Holy frijoles! I am fiiiiiiiinally getting around to publishing the pattern for my crocheted coffee cup cozies! What has it been? Like, a million weeks since I first posted it on Instagram and said it was coming "soon." Gosh, I'm such a liar sometimes. A liar with the best of intentions! But, ya know - life. Life, and selling a freaking house! Sweet geezus! is that an all consuming process. In fact, as I write this, I'm sitting at a coffee shop because I have been booted from my house for the third Sunday in a row for an open house.
It's working out though, because I needed final photos for this post which meant I needed a go-cup. And where better to photograph a coffee cozie than in a coffee shop? This is the way I think now. "Where can I go that will work for pictures?"
You, however, do not have to put nearly as much thought into making these crocheted cozies as I did staging a picture for them. They are a *super* quick make with adorable results. The finished cozie has such a satisfying texture, I use it every bit as much for the way it feels in my hands as for the insulating property. Tight rows of offset bobble stitches create a fabric of squishy, smooth little bumps that remind me of the well worn stones of a cobblestone street.
Tangent: why, oh WHY can't there be more of those charming little roads in the world still?! Am I the only one that gets ridiculously, pathetically romantically nostalgic about those kinds of things?? Stone cottages... cobblestone streets... reading by candlelight... wintry rides in open air carriages that force you to wrap up in some woolen, fur lined cloak...? I *can't* be the only one. I mean, you're here, right? Which means you crochet, and I'd guess you make any number of other things by hand. And if your motivation is anything like mine, it's partially about reclaiming some small piece of the simpler, slower way of life of some hundreds of years ago. I get all heartache-y for a way of life that I've never known - and never *will* know - but somehow miss...? Le sigh.
Anyway! Back to the present day and the subject at hand: adorable, beginner friendly, quick to make, stash-busting crocheted coffee cozies. These make great gifts, and all your friends totally need one, because in the modern world we have things like flat whites and pumpkin spice lattes. And if time travel reeeeeally isn't an option... well then, we'll take the fancy coffee, amiright?
These quick and easy cozies would also be a great last minute item to fill out your craft or holiday market table for that lower price range/easy-buy category. All you need is about 20 grams of a DK weight yarn, a 5mm crochet hook, and three small buttons. Plus the usual paraphernalia, I suppose: scissors, darning needle, sewing needle, thread. That, and about 45 minutes of your time.
So what are you waiting for?
The Cobblestone Cup Cozie
H/5mm crochet hook
20 g DK weight yarn
three small buttons, about half inch in diameter
thread that coordinates with the color of your buttons
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
st(s) - stitch(es)
sk - skip
bobble - three incomplete dc's worked in the same st in this manner:
*Yarn over, insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through two. (This is essentially completing the first half of one double crochet stitch.) Leaving that first dc incomplete, repeat from * two more times in the same stitch. You should have a total of 4 loops on your hook. Yarn over, pull through all 4 loops at once. One bobble made.
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc across. (14 sts) ch 1 and turn.
Row 2: sc across. (14 sts) ch 1 and turn.
Rows 3 and 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5: sc in first 2 sts, *bobble in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * 4 times more, sc in last 2 sts. (14 sts) ch 1 and turn.
Row 6: sc across. (14 sts) ch 1 and turn.
Row 7: sc in first 3 sts, *bobble in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * 4 times more, sc in last st. (14 sts). ch 1 and turn.
Row 8: sc across. (14 sts) ch 1 and turn.
Rows 9 - 32: Repeat Rows 5 - 8 six times more.
Row 33: Repeat Row 5
Row 34: sc across. (14 sts). ch 1 and turn.
Rows 35 and 36: repeat Row 34.
Row 37: sc in first st, *ch 2, sk 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, repeat from * 1 time more, ch 2, sk 2 sts, sc in last st. (14 st) ch 1 and turn.
Row 38: sc across, treating each ch sp as a st. (14 sts) cut yarn and fasten off.
Weave in ends.
Use sewing needle and thread to sew your buttons onto the flat band created by Rows 1 - 4, placing one button dead center, and the other two buttons about 2 sts in from the edges.
That's it! Button it up and slip it over your Caramel Brulee Latte (sorry, no PSL for this girl). Whatever your coffee order, the Cobblestone Cozie has you covered.
I'd love to see your Cobblestone Cozies! If you post to Instagram, tag @beknotidle in the picture itself, and use the hashtag #bki_cobblestonecozie.
As a final aside: what camp are you in? Camp cozie or camp coozie? Every time I typed that word for this post, I questioned myself. I'm curious to know which one most people use/think is correct. Let me know in the comments!