Make a Baby Bean Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve

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If you are looking for stashbuster projects you can crochet with your leftover medium weight yarn, then this post is for you!

I recently ordered a few balls of Premier Yarns Sweet Roll from our Canadian Mary Maxim Store online and I am in love with it. The colors are vibrant and the yarn is firm but so soft. It is a pleasure to crochet with this yarn and although it feels soft to the touch it has fantastic stitch definition. After making my main projects (hats patterns coming soon!), I had a bit left over from two of the balls so I started playing around with the baby bean stitch.

Have you tried the baby bean stitch yet?  I love the finished woven look and the simple texture this easy to crochet stitch creates. I have created 3 quick projects for you to try using this stitch. This is the first of the three designs. I will add the links to the others as soon as they are all posted on the blog.

Baby Bean Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve ODC Free Stashbuster Crochet Patte

The baby bean stitch is created using single crochet cluster stitches. The stitch pattern is simple and easy to remember.

Supplies

  • Yarn: Premier Yarns: Sweet Roll (245 yds / 224 m; 5 oz / 140 g) Medium Weight Yarn [4]. Color: Raspberry Swirl
  • Hook: 4.5 mm Clover Amour
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker (optional)


Difficulty Level

Beginner – Easy

Finished Size

8.5 inches by 3.25 inches

Gauge

approximately 7 rows in 2 inches; 4 baby bean stitch sets in 2 inches

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size of your project will also be different.

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

ch – chain
ch1sp – chain 1 space
R – row
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sc – single crochet
sc2tog-cl – single crochet 2 together cluster stitch (all worked in one stitch or space)
sk – skip
st/sts – stitch/stitches
* – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
() – Repeat the instructions between the parentheses the number of times indicated.
[] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

Special Stitches

Baby Bean Stitch - Oombawka Design, Ltd.

Stitch Key - Baby Bean Stitch - Oombawka Design, Ltd.

Baby Bean Stitch

Insert your hook into the specified stitch (or stitch space) yarn over and pull up one loop (2 loops on the hook), yarn over the hook and insert your hook into the same specified stitch (or stitch space), yarn over and pull up one loop (4 loops on the hook). Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on the hook to complete the baby bean stitch.

Helpful Tutorials

Stitch Anatomy

Whip Stitch Seam

Helpful Video Tutorials

Quick Stitch Guide 

Slip Knot and Starting Chain

Notes

  • Please be sure to read the Baby Bean Stitch notes above in Special Stitches because the sc2tog cluster is not worked as you would expect it to be worked! There is one extra yarn over in there to make it easy to crochet! Please see the Special Stitches Section.
  • This project is worked back-and-forth in rows before being seamed using a whipstitch, into the final coffee cup cozy.
  • If you are using a yarn cake in multiple colors I recommend leaving a yarn tail at the beginning to let you seam both ends in the same color of yarn as the color which you crocheted in. For example for my sample I left a 4 inch tail before beginning so I could seam my first 2 rows using red and then the remainder was seamed using yellow (the tail I left at the end of the project).

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Baby Bean Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve ODC Free Stashbuster Crochet Patte

Baby Bean Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve Pattern Instructions

R1: Ch 37, beg in the 3rd st from the hook and work sc2tog-cl, *Ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc2tog-cl** in the next ch.** Rep from * to ** across. Turn. [18 sc2tog-cl]

R2: Sk all ch1sp across. Ch 2, sc2tog-cl in the top of the next sc2tog-cl. *Ch 1, sc2tog-cl** in the top of the next sc2tog-cl. Rep from * to ** in the top of each sc2tog-cl across. Turn. [18 sc2tog-cl]

R3-R11: Rep R2. Finish off leaving a 5 inch tail of yarn.

Finishing

Using your yarn tail, whip stitch the two side edges of the cup cozy together. Finish off and weave in ends.

Baby Bean Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve ODC Free Stashbuster Crochet Patte

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5 Comments

  1. Hi Eve, I’m wondering if perhaps you have skipped an extra chain here and there on the first row? If you chain 37 stitches and beg in the 3rd ch from the hook and work your first stitch (the cluster is worked into only one chain) then sk the next ch you would have 36 divided by 2 for 18 clusters at the end of the row. The sc2tog cluster is a special stitch and worked a bit differently from the decrease stitch. For this pattern it is worked into only one stitch.

    Insert your hook into the specified stitch (or stitch space) yarn over and pull up one loop (2 loops on the hook), yarn over the hook and insert your hook into the same specified stitch (or stitch space), yarn over and pull up one loop (4 loops on the hook). Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on the hook to complete the baby bean stitch.

    Hope this helps a bit, Rhondda

  2. Hi Rhondda. I like the design so I started trying this pattern. After finishing row 1, I wonder why I only have 12 sc2tog instead of 18. I repeated the process to make sure I did the whole row correctly. I still got 12. I really wonder where I could have gone wrong?

    Thank you!