Using the Autry’s collection as inspiration, this series of video tutorials teaches the relaxing and creative craft of crochet. Julie Kadoi takes you through the steps to make a range of projects; all tied to objects, images, and designs in the museum. Visit the Crocheting the Collection series page to see more projects.
Brighten up your morning coffee and keep it warm with this Sunset mug cozy.
Sunsets are an iconic image of the West, whether in photographs of the sun sinking behind a Western landscape, or at the end of a movie where the cowboy “rides into the sunset.” This project takes inspiration from sunsets in our collection as a simple yet versatile design motif for your mug cozy.
Crocheting the Collection: Sunset Mug Cozy
Project 2: Sunset Mug
- Worsted weight kitchen cotton yarn in four to six colors, with one color darker than the others (Save this darker yarn for the border and button closure at the end of the project.)
- G (4.0 or 4.25 mm) crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- Button (¾-1 in. in diameter)
- Sewing Thread
- Sewing Needle
- Chain stitch (ch): To make, draw yarn through the active loop on the hook.
- Double crochet (dc): To make, yarn over, insert the hook into the designated stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through two loops, yarn over again and draw through the remaining two loops.
- Fasten off: Cut the yarn at least 4 inches from the last stitch and draw the end through the active loop. Pull tightly to secure.
- Single crochet (sc): To make, insert your hook into the indicated stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops.
- Single crochet two together (sc2tog): Insert hook in the first stitch and draw up a loop, insert hook in the next stitch and draw up a loop, there will be three loops on the hook, yarn over and draw through all three loops.
- Tail: the unworked cut end of the yarn
Square (make 3)
- Chain (ch) 13.
- ROW 1: Sk ch, single crochet (sc) in back ridge of each ch across, change color in last stitch (st) [12 sc]
- ROW 2: Ch 2, double crochet (dc) in each st across, change color in last st [12 dc]
- ROW 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across, change color in last st [12 sc]
- ROW 4-7: Repeat rows 2- 3 twice.
- ROW 8: Ch 1, sc in each st across completing final st of row in same yarn.
- Fasten off. Weave in tails.
- Arrange squares as desired.
Squares #1, #2 and #3
Connecting the squares
Using the darkest color and working on Square #1 and #2, draw up a loop on front, lower rt corner of square and work sc up the right side of the square to top rt corner working one sc in side of each sc row and two sc in side of each dc row. Fasten off leaving an 8 in tail.
On Square #2 and Square #3: Draw up a loop on front upper lt corner of square and work sc down the left side of the square to bottom lt corner working one sc inside of each sc row and two sc in side of each dc row. Fasten off leaving an 8 in tail.
Using the tails, sew the squares together as arranged.
Draw up yarn on upper right corner of the three square rectangle, (ch 1, sc) in first st, sc each st across top of rectangle, (sc, ch1, sc) in top lt corner, work sc down lt side of rectangle working one sc in side of each sc and two sc in side of each dc, (sc, ch1, sc) in bottom lt corner, work sc in each st across bottom of rectangle, (sc, ch 1, sc) in bottom rt corner, work sc up rt side of rectangle working one sc in side of each sc and two sc in side of each dc, work sc in top rt corner. DO NOT FASTEN OFF.
- ROW 1: Ch 1, turn. Sc2tog over 1st and 2nd st, sc in each of next 8 st, sc2tog over last two st.
- ROW 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc2tog over 1st and 2nd st, sc in each of next 6 st, sc2tog over last two st.
- ROW 3: Ch1, turn. Sc2tog over 1st and 2nd st, sc in each of next 4 st, sc2tog over last two st.
- Button hole: Ch 8, sl st to 1st sc2tog from row 3.
- Fasten off. Weave in remaining ends.