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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Garter Stitch Cup Cozy




Since fall is starting here in Tennessee, I thought I'd share a SUPER easy knitting pattern I whipped up a few days ago. I decided that since I'm probably going to be drinking ungodly amounts of Starbucks this fall, I needed to spruce up my cup a bit. I'm really happy with how this cup cozy turned out! Doesn't it just scream fall?? :) The pattern is super simple and only took a couple hours to finish. Hope you enjoy it!




GARTER STITCH CUP COZY



Materials:  
size 8 knitting needles 
size G crochet hook 
tapestry needle 
Worsted weight wool yarn. I used Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s wool in Oak Twead, but any worsted weight yarn will do. 
crochet heart, you can find a tutorial here: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/01/28/crochet-heart- 
garland/  (I’ve tested several patterns, and like this one the best.) 
buttons (2) 

Note: 
The cozy is worked holding two strands of yarn.

 Instructions:  
Holding two strands of yarn, loosely CO 12 stitches. 
Row one: K all stitches. 
Continue in garter stitch until piece measures nine inches.  
Once piece is desired length, loosely BO.  
Crochet button loops: *Using one strand of yarn and crochet hook, insert hook into second stitch and draw up a loop. Ch 10. Insert hook in second stitch from chain and draw up a loop. Turn. Work 15 sc into chain loop. Bind off. * Work from * to * on other side for second button loop. 
Finishing: Sew crochet heart to middle of work. Sew on buttons about ¾ inch from edge. Weave in yarn ends. 

That's it! Super easy and cute, right? I hope you're enjoying your first week of October. Happy fall!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Happy Fall!

 I am beyond excited that it is FINALLY fall! This is my absolute favorite time of year. The weather is starting to get cooler, days are getting shorter, corn mazes are open, and there are pumpkins at the grocery store! I can't wait until the weather gets really cold and the leaves start to change colors.

To kick off the first day of October, I thought I'd start working on my very first knit sweater (eek!). It's a bit ambitious, but I got eight skeins of Berroco Remix yarn (in Buttercup) in the mail yesterday and I am determined to turn it into this wonderful cardigan from the Fall 2013 edition of Knitscene magazine. Isn't it gorgeous??



I also thought it would be a good idea to celebrate the first day of October with some homemade cinnamon raisin bread (gluten-free, of course) and a caramel apple spice from Starbucks. Seriously. It doesn't get much better than that. 


Are you excited about fall too? What fall things are you excited to do this year?