My Twitter friend, Corinne, (@MotherScuffer) needs a quick make for her partner’s birthday. So here’s a mug hug how-to. I wouldn’t aggrandise it with the label ‘pattern’, since although it’s coming straight out of my head I can hardly believe it’s original.
So. I work these things with double yarn – knitting two balls of yarn simultaneously. Bear in mind this is going round a mug – some people drink with them still on, so you probably want to avoid fluffy, shedding types of yarn. I have to admit, I go with acrylic, partly because I have a lot of it left from the zigzag blanket, but also because it washes so well.
If you choose two related colours, say a light blue and a dark blue, or burgundy and pink, you get a lovely tweedy effect. Or you can go for a sharp contrast – orange and green is good together. So is yellow and red.
I tend to default to 5mm (US 8) or 6mm (US 10) needles. Up to you – the thinner your needle, the tighter your knitting is going to be.
For an ordinary (UK ordinary) sized mug, I would go with 15 stitches. For a larger mug, increase this number in multiples of 3.
The design is easiest to work with the mug you’re knitting for – or one like it – by your side. There are no hard and fast rules for sizing these things.
Rows 4 – 6 form the pattern.
Continue in pattern until your hug is roughly 1cm (1/2″) too short for the mug, wrapped around the mug horizontally starting from the handle.
Repeat rows 1-3.
Now, join the top two and bottom two stitches of your hug, leaving a gap in the middle for the handle.
You can either leave the hug plain, or embellish by stitching on a heart cut from felt, or embellish with buttons, or a little message/label embroidered in backstitch on felt.