Sunday, March 25, 2007

Mug Huggers!!!! (my first pattern)

I have figured out what to do with left over yarn. I make Mug Huggers. Sometimes I even try to make them match my socks. Here is the pattern. If you want me to email you a copy in Word format, just let me know. Sorry about the chart, apparently Blogger doesn't handle my knitting fonts. (I'll work on that)

Mug Hugger

<The Mug Hugger is a great way to use up bits of yarn left over from sock knitting. They replace the cardboard wrapper that we use on our cups of coffee from our favorite source (therefore saving trees) and help elminate the question of ‘which one is mine?’. The Mug Hugger is knit in two parts worked at the same time (the Body, and the Wedge). The wedge is the increase portion and provides a visually interesting increase pattern as well as a form hugging rib to give a bit more hug to your cup. The Body is knit in a pattern section consisting of approximately 40 stitches in a rib pattern of your choosing. The body may be knit in stockinette, but the result may not hold the cup as tightly as a rib pattern.

I use these as quick ‘Thank You’s’ and small gifts throughout the year, as well as having a basket of them wrapped on the doorside table for Holiday gifts for people who drop in around the holidays.

Project requirements:

yarn: approximately 40 yards of fingering weight sock yarn

needles: size 0 (I knit loose) or whatever size you need to get gage

gage: 6 stitches/inch, 8 rows/inch in stockinette stitch

stitch marker, scissors, tapestry needle (for hiding ends)

Wedge Instructions: (increases from 3 to 17 stiches over 32 rows)

row 1 – 4 : knit 3

row 5: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 (5 stitches between markers)

row 6-8: k1, (p1,k1) X2

row 9: k1, p1, yo, k1, yo, p1, k1 (7 stitches between markers)

row 10-12 : k1, p1, k3, p1, k1

row 13: k1, p1, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, p1, k1 (9 stitches between markers)

row 14-16: k1, (p1, k1) to end

row 17: (k1, p1) X2, yo, k1, yo, (p1, k1) X2 (1stitches between markers)

row 18-20: (k1,p1) X2, k3, (p1,k1) x2

row 21: (k1, p1) X2, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, (p1, k1) X2 (13 stitches between markers)

row 22-24: k1, (p1,k1) to end

row 25: (k1, p1) X3, yo, k1, yo, (p1, k1) X3 (15 stitches between markers)

row 26-28: (k1, p1) X3, k3, (p1, k1) X3

row 29: (k1, p1) X3, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, (p1, k1) X3 (17 stitches between markers)

row 30-32: k1, (p1,k1) to end

Body instructions:

Choose a pattern stitch and work it over 40 stitches. The more interesting the stitch, the more interesting the hugger. Complicated cables may require a few additional stitches in the body section, just make sure that there is a ribbing involved in the stitch to pull in the excess. This can be worked in stockinette stitch for a softer effect.

To work the Mug Hugger:

Cast on 3 stiches, pm, cast on 41 stitches. Join without twisting and work in the round.

Work the Wedge pattern before the marker, and the body pattern on the rest of the stitches. Work through end of wedge pattern. Work in pattern to middle of wedge pattern and begin binding off all stitches. If no handle is desired, bind off all stitches and hide tails.

To make handle (optional):

Without breaking yarn from bind off, loop cast on 15 stitches. Pick up one stitch in the wedge at that last increase row, and knit together with last loop cast on. Turn work and purl to last stitch, pick up one stitch in bind off row and knit with last stitch. Turn work and knit to last stitch, pick up one stitch in the wedge at that last increase row and knit it with last stitch. Repeat purl and knit rows 2 more times. Bind off all stitches and hide tails

Cabled Mug Hugger: (shown in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock that Rock Carbon Dioxide)

cast on 3 stitches, pm, cast on 41 stitches. Join in without twisting. Work in round using wedge instructions before marker and Cabled Rib Stitch after marker.

Cabled Rib Stitch: Worked over 5 stitches plus one

row 1-3: (p1, k4) to within one stitch of end, p1

row 4: p1, right cable cross 2X2 (slip first two stiches to the back with a cable needle, knit next two stitch from left needle, return slipped stitches to left needle and knit), repeat to end of row, p1

repeat rows 1-4 for lenght of Hugger

Seeded Rib Mug Hugger: (shown in Knitpicks Memories Rocky Mountain)

cast on 3 stitches, pm, cast on 42 stitches. Join in without twisting. Work in round using wedge instructions before marker and Seeded Rib Stitch after marker.

Seeded Rib Stitch: worked over 6 stitches

row 1 : (k3, p3) to end

row 2 : (k1, p1) to end

repeat rows 1-2 for length of Hugger.

Wedge Chart (removed for sanity - will post again later)


8 comments:

Judith said...

Mikki, I'm getting all sorts of odd code when I view the pattern. Can you just email it to me? Find the link to my email on my Z Street News blog. Thanks!

Becky said...

He he - very cool - thanks for sharing.

obsessmuch? said...

I just saw this on str. very cool!

CLeyla said...

I found you from the STR blog. Nice pattern! Thanks for sharing it. I can't wait to try making one.

Carrie

Carrie Penny said...

I just found you off the 6sockkal, I was looking for the finished horcrux socks, but this is even better! I am at Starbuck reglularly and have been looking for a pretty pattern for a sleeve! I love it, thanks for sharing it!

Kim B said...

absolutely love this pattern - it looks easy enough for even me to try. Will you please email it to me? kimbnaz@msn.com Thanks!!!

Kim B said...

absolutely love this pattern - it looks easy enough for even me to try. Will you please email it to me? kimbnaz@msn.com Thanks!!!

custom mugs said...

awesome cool.Thanks for sharing.