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Hug in a Mug: Free Crochet Mug Warmer Pattern

Hug in a Mug: Free Crochet Mug Warmer Pattern

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At Create and Craft, our favourite ways to tackle problems include popping the kettle on to make a nice hot cuppa, and taking time out to get creative… so this latest project from Mandy Cameron is right up our street, and we hope you love it too! We think this gorgeous ‘Hug in a Mug’ crochet mug warmer is the perfect antidote to a stressful day, not least because having a cup of tea is all but essential when the world is getting on top of you, but also because taking time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to indulge in a spot of crafting can be a great way to de-stress. Making this gorgeous little project will be as enjoyable as using it!

Skill Level: Accomplished Beginner/Intermediate

You Will Need:

Aran weight yarn ( I used colours Grey Tweed, Red and Natural)
4.5mm Crochet hook
2 small dress hooks
Yarn needle and scissors

Abbreviations (UK Terminology):

  • adjustable slip knot = magic ring
  • ch = chain
  • ss = slip stitch
  • dc = double crochet
  • tr = treble crochet
  • dtr = double treble crochet
  • dc2tog = double crochet 2sts together to decrease
  • RS = right side
  • WS = wrong side
  • 4ch picot = Make a small bobble using 4ch and ss into first ch made

Crochet Mug Warmer Pattern:

With grey yarn make and adjustable slip knot and ch35.

Row 1: 1dc in 2nd chain from the hook, 1dc in each remaining chain to the end, (as shown in the image below) turn (34dc).

Crochet mug warmer tutorial step

Row 2: 2ch, 1tr in base of chain, * miss 1dc, 1tr in next dc, 1tr in missed dc (forming a cross at the base of the trebles) *. Repeat instructions from * to * across to the last stitch, work 1tr.

Crochet mug warmer tutorial step


Row 3: 1ch, dc in every stitch to the end (34dc) turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 twice more.

Crochet mug warmer tutorial step
For the Edging:

Row 8: RS facing, work 1ch, 1dc in base of chain, * 4ch picot, 1dc in each of next 2sts *. Repeat from * to * across to end of the row.

Keeping RS facing you, turn the work 90° and work 2 further dcs in the same place as the last dc on row 8 making a corner. Work 9dc across the short edge. Work 3dc into corner and again turn work 90° keeping RS facing you. Make 1dc * 4ch picot, 1dc in each of next 2sts *. Repeat from * to * across to the last stitch and make a 4ch picot. Work 2dc in next stitch to form corner turning work 90° again and then 10dc across the short side.

Crochet mug warmer tutorial step

Shaping into Mug Handle and First Arm:

Row 9: Working on short side, turn to work on WS. 1ch, dc2tog, 6dc, dc2tog, (8dc) turn.

Row 10: 1ch, dc2tog, 4dc, dc2tog, (6dc) turn.

Row 11: 1ch, dc2tog, 2dc, dc2tog, (4dc) turn.

Crochet mug warmer tutorial step

Row 12-32: 1ch, dc across, fasten off grey yarn, join natural, turn.

Row 33-36: 1ch, dc across.

Second Arm:

Rejoin grey yarn at the other short side. Repeat rows 10 to 36.

Fold the arms in half lengthwise and sew side together making a rounder arm.

Crochet mug warmer tutorial step


With red yarn, make an adjustable slip knot (magic ring) and ch4. Work all the following sts in the 4th chain from the hook 5tr, 1ch, 1dtr, 1ch 5tr, 3ch, ss. Fasten off. Pull the starting tail tight to close the slip knot (ring). Sew in end securely.

Crochet mug warmer tutorial step


Sew in all ends. Sew red heart to the middle of the warmer. Sew small dress makers hooks to the inside of the hands. Wrap the warmer around the mug threading the arms through the handle and crossing them over, then bringing them round to the front of the heart to hook into place. This allows for the warmer to be taken off easily.

Finished project

Time to put the kettle on, make your favourite brew and put your handmade crochet mug warmer to the test! Not only is this a fantastic little accessory to have at home, but you can make more than one and give them as gifts!

Finished project in use

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