Hygge Coffee Sleeve

 

 

Happy Monday!

 

Today, I’ve got a super cute and cozy pattern for you, my Hygge Coffee Sleeve! If you’ve been following for a while, then you know I LOVE coffee sleeves! The versatility and customizable quality of them is wonderful and I swear by them. If you haven’t been following, then welcome! You can keep up to date with my free patterns by subscribing (you can find the sign-up on the right of this post) and come on the adventure!

I’ve really been loving working with chunky yarns lately, there’s just something really wonderful about squishy yarn, and Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick has been such a delight! I keep making tons of scarves to get ready for the impending holiday season–both as gifts and for craft fairs–and can’t help making dozens of them! Here’s a smattering of them here:

 

 

Don’t they look like the have the most delightful squish to them? Answer: they definitely have a delightful squish to them!

If you like the look of those scarves, I adjusted the pattern to this cozy goodness from Make and Do Crew, so do take a look! I had leftover yarn from the projects and wanted something extra cozy, so for my latest addition to my ongoing Project Scrap Yarn, I whipped up this project. I wanted to come up with a name to convey the coziness of a wool blend coffee cozy and the feeling of crisp winds and warm drinks but without it being over the top or generic. One day, I kept seeing the word hygge floating around the web and decided to look it up.

Oxford Dictionary defines hygge (HUE-ga) as: A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).

And that sounds pretty darn appropriate to me.

I feel comfortable and cozy with a nice beverage and hanging out with friends, and felt like this squishy coffee sleeve will give that extra touch of cozy near a warm fireplace in the fall and winter months. I’ve already started using mine and can’t wait for the cooler weather to come (and stay!) here in Southern California. But in the meantime, it’s been wonderful for my iced coffees!

 

I hope you enjoy!

 

Materials:

L hook
Chunky yarn (I used Wool Ease Thick and Quick)
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Terms Used (US):

ch = chain
DC = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch

 

Instructions:

With your L hook and chunky yarn, chain 23. Slip stitch to the beginning chain, forming a loop.
Round 1: Chain 3, double crochet into each stitch of the beginning chain, and slip stitch to the 3rd chain of the ch 3
Round 2: Chain 3, DC into each stitch, sl st to the beginning of the round
Round 3: Repeat Round 2, bind off. Weave in the ends

 

Simple, cozy, and effective!

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

 

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If you enjoyed this and wanted to take a gander at some of my other coffee cozy patterns:

1. Santa Belly Coffee Sleeve 

2. Frankie Crochet Coffee Sleeve

3. Top of the Class Pencil Coffee Sleeve

 

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Crochet Pumpkin Headband

Hey guys!

 

As you know, I love quick projects! I love the marathon ones, too, but you get a feeling of satisfaction from a completed project much quicker with the small projects, am I right?

 

We’re thrill junkies, us crafters 😂

 

And this one is no exception. If you caught a gander at my Crochet Animal Headbands, you’re on the right track! Super straightforward project and great for last-minute Halloween costumes! Either for kids or yourself…

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Simple, but effective.

It’s great taking elements of past projects and remixing them to new effects! This is half my Animal Headbands and half Apple of My Eye Hat, and it’s so cute! It’s an effective use of scrap yarn you might have laying around and a quick enough project that if you need to be a sexy pumpkin (?) for a last-minute Halloween party, you’re covered. Enjoy!

 

Materials:
1″ headband
(I picked up mine in a trio set from Dollar Tree and they’re perfect, this online set is really similar)
1 Ball of Bernat Softee Chunky in Orange
Small part chunky (5) yarn  in brown
Small part worsted weight yarn in green
H Hook
L Hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Terms Used (US):

sc = single crochet
fhdc = foundation half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
Sc2tog = single crochet two together
st/sts = stitch/stitches

 

Instructions:

Body

Using L hook and yarn, chain 36

Row 1: 1 single crochet into the second chain from the hook, sc across (35 sc)
(side note: leave initial tail unseamed for now, you’ll need it to seam the edge of the headband)

Rows 2-3: Ch 1, single crochet into each stitch (35 sc)

Bind off, leaving a long tail for seaming

 

Band:

Take your newly-made strip and seam around the headband, meeting up the stitches
Make extra stitches at the end of the strip to secure it
Using the yarn from your beginning tail, stitch secure the end of the band

Stem
With L hook and brown yarn, Fhdc 10. For help with the foundation half double crochet, I’ll relay you over to this helpful video from One Dog Woof! Leave a long tail after binding off. Fold over your “stem”, and stitch the halves together with a running stitch, then work it back down to create some stiffness in your stem piece.
Thread each tail and stitch into the top of your headband, I knotted it on the underside of the headband. You can either snip off the ends, or you can stitch them into the headband cover you’ve created!

 

Leaf
With H hook and worsted weight yarn in Green, ch 2
Row 1: 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn
Row 2: 2 sc in first st, 1sc in next, 2 sc in last st, ch 1 and turn (5)
Row 3: sc across, ch 1 (5)
Row 4: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in last st, ch 1 and turn (7)
Row 5: Sc2tog, sc next 3 sts, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn (5)
Row 6 : sc across, ch 1 and turn
Row 7: Sc2tog, sc next, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn (3)
Row 8: Sc all 3 remaining sts together, ch 1 and sl st down the middle of your leaf to meet your beginning tail and bind off

Thread each tail and stitch into the top of your headband beside your stem. I had stitched both into the top center of the piece, but you can switch it up if you’d like and make it off-center for an off-kilter appearance! O P T I O N S!

 

 

If you liked this pattern and want to keep the pumpkin spice of the fall season flowing before everything becomes peppermint for Christmas, here are some other posts for craftspiration!

Crochet Animal Headbands

Apple of My Eye Crochet Hat

Black Cat Hat: Loom Knit!

Pumpkin Time!

Frankie Crochet Coffee Sleeve

 

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

 

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Pumpkin Time!

Do you know what time it is??

Let me just start off by saying:

I LOVE FALL

I love it. The weather starts changing—a little later here in Southern California, because it’s usually hot all the way into November—but oh so welcome when it finally comes! The smells, the delicious flavors, the social gatherings, the cooler evenings—everything about it is just so splendid and gets me amped! I don’t care, I’ll chug a Pumpkin Spice Latte in 90 degree heat, it’s fine.

Image result for this is fine comicAs a crafter, I have a hard time getting started on-time with the holiday-themed crafts and you always have to get started earlier than you “feel” the season. If you live in an area where the weather can be uncomfortably warm into November, it makes it tricky to feel like making pumpkins (and even further from feeling the Christmas crafts), but it’s so important! The key to crafts, even when it’s things you love, is that persistence will see you through even if the inspiration ebbs and flows away from the projects you need to get done. I wanted to help some fellow crafters out with these pretty quick and easy projects, just in case you’ve fallen behind on your projects and want to catch up! I know some people have long been underway on making their Christmas presents for people, so more power to ‘em! I for one am about to start that myself! So, here’s a smattering of projects for you!

The following links are to some fantastic blogs and patterns that I think are perfect inspiration for your pumpkin needs, so grab your pumpkin spice latte and scroll through these wonderful patterns for your next project!

 

  1. Little Pumpkin Crochet Pattern—by Kara of Petals to Picots
    I love the way the indentations are created in this pumpkin design!
  2. Cute Pumpkin—a Ravelry download available by Teri Crews Designs
    The chunkiness of these pumpkins are super adorable! I also really appreciate the light twist of the pumpkin’s ridges.
  3. Lily Sugar ‘N Cream Pumpkins—by Yarnspirations
    These are really cute and I like the look of the cotton 🙂 I’m also a huge sucker for curlicues!
  4. Tea Time Pumpkin Coasters—by Ira Rott Designs
    For resting your drinks, how cute! I especially love the curlicue design of the vines! (I told you I was a sucker for curlicues)
  5. DIY Crochet Pumpkin Coffee Cup Sleeve—by Claire of Claireabellemakes
    Need a sleeve for that PSL? Perfect pumpkin applique! (Note: uses UK terms)
  6. Pumpkin Harvest Hat—a Ravelry download available by Cathy Kurtz
    I like the unique ridging on this pumpkin hat pattern (I’m a sucker for curlicues)!
  7. Crochet Puff Stitch Pumpkin Beanie—by Amy of The Stitchin Mommy
    I think puff stitches are such a luxe-looking texture and looks perfect for the pumpkin
  8. Halloween Jar Cozies—by Nancy Anderson, shared on RedHeart.com
    Love mason jars? Me too! Fun pattern idea for decorating some jars for parties
  9. Crocheted Pumpkins!—by Krissy of The Slanted Life
    So many cute ideas for different types of pumpkins! I really loved scrolling through the pictures of pastel pumpkins on this blog! I also really appreciate her usage of mixed media in her projects to create a shabby chic look and giving them a twist! Her usage of ribbon and lace to embellish these pumpkins is so darn cute and they really inspired me, since I always underestimate the effect that mixed media can have, so I appreciated this refreshing take on pumpkins <3
  10. Plaid Pumpkin–by Meg of Megmade With Love
  11. Pick an Apple…Or A Pumpkin!—by Divine Debris
    I really appreciate the adorableness of wearables, but haven’t ventured into making jewelry myself! These dainty earrings are a sure conversation starter and would make for a lovely and quick project for all of those fall and Halloween parties! I also love that there are apple earrings too, which I included in my Back To School post! Made from lace yarn, the work would be small, but the dainty quality is wonderful!

I hope that these patterns have gotten your creative vibes flowing, I know I’m feeling the pumpkin energy! About to throw down some pumpkin spice lattes and get some stuff done! Good luck with all of your crafts, friends.

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

 

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Apple of My Eye Crochet Hat

 

 

 

Hey everyone!

 

Welcome back! I know I’ve said it probably dozens of times, but I’m ready for Southern California to decide to join in on the fall love. Today is the FIRST DAY OF FALL! And I’m really in love with how the weather has been the past couple of days! I know the weather will probably warm back up next week and it will feel like summer once again here. And that’s ok, can’t have it all, you know? But even so, I can still hop in on all of the fall pastimes, like apple picking! I went apple picking a couple of years ago in Apple Valley with the now-fiance (whaaaaat?) and had such a great time! It was really cool to see all of the varieties of apples and pick them yourself–we brought home a whole bag of them, and they were super delicious. So that’s what influenced me to create this hat, just that quintessential feeling of picking apples.

I love the simplicity of the hat, and the chunkiness just makes it super cozy, so I really do love it! I am also working on a delightful version of the hat done in loom knitting, which I’ll be sharing here, so keep on the lookout!

Without further ado, here’s the ingredient list so you can bake up your own apple hat!

 

Materials:

Chunky (5) red or green yarn and brown
I used Charisma
Worsted weight (4) Dark Green yarn
I used Red Heart Super Saver
M hook
H hook
Scissors
Tapestry needle

Abbreviations Used (US terms):

Fhdc= Foundation half double crochet
DC = double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
BLO = back loops only
ch = chain
st/sts = stitch/stitches
sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together

 

 

 

Instructions:

Apple body
With hook and your chunky yarn, ch 23
Row 1: DC in third chain from hook, DC across (21)
Row 2: Ch 1, DC in BLO across (21)
Rows 3- ??: Ch 1, DC across until piece measures 22 in
Ch 1, fold piece in half so that last row worked meets with beginning row, sc across, bind off, leaving long tail
Thread your tail through your tapestry needle and cinch your crochet tube together. Stitch extra stitches to keep it together because of the chunky yarn, then tie off. Turn out hat so that your seam is on the inside.

Stem
With L hook and brown yarn, Fhdc 10. For help with the foundation half double crochet, I’ll relay you over to this helpful video from One Dog Woof! Leave a long tail after binding off. Fold over your “stem”, and stitch the halves together with a running stitch, then work it back down to create some stiffness in your stem piece.
Thread each tail and stitch into the top of your hat, I knotted it on the underside of the hat, flipping it inside out to get a tight knot. Flip back around.

Leaf
With H hook and worsted weight yarn in Green, ch 2
Row 1: 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn
Row 2: 2 sc in first st, 1sc in next, 2 sc in last st, ch 1 and turn (5)
Row 3: sc across, ch 1 (5)
Row 4: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in last st, ch 1 and turn (7)
Row 5: Sc2tog, sc next 3 sts, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn (5)
Row 6 : sc across, ch 1 and turn
Row 7: Sc2tog, sc next, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn (3)
Row 8: Sc all 3 remaining sts together, ch 1 and sl st down the middle of your leaf to meet your beginning tail and bind off

Thread each tail and stitch into the top of your hat, flip it inside out to get a tight knot. Flip back around.

I like the spiky look of the apple leaf, and will likely use it for lots of other things! Reduce, reuse, recycle your project elements, right?

 

Once you have all of the pieces stitched into your hat, you’re ready for apple picking! You can fold over the brim, or wear it as a slouchy beanie, both options are pretty cute and it’s great to have options.

I hope you enjoy the hat and, as always, I’d LOVE to see your creations, even if you remix it! Feel free to tag me on all of the usual avenues and let me know your thoughts! Share with the class! Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!

 

 

 

 

 

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Frankie Crochet Coffee Sleeve

 

Boo!

 

Halloween is going to be here before you know it, and it’s always fun to have new ideas for the holidays! But I’m sharing this with you today because it’s Frankenstein Day!

 

What’s Frankenstein Day? It’s a holiday celebrating Mary Shelley‘s birthday, the author of the novel Frankenstein (you can find it at Barnes & Noble). I’ve always thought it was interesting how the idea of Frankenstein (who’s *actually* not named Frankenstein!!) has evolved to what he is nowadays in the collective cultural mindset. He’s actually a really tragic character in the novel, which if you haven’t read the novel and happened to have stumbled across the film version with Helena Bonham Carter and Robert De Niro you’re going to be SO blindsided by that fact and sit there surprised and crying like I did. Because you had no idea when you came in!

But that isn’t what this post is about!

 

This is a happy post about crafting! I’m here to share a pattern for a coffee sleeve with a family-friendly Frankenstein’s monster (and I’m calling him Frankie) which is really cute and very simple. If you don’t already know, I’m a HUGE fan of reusable coffee sleeves! I love that they are helping me cut down on wasting paper (though I need to remember to bring my reusable coffee cups and that is an ongoing issue for me), and that they are wonderfully personal and able to be personalized! It certainly makes it much easier to figure out whose cup is which, so you can make your mark and stake out your drink, rather than stare at the straws trying to figure out who was wearing which lipstick or lipgloss!

I hope you enjoy working up your cute sleeve and I’d love to see your creations, so please share your finished pieces with me on Instagram or Facebook! Happy crafting, everyone!

And watch that movie if you get the chance because it’s actually very interesting, but I’d suggest you have a box of tissues right next to you because it is probably going to hit you hard in the feels like it did to me!

 

 

Materials Needed:

*H crochet hook
I used Boye
*Worsted weight yarn (4) yarn
Green
Black
*2 black buttons
*Tapestry needle
*Scissors

 

Terms Used (US):

sc = single crochet
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/stitches


Instructions
:

With Green, chain 32 and slip stitch to the first chain, forming a circle. Ch 1
Round 1: Work 1 sc into the slipped stitch and sc across. Slip st to Ch1, ch1 (32 sc)
Round 2 -6: Repeat Round 1. At last of Round 6, color change to Black with slip stitch, ch 1 (32 sc)
Round 7-9: With Black, sc into each stitch in the round, sl st to beginning ch, ch 1. In final round, end with the sl st to the beginning ch and bind off, weaving in all ends

With your tapestry needle, sew on the 2 black buttons in the green section of the sleeve to create the eyes—make sure you’re certain of where you want the eyes to be before you stitch them on or you’ll have a googly-eyed sleeve!

…Or maybe you want that? It’s yours to customize!

 

Final step: Enjoy your drink, whether it’s hot cocoa, coffee, cider, pumpkin spice lattes, or tea!

 

 

Do you like coffee sleeves and want other ideas? Check out my Top of the Class Pencil Coffee Cozy and Santa Belly Coffee Sleeve for more coffee goodness!

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Bow Ties Are Cool Roundup

 

 

Happy Bow Tie Day, everybody!

 

I’ve heard that bow ties are cool, have you?

 

Well, I’m here to share a roundup of some pretty cute and adorable bow ties from various designers around the internet for your viewing pleasure and perusing for inspiration! Get the crojo back with these adorable little projects–they’re quick, they’re easy, and they’re fantastic for getting some more usage from your scrap yarn stash. Every little project counts, you know.

So these are going to be a mix of bow ties and bows which, when you think about it, are pretty much the same thing, the difference being that it goes around your neck or on your head. But don’t get too bogged down with the details, bows are cute and here’s a whole bunch of cute patterns for you. Let me know if there’s other cute bow projects you want to share! I’m including the links to the patterns in both the title as well as click-throughs on the images to make things easier and give you options, happy clicking!

 

1. How to Make Crochet Bow Tie from Simplicity

 

2. Doggie Bow Tie from Humble Carnival

 

 

3. It’s a Crochet Bow Tie – I Crochet Bow Ties Now – Bow Ties Are Cool! from StormFly Crafts

 

4. Crochet Plaid Bow Tie from Whistle and Ivy

 

 

5. Easy Crochet Bow Tutorial from Craftiness Is Not An Option

 

 

6. Bow Ties For The Guys from Red Heart

7. Crocheted Bow Tie from Cut Out and Keep

 

 

8. Infant Bow Tie from Stitch11

 

 

9. Crochet Large Striped Hair Bow-Candy Corn from EyeLoveKnots

 

 

10. Bowtie Pacifier Clip from The Crafter Life

 

 

Hope you found some of these projects as cute as I did! I think I need a bow tie now…

Until next time,

Gilliane

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Happy National Granny Square Day!

Happy National Granny Square Day!!

 

Wait, what?

 

Yes! Today is National Granny Square Day!

I know that there is a ton of “national” days, but I think it at least keeps things interesting, even if you can’t use it as an excuse to call in sick from work…

 

Me: *cough cough* “Sorry boss, can’t come in today, I’ve gotta celebrate National Granny Square Day”

 

Man, that would be awesome, though.

 

So today I’m here to share with you some of my own curiosities about the granny square and some of my favorite patterns that include them! Come along with me on this journey, it’ll be a fun little jaunt!

 

I was curious as to why it was called a “granny square” and unfortunately there really aren’t that many reliable resources to help answer the question as anything further than it “looks like something your granny would make”, which is a little bit of a letdown that it might be something so stereotypical. So it seems like another one of those “how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop” questions…the world may never know.

Another thing the world may never come to a definitive conclusion is when it got started. It’s about as murky as the question of when crocheting really got started as a fiber craft. Some reports say early nineteenth century but, as mentioned by The Sunroom, the earliest references are from books from Victorian England, in which are rather complicated patterns, suggesting a longer history than even that. Want to know more than you possibly wanted to about granny squares? I humbly suggest further reading this article by Crochet Concupiscence, it’s pretty wild and thorough!

But from whatever humble beginnings it originated, it has had an enduring relationship to crafters all over! It enjoyed a renaissance in the 60s and 70s and hasn’t ever completely faded, continuing to grace runways even today.

And there are all kinds of granny squares!

Little ones:

These are 2 3/4 in squares from Crochet Again!

 

Chunky ones:

Chunky granny squares from Designs by Phanessa

Simple ones:

Simple square design from The Spruce

Complex ones:

Leaf Stitch Granny Square from Craftsy User Jyneffer

You have plenty of opportunities for creativity with these!

There are several kinds of motifs you can use as well. You can go for a floral motif:

Click for the YouTube tutorial

Or even some cute animals! Maria’s Blue Crayon does some really adorable wildlife granny squares!

Maria’s Blue Crayon’s Woodland Afghan series
And here’s her Ocean Granny Square Afghan

The “granny” style motif isn’t all, either!

You can also do granny stripes:

Granny Stripes pattern from Attic24

And granny chevrons!

Granny chevron design from Bella Coco

The sky’s the limit!

And even I myself have made some cute stuff using the design! It’s such a nice and simple way to make things and really opens you up to different ideas!

I have my Granny Gone Chic fingerless gloves, these are done in Gryffindor colors:

And my Granny Goes to the Beach applique bikini top:

 

 

 

I just appreciate the wild amount of variety you have as a crafter when it comes to the usage of the granny square motif. I think it’s just a really cool way to add pops of color to things, whether you want something super vibrant, or subtly delicate in creams. It’s also a fantastic way of busting up your stash of odds and ends of yarn, which everyone has! So I hope you enjoyed reading this little foray into the magic of granny squares, I certainly did. If you want to get into the fun and action of the day, be sure to scroll about through the Instagram tag #nationalgrannysquareday or #nationalgrannysquareday2017! Everyone will be posting up close pictures of their individual squares to create a delightful digitally composed afghan, let’s hope it figuratively covers the globe!

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

 

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Top of the Class Pencil Coffee Cozy

 

Hey everyone!

 

Welcome back! If you liked my pencil scarf pattern from just shy of two weeks ago, then I’ve got an extra special treat for you! I’ve written up a pattern for some delightfully perfect back to school-themed pencil coffee cozies! I’m a big fan of coffee sleeves, they’re just so versatile and fun and highly customizable!

 

Best of luck to everyone whose little tykes have been sent back off to school and are getting back into the swing of the new school year! You’re probably going to need the coffee! It’s so weird to me hearing that people are starting school in August–or even July!–because I myself have always associated with September being the back to school time, so I can only imagine!

Another thing about the impending season is that it’s when lots of crafters are getting ready for their craft fairs, since they are already underway and the signups have begun for the events that won’t be popping up for another couple of months! I have some craft fairs on my own radar, and you probably do, too! And even faster still is the doom and excitement of all the holidays, so lots of craft preparation is going on!

And have I mentioned just how much I love quick and easy projects? They’re the best! I’ve shared my Santa Belly Coffee Sleeves here recently, which if you haven’t seen them, check them out, they’re super cute and I used mine on and off throughout July…because Christmas in July! Another reason why coffee sleeves are awesome (in addition to their personal qualities and that they help you reduce the amount of paper in landfills) is that they are quick and easy! I had originally whipped up one of these last year when I’d been inspired by my Project Scrap Yarn, and I was just so in love with how it turned out, but I hadn’t done anything with the pattern! I’m glad that I finally have the chance to share this with you! For these reasons and more, I think that these little coffee sleeves are perfect gifts for the teachers going back into the classrooms or for your craft fair needs!

So let’s get started!

 

 

Materials:

 

 

Worsted weight yarn (4)
-Gold
I used Red Heart Super Saver
-Grey
I used Craft Smart
-Pink
I used Impeccable
H hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Terms used (US):

Sc = single crochet
DC = double crochet
Ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch

Instructions:

Using H hook and GOLD yarn, chain 32, slip stitch join to form loop

 

Row 1: Ch 1, single crochet into each stitch around, sl st to beginning of row (32)
Rows 2-5: Repeat Row 1.
Row 6: Repeat previous row, sl st to beginning and bind off

Row 7: Sl st GREY into first stitch, ch 1, single crochet into first stitch and every stitch around, sl st to beginning (32)

 

Row 8: Ch 2, DC into first stitch, sc, *DC, sc, repeat from * to end of round, sl st to beginning of round

In the above picture, you can see the work in progress! The first row at the foreground of the photo is Row 7, the row of single crochet in Grey, and the row being worked behind is Row 8, the alternating of DC and sc

 

Row 9: Introduce PINK with a slip stitch. Ch 1, sc into the sl st space and every space around, for 32 sc. Sl st to beginning ch.

Keep going!

Rows 10-12: Repeat Row 9. Start with ch 1, sc around, sl st to beginning. When you’ve reached your desired eraser length, bind off and weave in those ends!

 

 

Here’s a picture of me from when I first created this cozy last year–I still had the braces then! Time flies so fast! I actually kind of miss the braces, is that weird?

 

And that’s the Top of the Class Pencil Coffee Cozy! I hope you brought enough for the whole class!

 

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

 

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Back To School Roundup!

Fall’s coming!

I’m sure of it…like in some parts of the United States, somewhere? Not here in California, but I’m sure it is definitely going to be happening somewhere! Send me pictures of what weather looks like because as a Californian I’m terribly confused. But either way, school is going to be starting up pretty soon, if it hasn’t already, whether it feels like summer where you are or has started transitioning into Autumn.

 

I’m jealous, by the way, of the places that experience Autumn, and I’m not afraid of showing it.

 

 

*googles images of Autumn* *wistful sigh*

 

But here’s a list of crochet patterns and designs that I think just scream back to school and that you might enjoy! So if you’re sending the kids back to school, off to college, want to give a gift to a teacher, or just simply enjoy the adorable qualities of these designs for your fall wardrobe, these are all really cool and fun ideas—so get to crafting!

 

 

 

  1. Pick an Apple…Or A Pumpkin!—by Divine DebrisThese dainty earrings are a sure-fire conversation starter! They would make for a lovely and quick project for back to school or for various fall parties! These apple earrings would make for a perfect back-to-school piece or a gift for a new teacher! Or, if you’re planning on doing quintessentially fall things like apple picking and want a fun statement piece, these would be perfect! Made from lace yarn, the work would be small (make sure to do hand stretches so you keep your muscles safe!), but the dainty quality is wonderful!
    http://divinedebris.com/pick-an-apple/
  2. Top of the Class Pencil Scarf—by Gilliane of GillyGnitsThis snazzy scarf is a FREE pattern made by yours truly and is such a dorky and fun way to bring in the back to school and fall season! They work up pretty quickly (you can mindlessly stitch single crochet in the body of the piece while you watch Netflix!) and allow for lots of variation, so start sharpening those pencils and have fun!
    http://www.gillygnits.com/top-of-the-class-pencil-scarf
  3. Hop on the Bus, Gus! Scarf—by Amanda Rader Designs
    Carrying on the scarf theme, this is such a fantastic and ingenious scarf that looks like a long school bus! It has such a fantastic usage of detail, right down to the little blue handicap and red stop sign icons on the sides of the piece! The use of chain spacing to create the scarf’s “windows” is a smart detail element as well. Available as a free Ravelry download!
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hop-on-the-bus-gus
  4. Crochet Pencil Pouch—by Sarah of RepeatCrafterMe
    Pencil pouches are so cute and useful, so it’s the best of both worlds! This pouch has a single button enclosure and I love how she models the piece with a mix of crochet hooks and pencils, it’s usually how my desk looks!
    http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2016/07/crochet-pencil-pouch.html
  5. Pencil Shaped Pencil Pouch—by Ashleigh of Sewrella
    This and the following entry are both by Sewrella as part of her Back To School series and are so adorable, I’d have been amiss in not including them! They are super cute and look even better as a set! This pencil case is a nice quick project and will be such a fantastic accessory for your little one to take with them and all their brand new writing utensils to school! I personally love the double-button enclosure on the piece!
    http://www.sewrella.com/2016/08/pencil-shaped-pencil-pouch-back-to.html
  6. Notebook Paper Crochet Textbook Cover—by Ashleigh of Sewrella
    I love things that are usable and contribute less waste, and I remember book covers in school being pretty wasteful because they were paper and tore and were quickly thrown away by the end of the first week of school because of their lack of durability. Not the case with this cute pattern courtesy of Sewrella! It looks like a sheet of lined paper, complete with the detailing of punch holes, and looks like a beautiful fit for books! Her thorough photographs of her process make for easier crafting and are incredibly helpful while working the project!
    http://www.sewrella.com/2016/08/notebook-paper-crochet-textbook-cover.html
  7. Back-to-School Teacher’s Treat—by Maria Bittner of Pattern Paradise
    The teacher’s treat: apples! These are some cute apple coasters that would be perfect for a teacher’s desk to start the new year off right, and have a table that’s safe from rings from their coffee. Because teachers need A LOT of coffee! But this would also be a perfect addition to a country-themed kitchen, and is just a very cute pattern. The post also includes an option to make the coaster pieces into a tiny treat bag! Perfect!
    https://pattern-paradise.com/2014/08/22/free-crochet-pattern-back-school-treat
  8. Building Blocks Crochet Backpack—by Tamara Kelly of Moogly
    Whoa! This is so cool! Inspired by Legos, this is an adorably intricate drawstring backpack requiring an understanding of a number of techniques, but Moogly is such a great resource you can find all of the tools you need on the site to properly execute the bag! I wouldn’t call this a quick and easy project by any means, but it looks like a labor of love that is well worth the effort!
    http://www.mooglyblog.com/lego-inspired-crochet-backpack/
  9. Gecko Bookmark Pattern—by Lion Brand Yarn
    I think that crochet bookmarks are so much fun! And this one is no exception. A fun, elongated body makes this little gecko look like family-friendly roadkill (sorry if that’s a gross picture that popped into your head), but makes it perfect for laying flat in a closed book! The curlicue tail is a nice touch and the little tongue makes for a nice addition, though could be omitted if desired!
    http://www.lionbrand.com/crochet-pattern-gecko-bookmark-1.html
  10. The Perfect Gift: Yarn Ball Bookmark—by Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom
    I love the perfect simplicity of this bookmark pattern! It really is perfect since it is probably the easiest pattern in this lineup of awesome patterns! It’s a pompom with a long tail that can be inserted into a book as a very effect bookmark! It can be made by hand or with the use of a Clover pompom maker. It’ll spruce up the desk with an assortment of cute pompoms sticking out of a stack of books!
    https://www.designmom.com/the-perfect-gift-yarn-ball-bookmark/

Hope you liked the patterns here, and feel free to share some that you’ve enjoyed! I’m always looking for new friends on Pinterest! I’ll be scouring through Pinterest myself throughout the rest of summer and dreaming of Fall!

Until next time,
Gilliane

 

 

 

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Top of the Class Pencil Scarf

Hey there! I know that it’s the dead of summer right now and all you want to do is run and hop and skip and jump and have lazy days…but school is coming again. That’s right, school. is. coming. again.

 

Byeeeeee, random kid from the internet in this stock picture!

 

Before you know it, it’s going to be time to do the Back to School shopping and get new backpacks and clothes and all of the fun (and not-so-fun like waking up early) stuff that comes along with it! And judging by the ads and displays at Target and Walmart, for some of you it’s already time! Time to sharpen those pencils and get back to school!

This pattern that I’m sharing with you today would make a perfect scarf for a student (even for your college kid heading off or back to campus!) or a splendid gift for that teacher in your life, ooooor even a great quirky perk to your own outfit! I wanted something kind of whimsical looking as a fun project to work on and I was inspired by my Project Scrap Yarn that I have been working through. (Click through for my post about PSY! You can also look for the hashtag on my Instagram!) My favorite aspect of the pattern is the crinkle look of the faux-metal tip of the pencil, I think it gives it a super cute textural aspect to the design! If the crinkle look isn’t personally your thing, I’ll include the alternative faux-metal tip, there is a lot of flexibility in crochet. You can follow the pattern to the letter or, if you would like a thinner/tighter scarf, feel free to use a smaller hook to obtain that kind of gauge. You can make it however long you would like! Whether you like the ascot-ty look or you really want the scarf to wrap around, the design is pretty straightforward and versatile, I hope you enjoy it!

 

**Notes** Because a lot of this pattern is small color changes, I’ve highlighted the colors being used in BOLD to help it stand out in the text, so you don’t accidentally skip it somehow.

The yarn color you’ll need the most of for this project is the gold/yellow, since everything else is in small quantities.

 

Seriously. The black yarn you’ll only need for like 8 stitches and room for weaving in the ends. Really small.

 

Materials:

*1 Ball of worsted weight yarn (4) in Yellow
[I used Red Heart Super Saver in Gold]
*Small parts of:
Black (for the lead)
[I used Red Heart Super Saver]
Beige (for the pencil)
[I used Impeccable in Heather]
Gray (for the ‘metal’ tip)
[I used Craft Smart yarn in Gray]
Pink (for the eraser)
[I used Impeccable in Arbor Rose]
*I Hook
*Scissors
*Tapestry needle

Terms Used:
SC=Single Crochet
Ch=Chain
St/s=Stitch/stitches
DC=Double Crochet

 

Instructions:

With Black, ch 2
Row 1: 2 sc into the second chain from the hook, ch 1, turn
Row 2: 1 sc into each stitch, ch 1, turn (2 sc)
Row 3: 2 sc into each st, yarn over and slip knot to end the color. Color change to Beige. Ch 1 with Beige and turn. (4)

I didn’t like my original attempt at color changing, which is why I’m suggesting just binding off each color and then slipping in the new color!

I had originally tried a color change in the last stitch, but it didn’t really work out the way that I had liked, so I felt it was necessary to complete each other in the row before introducing the new color in each block. It looked really messy on one side which, for some projects, is okay, but this kind of annoyed me, so here’s the two examples of the pencil tips that I made:

 

The wonky one was okay on the other side, just flip it over:

So it’s up to you whether you want to make the color change in the last stitch in your row, but this is what I liked the best for this project in particular…and the one I went with!

 

Row 4: 2 sc into first st, sc next 2 sts, 2 sc last st. Ch 1 and turn (6)
Row 5: 2 sc into first st, sc next 4 sts, 2 sc last st. Ch 1 and turn (8)
Row 6: 2 sc into first st, sc next 6 sts, 2 sc last st, yarn over and slip knot to end the color. Color change to Yellow. Ch 1 with Yellow and turn (10)
Row 7: 2 sc into first st, sc next 8 sts, 2 sc last st. Ch 1 and turn (12)
Row 8: Sc each st across, ch 1, turn (12)
Row 9-??: Sc each st across, ch 1, and turn until the body of the scarf has reached a comfortable length for your project’s needs!

You might want a scarf that’s more ascot length or a super scarf, or you might want something shorter for your kindergartner but something longer for your college kid, so I’ve left the length more or less up to you! If you have a whole skein of the yellow yarn, then you have lots of room to play with the length, it’s your scarf!

But there’s still more! Leave room for the eraser!

Last row of Yellow: Sc across all stitches, yarn over and slip knot to end the color, color change with Grey. Ch 1 with Grey and turn
**Grey 1: Single crochet into each stitch across, ch 2 and turn


Grey 2-8: 1 DC into the first stitch, sc the second, DC the 3rd, continue pattern to the end, ch 2 and turn.

 

 

The above chart is meant to help you out in the scheme of how the stitches are supposed to situate themselves, the 3 with a bracket off to the right hand side of the chart is to denote a stitch height of 3! I hope this helps! (Please let me know if it doesn’t make sense, or if I can clarify it. My Microsoft Paint skills are pretty good, I hope!)

 

**Alternative with Grey**
If the crinkle effect isn’t to your liking, you can DC into each stitch across the row, ch 2 and turn. Repeat for each row until the eraser metal is to your desired length, but 10 rows would make an appropriate length.

 

 

At end of final row, color change with Pink. Ch 1 with Pink and turn

Pink Row 1: Sc into each st across, ch 1 and turn.

Pink Row 2-8: Repeat Pink Row 1 until the Eraser is your favorite length!
Note: You can make the Grey and Pink rows as long as you’d like, though however many rows you use, match it in the opposite color to make the sections even

Bind off and weave in all ends. Wear it like a scholarly rock star!

 

 

 

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Finished items made from this pattern may be personally sold on your Etsy and at craft fairs, but please share the love and credit the pattern back here! And please don’t copy and paste this pattern as your own!

 

 

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