Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Going Green

This past weekend I threw out a little challenge to my knitting group. In honor of Earth Day, I asked everyone to bring a handknit cup cozy to our most recent event. It's a small item that could have a big impact, so I got right to my own challenge. First, I made the Kureyon Coffee Cozy by Michelle Molis. (You can see mine here.) Totally inspired by the gently spaced increases, I set out to try my own interpretation. I present to you the Going Green Cup Cozy. (Ravelry link.)

The increases are worked into the eyelet pattern by simply removing the "k2tog". The pattern is easy to memorize, it's the row count that's a tad tricky. I wrote it out line by line for the memory challenged, but I swear you'll get the hang of it. Think of the pattern happening in sets of 8:

row 1 - Increase 1 stitch each needles 1 & 3
row 2 - knit
row 3 - maintain eyelet pattern
row 4 - knit
row 5 - Increase 1 stitch each needles 2 & 4
row 6 - knit
row 7 - maintain eyelet pattern
row 8 - knit

A crocheted edge adds finishing and a sturdy edge. Knit one and help save a few trees. Woo hoo!

Going Green Cup Cozy

Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Lite (I used color 2017)

Needles: 5 size us6 dpns and crochet hook size G

Gauge: 6 sts = 1”

Size : to fit 12oz paper cup

This pattern has only been test knit by me so if you find an error, please let me know in the comments!


Cast on 36 stitches. (If you would like the bottom crocheted edge to be the same color as the cast on, leave a 20ish inch tail that you can use for the crocheted finishing.) Divide evenly between 4 needles – 9 stitches each.

Join in the round and mark beginning of round. Knit 2 rows.

Row 1.* k6, k2tog, yo, k1 repeat from * 3 more times.
2. (And all even rows) Knit
3. Increase row. Needle 1 – k7, yo, k2 (10 sts) Needle 2 – k5, k2tog, yo, k2 (9 sts) Repeat needle 1 for needle 3 and needle 2 for needle 4. 38 sts total.
5. Needle 1 – k5, k2tog, yo, k3 Needle 2 – k4, k2tog, yo, k3 Repeat needle 1 for 3, 2 for 4
7. Increase row. Needle 1 – k4, k2tog, yo, k4 Needle 2 – k5, yo, k4 Repeat 1 for 3, 2 for 4. 40 sts total.
9. *k3, k2tog, yo, k5 Repeat from * 3 more times.
11. Increases row. Needle 1 – k4, yo, k6 Needle 2 – k2, k2tog, yo, k6 Repeat 1 for 3, 2 for 4. 42 sts.
13. Needle 1 – k2, k2tog, yo, k7 Needle 2 – k1, k2tog, yo, k7 Repeat 1 for 3, 2 for 4.
15. Increase row. Needle 1 – k1, k2tog, yo, k8 Needle 2 – k2, yo, k8 Repeat 1 for 3, 2 for 4. 44 sts.
17. * k2tog, yo, k9 Repeat from * 3 more times.
NOTE: Row 18 (knit) – As you finish working the stitches on each needle, knit on 2 more stitches from the next needle. For needle 4, knit on 2 stitches from needle 1. 11 stitches per needle. Now the pattern should be starting from the left again. Move stitch marker to reestablish beginning of round.
19. Increase row. Needle 1 – k10, yo, k1 Needle 2 – k8, k2tog, yo, k1 Repeat 1 for 3, 2 for 4. 46 sts.
21. Needle 1 – k8, k2tog, yo, k2 Needle 2 – k7, k2tog, yo, k2 Repeat 1 for 3, 2 for 4.
23. Increase row. Needle 1 – k7, k2tog, yo, k3 Needle 2 – k8, yo, k3 Repeat 1 for 3, 2 for 4. 48 sts.
25. *k6, k2tog, yo, k4 Repeat from * 3 more times.
27. Increase row. Needle 1 - k7, yo, k5 Needle 2 – k5, k2tog, yo, k5 Repeat 1 for 3, 2 for 4. 50 sts.
29. Needle 1 – k5, k2 tog, yo, k6 Needle 2 – k4, k2tog, yo, k6 Repeat 1 for 3, 2 for 4.
31. Increases row. Needle 1 – k4, k2tog, yo, k7 Needle 2 – k5, yo, k7 Repeat 1 for 3, 2 for 4. 52 sts.
32. Knit.
33. Knit.

Bind off . Do not cut yarn. Continue with a row of single crochet along top edge, and then work a row of single row of crochet on bottom edge. Weave in ends.

After all that work, I believe you deserve a beverage. Coffee, anyone?

Copyright © 2008 by Annie Knits http://annie-knits.blogspot.com

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Anonymous tiennie said...

That's a great project!

2:33 AM  
Blogger Margene said...

The grrls at the coffee hop always comment on my knits. Just wait until I show up with a cup cozy!

7:36 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

So cute! Thank you Annie.

8:47 AM  
Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Oh, that's so cute! It really beats the heck out of my cardboard sleeve I've been reusing since...um...I don't actually remember. But it's pretty beat-up, and this looks fun and fast!

8:53 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

That's lovely! I think that's my favourite cup cozy right now! Thanks for sharing the pattern!!

10:31 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

so cute!! i'd love to see you carrying around coffee with this cozy :)

11:05 AM  
Blogger Hilde C. said...

It looks great :-)

5:59 PM  
Blogger Mary, Mary... said...

Cashew and the stash was worth the price of admission, kureyon cup cozy was totally bonus! Eventually, kids view the stash as 'background noise,' although my guys still like to play with my wheel.

12:30 AM  
Blogger annmarie said...

oh you little overachiever, you! ;)
cute, cute idea and one i'm happy to steal. :)

9:37 AM  
Anonymous aquaknits said...

This is a great use of Kureyon, makes it super stylish, thanks for the pattern!

6:50 PM  
Blogger allisonmariecat said...

I made it! I posted it on my blog. Not sure if you want to add sizing to the instructions, but I carried the pattern on an extra 8 rows (by doing rows 9-16 over again) and it fits my Grande cup perfectly. This was fun--thank you!

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

I totally need to make one of these, if only because the cardboard sleeves just don't cut it.

9:05 AM  

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