Pretty Cabled Mug Cozy
This pattern is a basic cable cozy pattern that I designed and wrote down. It’s the first original design I’ve ever done, but I’ve knitted several and I know that the pattern is accurate. Follow the link to my blog post below to get the actual pattern.
NOTE ON BUTTON HOLES AND SIZING: I saw a comment on a project stating that this cozy is only good for straight mugs, and also mentioning that there are way too many button holes. I didn’t say so in the pattern, so I’ll point it out here that I designed the button band to have all of the extra holes specifically for mugs with more dramatic angles. Simply button a looser button hole at the top of the mug and a tighter one towards the bottom. Easy! And if the cozy isn’t long enough as is, add another few rows of the pattern repeat. Also, I didn’t know how these would wear over time, depending on different yarns and such, especially with non-elastic yarns such as the one I used for mine. I figured they might stretch out if you were buttoning them tight enough around the mug to stay put, so I wanted to give the cozy plenty of room to stretch, which is another reason for all of the extra button holes.
NOTE ON CABLES: Make sure to follow the written pattern exactly in order to achieve the cable pattern shown on the example. It helps to think of the pattern in terms of two outer cables (the “S” shapes going up the sides) and two inner cables (the “U” shape in the middle). Sometimes the pattern twists all four cables on one row, and sometimes only the two outer cables twist.
For help with cables, go to
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej8guoX9Ffs. This video on YouTube is the most helpful thing I’ve ever seen for working cables without a cable needle. This is the video I saw that finally gave me the courage to try the cables, and this pattern was the result.