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Cat Mats and Blankets.

We have two rescue cats, Oscar and George.

They were brought for me by Geoff for my 30th birthday in an attempt to distract me from the big 0.  They came to live with us at fourteen weeks old.  The two little bundles of fluff who were raised in the house of the lady who ran our local Cats Protection shelter.

Absolutely bomb proof and totally daft, they fitted in straight away.

From the tiny kittens they once were they grew and grew and grew!!  It soon became apparent that they were Maine Coon cross breeds.

Oscar is big but George is a huge!  Weighing in at a whopping 6.6kg and tall enough to reach our kitchen surfaces with his back paws still on the ground, he really is our gentle giant.  He’s a total whimp, he growl at the postman and refuses to go outside unless one of us is with him.

Oscar is a proper cat.  A brilliant mouser who loves to be outside except when its cold, then you’ll find him snuggled up in front of the fire or happily purring away on one of the boys laps.

With giant cats comes loads of fur.

I’m constantly doing battle with the cumps of black fur that litter themselves around the house especially in the cats favourite sleeping spots.

George has a heart condition which he seems to use as an excuse to sleep anywhere and everywhere.

Apart from the occasional “Maine Coon” crazy few minutes, sleeping and eating are pretty much all that he does.  He has numerous resting places, all of which have their fair share of fur deposited on them.  No matter how often I pick it up there are always blobs of black scattered all over the place.  By the time Oscar has come back inside from a night on the town. His fur full of adventure, scattering twigs and leaves wherever he sleeps. I’m on constant pick up duty. It’s a good job I love them. 😉

My friend Shelly popped over for a cuppa the other day.  She mentioned how fantastic crochet blankets are for dogs because they are hard wearing and quick to dry but how difficult it is to find small blankets.  She also mentioned how nice it would be to have blankets that match your home decor rather than having to go with whatever colour you find that is the right size.

This got me thinking.

It hadn’t occurred to me to pop blankets down to protect the furniture from hair, dirt and claws.  This could save me so much hassle.  I would crochet small blankets or mats that I could change out regularly and pop in the wash.  Whilst I was at it I decided to add a whole new section to my Etsy store where my customers can buy or custom order cat mats, dog mats and blankets.

As you already know I have a considerable addiction to James C Brett yarn.  My stash is full of James Brett Marble Chunky. I absolutely love using it, it’s super soft, hard wearing, washes up really well and comes in a fabulous range of colours.  What’s not to love? 😀

Crochet cat mats corner to corner blanket

I grabbed a ball from my stash, reached for a crochet hook and got stuck in.

I use Knit Pro crochet hooks their handles are lovely and soft to hold.  I find that having a slightly wider handle means that my hands don’t ache when I’m on a crochet mission.

Below is a link to the set that I just can’t live without.  I’ve added to it over the years to make a complete set running all the way up to a 12mm hook

As with my twiddle muffs crochet cat mats are perfect for trying out new stitches and textures without taking up loads of your time.  They’re the perfect size for getting a quick crochet fix.

Here are a few of my creations so far, modelled by Oscar. George loves his blankets but he is so massive that he makes them look tiny.

How to make a crochet cat mat or dog blanket.

There is no right or wrong way.  Just get stuck in. 

As you can see above, I’ve used lots of different stitches.  So far I’ve made
blankets using UK treble crochet, Corner to corner, traditional granny square, puff stitch and solid granny squares.  I’d avoid anything too fancy if I was you.  

My cat mats measure about 40cm x 40cm but this changes according to how much yarn I have and how much fun I’m having making it.

When I’m using Marble Chunky yarn I tend to use either a 7mm or an 8mm crochet hook. 

Have some fun and see what happens.  If your cats are anything like mine they’ll be trying to snuggle up on their blankets long before they are finished. 

If you’re looking to make a blanket for your dog marble chunky should be fine but if you have a feisty little terrier or any other breed that likes to have a good old pull on its blanket that maybe consider using aran wool to be sure that it is as hard wearing as it is up to the job. 

Cat mat crochet furniture protector blanket

I hope that you have enjoyed reading about my furry friends and their new blankets.

If you’re making pet blankets of your own I’d love to hear about them.  Please pop a comment down below to let me know how you get on.  I’d love to see your photos and hear all about your pets.

As with all of my other posts all images and content are my own intellectual property please don’t copy, reproduce or use them in any way without my prior permission.

All product links on this or any of my other pages are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase using them I get paid a small commission to help me to fund my crochet addiction and keep my patterns free.  If you would like to use my links I would be very grateful but, if not, no big deal, i hope you enjoy my site any way. 

Many thanks and cheers for now

Lou 🙂

How To Make A Mini Twiddle Muff/ Twiddle Cuff.

Today I thought I’d share the pattern for my mini twiddle muff, twiddle cuff.  I haven’t quite decided what to call it. Perhaps it’s a twiddle mitt? I’m not sure.

When I first designed my twiddle muff pattern I couldn’t help thinking about the people that lived in the residential home where I used to work.  There was one lady in particular that I remember with great fondness.  She was a lovely lady who had lived a very full life as a midwife.  She remained very active and busy whilst living at the home.

I couldn’t help but think that twiddle muffs, twiddle cushions and twiddle blankets are all very good but what about the dementia patients who like to move around and stay busy?

I decided to come up with a more mobile fidget item that they could take with them that they don’t need to remember to pick up.

I had seen various posts about fidget aprons but I wanted to make something that was more discreet and that could be used by either a lady or a gentleman.  I also wanted them to be quick and easy to make so that I could avoid having to reach for the sewing machine (thus saving my poor family members from foul moods and bad language).

This is what I came up with. 

Fidget mitt, twiddlemuffs, twiddle cuff.

Actually the picture above is the third mini twiddle muff that I made.  The blue twiddle cuff In the gallery at the top of this post was the very first one that I made. I can’t find any decent pictures of it though 🙁 .

Here’s the crochet pattern for the twiddle cuff base.

As you can see.  All of my twiddle cuffs are made using James C Brett yarn as the base.  I’m heavily addicted to James Brett yarns so this was the obvious choice for me.  Not only is it super soft and really nice to work with but (because of my addiction) I always have loads in my stash just screaming out to be used up (so that I can go and buy more 😉 ).

The twiddle cuff pattern is really simple.

Yarn – James Brett marble chunky.

Hook – 5mm


Ch – Chain Stitch

Dc – Double Crochet Stitch

Ss – Slip Stitch


Ch 24. Join with a ss to form a loop.

Row 1.

Ch 2 (counts as dc), skip the stitch at the base of the chain, dc in every stitch to end. (24 dc stitches).

Row 2 to end.

Place a stitch marker in the ch2 from the previous round to help you keep track. working in a spiral dc in each stitch until you are happy that your cuff is long enough.

As you can see from my photos, the length of my twiddle cuffs tends to faire according to what I would like to put on them.  As a guide, the one that I am working on at the moment (pictured below) is 9cm long without it’s edging.

James c brett Wrist warmers


I chose 24 stitches for my twiddle cuffs because it gives me lots of options for edging.  I tend to use stitches that I can attach twiddles to.  I have used shell stitches and chain stitches.  In the twiddle cuff pictured above I have used a chain and picot stitch.

Ch 5, ss into the third ch form hook, ch 2 skip a stitch then ss into the next dc. Rpt to end. 

Now all you need to do is add your twiddles. 

As I mentioned before, I like to attach twiddles to the edge of my twiddle cuffs.  

Holding a small item in your hand or fiddling with the ends of strings of ribbons can help to ease anxiety, not only for people with dementia but for anyone dealing with stress or in need of comfort. I thought it was important to have twiddles that are long enough to hold.  Apart from that the twiddles used are the same as I use for my twiddle muffs, cushions and blankets.

If you’re in need of some inspiration here’s a link to my twiddles galore post. 

Twiddles fidgets for muffs or blankets

I hope you have found this pattern helpful. If you have any questions, requests, or you just want to say ‘Hi” pop  a comment in the box below and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

By all means feel free to use my pattern to help you to create your own twiddlemuffs.  Feel free to share it with your friends and fellow crochet addicts but please please don’t reproduce this pattern, my pictures or any part of my blog without my permission.

As always, any product links found on this page or anywhere else on my blog are affiliate links.  This means that, if you purchase a product by using my link I get paid a small commission to help me to fund my crochet addiction.  If you would like to use my links I’d be very grateful but if not, no big deal.  I hope you enjoy reading my post anyway.

Cheers for now,

Lou 😀 


Schoodie?? What’s That? – How To Make A Scoodie.

I’m afraid that photos have some what given it away.

Neither scarf nor a hoodie. A little bit scarf and a little bit hoodie.  It’s a schoodie, scoody or scoodie (I’m not sure which one is correct).  

One day last week I was pottering about on Pinterest looking for colour inspiration.  I’m not the best with colour combinations but I’m working on it.  I find Pinterest really helpful.  It is full of so many beautiful photographs.  I save them to a board and use them as inspiration for colour palettes.

Anyway, I digress.  There I was, getting distracted by free crochet patterns (as you do) when, tucked away between the usual crochet related search suggestions was “scoodie”. Having never come across such a word I tentatively popped it into Google and up came a load of lovely images of scarves with hoods.  Finally the penny dropped….. scarf…..hood…..hoodie…..Scoodie 😀 . 

A modern twist on a cowl, these hooded scarves are fantastic. I’ve often found myself shivering next to an athletics track with my scarf on, wishing that I could wrap it around my head…… Now I can :-D.

I had brief nose around Pinterest looking for a free crochet scoodie pattern that I liked and had no luck.  There were several paid patterns about but, although I love buying crochet books, I don’t like to pay for individual patterns if I can avoid it.  

In my head I could see exactly what I wanted my scoodie to look like so decided to rise to the challenge and see what I could whip up.

Once again I took to my yarn stash. 

I have a very practical brain. I love to solve a puzzle.  How hard could it be?  

In my stash I found a couple of balls of WI Soft and Chunky yarn.

I normally use this yarn to make my fingerless wrist warmers.  It’s super soft and snuggly so it was ideal for a spot of scoodie creation.

I set to work making a prototype hood.  I already know how to make scarves but I was uncertain about my hood creating abilities.  It turns out they’re pretty good. 🙂


I was so pleased with my first attempt that I didn’t need to change it at all!! That never happens.  It was a gooood crochet day.

For the final free scoodie pattern I’ve made the scarf longer and wider.  Which, in turn, makes the hood a bit bigger.

My lovely family tell me that I have a “pea head”!  My head is so small that I can wear children’s sunglasses and hats!! Hopefully the hood in the pattern will fit all. I’ve had to roll the front back to account for my “pea head” but I think that looks quite nice. 

I hope you enjoy my crochet scoodie pattern.  As with all of my patterns please bear in mind that I am new to pattern creation.  If you come across something that doesn’t make sense pop a comment down below and I’ll do my best to fix any problem areas.

Pom Pom Scoodie Pattern.

You Will Need:

Yarn – 3 x balls of  WI Soft and Chunky  yarn in teal.  (At the time that I wrote this pattern WI yarn was on 3 for the price of 2 at Hobbycraft…..bonus ;-))

9mm Crochet Hook

Yarn Needle


8.8cm Pom Pom Maker  

If you don’t have a pompom maker the highlighted link above will take you to the set that I own.

Here’s the link to my How To Use A Pom Pom Maker photo tutorial.  Alternatively the “old School” method of making pom poms using cut out cardboard circles will work fine, or you could just leave them out.  The scarf still looks lovely without pom poms. 



Ch – Chain stitch

Dc – Double crochet (US Single crochet)

Tr – Treble crochet (US double crochet)

Dtr – Double treble crochet (US treble crochet)


The hood of my scoodie is sewn together using the flat seam method.  I have tried to capture it in pictures 11 and 12.  Any joining method will be fine because you’re going to turn it inside out anyway.



Free Pom Pom Scoodie Hooded Scarf Pattern…enjoy. 

Foundation Chain

Ch 120 + 2 for turning ch.

Row 1.

Dc in second chain from hook.  Dc to end of row. Turn. (120 dcs)

Photo no.1

Row 2.

Ch 3 (counts as tr) , Tr to end of row finishing with the final tr into the ch 2 of the previous row. Turn (120 tr stitches)

Photo no.2

Row 3.

Ch 3 (counts as tr), tr to end of row with the last tr going into the top of the ch 3 from the previous row. Turn. (120 tr stitches)

Row 4.

Ch 3 (counts as tr) tr to end of row. Turn. (120 tr stitches)

Rows 5 and 6.

Repeat rows 3 and 4

Row 7.

Repeat row 3

Row 8.

Ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in the next 34 trs (35 dc stitches). Tr in the next 50 stitches placing a stitch marker at the base of the first and last tr stitch. Turn

Photo no. 3

Row 9.

You are now working the hood so you will be working on the middle 50 stitches only.

Ch 3 (counts as tr). Tr in the next 49 stitches (to your stitch marker). Turn (50 tr stitches)

Row 10.

Ch 3 (counts as tr). tr in the next 48 stitches, tr in the top of the turning chain from the previous row. Turn. (50 tr stitches)

Photo no. 4

Row 11.

Repeat row 9.

Row 12.

Ch 2 (counts as dc), 8 dc, 32 tr, 9dc, turn. (50 stitches)

Row 13.

Ch 2 (counts as dc) 8dc, 32 tr, 8 dc, dc into turning chain from previous row. Turn. (50 stitches)

Photo nos. 5 & 6

Rows 14 and 15.

Repeat rows 12 and 13.

Row 16.

Ch 2, 8dc, 7 tr, 18 dtr, 7 tr, 8 dc, dc into the top of the turning chain from the previous round. Fasten off. 

Photo nos. 7 & 8

Row 17.

Reattach your yard at your second stitch marker. Dc to the end of the row, fasten off. (35 dc stitches).

Sew Together.

Fold your scarf in half so that the edges of you hood meet (photos 11 and 12).  

With a yarn needle, sew the two edges together. I used a flat seem stitch which involves pulling your yarn up through the stitch then reinserting it under the stitch on the opposite side.  Pulling it up over that stitch then inserting it under the next stitch. (That probably didn’t make much sense but hopefully, if you pair it with pictures 13 and 14 you’ll understand.)

That’s it, you’re done.  Just weave in the ends, turn your work inside out and make a couple of super squishy pom poms, attach them to the ends of your hooded scarf and you’re ready to take on the world (well a bit of cold weather anyway).

pom pom scoodie


I hope that you have enjoyed reading and using my crochet scoodie pattern.  

I apologise for the photos of me.  I loath having my photo taken, I’d much rather be behind the camera but needs must so I had to man up and get on with it.  I’d like to thank my eldest son Oli for being cameraman extraordinaire and doing his best Austin Powers impressions to get the best out of his rather reluctant model.  


As with all of the contents on my blog, all images and patterns are my own personal property.  

Please, by all means use my patterns to make your own fabulous creations and share, share, share this blog with your friends but please DO NOT recreate or duplicate this pattern, my photos or this blog post without my permission.  

Any product links are affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase using them I get a small commission to help me to fund my crochet addiction. If you’d like to use my links, that would be great, I’d really appreciate it but if you don’t want to use them, thats fine, just google the product and enjoy my articles anyway.

Cheers for now.

Lou 🙂

How To Use A Pom Pom Maker – A Photo Tutorial.

I love a pom pom.

Who doesn’t? They’re happy fluffy yarny loveliness. Adding a bit of fun to everything you use them on.

When my sister in law and I took a trip to our local Hobbycraft a few months ago, she picked herself up a couple of pom pom makers.  I thought, don’t be so daft, it’s just a passing gimmick that will soon pass and we’ll back to our cardboard circles in no time.  I’ll save myself a few pounds here and not bother.

We returned to mine with our crafty haul and broke out the pom pom makers.  I soon understood what all the fuss was about.  Its so much quicker and less fiddly.  

I could picture myself squishing my toes up on a cotton pompom bath matt already.  I had to have some…….. I whipped out my trusty Amazon app and placed an order for a set of not 2 but 4 pom pom makers.  

Our youngest son Isaac and I have been happily pom pom making ever since. 

There’s no need for left over yarn ever again, it soon gets whipped up into pom poms, attached to twiddle muffs, hats, scarves, key chains of popped into my Etsy store. 

I recently used a couple of lovely big pom poms in my scoodie pattern so I thought I’d pop a quick tutorial up explaining how to use a pom pom maker. 


The photos are pretty self explanatory but I will guide you through it step by step.

  • Your pom pom maker will come to you in one piece.  If you take them out of the box and have a look at it you will see that it is, in fact two halves that open up and come apart in the middle. Photos 1 and 2.
  • With your pompom maker in one hand. Take your yarn in the other and wrap it around and around one pair of the coloured arches. Photo 3.
  • Keep wrapping your yarn around until the arch is completely covered. 
  • Fold the competed arch back into the pom pom maker. Photo 5
  • Repeat the previous steps with the other arch making sure that both arches of your pom pom maker are well covered. Photos 6 and 7. 
  • Holding your pom pom maker tightly in one hand, cut around the middle channel between the two coloured arches. Photo 8.
  • Making sure that the two halves of your pom pom maker don’t come apart, tie some spare yarn very tightly around the middle of your pompom. Photos 9 and 10
  • Pull the two halves of your pom pom maker apart to reveal a rather scruffy looking pom pom. Photo 11.
  • With some scissors, trim your pom pom (fluffing it up as you go) until you are happy that it is nice and round.

So, there you have it.  That’s how use a pom pom maker.

I’ve still not gotten around to making my bath mat but rest assured, I’ll pop a tutorial up when I do.

I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial and that you have found it easy to understand.

Please pop any questions or moments in the box down below. Or maybe just say “Hi”.  I’d love to hear from you. “I do like a chat.” 

As with all of my posts, feel free to share, share, share this or any of my other posts with your friends and family but please don’t copy or duplicate them in any way without my prior permission.  My photos and patterns remain my own intellectual property I work hard to get them just right. 

Any links on this post of the rest of my blog are affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase any of the products I will be given a small commission to help me fund my crochet addiction.  If you would like to use my links I would be really grateful but if not, no big deal, just google it and feel free to enjoy my posts anyway. 

Thanks for taking the time to read all the way down here to the bottom of the page. 🙂

Cheers for now

Lou 😀

Red pom poms

How To Make Crochet Bunting – Free Mini Bunting Pattern.

Crochet Bunting FlagsI love bunting, it brightens any room and adds a spot of fun to any gathering.

Making bunting is a brilliant way to use up those odd bits and bobs of yarn that we all have hanging around in our secret stashes or the perfect excuse to rush out and buy more (not that I ever need an excuse 😉 ).

It makes a brilliant gift for a new babies nursery, child’s room or whip some up in red and green for a fabulous Christmas pressie.

Quick and easy to make, with endless variations in colour and style. Here’s a quick free tutorial on how to make bunting.

Mini Crochet Bunting.

Crochet bunting flags

You Will Need.

UK 5mm Crochet hook

Double knit yarn.  Stylecraft is usually a good choice.


Wool needle


DC – UK double crochet, US single crochet

Ch – Chain

SS- Slip stitch

DC2Tog- Double crochet 2 stitches together.


Make 9 flags

Ch 20

Row 1

Double crochet (dc) in each stitch to the end and turn your work.

Double crochet into chain


Row 2

Ch 1, double the first 2 stitches together (dc2tog) then dc to the end of the row and turn.

How To DC2Tog

  • Insert your hoop into first stitch, draw up loop, 2 loops on hook
  • Insert your hook into the second stitch, draw up loop (3 loops on hook).
  • Wrap yarn over your hook and draw it through all 3 loops.

WooHoo! You’ve done your first DC2TOG. 😀

Row 3 to end

Repeat row 2 until to you have just 2 stitches left.

Final Row

DC2TOG. Tie off yarn and weave in ends.

Trim Your Flags.
  • Attach your chosen yarn to one of the top two corners.
  • Slip stitch along the bottom 2 edges.
  • Tie off your yarn at the other top corner.
  • Weave in ends.
String Your Flags Together.
  • Ch 80 in the same colour as your trim.
  • Insert your hook into the first stitch on the top left hand corner of your first flag and pull your yarn through to make a slip stitch.
  • Repeat across the top of your flag.
  • Chain 10.
  • Insert your hook into the top left hand corner of your second flag.
  • Repeat chaining 10 and ss across your flags until all of your flags are attached to your string.
  • Chain 80 to create your final string.
  • Tie off your yarn and knot both ends.

You’re all done. Time to go and hang it up!


Hopefully you have found my bunting tutorial quick and easy to understand.  I’m just starting out in the blogging/pattern writing world so please pop a comment in the box below to let me know how you got on or just to say “hi” and tell me what you like best about my blog so far. 😀


I hope that you have enjoyed reading and using my crochet bunting pattern.

As with all of the contents on my blog, all images and patterns are my own personal property.

Please, by all means use my patterns to make your own fabulous creations and share, share, share this blog with your friends but please DO NOT recreate of duplicate this pattern, my photos or this blog post without my permission.

Any product links are affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase using them I get a small commission to help me to fund my crochet addiction. If you’d like to use my links, that would be great, I’d really appreciate it but if you don’t want to use them, thats fine, just google the product and enjoy my articles anyway.

Cheers for now.

Lou 🙂

James C Brett Yarn – Where My Addiction Began.

Its Time For Another Confession…….

I have a very serious addiction to James C Brett Yarn.

Some of the creations featured in this post are available to buy in my shop.  Take a look.

Try as I might I just can’t resist it’s super squishy multicoloured loveliness .
James C Brett Yarn
James C Brett Marble Chunky Yarn.


When I first learnt to crochet I used super chunky yarn and a nice big hook so that the stitches were easy to see and the item I was making (scarves and blankets) were quick to make.  I followed step by step tutorials on YouTube which meant I was whizzing through simple blankets in no time.  I pottered along happily in my little world of video tutorials and a couple of ” how to”  books.

One sunny day, whilst sat at athletics with my friend and fellow track and field Mum Tracey, she turned to me, phone in hand and said “Have you tried Pinterest?”……… Mind blown!! So many crafts, patterns and possibilities.

This life changing discovery lead me on to stumble upon Revelry.  (Here’s a link to my Ravelry profile. I don’t update it very often but if you’d like to come and find me here I am.)  It was here that I found the pattern for my first ever shawl. The Simple Crochet Shawl by Teresa Chorzepa (her designs are brilliant and her patterns, really easy to follow.  I must add them to my long list of future projects).  I downloaded it to my phone and off I went in search of yarn.

For some strange reason I found myself in The Range (probably because I needed pet food).  Anyway I wound my way to the back of the store (which is where the wool has now been relegated now that they’ve expanded into selling everything and anything that you can possibly think of, including the kitchen sink 😉 ).

There, sitting in the corner, all nestled in amongst the other yarns sat the Jame C Brett Marble Chunky range.

What can I say?  It was love at first sight.

Super soft squishy, 200g of (just the right amount of) chunky, machine washable yarn in the most amazing range of variegated colours, for just £5 a ball!!

This was the start of a beautiful friendship.

Instantly drawn to the autumnal colours of their rather poorly named Orange/brown/green MC7 I grabbed a couple of balls and made for home.

Snuggled up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a cat I hooked my first ever shawl.  Which, rather aptly went on to be one of the first things I sold in my Etsy store.

Autumn crochet shawl

Here’s my finished shawl and here’s the cat! This is Oscar.  Isn’t he pretty? 🙂

Since then I’ve not looked back.  I’ve gone on to make countless items for friends and family and for my store.

Three years after my initial discovery James C Brett marble chunky is still my “go to” yarn. Be it a baby blanket, scarf, shawl, pom pom or twiddle muff a ball of James Brett yarn is never far away.  I now have so many balls of marble chunky in my yarn stash that they have their very own hiding spot and they’re starting to burst out of that!! 

Here are just a few of my James Brett creations.

If you have any questions about the items in the gallery just pop a comment down below and I will do my best to remember pattern details, yarn colours, hook sizes etc.

If you fall in love with any of the items, some of them can still be found for sale in my Etsy store. Follow this link and have a look.

I apologise for the quality of some of the photos.  They were snapped long before I’d considered sharing my crafty creations.  Now that I see them blown up no my Mac they’re more than a little fuzzy (or is that my ageing eyes).

As with all of my blog posts, all images and content are my own personal property. Please ask if you would like to feature them anywhere.

Any products links are affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase using them I get a small commission to help me to fund my crochet addiction. If you’d like to use my links, that would be great, I’d really appreciate it but if you don’t want to use them, thats fine, just google the product and enjoy my articles anyway.

Cheers for now