If you’ve ever lingered over a pot of French press coffee, only to find yourself wishing the last few drops were as hot as the first, you might find this small project quite useful. Made with less than half a skein of beautiful Woolfolk Tov, it’s perfect for using up sweater left-overs. This is also a great project to practice working a tubular cast-on and bind-off.
10.75 x 6.25” / 27cm x 15.5 cm (excluding tab) fits an 8-cup / 1 litre French press coffee maker
Materials & supplies
40g (72yd / 64m) Woolfolk Tov (100% Merino wool; 173yd / 158 m per 100g skein), or other Aran weight yarn
1 set 5mm needles or size needed to obtain gauge
1 set 4mm needles
2 x 1” / 2.5 cm diameter buttons
waste yarn for tubular cast on
24 sts x 24 rows in twisted rib st on 5mm needles, blocked
Tubular CO and backward loop CO: see knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/FEATfall05TT
Tubular BO: see newstitchaday.com/tubular-bind-off
Twisted rib: see woolandthegang.com/how-to/knit/twisted-rib-stitch
Seed stitch: worked over an odd number of sts: (k1, p1) to st, k1. Repeat for seed st.
Using larger needles and the tubular method, CO 48 sts.
Work in 1×1 twisted rib until piece measures 6” / 15cm from CO edge.
Work tubular BO.
Using smaller needles, pick up 29 sts along one short edge. Work seed st for 1.25” / 3cm. BO in pattern.
Pick up 29 sts along other short edge. Work seed st for 1.25”/ 3cm. Next 2 rows, BO 6 sts, work in patt as established. [23 sts remain].
Work 14 more rows (2” / 5cm). Next row, work 3 sts in patt, BO 2 sts, work to 5 sts before end, BO 2 sts, work to end.
Next row, work 3 sts in patt, CO 2 sts using backward loop method, work to 3 sts before end, CO 2 sts using backward loop method, work in pattern to end.
Work 5 more rows in seed stitch as established. BO in pattern.
Block (do not stretch out ribbing).
Sew buttons in place.