Sock Monkey Toys and Gifts Crochet Pattern

Sock Monkey Toys and Gifts Crochet Pattern

Sock Monkey Toys and Gifts

Hey all you Sock Monkey lovers out there….we’ve done it again. We’ve created some toys and cozies that you are gonna love and brought them all together in one set.

Mini Sock Monkey

This mini sock monkey is the perfect size for carrying around with you wherever you go. He can be made into a key chain, a backpack buddy or even an office accessory.

Sock Monkey Christmas Ornament

The sock monkey ornament takes on the shape of a traditional Christmas ball, but with the face of sock monkey! He loves hanging on the tree!

Sock Monkey Applique

The sock monkey applique is the perfect size for sewing to bags, scarves, hats and more. We’ve sewn it to a cozy…making it a fun gift idea!

Trio of CoziesSock Monkey Cozies

We love cozies. This pattern includes two unique designs in three sizes each. There are directions for mason jars, mugs and tapered cups/glasses! That’s six cozy patterns!

There are two delicious recipes, too! You can make monkey bread in the morning and banana pudding for dessert in the evening!

Sock Monkey Toys and Gifts – Available in the Store

The Sock Monkey Toy and Gift Set is available in the store.

Available in the Store

That’s 9 crochet patterns and 2 recipes! See the store for more details.

 

Smiley Face Sugar Cookie Recipe & Crochet Smile

Smiley Face Sugar Cookie Recipe and Crochet Smile Cozy

Make any day a happy day with this smiley face sugar cookie recipe and crochet smile cozy!

smiley face sugar cookie recipe

With the wild and crazy colors available in food coloring and yarn…this project will have you grinning from ear to ear all day long.

If a friend or family member needs a little pick me up…this smiley face duo is sure to do the trick!

Let’s start with the sugar cookies because they need time to refrigerate before baking.

smiley face sugar cookiesSmiley Face Sugar Cookie Recipe

This sugar cookie recipe is quite sweet so we recommend that you make mini sugar cookies (approximately 2” diameter). We used a champagne flute as our cookie cutter.

COOKIE DOUGH INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup agave nectar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

ICING INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Dash of salt
  • Food coloring gel

cutting cookiesCOOKIE DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. With a wire whip, whisk together flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat butter, sugar and agave together until smooth.
  4. Stir egg and vanilla into butter mixture.
  5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix until blended.
  6. Chill cookie dough for at least 30 mintues.
  7. Roll out dough on a floured surface until ¼” thick. Cut out cookie shapes (we used a champagne flute).
  8. Place cookies on cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes.
  9. Place cookies on wire rack to cool.
  10. While cookies are cooling, make icing.

sugar cookies iced

ICING DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pour all icing ingredients together into a bowl and stir until smooth.
  2. Separate icing into 5 bowls (or number of colors you’ll be using).
  3. Add a few drops of food coloring into one of the bowls and stir until color is consistent.
  4. Repeat step 3 for all the colors you want.
  5. Ice the cookies with the colored icing.
  6. For dark grey icing, add a bit of several colors of the food colorings into one of the bowls and stir, adding more of needed colors until you get the color desired.
  7. Place dark grey icing into a sandwich bag and squeeze it to one corner of the bag. With scissors, cup off the very tip of the corner. The bag can now be used as a pastry bag.
  8. Draw smiles onto cookies with pastry bag.

crochet smile cozyCrochet Smile Cozy

You can’t wipe the smile off the face of this mason jar cozy! No matter what you say or do, it will keep smiling that cheeky grin.

This is a great stash buster for all of the bright and cheerful colors you have in your remnant pile. We’ve used several fun colors from Vanna’s Choice yarn.

Skill Level: Easy

Stitches Used: Chain, Slip Stitch, Single Crochet, Double Crochet

Techniques Used: Crochet in the Round

SUPPLIES:

  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn: Worsted Weight (4)
    Yellow: DUCKIE, BLACK
    (Pink: Berrylicious, Black)
    (Green: Fern, Black)
  • Crochet Hook: H
  • Yarn Needle for Sewing
  • Mason Jar

3 cozies flat

COZY INSTRUCTIONS:

Duckie

Hook: H

Ch 34, join with a sl st.

Rnd 1-10: Sc around. (34)

Sl St. Finish off. Weave in end.


Black
EYE INSTRUCTIONS: (make 2)

Hook: H

Ch 3

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook.

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

MOUTH INSTRUCTIONS:

Black

Hook: H

Ch 8

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pin then sew Eyes to cozy. Weave in ends.
  2. Pin then sew Mouth to cozy. Weave in ends.

More Cozies in Store

Coffee Cup CoziesLove this smiley face cozy? There are more seasonal, holiday and just for fun cozies in the store. We’ve created an entire collection with over 20 designs. All 20 are available in 1 set.

NOTE: The smile cozy is in this set.

Read more about the set:

Blog: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

Store: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

Puppy Chow Recipe & Crochet Dog for Boss’s Day

Puppy Chow Recipe & Crochet Dog Cozy for Boss’s Day (October 16, 2013)

puppy chow recipe

Need a fun gift idea for Boss’s Day. Show the big dog how much you appreciate him (or her) with this puppy chow recipe and a crochet dog cozy. Gobble up the left over chocolate goodness yourself or share this treat with your coworkers and watch them drool in delight.

Let’s start with the puppy chow recipe…that way you can nibble on it while you make the crochet dog cozy!

Puppy Chow Recipe

puppy chow in a jarYou’ll have the boss eating out of your hand (or mason jar) with this puppy chow recipe! He will lap it up and return begging for more. (PS: if you don’t bring a doggie bag to refill his jar, you can always share the recipe with him instead).

INGREDIENTS:

  • 14.25 oz   Chocolate Chex cereal (9 cups)
  • 1 ¼ cup    dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup + 2 Tablespoons  creamy peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup  powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. mason jar of puppy chowPlace cereal in large pot. Set aside.
  2. Melt chocolate chips in small pot on medium low heat stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir peanut butter and vanilla into chocolate until smooth.
  4. Pour chocolate mixture over cereal. Stir until evenly coated. Allow chocolate to cool for 5 – 10 minutes.
  5. Pour powdered sugar over cereal and stir until evenly coated.
  6. Store in mason jars or tight fitted containers.

Recipe is inspired by:

http://www.chex.com/recipes/RecipeView.aspx?RecipeId=45860

Crochet Dog Cozy

boss's day dog cozyThis crochet dog cozy is great for Boss’s Day or as a special gift for a dog loving friend. They’ll dig it and the treats that come with it.

These hounds are a great stash busting project. We’ve used Vanna’s Choice yarn. This line of yarn has lots of fun brown tones to choose from.

Skill Level: Easy

Stitches Used: Chain, Slip Stitch, Single Crochet, Half Double Crochet, Double Crochet

Techniques Used: Crochet in Rows, Crochet in the Round, Increase, Decrease

SUPPLIES:

  • Mason Jar
  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn: Wosted Weight (4)
    HONEY, CHOCOLATE, BEIGE, BLACK, WHITE
    (Grey: Charcoal Grey, Silver Grey, Black, White)
    (Blue: Aqua, Colonial Blue, White)
  • Crochet Hook: H
  • Yarn Needle for sewing
  • Stuffing

dog cozyCOZY INSTRUCTIONS

  • Honey
  • Hook: H

Ch 34, join with a sl st.

Rnd 1-10: Sc around. (34)

Sl St. Finish off. Weave in end.

SNOUT INSTRUCTIONS

  • Beige
  • Hook: H

Ch 9

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across. (8)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (8)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc dec, 4 sc, sc dec. (6)

Row 4: Repeat Row 2. (6)

Row 5: Ch 1, turn. sc dec, 2 sc, sc dec. (4)

Row 6: Repeat Row 2. (4)

Rnd 7: Turn to sides of Rows 1-6. Work sc across (a sc on the end of each row). Turn to foundation chain, sc across. Turn to sides of Rows 1-7. Work sc across (a sc on the end of each row). Join with a sl st. (20))

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

3 cozies flat

NOSE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Black
  • Hook: H

Ch 3

Rnd 1: In the 3rd ch from hook work 2 hdc, dc, 2 hdc, ch 2, sl st to same st as all other sts. (7)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

SPOT INSTRUCTIONS

  • Chocolate
  • Hook: H

Ch 3

Rnd 1: 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook. Join with a sl st. (12)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

EYE INSTRUCTIONS (make 2)

  • White
  • Hook: H

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with a sl st. (5)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

dog earPUPIL INSTRUCTIONS (make 2)

  • Black
  • Hook: H

Ch 2

Rnd 1: Work sc and sl st in 2nd ch from hook. (2)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

EAR INSTRUCTIONS (make 2)

  • Make one Honey and one Chocolate
  • Hook: H

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2-3: Sc around. (6)

Rnd 4: *sc, sc inc* around. (9)

Rnd 5-10: Sc around. (9)

Rnd 11: Sc dec. Pinch ear closed so there are 4 sts across. Work sc through loops of two sts opposite each other to close the ear. (5)

Finish off leaving a long tail. Whip st from inside to outside of all front loops and cinch closed.

ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pin Snout to Rnds 1-5 of the cozy. Stuff lightly and sew. Weave in ends.
  2. Pin then sew Nose to center of Snout.
  3. Embroider a mouth on Snout below the Nose. Weave in ends.
  4. Sew Spot to cozy above Snout with right edge of Spot about centered. Weave in ends.
  5. Sew Pupils to Eyes. Weave in ends.
  6. Sew reflective spot to each Pupil with tails of Eyes If desired.
  7. Pin then sew Eyes just above Snout – one to be sewn on the Spot. Weave in ends.
  8. Sew Ears to the sides at Row 10.

More Cozies in Store

Coffee Cup CoziesLove this dog cozy? There are more seasonal, holiday and just for fun cozies in the store. We’ve created an entire collection with over 20 designs. All 20 are available in 1 set.

NOTE: The dog cozy is in this set as a jar cozy only.

Read more about the set:

Blog: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

Store: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

I Love Yarn Day Cozy and Mason Jar Yarn Keeper

I Love Yarn Day (October 11) – Heart Cozy and Yarn Keeper Jar

Yes, I have “I love yarn day” on my calendar. A few years ago I would have scoffed at such a “silly” day. Not so any more. This is an important day to celebrate!

I Love Yarn Day Cozies

In support of this momentous day, I’ve created a special mason jar cozy and yarn keeper. Let’s get started with the mason jar then work our way to the cozy.

Mason Jar Yarn Keeper

heart cozyThis mason jar yarn keeper is similar to yarn bowls and yarn keeper bags. The mason jar version has the added benefit of looking adorable on a shelf stuffed with yarn in a kaleidoscope of colors.

Benefits: A mason jar yarn keeper helps keep remnants of yarn clean and tangle free. It can hold a small ball of yarn that has either a center pull or is pulled from the outside. The biggest benefit is that the ball of yarn won’t roll away while you work. The tail is fed through a hole in the lid which helps it unwind smoothly which will help with consistent tension.

We have filled our jars with hand wound balls of yarn. We’ve written a post on how to make a center pull ball of yarn by hand if you’d like to create balls with your remnants.

There are three options for the lid. Supplies and directions for all three are listed below.

3 styles of lids

SUPPLIES:

  • Wide Mouth Mason Jar
  • Wide Mouth Lid

Option 1:

  • Crop-A-Dile Big Bite

Option 2:

  • Crop-A-Dile Big Bite or Hole Punch
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Marker
  • Scissors

Option 3:

  • Cardstock
  • Hole Punch
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

mason jar yarn keeper with clear lid

INSTRUCTIONS:

Option 1:

This is the quickest method. It works great for papercrafters who already own the Crop-A-Dile, a special hole punch and grommet setter that can reach 6”.

  1. Set the Crop-A-Dile to the 3/16 setting and punch a hole in the lid (either in the center or where desired).

punch hole in lid

Option 2:

This is a fun option if you want a transparent lid. You can us use the fancy Crop-A-Dile tool or a single hole punch.

  1. Trace the wide mouth lid on a piece of plastic packaging with a marker.
  2. Cut out the shape with scissors. For a better fit, cut off (cut on the inside of) the traced circle.
  3. Use Crop-A-Dile or hole punch to punch a hole.

Option 3:

This is a cute option for coordinating the lid with elements inside the jar. This also uses common elements you’ll find around the house.

  1. Trace the wide mouth lid on a piece of cardstock with a pencil.
  2. Cut out the shape with scissors. For a better fit, cut off (cut on the inside of) the traced circle.
  3. Use a hole punch to punch a hole.

Feed the yarn through the hole, place lid on jar and screw the lid to lock it in place.

yarn keeper and lidI Love Yarn Day Cozy

I couldn’t resist creating a heart shaped yarn ball for I Love Yarn Day. This quick cozy will help you flaunt your love of yarn.

Though we’ve used Vanna’s Choice for this project, this is an awesome stash buster. If you love yarn, then no doubt you’ve got a stash!

Skill Level: Easy

Stitches Used: Chain, Slip Stitch, Single Crochet, Double Crochet, Treble (Triple) Crochet

Techniques Used: Crochet in Rows, Crochet in the Round, Crochet in Both Loops, Crochet in Back Loops Only, Embroidery

COZY SUPPLIES:

  • Vanna’s Choice: Worsted Weight (4)
    RADIANT LIME, TERRACOTTA
    (Mug: Colonial Blue, Mustard)
    (Cup: Chocolate, Pink)
  • Crochet Hook: H/8/5.00 mm
  • Yarn Needle for Sewing

3 heart cozies

COZY INSTRUCTIONS:

Radiant Lime

Hook: H

Ch 5

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc across. (4)

Row 2-28: Working in the back loops only, sc across. (4)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sew ends of cozy together with whip st across.

embroider heartHEART INSTRUCTIONS

Terracotta (shown here in Silver Blue)

Hook: H

Leaving a long tail: Ch 5

Rnd 1: In the 5th ch from hook work: 3 trc, 4 dc, 1 trc, 4 dc, 3 trc, ch 3, sl st into the same stitch. Pull tail tightly to close the hole. Finish off leaving a long tail for to drape across cozy. (17)

With tail from beginning ch, sew yarn ball looking stripes (sewn in groups of four or as desired). Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sew heart to cozy covering up the whip st join. Weave in ends.

With tail left over from Rnd 1, create a curl in the yarn and sew to cozy as desired.

More Cozies in Store

coffee cup cozy patterns ebookLove this heart cozy? There are more seasonal, holiday and just for fun cozies in the store. We’ve created an entire collection with over 25 designs. All 28 are available in 1 ebook.

Each design has instructions to fit mugs, cups AND mason jars. Every design has a delicious recipe or fun craft.

Read more about the set:

Blog: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

Store: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

Talk Like a Pirate Day Cozy & Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade Recipe and Crochet Pirate Cozy for Talk Like a Pirate Day – September 19

talk like a pirate day

Ahoy, mateys. For Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19), we’ve got a fun crochet pirate mason jar cozy and Strawberry Lemonade Recipe. If ye don’t want to get scurvy on this voyage…you’ll need lots of Vitamin C!

Let’s make some grog before we get to the crochetin’.

jar of strawberry lemonadeStrawberry Lemonade Recipe

Aye, a pirate’s diet is sorely lacking in fresh fruits and veggies when long out to sea. We’ll keep scurvy at bay with this recipe of fresh squeezed lemonade.

Strawberry Lemonade Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (4 to 5 lemons)

Strawberry Lemonade Directions:

  1. Mix 1 cup water with ¾ cup agave nectar in a 2 qt pitcher.
  2. Hull strawberries (cut off top and fiber from core).
  3. strawberry lemonade ingredientsJuice lemons (best if they are room temperature) and strain to remove seeds.
  4. Blend 3 cups water, ¼ cup agave nectar and strawberries until smooth.
  5. Pour strawberry mixture into pitcher. Stir.
  6. Add more of any ingredient as needed to desired taste.
  7. Keep refrigerated. Serve over crushed ice.

Bottoms up!

Crochet Pirate Cozy

crochet pirate

Avast ye scallywags, it’s time to grab yer crochet hooks before we make ye walk the plank!

We’ll be drinkin’ this lemon booty from mason jars and crocheting with Vanna’s Choice Yarn. Though this be a great stash busting project, Vanna’s rich and vibrant colors are a treasure to be sure.

Skill Level: Easy

Stitches Used: Chain, Slip Stitch, Single Crochet, Half Double Crochet, Double Crochet

Technique Used: Crochet in rows, crochet in the round, increase

Pirate Cozy Supplies:

  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn: worsted weight (4)
    Red Cozy: BEIGE, CRANBERRY, BLACK, CHOCOLATE, WHITE, COLONIAL BLUE
    (Green Cozy: Kelly Green, Beige, Black, Chocolate, White)
    (Blue Cozy: Colonial Blue, Beige, Black, Chocolate, White, Kelly Green)
  • Crochet Hooks:
    H/8/5.00 mm
    F/5/3.75 mm
    C/2/2.75 mm
  • Yarn needle for sewing

crochet piratePirate Cozy Instructions

Beige

Hook: H

Ch 17

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc across. (16)

Row 2-3: Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (16)

Row 4: Ch 1, turn. Sc dec, 12 sc, sc dec. (14)

Row 5-6: Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (14)

Row 7: Ch 1, turn. Sc dec, 10 sc, sc dec. (12)

Row 8-9: Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (12)

Row 10: Ch 1, turn. Sc dec, 8 sc, sc dec. Finish off and weave in ends. (10)

Attach Cranberry to bottom right corner (the 1st ch from foundation ch).

Row 11: work 9 sc across the sides of Rows 1-9. Work a sc inc into the corner. Turn to Row 10, sc across. Work a sc inc into the corner. Turn to sides of Rows 1-10. Work 9 sc across. (32)

Row 12: Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (32)

Row 13: Ch 1, turn. 5 sl st, 5 sc. Leave remaining sts unworked. (10)

Row 14-32: Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (10)

side of pirate cozy

Row 33: 5 sc, 5 sl st. (10)

Row 34: *Ch 6. Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc, 2 hdc, sc* twice. Join with sl st through center of tails to end of Row 33. (10)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Join Row 33 to 12 with whip st across.

Eye Instructions

Black

Hook: C

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with a sl st. Finish off and weave in ends. (5)

Attach Colonial Blue to any stitch.

Rnd 2: Sc inc around. Join with a sl st. Finish off and weave in ends. (10)

Attach White to any st.

3 cozies

Rnd 3: Working in the back loop only, *sc, sc inc* around. Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. (15)

Sew a reflective spot on eye if desired.

Patch Instructions

Black

Hook: F

Ch 2

Row 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc inc across. (12)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. *Sc, sc inc* across. Ch 26. Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. (44)

Mustache Instructions

Chocolate

Hook: F

Ch 18

Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook. Sc, hdc, 2 dc, hdc, sc inc, sc, sl st, sc, sc inc, hdc, 2 dc, hdc, sc, sl st. Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. (17)

Assembly Instructions

  1. Pin then sew Eye, Patch and Mustache to cozy. Weave in ends.

Shiver me timbers, we’re done! Let’s grab us some black jacks (mason jars) and drink to yer health.

Talk Like a Pirate:

Just for fun, here are some pirate words and phrases:

Ahoy – Hello
Arrr (Aargh) – An expression
Avast – Stop or Pay attention
Aye – Yes
Black Spot – Death Threat
Blimey – An expression of surprise
Blow the man down down – A command to kill someone
Feed the fishes – Someone will die
Heave Ho – Put some muscle into it
Hornswaggle - To cheat
Landlubber – Person who doesn’t know how to sail
Loaded to the gunwalls – a drunk person
Scalleywag – Mild insult
Scurvy – Vitamin C deficency that causes swollen gums and tooth loss
Shiver me tinbers – An expression of surprise
Son of a buiscuit eater – An insult
Thar she blows! – Sighting of a whale
Walk the plank – Death by walking off the ship and drowning
Yo Ho Ho – An expression of cheer

More Cozies in Store

Coffee Cup CoziesLove this pirate cozy? There are more seasonal, holiday and just for fun cozies in the store. We’ve created an entire collection with over 20 designs. All 20 are available in 1 set.

NOTE: The pirate cozy is NOT in this set.

Read more about the set:

Blog: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

Store: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

Crochet Bear Cozy and Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers

Crochet Bear Cozy and Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers

crochet bear and chocolate covered grahams

This crochet bear mason jar cozy is not only super cute, but it will keep an eye on the snacks you store like these chocolate covered graham crackers. This bear will keep lookout for any hungry critters in your household that might snatch a treat when you aren’t looking.

This is a beary sweet gift idea. We’ve made a list of fun “beary” greetings below.

Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers Recipe

chocolate grahams

We’ll get to the crochet bear in a minute. First, let’s make this super easy chocolate covered graham cracker recipe.

This is a wonderful last minute dessert idea. Perfect for gatherings where finger foods are on the menu.

Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 8 graham crackers
  • 4 oz. melting chocolate
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 oz. white melting chocolate
  • Aluminum foil lined cookie sheet
  • 2 mason jars for storing

Directions:

  1. chocolate covered graham crackersBreak graham crackers into pieces (4 pieces per graham) and lay out on a cookie sheet.
  2. Melt 4 oz. of chocolate in microwave stirring every 30 seconds. Do not over heat. When chocolate is mostly melted and a little lumpy, stir until smooth.
  3. Stir peanut butter into chocolate.
  4. Dip 2/3 of each graham into chocolate/peanut butter mixture. Scrape off excess and lay on aluminum foil to cool and harden.
  5. Melt 2 oz. of white melting chocolate in microwave stirring every 30 seconds. Do not over heat. When chocolate is mostly melted and a little lumpy, stir until smooth.
  6. Drizzle white chocolate over grahams. Allow to cool and harden.
  7. When chocolates are hardened, remove from foil and scrape off excess drizzle.
  8. Store in mason jar.

Crochet Bear Cozy

crochet bearThis crochet bear cozy makes a great gift. Fill a mason jar with snacks and trickets and you’ve got a beary special gift. Here are a few fun greetings for special occasions:

  • I Love You Beary Much
  • You’re Beary Special
  • For a Beary Special Son (or daughter or other relation)
  • Get Well Beary Soon
  • I’m Beary Sorry
  • A Beary Happy Birthday
  • Beary Christmas
  • I Miss You Beary Much

Skill Level: Easy

Stitches Used: chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet

Techniques Used: crochet in rows, crochet in the round, increase, deacrease

Crochet Bear Cozy Supplies:

  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn: worsted weight (4)
    Brown Bear: CHOCOLATE, HONEY, BLACK, BEIGE
    (Golden Bear: HONEY, BEIGE, BLACK)
    (Black Bear: ESPRESSO, CHOCOLATE, BLACK, BEIGE)
  • Hook: H/8/5.00mm
  • Yarn Needle for Sewing
  • Stuffing

Crochet Bear Cozy Instructions

  • Chocolate
  • Hook: H

Ch 34, join with a sl st.

Rnd 1-10: Sc around. (34)

Sl St. Finish off. Weave in end.

crochet bear

Snout Instructions

  • Honey
  • Hook: H

Ch 9

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (count the first two chains as a hdc), 6 hdc. (8)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc dec, 4 hdc, hdc dec. (6)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Hdc dec, 2 hdc, hdc dec. (4)

Rnd 4: Sc all the way around the snout (a sc in each st and on the end of each Row). Join with a sl st. (16)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Nose Instructions

  • Black
  • Hook: H

Ch 2

Rnd 1: In the 2nd ch from hook work 2 sc, 2 dc, 2 sc, 2 dc. Join with a sl st. (8)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

EYES INSTRUCTIONS (Make 2)

  • Black
  • Hook: H

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with a sl st. (10)

Finish of leaving a long tail for sewing.

3 bearsEAR INSTRUCTIONS (Make 2)

  • Chocolate
  • Hook: H

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Sc inc around. (12)

Rnd 3: *3 sc, sc inc* around. (15)

Rnd 4-5: Sc around. (15)

Rnd 6: *3 sc, sc dec* around. (12)

Rnd 7: *1 sc, sc dec* around. (8)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Assembly Instructions

  1. Pin Snout to bottom of the cozy. Stuff lightly. Sew. Weave in ends.
  2. Pin then sew Nose to center of Snout. Weave in ends.
  3. Embroider a mouth below Nose. Weave in ends.
  4. Embroider reflective spots on the Eyes with the beige yarn. Weave in ends.
  5. Pin then sew Eyes above the Snout. Weave in ends.
  6. Pin then sew Ears to the sides. Weave in ends.

More Cozies in Store

Coffee Cup CoziesLove this bear cozy? There are more seasonal, holiday and just for fun cozies in the store. We’ve created an entire collection with over 20 designs. All 20 are available in 1 set.

Read more about the set:

Blog: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

Store: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

Captain America Crochet Cozy

Captain American Crochet Cozy

captain america crochet cozy

Captain America makes for another great movie night crochet cozy. This is a fun and easy way to make your kids feel special. Buy a box of their favorite candy (Buncha Crunch in my case), pop in the movie and enjoy a bit of family time together.

This cozy makes for a great cup cozy, too.

Captain American Cozy Supplies:

  • Vanna’s Choice – worsted weight yarn (4)
    Colonial Blue, Cranberry, White, Black
  • Hook: H/8/5.00 mm
    Hook: F/5/3.75 mm
    Hook : C/2/2.75 mm
  • Yarn needle for sewing
  • Stuffing
  • Mason Jar

Captain American Crochet Cozy Pattern

cozy and candy

Though this Captain American cozy utilizes several crochet techniques, it really is quite simple to make.

Skill Level: Easy

Stitches Used: Chain, Slip Stitch, Single Crochet, Half Double Crochet, Double Crochet

Techniques Used: Crochet in the Round, Crochet in Rows, Increase, Crochet in Back Loop, Crochet in Both Loops

Cozy Instructions:

  • Black
  • Hook: H

Ch 34, join with a sl st.

Rnd 1-11: Sc around. (34)

Join with a sl st. Cut yarn; weave in end.

Star Instructions:

  • White
  • Hook: C

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 10 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with a sl st. (10)

Rnd 2: In back loops only, sl st into next st. (work next group in the same st as sl st you just worked) * work: ch 2, dc, ch 1, sl st into top of dc, ch 2, sl st. 2 sl sts into next sts of Rnd 1* around.

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

cozy close upShield Instructions:

  • Colonial Blue
  • Hook F

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (8)

Rnd 2: Sc inc around. (16)

Rnd 3: *Sc, sc inc* around. (24)

Sl st. Finish off Colonial Blue. Attach Cranberry.

Rnd 4: Ch 1. *2 sc, sc inc* around. Join with a sl st. (32)

Drop Cranberry. Attach White in back loop.

Rnd 5: Ch 1. Working in the back loop only: *3 sc, sc inc* around. Join with a sl st. (40)

Finish off White. Pick up Cranberry

Rnd 6: Working in the back loop only:Ch 1. Sc around. Join with a sl st. (40)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Assembly Instructions:

  1. Pin then sew Star to center of Shield.
  2. Pin Shield to Cozy. Add stuffing as desired. Sew Shield to Cozy.

movie night character cozies

Other Movie Night Cozies

Pictured above and to the right are cozies for Star Trek, Star Wars Chewbacca and Captain America. You can find more information (and the patterns) for Star Trek and Chewbacca with the links below:

Star Trek Cup Cozy

Star Wars Chewbacca Cozy

More Cozies in Store

Coffee Cup CoziesLove this Captain America cozy? There are more seasonal, holiday and just for fun cozies in the store. We’ve created an entire collection with over 20 designs. All 20 are available in 1 set.

Note: This Captain America cozy is NOT in this Cozy Collection.

Read more about the set:

Blog: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

Store: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

Kettle Corn Recipe for Movie Night with Crochet Star Wars Chewbacca

Kettle Corn Recipe for Movie Night with Crochet Star Wars Chewbacca Mason Jar Cozy

Make movie night more festive with our colorful kettle corn recipe and a crochet Star Wars Chewbacca Mason jar cozy!

movie night crochet star wars chewbacca

As kids, Chewbacca was my sister’s and my favorite Star Wars character, so it seems only fitting that he be one of the characters we make for our movie night mason jar cozy. This is a fun and easy project that will add a lot of flavor to a night of entertainment.

Let’s start with the Kettle Corn…you can munch on it while you crochet!

kettle corn recipeKettle Corn Recipe

We’ve changed up the traditional kettle corn recipe by using agave nectar instead of sugar (if you don’t have agave nectar, use ¼ cup of white sugar).

By adding a few drops of food coloring, this simple snack food becomes an extra special treat.

So, let’s get poppin’.

Kettle Corn Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup white popcorn kernels
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 drops of food coloring

Kettle Corn Directions:

  1. In a large pot, heat oil and butter on medium-high heat. When it boils, add agave nectar, salt, food coloring and popcorn.
  2. Constantly shake pot over heat. When popping starts to slow down, remove from heat and pour popcorn into a large bowl. CAUTION: the agave nectar/sugar burns easily. You will want to remove the pan from the heat long before there are 2 seconds between pops.
  3. Stir and allow popcorn to cool before serving.

Crochet Star Wars Chewbacca Mason Jar Cozy

crochet star wars chewbaccaIf you love to crochet Star Wars characters, than add this guy to the list. It will bring a smile to your face every step of the way. It did for me…I was grinning ear to ear as I was designing this cozy.

This works great as a cup cozy, too! You gotta have something to drink on movie night!

Skill Level: Easy

Stitches Used: Chain, Slip Stitch, Single Crochet

Skills Used: Crochet in Rows, Crochet in the Round, Crochet with two strands at once.

Chewbacca Supplies List:

  • Vanna’s Choice: ESPRESSO, SILVER GREY, TOFFEE
  • Fun Fur: Choclate
  • Yarn Needle for sewing
  • Hook: H/8/5.00 mm
  • Hook: C/2/2.75 mm

Crochet Star Wars Chewbacca Crochet Pattern

Jar Cozy Instructions:

Espresso and Chocolate Fun Fur held together

Hook: H

Ch 34, join with a sl st.

Row 1-8: Sc around. (34)

Sl st. Cut yarn; weave in end.

Turn the hairiest side of the cozy out. (I had to turn my cozy inside out so the hairiest side was showing).

chewbacca utility belt

Shoulder Strap / Utility Belt Instructions:

Hook: C

Toffee

Ch 21

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc across. (20)

Row 2:-4: Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (20)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Small Ammo Boxes Instructions: (make 3)

Hook: C

Silver Grey

Ch 6

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc across. (5)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Larger Ammo Boxes Instructions: (make 2)

Hook: C

Silver Grey

Ch 6

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc across. (5)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (5)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Ammo Box Strap:

Hook: C

Toffee

Ch 21

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

chewbacca utility beltAssembly Instructions:

  1. Pin then sew small ammo boxes to the ends and middle of the utility belt.
  2. Pin then sew larger anno boxes between the smaller boxes.
  3. Pin then sew the ammo box strap down the middle of the belt over each ammo box.
  4. Pin then sew the completed utility belt to the cozy at an angle to appear as if it’s draped over Chewbacca’s shoulder.

movie night character cozies

Other Movie Night Cozies

Pictured above and to the right are cozies for Star Trek, Star Wars and Captain America. You can find more information (and the pattern) for Star Trek and Captain America with the links below:

Star Trek Cup Cozy

Captain America – coming soon.

More Cozies in Store

Coffee Cup CoziesLove this Star Wars Chewbacca cozy? There are more seasonal, holiday and just for fun cozies in the store. We’ve created an entire collection with over 20 designs. All 20 are available in 1 set.

Note: This Star Wars Chewbacca cozy is NOT in this Cozy Collection.

Read more about the set:

Blog: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

Store: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

Greek Salad Dressing Recipe and Crochet Ladybug

Greek Salad Dressing Recipe and Crochet Ladybug Jar Cozy

We’ve prepared a simple Greek salad dressing that is stored in a mason jar and wrapped it with a crochet ladybug cozy!

crochet ladybug cozy

This is a fun and delicious treat for summer and a cute way to spruce up salad dressings at your next summer BBQ or potluck.

Let’s start with the recipe because the seasonings need time to blend.

Greek Salad Dressing Recipe

greek salad dressing recipeGreek salad dressing is super easy to make. This recipe does not need to be refrigerated since it’s an oil and vinegar based dressing.

Below you’ll see that we used several different types of vinegar. You can use whatever you have on hand (like a white vinegar or red wine vinegar). Also, this recipe has a ratio of 50% oil to 50% vinegar. If you want to tone down the vinegar flavor, use a little less of it or add a little extra sugar.

Greek Salad Dressing Ingredients:

Step One

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white wine vine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dijon Mustard
  • 1 small clove fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoon agave nectar (or 1 t sugar)
  • pinch of crushed red pepper

dressing ingredientsStep Two

3/4 cup virgin olive oil

Step Three

  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons basil

 Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients from Step One into blender. Blend on medium speed until well blended.
  2. With blender still on medium, slowly add oil. This will emulsify the oil and vinegar and keep them from separating.
  3. Stop blender. Add herbs from Step Three. Pulse until just blended.
  4. Store in mason jar. Do not refrigerate. Best if allowed to marinate several hours (or overnight) before using.

Alternative:

Use fat free mayo instead of olive oil to create a creamy Greek salad dressing. Keep refrigerated.

This Greek salad dressing can be used in a number of delicious ways including on a green salad, on a chicken salad, on a pasta salad, as a dipping sauce in a veggie tray or as a marinade. Yum!

This recipe was inspired by: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Absolutely-Fabulous-GreekHouse-Dressing/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

Crochet Lady Bug Cozy

Making a crochet ladybug cozy is a fun summer project. Ladybugs are a gardeners best friend and therefore make the prefect adornment for a jar of salad dressing.

chicken-salad

We’ve used Vanna’s Choice yarn…and only a remnant is needed. Black and any shade of red or orange will work well for this project.

Crochet Ladybug Supplies:

  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn (Medium Worsted Weight (4))
    CRANBERRY, BLACK
    (Mug: Brick, Black)
    (Cup: Scarlet, Black)
  • Hook: H/8/5.00 mm
  • Hook: F/5/3.75 mm
  • 2 Buttons – 1/4” or 3/8”
  • Needle & Thread
  • Yarn Needle

greek salad dressing recipeLadybug Cozy Instructions:

Cranberry

Hook: H

Ch 35

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc across. (34)

Row 2-5: Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (34)

Finish off Cranberry and weave in ends. Attach Black.

Row 6: Ch 1, turn. Sl st across. (34)

Finish off Black and weave in ends. Attach Cranberry.

Row 7: Ch 1, turn. Working in the back loop only, sc across. (34)

Row 8-11: Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (34)

Finish off and weave in ends.

Turn to work on the ends of the Rows. Attach Black to the first Row.

Row 12: Work 10 sc evenly across the ends of the Rows 1-11. (10)

Row 13: Ch 1, turn. Hdc dec, 6 hdc, hdc dec. (8)

Row 14: Ch 1, turn. Hdc dec, 4 hdc, hdc dec. (6)

Row 15: Ch 1, turn. Hdc dec, 2 hdc, hdc dec. (4)

Row 16: Ch 1, turn. 2 sc dec. (2)

Finish off and weave in ends.

crochet ladybugs

Spots (make 9)

Black

Hook: F

Ch 2

Rnd 1: Work 4, 6 or 8 sc in second ch from hook and join with a sl st for small, medium, and large spots.

Finish off leaving a tail for sewing.

Assembly Instructions

  1. Sew Spots to Red portion (sew randomly as desired or symmetrically…most ladybugs Spots mirror each other on each Wing).
  2. Sew two small black buttons about 1/2″ from the top and sides of the end of the red section.
  3. Wrap cozy around container, and slip buttons through posts of the half double crochets in the black section.

More Cozies in Store

Coffee Cup CoziesLove this ladybug  jar cozy? There are more seasonal, holiday and just for fun cozies in the store. We’ve created an entire collection with over 20 designs. All 20 are available in 1 set.

Note: This ladybug cozy is in this Cozy Collection (smaller stitches are used on this free version above).

Read more about the set:

Blog: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

Store: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection

Summer Mason Jar Cozy Coming soon

Since the end of October 2012, we’ve posted a pattern and jar cozy every other Friday. Our plan is to continue this series for a year. That’s still our plan, but today’s cozy will be a little late.

The cozy will be cute and the recipe will be delicious…but the post will be delayed. I (Dana) am traveling and doing some home renovation projects for my parents. I’ve been painting and tiling and moving boxes so I haven’t been able to whip up the crochet project.

picture frame tiled floor

Here is a photo of some of the floor tiling. We put a “picture frame” in the center of the floor of the master bathroom and decorative tile in doorways. There’s more tile in the hallway, closets and vanity area. I don’t want to see tile for at least 2 years now that this project is done!

I need a bumpersticker that says: “I’d rather be crocheting”.