Long time no see! I was caught up in loads of work stuff lately, and didn’t have any time to write a decent blog post. But now we’re getting closer to christmas, work and life is getting more relaxed and easier in general AND, there is a new Scheepjes Blog hop which I really wanted to join! Remember last year? It was so much fun hopping from blog to blog and seeing all those new and christmassy patterns!
This year the blog hop was started on Vicarno.com, where Annelies made a wonderful star backdrop hanging…
Then continued by Crafts from the Cwtch, with a sweet knitted santa-with-secret-pocket…
Followed by Miss Neriss, who made lovely crocheted gnomes…
Next came Canadutch, with a awesome candy cane knitted wine sleeve…
Then we hopped over to Lilla Bjorn Crochet for some awesome crochet-embellished gift tags…
And we checked in with Craftyqueens for a hilarious Christmas sweater (!)…
Then Jellina on Jellina-creations came up with supersweet crocheted christmas trees…
Next was Atty’s with her colourful and elegant chrocheted angels….
And It’s all in a Nutshell came up with a wonderful jam cover cozy…
And now it’s my turn!
The newest addition to the mug cozy family! It’s made with 1 skein of Scheepjes Catona, and a little bit of Scheepjes Lizzy for embroidering.
I was a bit hesitant to try cross stitch, as I’m not much of an embroiderer (is that even a word?). But I can tell you, this is so easy! The mesh created by the single crochets is pretty easy to follow and once you figured out where your first stitch should go, everything else will naturally follow.
- 1 skein Scheepjes Catona 25 gr in Shocking pink (114), available on Deramores and Woolwarehouse
- 1 skein of Scheepjes Lizzy in gold
- 1 mug (standard issue, 8 cm in diameter, approx. 9.5 cm in height)
- 1 needle (you don’t need the real small embroidery needles, I actually prefer the round-tipped ones!)
- 1 button for fastening
- 3,5 mm crochet hook
Start with a chain of 50 (49+1 turning chain).
R1: starting in 2nd chain from hook, sc 49, ch1, turn.
R2: sc 49, ch1, turn. Make sure here that your cozy fits around the mug. If it doesn’t completely fit, consider blocking it to the right measurements before you start the embroidery.
R3: ss in first st, sc 47, ch1, turn.
R4-21: sc47, ch1, turn.
R22: ch16, sc47, cut yarn. Make sure your button fits through the chain!
Some notes before you start cross stitching:
- You need approx. 5/6 meter. As I’m very awkward with long pieces of yarn, I cut it up into multiple parts for easier stitching (this requires to weave in more ends though)
- The mesh looks a little bit warped but this will all be fine once you start cross stitching.
- Lizzy is not the easiest yarn to cross stitch with, so make sure you pull your stitches tight (not too tight so it starts pulling).
- As this pattern is a single colour and all stitches are adjacent, I made it top-down and row by row from right to left. I started with diagonal stitches from top to bottom (purple) and at the end of the row, I turned and made the other diagonal stitches (red).
Starting two stitches from the top, and 11 from the side, make the top of your tree. and when you finish one tree, make another! You can follow the next pattern:
After you’re done cross stitching, weave in your ends and attach your button for fastening. Use the loose end from your starting chain to sew the two parts beneath the mug-handle together. That’s it! You’re all done!
I also made a white version, if you’re not into hot pink. For this version you need Scheepjes Catona in Spruce green (244) and white (106), and a little bit of Scheepjes Lizzy. Follow the instructions above, and crochet a little star on the top when you’re done.
Tomorrow, Berniolie will reveal her new project. Exciting!