Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ripple cup cozy pattern

Looking for a quick project that I could make for my old coworkers since I now have a new job...but what to make??  I searched high and low and decided a cup cozy would be the best option since everyone drinks coffee or tea.  I scoured the internet for a pattern and found a really cute wavy pattern so I bought all the supplies....

After looking at the pattern again, I found out that it cost almost as much money AS a cup of coffee/tea!  I'm too frugal and I've been at this too long to pay for a pattern.

And created my own cup cozy pattern:

Using worsted weight and G hook.  You will need a button as well.

Ch 39

1. Dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 4 ch.  *Dc2tog 2x.  dc in next 3 ch.  2 dc in next 2 dc, dc in next 3 dc*.  Repeat until the end.  2 dc in last dc. Turn

2. 3 Ch.  Dc in first 4 st.  Dc2tog 2x.  dc in next 3 ch.  2 dc in next 2 dc, dc in next 3 dc*.  Repeat until the end.  2 dc in last dc. Turn

Repeat row 2 until desired width (I did 4 rows).

Do not fasten off.  Sl st down the side to the bottom of the 4th row and ch 15.  Sl st to the top of the 2nd row.  Fasten off.  Tuck in your ends.

Before sewing on the button, try to wrap your cozy around your mug to make sure it fits.  Sizes will vary according to the size of the mug, but there is some give to crochet so it shouldn't be too much of an issue.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Granny Fail!

I'm always posting patterns and projects...well, this project is a total FAIL!!  Behold the granny triangle:

Innocent enough, this granny square has been the bane of my existence.  The idea of a triangular granny square was so novel, I wanted to create a vibrant blanket.....over a year and a half ago.  With all the colors I wanted to add, as well as different types of yarn, which was a rookie mistake.  It started to bubble up in the middle and wouldn't lay flat:

Through this process I've learned several things:  

1. Don't use different weights of yarns together--which I should have already known.
2. Two triangles with equal sides do NOT make a square--again I should have known this.
3. It takes a lot of work to put together multiple colors so they look good together.
4. I absolutely hate piecing blankets together.
5. The triangular granny pattern is no longer novel and we are no longer friends.

I ended up taking it apart and using the yellow yarn for a different blanket.  Somehow the triangles themselves disappeared, and I have no intention of looking for them at this time.