Free Patterns · Other crafts · Weaving

Free Beer Koozie Pattern – Knit and Crochet


This year I am devoting the first quarter of the year to weaving.

Wapring board for rigid heddle loom

First I made some cotton tea towels. Now I am working on a scarf using a self-striping yarn from Knitpicks. The yarn is Felici, but they don’t carry this color any more.

Warping the loom

Handwoven scarf

After much annoyance with using my loom on the table, I finally decided to purchase a stand.

Warp stand

It is so much easier now. I love the way the self striping yarn creates big blocks of color. The stripes are so much different woven than when I have used this yarn for knitting. Sadly, when I did the finishing on this scarf it ended up getting destroyed. Alas, live and learn.

In true drunkenauntwendy fashion, I had a request to create a beer bottle koozie that looks like my friend’s Pomeranians.

Knitted Beer koozie
Bernie

 

Knitted Beer Koozie
Kosar

 

Can you guess she is a Cleveland Browns fan. My husband has decided my new tagline should be “Your wish is my crochet.”  I think it is fairly clever. This koozie is a combination knit and crochet because the crochet wouldn’t show the pattern as well.

Materials

I love this yarn – Royal
I love this yarn – White
I love this yarn – Black
Size E crochet hook
Size 5 knitting needles
Large eye blunt needle
Polyfiberfill

 

Abbreviations

K – Knit
P- Purl
SC – Single Crochet
Ch- Chain
INC – SC 2 stitches into same stitch
DEC – SC two stitches together
FLO – Front Loops Only
DC – Double Crochet

Gauge – 4 stitches per inch

Notes:
Parentheses indicate a repeat. Repeat the stitches in the parentheses for the number of times indicated.
The bracketed number [] is the number of stitches at the end of each row.

I spread my increases out so there isn’t a seam on the finished piece. If you do not like this method, you can do regular increases.

Crochet section is worked in partly in the round. Use a stitch marker or a scrap piece of yarn to mark the beginning of each row. Then you don’t have to count every row. Do not join unless instructed to.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at drunkenauntwendy@gmail.com.

Upper Portion in Blue
Note this portion is Knit
Cast on 32
Following the chart
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Continue following the chart in stockinette until the piece measures 5 inches. See chart below

Knitting chart

Ribbing
Row 1: (K 2, P 2) across, K 2
Row 2: repeat row 1
Continue until piece measures 7.5 inches.
Bind off in pattern.

Bottom in blue
Note this portion is in crochet
Ch 2
Round 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook [6].
Round 2: INC in each stitch [12].
Round 3: (SC, INC) 6 times [18].
Round 4: (SC, INC, SC) 6 times [24].
Round 5: (INC, 3 SC) 6 times [30].
Round 6: (2 SC, INC, 2 SC) 6 times [36].
Fasten off. Sew to the bottom of upper portion.

Alternate version

Knitting Chart for a Beer Koozie

Use black for the dark grey. I did the chart in dark grey so you could see the guidelines.

Use Dark grey for the nose.

Let’s say it was a success and I have one left to make for her last dog.

Here’s the chart for Dieken. If you look closely you can see a couple of spots that will require embroidering.

I recommend duplicate stitches for the dots.

Dieken

Now you can make your own 3 Salty Dogs Beer Bottle Koozies.

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Misc. · Other crafts · plush

MCAL part #2


It’s been a fun week. I had a craft fair last Saturday that kept me pretty busy tagging and setting up. My dad made me some awesome shelves to display my stuff. Due to work, my husband stained them.

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Now I have to make bags to protect the dulcimers my dad has been making as payment. That’s my plan for tomorrow afternoon. My daughter decided it was fun to be the Easter Bunny. She had a great time in that suit and even posed for a picture with her dad.

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Seriously, she’s 14, posing with dad is her least favorite thing. At least the rabbit ears make her taller than him.

I also decided to play with resin to make some necklaces/keychains.

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Sadly, the resin for the first set of ten refused to harden. I hate it when the resin gets all soupy. Thankfully, my second set of ten was perfect and order was restored to my world.

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I also got this book from the library.

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I can’t stop myself. I have made the flamingo, the camel

and I am working on the alligator.

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Don’t judge me as he is propped up against a wine bottle.

I’m trying to get as many done as I can as I have to take it back to the library soon.

Oh! MCAL. Here’s the next part. It starts right where last week’s ended.

Round 24: (7 SC, DEC) 6 times [48].

Round 25: (6 SC, DEC) 6 times [42].

Round 26: (5 SC, DEC) 6 times [36].

Round 27: (4 SC, DEC) 6 times [30].

Round 28: (3 SC, DEC) 6 times [24].

Start stuffing here.

Round 29: (2 SC, DEC) 6 times [18].

Round 30: (SC, DEC) 6 times [12].

Round 31: DEC 6 times [6].

Fasten off. Leave a piece for sewing. Thread string through last 6 stitches and pull up tight to close opening.

Any guesses what it is yet?

Here’s the instructions for the feet.

FEET (Make 2) – in orange neon

Ch 4
Round 1: SC in 2nd Ch, SC in next 2 stitches. 3 SC in last stitch, working in the unused loops from the chain, SC 2, 3 SC in last chain. [12].
Round 2: 3 SC, 3 INC, 3 SC, 3 INC [18].Round 3: 3 SC (SC, INC) 3 times, 3 SC (SC, INC) [24].
Round 4: SC in BLO [24].
Round 5: 2 SC, 5 DEC, 3 SC, 3 DEC, SC [14].
Round 6: SC row [14].
Stuff foot
Round 7: DEC 7 times [7].
Round 8: 5 SC, DEC [6].
Rounds 9-11: 3 rows SC [6 stitches per row].

Stuff legs firmly and sew to bottom of the body. The legs need to be stuffed firmly.

Other crafts

String art!


This year, I want to try something new each month. I need to branch out with new crafts and work my brain. This month, I chose string art. It was a challenge. The first board I bought wouldn’t hold any nails. I hammer them in, they fall out. Then the backing fell off. Disaster.

I decided to try again with a pine board.

First it was boring without any color. I decided staining would take to long so I just grabbed a tube of acrylic paint (paynes gray) and using a lot of water with a big brush, liberally applied it to the board.


Then it was the very tedious prep work. All the tutorials I read ahead of time didn’t warn me about this.

1st you put down your pattern.


I just used scotch tape to hold it down. It pulled my finish up a little, but the strings hid it.

Then you start nailing. I did put down a towel to protect my table.


And nailing,


And nailing.


I had to use tweezers to hold the nails as i could get them close enough otherwise. These were tiny finishing nails 1/2 inch long. Make sure your tweezers have a flat part to hold the nails. My other pair of tweezers didn’t have this and the nails kept slipping. However, my mom is still working on hers and she says needlenose pliers are the way to go.


Finally done with the prep. It took about two hours to hammer in all those nails.

The heart is off center for artistic reasons and to encompass the part of the state with my little town.

Using #10 white crochet thread, I started string.


This was the fun part. I would recommend counting the nails in your border and dividing that number by the ones in the heart so you know how many repeats per heart nail. It would probably give your finished piece more consistency. But …. it was finally the fun part so I eyeballed it.


Just keep stringing!

When I got all the way around, I tied off the thread. Glued it down with some epoxy 6000, and cut off the ends. While stringing, I found pushing the thread down close to the board kept my tension right.


Finished! I need to put a picture hanger on the back, but it’s all done.

Next month, I think I’m going to try cupcake flash drive keychains. It’s made from sculpey.

Misc. · Other crafts · Uncategorized

Eyeball Wreath


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I’ve been trying to stay crafty lately, but my crochet has been suffering. I don’t know how everybody does this with kids constantly underfoot. We tried today to work on Halloween decorations. It was really hard to relinquish creative control to other hands, especially little ones.

Here’s our end result. I got the idea off of Pinterest. It was super simple.

Materials
Grape Vine wreath
Halloween garland
Black spray paint
Plastic eyeballs
Glue gun

I sprayed the wreath first and let it dry. Then I wrapped it with the garland and glued on the eyes with a glue gun. Super Easy!

If I hadn’t had assistance, the eyes would have been placed with a touch more care.

Free Patterns · hats · Other crafts

Free Pattern Tuesday – Lego Person Newborn Baby Hat


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I love Legos, but often feel I’m to old to play with them. The next best thing is making Lego creations out of yarn.

This is a pretty easy knit pattern. I hate working in the round unless I use double pointed needles and that can be tedious. It’s made in one piece and seamed in the back. The decorations/face are made in crochet and then sewn on.

Happy Knitting and as always contact me if you have questions.

Copyright 2012: Drunken Aunt Wendy Designs
Materials, Notes, Abbreviation, Gauge
I love this yarn in Yellow
I love this yarn in black
Size 6 knitting needles
Size E crochet hook
P – purl
K – knit
K2tog – Knit 2 together
SC – Single Crochet
INC – SC 2 stitches into same stitch
BLO – Back loops only
Gauge – 18 stitches per 4 inches

Instructions
Newborn size
In yellow, Cast On 52
(K2, P1) repeat across, K last stitch
P1, (P2, K1) repeat across
Repeat row one
Repeat row two
Knit row
Purl row
Repeat 5 and 6 until piece measures 3.5 inches.
(K4, k2tog) repeat across, K last 4 stitches (44)
Purl row
(K3, k2tog) repeat across, K last 4 stitches (36)
Purl row
(K2, k2tog) repeat across (27)
Purl row
(K1, k2tog) repeat across (18)
Purl row
(k2tog) repeat across (9)
Fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing. Thread tail through remaining stitches and pull up tight to close. Sew back seam with mattress stitch.
Top of head – the bumpy

Note this is crocheted in the round.
In Yellow, ch 2
6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook
INC in each stitch (12)
(SC, INC) 6 times (18)
(SC, INC, SC) 6 times (24)
SC in BLO
SC row
Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing. Lightly stuff and sew to top of hat.
Eyes (make 2)

In Black, Ch 2
8 SC in 2nd Ch from hook, join with a slip stitch.
Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.
Embroider the mouth using a straight stitch twice. Make the smile by using a small straight stitch in the center to pull the mouth in an arc.