Cat Cocoon

Before I created the Quick and Easy Cat Bed, I had started on my own cat cocoon.  I bought this super soft yarn (Bernat Velvet) and I searched Pinterest for some ideas, but nothing seemed to work with the yarn I already picked out, so I created my own design.

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It didn’t quite come out the way I envisioned.  I used some metal floral arranging hoops that I hoped would give it some form, but not really.  If I were to make it all over again, I would probably just make a sac with no support.  Well Tabitha loved to curl up in it while I was making it.

And after spraying a little cat nip in it, Pumpkin and Oliver fought over it.  Pumpkin won.

I also tied a little ball inside for a toy to play with:

I guess they can’t all be winners.  Sometimes things don’t turn out the way we think they will, but I think the cats will probably still use it to snuggle in.

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Quick and Easy Cat Bed

I’ve been wanting to make some cat beds and cat cocoons lately.  I found some nice soft yarn, Chunky Luxe Big by Loops and Threads.  It’s a jumbo (7) yarn.  I also bought a giant 25 mm crochet hook.  Here’s a pattern for a quick and easy cat bed using giant yarn and a giant hook.

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Materials:

Size 25.00 mm hook

2 skeins of Chunky Luxe Big! by Loops & Threads (Teal) (64 yards)

Pattern:

Start with a magic ring (mr)

Round 1:  6 sc in the mr

Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch from previous round (12 sc)

Round 3:  sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next stitch, continue around (18 sc)

Round 4:  sc in first two stitches, 2 sc in next stitch, continue around (24 sc)

Round 5: sc in first 3 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch, continue around (30 sc)

Remaining rounds: sc in each stitch around (30 sc) until out of yarn, tie off.

The cats seem to enjoy it already.

 

 

Jonah’s Hands

Well, I’m sure everyone knows who he is by now, but I’m just enthralled by Jonah’s Hands.  I learned about Jonah in one of my Facebook crochet groups and I’ve been following him on Facebook ever since.  He’s been called a crochet prodigy, he taught himself to crochet at the age of 5 and at the age of 11 he is an internet sensation.  He even has his own company, Jonah’s Hands, LLC.

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In the Round

My first experience doing motifs with joins in the round was last summer when I made the Dancing Daisy Crochet-A-Long.  When I was at the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival I bought a crochet kit from Stunning String Studio.  The kit was the Floating Wrap pattern by Robyn Chachula, one of my favorite teachers at the festival.  It came with three skeins of Luxury in Storm Cloud by Stunning String Studio.  I ended up purchasing an extra skein because the pattern said that three would make a medium and four would be needed for a large.  I didn’t wan to run out of yarn at the end, so I just bought an extra to make sure I had enough.

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Fisherman Afghan

While my grandmother always made Granny Square afghans, my mom always gravitated to the Fisherman Afghans.  I also see them referred to as Aran afghans,  I’m not sure if they are the same thing or if there is a difference between the two, but they both look the same to me.  Aran afghans seem to be in the style of Aran sweaters from the Aran Islands.

Anyway, I’ve been seeing this style of afghan showing up in my crochet groups recently, my knitting group too.  This type of afghan seems to be gaining some popularity lately, so keep your eyes peeled if you like to keep up with the crafting trends.  I tried to do a little research and haven’t been able to find anything out about this style of afghan.  I can’t find it’s history or whether it is the same as the Aran afghan.  All I know about this style is that it has different types of stitches in long columns.  Popular stitches I’ve seen include popcorn stitch, cables, and lattice stitch.

My mom made this afghan by modifying off a pattern in the book Vanna’s Favorite Crochet Gifts.  She made a couple of them and gifted them to some friends.  She jotted her pattern down and when she shares it with my I’ll post it for anyone that may be interested.  

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Filet Squares Baby Blanket Pattern

I wanted to design and make my own baby blanket, but I’m still pretty new to designing my own patterns.  I searched through my “The Crochet Stitch Bible” and looked for a stitch to make the base of my blanket.  I ended up selecting the filet squares stitch.  I like the simple look of the stitch and there is not a lot of lace for tiny fingers and toes to get struck in, but enough small holes to add some venting for a summer blanket.  If you pick up The Crochet Stitch Bible it includes the charts as well as the written pattern for the filet squares stitch.

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