Friday, March 13, 2015

Project Idea: Crocheting of the Green

With St. Patrick's Day next week, we thought it would be fun to show an easy idea for making something green in honor of the day. And what could be more useful on St. Patrick's day than a beverage cozy - a great big one to put around a big glass that you fill with the beverage of your choice!

First order of business - finding a pattern. There are lots of free patterns on Ravelry for crocheted cup cozies and one of them, Felted Crochet Coffee Cup Cozy is designed by GrannyMax (CTC member Maxine) so we decided to use it - with some slight modifications.

The first modification was type of yarn - we wanted a big cozy for a big glass - and the easiest way to do that was to simply increase the size of yarn and hook. The yarn we selected was Lamb's Pride Bulky by Brown Sheep, a blend of 85% wool and 15% mohair that felts beautifully and the hook size K-10.5 (6.50 mm).

The second thing was to add a trim to fit the holiday - a quick search in Ravelry showed many fee shamrock patterns. We chose One Piece Crochet Shamrock by Jan Baxter - it was one of the simplest and easiest and has a great shamrock shape!

The felting was actually the simplest part, it just requires patience! The pictures to the left shows before and the picture to the right shows after. The notions case (green as well, had to keep with the holiday theme) shows how the cozy has shrunk.

We hope this gives you some inspiration for a quick and easy project. Let us know what other ideas you have for crocheting of the green!