Slate Mate – crochet pattern for a tab/Kindle

While I don’t accept a lot of commissions (thanks to a bad experience with an uncouth woman), I do get asked to make something or the other pretty often. If the project won’t take too long and is interesting too, I usually agree. 
Recently, when I was out in South Mumbai with a couple of colleagues I was asked to make a cover for a Kindle, I agreed. The requester didn’t want a fancy design, just something basic and utilitarian. Here is what was created. 

Here is the simple pattern that can be modified to create a cover not just for a Kindle but for any kind of tablet or thin laptop. 
Materials
Bulky Yarn (60 gms)
5 mm Hook
1 button
Embroidery floss
Darning needle
Stitch Markers
Terminology
SL: Slip Stitch
SC: Single crochet
Crossed Double Crochet Stitch: CDC
Instructions
The base is largely done in the round. Once the base is completed, it is stitched in rows. 
My pattern is for the Kindle Paperwhite. Follow the instructions in the brackets for larger tablets.
Base
Step 1: Chain 19 (it needs to be slightly small than your tab, just ensure it is an odd number) 
Step 2: Sc in the 2nd chain from the hook. Sc to the end. Add 1 extra sc in the last stitch. Add the stitch marker. Now continue stitching in the back of the same chain 
Step 3: 2 Sc in the next Sc. Sc till the end. Move Marker 
Step 4: 1 extra Sc in the last Sc, 2Sc in the next Sc. Move Marker
The base should now fit snugly around the base of the Kindle. This is now the base of the cover. Move Marker
Step 5: Chain 1 and then sc in each sc and slip stitch to the beginning of the round. Continue this till you are a little more that halfway the height of the Kindle/tab 
Step 6: Now, chain 3 (counts as first dc), skip first 2 sts, work 1 dc in next sc, crossing in front of dc just made, work 1 dc in last skipped dc. This constitutes 1 CDC. Complete 7 more CDC and then work 1 dc in the next sc. Complete 8 CDC and join with SL to first stitch.
Step 7: Chain 1 and then sc in each sc and slip stitch to the beginning of the round. Continue this till the cover is as tall your Kindle/Tab.
Step 7: Chain 1 and then sc till 2 stitches short of the halfway mark on 1 side. Chain 6. Skip 4 sc. Continue Sc in the next sc till the end of the side. End off and cut the thread. Tuck in the ends.

Attach a flat button on the other side such that the loop fits snug.

And you’re done!

Let me know what you think of it!

Copyright Rohini Joseph

Nemo’s Happy Pillow!

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Nemo’s Happy Pillow (right side up)
Clip from the Bond series
Did someone say evil?
A definite mood-lifter on those drab monsoon day is with a little day-dreaming. On those days, I think of myself as a super villain, with an evil kitten resting on my lap. 
I almost got to further that fantasy with 1 of my crochet projects – a cat pillow. It was actually made in 2012, but was only used in 2013 that too not by the intended recipient.
Don’t I look pretty?
It all started with a CAL/KAL proposed by my Ravelry Group. One of the things that could be made were pillows. I didn’t require any for my home, so was wondering what use to put it to, when suddenly I remembered Nemo, my cat! 
Still excited by the arrival of my kitten, I thought of making one for him. Cos, obviously every super-villain needs a pampered, evil kitty! 🙂
The pattern chosen was the Pinwheel Pillow by Morgan Forrester.

First 2 colours
It took me a little over a month to complete the project. It was created as a stash buster with a border of black between colours. The material used was good, old acrylic, and crocheted with a 5mm hook.
Since, it was meant for my naughty, naughty cat, the colours chosen were on the darker side. As usual, there was no fixed size for the pillow, with me crocheting till I thought I had reached the optimum width. It was initially supposed to have an opening on the side so that the cushion could be stuffed in. Since I couldn’t figure out the way to do it, I decided to follow the pattern and create the cover as 1 piece with a cushion stuffed in from the middle. 
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The completed pillow (side with the opening)
The project took longer to finish as I needed to make the round stuffing pillow too. The obstacle came up when after spending almost 2 days looking for just a filler cushion, I could not find one of any size. All the shops had ready-made pillows with a fixed covers. So, armed with my amateur sewing skills and my grandmom’s cool  sewing machine, I made one with recycled cloth and fiberfill. It was amazing!
To make it just purrfect for Nemo, the cushion was generously doused with catnip. But, alas, even with all my efforts, Nemo did not take to it and the poor cushion just had his name but no love! 
Wait! There is a happy ending to this story. My new kitten (Pookie – more about her later) loves the cushion, and can usually be seen happily gnawing away at it on most days. 
Do share your similar experiences!
Copyright Rohini Joseph

Professor Koalakulus

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Striped Koala anyone?
When I first started crocheting, I didn’t do the regular small, easy projects. Instead, it was a headlong jump into amigurumis!

The amigurumi pattern was a Koala pattern that I happened to come across when I was first researching crochet and the things you could do with it. The pattern was featured on Woman’s Day.  Something about that gorgeous grey, cuddly bear got me excited to start the project.

There were so many things that were wrong about my first project – bad yarn, tough hook for a beginner, rudimentary stitching skills and so much more. However, it got me ‘hooked’!


Brown boy Koala hanging with his animal pals

I made 2 versions of the Koala. By looking at the pictures, you can definitely figure out which was which. (Hint: The misshapen one with a crochet ring was the first).

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My first attempt at the Koala Amigurumi

Here are my learnings from the experience
1. Amigurumis are fun! Find your perfect project on the web. I like searching on Ravelry.
2. Don’t be afraid of using a thin hook. It helps you learn faster.
3. Gift the amigurumis. They are small and make such awesome gifts! Emboldened by my efforts I went on to make more of these and have received requests from friends for quite a lot more!

Below is my Ravelry listing for the project.

Koala by Tamie Oldridge

Crochet

Me, friends

2.5 inches

    Needle and yarn

    1.75 mm

    Brown
    Notes

    The one with a ring is the first amigurumi/crochet article I ever made.
    The second one was obviously better and easier.
    EDT: I was unhappy with the weird eyes, so i stuck on crazy eyes. I like it much better now. Reminds me of Professor Calculus from Tintin. Hence the name.

    August 21 2011
    September 1 2011
    Copyright Rohini Joseph

    Yellow Lemon Tree Pouch

    Yellow Lemon Tree Pouch

    Crochet

    Friends

    4″

      Needle and yarn

      Notes

      I used lemon yellow and black held together. It has a triangular base though. I couldn’t think of a suitable flap, so I made it a drawstring pouch.
      no lining
      Created in the round.

      Copyright Rohini Joseph

      CanCan Mobile pouch

      The CanCan pouch
      This year I’ve vowed to make as many gifts as I can. Not only is it more personal, it is also a gift of time and energy (at least that’s what I think). 
      Last weekend when I’d gone shopping with her for my grandmom, I showed her my version of the Swag Bag that I’d made for my grandmom’s birthday. She loved it and tried very hard to get me to give to her, but finally she relented after I promised to make her one too. She loves the colour red and the red & black combination is her favorite for clothing items/accessories. Her choice of colours? Red and Black! No surprise there!
      The following day (the eve of her birthday), I’d bought the materials for her bag and was about to start on it when I decided to surprise her and make her a small case for her cellphone. We were planning to go over at midnight with a small cake for her birthday and I hadn’t wrapped her actual gift as yet. So, the pouch and a red chain (the red crochet necklace that I mentioned earlier) I’d made in advance would be preview gifts. She liked the necklace, but wants me to put a small pendant on it. Not too sure about it, but I’m going to search for something. Any ideas?
      I love giving presents (and receiving them too), and the curbing of expenses for the next few months is going to be very difficult.
      I made this mobile pouch for my mom in just a few hours (I’m a slow crocheter, and it took me about 2.5 hours). I call it the CanCan pouch as the bright maroon (I thought the maroon looked better with the black) and the black reminded me the of the shiny dresses worn by CanCan dancers.
      For the cellphone pouch, I followed a similar method as the Kiss Me Bag at Crochet Spot for the base. After that it was simple shell stitch done in rounds. I didn’t have measurements for the phone and just estimated the height and width, though I’m happy to say that it did fit. Also, the pattern stretches quite a bit, so it is better to make it slightly smaller.
      My pouch was done in 2 colours, with me changing colours after every completed round.
      The base and the first round are done in the same colour.
      Pattern
      Craft: Crochet
      Level: Beginner/Easy
      Materials
      Yarn of your choice
      Corresponding crochet hook (this pattern looks better open and it stretches too)
      Button for clasp (optional)
      Tapestry needle and thread (optional)
      Stitches/Abbreviations used:
      Stitch (st)
      Single crochet (sc)
      Double crochet (dc)
      Fasten off (FO)
      Gauge: Gauge is not important in this pattern as it depends on the size of your starting chain. My pouch fit a
      phone that was 119.5 x 59.7 x 12.9 mm.
      Close up of the pouch
      Foundation row can be worked in multiples of 4 + 2 (for turning)
      Base
      Ch 10.
      Row1: sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in ea chain across.  Ch1 and turn (It is better to crochet the first row in the back ridges so that it is easier to do the rounds later).
      Row2-4: sc in ea st across.  Ch1 and turn.
      Row5: sc in ea st across. Ch1. Do not turn as we now start working in rounds
      We now move to the body of the pouch.
      Note: Shell = 3 dc in same st.
      Round 1: sc in first sc *(sk 1 sc, 3 dc in next sc, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc) 2 times, reaching the end of the row. Continue work along width of the base.
      Note: Our width is made up of 5 rows, but since the height of sc rows is shorter than the 3 sc across, we work our shell in the 3rd row.
      Sk 2 sc rows, shell in next, sk 2 sc rows*. Sc in next sc (longer side). Repeat * to * till the end of the other width. Sl st in first sc of round 1. (6 shells and 6 sc)
      Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1dc), 1 dc in same stitch. *Sk 1 dc, sc in next dc. (Sk 1 dc, shell in next sc.  Sk 1 dc, sc in next dc)* 5 times. Skip 1 dc, 1 dc in same stitch as the first 2 dc (Ch3+1dc) of the row. Sl st in top of beginning Ch3: 6 shells and 6 sc
      Round 3: Ch 1, sc in first stitch (beginning Ch3 of previous round). *Sk 1 dc, shell in next sc.  Sk 1 dc, sc in next dc:* around, replacing the last sc with a sl st to the first sc of the round: 6 shells and 6 sc
      Repeat Rounds 2 and 3 till the pouch is the desired size, ending with round 3. Once it is as big as you want it, move on to the finishing.
      Finishing
      Ch 3 (counts as 1dc), *Ch1, sk next dc, sc in next dc, Ch1, sk next dc, 1 dc in next sc,*. Repeat * to * 4 times. Ch1, sk next dc, sc in next dc, Ch1, sk next dc. Sl st to starting Ch3. FO.
      I didn’t add a button to fasten the pouch as my mom constantly fiddles with her phone, but you can create a clasp easily.
      The chain and the pouch. The colour here is almost true
      For a button enclosure.
      Instead of fastening off, you Ch1 and continue sc around till you come to the centre of one side. Create a loop by chaining the adequate number to go around the button of your choice (it should always be a little smaller than the button) and sc into the same stitch. Continue to sc across till you reach the end of the round. Sl to 1st stitch. FO.
      Attach a button on the opposite side of the pouch, in line with the loop created.
      Your pouch is ready!
      Get back to me if you have any questions.
      Copyright Rohini Joseph

      Chocolate in a bag!

      Complete!

       This year is my grandmom’s 70th birthday and I decided to make her a present rather than buying her something as firstly she is very finicky and usually wants to exchange presents and secondly I was out of ideas for new presents. 

      I chose the Swag bag by Marcelle’s Creative Crochet as my bag, as it looked small and I thought I could modify it to suit my grandmom’s tastes. The bag has been purposely kept free of other embellishments as my grandmother is very particular about colours and may not appreciate too many doodads on it.

      Without the handles

      I largely followed the pattern; only thing, I couldn’t make the required number of hdc rows as I was running out of yarn very quickly (I still had to finish the edging) and the shop had no more in the same shade. I went through 6 cones of the silk thread as I crocheted holding 2 strands together.

      Even with my slow crocheting and the bout of bad health, I finished the bag in 3 days, with another few hours for lining and fixing handles, clasps etc. The final bag is a little heavy and small, but has come out in a lovely chocolate colour. The pictures do not do portray the colour properly at all.

      My local yarn shop did not stock bag handles, so I bought 2 aluminum rings and covered them with golden silk thread, making sure the thread was wound very tight with no loose spaces.

      The toughest part of the bag was definitely the lining. I’ve never lined a bag before and doing it by hand is just so timec onsuming! I also added metallic push buttons for fastening.
      Phew!
      As I struggle with the lining
       and the handles 

      When I showed my mom the finished bag, she tried very hard to claim it as her own, and only relented when I promised to make her one of her own! More about that later.

      I completely forgot to take pics after I finished the bag as I was in a hurry to go out (as usual) and I’d already sent the bag with my mom so that she can give it in case I don’t make it on her birthday. I’ll put up more pics when I go over this weekend.
      I’ll also show off pics of my mom’s bag when I finish it. Though I’ve taken on so many projects right now I don’t know when that will be.

      EDT: I’ve added pics of the completed bag.

      clasps added too

      Copyright Rohini Joseph

      Keepsake Pouch

      The pouch when the drawstrings are tied.

      During the previous year’s Christmas enthusiasm, I was planning on making small pouches to give away some of our gifts, but the inexperienced crocheter I was, I underestimated the time it would take to finish the pouches.

      To start with, I chose the wrong crochet thread for my pouch – it takes a lot of time to crochet a decent-sized pouch with cotton crochet thread! I also got caught up with stuff and couldn’t even begin it in time!

      So, instead, I decided to make it for myself. No hurry at all, though when it was almost over I couldn’t help trying to finish faster. The gestation period was just so long!

      In the end, it has come out rather nice, and has interesting texture. I am including a basic pattern that can be modified as you go along.

      With the drawstrings open

      The pouch was crocheted in variegated cotton thread with a 1.75mm steel crochet hook. I tried to incorporate most of the stitches I’ve learnt in the past few months including single crochet, double crochet, shell stitch,  and crossed double crochet. Also, included was a small design in beads.

      There wasn’t any specific pattern followed for the pouch, but for the base at least I’ve stuck to the basics of increasing in the the round.

      Pattern
      The bag is worked in rounds, with the base in spirals.

      Materials
      Crochet thread/yarn – I used a size 10 thread with a 1.75mm crochet hook to end up with a bag that is about 11cm tall
      Appropriate crochet hook
      Beads
      Stitch marker – if you don’t have one, a simple paper clip will do.
      Tapestry needle.

      Method
      I’ve used the magic ring method to begin. If you want to try this or the foundation chain method, Crochet Me  has a good tutorial.

      If you are including beads in your design, now is the time to do so. For my concentric circles I added 8 black, followed by 1 in a contrasting colour and 8 more black. It is very important to add the beads in advance if you plan to work them into your design.

      The base. You can make out the spiral.

      Round 1
      To begin, chain 2. In 2nd chain from hook, work 7 sc. Insert stitch marker. (7st)
      Round 2
      2 single crochet (sc) in each stitch around (14st). Move stitch marker.

      Round 3
      *2 sc in 1st, 1 sc in next sc*. Repeat from * to* around (21st). Move stitch marker.
      Round 4
      *2 sc in 1st, 1 sc each in next 2sc*. Repeat from * to* around (28st). Move stitch marker.
      Round 5
      *2 sc in 1st, 1 sc each in next 3sc*. Repeat from * to* around (35st). Move stitch marker.

      Similarly, keep on increasing the base using the above method till it is wide enough for you. I stopped when I had 98st (Round 14 – *2 sc in 1st, 1 sc each in next 11sc*. Repeat from * to* around)


      To create the sides
      sc in each st around. Move stitch marker.
      Continue this till the bag’s sides start to take shape and you are ready for the detailing.


      Crossed double crochet round
      Chain 3. This will be your first dc. Skip the 2nd st, dc in next. Do a dc in the skipped stitch. For details check here. Repeat this all around till 1 st is left. End with a dc and slip st to the 1st stitch.

      A closeup of the bead design

      Single crochet round
      Sc in each st across

      Double crochet round
      Chain 3. Do a dc in each stitch across


      Single crochet round
      Sc in each st across till you are halfway around (49st). Now is the time to introduce the first bead. Insert hook in st, yarn over including the bead, making sure the bead is on the outside and is not pulled through. Complete the single crochet. Continue to do a sc in each st across till the end.

      Alternate the rounds with a double crochet round followed by a single crochet round.

      Add the beads on the single crochet round. 
      The stitch count is as follows
      From the bottom upwards:
      Single bead: sc 49, sc with bead, sc 48
      Two beads: sc 43,  sc with bead, sc 10,  sc with bead, sc 43
      Single bead: sc 49,  sc with bead, sc 48
      Two beads: sc 46,  sc with bead, sc 4,  sc with bead, sc 46
      Five beads: sc 40,  sc with bead,  sc 3, sc with bead, sc 3, sc with bead, sc 3, sc with bead, sc 3, sc with bead, sc 41

      After the last crossed double crochet round

      Two beads: sc 46,  sc with bead, sc 4,  sc with bead, sc 46
      Single bead: sc 49,  sc with bead, sc 48
      Two beads: sc 43,  sc with bead, sc 10,  sc with bead, sc 43
      Single bead: sc 49, sc with bead, sc 48


      After the beads are in stitched in, do one double crochet round, followed by a single crochet round and then a crossed double crochet round.

      After that, it is time to make the notches for the drawstring. 
      Chain 5, skip 2 st, *dc in next st, chain 2*. Repeat from * to * around the pouch till at last you end with a dc and 2 unworked sts. Chain 2 and slip stitch to the third chain of the first Chain5.

      Next, do one single crochet round, followed by one double crochet round, and a single crochet round.

      Close-up of the scalloped edging

      For the scalloped edging
      We do the shell stitch.
      For this, chain 3. This is your first dc. Do 8 more dc in the same stitch as the chain 3. Skip 5 stitches.
      *Do 9 dc in the next stitch, skip 4 stitches*. Repeat from * to * till the last shell.
      We are left with 5 unworked stitches. Skip it and join last shell to 1st shell and fasten off.

      Drawstring
      For the drawstring, I created a chain that was 2 times the circumference of the bag and then crocheted in the back ridges. It was completed by knotting the edges after putting it through the holes.

      I thoroughly enjoyed my bag and I’m currently using it to store my headphones.

      As usual, I hope this makes sense!  Thank you!

      Copyright Rohini Joseph

      Beaded Crochet Necklaces

      Purple = mine!

      As mentioned earlier, I used to love playing with beads. I was looking for a way to marry my love for beads with my new-found love for crochet, when I came across this Easy Beaded Crochet Technique by Amy Solovay. I used that technique and created a few necklaces of my own.

      Materials used:
      Beads
      Nylon thread for the base
      Crochet thread for the accent
      Appropriate crochet hooks
      Clasps/hooks

      A close up of the thread work.

      Though the technique shown largely used thicker thread, I stuck to using finer thread as it let the focus remain on the beads rather than on the thread. I am going to try it with thicker thread in case I use the same technique for an applique or something similar.

      The first one (purple beads) took me about 2 hours to make as I was learning and refining my technique as I went along. The beads are purple, with black thread work as accents. I was rather happy with it, though I regret that it is a little short.

      For mommy!

      The second one I made for my mom. She loves all things red and I hope she likes the chain I’ve made. Plus, her birthday is coming up in a few weeks and this will go wonderfully with the material I bought for her. She has already seen the material, so this should be a surprise. The beads were translucent and real shiny. The colour is best represented in the last pic – where Nemo is modelling it.

      I realized that the necklaces look very different with different bead types. The purple beads were largely oval in shape with some shaping on the surface, while the red ones were square beads.
      I even tried it with circular beads, but the crochet chains tend to slip off the bead and bunch up together.

      Close up of the red chain

      The thread work was best visible with the square ones and also stayed well on either side.
      Lesson: Beads with flatish sides work best to showcase the thread work.


      Even then, my husband asked me to pick up beads of the first kind for his sister. I shall post the pic of the completed necklace as soon as it is done. I was making this to make up for another project that I had started for her and finished even, but the final size was rather small; it would barely fit a child’s hand.

      Hope you liked them!

      Copyright Rohini Joseph

      Puppies! (and a scarf)

      The finished scarf

      The final in my series of animal inspired scarves is this beautiful Weiner Puppy Neck Warmer by Randomheartx at Craftster. After seeing this scarf, I was actually inspired to start making scarves for my nieces. (I am including my modified pattern in the post.)
      I love puppies and thought this was just cute!
      However, I can rarely do something without adding my own twist to it. And that’s just what I did. Though, my final scarf looked a little like a mouse. The intended niece even asked me if it was a rat. I managed to convince her that it was a puppy because of the collar!
      I’ve largely followed Randomheartx’s pattern, but just added a few more rows and changed stitches a little bit for texture.
      My modified Puppy Scarf
      Craft: Crochet
      Level: Beginner/Easy
      Body detail
      Materials:
      2 skeins of brown 8-ply wool
      A little bit of a contrasting colour for the collar
      Buttons/safety eyes for the eyes, nose
      5 mm crochet hook
      Tapestry needle
      Note: You can use any weight of wool/yarn as you like. Local shops here do not really know the different types and stock them mostly as 4-ply/8-ply etc. Luckily, the yarn I got for it was the softest thing around and even though it was a little wide, the scarf sat just beautifully around the neck.
      Stitches/Abbreviations used:
      Stitch (st)
      Single crochet (sc)
      Double crochet (dc)
      Decrease/Stitch together (2tog)
      Fasten off (FO)
      Gauge: Gauge is not important in this pattern we can adjust the length of the feet accordingly at the end. The length is determined by the number of rows that you crochet. Decide for yourself what length you want your own scarf to be. Mine was about 4.5 feet (138cms).

      Pattern

      We start from the base of the face and continue in one piece till the tail.
      Face
      To begin: Chain 2
      Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1 and turn (1st)
      Row 2: 2 sc in 1 sc, ch 1 and turn (3st)
      Row 3: 2 sc in 1 sc, sc in next 1, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1 and turn (5st)
      Row 4: 2 sc in 1 sc, sc in next 3, 2 sc in last sc, ch1 and turn (7st)
      Row 5: 2 sc in 1 sc, sc in next 5, 2 sc in last sc, ch1 and turn (9st)
      Row 6: 2 sc in 1 sc, sc in next 7, 2 sc in last sc, ch1 and turn (11st)
      Row 7: 2 sc in 1 sc, sc in next 9, 2 sc in last sc, ch1 and turn (13st)
      Row 8: 2 sc in 1 sc, sc in next 11, 2 sc in last sc, ch1 and turn (15st)
      Row 9: sc in each sc across, ch2 and turn (15st)
      Row 10: dc in each sc across, ch2 and turn (15st)
      Repeat Row 10 till the scarf reaches the desired length.
      You are now ready for the puppy’s bottom and tail
      Bottom & Tail
      Row x: dc 2 sts tog, dc in next 11, dc 2 sts tog, ch2 and turn (13st)
      Row x1: dc 2 sts tog, dc in next 11, dc 2 sts tog, ch2 and turn (11st)
      Row x2: dc 2 sts tog, dc in next 11, dc 2 sts tog, ch2 and turn (9st)
      Row x3: dc 2 sts tog, dc in next 11, dc 2 sts tog, ch2 and turn (7st)
      Row x4: dc 2 sts tog, dc in next 11, dc 2 sts tog, ch1 and turn (5st)
      Row x5: sc in each sc across, ch1 and turn (5st)
      Row x6-13: sc in each sc across, ch1 and turn (5st)
      Row x14: sc in 3 sc across, sc next 2 sts tog, ch1 and turn (4st)
      Close up of the face
      Row x11 x15: sc in 2 sc across, sc next 2 sts tog, ch1 and turn (3st)
      Row x12 x16: sc in 1 sc across, sc next 2 sts tog, FO (2st)
      Ears – make 2
      To begin: Chain 8
      Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each sc across (7st)
      Row 2-7: sc in each sc across, ch 1 and turn (7st)
      Row 8: sc in 6 sc across, sc next 2 sts tog, ch1 and turn (6st)
      Row 9: sc in 5 sc across, sc next 2 sts tog, ch1 and turn (5st)
      Row 10: sc in 4 sc across, sc next 2 sts tog, ch1 and turn (4st)
      Row 11: sc in 3 sc across, sc next 2 sts tog, FO (3st)
      Nemo’s stamp of approval on the collar!
      Strap
      On the back of the scarf, there is a strap to tuck the tail in.
      To begin: Chain 6
      Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each sc across (5st)
      Repeat Row 1 till the strap is two rows longer than the width of your scarf. FO
      Collar
      Pick a contrasting colour and repeat the instructions for the strap (Chain 6, sc in each across) until it is long enough to wrap around the widest part of the scarf. FO
      Stitch the two ends together to create a band.
      For the eyes and nose, I used fancy buttons and stitched them in place. I used white thread for the eyes and black thread for the nose.
      Sew the ears in place. Note: The ears have to be pasted at an angle.
      Attach the strap to the back of the scarf and make sure to go over the collar. This allows the collar to move like on a real puppy and also keeps it in place.
      And you’re done!
      Get back to me if you have any questions.
      Copyright Rohini Joseph