Reindeer Christmas Cup Cosy
You might recognize Rex The Reindeer's head. It was just the right size for this little gift idea for teachers, workmates or just Reindeer lovers like me. Fill the cup or mug with chocolates or marshmallows, and include your favourite Hot Chocolate recipe to make it even more special.
This cup cosy is designed to go on a cup or mug with a handle. I don't recommend using it on handle-less cups of hot liquid.
There is a small amount of crochet required for the antlers and the button loops. English Crochet terms are used.
Size - The cup cosy measures 22 cm wide (unstretched), 8cm high. It will fit a cup 24cm circumference or larger, by adjusting the size of the button loops.
50g Red 8ply/DK yarn
Small amount of Tan 8ply/DK yarn for reindeer
Small amount of Beige 8ply/DK for antlers
2 black beads for eyes
4mm knitting needles
3.25mm knitting needles
3.00mm crochet hook for antlers and button loops
Fibrefill for stuffing.
Black yarn for mouth
The cosy is knitted in Fisherman's Rib. There are several versions of this stitch, this one is a half Fisherman's Rib, where there is a right and wrong side, it makes a lovely warm cup cosy and it's a little more stretchy than a normal rib.
Abbreviations - K1B - Knit below - knit into the stitch directly below the next st on the needle, and knit as normal, slipping both this stitch and the one from the current row off the needle together.
Row 1 (Wrong Side) K1, (P1, K1) to end
Row 2 (Right Side) P1,( K1B, P1) to end
Repeat these 2 rows until you have 32 rows
Loosely Cast off, leaving 30cm of yarn at the end for the button loops.
Head – make 1
Starting at base of headUsing 3.25mm needles & Tan cast on 11 sts
Row 1 – P
Row 2 – K, increasing in every st – 22 sts.
Starting with a P row st st 9 rows.
Row 12 – (K2,K2tog) to last 2 sts, K2 – 17sts.
Starting with a P row st st 3 rows.
Row 16 – (K2, K2 tog) to last st, K1 – 13sts.
Starting with a P row st st 7 rows.
Thread yarn through remaining 13sts & fasten off tightly. Leave a long thread for sewing up.
With right sides facing out & using a mattress stitch, sew up seam from top of head (cast off edge) leaving the cast on edge open for stuffing. Stuff firmly then sew a gathering st around bottom edge & pull tightly to close, fasten off.
Ears – Make 2
With 3.25mm needles & Tan cast on 10sts.
St st 2 rows.
Next Row – Working in st st, decrease both ends of every row until 2 sts remain.
K2 tog - Fasten off.
Fold ear in half at the cast on edge & sew across, sew this edge to side of head, use photo as a guide.
Antlers are made as one piece then folded in the middle to make two antlers.
With 3mm crochet hook & Beige make 27ch.
Miss first ch, 26dc, turn.
Sl st into each dc to end, fasten off.
Attach yarn to 6th slst from either end with a sl st, make 6ch.
Miss first ch, dc in remaining 5ch, then sl st in to next st on main antler, fasten off.
Repeat at the other end of antlers.
Sew in all ends, fold in half so you have 2 antlers and sew to back of head at this fold about 1cm down from top.
For this project don't position your antlers straight up, but a little on the angle so they don't stick up too far over the cup (see main pic).
Using 3.25mm needles & red, cast on 4 sts.
Row 1 - P
Row 2 - K increasing in every stitch - 8sts.
Row 3 - P
Row 4 - K, increase at each end of row - 10sts.
St st 3 rows.
Row 8 - K, decrease each end of row - 8 sts.
Row 9 - P
Row 10 - K2 tog to end - 4sts.
Row 11 - P
Cast off leaving a long thread to gather up nose.
Sew a gathering thread around edge of nose, place a tiny amount of stuffng in the nose then pull stitches tight, forming the nose (see main pic). Fasten off.
Sew in place on face.
Sew beads on for eyes & stitch in a mouth with backstitch.
Sew the Reindeer head to the front of the cosy, keeping it closer to the bottom, so that the antlers don't sit too far above the cup. If you attach it facing you, when you drink, you'll have a little reindeer head getting in your way, so it's best facing out :-). If the recipient is left handed, you'll have to consider that when making it up.
Make the button loops using the left over yarn attached at both ends of the back side edge. With the 3mm crochet hook, make a sl st into the side of the cosy, near the top edge.
Work 5ch or more, depending on your size cup and button. Work another sl st a couple of rows down on the side to form a loop for the button. Fasten off and sew in the ends.
Repeat with the yarn left at the bottom edge.
Sew your buttons to the front and you're all done.
As always let me know if there are any mistakes - thanks Jen.
© Jennifer Stacey 2012
For personal use, not to be sold for profit.
Let me know if you're interested in the Cat Lover's Cup Cosy
or the Cat Pendant from a previous post I'm a Tiny Bit Superstitious and I'll include the pattern for the cat in a future post (available now, read below)
If you wish to make a Cat Cup Cosy, follow the instructions for the Reindeer cosy (above), add stripes if you like, but replace the Reindeer head with the Cat.
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Thanks for visiting - Jen.