Mr. Charmer and I usually exchange smaller gifts for Valentine's Day. I used to do a lot of needlework - knitting, cross stitch and crewel -but haven't in a while. Giving/receiving a hand made gift is so special I decided to pulled out my knitting needles to make a few Valentine gifts for him.
Mr. Charmer is a huge coffee drinker, and a cute Valentine Mug Hug would be a gift he would enjoy.
This is a very easy project, a beginning knitter would not have any problems. It took me less than 2 hours to make. Only 32 stitches are cast on, works up very fast.
I finished the mug hug simply by slip stitching the top and bottom sides together. The mug hug slips up from the bottom of you cup and over the handle.
So get those knitting needles clicking!
Valentine Mug Hug
Modified from Red Heart Pattern
Mug Hug fits mug 3” diameter on top, 2” diameter on bottom, 4” high. (my is a Dollar Store candlewick coffee mug)
Knitting Needles: 4.5mm [US 7].
I used Caron Simply Soft Red and Red Heart Aran; or any worsted weight 4
Begin at bottom edge with Off white, cast on 32 sts.
Rows 1-6: [K2, P2] 8 times.
Row 7: [K1, Knit in front and back of next st, P2] 8 times – 40 sts.
Row 8: [K2, P3] 8 times.
Row 9: [K3, P2] 8 times.
Rows 10-15: Repeat Rows 8 and 9.
Row 16: Repeat Row 9.
Rows 17 and 18: Knit.
Button Loop: Bind off 39 sts
With red cast on 10 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: Knit in front and back of first st, K8, Knit in front
and back of last st – 12 sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: Knit.
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: K4, [K2tog] twice, K4 – 10 sts.
Row 8: Purl.
Row 9: K3, [K2tog] twice, K3 – 8 sts.
Row 10: Purl.
Row 11: K2, [K2tog] twice, K2 – 6 sts.
Row 12: Purl.
Row 13: K1, [K2tog] twice, K1 – 4 sts.
Row 14: Purl.
Row 15: [K2tog] twice – 2 sts.
Row 16: P2tog. Fasten off.
To shape top of heart, attach a length of yarn at center top.
With yarn in yarn needle, weave down through fabric for 4
rows, gathering and pulling tightly. Sew heart in place.
I slipped stitched together the top and bottom sides using a yarn needle (larger needle with large eye)