Introduction: I-cord Easy Mug-cosy

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This is the type of project that 'just happened' one day. I had a lot of I-cord (knitted string), that I was not sure what to do with, and once I realised that I can both get rid of a tangly thing lying around and make a nice present for my grandma's birthday. (Which is December 24th)

Step 1: Make Lots of I-cord

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First, collect some colourful leftover yarn. This is the hardest part as all the colours should be bright and look nice together. Actually, I decided not to bother and use some variegated sock yarn  that has been lying around since last winter.
Then spend a few evenings watching good old films and knitting a loooooooooong I-cord.
If you don't know what I-cord is, look here, or just about anywhere. Don't be scared if you've never touched knitting needles before; it is very easy

Step 2: Start Sewing

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You should make enough I-cord to wind it in spirals around your cup.
Start going up, and when you meet the handle turn 180 and go back wards. Make one of your turns a bit longer to go through the handle, so it can become a buttonhole. Hold everything in place as you proceed with little 'invisible' stitches with an ordinary sewing needle and thread.
It was long to write, but actually the photos are quite self-explanatory. 

Step 3: Sew the Button On

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1) Choose a nice-looking button
2) Sew it on.

Step 4: Almost the End...

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You should get something like this:

Step 5: The Very End

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I hope it turns out a good present. It only took me about four evenings ( the total playing time of 'the Birds', 'About a boy', and something else).


Castle_Cair_Paravel (author)2017-06-05

Love this idea. I have been learning how to knit, and I think this would be a good gift! xD

Chipsy (author)2013-02-15

Hello, i showed this to my girlfriend, and she made one, will do other ones soon i think...
Thank you very much !

zilveti (author)2012-05-16

Great and fantastic idea. I love i-cord, it's very practical and you can use it in many ways. Just a question: have you knitted just one i-cord? It seems as if you have sewn many i-cords.
Mary Jo Zilveti

gruffalo child (author)zilveti2012-05-16

No, it was one long piece which went up in a spiral. Only I used variegated sock yarn that gave the striped effect.

zilveti (author)gruffalo child2012-05-16

Tks, dear. Have you ever seen a headphone covered with i-Cord? It's fantastic, mainly to the white ones. I have tried to knit one, but it's a little bit complicated, once you have to knit the i-cord with the headphone inside. I have seen many pics with headphones covered, but...

gruffalo child (author)zilveti2012-05-16

Thanks, I\ve seen it somewhere some time ago, but, unfortunately, I haven't got headphones (impossible for a teenager, even I am suprised).
If I ever get some I'll most probably do it...

zilveti (author)gruffalo child2012-05-16

Last, but not least: how have you joined it? With hot glue? Even if it's a long piece, you have to join it through the mug. Or does the button hold it?

gruffalo child (author)zilveti2012-05-16

I\ve sewn it all the way up the spiral with invisible seam (by hand)...

astephenson5 (author)2011-11-11

I'm half way through making one of these, with a few yards of i-cord made I have got a mug out to wrap around to estimate how many yards I need, only to realise that you really need a mug similar to the one pictured with a very high up handle.
Please help me out by telling me where you got this style of mum from so I can get one and not waste my effort?
I REALLY love the design and would be delighted to complete one.

In case anyone is following this thread. Gruffalo child has, I am delighted to say, replied that the mug (not mum - sorry about that typo!) is from Ikea.
As I live in England I had been startled to see she lives in Moscow, and quite despondant that I would therefore not be able to source a similar mug. But - all is restored and I am off down to my local Ikea for a 'gross' of the mugs to make Christmas presents for everyone!
Luckily I have one of those icord little machines for churning out all the 'string'.

sunshiine (author)2011-09-06

This is so adorable! Thanks for sharing! Have a splendorous day!

jtorgler (author)2011-09-05

Love, love, love it!!! Now I know what I can do with all that left-over yarn! Thank you for sharing your creative talents :)

gruffalo child (author)jtorgler2011-09-06

Thanks, I also think it should help if I ever lose my "hiking" plastic mug, I can take an ordinary one dressed up in this;)

dancing_sam (author)2011-02-07

Thanks for this idea, I have had some half-started 'french knitting' lying around for over a decade. Now, I have finally re-learnt how to do it and am nearly done with my first mug cosy, no where near as colour co-ordinated as yours, but still... should solve a certain some ones cold tea problems!

French knitting produces the same sort of 'i-cord' used here, but no knitting needles are necessary, for those like me who do not get on well with them! This site has really simple instructions:

Thanks for the links I am going to check it out.

NaturalCrafter (author)2011-04-23

Wow..I never thought to use what I call sock needles to knit round cord. I drilled a hole in a piece of wood and then added four to six pegs and use a hook. I find it very soothing. Though If I just had the needles I would do that too just cause. I love the mug hug very much. Check out my hand make sock knitter. On one I added a cord knitter to the handle of my Wooden P. I am checking out your other instructables. You are inspiration as I need to finish my second one.

Zontee at Lion Brand (author)2011-02-15

What a great project for using up scraps!

conversegirl (author)2010-12-30

OMG!!!!!! This is ADORABLE! For my grandma. LOL!

Tux0r (author)2010-12-14

Not to beg but. Does anyone know how to do this on strait needles? I'm going to make a set of DPNs but in the mean time do i just knit then slide back to the left knit and repeat?

gruffalo child (author)Tux0r2010-12-14

Yes, that works, but I always thought it was rather annoying.

Tux0r (author)gruffalo child2010-12-14

Thank you for the prompt reply.

Totysheep (author)2010-12-14

Totally cool! I'm so gonna make one right now!!! Thnx for posting this ible!

mary candy (author)2010-12-14

I would like to get this gift. ;D

I'd like too. Only I don't know how to use it. Maybe if I to somewhere (camping, 'wild' holiday school) I can take it instead of this horrible aluminium mug that burns your fingers off when you try to drink tea from it.

Jayefuu (author)2010-12-13

Looks brilliant :)

gruffalo child (author)Jayefuu2010-12-13

Thanks. The bad thing is that it lost me a chance to make myself a looooooooooooong colourful necklace:(

Jayefuu (author)gruffalo child2010-12-13

Ha. Well if it makes you feel any better, I'd be tempted to make this mug, but proabably wouldn't if it had been a necklace.

TrinityMacPhisto (author)2010-12-12

This is adorable! Will definetly try!

Good luck! Start by choosing good old films to watch in the meantime:)

omnibot (author)2010-12-13


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