This is a crochet pattern review of the Meadow Cup Cozy designed by Ashley Weeks of LTK Cuties. Review done by Candace Julian of T&C Crafters for EyeLoveKnots.
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Fall has become my favorite season over the past few years. Not only do I get to enjoy being back to school with my students, but the crisp air, the gorgeous colors, and all the fall activities get me so hyped up to spend time outside with family and friends. To celebrate, I like to cheer others up by sharing some fall seasonal gifts. I whipped up some mini pumpkins as surprise gifts for the front office staff at my work, but I wanted to try out a new pattern to make gifts for my friends.
Ashley Weeks from LTK Cuties has shared some absolutely adorable patterns that work up really quickly. I’ve had my eye on her Meadow Cup Cozy pattern for quite some time, and I thought that it would be the perfect gift for some coffee-loving friends. I love this pattern because it can easily be customized for every season. On her Instagram, Ashley shows different color combinations and variations of this pattern with different types of yarn and embellishments. It’s really amazing how one pattern can be so versatile!
If you are looking to make quick gifts, prep for a market, or bust your yarn stash, this is the perfect pattern for you. It works up really quickly and makes for a super-practical gift that can easily be dressed up with a reusable coffee cup, a packet of hot cocoa, or a gift card. If you are selling at markets, this cup cozy is sure to be a hit for buyers looking for stocking stuffers at the holidays.
Materials I Used:
- Cotton Yarn
- H8/5.0 mm Hook
- Yarn Needle
- Meadow Cup Cozy, Paid Crochet Pattern by LTK Cuties via Etsy
I made my cup cozy using cotton yarn, but you could easily use any other worsted weight yarn. I chose cotton because I like how well it absorbs moisture and how durable it is. Cotton also will not melt if it is put into the microwave or exposed to hot liquids, which I felt was really important when making a cup cozy for hot drinks.
In the pattern, the designer shows some finished pieces made with fur at the top. Faux fur yarn would be a really great finishing touch if that is the look you want. You can also add buttons or felties to the front of the cup cozy to dress it up. For the ones that I made, I chose to keep them simple.
This pattern works up extremely quickly. The first cozy I made took me about 45 minutes, with a lot of that time being spent on the final row using reverse single crochet. When I switched to the alternative finishing method of half double crochet, I was able to make the rest of my cozies in just over 30 minutes. I love quick, practical projects, so I will definitely be making more of these cozies!
My finished cup cozies each measured approximately 2 1/2 inches tall and 3 1/2″ wide. They fit well on a small reusable coffee cup. If you were making this for a large cup, I would definitely recommend going up a hook size or using looser tension.
This cozy is a little small when I tried it out on my color-changing cold drink cups, but if you added several more rows for height and increased the hook size, they would work great on those as well!
There is not a gauge provided for this pattern, but the size of your finished piece is important. You will want to make sure that your chain row fits around the cup you are using. I would recommend checking this at the end of the first row. If it seems too loose or tight, adjust your hook size until it will fit snugly. Since the cup gets wider as you move up to the top, you want to make sure there is some give in your stitches towards the top of the cozy.
When starting off this pattern, you will want to make sure that your chain is nice and straight, as you will connect back to the beginning to make a loop. If you have a twist in your starting chain, it will prevent the bottom edge from looking nice and uniform. In the pattern, the designer recommends crocheting in the back bump of the chain stitches for a more finished look.
The main stitch for this design is the cluster puff stitch. This stitch works up very quickly and is beginner friendly. In the pattern, there are very clear pictures with directions and arrows showing where to place your hook and what each stitch should look like. Once you get the hang of the stitch, it is very easy to repeat for the rest of the project.
My absolute favorite part about this project is that after the first row of cluster puff stitches, the remaining rows place most of the stitches in chain spaces. I love projects that do this because I feel I am able to work much more quickly and I can crochet without having to carefully look at each stitch I make. It is easy to find the chain spaces, which makes it easy to crochet while watching your favorite show or supervising your kids while they play.
To finish off this project, the designer provides two different methods for the final row. The first method uses reverse single crochet. I am personally not a huge fan of this stitch because it is very uncomfortable for me (probably because I try to avoid it). However, I wanted to try it out. My finished cozy in orange used this method.
The other method is to finish with half double crochet stitches. I liked this method much better and used that for my mustard and variegated cozies that are pictured. There is also an option to add fur at the end of the project. I did not try this out, but the pictures in the pattern that showed this option were very cute. I think that would be the perfect finishing touch for a red and white Christmas-themed cup cozy!
If you take a look at the LTK Cuties shop on Etsy or Ravelry, you will quickly notice a pattern. Ashley Weeks has her signature “Meadow” items that all use the same cluster puff stitch for a cohesive and gorgeous look. I have had my eye on a lot of her makes for awhile, and I’m so glad I tried out this cup cozy. I am really excited to make more of these for my upcoming markets and some fun gifts for friends and family!
What color combinations would you use for your Meadow Cup Cozy? I’d love to hear your ideas and see your finished pieces! If you decide to make a Meadow Cup Cozy, be sure to tag LTK Cuties, EyeLoveKnots, and T&C Crafters so we can all see your beautiful work!
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