If you are tired with how your mugs are looking or want an extra warm feeling as you are sipping a hot drink, mug cozies might be what you need! They are endlessly customisable for every shape and size and they are quick projects to start and finish.
The mini heart cup or mug cozy is a lovely and very easy pattern, perfect for a handleless mug or cup. The main part of the sleeve is made using a combination of the single and double crochet stitches creating an elegant but discreet lace like effect. It is decorated with a mini heart for a more minimalist look – but you can go ahead and add as many hearts as you wish! It measures 7cm in height (just under 3 inches) and is around 23cm (around 9 inches) long all round.
If this sounds like your cup of tea, check out the free pattern below. The pattern gives you all the instructions for making a mug cozy the same size as described above but also how to adapt it for any handleless mug or cup!
To make the Mini Heart Lace mug cozy you will need:
- Scheepjes Catona yarn (for the two mug cozies I used Snow White (106), Garden Rose (251), and Shocking Pink (114)) or choose any other similar weight yarn in colours of your preference
- 2.5mm crochet hook
- pair of scissors
- darning needle
- stitch marker
- measuring/sewing tape
- thread in the colour of the mini heart and needle (optional)
- your mug!
Stitches used in the Mini Heart Lace mug cozy crochet pattern:
This is a beginner-friendly pattern so only four basic stitches are used: the single crochet, the double crochet, the treble crochet and the slip stitches. You can find detailed video tutorials for all of them directly below:
The Mini Heart Lace mug cozy crochet pattern:
Step 1: Measure the circumference of your mug. My mug has a slight taper so I measured it across the middle. The yarn is somewhat stretchy so it will easily accommodate the slight change in size.
Step 2: Using your white yarn or other preferred colour for the main body of the mug cozy, chain (CH) multiples of 3 until you have reached the length you need for the chain to hug your mug. It is better to CH less rather than more as you want your mug cozy to fit snuggly on your mug. For my mug, with a circumference of 24.5cm (9.65 inches), I made 54 CH (18 x 3 = 54).
Step 3: For Round 1, make sure your CH is not twisted and slip stitch into the first CH. CH 1 and make a single crochet (SC) in the same CH. Put a stitch marker in that stitch. Please SCs across your piece. You should have the same number of SCs as the number of CHs you made. I had 54 SCs.
Step 4: To start Round 2, slip stitch into the first stitch and CH 1. In the same stitch, place 1 SC, CH 1 and 1 double crochet (DC) together. Replace the stitch marker in the SC. Skip 2 SC. *Make 1 SC, CH 1 and 1 DC in the next stitch. Skip 2 SC. Repeat from * until the end of the round.
Step 5: For Round 3, work the following stitches in each CH 1 space: 1 SC, CH 1 and 1 DC. To help you remember how many times you need to do this, simply remember the number by of multiples of 3 CH that you made in the beginning. In my case, I made 18 sets of 3 CH. So I will have 18 CH 1 spaces to work in.
Step 6: Check that your piece fits around your mug. Repeat Round 3 until you are happy with the size of your mug cozy. For my mug, which has a height of 14.5 cm (5.71 inches) I made another 11 rounds.
Step 7: For Round 15, make SCs around your piece. Place 1 SC into each SC, each CH 1 space and each DC. You should have the same number of stitches as you did after Round 1.
Step 8: Pick up your other yarn colour and make a magic circle. CH 3 and then make 4 DCs in the magic circle. Then, place two treble crochets (TR). Tighten your magic cricle a bit. CH 3 and slip stitch into the magic circle. Then made 2 TR, 4 DCs and slip stitch into the 3rd CH. CH 1 and snip off your yarn. Tighten your magic circle fully.
Step 9: Weave in all your ends and sew in place the mini heart. So that the stitches are not visible, go through the edge of your heart just inside of the two outer loops. Alternatively pick a sewing needle and corresponding thread and use that to sew the heart in place. Make sure that the heart is placed in the middle of your piece and on the opposite side of your mug cozy seam. Once the heart is sewn in place, cast off your yarn and sew in the ends. Your mug cozy is ready!
Mini Heart Lace mug cozy crochet pattern video tutorial:
Let me know if you give this pattern a go. I would love to know if you liked it and see your creations.