If you are like me, you are always looking for new mediums to DIY and craft. Some are easy, some are difficult, and others are intimidating but actually really easy once you sit down and try. Crochet is one of those mediums. I know when you see beautiful crochet works of art, it might be intimidating to give this yarn craft a shot. But guess what? Crochet really only comes down to two stitches, the single crochet and the double crochet, and everything is built off of those two. Once you master the single and double crochet stitches, you can make anything from a scarf to a blanket to a hat and more.
I've tried knitting and crocheting, and I definitely think that crochet is a lot easier. With knitting, your yarn always stays on the needle. Everything you are working on remains connected to your knitting needle(s), so it really limits you when you have to knit large-scale works. Things can get complicated because you have to buy certain needles to make round objects, and you might have to use 3 or 4 needles at a time to keep these projects together. Yikes!
Crochet is different in that, at any given time, only one stitch touches your crochet needle. It really frees up your creativity, in my opinion, without complicating things. That's why I've been able to make hats, stuffed animals, blankets, headbands, and now a nifty coffee cozie.
I'm not going to give you a tutorial on how to crochet simple stitches. There are amazing youtube videos for that which explain it a lot better than I can. Check out this channel, for starters. For my project here, you'll need to know how to chain and how to single crochet, so here's a video for that.
For my project, I started off with chaining 30, but you may need to measure around your thermos to see how many to do for yourself. The beginning of the project will be the bottom of the sleeve, or the skinnier part (as it tapers up into a wider width). This is my first time writing up a pattern, so for better or for worse, here it is:
- ch 30, then ch together to form a loop; then ch 1
- sc for 3 rows (mark end of row if necessary), then ch 1
- on rows 4-7, increase by 2 sc (just sc 2 into the same stitch, then do it again for the next stitch); ch 1 after each of these rows
- on rows 8-9, sc throughout the row and do not add stitches; then ch 1 after each of these rows
- sc for row 10
- cast off
This whole project took me about an hour to make. You may find that you need to add more rows than I did, depending on the size of your mug. This is a true DIY pattern because I made it up as I went. I was trying to fit a certain mug and this is what I got. Be smart and creative and you can tailor this pattern for your favorite thermos! Good luck!