Looking for a super fast gift idea? The quick and easy mug cozy is the perfect one! Made with simple stitches, this works up in no time.
I don’t know about you, but I need some quick and easy gifts this year. I’ve been crocheting away on a special project that I can reveal in a few months, so I haven’t had a lot of time to focus on gifts.
I have several teachers to make gifts for (when you have 4 kids in elementary school, you get a new audience to make for every year!). I know that several of them enjoy coffee so I whipped up some of these mug cozies to go with a nice gift card and a simple mug.
This project uses one of my favorite stitches, a sc, ch-1 combo that I find myself drawn to again and again. I paired it with a ribbed top and I’m really happy with how it turned out!
This crochet mug cozy closes with a button and has a ribbed strap with buttonhole that you can customize as needed to cover the mug of your choice. At my house, we like these simple white mugs that are cute and inexpensive, too! (Sometimes you can pick these up at the Dollar Tree, if not, the ones at Bed, Bath & Beyond are less than $4.)
This was part of the 2019 Holiday Maker’s Challenge, where you were able to download the pdf of this pattern for free! If you still want to join this year, it will open up again in October, so be sure to get on the mailing list so you don’t miss it!
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What You’ll Need
Yarn: Caron Cotton Cakes, 1 skein (this was leftover from the Hydrangea Baby Blanket)
Hook: US Size J (6.0mm)
Notions: One 3/4″ button, yarn needle, scissors
Gauge: 20 sts and 17 rows = 4″ in sc, ch-1 pattern
Finished Size: Approximately 11″ long x 3″ wide
back loop only (blo): sc into the back loop of the stitch, leaving the front loop unworked
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across; turn – 14 sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next st; repeat from * to last st, sc in last st; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc blo in first 4 sts, sc in first ch-sp, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to last st, sc in last st; turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to last 5 sts, ch 1, skip next sc, sc blo in last 4 sts; turn.
Rows 5-38: Repeat rows 3-4.
**If you have your mug handy, try it on at this time. See if you need to add more rows to fit your mug. I used a medium sized mug and it fit right near the handle when slightly stretched.
Row 39: Slip st in first 4 sts, ch 1, sc in next 6 sts; turn, leaving remaining sts unworked – 6 sts.
Rows 40-46: Ch 1, sc blo to end; turn.
**Again, please try on the mug cozy if possible. You may need more or fewer rows than this before you work the buttonhole row, depending upon the size of your mug.
Row 47 (buttonhole row): Ch 1, sc blo in first 2 sts, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, sc blo in last 2 sts; turn.
Row 48: Ch 1, sc2tog in first 2 sts, 2 sc in ch-2 space, sc2tog in last 2 sts – 4 sts.
Sew button in place.
Weave in ends.
That’s it! You’re done with a super quick and easy gift! I hope you’ve enjoyed this free crochet pattern.
Want a travel version of this pattern? Check out the Quick and Easy Travel Mug Cozy.
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