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Crochet Pattern: Colorful Rainbow Mug Rug My Latest #Crochet Writing

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I could not stop with just one Mug Rug pattern, especially with the merry month of June upon us. Show your pride and/or love of diversity this summer with this versatile Colorful Rainbow Mug Rug! I made mine using (some of) a jumbo package of embroidery floss. Each color used just over one 10-yard skein of floss held double (two strands of floss held together while crocheting), meaning each stripe used the length of about 5.5 yards as held double, or about 11 yards total. These stripes could be changed to any colors to suit your mood. The cotton floss held double ended up being about the weight of a sock yarn.

Skill Level:

Finished Size: 4.25″ (11 cm) wide, 7″ (18 cm) tall

Lace Weight Yarn (held double) (approximately 11 yards of each color)
Crochet Hook D (3.25 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: Gauge is not hugely important for this project, because it will be used on a table. However, I got the following gauge. You can use the gauge swatch pattern to make a square coaster!
21 hdc = 4″
15 rows = 4″
Gauge Swatch: 4″w x 4″h (7.5 cm x 5 cm) ch 23.
Row 1: hdc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 21 hdc
Row 2 – 15: ch 2, turn, hdc in each hdc across: 21 hdc
Finish off.

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Crochet Pattern: Colorful Rainbow Mug Rug
Note: work pattern with 2 strands of floss held together throughout.
Row 1: with pink, ch 37, hdc in third ch from hook and in each ch across: 35 hdc
Row 2: ch 2, turn, hdc in each hdc across: 35 hdc
Repeat row 2, changing colors every 2 rows to create stripes. The color progression in the sample photo is Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.

Finish off yarn and weave in all ends. Block mug rug by hand washing with dish liquid. Shape piece into a rectangle and lay flat to dry.

Need help while crocheting? Feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll help you out!

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Crochet Pattern: Tasseled Mug Rug My Latest #Crochet Writing

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What’s a mug rug? It’s bigger than a coaster, and smaller than a placemat. While sitting on your desk or side table, it can accommodate your cup and also a small snack. Mug rugs show their beauty even while being used. For these reasons, I knew I had to make a mug rug. The pattern is easy and addictive. Soon you’ll be making mug rugs in many different color combinations. Crochet a Mug Rug Free Pattern by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread for @crochetspot

Skill Level:
Finished Size: 5 3/8″ (14 cm) wide, 6 1/2″ (16.5 cm) tall without tassels
Sport Weight Yarn (approximately 25 yards of main color)
Embroidery Floss or Lace Weight Yarn for tassels
Crochet Hook E (3.50 mm)
crochet yarn size 3

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#Crochet Book Review & #Giveaway ~Twinkie Chan's Crocheted Abode a la Mode: 20 Yummy Crochet Projects for Your Home~

Well, hello there! I hope this blog post finds you happy and filled with sunny feelings this April.  

I am flying high because I'm full of inspiration and excitement about the fabulous Twinkie Chan's highly anticipated, sophomore book, Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abode A La Mode ~ 20 Yummy Crochet Projects for Your Home. It is over the top awesome and you're going to have a chance to win a copy of her latest book not only here, but on two other crochet blogs!

If you are a long-time Art Like Bread reader, you may have noticed my barrage of crocheted food-themed scarves back in 2011.  These were all projects from Twinkie's first book, Twinkie Chan's Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies: 20 Yummy Treats to Wear.  As I wore them around Mexico City and during my travels, people went nuts for the scrumptious creativity.  As soon as I saw her book, I was on board and became a steady fan & Twinkie Chan blog reader.

All images in this post are property of Twinkie Chan and are used with permission.

I was excited to receive Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abode A La Mode ~ 20 Yummy Crochet Projects for Your Home, and when I opened the book, I was not disappointed.  The book features more than 20 individual patterns for all parts of the home.  Need a Honey Bear Apron, or a Strawberry Cake Cozy for your mixer?  You'll find them in this book.  The instructions are clear and the photos, layout, and graphics are visually stimulating.  

I am lucky to be able to give away not only one, but three copies of this book on different crochet blogs.  I'm giving one away here on Art, Like Bread, and two on other blogs. Read to the bottom for full giveaway details.

I'm sure it is only a matter of time until I crochet everything in the book, but I instantly knew where to start. I decided to begin with the Allsorts Licorice Afghan, but after shopping my stash, I found cotton yarn in the right colors.  Crochet candy beach towel, here I come!  This pattern is a joy to crochet.  I love the simple, bold, graphic design.  

I have an ever-growing queue with just patterns from this book, but after the Allsorts Afghan (beach towel), I'll do the Cherry Zipper Pulls, Cherry Pie Seat Cushion and the Carnival Pen Covers.  Then I'll try the huge Doughnut Ottoman because it's amazingly cute, yet that would require a yarn purchase on my part.  No bigs.  Following that, I'm thinking the Breakfast Dishcloths are in order.  In fact, that teacup would make a lovely Mother's Day gift! You can browse all the patterns in the book on Ravelry.

The best way to experience this book is in person, so please enter to win not only here on Art, Like Bread, but also on CGOA Now, and Crochet Spot

I am running each giveaway until May 30 so that there is plenty of time to enter. To enter here, please use the giveaway widget. To enter elsewhere, visit the blog, search "Twinkie Chan" and follow instructions on the correct post.

If you want to get started crocheting your fun foodstuffs now and simply can not wait, just visit Twinkie's website for any of her scrumptious free patterns. Other Twinkie linkies are: Her active Ravelry group, her blog, her YouTube channel, and her clothing line

To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter widget above.

Thank you for reading & if you crochet any of these projects, I'd love to see a picture!  Comment here and I'll certainly get back to you! 

Drop Everything And Read, Crochet Bookmark Round-Up My Latest #Crochet Writing

20+ Crochet Bookmarks Roundup by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread for @crochetspot

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April is here, and spring is in the air. As you may know, I like to keep track of interesting holidays and observances. Any reason to crochet is a good one. I recently found out that April is known as “Drop Everything And Read,” or D.E.A.R. Month. Here on Crochet Spot, we have a number of great bookmark patterns. I’ve rounded them up here (and I’ve even included a bonus book cover pattern).

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How to Crochet: Herringbone Double Crochet Tutorial (HBdc) My Latest #Crochet Writing

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Herringbone double crochet (HBdc) is one of the first special stitches I learned. It is an easy way to create texture in any project. To achieve the full effect of the stitch, Herringbone double crochet should be worked back and forth in rows. For the purpose of practicing this skill, we’ll make a swatch in this tutorial. Yarn and hook size don’t matter for this practice swatch.

ch – chain
fsc – foundation single crochet (link to tutorial)
HBdc – Herringbone double crochet

Instructions in brief: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch. Yarn over, and pull loop through stitch and first loop on hook. Yarn over and pull through one loop on hook. Yarn over and pull through both remaining loops on hook. Herringbone double crochet made.

Note: Any foundation will work, but to save time, I decided to use the foundation single crochet to begin the project.

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Foundation: Make 10 fsc

The photo below shows this done.

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