Free Pattern: Hygge-Style Mug Sweater

Updated: Jan 13

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Hygge... a Danish & Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable friendliness with feelings of wellness and contentment, and this mug sweater says all that. This fun make will give you all those cozy feels. My oldest daughter loves making these for friends, in fact, they're a go to for her French Class Secret Santa (she includes a mug, and our homemade hot cocoa mix).

It's beginner friendly and perfect for those fiber crafters that maybe want to try knitting or crocheting for the first time.

Photograph © 2020 Jenn Smith of Smith Country, LLC

The body is knitted and the outer part and button loops are crochet (using only single crochets and chains). So whether your a knitter looking to try a little crochet, a crocheter wanting to try knitting or are already versed in both, this will be a fun and quick make for you.

Size can be adjusted simply by changing needle size, yarn size or increasing/decreasing by increments of 8.

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Finished Measurements (all are approximate)

This will fit an 11 oz mug or larger

  • Length (When folded in half, at the widest point): 8.25 inches (23.5 cm) [bottom: 8 in/20 cm]

  • Circumference (at the widest point): 16.5 inches (47 cm) [bottom: 16 in/40 cm]

  • Height: 3.25 inches (8 cm)


  • 4- Medium | Aran

  • For project: approximately yards ( oz)

Knitting needle and Crochet Hook

  • 1 - US 6 (4.00 mm) knitting needles

  • 1 - G/6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook


5 sts and 8 rows = 1" (2.5 cm) in stockinette stitch.


  • I used circular needles and went back and forth, but you can use straight.

  • One Tester didn't have a cable needle and was able to use a stitch marker to hold the 2 stitches for making the cable.

Terms to Know

CO: Cast On

PM: Place Maker

c2b: Cable 2 stitches back

K: knit

k1fb: knit 1 front & back

P: purl

sc: single crochet

slst: Slip Stitch

* * = Repeat instructions between * and * the number of times indicated


Cable 2 Stitches Back:

Move 2 st to cable needle, K2 BEHIND cable needle, knit all st on cable needle

Knit 1 Front and Back

Knit the first stitch on your main needle but leave the stitch on the main needle. Before taking the stitch off the main needle, insert the tip of your working needle into the backside of the loop and knit it through the back loop. Then pull the stitch off the needle.


Insert the right hand needle knitwise into the next 2 stitches on the left hand needle. Then wrap yarn (attached to the ball) around the right hand needle. Pull the right hand needle through the loop (just as you would with one).


Insert right needle into stitch from top to bottom; wrap working yarn around right needle from front to back; wrap yarn all the way around the right needle creating a loop. Pull the loop under and through the stitch on left needle; push right needle through the loop; then all the way into the stitch; Pull the stitch off of the left needle. Then pull yarn attached to ball of yarn to tighten stitch (if needed).

Slip Stitch (knitting):

Insert the right handed needle purlwise (as if you were going to purl) into the first stitch on the left handed needle and slip it off the left handed needle onto the handed needle.

Single Crochet (SC):

Insert into the second chain from the hook (or the first stitch). Yarn over (YO) and pull back through the space. YO and pull the yarn through the two loops on your hook. The stitch is now completed. Insert your hook into the next chain (or stitch) and repeat.

Slip Stitch (crochet):

Insert the crochet hook into the stitch, yarn over and draw the yarn through the stitch and loop on the hook.


Long Tail CO 40 (adjust by multiples of 8)

Not sure how to long tail cast on? This video will help.

Row 1 (wrong side) P1, k1, *p4, k4*, repeat ** 3 more times to last 6 stitches, P4, K1, P1 (40 sts)

Row 2: (right side) sl st, k5, *p4, k4* repeat ** to last 6 stitches, K5, P1 (40)

Row 3 sl st, k1, p4, k2, K1fb, k1, p4, k4, p4, k4, p4, k1, K1fb, k2, p4, k1, P1 (42 sts)

Row 4 sl st, k5, p5, k4, p4, k4, p4, k4, p5, k5, P1 (42 sts)

Row 5 sl st, k1, p4, k5, p4, k2, K1fb, k1, p4, k1, K1fb, k2, p4, k5, p4, k1, P1 (44 sts)

Row 6 sl st, k1, c2b, p5, c2b, p5, c2b, p5, c2b, p5, c2b, k1, P1 (44)

Row 7 sl st, k1, p4, k2, K1fb, k2, p4, k5, p4, k5, p4, k2, K1fb, k2, p4 , k1, P1 (46)

Row 8: sl st, k1, k4, p6, k4, p5, k4, p5, k4, p6, k4 , k1, P1

Row 9 sl st, k1, p4, k6, p4, k2, K1fb, k2, p4, k2, K1fb, k2, p4, k6, p4, k1, P1 (48)

Row 10: sl st, k1, *k4, p6* repeat ** to the last 6 k4, k1, P1 (48)

Row 11 sl st, k1, p4, k6, p4, k6, p4, k6, p4, k6, p4, k1, P1 (48)

Row 12 sl st, k1, c2b, p6, c2b, p6, c2b, p6, c2b, p6, c2b , k1, P1 (48)

Row 13, 15, 17, sl st, k1, p4, k6, p4, k6, p4, k6, p4, k6, p4, k1, P1 (48)

Row 14, 16: sl st, k1, k4, p6, k4, p6, k4 p6, k4, p6, k4 , k1, P1 (48)

Row 18: sl st, k1, c2b, p6, c2b, p6, c2b, p6, c2b, p6, c2b , k1, P1 (48)

Row 19: sl st, p5, k3, K1fb, k2, p4, k6, p4, k6, p4, k3, K1fb, k2, p4, k1, P1 (50)

Row 20: sl st, k1, k4, p7, k4, p6, k4 p7, k4, p6, k4 , k1, P1 (48)

Row 21: sl st, p5, k7, p4, k3, K1fb, k2, p4, k3, K1fb, k2, p4, k7, p4, k1, P1 (52)

Crochet Cast off

Do NOT cut yarn

For the border

Next, sc in the last stitch again (totaling 2 sc),

  1. Sc down the side (about 11 Sc) 2 more in the same corner (totally 3 sc),

  2. Sc across bottom (38 Sc) until the last stitches. SC 3 in that same last stitch.

  3. Sc up the side (10 sc). Slst into the 1st of the top of the sweater.

Ch 5 (or whatever amount you need for the button size you chose) turn, down the side, sc in the next stitch, sc 10, ch 5 (or whatever amount you need for the button size you chose), slst into the next sc.

Cut and weave in ends Sew buttons on the opposite side of your chain loops.

All Done! Go enjoy and be cozy! Making it as a gift? Don't forget the gift tag! If you share your completed work with me on Instagram @thesmithcountry or use #TheSmithCountry and tag me on facebook, @thesmithcountry! I always love seeing the patterns I create come to life in your homes.

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