I love being a part of the greater craftersphere of knitters and crocheters. If you love fiber arts, you’re in good company. And it’s stood the test of time. Knitting is no longer reserved just for grannies making potholders. People out there are proving that we can still make it and it doesn’t have to look vintage. People like The Hook Nook, Meg Made With Love, and We Are Knitters are showing the world that knitting and crochet aren’t going anywhere.
Homemade love is the best kind! It’s a personal tip of the hat to whomever you’re making for. They deepen the level of your relationship. Not only did you put in time and effort to make them something beautiful, but you had to know them to some level in order to make something they’d actually like!
If you crochet, try these mug cozies the next time you host a baby shower for a friend. If you’re like me, they’ll feel like a breath of fresh air in the middle of commercial America.
If your shower is small enough, you can choose yarn or customize them according to each guest’s style and what you know of them. The good thing about this favor is that you can customize what goes in the mug, too! Coffee lover? Try K-cups or instant coffee packets (or whole beans for those hard-core coffee cognoscenti). Tea her thang? Try tea bags and honey straws. Neither? Go for fun flavors of cocoa. You could even throw in a bottle of Baileys for your wild-at-heart friend. 😉
- Bulky (5) weight yarn (109 yds/100m). I used Loops & Threads Charisma.
- H hook
- 1 button
- Needle & thread to match your yarn
- Dollar store mug (basic white is fine: they’re not the star of the show anyway)
Row 1: DC in fourth chain from end and across the chain. You’ll have 13 DC including the beginning chain. Chain 2 (this is your first stitch of row 2). Turn.
Row 2: [BPDC, HDC], repeat to end. Chain 2. Turn.
Row 3: [Skip BPDC and HDC, FPDC in next BPDC, HDC in skipped HDC, FPDC in skipped BPDC, HDC in next HDC], repeat twice to the end. Chain 2. Turn.
Row 4: [BPDC in FPDC, HDC in HDC], repeat to end. Chain 2. Turn.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until your cozy reaches around the mug. Sew together on the top and bottom (the parts that will reach above and below the handle). Sew on your button so it reaches to connect the two ends of the cozies through the handle.
Fill the mugs, attach a personalized thank you tag expressing your appreciation to the baby shower guests, and they’ll love it!
Find a printable of this pattern here.
How does Marabou support women?
Moms who used to “lie-in” for forty days now have to pick themselves up within a week to get back to work. Grandmas, sisters and best friends who otherwise would have been there to help a woman transition into motherhood now live too far away and often can’t take time away from their full time job. Household chores and caring for older children fall on the woman who just delivered a new life and whose body needs rest. But we live in a sprawled world and helping hands are plentiful but often too far to be of benefit.
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With a Marabou gift registry you can ask for any service you know will be of benefit during postpartum recovery.
Postpartum doulas for a first time mom
House cleanings for moms of multiples
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Once your registry is created, add it to any other registry or post it to your Facebook and ask that your friends and family contribute to your postpartum service, rather than buying you more stuff.