What is more basic this fall than drinking a pumpkin spice latte? Drinking it with a hand crafted coffee coozie, that’s what!
The change of season put me into a crafty mood, and after spotting some cute coffee collars with hearts on Michael’s facebook page, I knew I had to try to make some! I started with white and burnt orange yarn I had leftover from my University of Texas Longhorn Yarn Wreath, then ended up picking up an inexpensive brown yarn to round out the stem.
To create the coozie or coffee collar part of the project, I used this pattern for a crochet coffee sleeve from A Crafty House. It had been a while since I had picked up a crochet hook so I watched a YouTube tutorial to remember how to do a half double crochet.
Next, I was on the hunt for a cute crochet heart pattern. I found several but my crochet skills were still not up to snuff to be able to create a heart that didn’t look like a blob. Back to the drawing board.
Inspired by the drink of the season: the pumpkin spice latte, I decided to go on the hunt for a crochet pumpkin pattern that would be the right side to fit on the coffee coozie. After trying several patterns, I settled on this one from Ravelry (pictured at left). I tried a few others that I found online for free, but they all ended up being a bit too big or a bit too round and not very pumpkin looking.
One thing I learned is to leave yourself a little more tail on the pumpkin than you normally would so that you have enough yarn to sew/secure the pumpkin onto the coffee collar.
I love how easy, inexpensive and fun this project was. It was quick too! Once I got the hang of it, I found I could knock out a whole collar and applique in half an hour.