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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mug Hugs

I have had Val Pierce's Knitted Mug Hugs for a few months, waiting for a reason to try out some of its patterns. One of my daughters recently moved into a new team environment in her work, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to use the book and make some celebratory mug hugs.

I began with a simple moss stitch one, decorated by a nifty little knitted bow and secured with a button shaped like a bow.

I then moved into simple cables. I like the effect of the colour contrast. There seemed to be an error in the pattern which suggests one cable cross-over every 10 rows, when the illustration clearly shows one every 5. My first one went with the pattern (lemon background), the others went with the illustration.

I did one with a double cable closed with a teapot button. I added a couple of extra teacup buttons to complement. On the whole, I avoided using buttons as decoration. One of the attractions of mug hugs is the pleasant feel; and buttons seem to me to get in the way of that.

Autumn leaves were fun to do. The colours here are not true - the grey is really brown. I like the effect of this one.

The jacquard one is very pleasing to do - but not, like most of the others for doing while watching TV.

I also enjoyed learning to make the flowers for these ones. I added a couple of tiny bird buttons on a couple of them.

One of my favourites is simply knitted in stocking stitch, using a nobbly wool-acryllic mix that gives differences in texture and shading.

The  pièce de résistance  is what is meant to be a cat. I decided it look more like a mouse and fiddled a bit with the ears. Now it looks like a startled and not-too-bright dog!

I think I am a bit mad, playing with these, but it has been quite a bit of fun.

Are mug hugs useful? I am not sure they will be around as long as tea cosies, but they are even faster to knit!


Katherine said...

It is great to see people getting busy with their needles.

Monica said...

LOL, great job, Jillian! "Dog" was my first thought too, but the longer I looked at it the more I saw the cat and mouse as well. Looks like a lot of fun!