I have three crochet WIPs on the go at the moment; two you know about (my Spring Stripes and the cornflower blue edition of my Baktus Wrap) and one you don't (I've called it Angel Delight - more on that one very soon, I promise).
Well, as much as I'm enjoying each of them, sometimes it's really rather lovely to take a break and indulge in a little gratuitous whimsy, don't you think?
As my cross stitch on crochet crush continues, I thought I might share just such a make with you. It's delightfully simple (an evening's work, tops) and is perfect for using up those itty bitty scraps of yarn.
It's a phone cosy. A fruity one.
I made it using purely double crochet stitches (US single crochet) in the round, a 4mm hook and some Sublime dk yarn I had left over from a previous project.
I began by making a chain a teensy bit shorter than the width of the bottom of my phone (you want it to be a snug fit). In my case it was 12 plus an extra 1 for turning ...
Do not make a join, simply dc into stitch 1 and continue.
It's worth sliding your phone into the cosy now and again, as you progress, to ensure a good fit. Keep crocheting until your cosy reaches the desired height. I think mine was 26 rounds. Slip stitch to finish and weave in the end.
Now comes the fun bit.
Double crochet lends itself to being decorated with cross stitch as the holes between in each stitch are nice and even, see?
I used a tapestry needle and some scraps of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino for my cross stitch.
Now, I made my cherry design up as I went along; any striking similarity to any other cross stitched cherry out there in the ether is therefore purely coincidental. Consequently, I am quite happy for you to copy it/use it as you wish. The same goes for the crochet pattern. (A link back to me would be smashing though!)
I can't possibly go before telling you that, no sooner had I finished photographing my cherry cosy, my 12 year old daughter (who normally breaks out in a rash at the mere thought of being seen with something her Mum made) snaffled it! I know! I huffed and puffed with pretend indignation but was secretly tickled pink!
So I made another. For me. Squint and they could be little roses, non?
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