Friday, August 22, 2008
A Crocheted Tea Mug Cozy
You know, I have so many enablers in my tea habit, I will never get over this fondness for all things tea! Just in the past week, I've been e-mailed tips about where to find a great tea-infused cupcake recipe (my sister Rhonda), where to find a green tea Kit Kat bar (my blog reader friend Gerri), and where to find an adorable tea mug cozy (my friend Mandy at work). I know some of you think I'm far tea-wiser than is true, so I just wanted you to know that my associates deserve their due. And when Mandy sent me a link to a website featuring some adorable crocheted tea pot and tea mug cozies, I knew I would be trying to crochet one of these mug cozies for myself.
Here is what it looks like unbuttoned and off the mug. This wasn't hard to make at all. Basically, I just single crocheted rows of 10 stitches with a size H hook (crocheting only in back loops to get a ribbed effect) until I got the length I needed. I held it around my tea mug, and when I was almost to the handle, I decreased to 6 stitches to get the "fastener" portion that goes through the handle of the mug. Near the end, I chained across two stitches instead of single crocheting in order to leave the hole for the teacup button to fasten through. And to finish it off, I single crocheted around the whole thing. (I apologize to the non-crocheters, for whom this may be a foreign language. But if anyone is a crocheter and wants a little more specificity, just let me know and I'll try to write down the instructions this weekend and e-mail them to you.)
I'm so ready for fall, I think the idea of making a cozy little cozy really appealed to me. And what teabag did I use for evening sipping once the cozy was complete? Why, Cozy Chamomile of course!
UPDATE: I am afraid I didn't keep this pattern (no one was interested when I wrote this post years ago), so the pattern is no longer available. There are, however, plenty of similar patterns on Pinterest and on the internet. Good luck!