amigurumi, cat, scarves

Turning crazy cat lady scarf

I don’t know what it is about cat patterns. They’re everywhere! I don’t have a cat, but it appears that I have a lot of cat patterns pinned. *shrug* I don’t know what to say about that. I’m a crazy cat crochet lady instead of a cat lady. I’m going to have a house full of crazy cat crochet things. I can be like this old “wood carver” witch in Brave who only does bears (only I’m cats):

She only carves bears.

For some reason, I pinned this thing:

It’s a dead cat.

I find it really looks like it’s a dead cat, and I’m not sure why I would pin something quite so unappealing. However, I did pin it, and I’m going to crochet all the pins (that I can manage). However, I refuse to pay for this particular pattern, so I figured it out on my own. There are several versions on Pinterest, so I guess it’s not entirely nuts. I gave mine open eyes and an unhappy face — it kind of looks more alive that way.

Anyway, so here are some pictures – if you know how to make a circle, some ears and the legs and tail are in no way difficult if you’ve done any amigurumi. I can’t believe some people have the hutzpah to try to sell this pattern. When I make something complicated, I’ll try to sell the pattern, maybe. I really need to get a dress form so I can make scarves look decent. No one else in the family will pose for pictures, and selfies just look silly.

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challenge, grade A, lace

The pineapple lace

This is a youtube link only:

I’ll give this about an A-  There’s lots of stuff called the Pineapple motif, and many of them look completely different from one another. That said, since I don’t have tons of lace experience (just the Queen Anne’s lace from a previous post early last month, really) I went with one that had a video tutorial. The tutorial is VERY VERY specific, which is nice. It also sucks, because once I finished the first motif and knew I had the general idea, it’s pretty hard for me to memorize a 9 row piece of lace in which every row is different, and so I had to re-watch the entire tutorial again.

Rather than having to re-watch the tutorial every time (which takes a whole lot longer than having the pattern written out once you know what you’re doing), I wrote down all the steps for you, and for me (below).

The plan with this was to try this idea:

However, this particular lace motif doesn’t really fit with the design there. Plus, 1. I’m not using a tshirt, but a cami that never fit me. (Seriously, I ordered an XL and got a shirt that would fit my three year old better than me. Did you see that blog about ordering super cheap clothes from China? This was one of those.) Anyway. So it’s not totally working, but the lace is still pretty:


I highly recommend using a yarn, at least for your very first motif, that is multicolored like this one. It really helps to know that you’re not pulling through the wrong strand if you’re pulling through several others, as you frequently have to do with this one.

That said, I also recommend you use a tighter weave than this particular yarn, as used in the video, because it really does come out looking nicer in the end. I’m using a baby yarn, and it’s so soft that you lose the detailing a bit as you work it. It’s really not meant for lace work.

I’m going to finish this and probably make it a scarf for now, and try another type of lace for the shirt. I could just go the simple route and buy some lace, but I like a little bit of a challenge.


The written instructions for a Pineapple Lace Motif (#14) – again, I highly recommend viewing the video at least once, but the outside edges are the same on almost EVERY row, and it gets pretty repetitive after a while, and if you’re going to do the motif dozens of times or so, you want the written instructions until you’ve memorized them.

To begin, Chain 5, and slip stitch(sl st) into the first single crochet (sc) to form a loop.

R1:chain 2 in ring, then do a two double crochet (dc) cluster(cl), also in the ring. chain 2, and then a 3 dc cl in the ring. Ch 4, then another 3 dc cl in the ring, chain 2, and another 3 dc cl in the ring. You’ll end up with four clusters. Turn the work.

R2: *sl st into the 1st ch space from previous row and ch 2. Then, in the same space, do a 2 dc cl and chain 2, and a 3 dc cl * (this will be repeated at the beginning of every row until you reach row 11, hence the stars). After those two clusters, ch 2 and dc in the next ch space, ch2, and ^in the last chain space (between the last two clusters) 3 dc cl, ch 2, and another 3 dc cl and turn^

If you get that part, you’ve basically got the whole thing. However, the center of each row is a bit different from each previous row. There are only two rows where you’ll repeat previous rows.

R3: repeat * to * ch 2 into the next dc from previous row, dc 3x (in same stitch), ch 2, then repeat ^ to ^

R4: repeat * to * ch 2, dc into the prev row dc (1), and dc into the next dc, chain 3, dc into the SAME space as previous dc, and then dc in the next dc space. ch 2 and repeat ^ to ^.

R5: repeat * to * ch 2, do a sc in the first dc of previous row and a sc in each of the next 6 stitches. Then ch 2 and repeat ^ to ^

R6: repeat previous row exactly

R7: repeat * to *, ch 2, skip 1st sc and sc in the next five stitches, then ch 2 and repeat ^ to ^

R8: repeat previous row exactly

R9: repeat * to * ch 4, skip 1st sc, and sc in the next three stitches, ch 4 and repeat ^ to ^

R10: repeat * to * , in center st of sc from previous row, do a double treble stitch. then do the last ^ to ^

R11 (final row) begin usual sl st into 1st space, 2 dc cl, and then skip to last sp and do 3 dc cluster

If you are going to begin a second motif, ch 5 and sc into the bottom of previous motif (r11) for strong attach. If you are done, finish off and weave in the end.

Hope that helps! I’ve tried out the written version a couple of times, but feel free to let me know if I’m unclear anywhere.