Wine Glass Cozy Pattern

Wine Cozy/Coasters

I’m very excited to be able to share this pattern with you. In my previous post, I’m in Love with the Shell Stitch, I showed you a wine glass coaster/cozy that I designed and stitched up all on my own! Today, I’ll be sharing the pattern.

But first: for anyone who may not be familiar with what a shell stitch is, the shell stitch (also known as the ‘fan stitch’) consists of multiple stitches being crocheted into the same stitch. Because you have multiple stitches sharing the same space, you end up with a cluster that resembles a shell, or a fan. In my pattern, I use two different size shells, a 5 double crochet shell and a 3 double crochet shell.

I like the idea of two colors in each cozy, each base (the first six rows) has its own unique color but the top part with the shells (rows seven and eight) are the same with all cozies. The same top color helps create a uniform look among all the cozies but the distinct base shows through the stem and allows for just enough distinction to help everyone keep track of their wine glass.
Wine Cozy Teal and Plum Base

Stitches Used:
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet

Supplies Used:
Size H hook
Weight 4 Worsted Weight yarn (two different colors if you want the base to have its own color)
Needle for weaving ends

Special Notes:
A 5 double crochet shell will be denoted as 5dcsh; a 3 double crochet shell will be denoted as 3dcsh.
The ‘chain 1’ at the start of the first seven rows will not count as the first stitch of each row; but it will for rows 8 and 9.

Instructions:
Row 1: form a magic circle, chain 1, 6 sc in magic circle. Join with sl st to first sc and pull end to close circle. (6)
Row 2: chain 1. 2 sc in each sc. (12)
Row 3: chain 1. (1 sc, 2 sc), repeat to end. Join with sl st to first sc. (18)
Row 4: chain 1. (1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc), repeat to end. Join with sl st to first sc. (24)
Row 5: chain 1. (1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc), repeat to end. Join with sl st to first sc. (30)
Row 6: chain 1. (1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc), repeat to end. Join with sl st to first sc. (36)
Row 7: chain 1. Sc in each stitch through the back loops only. (36)
With B working in back loops
Row 8: chain 1, counts as first sc. (Skip two stitches, 5dcsh, skip 2 stitches, 1 sc.), repeat 4 more times. Skip two stitches, 5dcsh, skip 2 stitches, join with a slip stitch to starting sc. (6 shell clusters, 6 sc)
Two 5dcsh
Row 9: chain 2, counts as first dc. Dc in same joining stitch. (Skip two stitches, sl st in next stitch, skip two stitches, 3dcsh in next stitch), repeat 4 more times. Skip two stitches, sl st in next stitch, skip two stitches, 1 dc in same stitch as first dc. Join with a sl st to first dc. Cut tail and weave in ends.

This is my first attempt at writing a pattern so please let me know if any of the instructions seem out of sorts.

Sharing is caring but stealing is not nice. Feel free to make dozens for yourself or to gift but please give me credit by including the link back to my pattern if you pin or share online.

Candle Jar Cover

Crochet Candle Jar Cover

Even though summer days get very hot in Nevada, evenings are pleasantly cool. These past few nights, my husband and I have been making the most of it by relaxing out on our patio. So when I came across little Z handmade’s pattern for summer candles, I knew I wanted something like that on my patio.

Of course, I had to make some alterations to the original design. For starters, the original design calls for the addition of a wire handle so that the lantern/s can hang from a tree. Unfortunately, I have desert-scape in my backyard (as do most Nevadans) and so I don’t have any trees from which to hang lanterns. Not a problem, though, because my idea was for the jar to sit on my patio table. Secondly, because my jar wasn’t as wide (or maybe my stitches were too big), I ended up cutting out the last single crochet round – so I only did 30 stitches instead of 36. One thing to note, which wasn’t explicitly stated in the pattern and can be confusing for beginners, is that the single crochet stitches are made in a spiral – this is unlike completing rows in the round. Because you won’t have that visual cue to let you know where one “row” started, you’ll want to make sure to use a stitch marker. The stitch marker will go into the first stitch of your “row;” when you get to the end of that row, you’ll remove the stitch marker and place it into the first stitch of your next round.

Because I cut six stitches from the base circle, this resulted in one less loop when it came time for those. Speaking of which, the pattern calls for chain-10 loop; I did chain-8 because ten chains made the diamonds too open. If I had left the loops at chain-10, I would have had to use one less row and the diamond effect would have been lost. With chain-8, I was able to do the three rows and still showcase the diamond design that really attracted me to this pattern.

More than anything, I liked that this project was very quick to complete. I started and finished just in time to enjoy at tonight’s evening grilling.

Candle Jar at Night

Candle Jar at Night

And here is my final project! I’m extremely pleased with the final result. It was exactly as I had envisioned. I really like the soft glow of the light against the design of the pattern. Amazing how a little bit of yarn can truly dress up a jar. Here’s to more pleasant summer evenings that will now also include a hint of crochet.

Do you like? Be sure to leave me a comment to let me know what you think of the final product.

3 Things I Look for When Picking a Pattern

It’s not something uncommon for me: to navigate through the endless sea of patterns to find the one that calls out to me. Finding a pattern I like is only half the battle – the other half is knowing if the pattern is right for me. I have been looking for a shawl pattern for some time now and I found the Yes, Yes Shawl pattern from Bernat. Next, I’ll put it through my own vetting process. The following are there three things that I look for when picking a pattern…

1. Level of Difficulty
It’s easy to get carried away by a picture. A project looks so perfect it may even take our breath away (ok, maybe that only happens just to me). What we want to make sure is that the pattern is within our level of experience. Typically, a pattern will Levels of Difficultyinclude an icon to indicate how difficult the pattern is and can range from Beginner to Experienced. Also, reading through part of the instructions can help us determine if the pattern is one we want to venture into. Make sure that you can understand the instructions as they are written. This particular pattern, has written instructions as well as a diagram which I personally prefer over written instructions (I will cover diagram patterns in a future post so stay tuned).

abbreviations and stitches2. Stitches Used
Hand in hand with tip #1, most patterns will have a list of stitches used. You can determine if the pattern is one you want to venture into by identifying those stitches. Patterns will also list if there are any special stitches that will be used throughout the pattern and how to complete them (ie, cluster stitch, bobble). In this example, the pattern gives me a list of abbreviations used, and not just a list of stitches. Because I am comfortable with all of the abbreviations and stitches listed, I might give this pattern a go.

3. Materials Needed
You want to know how much yarn the project is going to take. If a skein of yarn is about $6 each and it calls for 6 of them, are you comfortable will shelling over $36 (or even $42 if you want to play it safe and get 7 instead of 6). Also, the project Materials for shawlwill state what size you’ll need – is it a needle you have or will you need to go out and get it? For this pattern, I have a size G hook and because the pattern only calls for 2 balls of yarn – it will fall within my budget of what I’m willing to spend on a project.

Since this pattern meets my three criteria (within my level of experience, uses terms I know, materials needed are within my budget), I will go ahead and use it.  So ends my search for a pattern for a summer shawl.

As a final word of advice: if you find a pattern online that you love, print it as a PDF document onto your computer. You don’t want to run the risk of the pattern designer no longer hosting the pattern online if you try to access it again in the future. I have CutePDF Writer installed as one of my printers – I “print” the pattern, select CutePDF Writer as the printer, and then I get a PDF “print-out” that I am able to save on my computer.

Do you have any criteria for picking a pattern? Please share in the comments section.

Cheater Crochet Headband

Raise your hand if you’re ready for another easy project? (You are raising your hand…right?). If you have any special little girls in your life, this one’s for you. I don’t have any daughters of my own but I am blessed to have three adorable nieces – they help me get my girl-fix. The pink, the frilliness, the sparkle – how can one resist?

Girly Headbands

Girly Headbands

One of the trends that I find adorable in girls’ fashion is the use of headbands with big bows or flowers. Crocheted bows and flowers happen to be very simple to make and are an excellent project for beginning crocheters. Headbands are also fairly easy for beginners to make – and there are lots of patterns available online. You can find patterns for a simple headband or a more elaborate headband. However, for this project, I decided to use headbands that can be purchased at a store — hence why I call them “cheater” crochet headband because really we’re only going to crochet the bow and flower (by the way, I got these headbands at Walmart). I like that they are elastic so that they can fit snugly and stay put on a little girl’s head.

First, the Bows:
We are going to crochet a rectangle of single crochet stitches (sc), sew up the seams, and pinch in the middle. Specifically…

How to Make a BowChain 25.

Row 1: sc into second chain from hook, sc to end. 24 sc total. Chain 1, turn.

Row 2: sc in first chain, sc across. 24 sc total. Chain 1, turn.

Row 3-5: repeat row 2 instructions.

Row 6: repeat row 2. Cut off tail at least a foot long and fasten off.

Using the tail, sew together both short ends so that you have what looks like a cuff. Pinch in the middle to create the bow shape and with the remaining tail, wrap several times around the middle. Make sure to stay centered otherwise you’ll end up with a lop-sided bow…unless of course you’re deliberately going for that look.

Now that your bow is ready, sew it onto the headband.

Flowers
There are as many patterns for crochet flowers as there are flowers themselves. I really enjoyed the video tutorial from The Making Spot. In it, we are taught how to make a very basic five petal flower. Before you hit play, I do need to caution you that they use UK crochet terms. So when you are instructed to do a “treble stitch” you will be doing a double crochet stitch (the US equivalent). A slip stitch is a slip stitch in both UK and US terms.

You can make different size flowers by varying the size of the hook and then layer the flowers for a more dramatic look. For this particular style of flower, I don’t like the look of the hole in the center so I usually sew on a button. You can see in the picture above that I used a black button for the grey flower on the pink headband. If you want something more dramatic you can check out the May Roses pattern from Attic24.

HeadbandsTell me: are these cute or what? Try making them for the special girly girl/s in your life.