Pattern: Full of Beans

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It’s coffee time! This cable cosy is designed for those giant drink-your-bodyweight-in-caffeine mugs that you find in coffee shops, but it can easily be resized for smaller ones too.

Grab some leftover chunky yarn, a couple of buttons from your stash and a pair of 5mm needles, and you can whip one up in an evening. It’s a perfect quick knit.

Download the PDF at Full of Beans, or follow the instructions below. Happy knitting!

MATERIALS
1 x 100g / 105m ball of chunky / bulky weight yarn (the cosy pictured uses Artesano British Wool) A pair of 5mm / US 8 needles
A cable needle
2 x 2cm diameter buttons
A tapestry needle

TENSION
15 sts x 20 rows measures 10x10cm in stocking stitch

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
33cm wide x 9cm high

ABBREVIATIONS
C6F slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work. Knit next 3 sts from left-hand needle, then 3 sts from cable needle
C6B slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work. Knit next 3 sts from left-hand needle, then 3 sts from cable needle
K knit
k2tog knit two stitches together
P purl
sts stitches
yo yarn over

PATTERN
Cast on 20 sts using 5mm needles.
Row 1 K2, P2, K12, P2, K2.
Row 2 and all even rows K4, P12, K4.
Row 3 K2, P2, C6F twice, P2, K2.
Row 5 K2, P2, K12, P2, K2.
Row 7 K2, P2, K3, C6B, K3, P2, K2.
Row 8 As row 2.

Repeat rows 1–8 until work measures 27cm or long enough to fit around mug, leaving a gap of about 1cm for the handle and ending on row 8 of pattern.

Row 1 Cast off 4 sts, K12, P2, K2.
Row 2 Cast off 4 sts, P12.
Row 3 C6F twice.
Row 4 P12.
Row 5 K12.
Row 6 P12.
Row 7 K3, C6B, K3.
Row 8 P12.
Buttonhole row K2tog, yo, K8, yo, k2tog.
Next row P12.
Cast off.

Attach two buttons to match buttonholes. Weave in all ends and block to measurements given.

Full of Beans mug cosy

Are we nearly there yet?

SarahLouKnits Stasis Pullover Sleeves

Oh, these sleeves. They knitted up in a flash in between eating, drinking and being merry at Christmastime, but the jumper they’re meant to be attached to – well, that’s a whole other story.

The body, it’s fair to say, is taking aeons in comparison. Despite a whole lot of knitting, it’s still more cummerbund than jumper. I’m starting to get an idea of how the finished garment will look and feel, though, and it’s promising.

The pattern is Leila Raabe’s Stasis Pullover, a beautiful colourwork sweater with Fair Isle details inspired by blackwork embroidery. I’ve paired it with the Women’s Institute’s Unique Shetland 4ply, which is everything you’d expect from a WI heritage yarn: tough, durable and (whisper it) slightly scratchy.

It’ll be a great combination for winter, or spring… or whenever I finally have something to attach these sleeves to.

Hooked on granny squares

SarahLouKnits Summer Garden

Well, I can’t say I wasn’t warned. Wherever the words ‘granny’ and ‘square’ appear, the words ‘addiction’ and ‘obsession’  are never far behind. And for good reason – these little squares are just so satisfying!

I’d been looking for a use for my Sirdar Summer Stripes for a long time – what on Earth to make with 11 balls of variegated yarn, each in a different colourway? After a bit of swatching I discovered that the colour changes are long enough to allow each ball to be rewound into lots of small nearly-solid skeins. Perfect!

As for the pattern, it had to be something from Lucy at Attic24. I’m pretty new to crochet, and her walkthroughs are really clear and simple, ideal for a beginner. My Summer Garden blanket is on the hook, and I’m down the rabbit hole…

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Bind-off blues

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So near, and yet so far! Casting off a large project can be a uniquely frustrating process. There’s only one more row to go, but there’s a good chance that row will take forever. In this case I’m three hours in and barely halfway through, but the finished effect is definitely worth the effort.

My Hemlock Ring Blanket has ended up with a contrasting colour for the cast-off-that-never-ends, partly as a design feature, but mostly out of necessity. Despite doing a bunch of maths before I started – with a calculator and everything! – I ran out of yarn.

Still, I like the way the blue brings out the best in the green, raising it from a sludgy moss colour to something a bit more summery. Three more hours and this little blanket will finally be off the needles…