Monday, September 17, 2012

Coffee Cozy

I've been unhappy with those cardboard sleeves coffee shops give you for some time. I bring them back to reuse them, but they still depressed me. So blah, boring, and not all that helpful (they were just as hot as the cup). So, finally created my own!

Ta dah!

All fancy right? Left over yarn from a hat project. The yarn itself is discontinued (or "vintage" as Ravelry puts it), but it's an easy enough yarn to substitute. I know, these patterns are a dime a dozen, but hey, who cares, because this one is mine. Onward to the pattern!

You will need:

size 7 (4.5m) dpn set of 4
Bernat Softee Chunky Twists (discontinued) #5 Bulky weight yarn
Ball band gage: 15 sts = 4" on size 10 needles (Ive found its easier to compare bands than swatches if im substituting yarn)
Project gage: Mine was about 4sts per inch on size 7 needles, but you may be a tighter or looser knitter. Width is what counts here, you can make it as short or as tall as you like. 

Cast on 30 stitches (yes, the gage makes that number sound strange but remember we want it to fit snug. Nobody wants a saggy cozy so we need some negative ease) and divide onto 3 needles. Work 2x1 rib (k2, p1) for 3 rounds (if you place the sts evenly it makes for an uneven knitting for the rib. Shuffle the work around if you want to end on a p for each needle). Work in st st for about 2" or however long you want your cozy to be. Work 3 rounds in 2x1 rib. Bind off in pattern. Weave in ends.

Now when you bind off in pattern, it makes that bind off a bit wider than the cast on, making it an idea top end. The picture above? Isn't blocked, increased, or anything, thats just how it turned out with the bind off. Slip it on your cup and show off your style. Make hoards of them to match your mood or stick them in a basket at work for when you need them.

lighting wasn't ideal, but i was excited and it was leaving me soon

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