Here at Cat and the Wool there’s always a little crochet project on the go, and today it’s a crocheted mug warmer!
Mug warmers can be practical and beautiful – it keeps your coffee warmer for longer, and with a cute animal face or colour scheme can also liven up the ol’ white mug.
Many people on Etsy have created wonderful owl- and animal-themed mug cozies/warmers and I decide I might as well see if I can create my own simple mug warmer.
To start off with, I had some wonderful multi-coloured cotton hidden in my stash that needed to be used! It’s a green-blue-turquoise blend and it looks beautiful!
I chained the required amount of stitches to match my mug’s circumference at the bottom and proceeded with single crochet stitch.
I continued until I had reached half-way of the desired length and created a little buttonhole. Here I just made 3 chain stitches instead of 3 single crochet stitches, and on the following round continue with single crochet – this created a nifty little buttonhole.
I had to increase a small section on either end to make way for the button and to be able to close the piece around the mug. The problem with this type of mug however, is that the sides are not straight. This made it difficult to create a piece that would fit but also be the correct size at the top and the bottom of the mug. Important to keep in mind for the next mug warmer!
Once I had the desired buttonhole and a few rows, I decreased and went back to the original circumference. I kept doing this until I was satisfied with the height and then fasted off.
I sewed the button on and then popped it on to the mug – et voila! A great first attempt at making a mug warmer! Complete within 3 hours!
I am so pleased, that my next one will be a little owl mug warmer! Yarnovations has an especially nice pattern for an owl mug warmer and this one is on my to-do list!