Hopefully everyone is staying safe in this crazy new world. Boredom is a serious problem, so I’m working quickly to get new free patterns posted. This cat was done quickly, so please let me know if you see any problems.
Addi Fat Cat Pattern
Worsted weight yarn –
3.5 oz. MC
2.5 oz. CC
Few yards yellow and black
Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
Addi Pro & Addi Express machines
On Addi King, cast on CC. Work 20 Rnds.
Rnd 21: 22 CC, 1 MC, 23 CC.
Rnd 22: 21 CC, 3 MC, 22 CC.
Rnd 23: 20 CC, 5 MC, 21 CC.
Rnd 24: 19 CC, 7 MC, 20 CC.
Rnd 25: 18 CC, 9 MC, 19 CC.
Work 80 rnds MC, 25 rnds CC. Bind off.
Fold piece inside itself with nose shaping on outer layer. Close top. Use black yarn to embroider nose and mouth. Stuff and sew bottom closed.
NOTE: If you’re not confident of your skills changing colors on the machine, nose shaping can be done with a duplicate st afterward. Work 25 rnds CC, 40 rnds MC. Then work duplicate st on Rnds 21-25. .
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The remaining parts are worked on Addi Pro.
EYES: (Make 2)
Cast on black, work 2 rnds. Change to yellow, work 8 rnds. Close both ends to form a circle. Sew to face with black on top.
LEGS: (Make 4)
Cast on CC, work 10 rows. Change to CC, work 10 rows. Bind off.
Close CC end. Fold in half and work mattress st from end to center (where it changes to MC). Stuff lightly and sew closed. Stuff MC section and close end. Sew legs to body.
EARS: (Make 2)
Cast on CC, work 8 rows, bind off. Pull ends tight and sew closed. Fold circle in half. Use MC yarn to sc around top edge – 6 sc on one side, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) at center, 6 sc down other side. Fasten off and sew ears to head.
Cast on MC, work 10 rows. Change to CC, work 30 rows. Bind off. Fold in half lengthwise and use mattress st to close. Pull sts tight to curl tail. Stuff lightly and sew to back of body. Use a pipe cleaner if desired to bend tail.
Spring is Fiesta time in San Antonio. If you have never visited the city, April is the perfect time. The summer heat hasn’t yet begun, and the city comes alive with festivals. The traditional Fiesta kick-off is the Oyster Bake at St. Mary’s University with food booths and live music. We attended Friday night at the Tejano stage where Jay Perez performed, followed by David Lee Garza y los Musicales. Both groups are staples of Tejano festivals all across Texas. The atmosphere at Oyster Bake was wonderful – live music, great food, and perfect spring weather.
Fiesta will continue through April 28 with parades and festivals throughout the city. One of the most popular is the Battle of Flowers Parade commemorating the victory at San Jacinto. The parade is so popular, it’s a school holiday. Fiesta queens riding the floats in elaborate gowns are taunted with, “Show me your shoes!” What started as young women wanting to wear something comfortable over the years has become an informal contest of creativity in footwear, and the crowd loves it!
As expected, the weather kept us from attending the Poteet Strawberry Festival last weekend. No worries – we’ll catch the Tejano bands at Fiesta’s Oyster Bake this weekend. On the upside, staying home Saturday night allowed me to get a new Easter pattern done.
Easter Bunny Bath Pouf Crochet Pattern
This pattern works up quickly in worsted yarn. Make a few this evening for your littles’ Easter baskets, add some egg-shaped bath bombs, and bath time will be extra special for them.
Cotton worsted yarn:
1 oz. MC for small, 2 oz. for large
Few yards CC
Size H crochet hook
Sewing needle and thread
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 10 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st in 1st hdc.
Rnd 2: 3 hdc in each st (30 hdc).
Rnds 3-4: Repeat Rnd 2 (270 hdc). Stop here for small puff.
Rnd 5: For large puff, repeat Rnd 2 again (810 hdc).
Fold last Rnd in half and sl st through both sides. Ch 15, sl st in same space. Fasten off.
Rnd 1: In 2nd st to the right of hangar loop, attach CC yarn, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 3 ch. Sl st in same st as joining. Fasten off CC. Attach MC yarn in st next to base of ear, sc in 4 unused loops of beg ch, sc in tip of ear, sc in 4 sts of Rnd 1, sl st in Rnd 4  of puff. Fasten off MC. Repeat on opposite side of hangar loop for 2nd ear. Weave in all ends.
Unfortunately, our Houston mini vacation has been postponed due to Mick Jagger’s health. Disappointing for us, but I’m sure it’s more frustrating for the Rolling Stones. Hopefully he will heal quickly, and the tour will be rescheduled. Facebook rumors say it will be rescheduled for October, so we’ll see.
We also had tickets for the San Antonio Commanders final home game this weekend, but the Alliance of American Football abruptly shut down the league this week. It’s so disappointing for San Antonio football fans. We attended all the home games, and the fans were great! Texas is definitely football country.
From an entertainment standpoint, we definitely won’t be bored. April is definitely a good time of year to be in San Antonio. This weekend is the Poteet Strawberry Festival, which has always been a favorite for our family. Great music, carnival rides, and all the typical fair food including anything you can think of that is made of strawberries. If the rain holds off on Saturday, we will go see David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, one of my husband’s favorite Tejano bands.
Next week I’ll be getting the house ready for Easter. The Ferrel Family tradition is fajitas for Easter dinner – beef, chicken, and sausage. There will also be rice and beans, potato salad, guacamole, pico de gallo, tortillas, and I’m still working on ideas for a dessert to impress. Family, good food, children running in and out, and of course, cascarones, confetti eggs to crack on someone’s head.
My go-to gift for the children for Easter is a bunny bag filled with candy. The pattern is available in my Ravelry shop as a free download with any purchase through Easter.
My newest Easter pattern will be available only on the blog this month – Easter Bunny Scrubby using Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle. Make a few as hostess gifts, or add a couple to your teen’s Easter basket as a gag gift.
Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle – ¼ oz.
Size G crochet hook
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).
Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat around (18 sc).
Rnd 4: *Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, * repeat around (24 sc).
Rnd 5: *Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (30 sc).
Rnd 6: *Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (36 sc).
Rnd 7: *Sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (42 sc). Join with sl st. Do not fasten off.
Row 1: Ch 1, 6 hdc in next st.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, dec, hdc in next 2 sts, dec, sl st in base of same st. Do not fasten off.
*Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch and next 2 ch,* sl st in Row 3 of head. Sl st in Row 2, repeat * to *, sl st in
Row 1 of head. Fasten off.
Ch 3, 10 dc in 3rd ch from hook. Join with sl st in top of 1st dc. Fasten off leaving 6” length. Sew tail securely to body. Weave in all ends.
April is also Month of the Military Child. My Military Baby Pattern Book was inspired by my daughter’s fatigues. Living in Military City, USA, I am very proud of these designs. Through April 10, you have a chance to win a free Kindle copy by liking my Amazon Author Page.