Monday, November 1, 2010

sweater mug

I love coffee, I love wool, and I love knitting. Meet the Mug Sweater: the love child of all three. It's a simple sleeve stitched around the handle of a clay mug. It keeps your hands from being uncomfortably hot and helps hold a little more warmth around the beverage inside. It's a very quick, simple, job (knit a small swatch long enough to wrap around the vessel and use a yarn needle to stitch it closed). I think a set of sweater mugs could be great, inexpensive, handmade gift for the holidays. You can pick up old Firekings or crunchy hand-thrown mugs second-hand at Thrift stores and use some of that great left-over yarn hanging around your home. Fill them with some some simple brown bags tied with string of whole bean or flavored coffees and you just gifted someone an entire experience. I can tell you that on a cold morning at the farm, when the woodstove is out and there's ice on the water buckets—a sweater mug is the only proper way for a shepherd to drink Joe.


Blogger Kate said...

Cool. I'm a tea drinker (not a teabagger), but I can see the utility of this, not to mention the DIY/handcrafted panache. I like my tea scalding hot. Questions, though: is it easy to get this off and on your mug? And if not, how do you keep the sweater dry when washing the mug?

November 1, 2010 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

You could make them with buttons, that would be smart. I was planning on simply hand washing the insides and outsides with a hot/soapy rag...

November 1, 2010 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Leiflet said...

About your sweater mug. My co-worker said, "That's actually kind of awesome."

November 1, 2010 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

take down this post, trademark and begin production immediately!

November 1, 2010 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Darc, someone beat me to it!

but these cost a fortune!

November 1, 2010 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Hi Jenna! I just found you recently because I won your book from a knitting blog. I loved your book!
Are you on It is a free unbelievable site for knitters - thousands of patterns, many of them free. You have to sign up, but it is so worth it and *warning* addictive! There are a lot of "sweater mug" patterns there. You should check them out - I've always wanted to make one, but haven't yet.
Yours looks lovely!
Erin (RI)
if you join Ravelry, I'm lilarchergirl :)

November 1, 2010 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I am on ravelry, but rarely visit. I think there's a CAF group there? I didn't realize sweater mugs were such a big thing! I'll have to wrap another utilitarian thing in wool? Hmmm.. How about a percolator Wrap?

November 1, 2010 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Tamara said...

I love that you have a Stuart McLean Vinyl cafe book! I had no idea his show was available outside of Canada.

I have a similar "wrap" for coffee mugs that has a string and laces up when it is wrapped around the cup.

November 1, 2010 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

This is awesome. And just because other people are doing it doesn't mean that you can't do it better and with your own trademark. Just sayin'.

November 1, 2010 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger E said...

Great idea. This opens a whole new perspective on the world - looking for things (and people perhaps) that need an application of wool!

November 1, 2010 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

..also, yours is waaaaay better - I would definitely buy your homemade version, and no-way-never buy the obviously manufactured one on uncommon goods.

November 1, 2010 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

how cool! Thanks for gift idea... and the "button" tip!

November 1, 2010 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Roy said...

I was thinking just tie the ends together in 3 or 4 places with a little yarn or ribbon - that would let you take them off and on for washing.

November 1, 2010 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Jenna yours looks so much better.Love the mug too.
Great idea.

November 1, 2010 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Staci said...

Love it. What a simple yet necessary part of the day!

November 1, 2010 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Jenny Glen said...

I love it! But it reminds me a little of that SNL skit from the 80's where Phil Hartman was the Anal Retentive Chef and he had "cozys" for everything. His toaster had a cozy.

November 2, 2010 at 12:01 AM  
Blogger Dayle said...

I've seen cozies for tea pots. Really cute. They were quilted, but I think a knitted one would be nicer!

November 2, 2010 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Odd Ducks Farm said...

I am SO stealing this. :o)

November 2, 2010 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...


i've been doing the same thing but with beer bottles. primitave as can be now but i hope to spend more time with it and sell them at our local winter farmers market.

November 2, 2010 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

They have many different versions on Ravelry. I have one I made from a pattern there and I love it. Especially nice for those mugs that get too hot in the microwave.

November 3, 2010 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

I've made the kind meant for paper cups. They're super easy to knit on double pointed needles and make great gifts for coffee lovers!

November 3, 2010 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Rene said...

Thanks! I've been meaning to make a bunch of these for myself and others, I need to start my holiday crocheting.

November 3, 2010 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Sassidy Sparks said...

What an awesome gift idea! I am so going to do this with my fav coffee and give to friends! Now I just have to find the perfect mugs!

November 3, 2010 at 4:07 PM  

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