Christmas Colours Inspired Mug Rugs

Add a touch of Christmas cheer this year with a set of mug rugs. For this set I warped my Rigid Heddle Loom and a 12.5 dent reed with 68 warp ends with a 4/2 cotton. Makes great Christmas gifts for those you care about or want to thank. You could make each one a different colour for a family like I have so each member has a one of a kind mug rug to enjoy.

To achieve a wider mug rug for large mugs I chose to do a warp that is wider than the length of the final mug rug. I warped a length of approximately 55 inches. I made 4 mug rugs 5 inches long (they are approximately 6.5 “ wide) making sure I had at least 5 inches in between each mug rugs for the fringe. I chose 2 base colours which included a dark gray and a light gray. Below are some of my pattern notes. Side note, this was my first time weaving with cotton. The yarn I used is Maurice Brassard 4/8 cotton.

Warp: Starting with *dark gray warp 4 ends, light gray warp 4 ends*, repeat * to * across for 68 warp ends total. You could make it less than 68 warp ends so you end up with a smaller mug rug, but I wanted wider ones.

Weaving the weft: Each mug rug started with 6 weft picks of either the light or dark gray. For the remainder of the mug rugs I chose a colour (green, red or gray) and alternated every 2 gray weft picks with 2 colour weft picks, repeat these 4 rows for 42 picks ending with a colour stripe, 6 picks of the gray you began with to finish. Three of the mug rugs were woven this way.

The first mug rug in the group of 4 photo’s above is made with 4 colours (light gray, dark gray, red and green). This is what I did for that one:

Weft 6 picks in light gray, 2 picks in red, 2 gray, 2 red, 2 gray, 2 red, 2 green, 2 red, *2 gray, 2 red*, repeat * to * 3 more times, 2 green, 2 red, 2 gray, 2 red, 2 gray, 2 red, 6 gray. This is a bit short than the others to make the stripes even with the added colour.

You could use a frame loom to make them as well. You would need to make one at a time.

Off to make some mini placemats with a Christmas essence and plaid.

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NEW Victorian Essence Scarf crochet pattern

The new Victorian Essence neck warmer scarf is inspired by the Victorian Era fashion with the beautiful high lace trim collars on woman’s clothing. This aeasy to make scarf is designed just for you to warm your day with elegance and style Designed with a DK weight yarn to keep you warm and cozy in the colder days. The Victorian Essence scarf design has a classic touch with an essence of the past adding a unique touch to your wardrobe. Easy to crochet pattern that is perfect in any colour combination including neutrals, bright and bold or soft pastels.

Yarn: Takes approximately 138 yards / 125 m of DK weight yarn of your choice. You can use most DK weight yarns for this design just make sure you check your tension if before starting especially if you are using a different yarn. Makes changes at your end if necessary. 

Yarn Used: The gray scarf with the clasp is made with 1 skein of Sweetgeorgia Yarns 100% Superwash Merino Wool DK 256 yards / 234 m per skein and the ivory scarf was made with 1 ball of Diamond Luxury Fine Merino Superwash DK 138 yards / 125 m per ball

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NEW Modern Essence Scarf crochet pattern

The NEW Modern Essence Scarf crochet pattern is an easy to make pattern that has a modern contemporary style perfect for any wardrobe. Designed just for you to warm your day with elegance and style. Wear this contemporary scarf on the outside or inside of your coat for a different look. Made with a DK weight yarn to keep you warm and cozy in the colder days. Easy to crochet pattern that is perfect in any colour combination including neutrals, bright and bold or soft pastels. Change the colours so there are stripes of colour or use gradient colours that move from light to dark for another unique touch.

Yarn: Takes approximately 230 yards / 210 m of DK weight yarn of your choice if you are making a solid coloured scarf add a bit of yarn in a contrasting colour if you are making with a different coloured trim. You can use most DK weight yarns for this design just make sure you check your tension if before starting especially if you are using a different yarn. Makes changes at your end if necessary.

Yarn Used: The dark gray scarf is made with 1 skein of Sweetgeorgia Yarns 100% Superwash Merino Wool DK 256 yards / 234 m per skein and the light gray scarf was made with 2 balls of Diamond Luxury Fine Merino Superwash DK 138 yards / 125 m per ball plus a bit of another colour for the trim.

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Weaving a Clasped Weft Scarf

The other week I decided I wanted to learn clasped weft weaving. With 3 colours in hand I decided to warp the dark purple and use the 2 lighter colours on the weft. One is hand painted Colour way of light purple, blue and hint of mauve pink and the other a tonal hand painted merino wool in the mauve pink colour. I love using merino wool it is so soft and lovely to wear.

The great part about clasped weft weaving is your free to decide on each row how far to move each colour. You can do so many things with this pattern. Check out the various YouTube videos online for great demonstrations on how to do this weaving technique.

Clasped weft weaving is something I want to explore further in the future. Maybe some mug rugs will be next.

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Lavender and Lace Shawl and Scarf Pattern:

The Lavender and Lace Shawl and Scarf features an elegant lace design with a modern essence and a lovely floral accent of Lavender on the trim. Calm your day with this beautiful Lavender Shawl or Scarf. Pattern for both sizes included. Inspired by the linear lattice features that behold beautiful Lavender flowers and other greenery trailing down the lattice on the base of the shawl and scarf. The Lavender trim adds a calming floral touch to this elegant design. You can make it in various fingerling weight yarns in a two toned or solid coloured yarn. Designed by Valerie of Valerie Baber Designs in a lovely sock or fingerling weight yarn. Can be worn in several ways as shown in the pictures.

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Weaving a spaced warp scarf with stripes

Weaving a space warped scarf this time with stripes of gray. I enjoyed weaving my first space warped scarf I chatted about in previous blog and wanted to try another only a bit longer and with a darker warp and lighter weft.

For this scarf I used sock weight yarn in a beautiful natural colour on the weft and a medium gray on the warp. On a whim I decided to add some stripes. At the bottom. I did the stripes double stranded and left the ends to weave in later at the back to avoid overlap of gray.

The spaced warp style of weaving gives a beautiful soft texture to the design and I love how the gray shows under the lighter natural colour. I am planning on making a table runner with this pattern soon. Try it yourself. It is truly enjoyable to weave.

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Juliette Floral Scarf Crochet Pattern:

Juliette Floral Scarf Crochet pattern is designed by Valerie Baber of Valerie Baber Designs and has a beautiful floral touch to the design as well can be made without the flowers for a more contemporary style. Patterned with 1 skein of sock weight yarn for the plain style or add a set of mini skeins like the Party of Five by SweetGeorgia Yarns to add a more vibrant touch. You can also use most Fingerling/sock weight yarns to make this design. Written in US terminology.

The Juliette Floral Collar Scarf features a scalloped edge with a floral touch. The Juliette scarf can be made in a solid colour, multiple colours or without the flowers for a more contemporary style. Inspired by the romantic designs of the Victorian era while walking along an English Garden admiring the flowers along the path. When made without the flowers the design features an elegant modern essence.

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Floral Eyelet Collar Scarf Crochet Pattern:

Floral Eyelet Lace Collar Scarf Crochet pattern, neck warmer style, is an elegant design inspired by the beautiful Eyelet fabric and flowers around. Designed by myself, Valerie Baber of Valerie Baber Designs, in a lovely worsted weight yarn on the base of the scarf and sock or fingerling weight yarn on the floral accents. Perfect for using mini skeins on the flowers as well adding your own unique style to this design.

You need 1 skein of worsted weight yarn for the scarf base and 1 skein of fingerling/sock weight yarn (or set of mini skeins) similar to this to make this design. The floral embellishments warm you on a cold day reminding you of beautiful warm summer days walking through the garden. Warm your season up today with the Floral Eyelet Lace Collar Scarf crochet pattern.

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Rose Cowl Scarf Crochet pattern:

Rose Cowl Scarf has a classic floral style adding a unique touch to your wardrobe. This design is great with or without the roses for a different look. The contemporary feel of the plain design is perfect for any wardrobe and for both men and woman. Designed by myself, Valerie Baber of Valerie Baber Designs, just for you to warm your day with elegance and style. Made with a worsted weight yarn to keep you warm and cozy in the colder days.

Inspired by a beautiful summer day walking through a lovely rose garden. Memories of the beautiful array of colours and many different roses warms you in the colder days of the season. Add a touch of elegance and style with a Rose Cowl or a Cowl without the roses for a contemporary essence. The base of the scarf is designed with an architectural inspiration of the beautiful buildings like the AIG Building in New York, Buffalo City Hall and many others around the world.

Takes 1 skein of Worsted weight yarn. I used worsted weight yarn by Sweetgeorgia Yarns (200 yds) shown in the Birch colour way with the Roses. Written in US terminology.

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