Knitted Mug Cozy

Even since my friend Lucy gave me a book on Mug Hugs I have loved making these for presents. This is the first pattern that I made myself to give as a birthday present.

Materials:
4ply sock yarn held double or DK. I used Nurturing Fibres Sock Yarn in colourway Sugar and Spice
Darning Needle
4mm needles
Crochet needle
Button
Mug

Abbreviations
k = knit
p = purl
kfb = knit forward and back in the same stitch to increase by 1
skpo = slip one, knit one, pass the slipped stitch over
k2tog = Knit 2 together
p2tog = purl 2 together
s2kpo = slip 2 as if to knit 2 together, knit 1, pass slipped 2 over
yo = yarn over

Pattern

Base
Cast on 8 stitches leaving a tail to sew up the base ( I used 4ply sock yarn held double to be equivalent to DK)
Row 1: kfb into all stitches ( 16 stitches)
Row 2 and all the alternative rows: Purl
Row 3: *k1, kfb* to the end (24 stitches)
Row 5: *k2, kfb* to the end (32 stitches)
Row 7: *k3, kfb* to the end (40 stitches)
Row 9: *k4, kfb* to the end (48 stitches)
For medium size mug ( 8cm diameter)
Row 10: purl to last 2, p2tog ( 47 stitches)

For large mug (9cm diameter)
Row 11: *k5, kfb* to the end (56 stitches)
Row 12 purl to last 2 p2tog (55 stitches)

Diamond Pattern

Row 1: k2, k6, *k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, skpo, k5* repeat 2 times for medium and 3 times for the large k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, skpo, k6, k2
Row 2 and ll alternative rows k2, purl to last 2, k2
Row 3: k2, k5, *k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, skpo, k3* x2(3), k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, skpo, k5, k2
Row 5: k2, k4, *k2tog, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, skpo, k1* x2(3), k2tog, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, skpo, k4, k2
Row 7: k2, k3, k2tog, *k1, yo, k7, yo, k1, s2kpo* x2(3), k1, yo, k7, yo, k1, skpo, k3, k2
Row 9: k2, k4, *yo, k1, skpo, k5, k2tog, k1, yo, k1* x2(3), yo, k1, skpo, k5, k2tog, k1, yo, k4, k2
Row 11: k2, k5, *yo, k1, skpo, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k3* x2(3), yo, k1, skpo, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k5, k2
Row 13: k2, k6, *yo, k1, skpo, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k5* x2(3), yo, k1, skpo, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k6, k2
Row 15: k2, k7, *yo, k1, s2kpo, k1, yo, k7* x2(3) yo k1, s2kpo, k1, yo, k7, k2
Row 16: k2 purl to last 2, k2

Repeat rows 7 one more time ( if your mug is taller, repeat as much of the pattern as you need to fit your mug)
k2 purl to last 2, k2
Cast off all stitches except the last one. Use this stitch to make a crochet chain for the button loop of about 6cm or enough to fit over your button when folder back and secured on the end of the cast off row to form a loop.

Attach button to the top corner of the opposite side.

Sew up the base and secure off all ends.

Try your new mug cozy on your mug

Add some chocolates and coffee or your own personal touch to your mug cosy to make a great gift.

I have not reknitted this since I wrote up the pattern so I am trusting that I wrote it all down right as I did it. Please email me if there are any errors that you pick up cameronsallyjane (at) gmail.com

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Baby Jar Pin Cushion

I am part of a swap group on Ravelry and the swap at the moment is a Green/Eco inspired swap. I was looking for a pin cushion pattern the other day and I saw this Pin Cushion Jar Topper from the Green Dragonfly in the patterns file and loved it, but sadly I don’t crochet so I set about doing one for knitting. But I do have a lot of baby jars so this was a perfect recycled project for my swap

Materials
DK (8ply) Vinnis Cotton or equivalent
3.5mm circular needle
darning needle
stuffing
small clean baby jar
super glue
embellishments

Pattern

Cast on 36 stitches
join in the round using the magic loop method
Row 1-4 Knit a 1×1 twisted rib ( *Knit 1 through back loop purl 1* repeat from *to* around)
Row 5-8 Knit all stitches
Row 9 *knit 4, knit 2 together* Repeat from *to* around
Rows 10, 12, 14 and 16 Knit around
Row 11 *Knit 3, knit 2 together* Repeat from * to * around
Row 13 *knit 2, knit 2 togeter* Repeat from * to * around
Row 15 *knit 1, knit 2 together* Repeat from * to * around
Row 17 Knit 2 together around ( 6 stitches)

Cut off a long tail, thread end onto a darning needle, slip all stiches onto the darning needle and pull closed. Finish and secure the end on the inside.


Add any buttons or embellishments before stuffing

Super glue the jar hat onto the top of a clean baby jar lid, allow to dry. Then fill your jar with knitting accessories like buttons, pins, stitch markers etc and add the pins to the top

Enjoy
I have knitted these few to test the pattern myself but if there were any error when writing it down or anything is unclear please feel free to email me cameronsallyjane (at) gmail.com