This wraps up my October series Fruit of Her Hands Friday. I had so much fun organizing this series. I had very encouraging and lovely responses. I’ve decided to accept submissions from anyone who is interested in participating. Please e-mail me your ideas or a pre-written post for me to review. I’d love to give people a chance to meet other bloggers and share their creativity. Again Fruit of Her Hands Friday is a series that gives us a different and uplifting perspective on things that we all do everyday (for the most part) around the house and for our families.

I am sooooo honored to have Katrina from CaliKatrina do my last Friday post. This woman is amazing. I would put her on my top 5 favorite blogs to read.  I get giddy when she updates her blog. She has such a lovely family and takes the most amazing pictures. She’s so sweet to do a DIY craft with instructions. I know you will love her as much as I do!

Fall and winter are here! Which means pulling out all those cozy sweaters and woolly blankets. This time of year also gets me super yarn crazy and always late-night cozied up on the couch with all my fall yarn colors and a handful of hooks. After a long day with two boys, I find my peace with crochet.

I am super excited to share my idea of “shortcut crochet” for first time crocheters or anyone that wants to get that instant satisfaction of a finished project in one sitting. Simply put, I took the current popular idea of yarn wrapping a step further with using the actual technique of crochet. All it takes is learning the first basic stitch, the single crochet, to make oodles of colorful chains. Then those long chains can be implemented in several quick projects to gain the accomplished feeling of handmade, and confidence in crochet!

First, making a crochet chain…
CLICK HERE to visit my tutorial on these goodies.
Now, take those yummy crochet chains straight to your favorite mug.

 Line up your crochet chains…

Crochet them all about the same length, or in my case, make a knot and cut off the excess.
I just heard a gasp from a seasoned crocheter… I know, cutting through crochet is taboo.
But don’t be afraid, we are free birds here who break the crochet rules sometimes. Try it. It’s liberating. :)

 Wrap your chains around your mug, and tie!
You can also get fancy and tie each strand individually and have a line of
pretty knots or bows going down the side of your mug (as seen in the last photo).

 And viola! Shortcut crochet mug cozy for you,
or great gift presentation for a mug for a friend.

Now go enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea before the littles are up!
And don’t miss more shortcut crochet projects HERE.
Thanks for having me Sarah! And thank you for helping us to encourage
and inspire one another through this Fruit of Her Hands series!

15 Responses to Fruit of Her Hands Friday: Katrina…

  1. Nicole says:

    LOVE this! I think I’ll make some from gifts! Love the colors!

  2. Gaby says:

    looks great around the mug!

  3. OMG! you know, I was about to buy one of those cups that has a plastic thing around it so you can actually hold it and not burn your hands…

    Not buying it after this post! brilliant – thanks a lot for sharing

  4. Cat says:

    Love diy projects! I am totally knitting challenged … but the idea of having a cozy wrap for my coffee mug is splendid!

    Ps. Katrina is just the cutest!

  5. Alexa says:

    Oh my gosh this is incredible. Love it around the mug. True talent indeed! What a great series Sarah, loved seeing everyone’s posts.

  6. Oh I just LOVE Katrina and her blog..and her cute little fam! What a great tutorial. Great guest poster Sarah!

  7. Hi! You have a creative blog and I loved it! Thanks for sharing this idea. BTW I’d be happy to be followed by you!

  8. Such a charming DIY, Sarah!

  9. Anita says:

    What a great idea! I’ve just started to learn to crochet, so this would be a fun wonderful project to try!

  10. that is actually SUPER adorable! i would never think to do this. trying it now!!
    xo TJ

  11. rach. says:

    i wish i could crochet. “/ and your hair is so pretty!

    make sure to come check out my giveaway! :)
    love, rach.–

  12. Felicia says:

    From a fellow crocheter, this is a GREAT crochet project! Easy and fun and something to be proud of! Love it!!

  13. Bry says:

    yay! awesome job and i am la-la-loving your shortcut crochet series, great inspiration especially for a beginner like me!

  14. says:

    Great idea! I need to get one of those for my beer cans

    Love you sweetheart

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