Keep Bees Out of Your Drink with This Easy (AND CUTE!) Straw Cover Pattern!

Summer is nearly over but there is still time to make this creative gadget.
You can’t go wrong with something this cute!

Upper Crust Crochet

straw cover

Easy Peasy Straw Cover

Supplies Needed:

Small amounts of Paton’s Grace, but any #3 Light Weight Yarn will work

Size D/3.25mm hook (I crochet very tightly, so you may use a B or C)


MC – Magic Circle (Magic Loop, Magic Ring)

beg – beginning

sc – single crochet

ch – chain

BLO – Back Loop Only

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet

slst – slip stitch

FO – fasten off

Start by working 7sc into a Magic Circle.  HERE is a great pic and video tutorial for the magic circle if you don’t know how to do one.  Slst to join in beg sc.

Round 1:  ch 1, in BLO, hdc in each stitch around.  Slst to join to beg hdc. [at this point I sew on the flower, because it’s easier now than later]

Round 2:  ch 1, hdc in each stich around for…

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Jody Pyott – Breath Tutorial

This tutorial took my breath away! Just had to say that.😊

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This tutorial has been created following the kind permission given by the designer, Jody Pyott. To purchase Jody’s patterns to get access to her graphs please visit her Ravelry shop or visit Jody’s Etsy shop


The first thing I did was count the number of stitches in each of the pattern pieces. On page 7 of the pattern there is a diagram of how the pattern goes together. I took each section in turn and added together the stitches for each of the pattern pieces for that particular section plus an extra stitch at each end and wrote the number down beside each section as per the attached photo.


The blanket is worked from the bottom up and the graphs are read from right to left.

Abbreviations:  Popcorn stitch (PS) and Single Crochet (SC)

Popcorn Stitch – can either be done in double crochet or single crochet…

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Sophisticated Simplicity

I love crochet jewelry in case I haven’t mentioned that before.

This looks easy and is just lovely!


Sophisticated Simplicity Necklace - Andee Graves/M2H Designs

I am really happy to share my latest beaded chain pattern with all my readers. This was an idea that has been bumping around in my brain for a while. It’s a very simple project to crochet, but does take a bit of coordination.

You’ll need to be comfortable with working chain stitches [ch], beaded chain stitches [bdch] and single crochet stitches [sc]. I have a tutorial on crocheting beaded chain stitches here on my blog (scroll down to the bottom half of the post) for those of you needing a refresher on that stitch.

Sophisticated Simplicity Necklace - Andee Graves/M2H Designs 2

Sophisticated Simplicity Necklace

Designed by Andee Graves

Skill level: Easy


Thread/Yarn:  Sample was made with Kreinik’s Ombre Twist thread, took approximately 45 yards (3 yds per strand), you can get approximately 6 necklaces out of one cone depending on how many strands you decide to have in your necklace.

Hook: Size B/2.25mm

265 glass  beads: Sample was made with Twisted…

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Road Blanket

This is creative and original.
Wish I would have thought of something like this when my boys were young.
It even has a link for crochet cars!

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Road Blanket

You will need: 5.5mm hook, wool needle

Yarn: DK / 8 ply 4 colours- 2 grey, 1 green, 1 white, 1 black. Create a smaller 3rd ball of grey from your others

With grey make a magic circle

  1. Chain 1, sc, hdc, 2dc into MC. Place stitch marker in sc
  2. Repeat step 1 with the second ball of grey and again with your smaller ball. Pull circle tight
  3. With grey no 2 *2dc into next sc, 2dc in next 3 stitches* place marker in last dc. With 3rd ball repeat *to *


  4. Starting with ball 1 again *1 dc in first, 2dc in next* over next 12 stitches till you reach marker. Repeat with next colour
  5. *1dc in 2, 2dc in next* to marker. Repeat twice more
  6. *1dc in 2, 2dc in next, 1dc* to marker. Repeat twice more
  7. *1dc, 2dc,1dc* in grey, attach green…

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