Knit by Bit: free watermelon mug cozy knitting pattern
Spring is (almost) here in the northern hemisphere – why not celebrate with a free watermelon mug cozy knitting pattern to adorn your favorite mug?
I think most people have a favorite fruit, and mine is watermelon. I get excited when fresh fruits and veggies are available at the farmers’ markets – and this year, I planted some of my own. Still, I don’t have the room for big space hogs like watermelons, and the British climate isn’t suited to outdoor watermelon growing, so I have to rely on farmers for my fruity fave.
I wanted to celebrate the return of fresh fruit with a fun mug cozy. I am the worst when it comes to finishing my tea or coffee while it’s still hot – I make a cup, get distracted doing something else, and have to heat it up 3 or 4 times before I finish it (if I even finish it at all). A mug cozy helps that problem, by keeping some of the heat in while I work on other things.
1 pair of single pointed 4.5mm (US 7) needles
Oddments of aran, worsted weight black yarn
Using the Lime colored yarn, cast on 55 stitches.
Knit 6 rows in stocking stitch.
Switch to the Coral colored yarn, and knit in stocking stitch until piece measures 4 inches from the cast on edge.
To get the seed detail, you will be using the duplicate stitch (also known as Swiss Darning) method, which is using a tapestry needle to “duplicate” the shape of the knit stitch over the top of the work.
You can “seed” as you wish, I did a seed every 5 stitches on the bottom, and in between every seed for the top row.
For the closure, you can braid your yarn, make an i-cord, or use a crochet hook to make a chain. As long as you make 3 loops long enough to secure your mug cozy around the mug, you’re doing great! I chose to make a crochet chain for simplicity, but it doesn’t really matter.
Sew your buttons onto one side of the cozy, and sew the loops into the appropriate spaces: top, middle, and bottom.
As an added bonus, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran is machine washable, so any tea or coffee spills are easily fixed – a necessary feature for a clumsy human like myself. One set of yarn (one ball of each shade) is enough to make several matching mug cozies. Make a set for yourself or as a housewarming gift!
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Last updated: April 11th, 2016.