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Christmas is getting closer and time to make a gift is getting shorter but here is another idea for you! This cozy uses a basket weave stitch that is made with front and back post stitches. Once you get the hang of working around the posts of stitches (see photos below), the stitch pattern works out quickly and nicely – this project only has 9 rows! This cozy has a unique closure (like the previous cozy pattern posted on this blog, the Braided Stripes Coffee Cozy) that helps it to fit snugly around most mugs and a fun decorative element I found at Hobby Lobby – scroll down and click on the name in the supply list to purchase. I love these decorative elements – there are so many fun sayings and images on them that you can probably find one for each person on your gift list.
F/5/3.75 mm Hook
1 flat button (with 2 or 4 holes)
1 small hair elastic
Black thread and sewing needle
Decorative piece or pendant –
Instant Gratification Focal Pendant
Project is worked in rows lengthwise
Measurements: 9 ¾” x 3”
Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc): YO, insert hook around post of st from back of row to front and then to back again; YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) 2x
This photo shows one BPdc completed and then arrows showing where and how to insert hook for next stitch – from the back to the front and around the next post of the stitch (see curvy arrows) and then to the back of the project; Here at the back of the project you complete the dc as usual : YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through 2 loops
Here you can see 3 BPdc stitches completed – where the #1, 2 and 3 are in the image shows each of the completed stitches as they look from this side of the project; If you were to flip over this row, you would see the dc posts popping out from the posts of the row below
Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc): YO, insert hook around post of st from front of row to the back and then to the front again; YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) 2x
In this photo you can see how the hook is inserted for the FPdc – from the front of the project you insert hook toward the back, around the next post and then back toward the front; Then you complete the dc as usual: YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through 2 loops; Now the dc stitches will pop out on the front side of the project (as seen in the photo below)
Row 1 : Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across. (42 dc)
Row 2 : Ch 2, (BPdc (see Special Stitches) around each of next 3 sts; FPdc (see Special Stitches) around each of next 3 sts) across (7 times) ending with hdc in turning chain. Turn.
Row 3: Repeat Row 2
With Row 4 you will start working the opposite type of stitch over what is in the row below. (Up until this point you were keeping the same stitches on top of each other.) So, at the beginning of the row you have 3 BPdcs as you see in the image above (each labeled with #1, 2 & 3) and now you will work a FPdc around each to get the basket weave effect. (You will work the opposite stitch over the current stitch again for Row 7)
Row 4: Ch 2, (FPdc around each of next 3 sts, BPdc around each of next 3 sts) across (7 times) ending with hdc in turning chain. Turn.
Rows 5 and 6: Repeat Row 4
Rows 7, 8 and 9: Repeat Row 2; Turn. Do not fasten off.
With Right Side facing, sc in each st across; ch 1, now working down side of rows, sc evenly across to next corner; ch 1, sc in each unused loop of starting chain across; ch 1, now working up other side of rows, sc evenly across to last corner; ch 1, sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.
Fold elastic into a loop (so about 1/2″ to 3/4″ long) and sew (using black thread and needle) to wrong side of cozy. You may need to trim off some of the elastic. You may want to sew a small circle of felt over the stitching where the elastic is attached.
Using embroidery needle and yarn, sew decorative piece and button on as shown in photo above.
There are all kinds of decorative metal accents that you can find at Hobby Lobby – click here to see more!
Now reward yourself – wrap around a mug and have a cup of coffee!
Here’s an image for Pinterest: