Knit Coffee & Tea Cozies
March 8, 2012
I have this friend named Terri, we’ve been friends for 15 years. We met in law school and we’ve seen each other married and become mothers over the years and even though we live in different parts of California, all this time we’ve stayed connected over the phone. Terri and her husband both practice criminal law, and we got to talking a few months ago about how important it is for everyone to have a creative outlet, regardless of your day job. Having a creative hobby is essential to stress relief and personal enjoyment, and for Terri, it’s knitting.
I am not a knitter, and have no idea how to crochet yet. I still don’t understand how you can take a piece of yarn and twist in certain ways with needles to make beautiful things, but I really want to learn so my plan is to force Terri to teach me when she comes to visit this spring.
I asked Terri if she could knit something for me just so I could show her off, so she knit me two coffee cozies. I’ve seen them on Etsy but always wanted one of my own. How sweet and talented is my friend who sent this to me?
Please welcome my good friend Terri and her story on how she knits a coffee cozy.
“Kate and I went to law school together about a million years ago or at least it just feels like a million years. We were on the phone recently catching up with each other when I told her that I’d taken up knitting. Kate hinted that she’d always wanted a coffee cozy and asked if I would make her some. She mentioned burnt orange – so I said “Okay, I can do that,” and looked in my yarn collection to find some yarn in that color.
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the first cozy: seed stitch. For those of you who don’t knit, seed stitch is very easy to knit and shows off the beautiful yarn. I used a size 7 needle and cast on about three inches.
“Seed stitch consists of single knits and purls that alternate horizontally and vertically. Seed stitch gets its name from the texture of the knitted fabric — the little purl bumps look like scattered seeds. Seed stitch creates an interesting texture and is included in many patterns. Seed stitch lies flat, making it a good edging for a sweater border and cuffs. The knitted fabric also looks the same from both sides, making it a nice choice for scarves and other pieces of which both sides are visible. When working seed stitch, you alternate between knit and purl stitches in each row. The trick to creating the little “seeds” is to knit in the purl stitches of the previous row and purl in the knit stitches of the previous row. ” – How to Knit a Seed Stitch from Dummies.com
I found some really cute buttons and decided I’d use them on this cozy. I knitted in seed stitch until the piece measured about nine inches. Then I made a couple of working yarn over buttonholes. I knit about another ½ to 1 inch after the button hole and cast off.
Next, I wanted to do something a little fancier. I love the cable stitch. it’s easy to do, but looks like it would be difficult. I found some blue yarn in my stash (stash = leftover yarn) and knew it would show off the cable stitch well. I again used my trusty size 7 needles. Much like golf where I fall back on my number 7 club, the number 7 is the go-to needle for me. You will also need a cable needle for this pattern. This cozy is made in an eight row repeat pattern.
Cabling is the process of crossing one group of stitches over another. It’s easier if I put the pattern in knitspeak so forgive me if it seems like Greek!
Cast on 20 stitches and began the pattern as follows: Row 1 – k2, p2, k2, p8, k2, p2, k2. Row 2 – k4, p2, k8, p2, k4. Rows 3, 5 and 7 same as row 1. Rows 4 and 6 same as row 2.
Row 8 is the cable row so it’s a bit different in the center. Row 8 – k4, p2, place 4 stitches on the cable needle, pull to the FRONT, k4 stitches off the back needle, k4 stitches off the cable needle, p2, k4. Repeat from row 1.
It sounds far more complicated than it is, but it’s very easy once you learn it and produces lots of wows from your friends. For another tutorial on knitting cables, look here.
All of the yarns used were Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash made of 100% Superwash Wool. The beauty of this yarn, besides knitting so nicely, is that it’s washable. If you’re anything like me, you will need to have a washable yarn near your coffee!
I hope you enjoyed these coffee cozies. It was a fun way to dispose of my stash. Thank you Kate for allowing me to participate on your blog!”
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So here are my two coffee cozies made especially for me by my good friend Terri that arrived in the mail a few days ago. Aren’t they fabulous? I absolutely love them!
Didn’t Terri do an amazing job? She needs her own shop on Etsy! Isn’t it wonderful to have creative and generous friends? I think it’s just about the nicest thing on earth.
Thank you so much Terri!