I think I was wandering the internet one day when I decided I wanted to learn something new. I decided I was going to learn all about cables. Well, maybe I didn’t get around to learning ALL about cables, but I did end up with this woven cable mug cozy, so I’ll call it a success.
I found this great class, Quick & Easy Crochet Cables (w/Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby)*, on Craftsy, that taught different types of cables, and in Lesson 3, Shannon introduced the crazy double treble left and right cross cable stitches. Yikes, what a mouthful! I almost quit right then and there. But the texture is so unique, and who said learning was always easy?
After persevering through all the videos, I felt comfortable enough to work the woven cable stitch, and then modified his instructions to create my mug cozy. This is definitely more of an advanced stitch, and it took a while to get the hang of. I ripped it out several times to just practice the stitch so that each row would look more and more consistent.
My first attempt at this mug cozy was using regular worsted weight yarn, and it came out too thick for the mug. Here I’ve used Spinrite Sugar n’ Cream Cotton yarn; I think the yarn itself helps gives the cozy more definition instead of having it look like a mess of cables. Using even finer yarn may be worth trying as well, although you’d have to expand the pattern to accommodate for the smaller stitches.
As you crochet, you’ll have to push and tug on the piece a bit to make sure the cables look ok and the piece lays flat correctly. I chose not to block this project, but I’m sure if you block it, it’ll look even better as it’ll stay flat and not wavy like this. At the end, I sewed on a custom wood button that I purchased from Wearhouse Industries on Etsy. I had ordered a bunch of them for a craft show and still have several left over.
The instructions I’m including below plays off of the stitches taught by Shibaguyz Designs, so you’ll need to head over to his tutorials for the full stitch description. Reading the instructions can get awfully complicated, and the video lessons in Quick & Easy Crochet Cables* made the material so much easier to understand.
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sl st – slip stitch
ch – chain stitch
fsc – foundation single crochet
fhdc – foundation half double crochet
FPdtr Left Cross – front post double treble left cross crochet cable
FPdtr Right Cross – front post double treble right cross crochet cable
Instructions for Woven Cables Mug Cozy:
45 fhdc, Ch 1. turn.
Row 1. Work 1 sc in each stitch across. Ch 1. Turn.
Row 2. Ch 1. hdc in next stitch. Work *3-1-3 FPdtr Left Cross, hdc in next st* 5 times. Work 1 hdc in each of next 4 stitches. Ch 1. Turn.
Row 3. Work 1 sc in each stitch across. (put a stitch marker in your last stitch of the main body). Work 8 foundation sc stitches. Ch 1. Turn.
To start foundation stitches in the middle of the project, insert your hook into the side of the project as shown in the second photo below, yarn over and pull up a look. Then continue to follow Step 3 of the foundation single crochet tutorial to complete the stitch.
Row 4. Work 1 hdc in each of next 8 stitches, until the main body. Work 1 hdc in each of next 5 stitches. Work *3-1-3 FPdtr Right Cross, hdc in next st* 5 times. Ch 1. Turn.
Row 5. Work 1 sc in each stitch across the main body. Work 1 sc in each of next 5 st. Ch 2. Skip 2 stitches, work 1 sc in last stitch. Ch 1. Turn.
Row 6. 8 hdc. main body: hdc in next stitch. Work *3-1-3 FPdtr Left Cross, hdc in next st* 5 times. Work 1 hdc in each of next 4 stitches. Ch 1. Turn.
Row 7. Work 1 sc in each stitch across. Ch 1. Turn.
Row 8. Work 1 hdc in each of next 5 stitches. Work *3-1-3 FPdtr Right Cross, hdc in next st* 5 times. Ch 1. Turn.
Row 9. Work 1 sc in each stitch across. Fasten off.
This stitch is hard, needs practice, and looks great! Even the back has a fun texture to it, but really, the front is the star of the show!
If you like this mug cozy, but it’s a bit difficult for you, you may want to take a look at my other basketweave cup cozy. It uses front post double crochet stitches and isn’t nearly as complicated as this pattern! Another front post stitch project is my heart cup cozy, which is also a much easier project. Have fun!