Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cat Butt Coasters


Materials:
1 ball of Peaches & Cream 100% cotton yarn (enough to make at least 4 of these coasters.)
US size G crochet hook
Small amount of pink yarn
piece of scrap yarn to use as a marker

Rnd 1:  Using pink yarn and magic circle method, 5 sc in ring. Pull yarn tight and cut pink yarn and weave in ends. (5 sc)

Rnd 2:  With main body color (in coaster pictured, I used a color called psychedelic), attach MC to pink center,  Work 2 sc in each stitch around.  Do not join (10 sc)

Rnd 3: Place scrap piece of yarn, after your last stitch to use as a markers, work 2 sc in each stitch around,  Do not join.  Move scrap yarn to beginning of next round. (20 sc)

Move scrap yarn to each new rnd.  This helps you keep track of where each rnd starts.

Rnd 4:  *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st *.  Repeat from * to *  around. (30 sc)

Rnd 5:  1 sc in each st around. (30 sc)

Rnd 7:  *1 sc in first st, 2 sc in next st.*  Repeat from * to * around.  (45 sc)

Rnd 8: 1 sc in next st.
 (Tail)  Ch 8, working in the back loop(nub) on each ch st, skip 1st chain, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch st, dc in next ch st, 3 dc in next 3 back loops, I dc into side of beginning  sc, dc into same st as beg. sc.  Skip next 1 sc and sc into next st, to attach tail to body.

Counting joining sc for tail as one stitch, 18 sc,*Ch 4, working in back nub of chained st, skip 2 st and dc in next 2 chs, Dc into side of last sc, and 1dc into same space as starting sc.  Skip one st, sc in next st.*  Leg made.  dc in next 3 sts.  Repeat from * to * for 2nd leg. 

Sc along to beginning base of tail.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Monkey Fist Knot Key Chains

I'm not  big on the outdoors or sailing  but I've fallen in love with the monkey fist or paw knot.  It's an intricate looking but surprisingly simple knot that is fascinating and satisfying to tie.

The monkey fist knot or monkey paw is a type of knot, so named because it looks somewhat like a small bunched fist. It is tied at the end of a rope to serve as a weight, making it easier to throw, and also as an ornamental knot. It was also used in the past as an anchor in rock climbing, by stuffing it into a crack.

I've started using this knot to make key chains and zipper pulls.  My key chains are lightweight because I use a hand felted wool ball as the center.  When researching on how to tie the monkey fist knot, some tutorials recommended a metal ball for use as the center but I prefer the felted ball.  The felted ball is lightweight and so will not add a lot of extra weight to your pocket, belt, purse or backpack.

Rainbow Monkey Fist Knot Key Chain
 
Camo Green Monkey Fist Knot Key Chain
Rainbow an Neon Yellow Monkey Fist Knot Zipper Pulls

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Cats

Cats

Whimsical White Cat Butt Coasters Crochet Cat by WyvernDesignsHome

Whimsical White Cat Butt Coasters Crochet Cat by WyvernDesignsHome

Made To Order Peek-A-Boo Cat Butt Coasters by WyvernDesignsHome

Made To Order Peek-A-Boo Cat Butt Coasters by WyvernDesignsHome

Made To Order Gray Peek-A-Boo Cat Butt by WyvernDesignsHome

Made To Order Gray Peek-A-Boo Cat Butt by WyvernDesignsHome

Made to Order Peek-A-Boo Cat Butt Coasters by WyvernDesignsHome

Made to Order Peek-A-Boo Cat Butt Coasters by WyvernDesignsHome