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Get "cozy" with your knitting and some coffee!

Nov 19, 2010

Coffee Clutch by Ann Budd
Sometimes as I fall asleep at night I think about my first cup of coffee the next morning. I love coffee so much that I try to fall asleep really fast so the morning comes quicker!

I don't just drink it at home—I get a lot of coffee at coffee shops, too, and when I forget my cup and have to get a paper cup, I feel guilty about the waste created. My favorite coffee house always makes my coffee a little too hot, and I usually forget to ask them not to, so I have to get one of those cardboard sleeves. More waste, more guilt.

As I was planning my posts for the week, I flipped through Ann Budd's book Knitted Gifts ('tis the season!) and I saw a great stash-buster gift that's perfect for coffee lovers and for the environment: The Coffee Clutch.

This pattern is so fun, and I'd be really surprised if you don't have enough yarn leftovers to knit up a bunch of these for everyone on your gift list (it's a perfect knitting pattern for beginners, too!).

I'm knitting these for all of the coffee-drinkers in my family, and I'm going to knit several for myself, too, to place in my glove compartment so I can cut down on my self-inflicted guilt-fest when I forget my reusable to-go cup.

I think you should knit a bunch of cozies, too, so here's the pattern!

Coffee Clutch
by Ann Budd

Instead of adding cardboard cup sleeves to the landfill, make a reusable one with leftover bits of yarn. This wool sleeve is worked in a ribbed pattern that tapers to accommodate most sizes of take-out coffee cups. Change colors, add stripes, or incorporate novelty yarns to personalize one for each of your coffee-drinking friends!

Yarn / gauge / needles: Any worsted-weight yarn / 13 sts and 18 rounds = 2" in k3, p1 rib / Size 5 US DPNs or long circular for Magic Loop method.

Using the long-tail cast-on, CO 48 sts. Arrange sts as evenly as possible on 3 dpn (or use the Magic Loop method), place marker (pm), and join for working in rnds.

Work in k3, p1 rib for 8 rnds.
Inc Rnd 1: *K3, p1, M1, k3, p1; rep from *—54 sts.
Work in k3, p2, k3, p1 rib for 8 rnds.
Inc Rnd 2: *K3, p2, k3, p1, M1; rep from *—60 sts.
Work in k3, p2 rib for 8 rnds. Cut yarn, leaving a 28" (71 cm) tail. Bind off all stitches loosely (so you can slide the cozy easily onto the coffee cup). Weave in loose ends.

What's an M1?

"M1" means "make 1." To do this increase, following the directions below.
Figure 1 Figure 2
With left needle tip, lift the strand between the last knitted stitch and the first stitch on the left needle from front to back (Figure 1), then knit the lifted loop through the back (Figure 2).
If you like the the Coffee Clutch pattern, I highly recommend Knitted Gifts to you. You'll find gift ideas for the holiday season and for every occasion throughout the year.


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on Jan 30, 2012 6:56 PM

Is there a reason this calls for the long-tail cast-on?  I did the knitted cast-on, but it doesn't look as tight as the picture shown.  Never learned how to do that cast-on, I'm just wondering.  Thanks!


on Nov 22, 2010 6:05 PM

while I hate coffee, what a cute idea...nice for hot cocoa or tea too! I'll take any excuse to fit more knitted stuff into my day ;)

SylviaL@11 wrote
on Nov 19, 2010 8:47 PM

Hi there... beat you to it... I was knitting a baby cap in the round for the local hospital's preemie unit and realized I had made a mistake too far gone to correct. I ripped it off the needles in frustration because just wasn't going right. I was experimenting with lace in the round... only fun if you're mathematically inclined. Once off the needles the mini-cap laid on the coffee table for a few days gathering dust. I inadvertantly set a cup down on it... and wow look it fits like a coffee cup sleeve... hey what a great idea!

So I knit up a couple for the same reason you did... forgotten cups and hot coffee...BUT... they are slippery little devils and I'm a terrible clutz. Soooo, a friend suggested a strip of waistband elastic like men's dress pants have to keep the shirt from riding out or around the bottom of the legs of cycling shorts. Well being a cyclist and loathe to toss the old shorts out "just in case" I sabotaged an old pair... I sewed a small strip into the top of the sleeve and bingo... it doesn't slide off when I trip up the stairs!  I'm sure there's an easier way to accommplish this without sabotaging cycling shorts but its does lend itself to the reuse, renew, recycle idea.  


spanks wrote
on Nov 19, 2010 2:43 PM

ahhh, i've been making these for years and they are great! they work well for cold drinks too......and yes DON"T use synthetics, though i find a blend seems to be acceptable..( no heat transfer) go figure? :)

ArleenDaleK wrote
on Nov 19, 2010 1:57 PM

This is a great idea, but it should not be knit in anything other than wool or cotton.  Synthetic fibers can get terribly hot and cause burns.  ArleenDale

on Nov 19, 2010 11:38 AM

I'm not sure which pictures you mean, Tripti. All three images that are supposed to be there are there. Maybe there's something wrong with your internet browser and it's not letting you see images or something???

The images are one of the cup cozy and two of the make 1 process.

tripti Dayal wrote
on Nov 19, 2010 9:11 AM

Very interesting idea. I was sad to see that the two pictures are missing from this blog entry. Can you amend this?