Mini Organizer

This crocheted mini organizer is perfect for home or the office. The right size for paperclips, buttons, pens, pencils, scissors and other small items, cardboard keeps the shelf sturdy and wire helps the drawers maintain their shape. A few buttons and a butterfly embellishment and this is functional and adorable. Available in the store for $1.99 USD, the pattern for this crocheted mini organizer includes step by step instructions and many pictures. Finished size, 10 inches wide, 6 inches tall, 4.5 inches deep.

I asked my husband if he wanted this for his desk at work. He said he too much stuff on his desk already. I offered to make one in black, white and red with skulls. He still wasn’t interested. Oh, well. This will actually be perfect for keeping my crochet supplies organized.

Jeep Yarn Bomb

A friend saw my ninja side-view mirror cozy and casually mentioned wanting an antennae cozy. Whether said in jest or not, he got his request! We occasionally climb together and he is an avid runner, so I incorporated those into the two bombs I made. First was the antennae. At first I pictured something dangling off the top (a butterfly), but I was afraid it would get ripped off with the wind (or by him). Next I thought of something that could be more aerodynamic. The shoes are meant to look like they are in mid stride and have a slight feel of Converse. It was a little breezy that day and the shoes act as a kind of weather vane. They turn with the flow of the wind! It is hard to tell from the picture, but the shoes are two dimensional, skinnier than the antennae cozy itself. My friend said the cozy was cute, then mentioned possibly giving it to his daughter. Hmmm. Must be too cute for his taste!

I’ve never made an antennae cozy before and I’m not sure how secure they are. This one is three rows of sc with a slip stitch row to close it around the antennae. I put a few stitches at the top and bottom to make it more secure and hopefully stay on. Almost everything is made from Red Heart yarn and a size H hook.

As a bonus, I also made a side view mirror cozy following my directions for rectangular side-view mirrors. This Jeep mirror was almost a perfect rectangle with the same depth all around. That made crocheting it a breeze! I usually test the cozy on the mirror as I go, but I didn’t have access to this mirror. Turns out the measurements were enough. With a quick button, this cozy went on lickety split.

The mirror is mounted in a different place than the previous mirrors I’ve covered. I just needed to be careful where to leave a gap when crocheting the portion that would go on the depth of the mirror. The item I stitched onto the cozy is a replica of a piece of climbing equipment called a quickdraw and “climb on” is a command spoken from a belayer to a climber.

The cozy itself was made using a size L hook and Red Heart yarn using dc. The quickdraw and words were made using a size E and H hook. Perhaps next I should make a cozy that says “crochet on” with crochet hooks!

 

Floral Vine Cozy Yarn Bomb

This pretty floral vine stop sign cozy is quick, easy and attractive. Made of vines and flowers, this can be wrapped around posts, pillars, or columns of any size. One skein of each color can make multiple cozies.

Click on Floral Vine Stop Sign Yarn Bomb for the directions in PDF format.

Directions

Materials:

Yarn: Any kind of worsted weight yarn in green, yellow, white, and purple. Red Heart yarn is pictured. Flowers can be done in any color.

Hook: Size H or larger. Size L was used for the vine and flowers pictured.

Yarn Needle

 

Abbreviations:

Ch = chain

Dc = double crochet

Rnd = round (working in the round rather than rows)

Sc = single crochet

Sl st = slip stitch

Tr = triple (treble) crochet

 

 

Vine

Using green, chain to the length desired. 6 feet or more is recommended to cover a significant portion of a common street sign like stop signs or median signs (See picture).

Row 1: Dc in third ch from hook. Dc in next 19 stitchs. Crochet a leaf pattern (directions below) at the top of the last dc stitch made. *10 dc, leaf pattern* across the length of the original chain until approximately the last 20 stitches. Do not crochet a leaf pattern for the last 20-25 chain stitches. Cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing.

Leaf Pattern: Ch 3, [dc, trc, dc] in the top of the last dc made. Ch 3, slip stitch in the same stitch as the others for the leaf.

Flowers (Make enough flowers for one to go in the spaces between each leaf of the vine. If using two floral colors, half the flowers should be in one color, half in another.)

Using yellow:

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook. Do not join. (6)

Rnd 2-3: Sc in each stitch around. Slip stitch into next stitch, and weave in end. (6)

Switch to a petal color like white or purple

Rnd 4: In each of the six stitches work the petal pattern (directions below). Join the last petal to the first with a slip stitch; leave a long tail for sewing.

Petal Pattern: [Sc, dc, tr, dc, sc] in the same stitch

 

Sew a flower of alternating colors in between leaves of the vine. Do not put a flower on the ends.

Using a yarn needle attached to yarn at the end of the vine, the vine can be pulled through a hole on the stop sign post (See picture). This will keep the vine from slipping over time. Pull the end of the vine through the hole, wrap it around the pole and sew it to the vine at a little lower point. Wrap the floral vine around the post making sure the flowers are pointed in the correct direction. The vine can be wrapped so that it is close together or spread out to cover the whole post. Secure the bottom of the vine like the top. Use a yarn needle to pull the bottom through a hole in the post. Wrap it around until it meets another part of the vine. Sew it together.

 

Side-view Mirror Cozy – Rectangle


A side-view mirror cozy/cover is a quick way to personalize a vehicle, whether yours or someone else’s.   (The ninja was for my husband. The dog paw was a yarn bomb on my brother-in-law!) While I can’t give specific directions to fit every side-view mirror, I can give basic directions that will work for most rectangular shaped mirrors (or mirrors that are kind of rectangular in shape).  For a mostly rectangular shaped mirror, you will crochet a rectangle, then make it 3-dimensional by doing the sides. By leaving one of the edges unconnected, the cozy can be brought around the front and buttoned closed so that it can be quickly attached or removed. The pictures below will explain.

Click Side-view Mirror Cozy – Rectangle for a PDF version.

Materials:

Yarn: Acrylic medium worsted weight of your choice. I chose black so that it would be a little subtle and because that was the color of the mirror to begin with. I don’t think my husband would cotton to a bright colored mirror cozy!

Hook: Size L (or size desired to get gauge or tightness of stitches)

Needle: If you plan to decorate the cozy, a large needle will be needed to sew on objects.

Button: The button should fit between stitches but not be so little that it doesn’t stay fastened.

Abbreviations:

Dc = double crochet

Sc = single crochet

Step 1: Measure

First, measure the size of the mirror: back, top, bottom, and sides. There should be somewhat of a basic rectangular shape to the back of the mirror. If you are lucky, the two sides will be a similar size and the top and bottom will be similar. If not, you may have to change your stitches as you go. The mirror above is basically 9 inches wide, 6 inches tall, and 2.5 inches deep.

Step 2: Gauge

With a size L hook, I get about 3 stitches and 2 rows to an inch. With a size H hook, I get about 4 stitches per inch.

Step 3: Make the Base Rectangle

Using a size L hook, figure 3 stitches per inch. Multiply the number of inches the back of the mirror is from side to side by 3. (My mirror was 9 inches wide. 9×3=27). That’s how many chains stitches to make.

Chain 27 (or however many your mirror needs.)

Row 1: Chain 2 more (to count as the first dc). Dc in 4th chain from hook and each chain across. (27)

Row 2: Chain 2 (count as first dc), turn, dc across.

Row 3-7: Chain 2, turn, dc across. (*Note: you may need to do more or fewer than 7 rows depending on the height of your mirror.)

Step 4: Make the Sides/Top/Bottom

Determine which corner of the rectangle will go where the mirror attaches to the side of the vehicle. For instance, while looking at the back of the driver’s side mirror, the corner that attaches to the vehicle is usually the bottom left corner. In that case, the left side will not be attached to the bottom part of the project as it is made. (See picture above. Cozy pictured is facing the wrong way. It looks like the bottom right is not attached, but when it is turned and put on the truck, it will be the bottom left. If you do the wrong side, the cozy can be turned inside out and used!)

Row 8: Chain 2, turn; dc to the end. Turn the work to crochet down the side. Make 2 dc on each dc post to the end. Turn the work to crochet along the bottom (which was your initial chain). Dc in each stitch to the end. Turn the work to crochet along the last side. Work 2 dc on each dc post to the end. DO NOT JOIN! Chain 2, turn.

Row 9: Dc in each stitch around. Chain 2, turn.

Row 10: Dc in each stitch around.

(*Note: You  may want to check the project on the mirror it will go on, if possible. This will give you an idea of whether you need to do any more rows.)

Continue making dc rows until the width of the mirror is met. It is best if the cozy fits snuggly.

Row 11/Last Row: Sc dec (sc 2 together) around. Do not join. Cut yarn, weave in end.

Make sure the cozy fits. Figure out which corner you will sew the button to.

Sew on the button.

Crochet decorations or add decorations as desired. See pattern below for dog paw print.

Large Paw Pad

Chain 5

Row 1: Skip the first 3 chains. Dc in last two  chains. Chain 2, turn.

Row 2: Dc in 3rd from hook, dc, 2 dc in last stitch. Chain 2, turn.

Row 3: Dc in 3rd from hook, 3 dc, 2 dc in last  stitch. Chain 2, turn.

Row 4: Dc in 3rd from hook, dc, 3 slip stitch, dc, 2 dc in last stitch

Toes (make 4):

Chain 2

Row 1: Sc in 2nd chain from hook. Chain 1, turn.

Row 2: 2 sc in the stitch, chain 1, turn.

Row 3: 2sc, chain 1, turn

Row 3: 1 sc dec (single crochet 2 together). Cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing.

Notes

*Some mirrors may have tapered sides that are narrower at the top and wider at the bottom. In this case, I suggest making sc’s along the narrow sections and dc on the wider sections. For example, when working on the side piece, do half the stitches dc and half of them sc (or a third of each with hdc stitches in between). This will allow for the cozy to fit more snuggly and prevent the cozy from covering up too much of the mirror on the front.

**These directions are made with dc’s around. This leaves gaps between stitches, but allows the cozy to stretch more easily. The cozy can be made with sc’s. Simply adjust for gauge. It will more than likely start with the same number of stitches on the foundation chain, just require more rows to get the height and depth.

Side-view Mirror Cozy

I asked my husband if he would mind me tagging his truck with a yarn bomb. He said no because he couldn’t imagine where I could tag it! Though I have a place in mind for a later tag, he suggested a side-view mirror cozy. I went right home a crocheted one up! The first one ended up being a yarn bomb on my brother-in-laws truck. Since I didn’t have access to the truck, I made a cozy to fit my vehicle since they are both Nissans. I decided to put a dog paw on it since they have a dog. I wanted to make a pink paw because their dog is a girl, but I was afraid my brother-in-law would take it off immediately!

The cozy turned out so well, I decided to make a cozy for my Nissan. I was going to put a bike on it, but my husband requested a ninja. Both of them are secured with a button so they can be removed and washed. I put the cozy on my brother-in-law’s truck when they were away from home. Still waiting to see when they discover it! Unfortunately his mirror is smaller than mine. Not as good a fit, but still workable.

Turns out my mother let the cat out of the bag. I ended up telling my sister where to look! She still enjoyed it.

Sunflower Tag

Spotted on the corner of Tutt and Stetson Hills in Colorado Springs, these “giant” sunflowers don’t seem so giant! I guess giant is relative. There are three sunflowers on this pillar. They get smaller depending on perspective/distance. They seem large when walking by them. To drivers they are hardly noticeable!  The groundhog said it would be an early Spring. I don’t think he meant February 3! Perhaps these can help bring in the sun.

Crocheted using Red Heart yarn and a size L hook.

School Zone Cozy

This school zone speed limit sign got cozied. Located near Odyssey Elementary in Colorado Springs, this post got a snowflake coat for winter. My sister said it looked like spiders crawling up the post. Now, of course, all I can see is spiders! I hope it doesn’t freak the kids out. The snowflake pattern was done with a little Fair Isle and intarsia. The yarn was Red Heart; hook size L.

Christmas Yarn Bomb – Pillar Cozies

While my sister was out of town I decided to yarn bomb her house. She was going to be out of town quite a bit during the holiday season and I didn’t want her neighbors to feel slighted that she didn’t do her part to bring holiday cheer to the neighborhood!

I initially put buttons on them to secure them to the pillars but they were spaced to far apart. I ended up tying sections together between the buttons on one and sewing the other one closed.

The red and white one was supposed to look like a candy cane but I’m afraid I didn’t make it slanted enough.

I used the largest knitting needles I had, which are about size 16 (12 mm).

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