Free Fair Isle knitting pattern: Mug hug

Treat yourself, or a lucky friend, to Kirstie McLeod’s mug hug.

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This pretty mug hug is a perfect project for using up scraps of yarn, with the addition of a bit of yarn for the background. The Fair Isle pattern sets off the cheerful colours of the yarn beautifully, as they look perfect together. It’s designed in a sleeve shape, without a fastening, so it’s quick and easy. The cosy works best with trendy tumbler-style cups. It’s great for keeping smoothies cool, too.


Want more knitting patterns for the home? Try our cafetiere cosy or easy knitted placemat.

For the free Fair Isle pattern you will need

  • Yarn A White DK yarn from your stash
  • Coloured DK yarn from  your stash
  •  A pair of 3mm needles


Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 25 sts and 26 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over Fair Isle pattern using 31/2mm needles


8.5cm (31/4in) tall x 10cm (4in) wide, after sewing up

How to read our charts

Start at the bottom right-hand corner. Read right side rows from right to left and wrong side rows from left to right. A row of squares represents a row of knitting.

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How to knit the free Fair Isle pattern: Mug Hug

Cast on 54 sts using 3ómm needles and Yarn A.

Row 1 (K2, P2) to the end of the row.

Cont in the 2×2 rib for 3 more rows. [4 rows in total]

Beg working from Row 1 of the Chart, starting with a knit row.

Work all 17 rows of the Chart.

Next row Using Yarn A, (K2, P2) to the end of the row.

Cont in the 2×2 rib for 3 more rows. [4 rows in total]

Cast off in rib.


Weave in all loose ends. With RS facing, sew the seam together. Turn the right way out

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More beginner mug hug patterns

Get your crochet on with this trio of mug hugs made with three different crochet stitch patterns. Choose your favourite or try all three! Click for the free mug hug crochet pattern.

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