Braided Stripes Coffee Cozy

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This week I would like to share with you 3 free cozy patterns.  Each uses a different stitch and all work up very quickly. I love how these cozies protect your fingers and keep your coffee warm.  The Braided Stripes Coffee Cozy features a neat way to work into hdc’s (half double crochets) that creates a braid-like line running along every other row.  I found a sparkly music-lovers pendant at Hobby Lobby (in the jewelry department) but there are all kinds of options – just what your cozy needs to make it a one-of-a-kind gift for someone this Christmas.

**Added bonus  – this week until 12/18 Hobby Lobby is offering FREE SHIPPING!

Click on the name of the yarn to purchase – It’s great cotton yarn – Has a wonderful sheen and comes in vibrant colors!

Supplies:

Sinfonia Yarn by Omega

F/5/3.75 mm Hook

Embroidery needle

2 hair elastics

Black thread and sewing needle

2 flat buttons

Jewelry pendant – There are all kinds to choose from at Hobby Lobby – Click on the name below to find the one I used:
G-Clef Crystal Pendant

Cozy is worked in rows across the width (sideways)

Measurements: 9” x 3”

Special Stitches:

Back bar of the chain = One side of the chain looks like a braid with several “V’s” stacked on top of each other; Flip the chain over and  you will see a long line of “bumps” created by the chain’s 3rd loop – insert your hook under each of these bumps to work “in the back bar of the chain”

Back bar of hdc = Turn your row of hdc’s over so you are looking at the wrong side of the stitches (Photo 1); at the top of the stitch are the usual front and back loops; just below the back loop of the stitch you will see another loop that extends across the stitch on a slight diagonal – this is the “back bar”(arrows in photo 1) – insert your hook through this loop from underneath (Photo 2); Working in this back bar makes the top 2 loops pop-out and look like a braid on the Right Side (Photo 3)

 

Ch 17

Row 1 (Right Side): Working in the back bar of the chain (see Special Stitches), hdc in 2nd ch and in each ch across. (15 hdc) Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 1, working in the back bar of each hdc (see Special Stitches), sc in each st across. (15 sc) Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 2, working in both loops, hdc in each st across. Turn.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until piece reaches desired length to wrap around mug

(For this sample that fits around a medium size bought coffee cup, I completed 31 rows)

Edging:

With Right Side facing, sc in each st around cozy making sure to ch 1 at each corner. Fasten off.

Finishing:

Cut elastics in half.  Fold each elastic piece inn half and sew to cozy on wrong side so each loop is about ½” to ¾” long – use photo as a guide

(Optional – You may want to cover these raw ends of the elastic with a small circle of felt)

Using embroidery needle and yarn sew buttons to side of cozy to match location of elastic loops

In the same manner sew on pendant to center of cozy

Do you have a friend or a family member that always has a cup of coffee or tea in hand? Then this would be a perfect gift for them and you still have time to make it for Christmas.

Happy Crocheting!

 Jennifer

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