Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and every year I wrack my brain trying to think of something heartfelt to give my loved ones. This year has been no exception. I feel that a lot of love goes into my knitting; whether I’m making a sweater, scarf, or even a small projectit’s made with love. Because February 14th is not very far away, and most of my free time is being spent tech editing or writing patterns, I decided that it had to be a small project.
Then it came to memy boyfriend has been drinking lots and lots of tea. Sometimes the same mug full of tea sits and sits until it’s room temperature, but he still drinks it, warm or cold. Knitting tends to keep things warm, right? So what could be better than a mug cozy for Valentine's Day? After all, that day is for being cozy, isn’t it?
I whipped up a chart with a heart panel and a cable to knit from. Then over a weekendwhile he was busyI quickly knit it up, kidnapped his mug and sewed up the seam to fit around his handle. But this one didn’t feel right. The heart was on the opposite side of the mug from the handle. I thought it could be better. So, the next weekend I created a new chart, with two heart panels and a braided cable. This time the cable sat across from the handle and the hearts were on each side. So, when he’s holding the handle, he can be looking at a heart, and one heart can be facing away from him.
This pattern is the better of the two cozies. And of course this pattern isn’t only for Valentine’s Day. Feel free to change the chart and customize it to anything that fits your needs!
Renaissance 100% wool
Which fiber would be the best fiber to keep something warm? Wool, of course! But not only did I use it in this cozy for its warming properties, but it also absorbs moisture. So, just in case a mysterious hole appears in your lip during one of your sips, your cozy will not be saturated with moisture. The surface will remain dry and you'll be able to continue enjoying your warm beverage with dry hands. Learn more about wool.
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Here's the free downloadable Valentine Mug Cozy pattern
This mug cozy is knitted using the technique known as stranded or Fair Isle knitting. In stranded knitting, two colors of yarn are used across the same row, alternating between the two to form a color-work pattern. While one strand is being worked, the other is carried behind it (or in front of it on the WS rows). This technique takes more yarn than working with a single color and makes for a thicker, warmer fabric.
Learn more about Fair Isle Knitting.