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Father’s Day is getting close. There isn’t time to make anything intricate. One gift that is always a hit and you still have time for is to write a loving note to the honoree.

You can write it in any form, text, e-mail, handwritten, written in frosting or a post-it stuck on a mirror. You will never regret having said loving words.

You can say what you love about the person, how you see them demonstrating parenting, something you appreciate about them or something better that you think of.

You can write about one instance or go on for pages. Take a moment to go inside and think about what you would love to tell this person.

Have your best Father’s Day ever!

See also how to make a seatbelt strap cover, crown or bedside pocket.

© 2011 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.

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Posted by on June 17, 2011 in How to


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FATHER’S DAY GIFTS TO MAKE — E-reader Cover and a Circular Needle Giveaway.

For the Father in your life who has an e-reader, you can knit or crochet a cover for it. On Ravelry there are a few different patterns to choose from. One person designed a cell phone cover that looks like a pop tart!

I won’t be making one for Father’s day this year but I have saved these patterns in my favorites.

I have an abundance of circular knitting needles and am giving away two. One is US size 11 and one is US size 10 1/2.

Leave a comment with a way I can get in touch with you when you win. That’s all you have to do. Tell me if and how you follow my blog for an extra entry.

Best luck to all of you.

I will pick the winner by random generator, on June 24th.

See also how to make a seatbelt strap cover, placemat/towel, crown, or bedside pocket.

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Posted by on June 10, 2011 in How to


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For the man who likes to cook, this place mat can also be used as a sturdy towel.

There is an older man I like to acknowledge on Father’s Day. He lives alone and still likes to cook. He uses place mats so I thought he might enjoy a set of these.  This pattern comes from Lion brand yarn. I used 100% cotton yarn.



See also how to make a seatbelt strap cover or bedside pocket.

© 2011 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.


Posted by on June 4, 2011 in How to


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FATHER’S DAY GIFTS TO MAKE — A seatbelt strap cover

Do you have a person in your life who is bothered by the seatbelt strap rubbing their neck? How about a seatbelt strap cover for Father’s Day?

To make this you will need:

2 oz. yarn (Red Heartt worsted medium)

knitting needles –  size15

crochet hook – size K

I wanted it to be thick and cushioned so I used two strands of yarn together.

Cast on 23 stitches. Knit 12 rows to make a rectangle approximately 5  1/2″ x 9″. ( 14 x 23 cm.)

Use the yarn at the end to crochet a row across the longer side. This row will form loops for buttonholes.

SC, (single crochet) in the first stitch, then ** chain 3, then skip one stitch and SC  in the third stitch. SC in the next three stitches.**

Repeat this direction between the ** three more times. Finish the row with chain three and then SC in the last stitch.

This should give you 5 evenly spaced button loops. Tie off the yarn and weave in the ends.

Next make crochet buttons. Take two strands of yarn and chain two. Leave about a 4″ tail of yarns.

SC 8 times in the second chain from the hook. Work tight.

Decrease 4 times. Pull the original yarn ends through the center of the button. Pull tight and tie off the ending yarn. Leave about 4″ ends on this also. Make 5 buttons.

Attach each button directly across from a loop. Place the button on the right side and pull the yarn ends through to the wrong side. Tie securely and weave in the ends. Block, wrap, give.

See also how to make a crown or bedside pocket.

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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in How to


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Here are directions to make a bedside pocket for a Father’s Day gift.

It looks like this, with a big pocket for a book or personal electronics and smaller pockets for pen and paper or eyeglasses or cell phone. You can adjust the size of the pockets based on what kinds of things it will be used to hold.

It goes in between the mattress and box spring like this.

You will need:

Sturdy fabric and thread to match or contrast. (Don’t use knit or stretch fabric)

Sewing machine and tools including –

    Measuring tape



Cut or tear a piece of fabric 24″x10″. (61cm x 25 1/2cm)

Next cut a pocket 9″ by 10″ (23cm x 25 1/2cm) and a smaller pocket piece 7″ x 10″ (17 1/2cm x 25 1/2 cm)

Press under 1/2 ” (1 1/4cm) on the longer side of the pocket pieces.

Then fold over and press another inch, (2 1/2cm).

Sew across this folded edge. I used contrasting thread and a zigzag stitch for decoration.

Repeat for the smaller pocket.

Pin or baste the smaller pocket on top of the larger one, keeping the bottom edges even.

The next photo shows chalk marks to divide the small pocket into sections. Leave 1/2″ (1 1/4cm) for seam allowance and then measure over 2″ (5cm) more from the left side and mark the small pocket from top folded edge to bottom. Make another mark 2′ (5cm) more to make another pen section and notepad section.

Sew along chalk lines reinforcing stitches at the top edge.

Place the pocket pieces on top of one end of the long fabric piece, keeping the right sides of fabric facing each other. Sew around the three outer edges in a 1/2″ (1 1/4cm) seam. Reinforce and trim the corners.

Pink or seam the other end of the long piece. Fold it over, right sides facing and press at 9 1/2″ (24cm). Sew a 1/2″ (1 1/4cm) seam at the raw edges. It will overlap the pockets.  Reinforce and trim the corners.

Turn it all right side out.

Press as needed .Brush off the chalk marks and fill with a new pen, etc.  Have fun and let me know how it goes for you.

See also how to make a crown or seatbelt strap cover

© 2011 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.


Posted by on May 20, 2011 in How to, Making Lei


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For Mother’s day, I sent some of the mothers in my life a crown I made using this pattern from Midnight Knitter.


You can’t see it in this picture but the crown ties in the back so one size fits all and it can be used as a necklace.

Father’s are regal too, so I decided to make some for Father’s Day. I wanted to omit the tie in the back so I made double the front and joined the ends.

and this one.

I made them with rattail for extra stiffness.

See also how to make a seatbelt strap cover or bedside pocket.

© 2011 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.


Posted by on May 14, 2011 in How to


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How To Make An Easy Rattail Braided Lei


For other lei, see pikake, eyelash, spiral or candy lei. This photo shows what we will be making in this post.

I love this lei because it is easy and without flowers it makes a nice one for men, yet you could embellish it with a fancy bow or make it in school colors for graduation or whatever the occasion.

You will need –

* rattail in one or two colors.

* crochet hook, I used size H here. You can go bigger or smaller.

* scissors

* fancy bow – optional.

Start with a chain ( see Knit Witch for how to), of each color.

You want the lei to end up about 36″ or 92 cm, (an inch or two longer for taller people, shorter for children). In this picture the chains are doubled. Make each chain about 90 inches, 228 cm. long. When you braid it, it will be folded in half and take up the extra inches.

Fold the chains and tie an 8 inch, 20 cm. piece of each color rattail at the center fold.

This picture shows the two 90 inch long chains. At the right side they are tied together at the center fold.

Use the center fold ends to tie it to a chair or somewhere else so you can braid it.

Do 4 strand braiding.

The far left strand crosses over on top of the other strands.

The far right strand goes into the triangle made by the left strand crossing. Pull snug.

What started out as the far right strand is now the far left strand and use it to cross over. The new far right strand now goes into the triangle shape and pull snug.Continue this way until you come to the end of the chains.

Even out the ends of the chains by undoing any longer chains so they are all the same length.

Tie them off and trim the ends so you have about 4 inch long pieces to work with.

Rattail is very slippery. If you make a knot, it can slip out. The best way to join the ends, is to pull the tie ends though the opposite chain end, about two chains in as shown in this photo.

Pull the two chain ends close together to close up the circle and now tie them with square knots.

Trim the ends and take two 20 inch, 51 cm. pieces of rattail to tie for the finishing bow or add a bow of your choice.

And voila – you are done. Aloha!

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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in How to


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