I drink a lot of hot beverages—coffee, tea, cocoa, hot water with lemon and honey—so I have two major problems. Either the drink gets cold too quickly, or I burn the tar out of my poor little fingers trying to hold on to a cup that’s too hot. Enter: the mug cozy!
(Pardon the blurry photos… I’m using my parents’ camera and apparently it has a steeper learning curve than I realized!)
This project is so, so simple. You need to know how to single crochet in straight rows; that’s all! My mug cozy is felted, which is one extra, easy step to make it even cozier and smooshier; if you want to felt yours, be sure to use yarn that is 100% wool. Otherwise, use whatever you have on hand and skip that step.
Here’s what you need:
- yarn (I used Stitch Nation’s Full O’ Sheep in Poppy)
- a crochet hook in the appropriate size for your yarn (mine is a J-10)
- a needle with an eye large enough to fit your yarn
- 2 buttons (be sure your needle can fit through their holes!)
And here’s what I did:
ch=chain | sc= single crochet | sts= stitches
Row 1: Ch 14 + 1 (the last one is your turning chain; your rows will be 14 sts long).
Row 2: *Sc in each ch (14 sts).
Row 3-44: Repeat from *. Go through your last stitch once more so it doesn’t unravel. Weave in all your ends.
My finished cozy, after felting (see below) is 3 inches high x 10 inches long.
Machine wash the cozy in hot water/ cold rinse with a very small amount of detergent. (Alternatively, hand wash in very hot water with a small amount of detergent, agitating with your hands or a wooden spoon, then rinse thoroughly with very cold water.) Block it into shape and let air dry flat.
Sew on two buttons to one end of the long rectangle, leaving between 1/4—1/2 inch from the edges of the cozy. On the other end, sew two loops in the same position as the buttons so you can button it closed. (Mine are just a single piece of the same yarn, knotted on the back of the piece, the knotted again on the front so they don’t slip around.)
Other fun stuff:
- Add felt or crocheted flowers
- Embroider a monogram
- Use mismatched buttons, or one giant button
- Change yarn colors once, twice, or a bunch of times for fun color-blocking or stripes
- Give with a fun mug and a bag of coffee, some good tea, or hot chocolate on a stick!
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