Halloween is in my top three favorite holidays and I LOVE to decorate and crochet each year for it. Every year I add a bit more to my decor. In fact, my obsession with designing crochet patterns began with the Pumpkin Jack pillow pattern. It's still one of my favorites because it's reversible - Halloween on one side and Thanksgiving on the other.
After creating Pumpkin Jack, I was hooked (see what I did there?) and went on to create several more pillows. All of these patterns are available on this site, Etsy, and Ravelry. These work up quickly and will last through several years of washings and butt abuse.
This year I decided to make some coasters and hot pads. I started with spiders and then decided I needed a cat too. Both of these patterns are FREE and are available on this site and in my Ravelry shop. They work up very quickly and are a great way to use up leftover yarn. The spider coaster only takes 25 grams of cotton yarn. The spider and cat hot pads require 50 grams. I think I may need to make the cat in other colors - like orange and lime green . . .
I hope you have as much fun crocheting for the holidays as I do. There's nothing better than snuggling up with a good crochet project as the weather turns cooler.
This scarf is a free pattern by Atty's called Crochet Candy Scarf. You can get the pattern here. I actually made this a while back but never posted a picture of it for some reason, even though it's one of my favorites. It reminds me of the candy dots that come on the paper rolls.
I worked mine with medium weight yarn, but the samples on the pattern page are also very lovely. I may need to make another one soon as it works up quickly and is very enjoyable to make.
This month I'm working on a lot of custom orders for holiday gifts, so I can't post those pictures just yet. But, I'm keeping VERY busy! What's on your hooks this month?
My sweet sister asked me to make her a cozy for her french press. Of course, I immediately agreed! A quick search did not yield many patterns, and I'm sure that's because the french presses come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I knew I was on my own, so I decided to have some fun.
My sister didn't ask for anything fancy, but, well, you all KNOW how I LOVE embellishing things. I drew up a ton of ideas but ultimately decided to brighten up her coffee with flowers - lots and lots of flowers. Plus, I knew my little nieces would like them too.
In the tutorial below, I'll walk you through determining how to size your piece, and then we'll make the base. The base is great as is and you can immediately begin using it. Then we'll talk about embellishing. Specifically we'll make a five-petal flower and add it to our base.
This is a quick project. The base only takes about 1-2 hours. The embellishing will vary depending on how many you add.
Making the Base Cozy
Crochet the Base
Crochet Side One
Add the Buttons
Use your sewing needle and thread to add the buttons. Try and space them evenly. NOTE: These buttons have been in my stash for a while, but I think I picked them up at Michaels.
Crochet Button Hole Side
At this point place a stitch marker in your working chain and do a quick test fit on your carafe. You want it to be snug but not over stretched. If you need to adjust your chains, or add/remove rows to get the right fit, now is the time to adjust.
Once you are happy with the fit. Finish off. Your base cozy is done!
NOTE: Have some fun with this. As I started digging through my buttons I thought it would be fun to add a TON of those to the piece. Of course, you'd want to ensure the buttons you use don't have shanks. I also thought out using circles or squares. It would be cool to pull out that book of crochet appliques and try those out as well. Maybe a rainbow with a cloud and sunshine? Of course, a cute little sheep is always adorable. This is the perfect time to be creative and make something that is unique to you!
Flower Center (Work in Rounds)
Make as many flowers as you need to get the desired look. You can see in these photos that even a few flowers look nice. I can see embroidering leaves and stems for the group of three.
Of course, I MUST ADD MORE FLOWERS!
To add the flowers I used the tail from the inner circle to attach it to the body. I then used the tails from the petals to sew some of them down. I did the petals randomly as I wanted some of the petals to stand up. A good way to see how much you like being flat or standing up is to wrap it around your carafe and make any adjustments you need. You can sew all your ends in as you go, or do them at the end.
That's it! You are done! Now go make you a nice cup of coffee and enjoy your hard work.