Exodus 31:6b "and in the hearts of all who are skillful I have put skill..." I believe that God gives us all of our talents & gifts. And each person has a different set of them. Mine happen to be in the area of needlework. Please enjoy the talents & gifts God gave to me that I am blessed to be able to share with you!!
As I FRANTICALLY crochet and knit to finish up all of the projects on my Christmas gifting list, I am often inspired to create quick "last minute" items. Ones that I can whip up in just a little bit of time and use yarn that is in my stash. Last year was the Jar Topper Santa and Frosty hat's. Those were SO much fun for gifting last year. And my pups looked super cute in them as well. Want to take a look?? Click HERE and it will take you to that blog post.
This year is another GREAT one...but it's from my most popular pattern line, the Meandering Paw Prints. There are options for two edgings. One that uses an Elastic Ponytail Holder and the other where you crochet ties for closing. I know the bottom tie seems a little off.....but I assure you, much though went into it. Last year I knit some mug cozies for friends that had the tie at the top. If adding your cozy is an afterthought to pouring your coffee, with the top tie you have to lift up a filled mug and risk spilling as you get your coffee mug "dressed". With the bottom tie you simply slip it over the top of your mug that is sitting securely on your table top. Also, no worries about the end of the tie ending up in your drink.
So without further ado.....I introduce the newest pattern.
"MEANDERING PAW PRINTS MUG COZY"
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SIZE: Fits standard coffee mug. 3 ¼” tall x 9” long, excluding ties in edging option #2.
MATERIALS: Size G/6/4.0 mm crochet hook, Worsted weight/medium/size 4 yarn (approx. 25-30 yds/14 grams/0.5 ounces), Elastic Ponytail Holder for Edging option #1, scissors, and yarn needle.
GAUGE: Addressed at the end of Row 1.
1)Ch 2 at the beginning of each row DOES NOT count as a stitch.
2)To help keep track of your stitches, the row stitch counts are in parenthesis at the end of each row. Chains are counted as individual stitches, except where you are instructed to “2 sc in ch 4 sp” then the entire ch sp is counted as one and you will work into the next stitch following the ch 4 sp.
3)2DcCl: YO, insert hook into st, YO, draw up a loop, YO, draw through 2 loops. YO, insert hook into same st, YO, draw up a loop, YO, draw through 2 loops, YO, draw through last 3 loops.
4)Dc in last sk st: Insert the hook into the skipped stitch indicated and continue with your dc in the same manner as the other dc. This binds the two sts together into a cross stitch.
5)If you find yourself having difficulty with this pattern, please contact me via private message on my Amy B Stitched Facebook page. It is the quickest way to reach me and I am always happy to help. Please be ready to provide pictures of your work so I can help you determine the source of your problem quicker and get you back to stitching up your project.
Row 1: Ch 32, dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each st across to last st. 2DcCl in last st. (29 dc, 1 2DcCl). Piece should measure approx. 8 ¼” long x ¾” high at the end of this row. If size is significantly different you should choose a larger or smaller crochet hook to accommodate your need.
Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Dc in first 4 sts. * Ch 4, sk 2, dc 8. Repeat from * one more time. Ch 4, sk 2, dc next 3 sts. 2DcCl in last st. (23 dc, 3 ch 4 sps, 1 2DcCl)
Row 3: Ch 2, turn. Dc in first 2 sts. * Ch 1, sk 1, dc next st, 2 sc in ch 4 sp, dc in next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc next 4 sts. Repeat from * one more time. Ch 1, sk 1, dc next st. 2 sc in ch 4 sp. Dc in next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc next st. 2DcCl in last st. (17 dc, 6 ch 1 sps, 6 sc, 1 2DcCl)
Row 4: Ch 2, turn. Dc first 3 sts. * Ch 1, sk 2, dc in next st, dc last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc in next 6 sts. Repeat from * one more time. Ch 1, sk 2, dc next st, dc last sk st, ch 1, sk 1, dc next 2 sts. 2DcCl in last st. (23 dc, 6 ch 1 sps, 1 2DcCl).
Row 5: Ch 2, turn. Dc across to last st. 2DcCl in last st. (29 dc, 1 2DcCl). Do NOT finish off, but continue on to your edging of choice.
Top: Ch 1, turn. Sc across.
First side: Ch 1, rotate to work down side. Sc in top of first row. (See figure 1) Holding elastic ponytail holder behind work, sc evenly down side to last st working over elastic ponytail holder. Sc in last st.
Bottom: Ch 1, rotate work to stitch across bottom. Sc into the bottom of each dc across (do not stitch into the loop from beginning chain, but insert hook between the two parallel strands at the base of each individual dc).
Second Side: Ch 1, rotate to work up side. Sc in top base of first row. Holding elastic hair tie behind work, sc evenly up side to last st working over elastic ponytail holder. Sc in last st. Sl st in first sc to join. Finish off.
Top: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across. Trc in very first sc of edging row to join the top edge. See figure 2.
First Side: Working down the side from the top edge of the trc, sc evenly across. Ch 26, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain across.
Bottom: Sc evenly across the bottom (do not stitch into the loop from beginning chain, but insert hook between the two parallel strands at the base of each individual dc).
Second Side: Ch 26, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and into each ch across. Rotate work and sc up the remaining side. Sl st into the base of the joining trc. Finish off.