For today’s finished project, I’d like to share with you one of my VERY favorite items I’ve ever made up. I posted about this on my now-defunct blog back in 2014 and UNFORTUNATELY, this little guy was thrown away in the trash at my last job because I forgot it in a meeting room like a complete toad.
However, by piecing together my post about it the first time around, looking at the photos, and rummaging around in a notebook I used for projects back then, I was able to remember how I made this very easy coffee cup cozy! When I create my own patterns, I do it by a lot of trial and a lot more error, and I just end up fudging things until I make them look how I want.
That said, I’m sure it’s very clear that I’m not a professional crochet pattern writer, nor an incredibly proficient crocheter, so if you find any errors in this informal pattern or if you have any questions at all, just let me know.
Free Crochet Pattern – Totoro Cup Cozy
1. THE BODY: Create a basic coffee clutch. I created a 38 chain long starting chain — but just measure this against what cup you’ll mostly be using. I like to put my cup cozies on iced to go cups, since I don’t like that melty feeling, and those tend to be bigger. Slip stitch to the first chain to create a loop (make sure no twists!). Ch 1, then sc around until you’re back at the beginning and sl st to the first sc to join. Repeat this until the cozy is as tall as you want — I did 12 rows. Finish off and weave in ends.
2. THE EARS: (Make Two) Chain 5, leaving a long tail at the start. Sc 4 across, then turn. Ch 1, sc 4 across, then turn. Repeat once more. Ch1, 2 sc2tog. Finish off and weave in top end. Use the long tail to stitch the ears onto the top opposite sides of the cozy.
3. THE EYES: (Make Two) Ch 2, 6 sc into first ch. Sl st to first sc, fasten off. Use first chain’s tail to secure the eye into place and the second tail to sew onto the body around the edge of the circle.
- For the pupils, just tie a few knots in the same place on a piece of black yarn and sew to the top of the eye.
4. THE BELLY: Crochet a long long long long chain with white. Just long, really long, that part I don’t remember. Like a lot. Use the tail of the chain to sew the chain directly onto the body of Totoro, following a half oval shape. Take your time here, and don’t be afraid to undo a bit if you don’t like the shape it’s forming.
5. THE TAIL: Ch 7, sc 6 all the way back down the chain, fasten off, and use the tail to sew onto his lil booty.
6. EXTRAS: Using the grey, embroider on some upside down v’s onto his belly. Using black, embroider three whiskers on either side of his seeks, and one small line between his eyes for his nose.
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Hey, let me know how this goes! Revisiting this guy makes me want to try to make another one again. Let me know in the comments if you try it, or if you have any other cup cozy patterns you’d love and wanna share!
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