It’s been a while since I gave you a free pattern and I really wanted to share something with you in time for Christmas…I’m not sure I’ve entirely reached my goal as it is already Christmas Eve! Anyway better late than never and the really good news is this takes under an hour to make, so if your stuck for that last minute gift, this is perfect
This striking, seasonal cup cosy features textured popcorn stitches and embroidered snowflake finished with a little bit of sparkle.
You will need:
a small amount of chunky yarn. I used Stylecraft Softies stone washed in Denim and cream.
darning needle to weave in the ends.
Beads x 17
Glue gun to attach beads or you could sew them into position.
Abbreviations used UK terminology (American terminology in brackets)
At the end of each round join with a slst and ch1. Ch 1 does not count as a st throughout pattern
Repeats are marked by *
To prevent your starting chain from twisting ch 5, remove hook from active loop and insert through 1st ch made
st – stitch
slst – slip stitch
ch – chain
dc – double crochet (sc -single crochet)
Dc2tog – decrease / Sc2tog – decrease (US)
Dc: Insert hook into chain or under both loops of stitch, yarn over and pull through so there are 2 loops on hook, yarn over again and pull through both loops on hook.
PC: Popcorn st –5dc in same st, pull up active loop on your hook and remove hook, insert hook in 1st dc (just count back 5dc), catch the active loop of the 5th dc, draw the active loop through 1st dc
Dc2tog – decrease st worked over 2 stitches: insert hook under both loops of stitch, yarn over and pull through so there are 2 loops on your hook, insert hook into next st, yarn over and pull through so there are 3 loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.
Ch30 (or adjust chain to fit your cup, just keep ch a multiple of 2)
Join with a slst to form a ring
Round 1: dc in 1st st and in each st around (30dc)
Round 2: dc in 1st st and in each st around (30dc)
Round 3: repeat round 2
Round 4: dc in the next 10sts, *PC, dc* to end of row
Round 5: dc in 1st st and in each st around (30dc)
Round 6, 8 & 10: repeat Round 4
Round 7, 9 & 11: repeat Round 5
Round 12: repeat Round 5
Round 13: dc2tog, dc in each st around (29dc)
Round 14: dc2tog, dc in each st around (28dc)
Round 15: dc in 1st st and in each st around (28dc)
Weave in any loose ends.
In accent colour yarn, hand embroider a simple snowflake. Embroider a simple cross and then add a diagonal cross. Now add a ‘v’ to the end of each point. Weave in any loose ends. Add a bead to each point around the snowflake and one in the centre. Beads can be hand sewn for security or glued into position with a hot glue gun!