Mug Rug Pattern Series {Part 1} – Heart

It’s only 38 days till Christmas and if you’re anything like me, your list of things to make just keeps getting longer and longer!! Seriously y’all, I might have over-estimated what I can actually get done.

Bring on the quick and easy-to-make gift ideas!

If you’re in the same boat as me, you are going to love this quick and simple pattern!!

These mug rugs can be made individually, as a stocking stuffer, or to add a homemade touch to a cute Christmas mug. You could really go crazy, make several and gift them as a set. They would even be great for a gift exchange. Sooooooo many possibilities!

I had so many ideas for different designs, that I decided to create a mini-series of mug rug patterns. So I’m going to be sharing a new design with you each week for the few weeks. This week it’s a heart pattern. Make sure to check back next week for the next great {festive} design!

So let’s get down to the important stuff …

Materials:
Medium #4 Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn
I used Peaches and Cream in Dark Taupe, Red & White (for the light colored one, I used Ecru instead of the dark taupe)
G/4.25mm
Stitch Markers
Yarn Needle
Scissors

Measurements:
4 ¼ “ square
*Measurement does not include fringe*

Gauge:
18 sc and 16 rows = 4in.

Stitches:
sc – single crochet
ch – chain
st – stitch
(RS) – right side
(WS) – wrong side

Pattern Notes:
This pattern is written in US terms.
Starting chain does not count as a stitch

Special Notes:
When changing colors, keep the loose ends and dropped strands to the wrong side of your mug rug, this will help keep the right side nice and neat.

After completing the first row, I like to mark the right side with a stitch marker. (I used a safety pin) This helped me to easily keep track of which side was which as I was working through the pattern.

Mug Rug Instructions:
Ch. 16
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from the hook. Sc in each st across.  (15 st)
Row 2-17: Ch 1, sc in each st across following the grid pattern
Finish off and sew in ends.

Adding the Fringe (Optional):
Cut 36 (4-5 inch) strands of yarn
Use 2 strands of yarn for each fringe. There will be a total of 9 fringes on each side.
To add the fringe— insert hook from the back to the front, wrap the two strands around the hook and pull through. Pull ends through the loop and pull tight.
Once you’ve added the entire fringe, trim to your desired length.  (I trimmed mine to about 1”)

Alright so now that you know how to make them, I’m curious how are you going to give them? As a set, individually, or are you just going to keep it for yourself? Share with me in the comments below.

Happy Hookin’!

Looking for another great gift idea? Check out this fun (and free!) infinity scarf pattern.

Vibrant Infinity Scarf Pattern

The first time I saw this yarn, I knew that I just had to have it! What to do with it, was another story … My idea for this infinity scarf didn’t come until later, which is kind of the opposite of how I try to do things. But hey, sometimes it pays to work backwards.

Now I have really been trying not to buy yarn unless I have a specific project in mind, but let’s be honest, sometimes yarn is just too soft, too pretty, too squishy, or just too [insert your chosen reason here] not to buy it.

I was so proud of myself because I had been resisting this beautiful yarn for awhile because I didn’t know what I would do with it. Then, for my birthday one of my good friends gave me some money with the stipulation that I had to use it for yarn. (Isn’t she the best!?!) Immediately I knew this was the yarn I wanted to buy!

After tossing around some ideas, and a little bit of Pinterest-research, I came up with this fun pattern. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

Click here for a printer-friendly, downloadable PDF version of this pattern

Materials:
Medium #4 Worsted Weight Yarn – Approx. 8.75 oz
I used Lion Brand Landscapes in Apple Orchard
J/6.0mm
Yarn Needle
Scissors

Measurements:
59” long (before joining ends)

Gauge:
4 mod. shell st = 4in.
(I measured at the base of the mod. shell st)

Stitches:
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
ch – chain
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch
modified shell st – mod. shell stitch (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in same stitch

Pattern Notes:
This pattern is written in US terms.
{repeat stitches between brackets indicated number of times}

Infinity Scarf Pattern:
Ch. 39

Row 1: In 6th chain from hook, 2dc, ch1, 2dc (mod. shell st) all in the same ch st, {skip 4 ch, mod. shell st in 5th ch} 6 times, skip 2 ch, dc in last chain, turn.  (7 mod. shell st)

Row 2: Ch 3, {mod. shell st into ch1 space from previous row} 7 times, dc in top of ch3 from previous row

Row 3-80: Repeat Row 2
**Add or remove rows in order to reach your desired length. **

Row 81 (or final row): ch 1, sc in each st across (36)

To finish, place the ends right sides together, join with a sc in each st all the way across. Finish off.

Click here for a printer-friendly, downloadable PDF version of this pattern.

I can’t wait to see how yours turn out! I’d love for you to share pictures with me here or on Instagram. Follow me KatieBugDesign to see all my latest projects. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Hookin’!

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Free Pattern for Pumpkin Placemat

Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere!! Fall is here so what better time to debut my new pattern for a pumpkin placemat! I am so excited to finally be bringing this pattern to y’all!

I was inspired a couple months ago by an adorable pin on Pinterest for a quilted pumpkin placemat. Now y’all, I can do a little bit of sewing, but quilting is something I just haven’t been brave enough to jump into yet. So I decided I would try to crochet one.

I am in love with the Simply Soft Ombre yarn! The color variation that it gave the pumpkin just really makes it so much more fun than if I had used a solid orange yarn.

Click here for a printer-friendly, downloadable PDF version of this pattern in my shop.

Materials:
Medium #4 Worsted Weight Yarn
I used Caron Simply Soft Ombre in Gold & Dark Sage
I/5.25mm
Yarn Needle
Scissors

Measurements:
18 ¼” long (side to side)
13 ¼” tall (stem to base)

Gauge:
14 hdc and 10 rows = 4in. (10 cm)

Stitches:
hdc – half double crochet
ch – chain
st – stitch
yo – yarn over
2hdc – two half double crochet in one stitch (increase)
hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 stitches together (decrease)

Stitch Explaination:
hdc2tog –  yo, insert into st, yo, pull through, yo, insert into next st, yo, pull through, yo, pull through all 5 loops

Pattern Notes:
This pattern is written in US terms.
Ch 2 at beginning of each row does not count as stitch.

Pattern:
Using orange, ch 42
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook. Hdc in each st to end. Turn. (40)

Row 2: Ch 2. 3 hdc in 1st st. Hdc in next 38 st. 3 hdc in last st. Turn. (44)
Row 3:  Ch 2. 2hdc in 1st st. 42 hdc, 2hdc in last st. Turn. (46)
Row 4:  Ch 2. 2hdc in 1st st. 44 hdc. 2hdc in last st. Turn. (48)
Row 5:  Ch 2. 2hdc in 1st st. 46 hdc. 2hdc in last st. Turn. (50)
Row 6:  Ch 2. 2hdc in 1st st. 48 hdc. 2hdc in last st. Turn. (52)
Row 7:  Ch 2. 2hdc in 1st st. 50 hdc. 2hdc in last st. Turn. (54)
Row 8:  Ch 2. 2hdc in 1st st. 52 hdc. 2hdc in last st. Turn. (56)

Row 9 – 20:    Ch 2. Hdc in each st across. Turn. (56)

Row 21: Ch 2. Hdc2tog in first st. Hdc in next 52 st. Hdc2tog in last st. Turn. (54)
Row 22: Ch 2. Hdc2tog in first st. 50 hdc. Hdc2tog in last st. Turn. (52)
Row 23: Ch 2. Hdc2tog in first st. 48 hdc. Hdc2tog in last st. Turn. (50)
Row 24: Ch 2. Hdc2tog in first st. 46 hdc. Hdc2tog in last st. Turn. (48)
Row 25: Ch 2. Hdc2tog in first st. 44 hdc. Hdc2tog in last st. Turn. (46)
Row 26: Ch 2. Hdc2tog in first st. 42 hdc. Hdc2tog in last st. Turn. (44)
Row 27: Ch 2. Hdc2tog in first st. 40 hdc. Hdc2tog in last st. Turn. (42)
Row 28: Ch 2. Hdc2tog in first st. 38 hdc. Hdc2tog in last st. Turn. (40)

Stem
Using green
Row 29: In 15th st, ch 2. Hdc in same st. Hdc in next 11 st. Turn (12)

Row 30-33: Ch 2. 12 hdc across. Turn. (12)

Finish off. Sew in ends.

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I can’t wait to see how yours turn out! I’d love for you to share pictures with me here or on Instagram. Follow me KatieBugDesign to see all my latest projects. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Hookin’!

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Fall Crochet Shrug

What do you think about when you hear fall? Do you think of colorful leaves, campfires or snuggling up against the chill of the evening? This adorable fall crochet shrug is the perfect thing to keep you warm and cozy on those crisp, cool evenings of fall. 

I have been wanting to crochet a shrug or shawl for a while. They just seem so warm and cuddly. (Plus, I love that you can just throw it on and look like you care a little bit about how you look, which for a mom with small kids, doesn’t always happen!) So when I saw the free pattern for this crochet shrug from Annoo’s Crochet World, I knew I wanted to try it.

With fall in full swing here, I wanted to put a little fall twist on it. So I decided to use one of my favorite yarns, Caron Simply Soft, in Chocolate, Pumpkin and Bone. Even the color names fit into my fall theme!

Caron Simply Soft in Chocolate, Pumpkin, and Bone

I did have to make a slight adjustment though. In the free pattern she used 9.0mm hook, but I didn’t have one of those so I used my K/6.5mm hook. I just need to add a couple of extra rows to make up for the smaller hook. It really worked up easily and I enjoyed working on this project!

What colors would you use to make your shrug? I’d love for you to tell me in the comments below! Thanks for checking in with me and …

Happy Hookin’!

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Fall Crochet Headbands

Don’t you just love a quick and easy fall crochet project! I know I’ve said it before I really do love this time of year! Here’s a great crochet project to get you in the mood for fall. Plus, it’s quick and easy to make.

Materials:

#4 Worsted Weight Yarn – I used Caron Simply Soft

J/6.00mm hook

Yarn Needle

Scissors

 

Stitches:

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

ch – chain

st – stitich

sl st – slip stitch

 

Pattern Notes:

Chain does not count as a stitch

This pattern is written in US terms

 

Instructions:

ch 10

Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in each st across, turn (8)

Row 2: ch 1, sc in each st across (8)

Row 3: ch 2, dc in each st across (8)

Repeat Row 2 & 3 until you reach your desired length. Use yarn tail to join. Finish.

Sizes:

These are the total number of rows that I made to reach the desired sizes for my children and myself.

Toddler- 36 rows

Small Child – 38 rows

Me – 44 rows

I used this pattern to make the pumpkin applique. In order to make an apple, I simply used red yarn instead of orange, but I used the exact same pattern.

 

You could also use my sunflower applique free pattern to create another adorable fall headband. The possibilities are endless!!

I can’t wait to see the gorgeous headbands you create! I’d love for you to share them with me. Don’t forget to tag @katiebugdesign or use hashtag #katiebugdesign.

Happy Hookin’

Sunflower Applique

 

What’s the best part of fall? Honestly, I don’t think I could pick just one thing … or even two things. There are so many amazing parts to love about fall. To me sunflowers are a beautiful way to usher in this wonderful season. So of course I had to create my own sunflower appliqué.

 

I created a large and small version for you to enjoy. I also included some different ideas of how you can use your sunflowers.  

Materials:

Medium Worsted Weight Yarn – Yellow and Brown
I used Caron Simply Soft in Chocolate and Super Duper Yellow
G/4.5mm
Yarn Needle
Scissors

Measurements:

Small – 3 ½ “
Large – 4 ¼ “
Sunflower sizes can also be made larger by using a larger hook size,  or smaller by using a smaller hook size.

Stitches:

sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
tr – treble crochet
ch – chain
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch
rnd – round

Pattern Notes:

This pattern is written in US terms
Chains do not count as a stitch

Instructions:

SMALL
using brown yarn, create a magic circle
Rnd 1: ch 2, make 10 hdc into the magic circle, sl st into top of ch 2 (10)
Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around (20)
Rnd 3: *ch 3, sl st in 3rd st* repeat around

change to yellow
Rnd 4: ch 1, work the following into the ch 3 space,
*sc, ch1, dc, ch1, tr, dc, ch1, sc*, repeat in each ch3 space around
sl st to join and finish off.

LARGE
using brown yarn, create a magic circle
Rnd 1: ch 2, make 10 hdc into the magic circle, sl st into top of ch 2 (10)
Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around (20)
Rnd 3: ch 2, *1 hdc in first st, 2 hdc in next st* repeat between * around (30)
Rnd 4: *ch 3, sc in 3rd st* repeat around, last ch 3 sl st into 4th st from chain

change to yellow
Rnd 5: ch 1, work the following into the ch 3 space,
*sc, ch1, dc, ch1, 2 tr, dc, ch1, sc*, repeat in each ch3 space around
sl st to join and finish off.

Now that you have your sunflower made, how are you going to use it? Here are some the ways I used mine.

 

 

I’d love for you to share your sunflower projects with me.

Happy Hookin’

You “Shell” Love This One!

Baby blankets are one of my favorite things to crochet and I enjoy trying new and different patterns. So I knew when I saw this cute shell stitch blanket from Amy over at The Stitchin Mommy I knew that I had to give it a try for my sweet cousin-in-law.

Her nursery colors are yellow and grey (LOVE this combination) so I decided to incorporate them into the beautiful baby blanket and I am so excited by how the blanket turned out!

You can find the free pattern here.

Now, I did not put a border on my blanket and I adjusted the size of the color stripes in mine, but her pattern is really easy to follow. I love to customize my baby blankets to make them even more special for the person I am giving them to. There are just so many colors and combinations to choose from. It really gets my creative juices flowin’!!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Happy Hookin’!

If you’re looking for other baby blanket ideas, check out this Easy Peasy Baby Blanket.

Quick & Easy Baby Blanket

Who doesn’t love a quick and easy baby blanket?

I recently had the opportunity to help one of my dear friends (and surrogate sister-in-law) with a baby blanket she was working on for her youngest daughter, Clara.

After seeing the adorable Easy Peasy Baby Blanket that I created for my daughter, she just had to make one for her daughter too. She started working away on this baby blanket (whenever she found time) for about 2-3 weeks and then, as is the life of a mom of 3, she became busy, the blanket was put aside and life went on in it’s normal crazy way.

Fast forward several months and her sweet little Clara is about to turn one. I’d just run across this awesome article Alternative to Gift Giving at Birthday Parties and I was trying to come up with a non-toy present idea for this soon-to-be one-year-old. And seriously y’all, I was having a little bit of trouble.

*Insert Lightbulb Moment* All of a sudden, I remembered that blanket that was started all those months ago. “What if I finished the blanket and that would be my gift to Clara and her mom?” After trying to plot ways of sneaking it out of her house or roping her husband into helping me, I finally decided that I was just going to ask her about it (because seriously y’all, I’m not very sneaky).

I was a little nervous that she might not like the idea. I thought maybe she would want it to be something that she alone had created for her daughter. Luckily though, she loved the idea!

She quickly brought me what she had started and handed it right over. With less than a week until Clara’s birthday, I started hookin’ away.

One of the things that I loved about this blanket when I was making it for my daughter, was that it works up so quickly. This made it much easier for me to be able to finish Clara’s blanket in such a short period of time.

Birthday Time!

I think one of the best moments in any crochet project is seeing that look on the person’s face when you give them whatever it is that you have made. In a cookie cutter world where it is so easy to just run to the store and grab something off the shelf to present as a gift, I truly believe the simple act of taking the time to sit down and create something special, with that person in mind, can be so much more special.

Now in all honesty, Clara wasn’t super impressed with her blanket. She is only one and I can’t really fault her for being more interested in that yummy cake they were letting her destroy. However, the excitement on her mom’s face was what made my mad dash to get it finished all worth it!

It’s Easy Peasy!

The pattern that I used was a free pattern I found on Yarnspirations.com and the blanket is called the Easy Peasy Baby Blanket.

I used the Caron Simply Soft yarn in Strawberry. With Clara’s blanket, I did make it a little bit smaller than the pattern says. Partly because I ran out of time (and yarn) but also because if it’s anything like the one I made for my daughter, it’ll be carried around with her and I don’t want her to be stepping all over it.

What are some of your favorite baby blankets? I’d love for you to share them with me!

Happy Hooking,