Happy Mother's Day!


[caption id="attachment_939" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Cup Cozys For Mother’s Day – Pictured left to right: Double Latte, House Blend, Cortado Cup Cozys For Mother’s Day – Pictured left to right: Double Latte, House Blend, Cortado[/caption] If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? ~Milton Berle

I wanted to write a special blog to celebrate Mother’s Day—and to create a special pattern that you can use to whip up a quick gift for your own Mother (or Grandmother, or Aunt or friend who is like a mother) or perhaps just for yourself!

I started thinking—what do Mothers really want? To hear from their children of course, a phone call or card would fill the bill on Mother’s Day. But what comes next? A sweet handmade gift from the heart would delight any Mother and of course be a special token to remind her of you.

If your Mother loves fragrance, you can check back to my Valentine’s Post and make the rose-scented sachets. However, if your Mom enjoys a relaxing cup of tea, or is fuelled by caffeine, you may want to stitch up one of these adorable (and eco-friendly) cup cozies.

My first step, as always, was to go stash shopping! I wanted yarn that would knit up quickly, but still be special enough for a gift. I found some promising single skeins and even some partial skeins I thought would be enough to complete a small project.

[caption id="attachment_940" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Pictured clockwise from back right: Rico Designs Essentials BIG 50% wool 50% acrylic, Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick Metallic 79% acrylic, 20% wool, 1% metallic Poly, Dragonfly Fibers Sock (4-1oz skeins, gradient colors) 100% superwash merino wool Pictured clockwise from back right: Rico Designs Essentials BIG 50% wool 50% acrylic, Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick Metallic 79% acrylic, 20% wool, 1% metallic Poly, Dragonfly Fibers Sock (4-1oz skeins, gradient colors) 100% superwash merino wool[/caption] I chose to incorporate seed stitch into all of the patterns. If you are unfamiliar with seed stitch, check out the video below: https://youtu.be/FB4CM_6lNwo

I chose seed stitch because I thought it would feel grippy in your hand, and also be dense enough around a hot cup of coffee for protection. I started with my first design, and knitted up a straight swatch of fabric with the Lion’s Brand yarn, in a size 10.5 needle.

When I got to the end, I made 2 yarn-over buttonholes, and then the bind-off. I sewed on 2 buttons, and finished the whole project in less than an hour. This is a super easy, super fast project that’s perfect for beginners. I decided to name it House Blend, after my favorite coffee shops’ smooth and easy brew.

[caption id="attachment_941" align="aligncenter" width="365"]House Blend Coffee Cup House Blend Coffee Cup[/caption]

Since the House Blend project took so little time, and I was so pleased with the results, I moved on to a slightly trickier project.   This time I chose the Rico Designs yarn and went down a needle size for my swatch. I decided to add a simple cable to this design and keep the borders in seed stitch. I had a lot of fun fastening on some vintage buttons and imagining how I could personalize this project with different buttons for different people! I found this to be another quick project but with an added twist for an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter. I decided to name it Double Latte.

[caption id="attachment_942" align="aligncenter" width="494"]Double Latte Double Latte[/caption] The next morning I woke up and went straight to my knitting library, inspired by the cable on the Double Latte, I searched through my copy of Lily Chin’s book, Power Cables, remembering her intarsia cables on page 108. MD 5 See below, for a quick video on intarsia. https://youtu.be/PtJdamqXlAU This project was a little more challenging. I chose Dragonfly Fibers’ sock yarn, because I had leftovers from one of their beautiful gradient sets. I ended up doubling the yarn to provide more insulation against the hot liquid in the cup. I used four different colors, and picked up and knitted button bands on each end. This project took a bit longer--give yourself a few solid hours to work on it. It’s great for an intermediate or advanced knitter. I named it Cortado. [caption id="attachment_944" align="aligncenter" width="653"]Intarsia Cable Knitting Intarsia Cable Knitting[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_945" align="aligncenter" width="581"]Cortado Cozy Cup Cortado Cozy Cup[/caption]   All these patterns are available for free! Just email me at info@janesdesigneryarnpatterns.com and tell me the name of the pattern you want in the subject line. I’ll email it out to you right away! Happy Mother’s Day!

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