Monday, 11 May 2015

BOB CAT’s LEGO BLANKIE


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BOB CAT’s LEGO BLANKIE and cat stuff toys


My children love animals.  My daughter is constantly rescuing a stray, fostering it and then gets it adopted (just in time for the next stray to come by, I should add).  Bob was one such cute stray that strayed into our life some time back.  She shared a picture on Facebook, and instantly he was adopted by her friend.  It was sheer coincidence (? Or was it?) that Pallavi was looking for a kitten at just that time – and truly Bob’s luck to be ‘found’ at this time.. as Pallavi totally dotes on him – as she says “Bob has stolen her heart, home and .. well, basically everything”.  This kitten has it made ! J

Pallavi loved the Lego blanket I’d made (for a child) and wanted one for her ‘own little baby’ Bob.. so this is for you, handsome Bob Cat .. and I just thought I’d make a few toys for him as well.. cute prince that he is. J



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Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian Vardhaman millennium DK ply acrylic yarn , 4.5 mm crochet hook
General materials info : You can use any yarn with a suitable hook to make these projects.


Stitches used : Using U.S terminology
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 2-tog made.

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                              sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                sp : Space                                           
sl-st : Slip stitch                                                            hk : Hook
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                           yo : Yarn Over                                                            
ch : Chain


 Instructions :
For the Lego blanket, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9b5i81Ao1U  or check
my notes at  https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2015/04/a-superb-lego-bricks-blanket.html.  
Make as many little lego brick pieces as you'd like and then join them together for your little four legged friend.

I have made two little toys – one of which was inspired by this pattern.  I’ve tweaked it a bit (as usual), so my notes follow.


PATTERN 1

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For this pattern, I’ve used two skeins of Vardhaman millennium held together and a 4.5 mm crochet hook. 


Start with a magic circle and 10 dc into that circle.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.  (10 dc)

Round 1 : dc in the 1st dc and each dc till end. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.  (10 dc)

Round 2 : dc 2-tog in the 1st 2 dc , 
*dc 2-tog in the next 2 dc* ; 
rep *to* till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. (5 dc)

Leaving a 12” tail, fasten off loosely. 

Finishing :
Now you can stuff the inside with a little bit of cotton and catnip, or cotton + catnip + a tinkly bell.. or just a bell and nothing else.  We will then sew the top up.

Please ensure that when you fill your little ball that you enclose the stuffing inside a stocking.  Please also ensure that your yarn does not pull off too easily - as that may choke your little four legged baby.

Using an embroidery needle, pass your needle under and over the tops of the 5 dc’s lightly and then pull tightly to bring the ends together.  Pass the needle once again through all the tops and tighten again.  Do this till you’re happy that the inside is secure and your kitty cat can’t get at the stuff inside.
You can either fasten this end off and neatly weave the end in.. or you can leave this end long and trailing too.. after all kittens do love long trailing yarn.


PATTERN 2

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After making this first pattern, I thought of making one with this striking bright blue and yellow combination and something that had not as long and trailing a yarn.. and suddenly saw that someone has already got a pattern for that.. very similar to my thoughts.. so here it is. 
For this pattern, I’ve used the inspiration from http://www.crochetme.com/media/p/89795.aspx, with a small change, using MC (Main Colour) and CC (Contrast Colour) yarns.

I’ve used two yarns of Vardhaman Millenium of contrast colours and started here with a magic circle using both the yarns for the magic circle, leaving about 6” spare  yarn on one side.  i.e I made the magic circle about 6” away from the edge of the two yarns. 
I then used only one colour yarn (MC) for the first set of instructions – so made 6 sc into that magic circle, and then pulled it tightly closed.
I followed instructions there-on, using the second colour (CC) and 2 sc in each st etc.

So only change being the magic circle, which is probably what the designer intended too, but worded differently.

After you’re finished with the sphere and stuffing it etc, keep a similar 6” tail at the second end as well, and then finish off.

For the spirally finish of that spare 6” yarn we’ve kept.. I’ve done exactly as the designer has .. first tied a knot at the end of our toy, then twisted that yarn and then tied another knot at the other end. You repeat this for the second end as well, and ta-da, you have a lovely multi-coloured tinkly toy .. or candy .. for your Royal Highness. J

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