Free Knitting or Crochet Pattern Tutorial: Coffee Cozy

Every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday mornings, my girlfriends and I gather together at the coffee shop and knit, and talk, and laugh, and cry, and knit some more.  Some of us are happy just to watch, while some of us knit row after row of perfectly executed garter stitch, and some of us are just a wee bit obsessed.
   
The magic of our needles and camaraderie brings an ever changing blend of men, women, grandparents and  children to the large round table; watching in awe or sharing stories.  I have come to appreciate each and every person who has passed through our group, and have come to depend on this profound connection we've created with each other.

Today, the tone at the table grew to sheer panic!  We were all completely shocked and surprised about how there's only a month until Christmas and no one has started their handmade gifts. (Yes, we do this panic thing every year.  You'd think we'd get a clue.) 

I also know that we are not the only ones panicking, so I have a gift for you...  a really easy, quick gift to make; Coffee Cozies.  They are so fast and easy, fit just about any size cup, and I bet you could make enough for all your family & friends in one weekend!  Better yet, grab a bunch of your favorite knitting (or crocheting) friends and spend the afternoon together cranking them out!

*KNIT Version*
Materials: 40g of worsted weight or chunky wool yarn, Size 8 needles, 2 buttons, needle for darning in ends.
Finished Measurements: 4" wide X 10" long


With two strands of worsted weight yarn or one strand of chunky weight yarn, CO 18 and knit in garter stitch for 9"
K2, BO 3, K7, BO 3, K1
K2, CO 3, K7, CO 3, K2
Knit 4 more rows of garter stitch and BO loosely
Darn in ends, sew on your buttons and you're ready for a refill~

*CROCHET Version*
Materials:  30g. of worsted weight or chunky wool yarn, Size I crochet hook, 2 buttons, needle for darning in ends
Size I crochet hook
Finished Measurements: 4" wide x 10" long
With two strands of worsted weight yarn or one strand of chunky weight yarn, chain 15 and turn.
Single crochet in second chain from hook.  *Single crochet across. Chain 1. Turn.  Repeat from * for 9"
On last row, single crochet 3.  Chain 5. Single crochet to last 4 stitches.  Chain 5.  Single crochet to end.  Turn.
To finish it off, single crochet in each stitch and bind off. (I skipped the stitch before and after each chain so that it doesn't bulge)
Darn in ends, sew on your buttons, and get yourself a cup of tea~


~ I'd love to see pics of your coffee house cozy adventures ~


*Please forgive me if I've made any mistakes in the patterns.  I wrote them up at 3:30 in the morning a few nights ago;)

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