At some point in your adulthood, you’ll look back on your childhood holiday memories and miss the oddest things. It won’t be that Barbie Dream House you were dying for all year or that Discman that skipped every time you took a walk. Try as they might, it won’t even be those things your parents wanted them to be. My mama used to buy us special Christmas pajamas that we only wore on Christmas Eve. My two brothers had red plaid flannel, with structured tops and bottoms that seemed oddly formal given our normal nightly attire of too-big t-shirts and undies. Mine, the ones I remember the most, were a light pink satin with scratchy lace trim, cinched in at the wrists and ankles and neck guaranteeing a sleepless night that was in no way waylaid by how slippery I was in the sheets now. No, standing in front of the tree to take pictures looking like a garish Victorian nightmare jammed between two small lumberjacks is a pretty funny memory, but not a cherished one.
One of the memories I have that sits precious in the reaches of my mind, only to be recalled around the holidays lest its edges start to fade even more, is my grandpa singing “O Tannenbaum” as my mama played the piano. With a father from Austria, my grandpa felt a kinship with that song. His eyes would sparkle as he sang it, his hands on the knees of his hardworking jeans, always smiling as his lips formed the words.
These memories, ever more special now that he’s gone, inspired this quick holiday knit I dreamed up one morning to feel extra cozy.
One size fits most mugs, but you can make the straps longer if you prefer bigger mugs
- Yarn: Cotton worsted, 13.5 yards
- Shown in Peaches & Creme, Forest Green
- Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4” in garter
- Needles: US #7 DPNs
- Notions: Darning needle
- CO 3 stitches
- Knit an I-cord for 10.5”
- Row 1: Knit
- Row 2: Kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb (5 stitches)
- Row 3: Knit all stitches
- Repeat rows 2 and 3 two more times (9 stitches)
- Row 8: BO 3, knit to end (6 stitches)
- Row 9: BO 3, knit to end (3 stitches)
- Row 10: Kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb
- Row 11: Knit all stitches
- Repeat rows 10 and 11 three times (11 stitches)
- Row 18: BO 3, knit to end (8 stitches)
- Row 19: BO 3, knit to end (5 stitches)
- Repeat rows 10 and 11 four times (13 stitches)
- Row 28: BO 5, knit to end (8 stitches)
- Row 29: BO 5, knit to end (3 stitches)
- Knit an I-cord for 10.5”
- BO all stitches
- Sew in all ends & pour yourself a cup of winter roast!
If you need some help making an I-cord, here is a great video tutorial (opens in a new window).
Check out this pattern on Ravelry here (opens in a new window)!