Happy new month!
February: The air is fresh yet a certain warmth begins to creep back into your toes on frosty walks outdoors. The sunshine gets that golden, slanted glow, teasing that spring is only a few weeks away. Buds hint at future flowers to blossom and Chickadees return with their seasonal songs. You can freely leave those woollen layers at home, saving their warming comforts for another day. Happy February!
With Valentine’s Day dawning on the horizon, I have to admit I’ve been daydreaming about many crafts I’d like to make for friends and family. Have you heard of Etsy? Etsy is a wonderful online store where crafty folk can buy/sell creative creations. I visited the site recently and was amazed by their incredible Valentine’s Day page. Isn’t everything so stunning?I love this, that and those.
Knitting as you know, has been on my mind lately. It’s hard to get away from it this time of year when the urge to bundle and snuggle into soft, wooly fabrics is so perpetual. For my first official Valentine’s Day post on Blue Owl I wanted to craft a simple knitting project (suitable for first time knitters!) that was equally sweet and loveable as anything more complex.
I stumbled across Michele Wilcox’s Mug Hug pattern on Ravelry and knew it was the perfect project. Simple, adorable and comforting. For all you tea lovers, this Mug Hug is a way to keep your mug happy and toasty during teatime on the go or while curled up with a book. It also makes a thoughtful gift for a loved one.
I adapted my pattern slightly from Michele’s free pattern online.
Mug HugLevel: Beginner Supplies Needed: 1: Size 5 mm straight needles. 2. 2 balls wool: 1 ball red wool (medium thick) 1 ball white or cream (medium thick as well) 3. Yarn needle. 4. Little button.
Part 1: The Mug Hug.Steps:
- Cast on 16 stitches and leave long piece of yarn end when beginning. Make sure your completed first row measures to 4 inches long. (This is your project’s gauge). If it’s not yet 4 inches, cast on more stitches until it is, but keep your number of stitches to a number divisible by 4 (12, 16, 20, 24 etc).
- Rows 1-6: Knit 2, Purl 2. Repeat 4 times on each row. (Or until you reach the end of row)
- Rows 7-30: Knit 2, purl until you reach 2 from end, knit 2 at end.
- Rows 31-36: Knit 2, Purl 2. Repeat 4 times on each row. (or until you reach end of row)
- Cast off and leave long loose ends.
- Pick up first 4 stitches along cast off knitting edge and knit with end or tie on new wool to edge to knit with. Knit 7 rows of 4 stitches.
- Pick up last 4 stitches of cast off knitting edge and knit with end or tie on new wool to edge to knit with. Knit 7 rows of 4 stitches.
- You should have two “flaps” protruding from your knitting
- Sew two buttons on connecting edge of knitting to fasten flaps to project (creates a circle) or sew into place with a yarn needle (as I’ve done).
- With red wool, cast on 10 stitches
- Row 1: Knit.
- Row 2: Purl.
- Row 3: Knit in front an back of first stitch, knit 8, knit in front and back of last stitch. Total stitches should be 12.
- Row 4: Purl.
- Row 5: Knit.
- Row 6: Purl.
- Row 7: K4, Knit 2 together two times, K4 – 10 sts.
- Row 8: Purl.
- Row 9: K3, [K2together] twice, K3 – 8 sts.
- Row 10: Purl.
- Row 11: K2, [K2tog] twice, K2 – 6 sts.
- Row 12: Purl.
- Row 13: K1, [K2tog] twice, K1 – 4 sts.
- Row 14: Purl.
- Row 15: [K2tog] twice – 2 sts.
- Row 16: P2tog. Fasten off.
Shape the Heart:
To shape top of heart, attach a length of yarn at center top. With yarn in yarn needle, weave down through fabric for 4 rows, gathering and pulling tightly. Sew heart in place with yarn needle.
The mug warmer is stretchy and wooly, so can be used on both a thermos to amp-up your Valentines style, or to hug your at-home mugs of all shapes and sizes.
Enjoy your hot & steamy mug hugs of tea (and your steamy Valentine’s Day of course!)