I'm not going to take a survey, but I'm willing to put money down that every knitter likes a project that can be done in one sitting. One hour-long TV show, one (or two) cups of coffee or tea. And for Mamas - one nap time.
These little coffee (or tea...or hot chocolate, or whatever it is you drink in winter) cup cozies are quick, easy and they use up scrap yarn. Plus, they're pretty darn cute.
This is my second-ever attempt at writing a knitting pattern; so if you try it and end up making a headband...please tell me.
You will need:
5mm straight knitting needles
Worsted weight yarn
Tapestry or wool needle
Skill level: Beginner
k - knit
p - purl
yo - yarn over hook
k2tog - knit two stitches together
stockinette stitch - knit the 'right side' and purl the 'wrong side'
Cast on 30 stitches
Rounds 1 - 5: work ribbed pattern of k1, p1
Rnd 6: purl, increase 3 stitches evenly across row; 33 stitches
Rnds 7 - 9: knit
Rnds 10 and 12: purl
Rnd 11: knit
Rnd 13: k1, *yo k2tog* repeat * to end.
Rnd 14: purl
Rnd 15 - 22: continue in stockinette stitch
Rnd 23: bind off, leave a long tail (30cm or 12") for sewing the seam.
When you've cut your long sewing tail, you'll have something that looks like the photo above.
Fold right sides together and sew seam. Fasten off and weave in tail.
Weave your ribbon in and out of the little holes made in Round 13. I would suggest sliding the cozy over a cup before knotting the ribbon; you don't want to tie it too tight!
To prevent the ends of the ribbon from fraying, melt the cut edge ever so slightly with a lighter.
Now that you're done, what will you do with it? Gift it away? Keep it? Make another? I think a little touch of homemade is on everyone's wish list for Christmas. I would pair this cozy with a coffee shop gift card. And just to be extra cute, ask for an extra cup, slide the cozy on and pop the card inside!