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Cable Knitting the Two Hour Mug Hug

Updated: Jun 21, 2022


knitted mug cover pattern

Join us for a whistle-stop tour of the Two Hour Mug Hug by Roxanne Yeun and provide you with some top tips for cable knitting. The Two Hour Mug Hug pattern will help you create a fantastic knitted mug cover, perfect for keeping hot drinks warm in those chilly winter months. You can also watch on the Crafty Llama YouTube channel for a handy video tutorial.


Pattern: 2 Hour Mug Hug by Roxanne Yeun

Yarn: Any DK yarn

Needles: 4mm interchangeable tips and interchangeable cable (or straight needles), and a cable needle

Other accessories used: darning needle, scissors, and a row counter


What is Cable Knitting?

Cable knitting is the process of knitting stitches out of order, causing each stitch to cross over another and create a raised cable effect in your garment.


There are several different types of cables, the most basic being the rope cable, where two strands cross each other to resemble a rope. The Two Hour Mug Hug pattern uses this technique to create a sturdy mug cover that won’t slip off.


The pattern only uses one cable abbreviation, C8F. Although the abbreviations used in cable knitting might seem daunting at first, they’re quite straightforward once you understand what they mean - C8F stands for ‘cable 8 front’. The ‘8’ represents the total number of stitches in your cable while ‘front’ is where you hold your stitches. This cable is made of two different strands, so simply slip four stitches onto your cable needle in front of your work. The opposite instruction would be ‘C8B’, which requires the stitches to be held at the back of your cable needle work. These two abbreviations determine whether your cable will twist to the right or left by changing which strand is crossing over at the front of your work. Holding your stitches at the front makes your cable twist to the left while holding your stitches at the back makes the cable twist to the right.


Top tip: Use sticky notes to remember these abbreviations until you’ve memorised them.