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Monday, May 22, 2017

Kitchen Stool Cover

Hey there! In my last post, I shared that I'm updating my kitchen with a mini-face lift. I honestly do need new cabinets, or at least to repair and paint them properly. But this is a MAJOR project and one I couldn't tackle by myself, so I'm finding other little ways to spruce things up. I've got lots of lime green going on and recently I made a new cover for my traditional red stand mixer. I love my mixer and when I got it, the color never mattered. It is a beautiful machine and a wonderful and worthwhile tool to have. So many uses! It should be kept covered up, so the bowl stays clean and ready for use when you are ready to cook. I had been gifted a matching red cover, and it's super nice- made of quilted fabric and has a handy pocket to keep oft used recipes in. Now with my new look, I needed to update that as well.

If you guys totally LOVE this mixer cover I'll be happy to make a sewing post and show you all just how I've done it. Message me or leave me a comment and let me know if you want to see a step by step of how I made this cover.

Along with this new mixer cover, I also wanted to update my stool covers. This is actually the third version I have made. I developed this pattern a long time ago, even before I started this blog! It's one I've held on to and never shared until now. I've made these in acrylic yarn but they stretch entirely too much- kitchen cotton is best. I've also tried with a magic ring for starting, but this tends to pull open after some use- starting chains are best here as well.

Let's get started!

My stools measures 13" in diameter and is around 1" thick. If your stool is comparable to this, try my pattern first then determine whether to add rounds later. If your stool is wider or thicker, or both you may try going up one hook size, or simply add rounds to the end of the pattern- until the cover just reaches the edge of the stool. Crochet is very stretchy by nature and these will look too small at first.

Kitchen Stool Covers

Hook: G6/4mm
Yarn: I Love This Cotton in Bright Citrus
Difficulty: Easy

Notes: Created to cover stools 13” in diameter and 1” thick. There is no gauge with this pattern because the size of your stool is subjective. As is the nature of crochet, the covers are very prone to stretching. The cover will look too small at first but with some muscle will stretch to fit tightly. Eventually after some wear they will stretch out. If your stool is comparable in diameter but is thicker than 1”, try adding rnds at end of pattern (after rnd 12) to accommodate thickness. Make one cover for however many stools you have. One skein I Love This Cotton should make two covers with some leftover.

Special Stitches
V-st: dc, ch 1, dc
Lg v-st: dc, ch 2, dc
Shell: 3 dc in same st or sp
Lg shell: 6 dc in same st or sp

Beg - beginning
Bet - between
Ch- chain
Ch sp - chain space
Sl st - slip stitch
Rnd- Round

Ch 5, sl st in last chain from hook to make a ring,

Rnd 1: ch 2, make 15 dc into ring, join to first dc with a sl st.

Rnd 2: ch 4 (counts as first dc + ch 1), *dc, ch 1 into next st*, *repeat around, join to third ch of beg ch 4 with a sl st.

Rnd 3: sl st into first ch 1 sp, ch 4, dc into same ch sp (counts as first v-st), *dc, ch 1, dc into next ch sp* (v-st made), *repeat around, join to third ch of beg ch 4 with a sl st.

Rnd 4: sl st into first ch 1 sp, ch 3, make 2 dc into same ch sp (counts as first shell), *make 3 dc into next ch sp* (shell made), *repeat around, join to third ch of beg ch 3 with a sl st.

Rnd 5: sl st in each dc of the first shell, sl st into the space bet shells, ch 5, dc into the same space (counts as first lg v-st), *(dc, ch 2, dc) into the next space bet shells* (lg v-st made), *repeat around, join to third ch of beg ch 5 with a sl st.

Rnd 6: sl st into first ch 2 sp, ch 3, make 5 dc into same ch sp (counts as first lg shell), *make 6 dc into next ch sp* (lg shell made), *repeat around, join to third ch of beg ch 3 with a sl st.

Rnd 7: sl st in each of the first 3 dc of the first lg shell, ch 4 (counts as first dc + ch 1), make a lg v-st into the next space bet shells, ch 1, *dc in the fourth st of the next lg shell from the previous rnd, ch 1, lg v-st into the next space bet shells, ch 1*, *repeat around, join to third ch of beg ch 4 with a sl st.

Rnd 8: ch 3 (counts as first dc), make a lg shell in next ch 2 sp, *dc in next dc from previous rnd, make lg shell in next ch 2 sp*, *repeat around, join to third ch of beg ch 3 with a sl st.

Rnd 9: ch 5 (counts as dc + ch 2), dc in the fourth st of the next lg shell from the previous rnd, ch 2, *v-st into the next dc bet shells from the previous rnd, ch 2, dc into the fourth st of the next shell from the previous rnd, ch 2*, *repeat around to last shell, dc into the same st as beg ch 5, ch 1, join to third ch of beg ch 5 with a sl st (final v-st made).

Rnd 10: ch 3 (counts as first dc), *make 2 dc in next ch 2 sp , dc in next dc, make 2 dc in ch 2 sp, dc in next dc, dc in ch sp, dc in next dc*, *repeat around to last ch 1 sp, and join to third ch of beg ch 3 with a sl st.  

Rnd 11: ch 3, make 1 dc in each st around, join to third ch of beg ch 3 with a sl st,

Rnd 12+: ch 3, make 1 dc in each st around, join to third ch of beg ch 3 with a sl st. Make more rounds to accommodate your stool if necessary, fo, weave in ends.

Finishing and Placement:
Chain or braid a cord as long as necessary to secure the cover to the stool. Place cover on top of stool right side facing out, and turn stool upside down. Thread the cord through the last round of the cover and around each leg of the stool to keep it in place. Cinch the cord tight, and tie securely with a square knot. Tuck loose ends into cover underneath stool.

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Enjoy! xoxo- Bethany

Monday, May 8, 2017

Pear Kitchen Scrubby

I have a thing for pears. I've been recently giving my kitchen a mini face-lift by slowly changing the color scheme from red, to bright green. It started a couple summers ago when I won some small pear decorations at the Annual Sypolt Family Reunion's auction. They were two matching acrylic wall plaques with pears in relief. I loved them. Then little by little, I started to collect green things. I found a mat for the floor in front of my sink with pears all over it. I got a green rug to go in front of my stove. For a while it looked goofy, like Christmas, I had a weird mix of red and green accessories. Then my mother bought me all new accessories in bright green! Now I'm almost done- I just need to find the perfect pear fabric, and I can make myself a new cover for my (red!) stand mixer. It remains the lone red item. I know that fabric is out there somewhere and when I find it victory shall be mine!

For now, with a mostly green kitchen I've been focusing on hand made accessories. My dear cousin and I love to go to our local pottery painting studio. It's very relaxing and fulfilling, and there's something about the tranquility of that creative atmosphere that even makes the kids behave- for hours! Big Girl and Little One come too and I buy them a small trinket to paint while my cousin and I focus on our masterpieces. In the past I've made a spoon rest, and recently an oil bottle. Italians NEED olive oil readily handy. We use it almost daily. That's a subject for another post but I put it in just about everything I make, I even use it for beauty. I've put it in my hair as a treatment, on my cuticles, skin, you name it. My grandmother used to say we have olive oil in our blood! She was so, so precious.

While my pear ceramic art is beautiful and fun- you know I wanted to crochet a pear too! I have a sweet friend who wanted to learn how to crochet. So we made a few dates to sit down together with hook and yarn. And miracle of miracles, she actually learned something from this somewhat shy, left-handed, self-taught crocheter! It thrilled my heart to learn she's been doing really well at it, and crocheting often despite my amateur level teaching skills. During one of our times together she showed me a book of kitchen scrubber patterns she found at the craft store. I loved them! They were so cute, and I've never tried the scrubby yarns before. There were many shapes and fruits to choose from. As I flipped through the book I said "I'm going to make a pear!", but here was no pear.

So I bought some bright green kitchen cotton, some scrubby yarn and I came up with my own adorable pear shaped scrubby! It's the perfect thing to add a little fun to your kitchen sink. I keep my cotton scrubby from getting stinky by running it through the dishwasher every few days. It's also fully machine washable as well. You're going to love it!

Pear Kitchen Scrubby Free Crochet Pattern


Difficulty: Easy
Hook: G6/4mm
Yarn: I Love This Yarn Cotton in Bright Citrus, Yarn Bee Scrub-Ology in Green and remnant amount of any brown worsted yarn- Caron Simply Soft Party in Chocolate Sparkle pictured.
Notions: tapestry needle
Gauge: n/a
Measurements: 4.75” tall and 3” across

Note: Pear is worked in round until neck and is made in two parts, front and back, then slip stitched together, stem added at end. Make two pears, one in cotton, one in scrub-ology.


With cotton, form a magic ring.

Round 1: dc 12 into magic ring, join with a sl st to first dc made, ch 2. (12 sts)

Round 2: make 2 dc in each st around, join. (24 sts)

Round 3: ch 5, sc in back bump of 2nd ch from hook and in each ch (4 sc, neck of pear made), sk the first dc of previous round, and sl st into the next st, sc in the next st, *2 sc, sc* three times, *2 hcd, hdc* four times, *2 sc, sc* three times, sc in last st ending at neck of pear, do not join. (37 sts)

Round 4: continue working up neck of pear, hdc 5 up neck, make 4 hdc in st at top of neck, hdc 5 down neck, sk 1 st, sl st to next st and fo. (15 sts)

Make a second pear out of scrubby yarn. Weave in all ends.


  1. With brown ch 4, sc in back bump of second ch from hook, sc 2, make 3 sc in last ch, work down back of starting ch and sc 2.
  2. Fold in half lengthwise, pivot work, ch 1, working back up stem and stitching through both layers, sl st 3, fo, leave long tail for sewing to top of pear.
  3. Weave in starting tail by sewing up through center of stem, and back down through center of stem, taking care not to squish by pulling too tightly, then trim closely to bottom of stem.
  1. Sandwich pears together with both right sides facing out, aligning stitches. Keep scrubby side facing, and join at top center of neck with cotton yarn, sl st evenly around pear working through both layers. Join, fo, weave in ends.
  2. Thread stem tail with needle and sew securely onto top of pear, stitching back and forth between both layers. Take care to keep brown stitches hidden from sight. Fo weave in ends.

Scrubby Care: After use, rinse with soap and hot water, then with very cold water, wring out excess water and lay flat to dry overnight. Cold water rinse inhibits bacteria growth. Machine wash, or wash in dishwasher weekly, or sooner if a yucky smell develops. A homemade dish scrubber is economical and environmentally friendly, when properly cared for can last for years.

I hope you enjoy your pear kitchen scrubby, let me know how yours turned out! Share a picture of your work on instagram #hautekippy or post it to my facebook page!

Hey Wait! Don't stop now! You may have gotten scrubby fever from this pattern and are itching to make another. I know you didn't use up all that scrubby yarn. There's plenty left over! You need to make another scrubby- stat. My friends at All Free Crochet have TONS of scrubby patterns just waiting for you. Take a look at THIS, you can make yourself more scrubbies to match or compliment your pear in no time. I just love these guys! And every pattern is 100% free, just the way we like it!

Take care
xoxo, Bethany