Mug Hugs (Cozy) by Alison Howard, Guild of Master Craftsman Publications, 2010.
A half cold mug of tea, (or coffee or hot chocolate) is a very sad state of affairs. Alison Howard, in her book Mug Hugs, gives knitters an enormous range of cozies to keep your favourite cuppa nice and warm, whether you favour a standard mug, a great big latte mug, or even a takeaway coffee cup.
This book is really delightful. The patterns and instructions would be perfect for a beginner knitter’s first project, but also great for an experienced knitter, who would like a quick project that can be finished in one sitting. The cozies would be a great way to use up small amounts of left over yarns, and also would be a great opportunity to use up gorgeous buttons that one might have been collecting for years and years, and not know what to do with. They would also make fantastic gifts, quick to make and easy to personalise. I know what my kid’s teachers will be getting for Christmas this year! [I hope they are not reading this. ed.]
Each pattern features information on materials, size, tension, techniques, pattern notes, method and making up. The instructions are clear and comprehensive, and the techniques section at the end of the book is well illustrated and takes into account the difference in mug size and yarns. In addition to being a pattern book, it is a bit like a stitch library, with each of the patterns using a different stitch, method of construction, or way of working with colour. It would be an excellent first knitting book for anyone looking to make a quick project, or a beginner looking to make something beautiful and functional as a first project.
I really love the lacy Bluebells pattern, Eyelets and Ribbon, With Love and Llama. I can’t wait to settle down with a warm cup of tea and get started.
Reviewed by: Kate is a busy mother of four with many craft projects on the go, including, but not limited to, crochet, knitting, sewing, dyeing, paper making, spinning, felting and bookbinding. Kate has challenges in the areas of finishing things, saying no and craft supplies storage. She also has a very very patient and tolerant husband.