Learn how to make this EASY DIY Cup Cozy with vintage buttons for yourself or for a gift!
Knitting pattern and supply list included for this beautiful mug cozy.
This is such a fun and quick DIY craft to make!
This DIY Cup Cozy uses a knitting stitch called the ‘Seed Stitch’.
You can find many videos on the internet and Youtube for help to make this stitch.
I taught myself how to knit a number of years ago from reading a beginner’s knitting book.
Here are a few helpful learn to knit books below.
Supplies for DIY cup cozy
- This yarn in linen
- 2 Crystal buttons- like these
- Two Knitting needles size 4.5 mm (US Size 7)
- Embroidery needle
- Thread to match yarn color
Mug Cozy Tutorial Instructions
Here are a few pictures to show you how to start this project and how to knit.
1. Two Needle Cast On Method:
Take one end of the yarn about 12 inches from the end and form a pretzel shape like this.
Pull the yarn through the pretzel shape to form a loop like this:
Keep pulling until there is a tight loop.
Take the end that is attached to the ball of yarn and pull to shorten the loop.
Place one Knitting Needle into the loop.Pull the loop so that it is snug onto the needle.
Take your other needle and place it into the loop as well like this:
With the yarn that is attached to the ball, wrap the yarn around the needle on the right hand side like this:
Take the needle on the right hand side and use it to pull the wrapped yarn downward into a loop which you will place back on the left hand needle.
Continue until you have 14 stitches onto the needle.
This is called ‘Casting On’.
You have just ‘Cast On’ 14 stitches!
The reason I used 14 stitches is because 14 stitches produces a width that fits within the handle nicely.
If your mug handle is smaller or wider just decrease your stitches or increase your stitches to get the correct width.
2. Now begin the seed stitch:
This seed stitch is: one knit stitch followed by one purl stitch.
These two knitting stitches are continued like this: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1 purl 1 ect until you have completed all 14 stitches.
Continue knitting the seed stitch for each row until it is long enough for your mug.
To determine the right length, just place the knitted strip onto the mug and make it long enough so the ends meet.
Now keep knitting rows of seed stitch until you have added an extra half inch to the length of your cozy (to create the overlap part).
In the next row and still using the seed stitch, create two buttonholes for your buttons.
Knit the buttonholes so that they are evenly spaced across the row.
To make buttonholes:
a. Work to buttonhole location.
b. Bring yarn forward and slip the first stitch on the left needle purlwise.
c: Bring the yarn to the back of your work.
d. Slip the next stitch on the left needle purlwise onto the right needle.
e. Pass the second slipped stitch on the right needle over the first stitch (as if to bind off).
Repeat Steps d and e until the buttonhole is the right size.
f. Slip the last bound-off stitch onto the left needle.
g. Turn the work and use the Cable Cast-On method to cast on one more stitch than you bound off.
Insert the needle purlwise instead of knitwise between the stitches so that the top edge will better match the bottom edge of the buttonhole.
h. Turn the work.
i. Slip the first stitch on the left needle to the right needle and pass the extra cast-on stitch over the slipped stitch.
Work the remaining stitches on the needle.
4. Now knit three more rows of seed stitch.
5. Cast off all the stitches:
To complete your cozy you need to remove and fasten off the stitches from the needle.
This is called ‘Casting Off’.
6. Cut the yarn 6 inches from the end of your cozy to leave a tail.
7. Attach the 2 buttons.
With thread the same color as the yarn, sew on the buttons so they line up with the button holes.
8. Now all you have to do is weave in the beginning tail of yarn and the end tail of yarn with the embroidery needle.
9. You are done – give yourself a big pat yourself on the back!
I think I will make some more for my sisters and girlfriends!
I hope you liked my DIY Cup Cozy – Knit Mug Cozy Tutorial!
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