A crochet pattern for tea and coffee lovers: mug cozy

Having trouble finding a pattern for a crocheted gift for someone?  Most likely they drink some sort of hot drink!  Make them a quick and simple mug cozy that keeps the mug warm, acts as a built in coaster, and makes the mug look unique (and cozy!).

Mug cozy free crochet pattern from Crochet N Play

For my tea loving sister-in-law and coffee loving dad, I made them each a mug cozy using the free pattern designed by Anna of Crochet N Play Designs.  My father can be hard to find a gift for, and finding him something to crochet is even more tricky, but he actually requested one of these mug cozies after seeing the one I made my sister-in-law!

For my father’s mug (the one seen in the photos) I used Bernat Handicrafter cotton in Classic Navy (13110) and Blue Jeans (13116).  I recommend sticking with a machine washable yarn in case you get some of your tea or coffee on the cozy (or, if you are me, WHEN you get some on the cozy).

Crocheted mug cozy by Crochet N PLay

I did need to alter the pattern slightly to fit the mugs I chose.   My mugs were not the average shape.  The main adjustment I made was adding decreases when crocheting along the opening of the handle.  Without the decreases, the cozy splayed open when unbuttoned, and when buttoned there were major bulges at the handle.  By adding the decreases, the opening hugged more nicely around the handle.

My favourite thing about the cozy?  The button!  I think it adds so much to the whole design, giving it a very cute handmade look.

Crocheted mug cozy by Crochet N Play

 

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A crocheted hat for my brother

For my brother’s Christmas gift this past December I crocheted him a warm winter hat (or toque, as we like to call them here in Canada).  The pattern I used was Carmel by DROPS design, a quick and easy free pattern.  I made it in size L (because my brother has a big head) and used Lion Brand Heartland in Kings Canyon for the main colour and Patons Canadiana in Med. grey mix for the stripes.

DROPS design men's crochet hat crocheted by hookabee

I loved that for this pattern it was crocheted into the back loops only, a technique I like to use for large amigurumi, but don’t often use for garments or accessories.  It made the the hat nice and thin and stretchy.  The ridges made by the unworked front loops on the surface of the hat also gave the hat a nice texture.

DROPS design men's crochet hat crocheted by hookabee

Despite the hat being thin, it was surprisingly warm!  I also like how well it covers your ears.  And of course, it passed my softness test and was nice to the touch 🙂  I really love the Lion Brand Heartland yarn and plan to use it a lot more in the future (in fact I just started a sweater with it today, but more on that another time).

DROPS design men's crochet hat crocheted by hookabee

The hat is designed to be droopy in the back (it is on me in the photos above), but it can be pulled down fully to fit more snug all around, especially if you have my brother’s big head!

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An infinity scarf for my best friend

While calling a friend your “best friend” in your 30s may be a little juvenile, when that friend has been with you since kindergarten and you have been calling them your bestie since you were 5, it kind of sticks!  We haven’t always lived in the same city (or even the same country), but we have always remained close friends, so I still call her my bff.

This past Christmas we gave each other the same gift: a scarf!  My friend bought her gift from a local Canadian artist at the One of A Kind Show in Toronto, a huge show for handmade products that I have been wanting to go to for the longest time but haven’t managed to yet.  The scarf is from the Montreal company Noujica, who makes sustainable fashion accessories.

Noujica scarfAll their products are made locally and with recycled and organic materials.  I love, love, love the scarf.  It is super soft.   I often wear it indoors on freezing cold days like today.

For my friend’s gift, I crocheted an infinity scarf.  Before Christmas I was scouring the web for patterns when I came across the free chunky circle scarf pattern designed by Lindsi on her blog People Webs.  I loved how it was big and full, yet still had an intricate pattern.crochet chunky circle scarf

The pattern did take some trial and error before I had it right, but once I got the hang of the sequence of stitches it worked up quickly.  I used two strands of Caron simply soft (autumn red #9730) as suggested in the pattern and it came out beautiful and cozy soft.  I had never used Caron simply soft before, but I think I will again!crochet chunky circle scarfIt is also super warm, as I found out while trying it on for a photo shoot in the woods. I will definitely be keeping this pattern in my library for the future –  I am tempted to make one for myself!

crochet chunky circle scarf

While re-reading this post I realized that for both scarves I thought it was very important to mention their softness, and it reminded me of what my best friend said to me once.  Whenever we were shopping together, she noticed I would have to feel all the clothes before I even thought of trying them on.  I would wander through the stores touching everything!  I guess texture and the feel of something is very important to me.  I do find I gravitate towards yarns that are super soft.  I also do a lot of touching in yarn stores 😉

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