Make a Mug Hug!

This is an ideal project for using up scrap yarn! These Mug Hugs make great gifts for coffee/tea lovers, and they’re useful for protecting hands from a hot cup. So easy to make—they’re perfect for beginner crocheters.

Hook: 6 mm hook for ceramic coffee mug; 5 mm hook for disposable takeout coffee cup
Yarn: Your yarn of choice (can use either worsted weight or Bernat handicrafter cotton)
Other: Yarn needle, scissors

Larger Mug Hug for a ceramic mug: 
Ch 32.

Row 1: hdc in third ch from hook and in each across, turn.

Row 2: ch 1, hdc in same space and in each across, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until piece is approximately 3.5” deep.

Using your yarn needle, sew short sides together for about ½” from the top and bottom, leaving approximately a 2-1/2” opening for the mug handle. Can just leave this part open, or sew a small button at one edge of the handle opening, and use one of the spaces on the opposite side as the button hole (as shown in photo). 

Smaller Mug Hug to fit disposable cup
Ch 25, slip stitch into first chain to make a ring, taking care not to twist.

Round 1: sc in each chain around, slip stitch into first sc to join.

Round 2-4: ch 3, dc in each sc around, slip stitch into top of ch-3 to join.

Round 5: sc in each dc around, slip stitch into first sc to join. Fasten off and weave in end.

Embellish using your favourite pattern of crocheted flowers, hearts or any other applique-type embellishment. Or use felt embellishments. Or use embroidery—the sky’s the limit!

Purple Power Pom Pom Hat

This is one of the easiest ways to make a hat without working in the round. You basically just make a rectangle that fits around the circumference of your head, seam the ends together to make a tube, then gather the top to close it, add a border, and you’ve got a cute winter hat that you can make in a night or two. I worked in back and front loops only to add texture that would define the stripes on this hat.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Bernat Premium Worsted (198g/7oz/429m/360yds) 1 ball each Lilac (A) and Purple (B)
6 mm crochet hook
Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Back Loop Only: (BLO) / Front Loop Only: (FLO) / Note: Weave in ends each time you fasten off.

Using Lilac, Ch 34.

Row 1: Working in BLO, hdc in third ch from hook (counts as hdc) and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. (32 hdc)

Row 2: Working in FLO, hdc in same sp as ch-1, hdc in each hdc across. (32 hdc) Fasten off Lilac. Attach Dark Purple with slip stitch in Back Loop of hdc just completed. Turn.

Row 3: Working in BLO, hdc in same sp as slip stitch, and in each hdc across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Working in FLO, hdc in same sp as ch-1, hdc in each hdc across. Fasten off Dark Purple. Attach Lilac with slip stitch in Back Loop of hdc just completed. Turn.

Row 5: Repeat Row 3.

Row 6: Repeat Row 4. Fasten off Lilac. Attach Dark Purple in Back Loop of hdc just completed. Turn.

Row 7: Continue repeating, alternating BLO and FLO every row, and switching colors every two rows until piece is approx. 24” long. End with Dark Purple. (You should have 9 Lilac stripes and 9 Dark Purple stripes in all.) Do not fasten off.

FINISHING

Bring edges together lengthwise, right sides together, wrong sides facing out, and slip stitch to seam together.

Do not fasten off. Turn right side out. (You’ll have a “tube” shape. You’re going to crochet a border at one end and close the opposite end to form your hat.)Border (brim) of hat: Starting from where you’ve ended your seam without fastening off (on the wrong side), single crochet around the edge of the hat as evenly spaced as possible. Use a marker for continuous rounds. Continue single crocheting around until you’ve finished 4 rows. Fasten off and weave in end.
Top of hat: Cut a piece of yarn about 8” long. At the open end of the hat, on the right side, and using your yarn needle, start about an inch down from the top, and thread the piece of yarn in and out of each hdc around, then pull tight to gather closed and tie a secure knot several times. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

No need to make a pom pom since the gathered material at the top of the hat is decorative enough.

Cozy Hooded Cowl Keeps Baby Warm!

I had some colorful, chunky yarn in my stash that I wanted to experiment with, so I decided to make a couple of little baby hoodies. I’ll guess that they would fit a child about 12 months. They are SO warm, soft and cuddly!

You’ll basically crochet a long rectangle, fold it in half, then seam together the edges on one side, starting from the fold and working down about 8 inches. To finish it, you’ll create a border around all the edges, then add fasteners to keep the bottom front closed.

Materials:

  • 8 mm crochet hook
  • 1 ball of bulky yarn in variegated colors, and one ball in a solid contrasting color
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Instructions:

With variegated yarn, ch 69. Turn.

Row 1: dc in third ch from hook and in each across. Turn. (66 dc)

Row 2: ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next st and in each across. Turn.

Repeat Row 2 five more times. Your rectangle should be approximately 7” wide x 28” long.

Fold in half lengthwise, placing right sides together, wrong sides facing out. Using yarn needle, whipstitch edges together to make a seam where the X’s are shown. Stitch down from the fold about 8”.
It should look like this from the back when you’re finished:
Turn right side out to make your border. Attaching contrasting color at the bottom of your seam, hdc in each st right around entire hoodie. I made it so that it looks like it’s fastened with buttons, but in reality, it just needs to be pulled over the baby’s head. I did this by overlapping one bottom edge over top of the other, stitching them together, and then sewing two buttons on the front just as decoration. You can see what I mean in the photos below. In the blue and green version at the top, I just attached some yarn strings that I’ve tied into bows. You can finish yours however you prefer.

Since Otis is my baby, he was forced to model one!

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