It’s got it all over those throwaway cardboard sleeves at the coffee shops – In addition to being reusable, it’s longer to protect more of your hands from heat or cold, it’s absorbent to catch any stray drips or condensation, and you’ll never confuse your cup with anyone else’s.
Hugger Mugger may look like it’s made using stranded knitting or Fair Isle colorwork, but the reality is much simpler: it takes advantage of slipped stitches to create the patterning, using only one color per round. That makes this a great first colorwork project!
This project is also a super stashbuster — you’ll need less than 30 yards of the main color and less than 20 of the contrast color.
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Difficulty Level: Advanced Beginner
Skills/Techniques Used: Knitting in the round, slipped-stitch colorwork
Yarn: Two strongly contrasting colors of smooth, worsted weight wool or mostly-wool yarn.
Main Color: 30 yards
Contrast Color: 20 yards
Yarn Characteristics: Wool lends thermal insulation to the mug-hugger, and a smooth yarn allows the patterning to show clearly. A superwash yarn would have the added advantage of being machine-washable.
Yarn in Samples: Malabrigo Rios [100% superwash merino wool; 210 yd/192 m per 3.3 oz/100 g skein]; Red Heart Unforgettable (Sample 3 only) [100% acrylic; 279 yd. / 256 m per 3.5 oz. / 100 g skein]
MC: Malabrigo Rios Matisse Blue; 28 yds
CC: Malabrigo Rios Natural; 18 yds
MC: Malabrigo Rios Hollyhock; 28 yds
CC: Malabrigo Rios Black; 18 yds
MC: Malabrigo Rios Valentina; 28 yds
CC: Red Heart Unforgettable, Gossamer; 18 yds
Needles: US #8 /5 mm dpns, two circular, or one long circular needle, or size to obtain gauge.
Notions: stitch marker, tapestry needle
Gauge: 18 sts/28 rounds = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette stitch, after blocking
18 sts/ 30 rounds = 4 inches/10 cm in pattern stitch, after blocking
Size: One size, to fit most cups
Height: 4.75 inches/12 cm
Circumference: 4.5 inches/11.5 cm at widest point