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Nicecrocheting on Instagram!

Hello dear friends!

I want to share great news with you: nicecrocheting is on Instagram now! It is very exciting and new for me so I need your support there as well!

If you like my patterns, want to be updated about my crochet ideas and want to know more about me – please follow me on Instagram!

Here is the link one more time: https://www.instagram.com/nicecrocheting/

I am very excited and motivated about new crocheting adventures with you and I am looking forward to the different forms of our communication!

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Crochet Cabled Mulled Wine Mug Cosy

It’s not too early to think about christmas (well, it’s never too early, I guess)!
Especially if you need time to crochet presents for your friends and family!

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Have you ever been to a christmas market in Germany?
This atmoshere and spicy smells, candels, linzer cake, biscuits, all these cosy handmade things everywhere and… warm, fragrant mulled wine! This is so great, the whole year I am waiting for the end of November and run to the Christmas market on the first day it is open. Sometimes it’s really cold, and it’s even better: perfect opportunity to wear self crocheted hat and gloves!
There is only one problem in this paradise: sweet, sticky, red mulled wine will be all over your nice gloves again and again. So I came to the idea to arm with a cup cosy!
It will keep the wine warm and your gloves clean! And you can make it look however you like!

Most of the Christmas markets offer cups of a typical size. So it is easy to make a mug cosy that would fit to them!

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Materials:

  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • recommended for the hook red yarn (of course, zou can choose any colour, but I would consider dark colours or shades of red. If you spill the wine, nobody notices it)
  • scissors
  • string and needle
  • 8 mm black snaps

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Abbreviations:

First of all I want to warn you to not get scared by the abbreviations you don’t know! I am sure, after finishing this pattern you will be full of inspiration and you will want to use your new skills more and more, and maybe even design your own patterns!

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • FPtrc – front post treble crochet (US crochet terms)
  • exFPtrc – extended front post treble crochet (US crochet terms)

Note: if you don’t know how to make FPtrc and exFPtrc, look at this tutorial.

Tip: when starting a row with sc, crochet first in the very first st (the last st of a previous row). When starting a row with dc or hdc, start to crochet in the next st (in this case turning st will play a role of a st). This is why in the Rounds, that start with dc or hdc (for example Round 4), one has to crochet only 5 st in the beginning and in Rounds with sc (like Round 6), 6.

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Instructions:

Row 1: 45 ch + 2 turning ch

Row 2: hdc in all st (45)

Row 3: dc in all st (45)

Row 4: dc in next 5 st, FPtrc in next 4 st, (dc in next 6 st, FPtrc in next 4 st) X 3, dc in next 4 st (45) FPtrc stitches in this row are made into dc stitches of the previous row.

Row 5: sc in all st (45)

Row 6: sc in next 6 st, {skip 2 st, exFPtrc in the 3rd st (though the FPtrc of the previous round),  exFPtrc in the next st (though the FPtrc of the previous round),  exFPtrc in the first skipped st (though the FPtrc of the previous round), exFPtrc in the second skipped st (though the FPtrc of the previous round)},

(sc in next 6 st, {…}) X 3, sc in next 4 st (45)

{…} – it is everything what was in the brakets in the beginning of the row.

Row 7: sc in all st (45)

Row 8: sc in next 6 st, FPtrc in next 4 st, (sc in next 6 st, FPtrc in next 4 st) X 3, sc in next 4 st (45)

Row 9-12: repeat rows 5-8 (45)

Row 13: hdc in all st(45). Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in the ends.

 

The main part is finished. No we have to take care that the cup cosy can be closed. The snap fastener I will place under the cup handle. So we crochet small “wings” which fit there.

Insert the hook in the 3rd row from the top (as shown on the picture below). Pull the yarn loop through and crochet 1 ch

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Row 1: 1 ch, sc in next 7 st, 1 turning ch (8)

Row 2-4: sc in next 8 st, 1 turning ch (8). The row 4 will be the last one so don’t make 2 turning st. Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in the ends. Place the snaps on the parts we just crocheted.

 

The cup cosy is finished! It is a great unique christmas present for your friends or/and collegues: doesn’t take long to make it, cup cosy looks very mmm… cosy 🙂 and it’s practical, don’t forget it when you visit a christmas market next time!

 

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Did you like to crochet with the tutorial? Check out my other patterns here!

 

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Amigurumi Heart Free Pattern

St. Valentine Day is coming and it’s so great to make the day special for the ones we love! Today we learn how to crochet a cute puffy heart! It’s so easy and you will need not more than an hour to make it! You can choose any size you like for the heart! So at the end it can be cosy pillow or cute keychain! You can embroider a funny face on it or the name of your second half! You can use the heart to decorate the room for your romantic date! If you hate St. Valentine Day, you can use the heart as a base for your needles 😉

Materials:

  • a crochet hook (any size you like)
  • yarn (a bit bigger than it’s recommended for the hook)
  • fiberfill
  • sewing needle and scissors

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • dec – 2 sc together (used to decrease the number of stitches)
  • X N – repeat N times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown in brackets

Ok, now you know everything you need and we can finally start crocheting! Before you start have a look at my tricks for crocheting amigurumi. I am sure you will find it helpful! Have fun crocheting!
And now we will see what 5 Little Monsters have prepared for us 🙂

The pattern:

Round 1: 4 sc in magic ring (4)
Round 2: (inc, sc in next st) X 2 (6)
Round 3: (inc, sc in next st) X 3 (9)
Round 4: (inc, sc in next 2 st) X 3 (12)
Round 5: (inc, sc in next 3 st) X 3 (15)
Round 6: (inc, sc in next 4 st) X 3 (18)
Round 7: (inc, sc in next 5 st) X 3 (21)
Round 8: (inc, sc in next 6 st) X 3 (24)
Round 9: (inc, sc in next 7 st) X 3 (27)
Round 10: (inc, sc in next 8 st) X 3 (30)
Round 11: (inc, sc in next 9 st) X 3 (33)
Round 12: (inc, sc in next 10 st) X 3 (36)
Round 13: (inc, sc in next 11 st) X 3 (39)
Round 14: (inc, sc in next 12 st) X 3 (42)
Round 15: in next 21 st (21 – now we start to crochet one of the upper halfs)
Round 16: insert the hook in the first st of the Round 15 ans sc in next 21 st
Round 17: (dec, sc in next 5 st) X 3 (18)
Round 18: (dec, sc in next st) X 6 (12)
Round 19: dec X 6 (6)
Cut the yarn, take a sewing needle and weave the yarn through the last round, fasten off and weave in the end.
Round 20: Begin working with the 22nd st of Round 14. sc in next 20 st, dec (the second st of dec is a st of the finished part) (21)
Rounds 21 – 24: the same as Rounds 16 – 19.
Cut the yarn, stuff the heart and finish it the same way as the first half.

The heart is finished! Are you impressed how nice it worked out? This was really fast!

I hope this little heart helps to make the day romantic and special!
Happy St. Valentine Day and enjoy the romantic time with your love! And don’t forget to show your feelings to the people you love! Not only once per year but in every day life! Maybe we should crochet hearts more often?.. 🙂

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Was it fun to crochet with this tutorial? Have a look at my other patterns, maybe you will find something you like there!