When I look back on all the hilarious, fun times I had in elementary, middle, and high school, one awesome person comes to mind – my best friend & buddyboy (sorry for the inside joke), Ms. Myers. She taught me all the important things in life – how great a perm can look, how delicious takeout tacos can be, and how long you can listen to Electric Youth before you get tired of it (Answer: infinity). She also provided a herd of My Little Pony’s that were fun to play with and/or crochet on (tiny yarn berets, anyone?)
Ms. Myers, is now an amazing teacher and overall cool adult. When I started thinking about this crochet cup cuff, which uses my Lowercase/Uppercase Motif Set (psst: on sale until midnight, Aug. 23 for only $3), I knew she would be the worthy, crochet-loving recipient. If you don’t have a teacher best friend, please feel free to use this as bribery for your kid’s new teacher – you can fill the cup with markers, candy, or dollar bills (depending on the volume of your child’s “indoor voice”). If the teacher you’re making this for doesn’t have a short last name, you still have options. What about “#1” (you’ll need the Numbers & Punctuation set for this one), or “Super”, “Great”, or initials? Maybe a grade like “A+”? (and then make a new one that says “D-” at Winter Break? Maybe not.)
Now, let’s get to work.
TEACHER GIFT – CROCHET CUP CUFF
sc: single crochet
- 50 yards White Worsted Weight Yarn (100% cotton yarn shown here but not required – yarn and thread quantities are estimated and will depend on your tension and material)
- Crochet Thread in:
- Gray: yardage will depend on word used
- Blue: 2 yds
- Red: 1 yd
- Crochet Hooks – G/4.0mm (when using yarn) and 7/1.65mm (when using thread)
- Yarn Needle
- Straight Pins or Safety Pins
- 2 white Elastic Hair Ties (the smallest ones work best)
- 2 Buttons (I used star buttons) and Matching Thread.
- Plastic Straw Cup (this one is about 11.5 inches around at its widest. If your cup is larger or smaller, you can add or subtract from your foundation chain and each subsequent row to achieve the perfect fit).
With white yarn, ch 43
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc in each ch, ch 1, turn
Row 2: 41 sc, sc over hair tie, ch 1, turn (now is a great time to wrap your piece around your cup and see if it fits)
Hair tie pictures shown with smaller sample & bright colored hair tie for contrast.
Row 3: sc in each sc, ch 1, turn
Row 4: 41 sc, sc over hair tie, ch 1, turn
Row 5 – 13: sc in each sc, ch 1, turn
Row 14: 41 sc, sc over hair tie, ch 1, turn
Row 15: sc in each sc, ch 1, turn
Row 16: 41 sc, sc over hair tie, ch 1, rotate
Sc around piece, working in side of rows, foundation row, other side of rows, and last row. Place 3 sc in each corner.
Weave in ends.
- Add line between rows 4 & 5 (not counting border row worked into foundation chain) using blue crochet thread and backstitch. (To start: pull needle up through first space, insert needle into second space, pull needle up through third space, insert needle back into second space. Continue by pulling yarn up through next empty space and inserting needle back into the previous space to create a “solid” line.)
- Repeat step 1 between rows 12 & 13 (not counting border row worked into foundation chain).
- Add line between rows 10 & 11 (not counting border row worked into foundation chain) using running stitch and red crochet thread. (To start: pull yarn up through first space, insert needle into second space. Continue by pulling yarn up through next empty space and inserting needle into the following empty space to create a “dashed” line)
- Weave in ends.
- Using the Uppercase/Lowercase Crochet Motif Pattern and gray crochet thread, crochet your word/name/grade. Weave in ends.
- Pin letters to background (I use straight pins, but if you’re prone to pricking yourself, you can use safety pins.)
- Sew letters to background using grey crochet thread and backstitch.
- Weave in ends.
Putting It All Together
Sew buttons on opposite side of hair ties using matching thread. Weave in ends.
Place cuff around cup- hair ties may need to be folded over or knotted depending on how much space is between the two sides.
If you would like, you can add a backing to hide your stitches, but I think the back looks kind of cute (minus the few ends that became loose during the photo shoot).
These cuffs are totally irresistible – and if you don’t believe me…
Project pictures by Erin Markan of Folks Collected. Thanks, E!