DIY, Knitting

DIY – Reusable Coffee Sleeves

CozyCup_OnACup As a part of my journey to live a vintage inspired lifestyle, I have been working on improving my knitting skills.  I’m not going to pretend to be an expert by any means, but the more that I practice my knitting with small projects, the easier it gets.  I see knitting as an important part of what “vintage” means: the ability to create practical items for everyday life that you did not buy from a store. One of my favourite patterns that I adapted from Canadian Living is not only a very easy project, but is also practical and eco-friendly.  For a frequent coffee or tea drinker, coffee sleeves are items that are used once and then thrown away.  In some cases you might go through one (or more) every day, creating a large amount of waste that could be prevented.  With a reusable coffee sleeve, you can eliminate this waste (and make your cup of coffee look cute).


  This simple pattern is good for beginners, but can be jazzed up if you are more experienced.  I personally find it very helpful to search Youtube for video tutorials when I’m not sure how to do a stitch or method in a knitting pattern.  My mother tells me that she learned everything she knows about knitting from several magazines that were around back-in-the-day, but I find it best to have someone walk me through what to do. Making one of these coffee sleeves is a great way to use up any leftover worsted weight yarn that you might have hanging around your house.  They also make great gifts for holidays or birthdays. Give it a go and try for yourself! CozyCup_Materials Materials

  • Any colour of Worsted Weight yarn (for this one I used Vanna’s Choice wool by Lion Brand Yarn in Kelly Green)
  • 5mm Knitting needles
  • Plastic sewing needle
  • Regular sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Button or beads for decoration
  • Scissors


  • Cast on 34 stitches
  • Rows 1-5: K1, P1
  • Row 6: Increase to 36 stitches (M2) and Knit the row
  • Row 7: Purl
  • Row 8: Knit
  • Row 9: Purl
  • Row 10: Knit
  • Row 11: Purl
  • Row 12: Increase to 38 Stitches (M2) and Knit the row
  • Rows 13-18: K1, P1
  • Row 19: Cast Off in K1, P1
  • When finished, sew the sides together with a plastic sewing needle to form a ring
  • Weave the ends of your yarn into the seam
  • Add a button or beads with a needle and thread for decoration




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