Bugs falling into your drink? Tired of having to shoo those pesky gnats away? Well, we’ve got you covered!Ha ha ha!! That’s my little old timey slogan for my new crochet pitcher cover. Lame I know but I couldn’t help myself. Summer is here and so are the bugs! Having bugs crawl/fly into my drinks is not something I look forward to.
So when I saw a crochet pitcher cover in a magazine the other day I had to jump on that train.The one I saw in the magazine was made from a piece of fabric and then had beads crocheted around the edges of it (if you can picture that with me) but I thought I could easily crochet the entire cover. So I did! At first it was hard finding a pattern that didn’t have any holes. Most granny squares work up really quickly because they have gaps between the stitches but I was able to find a pattern that didn’t have holes. Score!
Here are the materials that you will need:
- Size 4 cotton yarn (or something similar in weight) I used Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Cotton”
- 4 mm crochet hook. (Size G)
- 6 heavy beads (preferably with large holes)
- Tapestry needle
Stitches to know before you make:
- Magic ring
- Slip stitch (slst)
- Chain (ch)
- Single crochet (sc)
- Double Crochet (dc)
- Round (Rnd)
Note: Every stitch will be written out the first time it is mentioned and then abbreviated after that.
The Magic ring.
- Wrap yarn clockwise around your finger 2 times to form a ring.
- Holding yarn and tail between left thumb and middle finger, insert hook into ring, grab the working yarn and pull through the ring.
- Chain the number of times needed to begin first round (you’ll need to chain 3 for this pattern)
- Work additional stitches into ring to finish the first round.
- BEFORE joining the first round, gently pull the beginning tail to cinch up the ring. 1 of the 2 strands will tighten while the other does not.
- Pull the tight ring until the loose one is tight and then finish cinching the ring by pulling the yarn tail.
Now make this pitcher cover quick before any bugs get in there!
Crochet Pitcher Cover Pattern
The Crochet Pitcher Cover is almost 5 inches across. It’s measures 4 and 3/4.
Start with a magic ring.
Round 1: Chain 3 (counts as double crochet now and throughout), 11 dc into ring, join with a slip stitch to the top of ch 3. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 3 dc in the next dc, *dc in the next dc, 3 dc in the next dc; repeat from * 4 more times, join with a slst to the top of ch 3. (23 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, single crochet in the same stitch, ch 1, skip 1 dc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the next dc, ch 1, skip 1 dc, *sc in the next dc, ch 1, skip 1 dc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the next dc, ch 1, skip 1 dc; repeat from * around, join with slst to first sc. (18 sc, 25 ch)
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in next ch 1 space, dc in the next sc, 3 dc in the next ch 2 space, dc in the next sc, dc in the next ch 1 space, *dc in the next sc, dc in the next ch 1 space, dc in the next sc, 3 dc in the next ch 2 space, dc in the next sc, dc in ch 1 space; repeat from * around, join with a slst to top of ch 3. (48 dc)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in the same stitch, * ch 1, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc, ch 1, skip 1 dc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in he next dc, (ch 1, skip 1 dc, sc in the next dc) 2 times; repeat from * around, omitting last sc, join with slst to top of ch 1. (37 ch, 30 sc)
Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc into sc, dc into ch 1 space, dc into sc, dc into ch 1 space, 3 dc into ch 3 space. *Dc into ch 1 space, dc into sc, dc into ch 1 space, dc into sc, dc into ch 1 space, dc into sc, dc into ch 1 space, 3 dc into ch 3 space repeat from * around, join with slst to top of ch 3.
Rnd 7: *Ch 5, skip 1 dc, sc into next dc, ch 16, skip 7 dc, sc into next dc; repeat from * around, join with a slst to beginning of chain 5. Fasten off.
Woo Hoo! You finished the crochet pitcher cover. Take that you nasty bugs! Ha ha ha! *coughs* Oh um, sorry. Anywho, now it’s time to add your beads.
The beads I used were from an old key chain stretchy. They are really cool clay beads and I had been saving them to try to salvage them again in some way and so I used them for this pattern!I cut a 6 inch piece of the same yarn and folded it in half. Then used my crochet hook to pull and over hand knot through the longest chain space on the pitcher cover.
Before you try adding the beads, twist the yarn together between your fingers to get it really tight and small. Then you should be able to push the yarn through. I had to use my crochet hook to push the last little bit through sometimes.
Pull the bead up close to the crochet chains and then tie an over hand knot to hold the bead on. Then cut off excess yarn.
Yay! Now you have a really cute way to keep the bugs out of your pitcher!