Crochet Coffee Cup Coasters

How many times has someone placed a glass on your table and it left a ring or liquid ruining your tabletop?  Happens all the time in my house and I’m guilty of it also.  Hot weather equals more drinking.  To solve that problem why don’t you crochet a few coasters and leave them laying around.  Maybe if it is seen it will be used and you won’t have to yell

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Since I love drinking coffee I thought it would be cute to make coffee cup coasters.  Again, Pinterest is your friend.  Divine Debris designed Cocoa Mug Coaster which can be found on Ravelry and on her blog.  The directions were easy to understand.  It was very simple to make with little cotton yarn used.  You should be able to make a set of four with a skein of cotton yarn.

Coffee Cup Coaster
Coffee Cup CoasterIf you like tea Divine Debris has got you covered, click here for the pattern.

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Crochet Mojo

It’s that time where I can’t find anything to crochet or find something to make that will hold my attention.  I’m not even interested in yarn sales either.  I hope I’m not getting sick, lol.  Seems like I’ve been in this situation before, hmmmm last year around this time…..

This must be my slow down time and recharge period 🙂

 

Creative Mind

While I’m in this slump I’ve crocheted some random items.

Long School BusI work in a school by day and I thought it would be cool to make some school themed items.  This Hop on the Bus ,Gus!  scarf jumped right on my hook. I even found my WIP of this project from a couple of years ago when I first started out.  After crocheting a few rows I quickly remembered why I abandoned it in the first place.  RANT TIME – I like crocheting in short rows not long rows, hence that’s why I don’t like making blankets.

Finishing a project was my main goal and I forced myself to continue.  It turned out to be quite a fun project that worked up quickly.  Not to much counting stitches and color changes.  You can do so much with this design from adding letters to headlights.

Half BusWhat a great gift for Bus Driver Appreciation Day.  It takes a real special person to drive school bus, kudos to you.

Since I was on a school theme check out the pencil scarf.

Pencil Scarf

 Start on a few of these now so you will be ready when the kiddos return to school.  What I love about a scarf is you can make it as long or short as you want.  Go crazy and make some for your whole family.

I’ve been on a dishcloth kick and I got bored of the regular rectangle dishcloths.  The Little Quaker dishcloth gives me the chuckles.  I had some left over bright yellow cotton yarn that came in handy.  If I make this again I will add some feet.

Rubber Ducky Dishcloth

Baby did someone say baby.  OMG this Elephant Baby Hat and Diaper cover was such a delight to make.  I can’t wait to see pictures of the little one who it was made for.  Don’t be afraid and mix and match patterns.

Elephant Hat and Diaper Cover

Elephant Hat and Diaper Cover 2

I found this cute set in a box and I do not know about the pattern.  I think I freehand the hat and no clue about the scarf.  I may keep this set for myself.

Purple Hat and Scarf

I’m so proud that I’m actually using yarn in my stash.  I was using these colors to make a make a bag that I lost interest in a long time ago. That’s one of the perks of crocheting, you can reuse the yarn.  I used my imagination…

Sparkly Hat

I freehand the cowl using the basket weave stitch and some double crochets.

Sparkly Hat and Cowl

This is what happens when boredom sets in.  The intentions were to make a few more in bright colors but I only got around to making one.  Just in case you are wondering, it’s a Bobble Bracelet

Crochet Bracelot

From the looks of things I don’t think I lost my crochet mojo.

What are some of the things you crochet in your down time?

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Double Cross Infinity Scarf

This may be my last winter item.  The Double Cross Infinity Scarf came into being by accident.  I was at that time where I lost my interest in crocheting and I was tired of the yarn in my stash.  As most of us say, “I will not buy any more yarn until I use what I have”.  LOL, that does not always work.  I was armed with full skein of red yarn and off I went.  The yarn is really red and not pink.

Pop in your favorite DVD and knock this easy project out.  The Double Cross Infinity Scarf will make an excellent last minute gift.

Double Cross Infinity Scarf

Supplies:  Big Twist Collection Sincerely Yarn – Red

Weight: 6oz, 170 gms, 332 yds, 295 meters

I Hook/5.5 mm

Tapestry Needle

Scissors

Abbreviations:

ch – chain

st – stitch

sk – skip

dc – double crochet

 

Notes:  Gauge is not important.

Finished scarf measured approximately 59”

 

Instructions:

Row 1:  Ch27, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch and in each ch to end, turn.

Row 2:  Ch3 (counts as dc now and throughout), dc in next st, *sk st, dc in next 2 sts, dc in sk st, repeat  from * across to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 3:  Ch3, dc in next st and in each st to end, turn.

Repeat Row 2 and Row 3 until desired length or until you run out of yarn.  I used the entire skein.

Make sure you end at Row 2 when you reach your length.

Finish off and weave ends.

You can either whipstitch the ends for an infinity scarf or leave the ends separated for a regular scarf.

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Cutie Pie Cowl

Cutie Pie Cowl ~ Free Pattern

Crochet your very own quick and simple cowl using few stitches.  Cowls are perfect to keep warm and it can be a fashion statement piece.  Pair up this Cutie Pie Cowl with a pair of Cutie Pie Boot Cuffs and your favorite crochet hat.  You can easily find a simple crochet hat pattern to make.

This is made in rows for those who have a difficult time crocheting in the round and losing count.  You can make it as long or short as you want and it’s very easy.  Longer rows will produce an infinity scarf that you can wrap around your neck a couple of times.  The Cutie Pie Cowl is an easy pattern to follow and a good beginner project that can be made in a couple of hours.

Cutie Pie Crochet Cowl
Cutie Pie Cowl

 

Materials:

Big Twist Premium Yarn – Black

Sundance Sahara Yarn – Leopard

H (5mm) hook

Tapestry Needle

Scissors

 

Abbreviations:

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

st – stitch

 

Row 1:  With black yarn ch30, sc in 2nd ch from hook, *dc in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * across to end, turn.

Row 2:  Ch1 (does not count as st), dc in same st, sc in next st, *dc in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * across to end, turn.

Row 3:  Ch1, sc in same st, *dc in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * across to end.

Repeat Row 2-3 alternatively  until it measures approximately 32″ from beginning to end.

If you want it longer continue repeating Row 2-3.

Finish off and join to first row forming a circle.  Whipstitch beginning and ending row together.

Weave ends.

Optional Edging:  With right side facing and Leopard yarn, slip stitch to any stitch, ch1, sc in same st and in each st around 3X.  Repeat for other edge.

Finish off and weave ends.

Here’s the complete set.

The Cutie Pie Set
The Cutie Pie Set

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Protect Ya Neck Neckwarmer

Who is ready for some snow?  We got blasted here in Fredericksburg, VA.  I’m still trying to figure out why they make such a big deal out of buying up all of the milk and bread.

Bread and Milk Panic

This video cracks me up every time.

What a great time to get snowed in with your favorite yarn, hook and pattern.

The Protect Ya Neck Neckwarmer is just what is needed.  Made with chunky yarn and a large hook used will have you wearing yours in no time. The split collar gives it that boom pow look.  The Protect Ya Neck Neckwarmer can be worn over or under your coat or over your top.  You can create 3 different looks with one neckwarmer.

This is not a yarn eater.  I used 4 skeins and 2 were for the neck for the 3 colored one and 2 skeins for the  black and red one.  I think I crocheted tighter with that one.

 

Protect Ya Neck Neckwarmer

Protect Ya Neck Neckwarmer
Ok, I decided to get a bit creative and daring using my two favorite colors, black and red.  My sister said it reminded her of Cruella De Vil.

Protect Ya Neck Neckwarmer

 

Protect Ya Neck Neckwarmer

 

Protect Ya Neck Neckwarmer pattern can be found on Ravelry and Craftsy.

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Cutie Pie Boot Cuffs

Cutie Pie Boot Cuffs

 

I love making these quick boot cuffs.  They make nice gifts and it’s a stash buster.   The simple stitches and texture creates various looks.  A skein of yarn will make two pair of boot cuffs.  I usually do not wear what I make but I would definitely wear these Cutie Pie Boot Cuffs.  You can make a pair for every outfit in your closet.

This is an easy pattern with repeats and can be finished in an hour.

Supplies

RedHeart Super Saver Worsted Weight  – Aran

I Hook (5.5 mm)

Tapestry Needle

Scissors

Abbreviations

ch – chain

st – stitch

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

fpdc – front post double crochet     Here’s a link to fpdc if you need help.

blo – back loop only

Pattern Notes:

  • Pattern is worked in rows and rounds
  • Bottom Band measures approximately 11”-12” across
  • Crochet with right side facing you
  • Ch1/Ch2 does not count as stitch
  • Color changes are given if you are using two colors (Brown and Aran cuffs)

Gauge:

  • 4 X 4 = 15dc X 10 rows

Size:

Medium (13”-14”)

Instructions

Row 1:  With Aran yarn, leave a long tail, ch10, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st to end, turn. (9)

Row 2 – 39:  Ch1, blo sc in each st to end, turn.

DO NOT FINISH OFF

Change color here

Join to form a ring (circle).  You are now working on the top half of the boot cuff.

You will now work in ROUNDS

Round 1 – 2:  Ch1, sc in same st as join, sc around evenly 40X, join to 1 sc. (40)

Change color here after Round 2

Round 3:  Ch2, dc in same st as join, dc in next st, dc in each st to end, join to first dc.

Round 4 – 8:  Ch1, fpdc in same st as join, (dc in next st, fpdc in next st) repeat ( ) around, join to fpdc.

Change color here

Round 9 – 10:  Ch1, sc in same st as join, sc in next st, sc in each st to end.

Finish off and weave ends.

Turn inside out and whipstitch to close and turn to the right side.

Hope you enjoyed this pattern!

Yarn Used Below:  Sundance Sahara

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Free Shark Crochet Patterns

Free Shark Crochet Patterns

Sharks, sharks, and more sharks.  What’s that swimming in the water?  It’s a bird, nope, it’s a plane, nope, it’s a SHARK!  Quick, grab your hook, yarn and pattern and start crocheting these 5 free crochet patterns.  These patterns are among my favorites and something I would actually make on dry land.  There’s something for every skill level.

 

Shark Hat
Shark Blanket
Shark Pencil Pouch
Baby Shark Hat and Booties
Shark Hat
Free Crochet Shark Patterns

Clicking the links will take you directly to their website.

1 Shark Swaddle

2 Shark Pouch

Shark Beanie

4 Shark Blanket

5 Shark Beanie

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Help My Pet Is Cold

Help my pet is cold, what can you crochet for your beloved four-legged friend?  A crochet sweater of course.  Crocheting something for an animal is quite new for me.  I was asked to crochet a sweater for my grandcat who is here visiting.  I got busy, found a pattern and a couple of hours later I made my first cat sweater.  Click here to be taken to the original pattern by DIY Maven.

Meow Sweater

There’s nothing wrong with the pattern but it didn’t give me that “wow” factor.  I followed the instructions but it was very short and all of her goodies were exposed.  If you make this you may want to make it a little snug.  The front paw sleeves are not separated leaving a big hole.  Hmmmm, a big hole you say?  By the time my cat rolled around a few times the sweater was off and she left quickly to hide.  That type of cat sweater was a no go for me.  Good thing it didn’t take long to make and it wasn’t a yarn waster.  It was good first attempt.

I’m glad that I don’t give up easily.  I fell in love with the Candy Cane Cat Sweater by Alicia Moore.  Since it had a frilly bottom I decided to use some fun colors.  This one was much better, it was longer and it had separated paw sleeves.  This cat sweater is a WINNER!

Meow Sweater

Awww, isn’t she pretty.  She looks great in her new sweater and I think she’s not a fan of this one either.  Over time she will get use to wearing clothes just as she did with her leash.

Never say anything is impossible.  Please leave a comment below and share your favorite pet sweater pattern.

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Out With The Old

Happy New Year

In a few more hours we will be saying goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016.  So, it’s out with the old and in with the new.  Not sure as to when I will post this but I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year.  The year flew by with a few personal ups and downs along the way.  My greatest moment was watching my son receive his college degree from Radford University earlier in the month.  Tragedy struck our family five days before he was to start college and ended with a victory for 2015.

R.I.P. Devin McDade Thompson, your son made it through the storm.

 

Making and sticking with goals for 2016 will be an ongoing battle.  I know I can’t write a list of goals and stay with it for the entire year.  So, I have to set either monthly or biweekly goals.  Many of us have set goals for the new year and many of us did not complete one stinking goal.  I want to be on the winning team and complete at least one monthly goal.  Having a hobby adds disorganization to my life.  I get so involved with a hobby until that hobby has taken over my house.  I have more skeins and copies of patterns that can keep me busy for a few years.

First things first…….

Dedicate a crocheting area, in my case I will have to include my sewing things also.  That was the easy part.

Now my biggest challenge and main goal for January will be to organize my yarn into categories.  In a perfect world everything would be arranged by weight and color.  This is the look that I’m going for.Yarn OrganizationIt’s going to take some baby steps to reprogram myself to be organized.  Out with the old and in with new habits forming.

What are some of the things you do to stay organized?

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Knotty Knot Boot Cuffs V2

It’s another  boot cuffs pattern again yall!  Since the first pair of Knotty Knot Boot Cuffs were in the making I already had it in my mind to combine the colors.  It’s hard to decide which style I like best so I say I love them both.  Same concept as the first one and I think I changed a row.  Boot cuffs are becoming one of my favorite things to make.  I love the instant gratification of completing a project and they are great stash busters.

Knotty Knot Boot Cuffs V2

Knotty Knot Boot Cuffs
Knotty Knot Boot Cuffs V2

 

Supplies:

  • Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarn or your 2 Colors
    • Red Heart Soft (Purple)
    • Red Heart Super Saver (Black)
  • I (5.5mm) hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:

ch – chain

st – stitch

sc – single crochet

yo – yarn over

blo – back loop only

flo – front loop only

ps – puff stitch

Notes:

  • Worked in rows and joined when finished
  • Puff Stitch – yo, insert hook in st, yo pull up a loop, (yo, insert hook in same st, yo and pull up a loop) 3X’s, yo pull through all 7 loops on hook
  • Change color in last stitch and carry yarn
  • Colors are colored coded to the row
    • Purple
    • Black
    • FOLLOW THE WRITTEN PATTERN ONLY AND NOT THE COLOR CHANGES WHEN REPEATING

Size:  Medium (13”-14”) – Finished length 12 X 4 1/2

Instructions:

MAKE 2

Starting color is black

Row 1:  Ch44, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each sc to end, turn. (43)

Change to Purple

Row 2:  Ch1, *sc in 1st 3 chs or stitches when doing the repeats, ps in next st, repeat from * to end, turn. (33sc, 10ps)

Row 3:  Ch1, sc in each st to end, turn. (43)

Change to Black

Row 4:  Repeat Row 2

Row 5:  Repeat Row 3

Change to Purple

Row 6:  Repeat Row 2

Row 7: Repeat Row 3

Change to Black

Row 8: Repeat Row 2

Row 9:  SC through both loops Repeat Row 3

Row10:  BLO  Repeat Row 3

Row 11:  FLO Repeat Row 3

Change to Purple

Row 12:  FLO Repeat Row 3

Row 13-14:  BLO Repeat Row 3

Row 15-16:  FLO Repeat Row 3

Row 17:  Through both loops, ch1, sc in each st to end.

Leave a long tail, weave ends and finish off.  I also left a long tail in black so the purple won’t show when weaving that block of color.

With wrong sides together seam short edges and weave ends.

Turn inside out and you are ready to go with your new Knotty Knot Boot Cuffs.

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