With pumpkins and colorful leaves around every corner here in Vermont, it’s the perfect Halloween atmosphere. So, with that in mind, it’s time for a couple of embellishments to your cup cozies from the last two weeks. For this week, use the basic crocheted cozy pattern (which was more for a large cup – so for a small cup, ch 3 fewer sts for the base ch) but in solid Country Vicuna. For the pumpkin, use Spice House accented with a bit of Loden Forest for the stem and vine. For accenting the pumpkin and vine, use a bit of rayon embroidery floss.
Here’s the pumpkin pattern.
Start with a ring,
Row 1- ch1 sc 6 st, join in first to create a round (6)
Row 2-(in back of stitch only) 2 sc in each st, join (12)
Row3- (in back of stitch only) 2 sc in each st, join (24)
Row4-(in back of stitch only) sc in each st, join (24)
Tie off, weave in ends
Stem can be stitch as two rows of sc, or can be embroidered on after the pumpkin is appliquéd
If you’d like to use the base color but trade out the appliqué when other seasons come rolling along, use a self-adhesive Velcro dot on the back of the appliqué to attach it to the cozy. Then when you want a different appliqué, remove the pumpkin and affix the new appliqué to the same spot the Pumpkin was (since the Velcro will definitely pull the yarn).
I wanted to let you all know about one of our designer’s blog that features a new NaturallyCaron.com design. Kim Guzman has a fabulous and super-simple “Options Vest” done in Country that is sized from a 1X through 5X. From Kim’s blog: “With or without the diagonal hem, you can make this vest in this surprisingly easy stitch pattern in about 3-5 days.” You can access Kim’s blog here. Great job, Kim!
New NaturallyCaron.com Patterns!
Just in time for winter – and in time to make for gift-giving – are the his-and-hers Sydney hats, designed by Kim Rutledge and crocheted in Country. The crown of the hats is a unique pinwheel pattern while the sides are worked in a type of brick stitch.
Another great gift would be these Little Arches socks, designed by Darlene Dale and knitted in Spa. The simple Fair Isle patterning is in just two striped sections that are complemented by the easy stripes. And to literally top this design off, the bobbles give these socks just enough fun.