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Naptime Craft: Phone Cover (and Crocheting in Both Sides of a Chain)

I’ve been browsing through crochet patterns online for fun patterns to try, and found one for a phone cozy that looked simple and cute. It is worked in the round on both sides of the chain row. It took me some mental calesthenics to wrap my brain around that, so maybe I’m a bit dim, because it’s actually very simple:

I made mine for an iPhone, and ch 11 (so, 20 stitches total around, as in the diagram above) fit perfectly with my yarn and H hook. It could be easily made bigger to fit a tablet or eReader; just add more chains and more rounds.

Here’s what I used:

  • Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted in Northern Lights
  • A size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook
  • A large-eyed needle
  • A small button

And here’s the pattern.

Note: the original pattern has you leave one long side of the case open; my variation leaves a short side (the top or bottom) open. Totally personal preference. So where she chained 18 and worked 12 rounds, I chained 10 and worked about 22 rounds.

 

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Naptime Craft: “Joe’s Sweater” Mug Cozy

Hello to all, and I hope you’ve had wonderful holidays! We crashed into Monday completely exhausted from Christmas- the busiest time of year for the church- and spent the entire day scrubbing the house from top to bottom. (Let me add: this was compulsory cleaning. We intended to spend the entire day lounging around in our PJs, watching Holiday Inn and drinking coffee… but we have a mouse infestation. I have discovered my breaking point, and it is mouse poop in my silverware drawer. Thus, the cleaning. And cleaning. And cleaning.)

MOVING ON.

I have a new Naptime Craft for you! This one was so easy and really adorable. I followed Color My World Crochet‘s “Joe’s Sweater” pattern. I think it took me an episode and a half of Burn Notice on Netflix. (I’ve realized that most of my time estimates are based on TV programs. Hm.)

Joe’s Sweater Mug Cozy

Here it is, being modelled by my (best-smelling-in-the-world) Mrs. Meyer’s Orange Clove soy candle. MMMMMMhmmm.

Here’s what you need:

Here’s what you do:

Now that you have all of your supplies gathered, go to Color My World Crochet, and download the (free) Joe’s Sweater pattern PDF. (Scroll all the way to the bottom to see the abbreviations she used.)

You’ll be using single crochet and half-double crochet for this pattern, working in a rectangle that is tighter along one edge, then slip-stitching the short edges together. It stays on my coffee cup really well and looks so snazzy with it’s little ribbed texture and buttons.

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Make-It Gift: Felted Wool Mug Cozy

I drink a lot of hot beverages—coffee, tea, cocoa, hot water with lemon and honey—so I have two major problems. Either the drink gets cold too quickly, or I burn the tar out of my poor little fingers trying to hold on to a cup that’s too hot. Enter: the mug cozy!

(Pardon the blurry photos… I’m using my parents’ camera and apparently it has a steeper learning curve than I realized!)

This project is so, so simple. You need to know how to single crochet in straight rows; that’s all! My mug cozy is felted, which is one extra, easy step to make it even cozier and smooshier; if you want to felt yours, be sure to use yarn that is 100% wool. Otherwise, use whatever you have on hand and skip that step.

Here’s what you need: 

  • yarn (I used Stitch Nation’s Full O’ Sheep in Poppy)
  • a crochet hook in the appropriate size for your yarn (mine is a J-10)
  • a needle with an eye large enough to fit your yarn
  • 2 buttons (be sure your needle can fit through their holes!)

And here’s what I did: 

ch=chain | sc= single crochet | sts= stitches 

Row 1: Ch 14 + 1 (the last one is your turning chain; your rows will be 14 sts long).
Row 2: *Sc in each ch (14 sts).
Row 3-44: Repeat from *. Go through your last stitch once more so it doesn’t unravel. Weave in all your ends.

My finished cozy, after felting (see below) is 3 inches high x 10 inches long.

For felting: 

Machine wash the cozy in hot water/ cold rinse with a very small amount of detergent. (Alternatively, hand wash in very hot water with a small amount of detergent, agitating with your hands or a wooden spoon, then rinse thoroughly with very cold water.) Block it into shape and let air dry flat.

Adding buttons: 

Sew on two buttons to one end of the long rectangle, leaving between 1/4—1/2 inch from the edges of the cozy. On the other end, sew two loops in the same position as the buttons so you can button it closed. (Mine are just a single piece of the same yarn, knotted on the back of the piece, the knotted again on the front so they don’t slip around.)

Other fun stuff: 

  • Add felt or crocheted flowers
  • Embroider a monogram
  • Use mismatched buttons, or one giant button
  • Change yarn colors once, twice, or a bunch of times for fun color-blocking or stripes
  • Give with a fun mug and a bag of coffee, some good tea, or hot chocolate on a stick!

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