Crochet Pattern: Puff Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve

Puff Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve, free crochet pattern by Underground CrafterIn keeping with the Christmas in July theme, I’m sharing the crochet pattern for the Puff Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve. This unisex, buttoned cozy is a great project to stock in your handmade gift closet to use as a last-minute gift later.

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I don’t really use coffee cup sleeves because I’m much more partial to cold drinks than hot. (I’m an iced tea gal, actually.)

Puff Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve, free crochet pattern by Underground CrafterI do come from a long line of coffee drinkers, however, so I know all about heat-numbed fingertips in the morning. This is a simple textured sleeve using the puff stitch, one of my favorites. (If you’re new to the puff stitch, don’t worry: I linked up a video tutorial to help you out.) I used Lily Sugar’n Cream Denim yarn in Indigo, so it looks like a pair of brand new jeans. I added a brown button, but your version can be as colorful as you like!

Puff Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve, free crochet pattern by Underground CrafterI also made my sleeve a little bit long — assuming I’d wash it and the cotton yarn would shrink a little, and because I use the plastic refillable cups, which are a little wider than the paper coffee cups. You can make yours a little shorter if you use paper cups and aren’t worried about shrinkage.

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Puff Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Puff Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve, free crochet pattern by Underground CrafterUS terms 504-medium 50This textured, unisex coffee cup sleeve keeps hands cool while adding a handmade touch to your morning beverage.

Finished Size

  • Coffee Sleeve: 3.5” (9 cm) wide x 10” (25.5) long.

Materials

  • Lily Sugar’n Cream Denim yarn (100% cotton, 2.5 oz/71 g/120 yd/110 m) – 1 skein in 1114 Indigo, or approximately 60 yd (55 m) in any medium weight cotton yarn.
  • US Size I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle with eye small enough to sew through button.
  • 1” (2.5 cm) sew through button.

Gauge

  • 7 sc = 2” (5 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project, but stitches should be tight to keep hands from getting burned by coffee cup.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • ch – chain
  • ea – each
  • pf – puff stitch – Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, [yo, insert hook in same st, yo and draw up a loop] twice, yo and draw through 7 loops on hook. Crochet Guru has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here. Note that I did NOT use a ch 1 after the pf in my version.
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over

Pattern Note

  • This sleeve is slightly longer than most so it can fit over the plastic, reusable cups and so it will still be usable after washing (and potentially shrinking). If you aren’t worried about shrinkage or use paper coffee cups, you can continue your repeats until the sleeve measures approximately 8.75″ (22 cm) before forming buttonhole.

Pattern Instructions

Coffee Cup Sleeve

Button Band

  • Ch 12 (or any even number of sts).
  • Row 1: Turn, sk first ch, sc in next 11 sts. (11 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and ea st across.
  • Rows 3-6: Rep Row 2, 3 more times.

Textured Rows

  • Row 7: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, *pf in next st, sc in next st; rep from * across.
  • Row 8: Rep Row 2.
  • Rep Rows 6-7 until sleeve measures approximately 9.25” (23.5 cm) long (see Pattern Note), ending after Row 8.

Buttonhole

  • Row 8: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, ch 5, sk 5 sts, sc in last 3 sts. (6 sts + ch-5 sp)
  • Row 9: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, sc in next 5 ch, sc in last 3 sts. Do not fasten off. (11 sts)

Edging

  • Round 1: Turn to work along long edge, 2 sc in side of final row, sc in side of ea row across to first row, 2 sc in side of first row, turn to work across foundation chain, sc in unworked side of next 11 sts on foundation chain, turn to work across long edge, 2 sc in side of first row, turn to work across long edge, sc in side of ea row across to last row, 3 sc in side of last row, join to first st in final row with sl st, fasten off.

Finishing

  • Center button on button band so that it is positioned to fit through buttonhole. With piece of yarn threaded through yarn needle, sew button in place.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
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Crochet Patterns: Trio of Circle Potholders

Free crochet patterns: Trio of Circle Potholders by Underground Crafter in Lily Sugar'n Cream yarn | These 3 potholders feature circle motifs. Instructions are also included for granny square versions without the hanging loop.This versatile set of three potholders feature circle motifs. Make one, two, or all three as a last-minute gift. These are perfect gifts for your party’s host(ess), your next housewarming party, or for your favorite foodies. If you don’t have 100% cotton yarn, I’ve also included instructions for converting each of these into a granny square without a hanging loop instead.

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Free crochet patterns: Trio of Circle Potholders by Underground Crafter in Lily Sugar'n Cream yarn | These 3 potholders feature circle motifs. Instructions are also included for granny square versions without the hanging loop.I was inspired to make these three motifs, all featuring a slightly different circle pattern, because I couldn’t choose which ombre to use with the solid color. Since I convinced myself I needed to buy all three skeins, I felt compelled to make three potholders. For kitchen safety, use 100% cotton yarn (which doesn’t melt) and use a smaller hook (or tighter gauge) than you usually would use for medium weight yarn. That will keep the fabric dense so you can avoid getting burned with large gaps between stitches.

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Trio of Circle Potholders

Crochet Patterns by Underground Crafter

Free crochet patterns: Trio of Circle Potholders by Underground Crafter in Lily Sugar'n Cream yarn | These 3 potholders feature circle motifs. Instructions are also included for granny square versions without the hanging loop.These 3 potholders feature circle motifs. Instructions are also included for granny square versions without the hanging loop.

 

Finished Size

  • Potholder: 7.5” (19 cm) square.

Materials (to make one of each potholder)

  • Lily Sugar’n Cream (Solids) yarn (100% cotton, 2.5 oz/71 g/120 yd/110 m) – 1 skein in Indigo (CA), or approximately 90 yd (83 m) in any medium weight, 100% cotton yarn.
  • Lily Sugar’n Cream (Ombres) yarn (100% cotton, 2.5 oz/71 g/120 yd/110 m) – 1 skein ea in Faded Denim (CB) and Earth Ombre (CC), or approximately 69 yd (63m) in ea of 2 colors in any medium weight, 100% cotton yarn.
  • US Size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Locking stitch marker.

Gauge

  • Finished Potholder = 7.5” (19 cm) square in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project, but stitches should be tight so potholders can protect hands and surfaces from heat.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BL – back loop only
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Repeat the instructions following the asterisk as indicated.
  • () Instructions within parenthesis are worked into indicated stitch or space.

Giant Circle Potholder

Free crochet patterns: Trio of Circle Potholders by Underground Crafter in Lily Sugar'n Cream yarn | These 3 potholders feature circle motifs. Instructions are also included for granny square versions without the hanging loop.Add the Giant Circle Potholder to your Ravelry favorites or queue.

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  • For granny square version: ch 2 (instead of ch 1) in ea corner sp starting in Rnd 6. At end of Rnd 8, do not ch 6; instead, sl st to join. Skip Hanging Loop Row.

Pattern Instructions

  • With CB, ch 4, skip 3 ch, join with sl st to next ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 dc in ring, join with sl st to BL of first dc. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, starting in first st, 2 dcBL in ea st around, join with sl st to BL of first dc. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, starting in first st, *2 dcBL in next st, dcBL in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to BL of first dc. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, starting in first st, *2 dcBL in next st, dcBL in next 2 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to BL of first dc. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 5: Ch 1, starting in first st, *dcBL in next 3 sts, 2 dcBL in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to BL of first dc. (60 sts)
  • Rnd 6: Ch 1, 2 dcBL in same st, *dcBL in next st, hdcBL in next 2 sts, scBL in next 8 sts, hdcBL in next 2 sts, dcBL in next st,** (2 dc, ch 1, 2dc) in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, 2 dc in first st, sc to top of first dc (counts as ch-1 sp) to join. (72 sts + 4 ch-1 sp)
  • Rnd 7: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same sp, *dcBL in next 18 sts,** (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, 2 dc in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, sl st to top of first ch 3 to join, fasten off CB. (88 sts + 4 ch-1 sp)
  • Rnd 8: Join CA with sl st to any ch-1 sp, ch 1, starting in same sp, *3 sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next 22 sts; rep from * around, ch 6, join with sl st to first sc. (100 sts + ch-6 sp)
  • Hanging Loop Row: Turn to face wrong side, ch 1, 10 sc in ch-6 sp, join with sl st to next sc on wrong side, fasten off CA.

Circle in the Corner Potholder

Free crochet patterns: Trio of Circle Potholders by Underground Crafter in Lily Sugar'n Cream yarn | These 3 potholders feature circle motifs. Instructions are also included for granny square versions without the hanging loop.Add the Circle in the Corner Potholder to your Ravelry favorites or queue.

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  • For granny square version: ch 2 (instead of ch 1) in ea corner sp in Rnd 4. At end of Border Rnd , do not ch 6; instead, sl st to join. Skip Hanging Loop Row.

Pattern Instructions

Center Circle (worked in the round)

  • With CC, ch 4, skip 3 ch, join with sl st to next ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 dc in ring, join with sl st to BL of first dc. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, starting in first st, 2 dcBL in ea st around, join with sl st to BL of first dc. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, starting in first st, *2 dcBL in next st, dcBL in next st; rep from * around, join CA with sl st to BL of first dc, fasten off CC. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, 2 dcBL in same st, *dcBL in next st, hdcBL in next 2 sts, scBL in next 2 sts, hdcBL in next 2 sts, dcBL in next st,** (2 dc, ch 1, 2dc) in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, 2 dc in first st, sc to BL of first dc (counts as ch-1 sp) to join. (48 sts + 4 ch-1 sp)

Mitered sides (worked in rows with unworked yarn carried up side)

  • Row 1: Ch 1, sc in ch-1 sp, scBL in next 12 sts, 3 sc in ch-1 sp, place marker in 2nd sc in ch-1 sp to mark center, scBL in next 12 sts, sc in ch-1 sp, changing to CC in last yo of sc, do not fasten off CA. (29 sts)
  • Row 2: Ch 1, scBL in same st and in ea st across to marked corner, 3 sc in marked st, place marker in 2nd sc, scBL in ea st across. (Increases by 2 sts)
  • Row 3: Rep Row 2, changing to next color in last yo of final sc, do not fasten off previous color.
  • Rep Rows 2-3 until potholder measures approximately 7.25” (18.5 cm) ending after changing to CC, fasten off CA.

Border

  • Rnd 1: Turn to work across edge of potholder, ch 1, 2 sc in side of last row (being sure to crochet over unworked yarn from color changes, here and throughout), sc in side of ea row across to Rnd 4, sc in next 12 sts, 3 sc in ch-1 sp, turn to work along next edge, sc in next 12 sts, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in side of ea row across to final row, 2 sc in side of final row, turn to work along last row, sc in ea st to marked corner st, 3 sc in corner st, remove marker, sc in ea st across to last st, ch 6, join with sl st to first sc.
  • Hanging Loop Row: Turn to face wrong side, ch 1, 10 sc in ch-6 sp, join with sl st to next sc on wrong side, fasten off CC.

Four Circles Potholder

Free crochet patterns: Trio of Circle Potholders by Underground Crafter in Lily Sugar'n Cream yarn | These 3 potholders feature circle motifs. Instructions are also included for granny square versions without the hanging loop.

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  • For granny square version: ch 2 (instead of ch 1) in ea corner sp starting in Rnd 3. Skip Border Rnd 2 and Hanging Loop Row.

Pattern Instructions

Motif

  • With CA as center color, ch 4, skip 3 ch, join with sl st to next ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 dc in ring, join with sl st to BL of first dc. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, starting in first st, 2 dcBL in ea st around, join with sl st to BL of first dc, fasten off. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Join CB with sl st to any st, ch 1, 2 dc in same st, *hdc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st,** (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, 2 dc in first st, sc to top of first dc (counts as ch-1 sp) to join. (36 sts + 4 ch-1 sp)
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in same ch-1 sp, *sc in next 9 sts,** (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in next ch-1 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, 2 sc in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off CB. (52 sts + 4 ch-1 sp)
  • Make second Motif starting with CB as center color and switching to CA in Rnd 3. Do not fasten off CA after Rnd 4. Join first 2 motifs with sl st join on the wrong (back) side. (If you’re new to slip stitch joins, you can find a tutorial here: How To Join Granny Squares with the Slip Stitch.)
  • Make third Motif starting with CA as center color and switching to CC in Rnd 3. Fasten off CC after Rnd 4.
  • Make fourth Motif starting with CC as center color and switching to CA in Rnd 3. Do not fasten off CA after Rnd 4. Join third and fourth motifs with sl st join on the wrong (back side). Join rows with sl st seam in the center so that CA centers are diagonal from each other as in picture. Do not fasten off CA.

Border

  • Rnd 1: Starting at second ch-1 sp in joined center, ch 1, *sc in ch-1 sp, scBL in next 13 sts, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner ch-1 sp, scBL in next 13 sts , sc in ch-1 sp; rep from * around, sl st to top of first sc to join. (120 sts + 4 ch-1 sp)
  • Rnd 2: Sl st in ea st across to ch-1 sp, ch 6, so st to next st to join.
  • Hanging Loop Row: Turn to face wrong side, ch 1, 10 sc in ch-6 sp, join with sl st to next sc on wrong side, fasten off CA.
© 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/12/17/crochet-patterns-trio-of-circle-potholders. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

If you make your own Trio of Circles Potholders, I’d love to see them! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Crochet Pattern: Chocolate Chip Cookie Hot Pad

Chocolate Chip Cookie Hot Pad, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

According to Food.com, “every day is a food holiday,” and May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day.

I am a huge fan of chocolate chip cookies (I prefer chewy to crunchy), and yes, I do have my own variation on the classic NESTLÉ Toll House recipe.

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My secret is to use almond extract instead of vanilla, and to substitute other “mix ins” for that cup of chopped nuts, like M&Ms, peanut butter chips, dried cranberries, or slivered almonds.

But what if you want to celebrate Chocolate Chip Cookie Day every day? Or, without baking? Then you may want to try out my crochet version!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Hot Pad, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Hot Pad is like a jumbo cookie that protects your counter tops from harm!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Hot Pad, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Hot Pad

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50Protect surfaces from hot pots with a fat-free version of your favorite cookie!

 

Finished Size

  • 8.75” (22 cm) diameter.

Materials

  • Lily Sugar’n Cream (2.5 oz/71 g/120 yds/109 m/100% cotton) – 1 skein ea in 82 Jute (CA) and 1130 Warm Brown (CB), or approximately 84 yds (77 m) in CA and 10 yds (9 m) in CB in any medium weight 100% cotton yarn.
  • H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Locking stitch marker.

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Gauge

  • Finished Hot Pad = 8.75” (22 cm) diameter in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BL – back loop only
  • ch – chain
  • ea – each
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • pm – place marker
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd – Round
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • Tr – treble crochet
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep after asterisk as indicated. 

Pattern Notes

  • Hot pad is crocheted in the round in spirals without joining. Move stitch marker up each round to mark last stitch.

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Pattern Instructions

  • With CA, start with magic adjustable ring. Planet June has a great magic ring tutorial here.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, pull the yarn tail tightly to close ring, pm in last sc. (8 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 scBL in ea st around. (16 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *ScBL, scBL in same st changing to CB with last yo, tr in next st changing to CA with last yo, 2 scBL in next st, scBL; rep from * 3 more times. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 2 sts; rep from * around. (32 sts)
  • Rnd 5: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 4 sts, scBL in same st changing to CB with last yo, tr in next st changing to CA with last yo, scBL in next 2 sts,** (2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 3 sts) twice, rep from * to ** twice. (40 sts)
  • Rnd 6: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 4 sts; rep from * around. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 7: *ScBL, scBL in same st changing to CB with last yo, tr in next st changing to CA with last yo, scBL in next 4 sts, (2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 5 sts)** twice; rep from * around, ending last rep at **. (56 sts)
  • Rnd 8: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 6 sts; rep from * around. (64 sts)
  • Rnd 9: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 7 sts;** rep from * 3 more times, ScBL, scBL in same st changing to CB with last yo, tr in next st changing to CA with last yo, scBL in next 6 sts, rep from * to ** 3 times. (72 sts)
  • Rnd 10: *ScBL in next 8 sts, 2 scBL in next st; rep from * around. (80 sts)
  • Rnd 11: *(ScBL in next 8 sts, scBL in next st changing to CB with last yo, tr in next st changing to CA with last yo, scBL in same st) twice,** scBL in next 9 sts, 2 scBL; rep from * around, ending last rep at **. (88 sts)
  • Rnd 12: *ScBL in next 10 sts, 2 scBL in next st; rep from * around. (96 sts)
  • Rnd 13: *(ScBL in next 11 sts, 2 scBL in next st) twice,** scBL in next 10 sts, scBL in next st changing to CB with last yo, tr in next st changing to CA with last yo, scBL in same st; rep from * around, ending last rep at **. (104 sts)
  • Rnd 14: ScBL in next 6 sts, *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 12 sts; rep from * around to last 7 sts, 2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 6 sts. (112 sts)
  • Rnd 15: HdcBL in ea st around.
  • Rnd 16: ScBL in next 2 sts, slstBL in next 3 sts. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2015 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2015/05/11/free-pattern-chocolate-chip-cookie-hot-pad/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Year of Projects: Crochet Master Class – Hairpin Lace Coaster

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This post is part of my Year of ProjectsCrochet Master Class series. You can read the other posts in this series here.

Before I tell you all about my hairpin lace adventures, let me just show you my painted crochet trivet after I blocked it.

And now on to the hairpin lace.  You may recall that I’m not overly excited by the look of hairpin lace.  Nonetheless, hairpin lace is a chapter in Crochet Master Class and I have two hairpin lace looms at home.  When I left for my vacation on Monday, I packed my Clover Hair Pin Lace Tool, Learn to Do Hairpin Lace, the May/June 2012 issue of Crochet Today! (with a hairpin lace tutorial), and the Hairpin Lace Coaster tutorial and pattern by Ferosa Harold.

I tossed a partially used ball of Lily Sugar’n Cream in Faded Denim into my suitcase, intending to make yet another trivet.  And then… all of these things sat in my bag for my entire trip.  On Wednesday night, when I was packing to come home, I realized that I had to try the hairpin lace, if only because I had carried the supplies to Pennsylvania.

It might be because I was exhausted and it was late at night, but I found both Learn to Do Hairpin Lace and Marly Bird‘s tutorial in the May/June 2012 issue of Crochet Today! incomprehensible.  If you were outside of my room that night, you would have heard a lot of “Turn it how?”  “What the…??” “Flip it which way?” coming through the door.  I decided to give Ferosa Harold’s tutorial a try.  And suddenly, it all made sense.

Me trying to get 48 loops onto the loom. It was a snug fit.

I didn’t notice this on the package until the next day.

D’oh!

Here’s my hairpin lace “strip” joined into a circle.

My first hairpin lace coaster, partially completed.

At this point, the coaster was looking super ruffled.  I assume this is because I used yarn (intending to make a trivet) instead of thread (for a coaster).  Since it was now after midnight and I still had to pack, I decided to restart with half the number of loops after check out the next morning.

Why yes, those are my jeans in the background. By now I was in Swarthmore, waiting for the LYS to open so I could visit on my way back to New York.

This one seemed a more appropriate length.  But then, disaster struck.

I called this my Mobius coaster on Ravelry. You can see at the top where I twisted the strip when joining it.

(Project page here.)  At this point, it just seemed ridiculous to start again – I mean, it’s a trivet, not a fitted sweater.  The point of this exercise was to learn to do hairpin lace, which was definitely accomplished.  So I followed the pattern through to the end.

I would definitely recommend Ferosa Harold’s tutorial if you’d like to learn hairpin lace.  There are step-by-step photos (for right- and left-handers), it’s free, and you can make a small project in a very short time.

As for me, I’m not sure how I feel about hairpin lace.  I prefer the look in circular objects like this trivet, but I’m still not sure it is worth the effort.  It’s true that it is quite simple to do (once you figure out what the heck you’re doing!), but it is fairly monotonous and the loom is a bit cumbersome.  The idea of making a hairpin lace blanket like Yarn Berry is doing kind of makes me want to run screaming for the hills.  And yet, I’m sure I can find a good use for this skill now that I have it.