Appalachian Trail Koozie

We played Secret Santa at work this year. I drew a colleague who had recently taken off six months to hike the Appalachian Trail. (2200 miles!) For one of his gifts, I designed a koozie with the Appalachian Trail symbol. 

   
 
Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 2 Movies

Overall Experience: Excellent

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Cowboys Mason Jar Koozie

I haven’t written a blog post in forever. A lot of that is that it takes a lot of effort to figure out a pattern I improvised from pictures after I already gave away the actual product. I’ve been lazy. I decided to play catch up just sharing what I’ve been making. If someone wants the pattern, I am more than willing to share!

First up: a Dallas Cowboys mason jar koozie. I actually did not love how this turned out. I was knitting at a friends’ child’s birthday party and their neighbor asked if I could make them a mason jar koozie with the Cowboys logo. I said sure. I figured out a pattern for the letters, but it was really wide. Knitting with number 2 needles and worsted weight yarn (which is ridiculously tight if you know knitting) the letters went more than halfway around the jar. The only way I was going to get the letters on the front was to use super fine yarn. That would have been a crazy number of stitches, and I would have to buy new yarn instead of using stash yarn. Considering I had already spent a lot of time ripping out my work to even get the letters mostly on the front half of the jar, I really didn’t want to go through any more effort. Next I tried several different crochet star patterns, none of which were pointy enough.  Lastly, the letters ended up too low. I’m a perfectionist. Here is how it turn out. Not my best work.   

  
   

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 6 Movies (Due to a lot of ripping out)

Overall Experience: Meh

Bugs Bunny Carrot Koozie

As mentioned in my last post, I’m way behind on my blog. There are things I made in August that haven’t been added yet! I decided to start the posting with something quick and easy. A coworker asked if I could create a beer bottle koozie that looked like a carrot for his Bugs Bunny costume. Challenge accepted! I improvised the carrot using alternating groups of rows of knits and purls to give the carrot texture. I also created a large cartoony leaf that snapped to the bottom to give the effect of Bugs’ carrot. It turned out great!

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Difficulty:  Easy

Time Required:  2 Movies

Overall Experience:  Good

Superman Koozie

I created a Superman inspired koozie pattern.  The main design is achieved through fair isle stranding.  The crisp, raised border is cabled.  Enjoy!  You can also buy the koozie here.

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Disclaimer:  Feel free to make this pattern for your personal use, for your platypus, for charity, or to sell.  The only thing I ask is that you please do not sell it on Etsy.  If you are interested in purchasing a koozie from my Etsy store, you may do so here.

Materials:

  • 5 Size US 4 double pointed needles
  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Sapphire (B)
  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Scarlett (R)
  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Radiant Yellow (Y)
  • Stitch Holder or Extra Needle

Stitches Used:

Gauge:

10 stitches and 15 rows = 2″ Stockinette Stitch

Instructions:

Cast on 48 stitches with B.  Distribute stitches evenly on four of the double pointed needles.

R1:  Knitting in round being careful not to twist the cast on stitches, (kB 2, pB 2) 12 times.

R2-R5:  (kB 2, pB 2) 12 times

R6-R11:  kB 48

R12:  kB 15, kR 18, kB 15

R13:  kB 14, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in back, kR 1, knit held stitch with R, kR16, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in front, kR 1, knit held stitch with R, kB 14

R14:  kB 13, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in back, kR 1, knit held stitch with R, kY 2, kR 12, kY 2, kR 2, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in front, kR 1, knit held stitch with R, kB 13

R15:  kB 12, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in back, kR 1, knit held stitch with R, kY 2, kR 5, kY 6, kR 3, kY 1, kR 2, kY 1, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in front, kR 1, knit held stitch with R, kB 12

R16:  kB 11, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in back, kR 1, knit held stitch with R, kY 2, kR 4, kY 10, kR 4, kY 2, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in front, kR 1, knit held stitch with R, kB 11

R17:  kB 10, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in back, kR 1, knit held stitch with R, kY 2, kR 5, kY 10, kR 4, kY 3, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in front, kR 1, knit held stitch with R, kB 10

R18:  kB 10, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in FRONT, kB 1, knit held stitch with R, kR 1, kY 1, kR 7, kY 14, kR 1, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in BACK, kR 1, knit held stitch with B, kB 10

R19:  kB 11, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in front, kB 1, knit held stitch with R, kR 17, kY 4, kR 1, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in back, kR 1, knit held stitch with B, kB 11

R20:  kB 12, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in front, kB 1, knit held stitch with R, kR 18, kY 1, kR 1, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in back, kR 1, knit held stitch with B, kB 12

R21:  kB 13, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in front, kB 1, knit held stitch with R, kR 1, kY 1, kR 16, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in back, kR 1, knit held stitch with B, kB 13

R22:  kB 14, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in front, kB 1, knit held stitch with R, kR 1, kY 2, kR 13, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in back, kR 1, knit held stitch with B, kB 14

R23:  kB 15, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in front, kB 1, knit held stitch with R, kR 1, kY 7, kR 6, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in back, kR 1, knit held stitch with B, kB 15

R24:  kB 16, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in front, kB 1, knit held stitch with R, kR 5, kY 5, kR 2, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in back, kR 1, knit held stitch with B, kB 16

R25:  kB 17, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in front, kB 1, knit held stitch with R, kR 10, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in back, kR 1, knit held stitch with B, kB 17

R26:  kB 18, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in front, kB 1, knit held stitch with R, kR 8, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in back, kR 1, knit held stitch with B, kB 18

R27:  kB 19, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in front, kB 1, knit held stitch with R, kR 1, kY 4, kR 1, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in back, kR 1, knit held stitch with B, kB 19

R28:  kB 20, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in front, kB 1, knit held stitch with R, kR 1, kY 2, kR 1, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in back, kR 1, knit held stitch with B, kB 20

R29:  kB 21, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in front, kB 1, knit held stitch with R, kR 2, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in back, kR 1, knit held stitch with B, kB 21

R30:  kB 22, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in front, kB 1, knit held stitch with R, slip next stitch on cable needle and hold in back, kR 1, knit held stitch with B, kB 22

R32:  kB 22, kfb of next stitch with B, k2tog with R, kB 23

Continue with B only

R33-R36:  k48

R37:  (k2, k2tog) 12 times

R38:  (k2, k2tog) 9 times

R39:  (k1, k2tog) 9 times

R40:  (k2tog) 9 times

Difficulty:  Easy

Time Required:  2 Movies

Overall Experience:  Excellent

Dachshund Koozies

Yesterday I posted that I had made a series of dachshund-related gifts for my friends including this miniature crocheted dachshund.  I also knitted some adorable dachshund koozies.

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Disclaimer:  Feel free to make this pattern for your personal use, for your platypus, for charity, or to sell.  The only thing I ask is that you please do not sell it on Etsy.  If you are interested in purchasing a koozie from my Etsy store, you may do so here.

Materials:

  • 5 Size US 4 double pointed needles
  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Sapphire (S)
  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Rust (R)
  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Burgundy (B)
  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Black (K)
  • Stitch Holder or Extra Needle

Stitches Used:

Gauge:

10 stitches and 15 rows = 2″ Stockinette Stitch

Instructions:

Cast on 48 stitches with S.  Distribute stitches evenly on four of the double pointed needles.

R1:  Knitting in round being careful not to twist the cast on stitches, (kS 2, pS 2) 12 times.

R2-R5:  (kS 2, pS 2) 12 times

R6-R14:  kS 48

R15:  kS 30, kR 3, kS 15

R16:  kS 21, kR 1, kS 6, kR 2, kK 1, kR 3, kS 14

R17:  kS 21, slip next stitch on stitch holder and hold in front of work, kS 1, kR stitch on stitch holder, kS 2, kK 1, kR 9, kS 13

R18:  kS 22, kR 1, kS 3, kR 8, kB 1, kS 13

R19:  kS 22, kR 1, kS 8, kR 2, slip next stitch on stitch holder and hold behind work, kB 1, kR stitch on stitch holder, kR 13

R20:  kR 21, slip next stitch on stitch holder and hold in front of work, kR 1, kS stitch on stitch holder, kS 8, kR 1, slip next stitch on stitch holder and hold behind work, kB 1, kR stitch on stitch holder, kR 14

R21:  kR 21, kS 10, slip next stitch on stitch holder and hold behind work, kB 1, kR stitch on stitch holder, kR 15

R22:  kR 21, kS 10, kR 17

R23:  kR 20, kS 12, kR 16

R24:  kR 20, kS 14, kR 2, kS 12

R25:  kS 18, kR 2, kS 13, kR 3, kS 12

R26:  kS 17, kR 3, kS 24

R27-R32: Continuing with S, k 48

R33:  (k2, k2tog) 12 times

R34:  (k2, k2tog) 9 times

R35:  (k1, k2tog) 9 times

R36:  (k2tog) 9 times

To finish, pull a loop through all 6 stitches on needle and pull tight.  Work in ends.

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Difficulty:  Easy

Time Required:  2 Movies

Overall Experience:  Excellent

 

 

Chevron Koozies

My cousin Amber is the matron-of-honor in my wedding.  She planned a beautiful wedding shower for me that happened yesterday.  To thank her, I made her two chevron koozies and a wine carrier, which will be blogged about in a future post.  I really love how the koozies turned out!  I put them on pint glasses that will be given as a favor at our second reception.  Scroll down through all the pictures for the pattern.  Also, thanks to my sister Emily for taking pictures yesterday!  (One of these days I’m going to have to post a bunch of her pictures.  She’s really amazing!)

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Disclaimer:  Feel free to make this pattern for your personal use, for your platypus, for charity, or to sell.  The only thing I ask is that you please do not sell it on Etsy.  If you are interested in purchasing a koozie from my Etsy store, you may do so here.

Materials:

  • Small amounts of worsted-weight yarn in contrasting colors (I chose grey (g) and off-white (w))
  • 5 size US 6 double pointed needles

Stitches Used:

Instructions:

For colorwork, use fair isle technique

Cast on 48 stitches using g, distrubute on four double pointed needles, knit in rounds

R1:  Continuing with g, k2 p2 around (48 stitches)

R2-4:  Repeat R1

R5:   With g and w, k1w, k3g, k5w, k3g around

R6:  Repeat R5

R7:  k2w, k3g, k3w, k3g, k1w around

R8:  Repeat R7

R9:  k3w, k3g, k1w, k3g, k2w around

R10:  Repeat R9

R11:  k1g, k3w, k5g, k3w around

R12:  Repeat R11

R13:  k2g, k3w, k3g, k3w, k1g around

R14:  Repeat R13

R15:  k3g, k3w, k1g, k3w, k2g around

R16:  Repeat R15

R17:  k3w, k3g, k1w, k3g, k2w around

R18:  Repeat R16

R19:  k2w, k3g, k3w, k3g, k1w around

R20:  Repeat R19

R21:  k1w, k3g, k5w, k3g around

R22:  Repeat R21

R23:  k3g, k3w, k1g, k3w, k2g around

R24:  Repeat R23

R25:  k2g, k3w, k3g, k3w, k1g around

R26:  Repeat R25

R27:  k1g, k3w, k5g, k3w around

R28:  Repeat R27

R29:  Continuing in g only, k48

R30:  Repeat R29

R31:  k2tog k2 around (36 stitches)

R32:  k2tog k2 around (27 stitches)

R33:  k2tog k1 around (18 stitches)

R34:  k2tog k1 around (12 stitches)

R35:  k2tog (6 stitches)

To finish, pull a loop through all 6 stitches on needle and pull tight.  Work in ends.

Difficulty:  Easy

Time Required:  1.5 Movies

Overall Experience:  Excellent

Heart Cable Koozie

Knit koozies have become quite popular in Houston in the last few months.  After seeing some quite boring koozies at various local hotspots, I decided I should come up with some jazzier varieties.  Since then I’ve made koozies with cables, lace, camo, school logos, and super hero logos.  I’ve already posted the pattern for my most popular koozie, Batman.  The koozie that was most fun to knit had an interlocking heart cable.  I included the pattern below.

Heart Koozie 1

The pattern is slightly different from the koozie shown in the picture above.  I redid the “pointy” part of the heart cable so that it was more symmetric.  I haven’t made a complete koozie with the adjusted pointy part, but you can see what it will look like in the picture below.  (This is what your koozie should look like at Row 15.)

Heart Koozie 2

Difficulty:  Moderate

The heart cable is challenging.

Time Required:  2 Movies

Overall Experience:  Excellent

This is a quick project.  I carry one around in my purse to put on my glass when I go places.  I think someone has asked me about it every time I’ve used it.

Disclaimer:  Feel free to make this pattern for your personal use, for your platypus, for charity, or to sell.  The only thing I ask is that you please do not sell it on Etsy.  If you are interested in purchasing a koozie from my Etsy store, you may do so here.

Materials:

  • A small amount of worsted weight yarn in your color of choice
  • 4 US size 8 double pointed needles (DPN)
  • An appropriately sized cable needle (CN)

Directions:

All of the stitches are basic except for I2 (see below).  I tried to add links to anything besides a basic knit or purl.

I2 Stitch:  Increase 2 stitches by working (Knit 1 Through Back Loop (K1 tbl), Knit (K) 1) insert left needle behind the vertical strand running downwards between the 2 stitches just worked and work this strand K1 tbl.  Please leave me a comment if you need more details on this stitch.

Cast on 6 stitches using a cable cast on.  Distribute  the stitches evenly on three DPN

R1:  Purl (P) 6 (6 stitches)

R2:  Purl Front and Back (PFB) 6 times (12)

R3:  P12 (12)

R4:  *P1, PFB1, Repeat from * 6 times (18)

R5:  P18 (18)

R6:  *P2, PFB1, Repeat from * 6 times (24)

R7:  P24

R8:  *P2, PFB1, Repeat from * 8 times (32)

R9:  P32

R10:  *P3, PFB1, Repeat from * 3 times, P1, PFB1, P1, PFB1, *P3, PFB1, Repeat from * 3 times, P1, PFB1, P1, PFB1 (42)

R11:  *P1, K2, P7, K1, P7, K2, P1, Repeat from * 1 time (42)

R12:  *P1, K2, P5, Purl 2 Together (P2tog), I2, P2 tog through back loops (P2tog tbl), P5, K2, P1, Repeat from * 1 time (42)

R13:  *P1, K2, P6, K3, P6, K2, P1, Repeat from * 1 time (42)

R14:  *P1, Slip (Sl) 2 stitches to CN and hold in front, P1 from left hand needle (LHN), K2 from CN, P3, P2tog, K1, I2, K1, P2tog tbl, P3, Sl 1 stitch to CN and hold in back, K2 from LHN, P1 from CN, P1, Repeat from * 1 time (42)

R15:  *P2, K2, P4, K2, P1, K2, P4, K2, P2, Repeat from * 1 time (42)

R16:  *P2, Sl 2 stitches to CN and hold in front, P2 from LHN, K2 from CN, Sl 2 stitches to CN and hold in back, K2 from LHN, P2 from CN, P1, Sl 2 stitches to CN and hold in front, P2 from LHN, K2 from CN, Sl 2 stitches to CN and hold in back, K2 from LHN, P2 from CN, P2, Repeat from * 1 time (42)

R17:  *P4, K4, P5, K4, P4, Repeat from * 1 time (42)

R18:  *P4, Sl 2 stitches to CN and hold in back, K2 from LHN, P2 from CN, P5, Sl 2 stitches to CN and hold in front, P2 from LHN, K2 from CN, P4, Repeat from * 1 time (42)

R19:  *P4, K2, P9, K2, P4, Repeat from * 1 time (42)

R20:  *P2, Sl 2 stitches to CN and hold in back, K2 from LHN, P2 from CN, P9, Sl 2 stitches to CN and hold in front, P2 from LHN, K2 from CN, P2, Repeat from * 1 time (42)

R21:  *P2, K2, P13, K2, P2, Repeat from * 1 time (42)

R22:  *P1, Sl 1 stitch to CN and hold in back, K2 from LHN, P1 from CN, P13, Sl 2 stitches to CN and hold in front, P1 from LHN, K2 from CN, P1, Repeat from * 1 time (42)

R23-46:  Repeat R11-R22 twice

Bind Off and Work in Ends