Posted in Mug Cozy, Star Trek, Stashbuster

Star Trek Mug Cozy

In less than 24 hours my family and I will be heading on a much anticipated holiday to Vancouver and Alaska! We are very fortunate to have friends who live just outside of Vancouver and we will be staying with them for three days before going on a Disney Cruise though the Inside Passage of Alaska. To say thank you, I have made a couple of small gifts for our hosts. They are Trekkies (hopefully I got that right!) so I decided to search for crochet patterns involving Star Trek. I came across a cute pattern for the Star Trek chevron at Birds of a Feather Girls. I did come across pictures of Star Trek mug cozies on Pinterest, but couldn’t find links to any actual patterns. So I made this one up!

Here is my finished cozy…..

Star Trek Cozy

If I were to make this pattern again, I would make some small adjustments. I would definitely try to make the chevron a little smaller. The grey wool I had in my stash was 8 ply (Light Worsted or Double Knit) so I would go for a finer wool. If you follow the instructions of the original pattern, you should be fine. The only other thing I did different from the original was to add a border. This was in a double crochet (single crochet if you are using American stitches). This gave it more structure but also increased the overall size.

For the actual cozy, I made this up so my instructions for this are below.  The instructions are UK/Australian with American conversion in brackets.


4mm (G/6) hook
Yarn needle
Small scissors

Yarn – 8ply (Light worsted or Double Knit) – I used Spotlight Stallion


  1. Start with a slip knot in your red yarn.
  2. Chain 35.
  3. Use a slip stitch to connect the first chain to the last chain. Be sure to keep the chain straight.
  4. Starting in the second chain, half treble crochet (half double crochet) in each chain.
  5. When you get back to the start, slip stitch to join the round.
  6. Chain 2 then half treble crochet (half double crochet) in each subsequent chain.
  7. Repeat step 5 and 6 until you have the desired number of rows for your cozy. (I think I did ten rows of the red).
  8. Finish the last red round with a slip stitch then join your black yarn.
  9. Repeat step 6 then 5 with your black yarn twice.
  10. After your final slip stitch, secure the yarn and weave in all ends.
  11. Lastly, attach the chevron. Here is a great tutorial on how to attach applique or a motif to a crocheted item.



Posted in Luggage, Quick Crochet, Stashbuster, Travel

Bright luggage tags

In just a couple of weeks’ I’ll be off on a big family vacation. Although we have proper luggage tags with our names and contact details on them, it is still always tricky spotting our black suitcases among all the other black suitcases! As an avid crocheter I follow lots of other crocheters on Pinterest. Recently I came across a cute pattern for a bright luggage identifier.

The pattern is for Crochet Curls to add to your luggage. Here is a link to the original pattern.

I decided to try making these. They are a great way of using up leftover yarn and can be made from whatever yarn you have available. Because you can use any yarn, you’ll need to use your judgement as to what size hook to use. I had some yarn leftover from a project where I had used two different yarn colours and worked them double. So I actually used this to make mine.

Here’s how it turned out….

How to crochet bright luggage tags

Mine do look a bit different from the originals, in terms of the size but also the way the curl looks. I forgot to work twice into the fourth chain. (There’s a reason this site is called hooks-a-daisy!) The wonderful thing about crochet is that it doesn’t have to be perfect and you can make mistakes and modify as you go. I am still really happy with how they turned out.

This was a really quick and fun project. It took me less than half an hour. The pattern suggested options for an original chain of 20, 24 or 28. For this one I did a chain of 28. The yarn that I used was Stallion 8 ply in white and Stallion 8 ply in purple. I ended up using a size L/11-8.00MM hook because I was working in double .

Here are the instructions for the modified version that I made in UK/Australian instructions with notes for US instructions in brackets. Or feel free to use the original by Suze at FabAct!


Hook size – 8.00mm (l/11)
Yarn – 8 ply worked double (Light worsted worked double or chunky yarn worked single)


Create a slip knot then chain 28 stitches. Starting with the fourth chain, work a treble crochet (or a double crochet if you are American) into every chain. Do this all the way to the end of the chain and finish with a slip stitch.

That’s it! Super simple and easy to modify any way you wish. Thanks again to Suze for the original post which inspired me to make this little project.