Are you a cat lover, or a dog lover? Well, by the title of this post (and the lot of photos I have shared of my Shiloh), I am sure you can guess what I am! I have decided in honor of that, I would work up some Cat Face Coasters.
- About 60 yards of Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn - I used Lily Sugar n Cream in Black & White
- I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
- #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
- Opt. Flat Nose Pliers (found in the Jewelry section of your craft store)
Yarn Alternatives: Bernat's Handicrafter Yarn, Hobby Lobby's Crafter's Secret Cotton Yarn. Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton will work up a tad bit bigger.
I do not recommend using Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton. It's too soft, and isn't as durable.
My local JoAnn's stores carry larger skeins of Lily Sugar n Cream Yarn. With one 4 oz skein, you will be able to make 8-10 of these coasters.
Cotton yarn is a little tougher when it comes to weaving in your ends. You will want a tapestry needle with a larger eye, and duller point otherwise, it will take you longer to weave in your ends and hurt your fingers from tugging at the needle and yarn.
Flat nose pliers are great for use with chunky and super bulky weight yarns as well as cotton. Insert the needle as you normally would for weaving but instead of struggling to get it out the other side, use the pliers to pull it out. Works like a charm!
Lily Sugar n Cream yarn is machine washable and dryable. Throw them in with the rest of your clothing, but you may want to put them in a lingerie bag to keep track of them, and then lay flat to dry. I do suggest if adding the whiskers, hand wash the coasters - You do not want the loose yarn to get caught on anything in the washing machine.
I worked up the set of four in just about an hour.
These scrubbies measure 4" across (not including ears).
Using an I9/5.5mm Hook and Lily Sugar n Cream - 4" x 3.75"
Chain 17, DC in the 4th chain, and each chain across. (15 DC)
R2 - 7: Chain 1, turn. DC in the 1st stitch, and in each stitch.
SC - Single Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
Work with a loose tension, otherwise, the ends of the scrubbie will curl up.
Having the beginning increase split on either side of the beginning chain helps keep the seam straight, and also adds to the ease of keeping a looser tension.
I have a How to Crochet a Flat Circle and Keep a Straight Seam photo tutorial available should you need assistance or to see the beginning and ending of each row.
Joining is to be done into the first half double crochet, not the beginning chain.
Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 1, 10 HDC in ring. Join to the first HDC. Pull center tail tight to close center hole.
R2: Chain 1. HDC into the first HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 9 HDC, HDC into the next HDC. Join. (20 HDC)
R3: Chain 1. HDC into the first 2 HDC, (2 HDC into the next HDC, HDC into the next HDC) 9x, HDC into the next HDC. Join. (30 HDC)
R4: Chain 1. HDC into the first 3 HDC, (2 HDC into the next HDC, HDC into the next 2 HDC's) 9x, HDC into the next HDC. Join. (40 HDC)
Chain 1, single crochet in the next stitch, skip next stitch, 3 DC into the next stitch, chain 2, 3 DC into the same stitch, skip next stitch, slip stitch into the next stitch, SC in the next 4 stitches, slip stitch in the next stitch, skip the next stitch, 3 DC into the next stitch, chain 2, 3 DC into the same stitch, skip next stitch, single crochet into the next stitch, skip next stitch, slip stitch into the next stitch - instead of slip stitching here, I made an invisible join in this stitch. You can see a photo tutorial of this technique in my Newborn Twin Chunky Beanie post.
If not using the invisible join, Fasten Off and Weave in Ends.
I cut a 30" piece of yarn, threaded it into my tapestry needle and then weaved the beginning tail in and out about three times into the backside of the beginning ring. From there, I inserted it through the center ring. From the front side, I went diagonally upward and inserted the needle into a space between stitches in the 3rd round - to make the right side top whisker. From the backside, I brought the needle up through the center ring again. I continued in this motion, working three whiskers on each side.
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