Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Free Dog/Cat Butt Coaster Pattern

Hello again!  I am here once more to bring you a pattern I just created for a Dog (or Cat) Butt Coaster pattern!  I won't lie here.  I saw one of these on Instagram and loved it, it's so funny.  (Credit to Leslie here.  You can buy her version on her site!) There are a few patterns on ravelry for cat butt coasters (I prefer cats, but why no Dog love on this one?), one of which is free.  Honestly, I thought they could all use some improvement.  I checked out the free one to see how it was done (wasn't impressed [hey, I'm picky]) and then tried my own method.  I am very pleased with the results.  Behold!

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This is a link to a pdf file that is printer friendly - no pictures.

With no further ado, here is how I did it.  The following pattern is in US terms.
Everyone loves a pattern with plenty of pictures, right?  I hope so, cause I took plenty.

G/6 - 4.25mm Hook 
(Size/gauge is not extremely important)
100% Cotton Yarn (Colors: Pink, and your choice for fur)
Needle to sew in ends, and scissors to cut of course.

Finished size: 
About 3.5 inches from side to side 
(a little less depending where you measure)
6" from top of tail to bottom of feet

Stitches/Skills used:
Magic Ring (Optional)
Invisible Join (Explained + pictures)
Slip Stitch
Single Crochet (SC)
Half Double Crochet (HDC)
Double Crochet (DC)

Note for clarity:
SC 4 = SC into each of the next 4 sts.  
2SC = Do 2 SC into same stitch.

Round 1:  Using Pink.  Magic Ring (or Ch2 and work into first Ch stitch) 6 SC.

Invisible Join: Cut yarn leaving tail and pull the yarn through.  Using a needle, pass yarn from the front toward back of the first SC of the round.  Pass yarn into top of the last SC you made.  Pull only tight enough to blend and create your 7th SC.
You should have 7 SC.

 (See next 5 pictures!)

Alternately, you can just do 7SC and slip to join, then finish off.

This is a view of the back of the work.  Needle enters top of stitch.

The needle is inserted simply to show the 7th stitch we created.

Completed, 7 SC.

 I apologize now for pictures that are sideways.  Forgot to fix that before I uploaded all of them!

Round 2!
Create a slip stitch with your second color.  I do not have a tutorial for this, but they are easy to find.
Join anywhere to your work with a slip stitch.
insert hook

After slip stitch.  Pull your slip knot tight for the best look.

Pull that slip knot tight so it looks good.
(Still Round 2)  Ch 1.
Do not turn your work throughout the pattern!
Working into the same stitch you joined to, 2SC into each stitch. Slip sts to join.  (14sts total)

I split the first 2SC between the start and end of round, but you don't have to do that!!! 
I did one SC in the beginning and my second SC into the same stitch was at end of round!!!

End Round 2.

Round 5 complete.

Round 3.  (Work into sts you joined to)
Ch 1.
*SC, 2SC* repeat around to end. Slip Sts to join.  (21 sts total)

Round 4.
Ch 1.
*SC 2, 2SC* repeat around to end. Slip Sts to join.  (28 sts total)

Round 5.
Ch 1.
*SC 3, 2SC* repeat around to end. Slip Sts to join.  (35 sts total)

Round 6.
Ch 8.  In second ch from hook, SC.
HDC, DC 5.
Work into the bump on the back of the CH for best look.

Tail completed.  Hook shows where to work next SC.

Round 6 continued:
Skip 2 stitches, which includes the stitch you joined to, and SC into the 3rd stitch. (Picture shows slip stitch - I have changed the pattern and no new picture)
SC 1. (see picture)
2SC, SC 4, 2SC, SC 4, 2SC, SC 1.

Round 6 continued:
Ch 4.
In 3rd ch from hook, DC.
DC in next ch.
DC in side of your last SC.  (See next 3 pictures!)
My fingers showing the side of the SC stitch.

Hook inserted into side of SC stitch.

Third DC completed!

Round 6 continued:
Skip 2 stitches.  SC into the third stitch.
2SC, SC 1.
Ch 4.
DC into 3rd ch, as before.
DC into next ch.
DC into side of your last SC.
Skip 2 stitches. SC into the third stitch.
Two legs complete.
Slip into the slip stitch, right where my fingernail is.

Round 6 continued:
*SC 4, 2SC* twice.

Slip stitch into the slip stitch that started the round!  See picture.
Just showing where I wove my end in behind the tail.

Weave in your ends and you are finished!
This picture shows where I weaved in.  It hides well there.  Of course, don't cut it here, keep weaving some more.

With the pink tails, honestly, I did a square knot.  I figured a knot was not a big deal on the bottom of a coaster.

(Square knot: cross tails, right over left and knot.  Then cross tails, left over right and knot tight.  Or vice versa.  I'm sure you can find it on youtube!)

There you have it.  A dog, or cat, butt coaster.

I would maybe chain a couple more and do just DC down the tail for a cat coaster, so it's more round like the feet instead of almost pointy.

If you find any mistakes or need me to be less confusing (sorry if I'm confusing) do not hesitate to contact me!