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Hexagon Ball Pillow – Blog Hop Crochet Along

Hello Everyone! I am a little late getting this up (so sorry!), but I am so excited to show you all my final project for the Blog Hop Crochet Along! I decided to make a ball pillow, which I think turned out really great. I had so much fun participating in the Crochet Along and loved making this pillow!DSC_0241To make this pillow, you will first need a ball pillow insert. I found these at Fairfield World that are a pretty good price. There are two sizes: a 12in and a 16in. I made this pillow with a 12 in pillow insert, but you can certainly add a few extra hexagons and use the 16in. DSC_0335In order for the hexagons to fit around the ball, I modified the hexagon pattern a bit to make a pentagon (think soccer ball). The pentagon pattern is included at the end of this post! To assemble the pillow, you need to attach a hexagon to each side of the pentagon, then join the hexagon sides together. I joined the hexagons and pentagons using this method by Attic24.

DSC_0345I assembled the entire pillow, except for the last two pentagons so I had a big enough hole to fit the pillow insert inside. In the picture below, I left the blue pentagon and the navy pentagon out, and did not join the touching edges of the gray hexagon and green hexagon. That left just enough squeeze in the pillow form. Hexagon Pillow

After the pillow is in, I whipstitched the last two pentagons, and two edges of the hexagons into place. And that’s it! Your pillow will be the perfect addition to any room!

I had so much fun participating in this Crochet Along, and again, a special thank you to KnitPicks for sponsoring! Please be sure to check out all of the other wonderful bloggers’ project!coin purse and floor poufCrochet Hexagon Coin Purse – Flamingo Toes         Hexagon Floor Pouf – The Firefly Hook

cowl and project bagHexagon Cowl – Gleeful Things                             Hexagon Project Bag – Fiber Flux

camera strap and bamboo handled bagHexagon Camera Strap – Whistle & Ivy              Dahlia Hexagon Handbag – Hopeful Honeyheart shaped pillow

Heart-Shaped Hexagon Pillow – Persia Lou

Pentagon Pattern

This pattern is very similar to the hexagon pattern. You are basically just omitting step 4. I’ve included step-by-step instructions below and please let me know if you have any questions!

Materials

  • KnitPicks Brava worsted weight
  • 6.0mm crochet hook

Stitches

  • slst – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • dc2tog – double crochet two together
  • dc3tog – double crochet three together

Before you begin, ch 5 and slst in first ch to create ring. You will work out of this ring for the first round.

Round 1: ch3 (counts as first dc), work 9 dc in ring, join with slst in 3rd chain of beginning ch3 (10 dc total)

Round 2: with same color, sc in same stitch, ch3, skip dc, *sc in next dc, ch3, skip one dc* repeat between ** 3 more times, join with slst in first dc, fasten off (5 ch3 spaces)

Round 3: join new color in any ch3 space, ch2 (counts as first half of first dc2tog), dc, ch2, dc2tog, ch1. In next ch3 space, *dc2tog, ch2, dc2tog, ch1* repeat between ** 3 more times, slst in top of first dc2tog, fasten off.

Round 4: join new color in any ch2 space, ch2 (counts as first dc of dc3tog), dc2tog, ch2, dc3tog, ch 1, in next ch3 space dc3tog, ch1, in next space work *dc3tog, ch2, dc3tog, ch1, next ch3 space, dc3tog, ch1* repeat between ** 3 more times, join with slst in first dc3tog, fasten off

Round 6: join new color in ch2 space, ch2, dc2tog, ch2, dc3tog, ch1, in next ch1 space dc3tog, ch1, next ch1 space dc3tog, ch1, in next ch2 space, *dc3tog, ch1, dc3tog, ch1, next ch1 space dc3tog, ch1, next ch1 space, dc3tog, ch 1* repeat between ** 3 more times, join with slst in beginning dc3tog, fasten off.

Life in iPhone Photos!

Tonight is going to be a quick blog post, but I just wanted to say hi and share some pictures from my phone from the past few weeks! I can’t believe summer is already over and school has started! I had a great time this summer hanging out with my family, especially my little cousins, going to the beach and working on new projects! I wish I was better at taking pictures, but here are a few I have to share!Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

We’ve had a ton of big thunder storms this summer, and Mabel is terrified of them. She shakes and wants to be held the whole time. We got her a Thunder Shirt, hoping it would help calm her down, and it definitely makes a difference! She loves wearing it and gets annoyed when its time to take it off.IMG_5082

School started this week, so it has definitely been stressful settling in to a new school year. I love being at the high school every day and spending time with the students, but I also miss a lot of my free time I loved so much.

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I have spent most of my free time working on a couple of different projects.  This one is a baby blanket for a friend who’s having a baby boy soon. I LOVE the colors and I’m really happy with how it is turning out.

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I’m also still working on pillows for my cousin’s wedding. I am really loving the tiny granny square pattern right now. It works up really quick and I think it looks really awesome!IMG_5064 IMG_5109

I know it’s still August, but I’ve been pretty obsessed with making these pumpkins! I am most excited about the jumbo pumpkin I made with chunky yarn. I will definitely be making a lot more pumpkins this year!

I hope you all had a great summer too! Don’t forget to check out my new Twitter (@lizziebellablog) and Instagram (@lizzie_bella_) for more pictures and updates!

St. Augustine and Chamblin’s

This past saturday, we took a quick day trip to St. Augustine.  Chloe found coupons for the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum, so we decided to go. This was my first time going to the museum, and it was pretty interesting.  There were a lot of cool artifacts from around the world and some interesting oddities.

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While driving in to St. Augustine, we saw that there was a Sea Food Festival going on.  It was pretty small, but had some fun craft booths to look at and some really great sea food! The lines were long, but it was worth it!

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After the festival, we walked around St. George Street for a few minutes.  It’s my favorite part of St. Augustine and I love looking at the old buildings.

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IMG_4247Today, we went to Chamblin’s, a huge used bookstore in Jacksonville. It is giant and has so many books to go through! It’s so easy to get lost in all the rooms that they hang maps throughout the store. I went looking for old crochet patterns, but was disappointed with what they had, so I didn’t end up getting any.

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I did, however, find more Alfred Hitchcock books.  I’ve read a couple over the past few weeks, and I love them! They are so easy to bring to work and I think the covers are really great!

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This weekend, I also finished up the tops of the chair pads. There is still more work to do to make them in to cushions, but the crochet part is finished! I think they turned out pretty neat!

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I’m really excited for these to be finished! I will definitely share pictures of the final products!

Eight Things About Me

1.  I really love Diet Coke.  It’s a little bit of a problem.

2. These guys are my all time favorite! I saw them twice this year and plan to go again as soon as I can!

3. I lived in Uganda for 2 months this summer!

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4. Giraffes are my favorite animal.

5. My favorite shows are the Big Bang Theory, New Girl and White Collar.

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6. I have two awesome little sisters, Hannah and Chloe.

7. I LOVE old southern plantation homes! One of my life goals is to go on a tour of the great homes in the south.

8. I’m an eighth generation Floridian.

Too Much Stuff!

After two months of being back in Florida, I finally have my car back! I am no longer stranded at home with the dogs and can regain my freedom!

Blue Goose Home

Dad and our friend Roger flew out to Salt Lake early Wednesday morning. They spent a day in Utah with Roger’s family before driving to Arizona to visit my Aunt Linda for a night. Roger’s dad had some things for Roger and Aunt Linda had a lot of stuff my grandparents left for my dad, so this was the perfect way to get all of it home. And the best part about it all is that I didn’t have to make the long drive again!

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Now I have to start the most annoying part: unpacking all this stuff. I hate it. I really hate it. I took today off to work on it and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. I’m quickly coming to the realization that I may, in fact, have too much stuff. I know I should get rid of some things, but I have a hard time letting go! Hopefully the unpacking and organizing will go fast! Wish me luck!

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This is our 10 month old Coton de Tulear, Mabel!  She’s a little needy and is always getting in to something, but she sure is cute with her crazy hair.

Here We Go!

I’ve thought about starting a blog for a while, but I’ve just now found the courage to actually do it.  My name is Kate and I’m a twenty-three year old Florida girl who loves to crochet!  My mom taught me years ago, but I only really fell in love with it in the past few years. I studied political science and history at BYU and I’m a volleyball coach for a local club. I wanted to start this blog to document some of the things I’ve made and little parts of my life!

I love dogs more than most normal people.  My blog is named after my sweet little Lhasa Apso, Lizzie.

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