comfy.

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The main blanket was done using RHSS in Charcoal. The contrast colors were Lion Brand Heartland in Glacier Bay, Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Avocado, Red Heart Soft in Light Gray Heather, and RHSS Gold. There was 376 total rows consisting of 28 rows in each charcoal block, 13 total blocks and one row of contrast color between each with the color sequence repeating twice. Finished measurements were 62 x 80 inches or 5.2 x 6.7 feet! I told you, it was a behemoth.

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E wanted this thing as comfy cozy as possible and asked that it be lined with fleece. Awesome! I had been wanting to try this technique so I was eager but also very nervous that I’d mess it up. She had ordered this beautiful Doctor Who fleece. Now was the make or break time to attach.

I got a rotary cutter with an extra wide skip stitch blade and used it along all four edges to create equally spaced holes in which my hook would be inserted. Worked like a dream! I did have to press a little extra hard so I made sure I had proper backing so I wouldn’t cut through the surface I was working on.

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To attach I made sure the blanket and the fleece were pinned together and then I single crocheted the two together using the Charcoal. Not every stitch of the blanket was used since the holes in the fleece were not that close together. It’s fine though and everything is still together. I finished it off with 3 rounds in the Light Gray Heather.

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It is amazing!!! I wish I didn’t have to give it away. It’s so big and cozy, heavy, and super warm! Just my kind of blanket. This was the most documented project I’ve done. I ended up using a total of 13.36 skeins of yarn for a grand total of 4,654 yards used!! ::faint:: Do you know how far that is? That’s 38.78 football fields (including end-zones). That’s more fields than the NFL has teams! It’s also 2.64 miles. MILES OF YARN! That’s just a little info about what it takes to make projects like these (and why they cost what they cost).

I’m not sure if I’ll ever make another blanket of this size. And if I do, it’ll be for me. Because I’ve never made a blanket for myself. Which is saying something because I have somewhat of a blanket addiction. I can think of 4 off the top of my head that are all partially started for myself that’ll probably never get finished. Sigh. One day….

On The Hook:

  • Baby Girl Dress
  • Baby Boy Things
  • Floor Poof

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 🙂 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 Cream  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

Hogwarts House Scarves

I have made several Harry Potter scarves over the years. Five House scarves and one Quidditch Team scarf to be exact. I plan to have a complete House set for myself one day. I know there’s a bunch of patterns out there for the basic big block scarf look (which is what I’ve always done) but I still would like to share what I did. Before I get to that I would like to share a bit about these projects. It all started many many years ago…

Back in high school my best friend E introduced me to the world of Harry Potter by taking me to see Prisoner of Azkaban in theaters. Yes I know I started out of order but it happens. We even played hooky and skipped school to see it!! (Sorry Mom) I loved it so much I needed the others! So then I saw Chamber of Secrets and Sorcerer’s Stone (again out of order). I still needed more! That Christmas my brother (with a little help from my dad) gave me all the books which was just 1-5 at the time. Those books quickly rose to become one of my favorites.

Flash forward and it is now 2007 and Order of the Phoenix is being released in theaters. It was our first midnight movie release and I wanted to make it special. I made Gryffindor House Scarves for E and myself to wear. Don’t we look adorable?

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While we were in line there was a couple sitting next to us who we started chatting to. I don’t remember their names anymore but they loved what I had made. They ordered scarves for themselves with the name “Harry Potter” and “Lily Evans” also embroidered on the ends. It was my first paid order. EVER! I was so excited. I really wish I had taken pictures but I didn’t. Oh well

Then came the midnight movie release of Deathly Hallows: Part 1. I was going to see it with Luke instead of E so naturally he needed a little bling. Since his favorite character is Krum I made him a Bulgarian Quidditch Team scarf. I did it in the same fashion but used the colors from the movie. He doesn’t wear it much so I kind of commandeered it for myself.

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The books had ended, the movies were over, and I thought that was going to be it. But then it was announced we were all getting a new movie!! I can not WAIT to see this! It was at that point I caved and joined Pottermore. Turns out I’m a Hufflepuff. Should have seen that coming. I vowed that I was going to make a new scarf for the new movie in my house. AND HERE IT IS!!! I absolutely love it!

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So without further ado, here’s my pattern!

Worsted Weight Yarn – I used Red Heart Super Saver in Bright Yellow and Black (Hufflepuff), Burgundy and Gold (Gryffindor), and Burgundy and Black (Bulgaria)

Size I – 5.5mm hook

Start with Main Color (Yellow or Burgundy)

Row 1: chain 22, sc in 2nd chain from hook and across. Turn [21sc]

Rows 2-18: chain 1, sc across [21sc]

Change to Contrasting Color (Black or Gold)

Rows 1-18: chain 1, sc across [21sc]

The yellow was thinner than the black for Hufflepuff. So I had to do 17 instead of 18 rows to get each block to be the same size. Mine are 4.125 (4 1/8) inches tall.

Repeat these two blocks for a total of 19 blocks, ending with Main Color.

To add fringe I wrapped yarn around my phone 5 times before cutting. Attach on ends in every other stitch starting with Main Color for a total of 11 tassles. Each fringe should have 10 strands of yarn. I left my ends at different lengths but I might go back and cut them all the same.

That’s about it! Very simple. Don’t forget to weave in your ends!!