Monday, January 14, 2019

Parisian-Style Hat and Scarf

I hope each of you are starting the new year off with your creative juices flowing.  As for me, I cut about 10-12 inches off my hair and dyed it a brownish/black color.  I wanted to change things up.  This is my first time with this hair color and I'm liking the color.

I've also found myself with a gym membership at "Planet Fitness" with a few ladies.  We have been faithfully going for the past 3 weeks, at least 3 times a week.  I'm really hoping to get in shape, tone the body and shed some pounds.

I must admit my inspiration has been a little dull lately.  I think I've hit a rut or maybe just a lazy spell with the cold winter weather.  I have quite a few new project ideas.  I just haven't felt like crocheting.  

Into our home, we added a new family member.  A pure-bred, German Shepherd, that I have named Riley Brooke.  She's about 13 weeks old now.  I'm keeping her in our sunroom until she gets fully trained.  She is as much work as a baby, with her potty training, feeding and teething.  

The new year has definitely proven to be about change and being busy on my homefront.  Below, is a selfie picture of myself.  I usually don't like to model my own projects.  I can't seem to take good pics, but I wanted to share my "Parisian-Style Hat and Scarf" set that I made using Lion Brand's Homespun yarn in Edwardian.  This pattern sorta evolved into itself.  

I hope each of you have a wonderful, blessed and productive 2019....   

Parisian-Style Hat and Scarf Set 
Happy Crocheting...
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Stylish Denim Hat

I was yarn shopping at Hobby Lobby on Saturday and came across this “Marbled Denim” yarn by "I Love This Yarn" and immediately knew I wanted to use it to design a new hat pattern.  It’s #4 acrylic yarn, 252 yarns per skein.

It looks gorgeous with or without a pom.  I used approximately 1/2 a skein of yarn.

Stylish Denim Hat
Size:  Average Adult-Sized Woman's Head

Materials:
--5.0mm hook
--1 skein of "I Love This Yarn," in Marbled Denim
--1 faux fur pom (optional)
--tapestry needle  

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
DC:  double crochet
FPDC:  front post double crochet
BPDC:  back post double crochet 
BLO:  back loops only
Rep:  repeat
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off

Note:  
1.  Ch2 does not count as a stitch.
2.  Sl st join into the first st of each round and not into the Ch2.
Directions:
1.  10 DC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and Ch2.  (10) 
2.  2 DC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch2.  (20)
3.  2 DC in first st, 1 DC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch2.  (30)
4.  2 DC in first st, 1 DC in next 2 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch2.  (40) 
5.  2 DC in first st, 1 DC in next 3 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch2.  (50)
6.  2 DC in first st, 1 DC in next 4 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch2.  (60)  
7.  2 DC in first st, 1 DC in next 5 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch2.  (70)  
8.  FPDC around the post of the first 2 st.  1 BPDC around the post of the next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch2.  (70)
9-16.  Rep #8.  (70)
17.  1 SC in the BLO of each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (70)
18-19.  Rep #17.  (70)
20.  1 SC in the BLO of each st around.  Sl st join and FO.  Weave ends.  

Optional:
1.  Attach faux fur pom to the top center.  
2.  You could make your own yarn pom.
3.  Or no pom at all.  It looks just as great without a pom.  


I hope you will enjoy this very stylish and FREE pattern.  If you make this, I would love to see your finished work.  Please hashtag:  #rilla2u.  I welcome any questions and/or comments.

Happy Crocheting...
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--don't use/claim my pics as your own
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Thursday, January 3, 2019

DIY: Bed for Large Puppy/Dog

Well, my home has welcomed a 10-week old German Shepherd this past Sunday.  She's a beautiful girl puppy, weighing in at almost 25 pounds right now.  She is going to easily double this weight once she's full grown.  It has taken me from Sunday until this morning to finally settle on her name - Riley Brooke. 

Anyway, we went to Wal-Mart and Pet Smart and, gee, dog beds are expensive.  Wow!!!  So, I sent my hubby back to Wal-Mart to buy supplies so I could DIY a pet bed.  All that was needed was:  a fleece holiday blanket on Clearance Sale ($2.50 and it's dog-themed - yay!!!) and 2 jumbo pillows ($3.97 each). 

Total cost for my Puppy/Dog Bed:  $11.00...

Below, I will explain how I made mine.  Added bonus, mine easily comes apart so you can launder the blanket and the pillows and then reassemble. 

Large Puppy/Dog Bed

Size:  Approximately 24" x 32"

Materials:
--1 Fleece Blanket, measures 50" x 60"
--2 Jumbo Pillows, measures 20" x 28"
--(4) 1" buttons
--(6) elastic ponytail holders
--pins to keep border on one side secure while sewing
--Needle and thread (I used turquoise so it would show up in the pics)

Directions:
1.  First you will want to lay your blanket flat and place the pillows in the center.  (see my pic)
2.  Fold the left side and right side inward to make sure you have about a 2" overlap.
Now, you will open the right side back out, flat.  I turned the side 2" in to sew edging.  I sewed by hand.  You can use your sewing machine if wanted.  With only sewing in 1 (one) side, I just found it simpler to complete by hand.  It only took me a few minutes to complete this.  I used pins to secure and removed as I sewed edging.

Now on the left side panel, I added my 4 buttons about 7-8" apart.  (see my pic)
 3.  At this point, you are ready to attach the ponytail holders.  4 ponytail holders are going to be placed on the right side, on top, attached 2" inward (where you can fill the rough edge), directly across from the 4 buttons.  (see my pic)

The 2 remaining ponytail holders will be placed - one on each end, at the center.  (see my pic)
 
 And, that's it for attaching and sewing on everything.  Easy, peasy, right?

Now, for the assembly. 
1.  First you are going to secure the ponytail holders around the buttons.  Depending on the size of your ponytail holders, you may have to wrap it multiple times around the buttons.  I think for mine, it may have been 5 or 6 times.  I just used ponytail holders I had on hand. 
2.  Next, you are going to fold the ends - just like when you're wrapping a present.  Fold left side in to the center, fold right side in to the center, and then bring the center ponytail holder up to secure to the nearest button.  Again, you may have to wrap this ponytail holder multiple times to secure.
3.  Complete #2 on the opposite end. 

And, that's it for a quick, simple and CHEAP way of making a Puppy/Dog Bed for larger animals.

Here's a completed pic of the bottom of the bed.  
Flip it over and you're done!!!  To launder, unwrap ponytail holders from buttons.  Wash gentle and air dry.  Reassemble and it's ready to use again...

And, here are a few pics of my puppy, Riley Brooke, enjoying her new bed.  The finished bed measures 24" x 32". 
 
 

I'd love to hear your feedback/thoughts on this simple project for your new canine family member.  If you make this, please hashtag (#rilla2u). 

 PIN and SHARE this project on your boards.  

Copyright:
This is an original design by me, Rilla Edwards of The Perfect Stitch.  Please respect that and not copy/share my pattern but provide a link to my blog.