The Lin Lin Beanie

Hello, friends!

So, I made a thing.

Well, that’s nothing out of the ordinary – I make a lot of things! But this time I made a beanie with more than just the usual single crochet and double crochet. I even used a stitch that I didn’t know the name of but had used in another pattern once upon a time (I have since found out that it is called “crossed double crochet” or “XDC” thanks to @acassafrass on Instagram)!

The Lin Lin Beanie

First off, grab your tools.

Oh… Uh. Not those tools (although that ruler could be useful). These tools:

You will need:

  • Yarn of your choice (I used Impeccable Loops & Threads in “Butterscotch“)
  • Size H (5mm) hook (I got this one from Daiso and I love it!)
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

Special Stitches:

Crossed Double Crochet (XDC) – skip the first stitch, DC into the next, then DC into the skipped stitch. This makes an “X.” Click the link mentioned above for visual instructions or view photos included in the pattern.

Let’s begin!

With yarn of your choice, start with the magic ring and chain (ch) 2 – ch 2 counts as the first double crochet (dc).

Row 1: Double crochet 9 stitches, attach with a slip stitch (sl st) to the starting chain, and chain 2 – 10

Row 2: DC into the same stitch as the chain 2 (counts as the first increase), increase (inc) around, attach with sl st, and chain 2 – 20

Row 3: DC into same st as chain 2, DC into the next st. (Inc, DC 1) around. Join and chain 2 – 30

Row 4: DC into same st as chain 2, DC into the next 2 sts. (Inc, DC 2) around. Join and chain 2 – 40

Row 5: DC into same st as chain 2, DC into the next 3 sts. (Inc, DC 3) around. Join and chain 2 – 50

Row 6: DC into same st as ch 2, DC into the next 4 sts. (Inc, DC 4) around. Join and chain 2 – 60

Row 7: DC into same st as ch 2, DC into the next 5 sts. (Inc, DC 5) around. Join – 70

You may need to add another row to your base – my head is on the smaller side so this fits me fine. If you need to size up, repeat the above step but change the DC 5 to DC 6 making it a total of 80 stitches.

Now that we’ve finished the base of the beanie, we’ll start with the main part of the pattern. The next two rows will be repeated until your desired length.

Row 8: Chain 2 (this does not count as a stitch). Work XDC throughout the row (see note above).

(Note: for the very first row of XDC, you’ll skip the stitch with the join and DC in the next stitch. Then DC in the joined stitch.This is the only row you’ll do this). Join with sl st to the starting chain. – 70

Row 9: Chain 1 and work half double crochet (HDC) throughout the row. Attach with a sl st to the chain 1. – 70

Repeat Rows 8 & 9 until you reach your desired length. When you reach that point, you will add 3 additional rows of HDC for your brim.

For this beanie, I repeated the rows 5 more times.

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For the slouchy beanie I made previously, I repeated the rows 9 times.

You can make this as long/short as you want! Also, if you don’t care for the HDC brim, you can use another method (ribbed brims seem to be popular right now). If you have any questions, or find a mistake, feel free to contact me!

If you happen to make one of these beanies, I’d love to see it! Please link back to my blog or tag me on Instagram @pleasantplushies. I’ve also added this pattern to my Ravelry page.

Enjoy!

Rachel

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Progress – Galaga c2c Graphgan

I’ve officially finished the first two panels to my Galaga afghan with all the ends weaved in!
First, I finished the ship:

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Up next, I made the moth:

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I’d have liked to make it white, red, and blue, but my hubby wanted it to be as close to the original as possible so grey it was (although I already changed it up by making the ship white!). The grey actually looks really good in the final panel.

We’re still trying to figure out which other ships and enemies to use. We went to Michael’s the other day to find yarn for this project but ended up leaving empty-handed! We couldn’t find a good enough color for one ship (we need to check JoAnn’s) and I already have a lot of the other colors. No new yarn for me! 😣 That’s okay… I have so much. I need to use up some of my stash!

I think I’m making the bee next.

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On to other things!

I also completed my custom Dunsparce! It turned out so nice. I found a really pretty light turquoise (Red Heart Baby Steps in Aqua) at Michael’s, bought it, and sent a picture to the customer asking if it would work (I asked 3 different people their opinions so I was hoping!). They loved it so I got to work! Here is the completed Dunsparce:

I love how it turned out! So pretty with the light blue and pale yellow! 😄

 After finishing this, I had some downtime and decided to take part in Knot Bad‘s #knotanoddish fun! The objective was to turn another character/animal/person into an Oddish using his Oddish pattern. As soon as I saw this, the first thing I thought of making was a Jigglypuff! Here’s what I made:

So… It wasn’t until I finished that I realized the ends of Jigglypuff’s ears are NOT black. I was making it based on memory and, apparently, my memory is not that great. For whatever reason, I was thinking that Jigglypuff had Pikachu-like ears. 

I don’t know why…

Oh, well.

That’s all for now. We’ve had company over for the last week so I haven’t done much crocheting. Hopefully, I’ll get to my next Galaga panel soon! 😄

Have an AWESOME weekend!

Busy as a Bee

Okay – not really. 

But I made a bee! 🐝

It was a really quick workup and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Although, it does have some jogging (is that the right term?) under the body which I don’t much care for. I’ll have to go back and review the seamless jog tutorial… but I love it anyway!

I’m in the process of making a custom Dunsparce, but I need to make a trip over to Michael’s or Jo-Ann’s. The customer would like the blue I usually use to be a lighter turquoise or “pastel blue.” I was hoping I had something that would work in my stash so I wouldn’t need to go out (lazy!), but I only had two other shades of lighter blues. With my fingers crossed I made up two swatches to see if they might work and sent them for approval.

I thought the bottom blue looked really pretty against the pale yellow but they’d like a lighter version of the top shade. Dang.

But that’s okay – I really need to get out of the house anyway! This past weekend was spent potty training my 3-year-old so we couldn’t go anywhere since we had to get him to sit on the potty every 20 min. At the time of writing this post (Monday), he still won’t sit on the potty when he feels the need, but won’t make too much of a fuss when we tell him it’s time to use it. Hopefully he gets the hang of it soon so we can go places! 😐 

My MIL is coming by in the morning (Tuesday) and I’m hoping (🤞) that she’ll offer to watch him for a bit so I can make a run out. I’ll even offer to bring the baby! Until I grab some new options I’m at a standstill for prepping this guy. I’ve made everything I could that didn’t have the blue on it. 

I hope I can find something nice!

A Whacka for my Bro

Finally – something new!

If you’ve been following me at all on my new Instagram (check sidebar for a link –>), you’ll have watched  my  attempt at crocheting a Whacka for my brother.  If you aren’t familiar with the oh-so-cute Whacka, here’s a picture:

 

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(The source for this is in a previous post, but you can find more info here)

 I don’t know why I didn’t crochet one sooner – it’s super easy to do! The only thing I had an issue with was deciding whether or not I should attach his rocks to his body or just leave them lying flat next to him. So, here’s my question for you, dear readers:

Better 1? or 2?

I was going to leave the final answer to my brother; however, he left Whacka here after his recent visit so I got to mess around with it some more (honestly, I don’t think he realized it was for him – what a goober). At the time, he said that the flat rocks around Whacka were fine, but he may have just been saying that so I didn’t have to do any more work which is all fine and dandy, but not necessarily helpful. I don’t want to just settle on it, because eventually I want to list it! It’s been a while since I’ve added anything new to the shop (I still haven’t finished that ladybug!) and I’d like to up my inventory. Let’s be real – it can get a little tedious crocheting the same items over and over and over again. Not that I’m complaining. Well, maybe.

So, what do you think? Attached or no?

 Happy Sunday!

FO Friday – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I finished my blanket! Woohoo!

This isn’t the best picture, but our house isn’t exactly clean right now. So… yeah. 😃

It’s just the right size for our couch but we may use it in the bedroom instead to throw on top of our comforter. It’s so soft and fuzzy!

It’s surprisingly heavy, too! I didn’t realize it when I’d move it from room to room (sounds silly, I know), but as soon as I wrapped it around myself, oh my goodness​!

Hopefully we get some cool weather again. We’ve had a crazy heatwave here recently. Soooo hot! 

Nothing else to report for now, but I should be working on some NEW stuff soon! Have a great weekend! 

The Not-So-Grouchy Ladybug

My son absolutely LOVES Eric Carle’s The Grouchy Ladybug.

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I don’t recall ever seeing it growing up, but I read a lot of Carle’s other stories such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? It’s a nice feeling to read a kid’s book for the first time along with your child. I think one of the main reasons he likes it so much is how it’s read – such as voice inflection and enthusiasm. For a while, we had to read it multiple times in a row (and at one point we may have even hidden it) but now we’ve moved onto other stories. We still read it at bedtime on occasion and he even quotes it once in  a while.

Needless to say, when a customer messaged me on Etsy about making a ladybug, I definitely took it into consideration. I figured that if I made one and didn’t think it worthy of my customer, I’d just give it to my son and say it was the Grouchy Ladybug.

Luckily, I was very happy with how it turned out!

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I sent a few pictures to my customer and she absolutely loved it! I was so happy that she liked it as much as I did. So, a listing was created, the invoice paid, and this cute, little bug was shipped out right away.

See? It never hurts to ask a seller if they’d be willing to do a custom order despite the fact that they don’t normally do them. 🙂

I’m planning on making another one to make sure my pattern is all there (I’ve been known to leave off instructions for various pieces) and will be adding it to my shop. I figure it might be a good idea to include some items that aren’t video game characters. A little variety never hurt anyone! I should have a listing for this little guy up in a few weeks at the most. I just need to finish up some Etsy orders!

I’m actually considering making a few more characters/animals from some of my son’s other favorite books/shows. I need to make a list of things I’d like to make. I’ve made one before, but I only got around to making a few. A lot of what I wrote down either intimidated me or didn’t seem as good of an idea as when I wrote it down. At the moment, the next item on my list is “Whacka” from Super Paper Mario on the N64:

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My brother asked me about a month ago to make one for him and I’ve (sort of) looked into it. Sure, the body is easy enough, but what about the dirt/rocks?! Hmmm… I have some ideas that I may have to test run, but that’s all part of the fun! I just need to make sure I don’t tie off anything during the testing process so the yarn doesn’t go to waste if I need to frog it (I’m awful at that – I’ve thrown away numerous feet, etc). But this looks like a fun project – I love little Whacka! He’s so cute.

I’m always open to suggestions – video game characters or otherwise! Just leave a comment or send me an Etsy message! 🙂

As always, thanks for reading!

-Rachel

The Cilantro Cowl Adventure

Okay, so it wasn’t really an adventure. But it was definitely an experience! And the cowl was only coincidental.

In December, I was itching to do some crocheting OTHER than Christmas Etsy orders so I went searching the interwebs for something to make. Of course, I ended up with another cowl/scarf. I just can’t help myself! They are just so soothing and easy to make and I don’t really need to focus too much on it. What  a relief!

For this project, I finally used one of the skeins I picked up during the SD Yarn Crawl this past fall. I decided that it was time to use the gorgeous purple skein that I had always intended for a scarf! The yarn I used was Malabrigo Rios in Purpuras. It is 100% Superwash Merino Wool which I have never used before. Up until the Yarn Crawl, I don’t think I had ever purchased a yarn other than acrylic. This yarn is nice and soft, but I haven’t washed it yet so I don’t know how it will turn out.

The pattern I finally chose to work on was the Cilantro Cowl by Jennifer Dickerson over at Fiber Flux Blog. Since I used a purple color, however, my cowl is more like the “Red Cabbage” cowl. Haha!

Anyway, you may be wondering what kind of adventure could be involved with a cowl. Well, let me tell you: that was the night I found out were the water shut-off valve to our house was.

Oh. My. Goodness. What a night!

It had been raining on and off all day and night and it was also really windy. Not your typical San Diego weather. Around, ohhh, 9:30 pm or so, I was sitting on the couch crocheting and watching some Anthony Bourdain on Netflix (the show name escapes me at this moment, but it’s the one on CNN), when I heard the wind pick up and heard something slam. I figured it must have been the trash can so I didn’t concern myself too much with it.

However, right after the slam I heard noises coming from our water softener/purifier in the garage. We have it set to run once a week to do its business, and recently the power had been shut off so the times were messed up. I figured it must be running a cycle of some sort, which I knew was unusual for so late at night. So, I just kind of ignored it for a bit and went back to work. After a bit, the sound started irritating me because it was a little loud and the baby was sleeping so I didn’t want to wake him up. I went out and unplugged the machine thinking that would solve the problem, but I still heard the noises! Then I realized that the noise wasn’t coming from the machine, but from the pipes and in the wall.

On a whim, I opened the side door to our garage and stuck my head out. I could hear water, but it was more that just the rain. So, I stepped out a bit and looked back towards our side gate and I saw water seeping under the fence! I rushed to the gate and opened it up and stopped in my tracks. The stupid rubber/plastic shed that the previous owners had left behind had fallen over sideways in the wind right on top of the one, and only, water pipe sticking out of the house. Oh, and the pipe has freakin’ pvc pipes!!! Who does that?! With my superhuman strength (okay, not really) I pulled the mini shed off of the pipe half-expecting water to start shooting in my face in some giant geyser. Luckily (I guess), the water was pouring down from the pipe, but it was flooding the back corner of our yard. I called my husband in a panic asking him where the water shut-off was, but he wasn’t sure either and had to find out (we’re new homeowners, don’t judge us!).

While I waited for a return call (with a dying cell phone), I looked frantically around the house for a flashlight since we have ZERO lighting in the corner of the yard. During the year, I swear I see sooooo many flashlights, but this night I couldn’t find a SINGLE ONE. ZERO. NADA. It was so frustrating! After what seemed like forever, my husband called back and said the valve was under the water softener so I ran to shut it off.

Success!

But now I was soaked, cold, and upset. I should mention that I did end up getting sprayed in the face with water when I tried (in vain) to stick the pipe back in the, uh, pipe – I had no idea what I was doing! While this experience wasn’t the worst thing to happen, it was a big deal for me. It seems like these things always happen when I am alone and I am unprepared. After this, my husband texted me and said he was leaving work early (he was working nights). To pass the time until he got back, I went back to crocheting since I was too wired to do much else. Right as he returned home, I finished up the cowl.

Here is the finished product:Cilantro Infinity Scarf

It’s not very long, but that’s because the skein I used only has 210 yards. I wish I had had more yarn, but I also hate leaving projects unfinished and didn’t want to search for some more yarn. Plus, after a night like that, a finished project made me feel better! This picture shows the color best. It’s a very nice deep purple. The close-up shots make it look much light and washed out:

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But here you can better see the texture and pattern. It’s a really simple pattern and fun to do with a mixture of puff stitches and double crochets.

Oh, and if you’re interested, here is a picture of the water pipe:

Broken Water Pipe

I guess you can’t really tell, but that area with the brown “ring” is the broken portion. It broke right at the end of the metal coming from the wall. We’ve since replaced the pvc pipes with copper, but have yet to get rid of the shed (we need to take it to the dump).

And that’s my adventure!

Mostly, I just wanted to do a post to let you know I was still alive. 😉 And since that cowl was the most recent thing I made, and had an interesting story attached, I figured it was a good enough post!

Do you  know where YOUR water shut-off valve is?