Winter. The worst word in the world for me!
I am far from a lover of the freezing weather, however I do like that it means we indulge in coffee more often. And I do LOVE a cup of coffee! But they cool too quickly (those with kids probably can’t remember the last time they had a hot one), and ordering long blacks can be a bit if a hazard if not double bagged. So I thought I’d try my hand at a crocheted cup cosy.
Now, I am far from an expert at crochet so I am going to say that this is definitely an easy project as I you tubed how to crochet a headband at first, self taught and then adapted the concept – so it’s a doable, inexpensive and quite therapeutic craft 🙂
I initially made one for myself, but my friends also loved the idea and as I have made more I’ve become more creative with designs.
Don’t be scared to have a play, swap colours half way through, use a thicker or thinner wool for a different texture… add press studs, buttons, flowers, Velcro to secure the ends. Most of all, enjoy the creative process to customise a design for yourself or a friend- you’ll be surprised how much they are appreciated and how it saves some heat in your coffee as well as your fingers!
STEP 1: Make your slip knot. I like to do this by wrapping the end of the wool around my fingers and pulling the left end through, however thee are many ways to do this (see you tube for other methods).
STEP 2: Crochet a chain. This is done simply by wrapping the wool around the needle and pulling through. I make a chain of about 25-30, depending on the size of the cup/mug.
STEP 3: Double crochet. When you get to the end of your long chain of 25-30 you need to make a double crochet. This is done by wrapping the wool around your hook first, then placing it through the last link in your chain. While your hook is in there, wrap the wool around your hook again and pull this through the link in your chain.
You should end up with 3 loops on your hook. Again wrap the wool around your hook and pull it through two of the loops. This will leave two loops on your hook. Wrap the wool again around your hook and pull through these two loops. You will now be left with one loop on your hook, ready for the next row. (Again, see you tube for live instructions).
STEP 4: Turn your work around and repeat double crochet through each link In the chain. You will know if you have done this correctly as you should always be crocheting from left to right. You will end up with something like this.
This step is then repeated for several rows. You double crochet into the gap created from the last row and at the end of each row turn your work. Again, this is a matter of measuring the cup/mug you will be making it for.
STEP 5: Making button loops. Once your crochet band is long enough to reach around the coffee cup/mug you can begging the loops to attach it with buttons. Start by chaining a line about 25 and double crochet the end into the next hole you started from.
You can then continue double crocheting until close to the end where you will then make another chain and secure the end by double crocheting into the next hole of where you started. Depending on the size of your buttons you might want to adjust this. You can also of course create more than two loops for securing to buttons.
STEP 6: Secure buttons. Be sure to measure where your loops can extend to for button placement. Choose some buttons and secure by sewing with thread. You can be creative here and use crochet flowers to decorate, or anything you like. Plain buttons look just as nice though. And you are done!
It’s a great idea to get the kids involved in making, embellishing and gifting these creations. Maybe a cutely embellished cup cosy is just what they need for their mug of hot chocolate… or the more recently adopted babyccino.
Happy WARM drinking!
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– Surangi xx