Saturday, August 5, 2017

Hoodie Cat Blanket...

Here's another new Animal Blanket - a CAT - I made with Bernat Blanket Yarn.  I designed this for my sis-in-law, whose granddaughter (my great-niece) will be 7-years-old in September.  This blanket measures 33" wide x 61" long.

I used black Fleece lining to add to the coziness and softness of this yarn.  I used the Acrobatic Stitch for the blanket portion.

I'd love to hear some FEEDBACK on this DESIGN!!!!  

Of course, I love adding versatility/options to my patterns so here's a tidbit for this one:
If you are intimated by doing the blanket portion with the Acrobatic Stitch pattern (or you simply don't like this design for the blanket portion, then you can opt to make your Foundation Chain (desired length) and then complete using HDC stitches until you have the size you want and then follow the remainder of my pattern for the Hoodie portion and the Facial/Ear features....

Hoodie Cat Blanket

And a pic of my "animals" together:
Hoodie Cat Blanket Pattern

Difficulty Level:  Intermediate

Size:  33" wide x 61" long (from top of hood to bottom)

--10mm hook
--Bernat Blanket Yarn in Baby Pink (approximately 700 yds)
--Bernat Blanket Yarn in Black and White for the facial features and ears ( less than 10 yds of white; 72-100 yds of black)
--1 Black button for the neckline to make/use as a cape (optional)
--1 yd of Black Fleece for inside lining (optional)
--Stitch markers (optional; use at the beginning and ending of rows if needed)
--Tapestry needle for weaving

Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
Sk:  skip
Rep:  repeat
Sp:  space
SC:  single crochet
HDC:  half double crochet
DC:  double crochet
DTR: double treble 
TR:  triple crochet
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off
Y/O:  yarn over

Special Stitches:
1.  DTR:  y/o 3 times, insert hook into next st, y/o, draw through 1 loop on hook, [y/o, draw through 2 loops on hook] rep 4 times

2.  Acrobatic Stitch:  This isn't a hard stitch but it's a 4-row repeat pattern that requires you to pay more attention to your work; it creates a nice, open-work, lace pattern:

Multiples of 4+1 + 2.  Example:  (for the size I made) is 80 ch + 1 + 2 = 83; make sure you can divide 4 evenly into your number, then add + 1 AND + 2.

Make your foundation chain. I started with a Ch83.

Row 1:  2 DC into 3rd ch from hook, *Ch1, Sk 5Ch, 5DC into next Ch,* rep from * working only 3 DC in the last Ch (instead of 5).  Turn.
Row2:  Ch2 (this counts as the 1st DC), Sk 1st 3 st.  *Work (3DC, Ch3, 3DC) into the next Ch sp, Sk next 5DC,* rep across.  Skip last 2DC and work 1DC into top of turning chain.  Turn.
Row3:  Ch6 (counts as 1DTR and 1Ch), *5DC into the Ch3 sp, Ch4,* rep across.  After the last 5DC into the Ch3 sp, Ch1 and then 1DTR into the 2nd ch of the Ch2 made in Row2.  Turn.
Row4:  Ch5 (this counts as 1TC and Ch1).  3DC into the next Ch1 sp.  *Sk 5DC, work (3DC, Ch3, 3DC) into the Ch4 sp of previous row* rep across, ending with Sk 5DC and work 3DC, Ch1 and 1TC into the turning Ch of the previous row.  Turn.
Row5:  Ch3 (this counts as the 1st DC), 2DC into the next Ch1 sp.  *Ch4, work 5DC into the previous row Ch3 sp,* rep across.  End with Ch4 and 3DC into the turning ch.  Turn.
Repeat Rows 2-5 until desired length.

I will make and attach a VIDEO link tutorial showing the steps of the Acrobatic Stitch.  Please do not be intimidated by this.  It's really not hard at all.  It just takes focusing on what you're doing.  So, this isn't an ideal project to do while watching TV/!!!
1.  Ch83.  Complete Rows 1 - 5 above.

2.  I repeated Rows 2-5 (5) more times.

This completed my blanket portion!!!!

For the hoodie:
1.  I turned my blanket sideways to work on the short end.  I completed 1 Row of SC stitches evenly placed across the top.  Ch1 and turn.
2.  1 HDC into each st across.  FO and weave ends.
3.  Sk 18 st.  Re-join yarn into St #19 with a ch1.  Into same st, 1 HDC.  Then 1 HDC into the next 31 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (32) ***NOTE:  if you want your hoodie to be wider/bigger, then do not skip 18 st, adjust accordingly by reducing the number of skipped st and increase the number of HDC st you complete in this row.*** 
4-13.  1 HDC in each st across.  (32)

At the end of Row 13, you will fold in half and either sl st or whipstitch Row 13 together to make the hoodie.  

Border (side of the blanket):
1.  With black yarn, work 1SC st evenly down the first side, across the bottom, up the other side.  Ch1 and turn.
2-3.  Complete 2 rows of 1 HDC into each st down, across bottom and up the other side.  At the end of Row 3, FO and weave ends.  

At the neckline (on the black border I just completed), this is where I add a button on one side.  Just make sure the size of your button will fit through the HDC stitch.  Now, it can be used as a cape!!!!

Ears (make 2):
1.  With pink yarn, Ch2.  SC in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn.  (1)
2.  2 SC in st.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
3.  2 SC in first st.  1 SC in next st.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
4.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st, 2 SC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
5.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
6.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 3 st, 2 SC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (7)
7.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and weave ends.  (7)
8.  Join black yarn and SC evenly around perimeter of ear.  FO, leaving a long enough tail for attaching.

Eyes (make 2):
1.  With black yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join.  FO black yarn.  (6)
2.  Join pink yarn, Ch1 and place 2 SC into each st around.  Sl st join.  FO pink yarn.  (12)
3.  Join white yarn, Ch1 and SC around.  Sl st join.  FO, leaving a long enough tail for attaching.  (12)

1.  With white yarn, 6 HDC into MR, Ch2, 6 HDC into MR, Ch2, sl st into MR.  FO and leave a long tail (for wrapping and attaching).  Pull tail to tighten but not too tight.  Wrap tail around the center portion.  

Nose tip:
1.  With black yarn, Ch2.  SC in 2nd ch from hook.  FO and attach to center of nose.

I used white yarn and embroidered 3 whiskers on each side of the nose.  See pics for help with this.

Fleece Lining (optional):
Adding a lining is completely optional.  1 yard of Fleece was a perfect fit over my blanket portion.  I simply laid the Fleece on the inside, used pins to keep in place and hand stitched around the perimeter of the lining and then sporadically throughout the center portion to secure it to the blanket.

And, that's it for this Hoodie Cat Blanket.  
 Happy Crocheting...
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