How to knit- it’s how I make mug cozies!
I love mug cozies. I love mugs, I love the beverages that go in mugs, and I love being cozy.
For those of you that don’t know, a mug cozy is kind of like a coozie for your beer, but for your mug.
There’s so much to love about a cozy. First of all, they are, in fact, cozy. I use them more during the fall and winter. It’s like your coffee gets a sweater, too. Secondly, they are so expressive. I think they are great for holidays. I’ve had a Thanksgiving one for years, and it always gets me in the spirit of the season. Third, it’s cheaper than buying a new mug for every holiday! I sell mine for $5 a piece.
To come up with my designs, I just kind of broke down, well, Texas. Its colors, its personality, its culture and compared that to my supplies, and before I knew it, I was busting out cozies left and right. I have a Christmas one, of course. It has a snowflake on it, which isn’t very Texan, but hey, it’s Christmas. In my defense, too, it did snow in southeast Texas back in 2004 on Christmas Eve. It was a miracle. Pure magic. I was really young, but I still remember how mucky the snow was, yet how beautiful and white. I remember our puppy having to jump because she was too short to see over the snow on the ground. I remember my little sister had to wear oven mitts for gloves because she didn’t have nay; it never really got cold enough. The color of the Christmas cozy might not make sense at first, but I think it’s perfect- sugar cookie dough.
I have one that is purple with vintage buttons. The buttons came from a jar that my parents just found in the house they bought when around when they had me. The purple reminded me of late fall, when the first real cold fronts come in. I mean cold. Those are the times you start a fire and hang out with loved ones, telling stories, hence the old buttons from the past.
Sticking with the seasons, I have one that remind me more of spring that I named “on the porch.” It’s white with colorful buttons. To me, it reminds me of spring, when it’s just the right temperature outside that you can comfortably sit on your porch and drink your coffee in the morning. The grass is wet from the due, the sun’s bright rays are just peaking from beyond the horizon, and the wildflowers, like the bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes, decorate the ground.
The fifth one is called “southern charm.” I made it on a whim, to be honest. It all worked out though in the end! That peach-y-ish color reminded me of peaches (duh), and peaches remind me of the Hill Country. If you’ve never had a Fredericksburg peach, you’re not living right. The sparkles on there gave it that little bit of sass, much like a Southern woman.
I’m not going to give away my pattern (though any knitter could figure it out). Instead, let’s learn to knit shall we? Soon, the possibilities of things you can make will be endless.
HOW TO KNIT:
While I’m going to proceed teach you how to knit, I recommend using YouTube or Linda.com to learn as well. I always do better when I can see what I’m learning. Still, I’m going to give you a quick little step-by-step knitting tutorial.
First thing’s first…it is tricky when you’re first starting, but don’t get discouraged, please! By all means, pitch a hissy fit, scream, break your needles, throw them, whatever. Lord knows I do. If you do get frustrated, please come back, if it’s something you really want to learn!
Here we go.
First, this is knitting, so we use needle, not hooks. We aren’t hookers, damn it.
Get your yarn, and find the end.
Tie a knot like this:
Now get your needles, one in each hand. Put that knot on the left needle.
Okay, now we are going to cast on.
- Take the right needle. Poke it through the bottom of and behind that knot you put on the left needle. Your needles should look like an “X” with a knot holding them together.
- Holding that with your left hand, take hold of the yarn that’s attached to the skein with your right hand.
- Wrap it counter clockwise around the back (right) needle only.
- Now, move the right needle towards you (towards that yarn you just wrapped around it) and catch it with that needle.
- Pull it through the knot on the left needle. You should now have a loop of yarn on each needle with some twisty action going on in the middle.
- Now, take the left needle, and poke it under the loop on the right needle. Make sure you catch it!
- Lastly, slip it over the end of that right needle. You should now have two loops, or stitches, on the left needle.
Repeat stitches 1-7 to cast on as many stitches as you need for your project.
Now, let’s learn a basic knit (also known as garter) stitch. This is a lot more painless than casting on!
Basically, all you do is steps 1-5 of the above casting-on tutorial:
Lastly, let’s cast-off. It’s very simple.
First, knit two (only two) stitches.
Now you poke the left needle down through the bottom of the two stitches.
Slip that stitch up and over that second stitch above it. Make sure it stays on the needle.
That stitch you just pulled over? Let it go. Just drop it, tighten up, and knit another stitch so that you are back to having two stitches on the needle. Keep repeating this process till you have one stitch left on the single right needle.
Snip the yarn, detaching your work from the skein.
Slip that last stitch off the needle, without losing the loop, and pull the tail you just cut off through that loop. Pull it tight.
All that’s left is weaving in ends, which I’m not good at, so look for another tutorial. 🙂
Congrats! You are now a knitter. Welcome.
Now that we all know what we’re doing, let’s get cozy! Make your own cozy, socks, scarves, whatever!
Stay crafty, my friends! Blessings!