How to Make Knitted Mug Hugs on a Loom

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How to Make Knitted Mug Hugs on a Loom
Dress up a plain mug with a knitted cosy. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Knitted mug hugs not only keep your tea or coffee toasty warm, they also dress up a plain or faded coffee mug. If your mugs are mismatched, mug hugs can give your collection a common thread as well as some whimsy. Though not everyone knows how to knit, everyone can learn with knitting looms. Mug hugs work well as a first-time project for knitting loom novices. These pegged knitting tools are also easier to manipulate than knitting needles, especially for little or arthritic fingers.

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Things you need

  • Mug
  • Measuring tape
  • Yarn
  • Straight knitting loom
  • Knitting loom hook
  • Scissors
  • Large buttons
  • Needle and thread

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  1. 1

    Measure around the circumference of your mug, stopping on either side of the handle. Note this measurement for later. For instance, if your mug measures 10 inches around, you'll need that measurement to wrap your loom later.

  2. 2

    Locate the peg sticking straight out from the left end of your straight knitting loom. Wrap the end of the yarn around the peg three times. These looms resemble a very long, narrow rectangle with curved ends and teeth sticking up around the edges.

  3. 3

    Bring the yarn up to the leftmost loom tooth on the upper side of the loom. Wrap the yarn against the right side of the peg, bring it around the back of the peg and down around the left side of the peg.

  4. 4

    Wrap the yarn to the right side of the leftmost peg on the lower side of the loom. Wrap this second peg as you did the first.

  5. 5

    Bring the yarn to the second upper peg and down to the second lower peg, continuing until you've wrapped about 10 inches of the loom, in this instance.

  6. 6

    Wrap the yarn around each peg a second time, starting at the rightmost wrapped pegs and ending with the leftmost pegs. You should see two loops of yarn wrapped around each peg.

  7. 7

    Slip the tip of the knitting loom hook under the lower loop on the lower leftmost peg. Pull the loop up and over the peg, letting the loop rest on the weaving along the centre of the loom. Repeat with all of the pegs.

  8. 8

    Continue wrapping the pegs and lifting the loops over the pegs until you have a woven strip about 4 inches long hanging down from the bottom of your loom. At some point, you'll need to unwrap the yarn wrapped around the peg at the loom's left end.

  9. 9

    Finish the top edge of the mug hug by lifting the loops from the lower pegs and over onto the upper pegs. Lift the loops on the upper pegs up over the loops from the lower pegs.

  10. 10

    Lift the loop on the leftmost upper peg over the second upper peg. Lift the loop from the second upper peg to the third peg. Continue to the last loop and tug the last loop tight. Knot and snip away the excess yarn at the mug hug's upper left corner.

  11. 11

    Spread out the mug hug so the last remaining loop is on the upper right corner. Stitch three buttons to the left edge of the mug hug. Stitch two loops of yarn on the right edge, placing one in the centre of the edge and the other at the lower right corner.

  12. 12

    Wrap the mug hug around your mug and slip the three loops over the three buttons.

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