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Free Pattern: Pretty Knitted Coffee Sleeve

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If you’re looking for a great stash buster that doubles as a wonderful gift, then this pattern is for you! This adorable knitted coffee cup sweater is cute, functional, and super quick to knit up. So grab some of your favorite scrap yarn, and let’s knit!

What You’ll Need

  • Any worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart yarn in the color “gold”
  • Size 8, straight knitting needles
  • a yarn needle
  • scissors

Pattern (everything except the bow)

  • Cast on 16 sts
  • Row 1: knit across
  • Row 2: k3, p10, k3
  • Row 3: knit across
  • Row 4: k3, p10, k3
  • Row 5: knit across
  • Row 6: k3, p10, k3
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  • Follow this pattern until your work measures about 8 inches long

After you cast off, simply turn your work inside out, and sew the edges together to create a seam. The purl side should not be showing when you do this. After you have sewn it together, weave in the ends, and turn it right side out.

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Now for the bow:

  • With size 9 needles, and the same yarn, cast on 5 sts
  • Knit until your work is about 4 inches long
  • Just like you did with the sleeve, turn it inside out, sew the ends together, then turn right side out.
  • Tie your two yarn tails in a knot, and snip off the shortest one
  • With the one you have left, begin wrapping it around the middle just a few times

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  • Now place your bow on top of the sleeve
  • Continue wrapping yarn around the middle, simultaneously sewing it to the sleeve
  • Keep sewing until it is secure, and weave in what is left of the yarn

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The end.

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Now you have a great way to get rid of that huge stash of yarn, and something cute you can gift out to all of your friends this Christmas.

 


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The Knitted Bow

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Maybe you’re an avid knitter like I am, or perhaps you just do small projects on the side. Either way, I guarantee you have some left over yarn laying around. This is a great project for  when you don’t have enough left over to make anything big, but you don’t want that yarn to go to waste. And the best part is that it will only take you about 20 minutes.

You can make this bow any size you would like. The number of stitches you cast on will determine the length of the bow, and you will knit the width.

For mine, I chose to cast on 14 stitches.

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Next you will just keep knitting until you reach your desired width. I did a simple knit stitch, but a pearl stitch would look pretty as well.

Once you have knitted the width of the bow, simply cast off, tie a knot, and cut the yarn from the skein. It should look like the picture below.

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Now you will need to get a yarn needle, and string a separate piece of yarn through it.

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Pinching the middle of the bow, wrap the yarn around the front, and sew it through the back. Just keep wrapping and sewing over and over until you’re satisfied with how it looks.

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Flip the bow over so that the back side is showing. Tie the two loose ends (that are in the MIDDLE only) together in a double knot, then snip off all the excess yarn.

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Now you just need to attach your bow to something so that it is useful. Pictured below are some suggestions. You can find these at any craft store.

I attached mine with some hot glue, but if you feel that it isn’t secure enough, you can sew it on after you glue it just to make sure.

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Beautiful Yarn

Recently, a sweet friend of mine randomly bought me some yarn from Unwound Unique Yarns and Accessories, in Blowing Rock, NC. Not only is she thoughtful, but she has great taste. These yarns are stunning.

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yarn001_cropyarn004_cropMade in Italy, this beautiful yarn is Liberty Wool from Classic Elite Yarns, and it is 100% washable wool. I adore these colors and can’t wait to see how they all come together and intertwine once they are knitted. The color title is “Stained Glass” which is so fitting. This yarn looks like it will be easy to maintain, and will have great stitch definition.

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Next is this Kettle Dyed Pure Merino Wool, made in Uruguay by Malabrigo. Once again, the colors are gorgeous. The color title of this one is “Navidad”. I love the bohemian vibe it gives, and the look of the way they dyed the material.

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I can’t say enough how exquisite these are. I am so blessed to have such a thoughtful friend! I have no idea what I’m going to knit yet that will be worthy of this gorgeous yarn, but I’m already so excited about what they will become.


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The Knitted Cactus

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I have always loved to have fresh flowers and plants in the house, but unfortunately they never seem to last. This little cactus, on the other hand, will never wilt or die. How can you not love a plant that requires absolutely no maintenance? And I have to admit..they are pretty cute too.

This is only my first one, and I still have a few kinks to work out. So stay tuned for a follow up post. I am planning on knitting a variety of these, and will be posting my collection once I’m finished.

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Santa Baby


This year, we will be celebrating my littlest little’s very first Christmas. I wanted to have something to remember this occasion by, other than photographs and presents. Luckily, the thought came to me to knit her her very own Santa hat. Knitting hats with straight needles, and not using patterns, is starting to get tricky. But I’m actually pretty happy with the result. So here is a mini photo shoot we made together, just for fun.  (she can make anything look good!)

{Baby’s First Christmas Hat}

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Deck the Halls

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I love Christmas for several reasons, but one of the biggest things I love is how the spirit of this holiday is so strong. It seems to capture and transform almost every home, business, and street corner. Everywhere you look, you see a little bit of Christmas. Everyone has their own, unique way of decorating. Some like to go ALL out while others like to keep it simple. Some don’t decorate at all, but only celebrate in their hearts and minds. I prefer a little of everything. I like the tree to be decked out, while everything else takes on a more minimal appearance. And of course, the biggest celebration is always within.

This year, I decided to make something that will hopefully become one of those things we store away and pull out again year after year. It’s simple, it’s traditional, and for me, it really captures the spirit of Christmas. The classic red and green mixed with the coziness of handmade pieces, and the old feeling you get when you see knitted yarn. It kind of reminds you of your grandmother’s house, but with a modern twist.

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This garland is easy to make, and can be done in probably 30 minutes to an hour depending on how much knitting is involved. I decided to keep it simple this time around. The wreath, bows, and Christmas tree are all hand knitted, and the pom-poms are very quick and easy. Lastly, I added some small felt poms to make it a little more festive–they actually kind of remind me of Christmas lights–these you can purchase at any craft store. Once you have all your items, just string some yarn through it with a yarn needle, and you’re ready to dress up the tree, the mantel, or even a window to give passersby a little Christmas cheer.

Happy Decorating!

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HATS

Obviously, hats are a MUST-HAVE for cold weather. Especially for those days that it’s so windy, you might as well just forget about fixing your hair. Here are three different hats that I recently made, all knitted with straight needles. One is a beanie style hat, one is more of a slouchy style, and of course…we can’t forget about cold, little baby heads! So lastly, a baby hat.

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I really love this hat, and have been wearing it a ton already. It’s warm, it’s comfy, it’s easy, and I love the color. I seem to gravitate towards neutral tones, so most of my wardrobe is less than colorful. This hat provides the perfect pop of color without being too dramatic. And it’s definitely an item I can just throw on and go, which I love.

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It’s not really a beanie…it’s not really a beret…it’s really just a slouchy hat. It’s the kind you just wanna hang out in. This one is so comfortable you can’t even tell you have it on, but it still keeps you warm, and it’s cute! Definitely appropriate for the book store, the coffee shop, or even date night. You can dress it up or dress it down…whatever you prefer.

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Being a mom, I never forget about the kids. This is my first baby hat, and considering I don’t use patterns for anything, I’m very pleased with how it turned out. I cannot wait to make more of these, especially in some girly colors with lots of pretty, flowery embellishments.