Parkinson’s Awareness Week in the UK – #incontrol – Day 2 – I made a Coffee Sleeve

Some weeks ago I was inspired to try and crochet a coffee sleeve for a dog rescue organisation I am loosely associated with. Up to that point I didn’t know what a coffee sleeve was (it is in fact a “holder” for those super-hot take-out coffee cups) but my crochet skills were only up to the task of making the basic sleeve. Designing a shiba-inu motif for it was, however beyond me.

With Parkinson’s Awareness Week upon us, I was motivated today to try a Parkinson’s UK version of said coffee sleeve and managed to complete one, as well as three small appliques to show what can be added. I should confirm that the appliques have not been sewn in place as I am unsure of what I want to do.. I have in mind a chain of flowers but my resources (mental and physical) are exhausted for today so I simply offer you what I have done and, below, the pattern for the basic sleeve:

Here is photographic proof of my endeavours!

1. The basic coffee sleeve (just half double-crochets with a reverse edge):

Coffee Sleeve
Coffee Sleeve (unadorned)

 

2. The sleeve plus a heart:

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Coffee Sleeve with heart

 

3. The sleeve plus a flower:

Coffee Sleeve with flower
Coffee Sleeve with flower

4. The sleeve plus a dog bone:

Coffee Sleeve with dog-bone
Coffee Sleeve with dog-bone

All sorts of crochet appliques can be found by a search of the internet – I just had fun picking three designs!

Sadly, despite my enthusiasm, I remain a rank amateur/beginner in knitting and crochet so I will leave it to you to find your own designs.

HOW TO MAKE THE COFFEE SLEEVE

Yarns:
Robin Double-Knitting in turquoise, white

Crochet Hook:
Size G or 6 or 4.25mm

Stitches:
sl st = slip stitch
HDC = half double crochet (UK) in the USA this is known as a half-treble crochet!

If you have any doubts about how to work the stitches, just search the internet – there are many excellent YouTube videos on all aspects of crochet and knitting!

Pattern:
Ch 30.
Join with sl st in first ch – take care not to twist chain.
Row 1: Ch 1. HDC in first st and each st around. Sl st in top of first HDC. (30)
Row 2: Ch 1. Skip first HDC. Work HDC in next 28. 2 HDC in last. Sl st in top of first HDC. (30)
Row 3: Ch 1. HDC in first 8 st. Work 2 HDC in next. HDC in 12. Work 2 HDC in next. HDC in last 8. Sl st in top of first HdC. (32)
Row 4: Ch 1. Skip first HDC. Work HSC in next 30. 2 HDC in last. Sl st in top of first HDC. (32)
Row 5: Ch 1. HDC in first 9 st. Work 2 HDC in next. HDC in 13. Work 2 HDC in next. HDC in last 8. Sl st in top of first HDC. (34)
Row 6: Ch 1. Skip first HDC. Work HDC in next 32. 2 HDC in last. Sl st in top of first HDC. (34)
Row 7: Ch 1. HDC in first st and each st around. Sl st in top of first HDC. (34)
Row 8: Repeat Row 6.
Row 9: Repeat Row 7.
Row 10: Repeat row 6.

Work one row of reverse single crochet (aka crab stitch).

Fasten off and weave in ends.

@joannekarma
#RCtheParrot

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Mostly housebound these days I keep engaged with the wider world via social media. I knit and crochet for charity (and yarnbombs!), keep tabs on the state of our blue dot and find inspiration from exploration here on earth and in space!

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