Thursday, September 8, 2011

Coffee Cozy

Tomorrow night a bunch of us girls are getting together for a learn to crochet + wine night. Should be a lot of fun! I was trying to find an easy beginner pattern to use, and became very frustrated after looking and looking and coming up with ......nothing! So I decided to write my own pattern. I made these coffee sleeves last year and I used mine every time I went to Starbucks or DD. They are much nicer than the disposable ones they give you, and they cut back on waste, AND they are super easy to make. I usually like to do my sleeves I use with ribbing but since this is a starter pattern I figured the easiestway to do it would be a simple easy sleeve done in single crochet. So here it is....enjoy!!

Materials needed
Size H / 5 mm crochet hook
worsted weight yarn, in any 2 colors
A being the main color (mine was a pink)
and B being the accent color ( I used cream)
yarn darner
3 buttons
Needle and thread

Chain 12
Rnd 1 SC in 2nd ch from hook and all the way a
cross chain 1 turn - 11 stitches
Rnd 2 SC all the way across
Rnds 3-36 repeat round 2 break off A

Round 19 attach B ch 1 sc across do not turn

sc all the way around entire coffee sleeve adding an extra sc in each corner

with right side together and forming a ring, slip stitch the two ends together break off and weave in all ends

(I like the way the raised edge of the slip stitch looks on the outside of the sleeve, if you prefer the flat side as your "right side" just sew the buttons on the flat side)

sew your buttons vertically near your B color


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Button up neck cowl

Button up neck cowl

Skill Level: Experienced Beginner

Materials: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick - I used Glacier
Size K hook 6.5 mm
4 Buttons of your choice
Yarn darner
Needle and thread

Abbreviations : DC double crochet
BL back loop
FL front loop

Neck Cowl

Chain 40
1. dc in 2nd chain from hook and all the way across, chain 4, turn

2. dc all the way across in bl only, on first and last stitch dc in both loops, it will be the same for the entire pattern, chain 2, turn

3. dc across in fl only, chain 4, turn

rows 4, 6, 8- repeat row 2

rows 5, 7, 9- repeat row 3, fasten off and weave ends in.

the chain four spaces will provide the button holes for the cowl. Sew buttons on where the holes will line up.

**If you need the cowl to be a little larger to fit around your neck more loosely, just add two stitches to your chain 40, or however many you feel will accommodate the size you need.