Valentine’s day is just over a month away and it seemed like a great time to update this project with some new photos and some extra information! I created these mug cozy two years ago. It remains one of my favorite projects. One of my favorite things to do is sit at my desk with my hands wrapped around a warm cup of tea. There’s something even more special about it when your mug has a pretty cozy on it that you made yourself!
I made these mug cozy’s for The Hubs and I. We drink a lot of DAVIDsTEA in my house. We’ve been trying to be very disiplined about not snacking after the kids go to bed. Instead of snacking we’ll usually make a pot of tea and settle in on the couch together to watch Netflix, read or crochet.
The Hubs has a habit of setting his mug aside because it’s too hot to hold, then forgetting about the tea until it’s already cold. When I first made these mug cozys two years ago, I surprised him by handing him a mug wrapped in a sweet little mug cozy and asked him if he would be my Valentine. I think that it made his day and whenever he uses his mug cozy now he’s reminded of that night.
These mug cozy’s are quick to crochet, and would make a beautiful handmade gift or wedding favor. They are a great beginner project.
Now I know what you might be thinking– “Crystal!!! All of these crochet projects you keep sharing are SO CUTE but I don’t know how to crochet!”
Seriously friends, if that’s what you are thinking, it’s high time that you learn how to crochet! Want to know the secret of how I learned how to crochet??? I took an online class, and within a week I was crocheting well enough that I could easily have made this project! I loved learning online because I could go at my own pace and pause, rewind, watch, pause, rewind, watch as many times as I wanted until I mastered a skill.
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Craftsy Crochet Basics and Beyond class from Kim Werker- The cost of this class is a one time payment. Right now it’s on sale for $26.51 Canadian.
Creative Bug How To Crochet class with Carla Scott, the Executive Editor of Vogue Knitting International. With Creative Bug you pay $4.95 per month and have unlimited access to all of their fabulous classes. You can see my post on learning line drawing with Lisa Congdon here.
Ready to get started making a crochet heart mug cozy of your own? Read on for the free pattern!
Crochet Heart Mug Cozy Pattern
For my cozy I used:
- Cotton Medium Weight Yarn in 2 Contrasting Colors (I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn a 1.5 oz ball will be more than enough for this project)
- Size H Crochet Hook (my H hook is the one that I use the most often. I don’t know if I have found the perfect hook for me yet, but I quite like the Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hooks)
- Seamstress tape measure
SC= Single Crochet
SS= Slip Stitch
- Row 1: Chain 11
- Row 2: SC in each chain starting in first chain from hook (10 St).
- Row 3: Ch 1, SC in the back loop of each stitch starting in first stitch from hook (10 St). *Crocheting in the back loop instead of through both loops will give you the cabled look on your mug cozy instead of a flat crocheted look.*
- Measure the circumference of your favorite mug. Deduct half an inch. This is how long you will want to make the first section of your mug cozy.
- Row 4-?: Repeat row 3, single crocheting in just the back loops until your piece measures the length you calculated above. When you reach the end of your final row do not chain one.
The Piece That Loops Beneath The Handle of Your Mug:
(For the rest of the mug cozy crochet through both loops instead of through back loops.)
- SS in the first 2 stitches in the row, ch 1, SC in the next 6 stitches, turn. (You will be leaving 2 stitches unworked.)
- Ch 1, SC in each of the 6 stitches, turn.
- Ch 1, SC in each of the 6 stitches, turn.
Creating the Button Hole:
- Chain 1, SC in next 2 stitches, chain 2, skip next 2 stitches, SC in last 2 stitches, turn.
- Chain 1, SC in each of the stitches (6 St)
- Switch to your contrasting yarn. Single crochet evenly around entire piece doing 2 SC in each corner.
- When you have completed your border, fasten off and weave ends into your piece.
- Sew on a button
- Attach your crocheted heart. *
*I’ll be honest… I don’t know if The Hubs would use a mug cozy with a heart on it every single day (…I know I certainly would). I think he appreciated it as a pre-Valentine’s Day present though. On the Hubs mug cozy I threaded the strings of the heart through the mug cozy and tied in a bow on the back of the cozy. This way, after Valentines’s day he can easily take the heart off and continue to use the mug cozy. If you want to keep the heart on the cozy permanently I would suggest stitching the heart on around the perimeter of the heart.
I’ve been a bit crochet heart crazy lately. I looked at a ton of different crochet heart patterns and tried out a few. Last year in a Weekend Inspiration post I shared this Crochet Heart Tutorial from Salt for the Spirit. It is BY FAR the easiest, fastest and cutest crochet heart I have found in my research. Her tutorial has lots of pictures, is easy to follow and all you need to be able to do is make a magic ring (trust me… it’s easy), chain, double crochet and triple crochet. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Tell me… Do you know how to crochet? How did you learn? Who would you make a mug cozy for?
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