I love making these little coffee holders... especially in different sizes and varieties. My first ones were very simple, and as I've grown in skill, they've become more complex. I still love my basic coffee wraps that you can find a little farther down on the page, but I've developed several others, the following being one of them!
These work up super quickly and are great for teacher gifts or perfect for that last minute present - think a cute little mug from Ikea, wrap it in a little holder and toss in a gift card or a few packages of the new Starbucks Via instant coffee.
You Will Need:
SZ 11 (US) needles
Worsted Weight - Chunky Weight yarn (Either will work just fine)
Harry Potter Soundtrack (Okay, this item is optional... but certainly preferred)
Explanation of Stitch:
C4F: Slip 2 stitches onto cable needle, let hang in front of work, knit next 2 stitches, then knit 2 off of the cable needle, proceed with rest of row.
R1: P1, K2, P2, K4, P2, K2, P1
R2: K1, P2, K2, P4, K2, P2, K1
Continue until R7
R7: P1, K2, P2, C4F, P2, K2, P1
Repeat these stitches until wrap is nearly desired length - after last R7, continue R1 and R2 repeats until R6. At end of this R6, Knit every stitch for the next two rows. COff/BOff using your preferred method - I really like the sewn cast off, which you can find here, at Knitting Daily.
I can't crochet. I keep meaning to learn, but until then, I stitch a button on the COn edge. Then I take either a piece of yarn or ribbon, make a circle and make a knot through the BOff edge. See pictures below. I've found that this works just as well, and looks really cute if you use a contrasting color to the yarn.
Step One: Slip your circle through the work
Step 2: Slip the bottom of the loop up through the top part of the loop
Step 3: Pull tight, and you're done! Very simple and easy. If choosing to use two buttons, just space loops out accordingly along the bound off edge!