Monday, 17 June 2013

Moustache Mug Cozy

Do you ever feel like your tea drinking (or coffee/hot chocolate/boiled blood of your enemies drinking) isn't neither sophisticated nor manly enough?
Of course you do. Thank goodness I have an easy knitted solution, the Moustache Mug Cozy!

The Moustache Mug Cozy is designed to make it appear as though you have splendid upper lip hair whilst you are sipping your beverages!

You will need:
DK wool - I chose to do mine using white for the background and black for the moustache, however, you might fancy having an orange, green or purple moustache! You won't need an entire ball of wool, so this project is a great scrap buster.
4.5mm knitting needles
Darning needle - for sewing up
At least one button - for fastening the back of your cosy.
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 cozy is 60 rows long, and is knitted using the stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row). Below is the knitting chart you will need to follow.

When following a chart, start from the bottom. Knit the odd rows, and purl the even rows!

After 60 rows, cast off.

Use your crochet hook to pick up 6 stitches from the middle of your last row (the end nearest the moustache)

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

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

To finish, fold the cozy 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.

Put on your mug and ta da! You have ready to show off to your friends with your impressive new facial hair.

I apologise that this is the second moustache themed pattern in two weeks, my next pattern will be entirely moustache free, I promise!