Make several mug cozies for a fabulous set, or crochet several as gifts, stuffed with your favourite pumpkin sweets and spiced teas, coffees or hot chocolates to brew!
This project is the second part of my contribution to the Designer's Potpourri CAL for October 2016, and is one of four free pumpkin patterns I will be sharing this month. You can learn more about my pumpkin madness here and when you can expect each of the pumpkin patterns.
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- sport (2 : Fine / 5 ply UK) OR Worsted (4 : Medium / 10 ply UK) yarn – about 160m (175yd) in two choice colours:
– less than 20m (22yd) in green
- 3.75mm (F/5)
- stitch markers
- tapestry yarn needle
- ruler/measuring tape
TIP: The mug cozy pictured here was actually crocheted with cotton thread size 10 using the "Turn Your Skein into a Bulky Yarn" technique as shown here by Briana K. If you want your mug cozy to match the pumpkin coaster and you can't find matching yarns and threads, use this technique!
Abbreviations: ~US Terminology Used~
*...** - repeat instructions between the two asterisks as directed ~ directions highlighted for easier repetition.
(...) - work ALL stitches between the parentheses into the space as directed.
[...] - work stitches between the brackets however many times called for.
avail - available
beg - begin / beginning
ch - chain
CL of 3 - double crochet 3 stitches together by means of the cluster stitch (instructions below)
CL-Leaf - (instructions below)
dc - double crochet
FPdc - front post double crochet (instructions below)
FPsc - front post single crochet (instructions below)
f/o - fasten off
hdc - half double crochet
inc - increase(s) / increasing
inc-Leaf - (instructions below)
lp(s) - loop(s)
prev - previous
rem - remain / remaining
rep - repeat
rnd(s) - round(s)
RS - right side
sc - single crochet
sk - skip
sl st - slip stitch
sp(s) - space(s)
Spiral-Vine - (instructions below)
st(s) - stitch(es)
tog - together
WS - wrong side
yo - yarn over
The instructions for special abbreviations are included right before you need to use them in the pattern!
A special stitch you should be familiar with is the cluster stitch since a variation is used in this crochet pattern.
A special technique you should know is how to sc attach onto crochet pieces to start a new section.
When the number comes after the stitch, crochet across the stitches. However, when the number comes first, this is indicative of an increase, so work them into the same stitch or space as directed.
Photo tutorial included here was created with a swatch, which is meant to guide you with stitch positioning for select rows. The exact stitch count is not shown in the photos, so be sure to follow the pattern correctly. The same is true for the video tutorial clips as well.
Additional notes are included as you come to them below…
Thick Harvest Pumpkin Mug Cozy Instructions:
The base of this pumpkin mug cozy is worked in rows from side to side, where *EVEN rows = RS. The beg of even rows & end of odd rows = TOP of cozy. The end of even rows & beg of odd rows = BOTTOM of cozy.
This cozy base is worked in such a way as to create an intricately textured design, where there are two-different height ridges. These ridges follow a pattern of 1-TALL, 2-SHORT. If you keep this in mind, the following instructions will be much easier to follow.
- Tall ridges are formed by working around the posts or rather into the stitches from 2 rows down. The stitches are worked on the row that has exactly the same stitches – this makes it easier to see where the stitches should be worked. *TIP: Look for the prev row with dc stitches! AND remember, treat those dc stitches like sc stitches and only work around the top of the stitch.
- Short ridges are formed by working around the posts from 1 row down – the row you just completed. *TIP: Look for the prev row with sl st & sc stitches only! AND remember, the first st is worked around the edge post, also keep the lp on hook very loose for this very first stitch.
- Work each sl st loosely to get the right fit, and to make it easier to work around them later.
*FPsc = When working the FPsc stitches on odd rows → insert your hook into the next st from front to back, then come back thru to the front by inserting your hook into the subsequent st from back to front – the hook is now wrapped around the post of the next st → work a normal sc here.
- For subsequent FPsc sts → insert hook back thru the same st you came up thru from front to back and thru the next st from back to front → sc.
- When the first FPsc is worked into the prev row or 1 row down, insert hook into the first st from back to front → sc. It is almost like there is an imaginary sp before the first st. Continue as normal. TIP: Keep lp on the hook loose as you work this first FPsc, so it is easy to work into again later.
- When the first FPsc is worked into the prev odd row or 2 rows down, work like a normal FPsc, but insert hook into the first st from front to back first.
*FPdc = Work exactly like the FPsc, but use a dc stitch instead of a sc stitch.
- *NOTE: When working the FPdc onto a dc post, ALWAYS work into the top sps of the st as if it was a sc stitch instead. Do not work around the actual dc post, unless specifically directed to do so.
Row 1: sc into the 2nd ch from hook & across the next 2 chs, dc 10, sc 3, ch 1, turn (16 sts).
Row 2: sl st 3, sc 10, sl st 3, ch 1, turn (16 sts). *Rep for rows 8, 14, 20, 26, 32, 38 & 44.
Row 3: work 2 rows down into the prev odd row (see tall ridge notes for more tips) → FPsc 3, FPdc 10, FPsc 3, ch 1, turn (16 sts). *Rep for rows 9, 15, 21, 27, 33, 39 & 45.
*Click on images to enlarge them...
Row 5: work 1 row down into the prev row crocheted (see short ridge notes for more tips) → FPsc 3, FPdc 10, FPsc 3, ch 1, turn (16 sts). *Rep for rows 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 25, 29, 31, 35, 37, 41, 43 & 47.
Row 6-7: rep rows 4-5. *This set creates another short ridge.
Row 8-47: rep rows 2-7 alternately.
*TIP: Every 6 rows, you create one rep of 1-Tall & 2-Short ridges. There will be 8 reps like this.
You should have something that looks like this, but twice as long, before proceeding to row 48.
Note the height of the ridges.
Row 48: *working thru 2 sts at a time, insert hook into the next st on the last row made AND into the adjacent st on the bottom of the first row → sl st 2 over 2 sets of sts,** (sl st 1, sc 10, sl st 1) over the next sts of the last row made only, rep from * to ** over the last 2 sets of sts, ch 1, do not turn (16 sts).
From here, you will switch from rows to rnds as you create the base rnd for the optional trim in the same colour as the mug cozy base. Afterwards, you will work the official green trim rnd, where you can choose to incorporate leaf vines or not according to your preference. *ODD rows = RS.
- Ridge – These are just what they sound like. They are the vertical bumps on the RS of the mug cozy. When directed to work “into the next ridge st”, pick the st that pops out and is as close to the top as possible. *TIP: Look for the “V” you see at the top of crochet rows. Note: The last sl st of row 48 is the last ridge.
- Side edge OR sp between ridges – When directed to work “into the side edge”, work “into the sp between ridges”, you will work into the creases at the top of the mug cozy, between the ridges.
Rnd 49: RS faces you → 2 sc into the side edge of row 47, sc 1 into the next avail ridge (on row 46), 2 sc into sp between ridges (on row 45), [sc 1 into the next avail ridge, 2 sc into sp between ridges] x 22, sc 1 into the last avail ridge (on row 48), sl st join to the first st, f/o (72 sts).
You have 2 options for this last rnd: Option 1 – a simple green trim. Option 2 – leaf vines all around.
*CL of 3 (a.k.a. cluster of 3 double crochet stitches or a variations of a dc3tog) = leaving the last 2 lps from each st on the hook, work 1 dc into each of the next 3 sts, yo & pull though all 4 lps. *Note: This is worked just like a CL of 2 like in this video tutorial here, but over 3 sts instead of 2.
CL-Leaf = sl st into the 2nd ch from the hook, CL of 3, hdc 1, sc 1.
inc-Leaf = sl st into the 2nd ch from the hook, 3 dc into the next ch, hdc 1, sc 1.
Spiral-Vine = 3 sc into the 2nd ch from the hook & across the next 9 chs.
Weave in all ends. Fold vines down so they rest against the mug cozy.
Instructions to Slip Your Cozy onto Mugs:
Step 2: Take the bottom of the cozy and stretch it over the top of the mug like putting on a hat or headband.
Step 3: Smooth out and fill with your favourite brew or gift goodies!
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