2.11.2011

Craft Project: Knitted Coffee Cozy


Hi-ohh! Do you know how to knit? I sorta can, but I'm still in the hands-tangled-in-yarn-and-cursing stage. This little coffee cozy is actual my second finished project ever. The first was my beloved, though slightly imperfect, twin striped dish towel. I'm so proud, I can't bring myself to actually use it to dry dishes.

Knitting has been a real lifesaver this winter. We've had heaps of snow and very little sunshine. Knitting keeps my fidgety hands occupied and helps clear my mind after a stressful day or bout of cabin fever. The process is rather hypnotic and soothing. I'm hooked. The growing stash of specialty yarns, calloused finger tips and stiff knuckles tell me so.

The coffee cozy pattern is by Elizabeth Murphy of The Sitting Tree. It's a super quick and simple knit for beginners. The only knitting skills it requires are casting on, binding off and the knit stitch. If you're clueless, don't fret. Did you know YouTube isn't just for laughing? It's for learning too! All this time, I've been using it watch hilarious videos of adorbs cats jumping into boxes and dudes getting kicked in the balls. It's time to get serious. I've switched gears and turned my attention to the highly instructional wisdom of Knitting Tips by Judy. This lady is my ace. She'll drop some serious knitting knowledge, and at first you'll be like, whoa, what? Pause, rewind. Pause rewind ... then all the sudden, a light bulb turns on and you're set. She helped me turn my cat's cradle into a button hole in no time. For Guidance: Casting on, knit stitch, binding off.

Knit Coffee Cozy
Adapted from Eliabeth Murphey's pattern.

Materials: 40g of worsted weight cotton yarn, Size 8 needles, 2 buttons, yarn needle for darning in ends.
Finished Measurements: 3" wide X 10" long. I used Sugar n' Cream Country Green cotton yarn because it's soft and easy to clean. I purchased the pretty oak tree branch buttons from Hindywood on Etsy ($8 for a set of 6).

With one strand of cotton worsted weight yarn, CO 12 and knit in garter stitch for 9".
K2, BO 3, K2, BO 3, K2
K2, CO 3, K2, CO 3, K2
Knit 4 more rows of garter stitch and BO loosely
Darn in ends and sew on your buttons.


+ Next on the knit list: French Press Felted Slippers and Marian Cowl.

+ If you're interested in knittery, please stop by my friend Dayna's knitting blog, Little Sparrow Knits. She's a knitting wizard and creates the most beautiful sweaters I've ever seen!

17 comments:

  1. Yay! Your stitches are really nice and even. Well done! Also - the hearts in your latte foam? Too, too cute. Thanks for the kind words about my sweater knitting! : )

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  2. it's darling! and it doesn't look like you're a beginner at all. i would have never guessed! i've always thought that knitting would be fun, but i want to try my hand at embroidery first... of course, i've been saying this for probably 5 years. maybe on day, it'll happen.

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  4. This is so cute! I am not a knitter, but this looks like something I'd not be afraid to tackle.

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    1. Lisa, thanks! This is a great first project if you were thinking about giving it a try.

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  5. This is so cute but I'm having problems with the math. co 12 but there are 17 stitches in the holes...it's not coming out symmetrical. Can you help?

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    1. So am I there's not enough to do all that with co 12 only. Help!! I'd love to make this!

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    2. I'm sorry about the mistake. I revised the post. Try this:
      K2, BO 3, K2, BO 3, K2
      K2, CO 3, K2, CO 3, K2
      Knit 4 more rows of garter stitch and BO loosely.

      Also, you can start and stop the button holes wherever along those 12 stitches, just make sure they're big enough to accommodate your buttons. For example, if you have smaller button, you could only BO 2.

      You can find more guidance on The Sitting Tree's post: http://thesittingtree.blogspot.com/2010/11/free-knitting-or-crochet-pattern.html. This pattern is based on her original pattern ... the only difference is that my cozy is narrower. I hope it works out!

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  6. I'm knitting this cozy now. I can't wait to finish it! I'm hoping to give them as christmas gifts this year. Thanks for sharing this pattern!(:

    Check out my blog!
    Journeytosimpleliving.blogspot.com

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  7. This is so cute. I'm totally with you on being at the hands-tangled-in-yarn-and-cursing stage. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  8. Working on this now. I'm an experienced knitter but this is still cute and quick :)

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  9. RCTID! LOVE the scarf! and the Cozy! :)

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