Christmas Eve Mulled Wine Warmer by Alice Neal
Alice Neal’s cosy Mulled Wine Warmer takes no time at all – the perfect Christmas Eve knit!
Wondering how to keep your mulled wine warm around the fire this Christmas? Some chunky wool, some fairisle snowflakes, a couple of vintage buttons and an hour by the fire with your needles, and you’re set.
You will need:
1 ball of Lang Merino 50 in colour 60
1 ball of Lang Merino 50 in colour 1 – or the chunky yarn of your choice
(with this quantity you could make an entire set of warmers)
a tapestry needle for sewing in ends
The following chart tells you the whole story! If you haven’t worked with a chart before, you will be knitting flat, knitting the right side and purling the wrong side, working from right to left knitting, and then left to right purling.
With red (shade 60), cast on 31 stitches.
Follow the pattern starting from right to left and knit across.
On the purl row, next, working row 2 from left to right, introduce the white (shade 1):
At the end of the row, wrapping the white every two or three stitches, it should look something like this:
On the next purl round, you’re going to bind off stitches 2 and 3 to make the first buttonhole:
And then continue with the row as in the chart, casting on two stitches in the last row’s bound-off space:
Continue working the chart, remembering to pull the stitches tight at either end, and wrapping the yarn behind the work.
The back of your work will look something like this:
When you have finished working the chart, it will look like this:
Bind off and block gently with steam to flatten out the edges and set the snowflake pattern. Sew your two buttons to the opposite corners from the buttonholes, and wrap around your vessel of choice.
(Optional: if you have the wherewithal / inclination, you can run a row of double crochet (UK terms) around the border to provide a slightly neater edge).
This size perfectly fits a Kilner mug, so is just right for keeping your hot chocolate or mulled wine warm as you sing your carols in the snow.
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Last updated: March 13th, 2017.