The Country cup cozy patterns and ideas continue, this time with a knitted cozy. Liz has created a super-simple knitted cup cozy in garter-stitch – and done straight and seamed. (For those of you who are double-pointed-needles devotees, you can certainly knit this in the round.) She did it in two contrasting colors but you can do it in one color or pick your favorite two.
Caron International’s Naturallycaron.com Country (75% Microdenier Acrylic/25% Merino Wool):
0012 Foliage (1oz/28g makes 3 cozies) (A)
0021 Peacock (1oz/28g makes 3 cozies) (B)
One pair size US 8 (5 mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge
In garter stitch, using US size 8 ( 5mm) needles 8 sts and 8 rows = 2″X2”
Garter stitch (Garter st)
All rows: knit.
With 1 strand of each color held together:
Cast on 40 sts.
Rows1-10: Work garter st.
Bind off and sew short sides together to create the band.
Using yarn needle, weave in ends.
Be sure to return next week when we start doing some way-cute embellishments to your cozy!
Cusco – Legwarmers??
As I promised last week, here’s the “Cusco Surprise,” but first a bit of background. The Cusco vest started its life as a jacket, yes, with sleeves. But since we had a number of jackets, I felt it would work better for us as a vest (with my apologies to Margret). But I hated to not use the beautiful sleeves. So why not re-purpose them as, yes, legwarmers?!? So here’s what the sleeve looked like and the resulting legwarmer. And here’s the pattern for the legwarmers
Cusco Leg Warmers
designed by Margret Willson
SIZES: One size
KNITTED MEASUREMENTS: 15” long
Caron International’s Naturallycaron.com Country (75% Microdenier Acrylic/25% Merino Wool)
#0016 Charcoal (A): 6 oz
1 oz each:
#0015 Deep Taupe (B)
#0010 Sunset (C)
#0008 Silver Service (D)
One pair US size 8 (5 mm), or size to obtain gauge
One pair US size 9 (5.5 mm)
One circular needle size US 8 (5 mm), 29″ long
Tapestry needle (tn)
Row counter (optional)
GAUGE: In Texture Pattern, using smaller needles, 21 sts and 29 rows = 4″/10 cm
In Color Pattern, using larger needles, 22 sts and 42 rows = 4″/10 cm
Rib I (multiple of 6 + 4; 2-row repeat)
Row 1 (WS): P1, k2, *p4, k2, rep from *across, end p1.
Row 2: K1, p2, *k4, p2, rep from * across, end k1.
Rep rows 1 and 2.
Rib II (multiple of 6 + 2; 2-row repeat)
Row 1 (WS): *K2, p4, rep from * across, end k2.
Row 2: *P2, k4, rep from * across, end p2.
Rep rows 1 and 2.
Texture Pattern (multiple of 6 + 4; 4-row repeat)
Row 1 (RS): Knit
Row 2: P4, *k2, p4, rep from * across.
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: P1, k2, *p4, k2, rep from * across, end p1.
Rep rows 1-4.
Color Pattern (multiple of 6 + 2; 24-row repeat)
Row 1 (RS): With B, k1, *sl 2 wyib, k4, rep from * across, end k1.
Row 2: With B, k1, *k2, p2, sl 2 wyif, rep from * across, end k1.
Row 3: With C, k3, *sl 2 wyib, k4, rep from * across, end sl 2 wyib, k3.
Row 4: With C, k1, *p2, sl 2 wyif, k2, rep from * across, end k1.
Row 5: With D, k1, *k4, sl 2 wyib, rep from * across, end k1.
Row 6: With D, k1, *sl 2 wyif, k2, p2, rep from * across, end k1.
Rows 7 and 8: With A, rep rows 1 and 2.
Rows 9 and 10: With B, rep rows 3 and 4.
Rows 11 and 12: With C, rep rows 5 and 6.
Rows 13 and 14: With D, rep rows 1 and 2.
Rows 15 and 16: With A, rep rows 3 and 4.
Rows 17 and 18: With B, rep rows 5 and 6.
Rows 19 and 20: With C, rep rows 1 and 2.
Rows 21 and 22: With D, rep rows 3 and 4.
Rows 23 and 24: With A, rep rows 5 and 6:
Rep rows 1-24.
Carry unused colors loosely up right hand edge of work.
LEGWARMERS (make 2)
Using smaller needles and color A, CO 50 sts.
(WS) Work 5 rows Rib II, end with WS row. Change to larger needles and Color Pattern; work even for 8 rows, end with a WS row.
Shape Sleeve: (RS) Inc 1 st each side this row, then every 10 rows 6 times: 62 sts.
Work even until piece measures 7″ from the beginning, end with Color D WS row.
Change to smaller needles, color A, and Texture Pattern. Work 2 rows even then continue sleeve shaping: inc 1 st each end this row then every 10 rows 2 more times: 68 sts. Work even until piece measures 14″ from beg, ending with WS row.
Change to Rib II Pat and work for 1”. Bind off loosely across.
Block pieces to measurements. Sew seam.
Using tn, weave in ends.
Rwanda Knits Online Auction
It’s that time again where we welcome you to join the fun in bidding for your favorite designer’s garments! 100% of all earnings go to helping the Rwanda knitters build their cooperatives and feed their families. There will be garments, home dec items and sweaters for the family – created by designers such as Doris Chan, Nicky Epstein, Vashti Braha, Drew Emborsky, Teva Durham and many others! The auction starts on Oct 16 in the evening and ends on Oct 26 at 8:30 p.m. So mark your calendars and get those bidding paddles ready to support a great cause! For more information on the Rwanda Knits project, visit www.rwandaknits.org. To go live to the auction when it is on, go to www.rwandaknitsauction.org. See you there!!
Photo shows two members of the Nyagatare Women knitting cooperative with two school sweaters they recently made.
Onto the Patterns!
The Turpan jacket, designed by Deborah Newton, is a wonderful combination of easy double moss stitches throughout the body of the sweater and a more challenging “wheat sheaves” motif around all edges. But since the jacket is knitted in a double strand of Country in Loden Forest, it works up quickly. And I love the sleeves! They really show off the wheat motifs! This is a design I have to make!
And in Spa, the Lemon Drop dress, designed by our wonderful tech editor, KJ Hay, can also can be worn as a jumper. The flower motifs throughout the bodice are echoed in the trim along the skirt. The dress is crocheted in Spa Soft Sunshine and Green Sheen. And remember that Spa is 100% machine washable and dryable – and keeps its shape and colors through many washings, so important for toddler attire!