Along with millions of others here in Midwest USA, I’m burrowing in for Snowpocalypse Pt. 4 tonight! (Seriously, will this crazy winter EVER give us a break?) While most people rushed to the grocery store this afternoon to empty the bread and milk aisles (as is tradition in our area whenever rough weather is imminent), I rushed to Hobby Lobby to grab some yarn to keep me busy over the next few days while my boys and I are snowed in.
Snowstorms aside, it’s time to switch gears to the season of love… Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! So, here’s a cute little love-themed mug cozy you can whip up quickly to wrap around your hot or cold drinks. This cozy has a button closure so it will work on both standard sized mugs AND your favorite to-go beverage.
This cozy uses a variation of the HDC, called 3rd Loop HDC. (Note: I abbreviated it as “RibHDC” because I couldn’t for the life of me find an official abbreviation for it, but I’ve since learned that it is called “3rd loop HDC”).
You can take a look at the tutorial here. It’s a very simple little trick to master and gives a beautiful faux knit look. It can only be done on the HDC stitch, as you’ll see in the tutorial. Give it a try!
VALENTINE’S DAY MUG COZY
Hook: H (5.00mm)
Yarn: Worsted (I used Vanna’s Choice in Cranberry)
Other Materials Needed: Yarn needle, small piece of white felt, sewing thread, 1″ button (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)
- Ch 1 does NOT count as starting HDC
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Row 1: HDC in 2nd Ch from hook. HDC in next 9. (10 HDC)
Ch 1 does NOT count as a stitch.
Rows 2-5: Ch 1; turn. RibHDC in same St and each St across (10 RibHDC)
Rows 6-13: Ch 1; turn. SC in same St and in each St across (10 SC)
Row 14: Ch 1; turn. HDC in same St and in each St across (10 HDC)
Rows 15-24: Ch 1; turn. RibHDC in same St and each St across (10 RibHDC)
Row 25: Turn (do not chain). Sl St in first 3 St. Ch 1, SC in same St and in next 5 St, leaving the rest unworked (6 SC)
Rows 26-28: Ch 1; turn. SC in same St and in each St across (6 SC)
Row 29: Ch 1; turn. SC in same St and next St. Ch 2; skip the next 2 St (this is the button hole). 1 SC in each of the last 2 St.
Row 30: Ch 1; turn. SC in same St and next St. 2 SC in Ch 2 space. 1 SC in each of the last 2 St. (6 SC)
Row 31: Ch 1; turn. SC in same St and in each St across (6 SC)
Edging: Ch 1 (do not turn). SC evenly around the entire cozy, adding an extra SC in each corner. Fasten off; weave in ends.
Sew button to front of cozy on the end opposite of the button hole.
Cut a heart out of a piece of felt, about 1.5″ high x 1.5″ wide. (I eyeballed mine, but if you aren’t comfortable with that, you can find some free clipart, print it and cut out, and trace it onto your felt.) Using thread the same color as your cozy, sew around the edges as shown.