Monday, 13 May 2013

Mouse Mug Hug

I love a mug with a cosy. It keeps your tea warm, stops you from burning your hands, and makes that cup of tea that bit more enjoyable.

My Mouse Mug Hug is leaning slightly more towards fun than practical, it looks great on my shelf, and took very little time to knit.

You will need:
DK wool - I chose to do mine predominantly using grey wool, however, you might fancy making a yellow mouse with purple ears. You won't need an entire ball of wool, so this project is a great scrap buster.
5mm knitting needles
Darning needle - for sewing up and stitching face details
At least one button - for fastening the back of your cosy, you may also want to use buttons for eyes.
5mm crochet hook - for picking up stitches for the fastening. (If you don't know how to pick up and knit, or don't have a crochet hook, you can knit the fastening flap separately and sew it on)

This pattern is for a mug that has a circumference approximately 26.5cm and a height of 9cm

Cast on 18 stitches

The body is 60 rows long, I did the piece in stockinette stitch (Knitting one row, then purling one row), however, you could do it just using the knit stitch, or possibly using moss stitch.

After 60 rows, cast off.

Use your crochet hook to pick up 6 stitches from the middle of your last row of the body

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K2 Kfb K3     count 7 stitches

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: K3 YO K1 K2tog K1       (This will create a small button hole and leave you with 7 stitches)

Row 6: Purl

Cast off

Ears Make 2
Cast on 60 stitches

Rows 1-4: Knit

Row 5: [K2tog] repeat till end     count 30 stitches

Rows 6-10: Knit

Row 11: [K2tog] repeat till end     count 15 stitches

Rows 12-13: Knit

Row 14: [K2tog] repeat 7 times, K1     count 8 stitches

Cast off

Shape into circle, you will find you'll be able shape the ear to what size you want, the smaller you make the ear, the thicker it will be. I prefer my ears to have a little bit of thickness so that they can stick out from my cosy. Once your happy with your ear size, sew it up.

Cast on 2 stitches

Knit for 40 rows

Cast off

Making up
Firstly, I would suggest stitching the face details in place, using my design as a guide if you wish. Try and make these central to the body, so when it is around the mug, the face is opposite the handle.

Next, sew the ears into place on either side of the face. Try and make sure the ears are each the same distance away from their retrospective ends.

Now, stitch on the tail, starting at the back and bringing it to the front.

On the opposite end to your fastening flap, sew on an average sized button.

To finish, fold the body so that the short edges meet. Sew the tops and the bottoms together, making sure that the hole in between is big enough for the mug handle.

Place on mug and fasten up using the button. Your Mouse Mug Hug is complete.

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