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).

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  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

Pattern

  • 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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Voilà!

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