Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Old Pattern - Kindling Coffee Cuff

A few weeks ago, my husband and I met our friend Becca at the local Caribou Coffee to hang out. I was pleasantly surprised to see a bunch of reusable coffee cuffs, some knitted, hanging around for purchase.

I was also amused... about 2 years ago I made a bunch of my own just for fun but didn't think anyone would want to buy or use one. While re-arranging my craft corner the other day, I stumbled across the pattern I'd worked out for this one:

And so... for your knitting/stocking-stuffing/white-elephant-gifting pleasure, I give you the extremely simple directions for what I decided to name Kindling:

Grab some worsted-weight yarn (like Paton's Classic Wool).
Using US Size 6 or 7 dpns, cast on 36 stitches (a cable cast-on seems to work best!) & distribute them on 4 needles.
Join & knit two rounds in this manner: (K9, p1, k7, p1, k9, p1, k7, p1)

Then repeat this pattern 4 times, or until desired length:
Round 1: K9, p1, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, p1, k9, p1, k7, p1
Round 2: k9, p1, k7, p1, k9, p1, k7, p1
Round 3: k9, p1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, p1, k9, p1, k7, p1
Round 4: K9, p1, k7, p1, k9, p1, k7, p1

After achieving desired length, complete last round as follows: (K9, p1, k7, p1, k9, p1, k7, p1)
Bind off.

Here's a shot of the details, sort of:

Happy Knitting & Merry Christmas!


Okate said...

Very sweet! You have generously solved two nagging problems for me.
1. What to do with that bag of scrap yarn.
2. What to knit up as last minute gifts.
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty! I'm planning on making coffee cuffs to go w/ the porcelain "paper" cup I'm getting my stepmom. Would you foresee any problems with this sliding around a lot on the porcelain?

Liz said...

Hmmm... I don't know yarn would behave on porcelain. My first thought would be to line the knit cuff with a rougher fabric like corduroy. Takes a little more work, but maybe wouldn't slide around as much.

TadashiAndrews said...

Very nice and easy pattern. I just made it while watching Kill Bill vol I and part of vol II. It has been a bit since I have knitted so this was the perfect pattern to get me back in the knitting mood. Thank you for posting this.

Amy Talmage said...

Two options for the porcelain add a quick BO button whole or two and add some button to cinch it up a bit. That would also require doing this flat but you just wouldn't join in the round on the double points. A circular needle might be easier. If that doesn't work a small line of hot glue on the inside rim will act nicely for clinging to the cup.