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Easy To Crochet Cat Toy

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Easy to crochet cat toy.

Easy to crochet cat toy.

Easy To Crochet Cat Toy – Bare with me a moment while I channel my inner crazy cat lady.

A couple of weeks ago we had the great fortune to be able to give Noelle a kitten for an (early) birthday gift. She’s been asking for a cat for the past few years but since my husband has a mild allergy to cats he’s always told her no (notice I said that “he” said no). After being subjected to drawing after drawing of our family with our old dead cat still drawn in it, Michael had had enough and gave in to his daughter’s dream to have a cat.

We did a lot of research and found out that while there is no completely hypoallergenic cats there are some breeds that carry less of the protein that aggravates allergies. We hunted high and low and finally found a breeder of Balinese cats on Vancouver Island and she just happened to have one kitten left. We went on a road trip and totally surprised Noelle. When she finally saw the kitten and we told her that it’s her’s to take home she totally didn’t believe us. The poor girl had been told for so long that we would never be able to have a cat that she thought we were putting her on. I’m sure it wasn’t until we were home with the little fur ball that it started sinking in that this really was her cat.

Little Milo Fluffy Pasta has been home with us now for almost 2 weeks and he’s so great. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed having a pet. He’s absolutely adorable and highly entertaining. Kittens have so much energy and they play non-stop so I thought it would be fun to make Milo some cat toys. I created this pattern (quite accidentally I must admit because I was going for something completely different) but I love how it turned out and so does Milo.

Materials:

  • Medium weight yarn (I used Red Heart)
  • Crochet hook (5.00mm H hook)
  • Toilet paper tube (I used 1/2 a roll for the small cat toy and a full roll for the large toy)
  • Bell
  • Needle and thread
  • Darning Needle to weave in ends
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, dc = double crochet (All U.S.)

  1. (Ch) 20, join with (sl st) to form ring (keeping tension firm but not tight – you want both ends to be a little tighter so they hug around the toilet paper tube).  Make sure to not to twist your stitches.
  2. (Ch) 2  in first chain and then (dc) in each remaining stitch in round. (Sl st) in last stitch in round to join.  Repeat for 7 rounds for 1/2 toilet paper roll size toy or 11 rounds for full toilet paper roll.
  3. Finish off  last round with 1 (sl st) in each stitch and join.
  4. Ch 30 then make 2 (dc) in the 3rd chain from the hook. (If you’d like a  longer curlicue than make the chain longer).
  5. Make 3 (dc) in each chain until you get back to the start of the chain. (Sl st) to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.
  6. Sew bell on end of curlicue.
  7. Fit over toilet paper roll.

Click here if you have any trouble knowing or remembering which stitches these are.

If you’re looking for more fun crochet projects check out this great book: Crochet One-Skein Wonders®: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World

Toilet paper roll crocheted cat toy

Toilet paper roll crocheted cat toy

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Crochet iPhone Case – Quick and Easy Pattern

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Quick and easy iPhone case.

Quick and easy iPhone case.

Crochet iPhone Case – Lately I’ve been feeling a burning desire to start crocheting again (I think it was around Christmas the last time I picked up a hook).  At this time of year it’s not like we need scarves, cowls or beanies so I wasn’t sure what I should make but then I saw some really cute iPhone cases on Pinterest and thought that would be a great project to get me back in the crocheting game again. I looked at a few patterns and in the end, just sort of came up with my own design.  It’s ridiculously easy and quick – it took me about an hour and I’m a pretty slow crocheter. Even beginners can handle this fun project.

Materials:

  • Thick yarn (I used Bernat Roving) in 1 or 2 colors
  • Crochet hook 1 size smaller than recommended on yarn packaging (I used 5.5mm or US 9)
  • Button of your choice
  • Thread
  • Darning needle
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Your phone (to make sure the fit is what you want)

This case will have a more structured feel and appearance if you keep the tension on this firm and tight and consistent throughout the project.

sl st = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

ch = chain

Click here if you have any trouble knowing or remembering which stitches these are.

Keep in mind I’m a novice pattern maker so I hope this all makes sense.

Instructions:

  1. Make a slip knot and then chain 6 to 8 chain stitches (ch) together. Remember to keep the tension pretty tight.  Basically you want to have the chain be the same width of your phone when the chain is stretched firmly.  If you want the case to have a snug fit, (ch) 6 but if you want it a little more loose and roomy then (ch) 7 or 8 stitches. 
  2. Round 2. Not turning your work, (sc) in the second chain from the end (the same end your hook is) and continue this in every stitch back across the entire row. 2 (sc) in the last stitch.
  3. Round 3. With your work still facing you, turn around the corner so that you’re now working into your original chain and still working right to left, 2 (sc) in first stitch then (sc) the rest of the stitches in the row except 2(sc) in the last stitch. Repeat this for as many rows you need until you have you have achieved the correct width to fit the bottom of you phone (probably about 3-5 rows total depending on how snug or roomy you want your cover).  Keep your phone handy to test and make sure the fit is good.
  4. Round 4, 5 or 6 onward. 1 (sc) in each stitch for each row until you’re near the top of your phone.
  5. Second last row. Here you can either keep your yarn colour the same or add your second colour. Starting at one side of the case, do one more row of (sc) and then at the end of that row change to 1 (sl st) in each stitch.  When you reach the exact middle of your case, (ch) 30 stitches so that you have a long chain and then do 1 (sl st) in the stitch that your chain originated in so that the chain becomes a loop that will go over the button.  Then carry on around the rest of the row until you’re back where you started. Fasten off and weave in any loose ends with your darning needle.
  6. Put your phone in the case and pull the chained loop over.  Mark where the end of your loop falls, centered on the case, and then stitch your button on in that exact spot.

You could use this pattern for any phone or tablet, just increase a number of stitches at the beginning to accommodate for the extra width. These would make great gifts too.

If you’re looking for more fun crochet projects check out this great book: Crochet One-Skein Wonders®: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World

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Easy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

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Easy-peasy crochet beanie.

Easy-peasy crochet beanie.

Easy-Peasy Crochet Beanie – In an earlier post I talked about the bucket list of things I wanted to learn.  The first thing on the list was to learn how to knit.  This past summer I took the plunge and started knitting with an easy cowl.  It turned out beautifully (with a big thanks to my mother-in-law Lynda for her guidance and patience in getting me going). I ended up making a number of the cowls, some hats and leg warmers for Noelle.  I really enjoyed knitting but one fateful day when we were out camping at the beach, my camping neighbour offered to teach me to crochet – game over for the knitting!   Wow, I liked crocheting SO MUCH MORE than knitting.  It’s faster, requires a little less attention than knitting and it’s a lot easier to fix any mistakes you make along the way. I also find that crocheting is soothing and can put you in a zen-like state once you get going.

So I wanted to show you the very first crochet project (the hat in the photo is the actual hat I made) – the easy-peasy crochet beanie.  It’s so easy anyone can do it. After I made the hat, I wrote down all the instructions that my camping neighbour gave me. Here’s the pattern (hopefully you can make this out, it’s written pretty loosie goosie as this is just the way it made sense to me):

Materials:

  • A bulky yarn. I used Bernat Roving in cream that I purchased at Michael’s. If you’d like to embellish the hat with a design then you’ll also need a second colour.
  • One 5.5 – 6mm crochet hook.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle
  • Button if you choose to add a flower

Pattern:

  1. Chain 5 and then join together into a ring with a slip stitch (keep all your stitches loose).
  2. 12 double crochets into the ring.
  3. Chain 3 and then 1 double crochet into the same stitch as the chain 3 from the previous row. Now double crochet in each stitch around and then slip stitch to join.
  4. Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet and the repeat this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join.
  5. Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet in the next TWO stitches and keep in this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join. (If you’re wanting to make a childs hat skip to step 7)
  6. Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet in the next THREE stitches and keep in this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join.
  7. Chain 3, double crochet in each stitch and join with a slip stitch.  Continue this for each row until the hat is as long as you want it.
  8. Final row, chain 1 and then single crochet in each stitch and slip stitch to join (keep this last row loose or else it will make the hat too tight at the bottom).
  9. Fasten off and weave the ends into the hat using your yarn/tapestry needle.

When I was done, I added in the second yarn colour to create the swirl design.  I found an easy flower pattern online and fastened it onto the hat with the button which I just love.

If you’re looking for more fun crochet projects check out this great book: Crochet One-Skein Wonders®: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World

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