Triangle Mug Cozy Pattern

It has certainly been awhile since I designed a pattern. I would like to say that this pattern is a brand new creation, but in fact I designed it many, many years ago as a scarf. I haven’t touched it since then, and when I was asked to knit a mug cozy for a gift this year, I realized it was time to resurrect it.

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This pattern can be scaled to be wider or narrower, just cast on any number of stitches that is a multiple of 4 and adjust the pattern accordingly. For a smaller mug, it would probably be best to either use lighter weight yarn and smaller needles or do 12 stitches instead of 16.

Materials: Loops and Threads – Charisma (i.e. bulky weight) in two colors; Size 7 DPNs; (These are what I used, feel free to use smaller yarn and needles); Button with large holes; Tapestry needle

If you are uncomfortable with knitting straight on DPNs, you will also need straight needles of the same size, and will need to transfer to the DPNs for the binding off process.

Skills: knit, purl, i-cord

Main Pattern:

Cast on 16 stitches in C1
Notes: The key to this pattern is to not pull the yarn tight when switching colours. Allow the pattern to keep the colours together, otherwise the holes won’t form. 

Row 1 & 2: With C1: (k2, p2)* rep til end
Row 3: With C1: (p2, k2)* rep til last 4 stitches, p2; With C2: k2
Row 4: With C2: p2; With C1: (k2, p2) rep til end last 2 stitches, k2
Row 5: With C1: (k2, p2)* rep til last 4 stitches; With C2: k2, p2
Row 6: With C2: k2, p2; With C1: (k2, p2)* rep til end
Row 7: With C1: (p2, k2) x 2, p2; With C2: k2, p2, k2
Row 8: With C2: p2, k2, p2; With C1: (k2, p2) x 2, k2
Row 9: With C1: (k2, p2) x 2; With C2: (k2, p2) x 2
Row 10: With C2: (k2, p2) x 2; With C1: (k2, p2) x 2
Row 11: With C1: p2, k2, p2; With C2: (k2, p2) x 2, k2
Row 12: With C2: (p2, k2) x 2, p2; With C1: k2, p2, k2
Row 13: With C1: k2, p2; With C2: (k2, p2) x 3
Row 14: With C2: (k2, p2) x 3; With C1: k2, p2
Row 15: With C1: p2; With C2: (k2, p2) x 3, k2
Row 16: With C2: (p2, k2) x 3, p2; With C1: k2
Row 17 & 18: With C2: (k2, p2)* rep til end
Row 19: With C1: p2; With C2: (k2, p2) x 3, k2
Row 20: With C2: (p2, k2) x 3, p2; With C1: k2
Row 21: With C1: k2, p2; With C2: (k2, p2) x 3
Row 22: With C2: (k2, p2) x 3; With C1: k2, p2
Row 23: With C1: p2, k2, p2; With C2: (k2, p2) x 2, k2
Row 24: With C2: (p2, k2) x 2, p2; With C1: k2, p2, k2
Row 25: With C1: (k2, p2) x 2; With C2: (k2, p2) x 2
Row 26: With C2: (k2, p2) x 2; With C1: (k2, p2) x 2
Row 27: With C1: (p2, k2) x 2, p2; With C2: k2, p2, k2
Row 28: With C2: p2, k2, p2; With C1: (k2, p2) x 2, k2
Row 29: With C1: (k2, p2)* rep til last 4 stitches; With C2: k2, p2
Row 30: With C2: k2, p2; With C1: (k2, p2)* rep til end
Row 31: With C1: (p2, k2)* rep til last 4 stitches, p2; With C2: k2
Row 32: With C2: p2; With C1: (k2, p2) rep til end last 2 stitches, k2

Chart:

Triangle Chart Repeat rows 1 – 32 until desired length is reached. For a built in button loop, continue as follows, otherwise, bind off here.

Button Loop: Bind off first 7 stitches, then with the 7th and 8th stitches, knit an icord of the desired length to go around the button. K2tog with the 8th stitch and the 9th stitch, and the 7th and 10th stitches. Bind off all remaining stitches.

Button: Use tapestry needle and one of the yarn colours to sew the button onto the desired location. Make sure the loop will fit over the button snugly.

This is a great pattern for a beginner, as there aren’t many fancy stitches involved, yet the outcome is stunning! It’s got a texture that not only looks good, but also makes it easier to grip.

Pattern can be found here on Ravelry!

A Penguin Kind Of Love

I think penguins are cute. Not just because they waddle around, or look fuzzy and huggable (well, the smaller ones, not necessarily the royal ones). No, it’s also because they mate for life, and there’s something incredibly romantic about that. It’s something humans have difficulty with, but aspire towards anyway. Something I am aspiring towards. So without further ado, I would like to introduce you to the cutest couple you’ll ever see.

These cuties are (one way or another) going to be our wedding cake toppers. The gentleman with the top hat is about 2″ high.

I made them based on the tiny penguin pattern from mochimochiland. I used larger needles (around size 6), and thicker yarn. The veil (from tiny bride and groom) was knitted up with the same larger needles and thinner sparkly yarn so it had a bit more flow to it. Then I switch to crocheting with the same size hook.

Tiny Top Hat Pattern

  1. Chain 3 stitches
  2. sc into first stitch in chain
  3. sc x 2 into each stitch
  4. repeat 3
  5. sc into each stitch, focusing on grabbing the bottom half of each stitch
  6. sc around
  7. sc around (if you want a band around, this is the row you’d switch colours on)
  8. sc x 2 into each stitch, focusing on grabbing the outside half of each stitch
  9. sc x 2 into each stitch
  10. bind off

Now, my crochet style is a lot less precise than my knitting style. I don’t follow a pattern, I just kind of shove my hook in there and add stitches where they’re needed. On a small scale, this appears to work fine. So if anyone would like to correct this pattern’s technique / technical terms, I’m all ears (but be gentle please)!

Mr. and Mrs. Penguin have happily headed off on their honeymoon, but have promised me (and my blog) an exclusive look at their wedding when they get back! (AKA I’ve been super busy lately but get to it as soon as I can.) Stay tuned!