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French Press Cozy

Because even a french press should have a hand-knit sweater.

This pattern is ridiculously easy but still took me a few tries to get just right. It fits on our Ikea french press that has a 12″ circumference, I think it’s a pretty standard size but I wrote a few tips on how to make it fit your own french press. First you have to take a look at where my yarn came from.


Pretty cool, huh? This sweater was given to me by my aunt because she figured I could use the yarn for something. I’m going to have a ton of it once I take the entire sweater apart so I’m sure it will show up in several projects. I love free yarn! This is another sweater that I made using another sweater (from the thrift store). Can you believe I knit an entire sweater for under $5? The buttons actually cost more than the yarn.


Alright, so here’s a pattern for that cozy…


French Press Cozy

  • yarn–I’m a somewhat unsure as to what weight the yarn I used would be so checking your gauge is important. I think it was pretty close to a worsted weight. Use wool for best results.
  • size 8 needles (circular or straight, doesn’t matter!), or whatever size needed to obtain gauge.
  • 3 buttons

Gauge: 15 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches

Cast on 72 stitches. VERY IMPORTANT: Don’t forget to make the buttonholes as you knit. Instructions for them are at the bottom of the pattern.
Work a k2 p2 rib for 2 inches ending with WS
Row 1: Decrease 14 stitches evenly over a knit row.
Row 2: knit
Row 3: p to last 4 stitches, knit those last 4 stitches
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the piece measures 6″ ending with a WS. Work in a 1×1 rib for 1.25″ and then bind off.  Sew on buttons and you’re done! Make yourself some coffee to celebrate!

Buttonholes: make a buttonhole on RS at 1″, 3.5″ and 5.5.” To make the buttonhole: k2, yo, k2tog, continue in pattern to end of row. As you can see from the picture I placed a button at the bottom of the cozy and two inside the handle. If these measurements won’t work with the handles of your french press it’s easy to measure and adjust.
You can either fold the ribbed edge over or pull it up when you’re not pouring…keeps everything cozy and warm.

Stash Busters!

I know it’s been five weeks since I last posted. I also know that I haven’t posted not because of a lack of ideas but out of pure laziness. Sorry.

So I made two things that I really like. One was knit and the other was crocheted and I made them both to use up the huge amount of scrap yarn I have. You know, those little balls of yarn that aren’t big enough for a project in themselves but you can’t bear to part with them.

Granny square baby blanket

I used yarns that were similar in weight but this is by no means a perfect blanket. It’s a little wavy and ripply but I really love it. I did a simple scalloped edge around the border.

Scrap buster scarf


This was a total surprise. I did not expect to like this scarf as much as I do. Last summer I went to an art fair in Rochester and there were some ladies selling skeins of yarn that were made up of pieces of scrap yarn tied together. Totally easy to do myself! So that is what you see in the to picture…my ball of scrap yarn. This is the pattern for the scarf:
Cast on 250 stitches on a size 11 circular needle (mine was 29”). Work in garter stitch for 4 rows and then stockinette until desired width is reached (I think I did about 4 inches). Work in garter stitch as in beginning. Bind off.

Note: when tying the pieces of yarn together for your scrap ball you can leave tails so that they can be knit into your project. My tails weren’t long enough so, going against what you really should do, I tightened the knots and trimmed the ends.

Tank Tops and Curtains

Without even realizing it I have made/re-made five tank tops in the last month or so.  My goodness what is the deal?  I don’t know but here I am to share another tank top I made with some unusual fabrics….

A duvet cover!  And if you were to tour my home you’d notice that the same fabric has also been made into curtains.  I know I’m goofy but I just love the print so much and I have a ton of fabric!

I also made the same tank top from some fabric I found at Goodwill.  Remember that shopping trip where I scored really big?  Well I also found about 1.5 yards of a nice lightweight cotton print that I made a shirt out of and…oh no, I just realized I also made a curtain out of it for our mudroom.  Apparently curtains and tank tops have a lot in common, like they can often be made from the same fabric.

I didn’t take any pictures of how I made them but here is the post.  One note about making this shirt.  The first time I sewed the sides and left room for the armholes I made them too small.  The armholes should really fall a few inches below your armpit so that the tank isn’t too tight.  You can always tighten it more by tying the bow tighter.

Another note: The tank pictured on the bottom has a thinner sash than I would have liked.  The straps don’t stay on quite as well because it’s so thin and it gets wrinkled really easily and is hard to iron.  I actually use my hair straightening iron to smooth it out and it works great!

I know I have two already but I actually would love a few more!

Oh and one more note.  The jeans I’m wearing in both pictures are my absolute favorite!  I got them from Banana Republic and spent what was for me a ridiculous amount of money on them.  But you know what?  It was so worth it because they fit like a dream and I wear them about 70% of the time.  Invest in good jeans people!  And then save money by making tank tops out of duvet covers 🙂

Headband Inspiration

Thanks to my friend Danielle I’ve found a love for knitted headbands.  She came over on Saturday to learn how to make one but unfortunately it wasn’t too productive (she did learn how to purl, yay!).  I did, however, find so many awesome patterns for headbands and decided to try one.  This headband is partially my idea based off of something I found on ravelry.  Here is the original by Rachel Iufer.  And here is mine:

I hate self pics because usually they just look silly but let’s just focus on the sweet headband and not the goofy look on my face.  Here’s how I did it:

yarn: cotton (drat I threw away the wrapper before I could write it down…it’s a lighter weight yarn than sugar n’ cream if that helps)

needle: size 6

pattern: CO 18.  Row 1: k across.  Row 2: k2, p14, k2.  Repeat until piece measures about 3 feet (?), tie a bow, then see if it fits around your head and BO or keep knitting until it does.  Seam the two ends together, sew down your bow and your done!  if you want to see the garter stitch edge that you’ve made I’d suggest blocking the headband before you sew the two ends together, I didn’t really care so mine rolls in at the edges a bit.


Thanks Danielle and Rachel for inspiring me!

Dieter’s New Hats

This lucky guy got two new hats last week!  I guess both his mom and grandma decided that having just one winter hat was not good enough (let alone one that was getting too small) so they each knit him one.

When Grandma was in Berlin recently she noticed a lot of babies wearing this Norwegian-inspired cap so, using some leftover sock yarn she had bought while on vacation, she knit Dieter one.  Now he looks very Gerwegian (gosh, sometimes I am just too clever).

The hat that Mom (me, duh) made was a fluke…like most of my hats are.  I tried using a pattern and it looked like junk and would maybe fit Dieter when he turned 14 so I decided to just make up my own.  It was very boring until it turned into an owl!

You can find hats similar to both of these on Ravelry.

Oh, Baby!

I was looking through some knitting patterns that I have written and found this one.  It’s my favorite and although it takes a lot of time if you use something like a worsted weight yarn (which I did) the result is really cool.  The gauge and needle size really don’t matter.  Just use a yarn you like and a needle that is suggested for that yarn.  I lined the back with a piece of flannel cut to size and then tacked to knit piece to the flannel with pieces of yarn.


B-A-B-Y Blanket


Knit four panels that measure 9” wide and 36” tall using stockinette stitch.  Sew panels together.

Letter B (make 2)

  • Co 26
  • Work stockinette til measures 1”
  • K9, bo 10, k7
  • Work stockinette (left front) til measures 2” then place stitches on holder.
  • Work stockinette (right front) til measures 2” ending with a WS row
  • K9, co 10, k7
  • P24, ptog
  • K2tog, k23
  • repeat 2 rows till have 22 stitches
  • p21, kfb
  • kfb, k22
  • repeat 2 rows till have 24 sts
  • P 1 row
  • K7, bo10, k7
  • Work stockinette (left front) till measures 1.5” then place stitches on holder.
  • Work stockinette (right front) till measures 1.5” ending with a WS row.
  • K7, co10, k7
  • P22, p2tog
  • K2tog, k21
  • Continue decreases until 19 stitches remain.
  • BO remaining stitches

Letter A

  • Co 2
  • K2
  • P2
  • *Kfb, kfb
  • P4
  • Kfb, k2, kfb*
  • Cont. this pattern until 14 sts
  • Kfb, k4, k2tog, ssk, k4, kfb
  • P7, turn work. These 7 stitches will be worked separately
  • *Ssk, k4, kfb
  • P7*
  • Repeat these two rows until measures 3” from top ending with a wrong side.  Place stitches on holder.
  • Work other side beginning with WS
  • P7
  • *Kfb, k4, k2tog
  • P7*
  • Repeat these two rows until measures 3” from top ending with a WS. CO 6, knit 7 stitches from holder. 20 sts.
  • *P20
  • Kfb, k18, kfb*
  • Continue this pattern until 24 sts ending with a WS
  • Kfb, k6, bo12, k6, kfb
  • Work front right side of A (7 sts)
  • *P7
  • Ssk, k4, kfb*
  • Repeat these two rows until measures 7” from top.  BO 7 sts
  • Other side:
  • P7
  • Kfb, k4, k2tog
  • Repeat two rows until measures 7” from top. BO 7 sts

Letter Y

  • CO 8 sts and work stockinette for 4” ending with a WS
  • Kfb, k6, kfb
  • P
  • Repeat two rows until 14 sts ending with purl row.
  • Kfb, k4, k2tog turn work
  • 1.P7
  • 2. Kfb, k4, k2tog
  • Continue until measures 7” from beginning.  BO
  • Work other side:
  • 1. ssk, k4, k2tog
  • 2. P7
  • continue until measures 7” from beginning. BO

Skull and Crossbones

I’ve been trying to find a good pattern to make a winter hat for Dieter and his friend Anderson.  I don’t know if he has an oddly shaped head or what but every 0-3 or 3-6 month pattern I’ve tried is huge or doesn’t work with the yarn I have on hand so I decided to make up my own pattern.  I had some sweet yarn that I knew would look good as a hat (Jeremiah knit a hat using it awhile ago).  I don’t know if you can still buy the yarn, it’s called Sensations Licorice, and you can only get it at Joann’s.  But really any bulky yarn will work great.  The only thing that is unique about this yarn is that it’s thick an thin so keep that in mind when checking your gauge.

I really wanted to get a good picture of Dieter wearing his hat but he wasn’t being really cooperative so I did what I could.  Oh who am I kidding, any picture I take of him is adorable :).  That would be my proud momma comment.

Skull and Crossbones Hat

Size 3-6 months

Use size 11 16″ circular and DPs

Gauge: 6 stitches = 2″ in stockinette

Cast on 48 stitches and join in round.  K2, p2 for 1″.

Knit in round for 3″.  If you haven’t already switch to DPs (12 stitches on each needle).


Round 1: K4, K2tog, repeat through end of round.

Round 2: Knit

Round 3: Knit

Round 4: K3, K2tog, repeat

Round 5: Knit

Round 6: Knit

Round 7: K2, K2tog, repeat

Round 8: Knit

Round 9: K1, K2tog, repeat

Round 10: K2tog, repeat

Round 11: K2tog, repeat (4 sts rem.)

Break off yarn and thread through remaining stitches.

Finishing: I made a nice big pom-pom to put on top but really this is such a basic pattern that you can embellish in so many different ways.  I also loved the idea of making this a little more “punk” so I cut out an oversized skull and crossbones from a piece of fleece and sewed it on with some red thread.

Close up

A Knitter’s Caterpillar

Caterpillars are so easy to knit.  Plus, they are super cute and squishy and perfect for little kiddos.  I don’t know when I got the idea to turn this pattern for balls into caterpillars but I really enjoy making them.  You just knit four balls, stuffed with whatever you have on hand (I recently started using scraps of fabric), and sew them together.  Then you make 14 i-cords however long you’d like and attach them as legs and antennas.  Embroider a face and there you have it!  A cute little caterpillar.


Set of US size 7 double pointed needles

Worsted weight yarn

Stitch marker

Material for stuffing (yarn scraps, batting, plastic grocery bags, etc.)

Yarn needle, for weaving in ends


Cast on 6 sts and knit one row as for I-cord.

Divide sts equally among 3 dpns. Place stitch marker and begin to knit in the round.

Round 1: kfb all sts (12 sts)

Round 2: knit

Round 3: *k1, kfb; repeat from * (18 sts)

Round 4: knit

Round 5: *k2, kfb; repeat from * (24 sts)

Round 6: knit

Round 7: *k3, kfb; repeat from * (30 sts)

Round 8: knit

Round 9: *k4, kfb; repeat from * (36 sts)

Round 10: knit

Round 11: *k8, kfb; repeat from * (40 sts)

Rounds 12-14: knit

Round 15: *k8, k2tog; repeat from * (36 sts)

Round 16: knit

Round 17: *k4, k2tog; repeat from * (30 sts)

Round 18: knit

Round 19: *k3, k2tog; repeat from * (24 sts)

Round 20: knit

Round 21: *k2, k2tog; repeat from * (18 sts)

Round 22: knit

Stuff ball with yarn scraps, batting, etc.

Round 23: *k1, k2tog; repeat from * (12 sts)

Round 24: knit

Round 25: *k2tog; repeat from * (6 sts)

Cut yarn leaving a 6-inch tail. Thread needle with yarn tail, pull through remaining stitches and knot discreetly. Run needle down the center of ball and through to other side. Snip excess tail close to ball’s surface. Makes about a 2.5-inch diameter ball.

I won’t take credit for this pattern.  It’s actually courtesy of Marcie Nishioka, whose work you can find at