Go Green while celebrating luck and laughter in the Irish tradition
In time for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations or knitting lucky shamrocks anytime, February’s project in the Beyond BOBBOL 2014 KAL Series was Irish Coffee Cozy.
Forego cardboard sleeves at your local coffee shop and use this attractive cup huggie to turn plain coffee into a no-added-calorie, non-alcoholic way of making “Irish coffee”.
Need a gift idea? Knit some for co-workers and friends, even if they are not Irish.
Basic knit stitch and an easy beading technique combine to make this cup huggie quick and fun. If you hate to purl, this project is especially for you!
Don’t be concerned if you have not knit with beads before, or you need a refresher. There are already lots of articles on the KnitHeartStrings to help you, and I will be making sure to point them out and review the major points as we knit along in the KAL.
For those already familiar with knitting with beads, you’ll also learn new methods for no-sew minimalist seaming, Kitchener garter stitch, and rotating even count grid designs.
- even-count beaded garter stitch
- working a beaded design from wrong side
- now-sew minimalist seaming
- Kitchener garter stitch
- rotating even count grid designs
If you missed the knit-along for Irish Coffee Cozy, tutorials, tips and techniques for beaded garter stitch and knitting this pattern are still available in the February 2014 KnitHeartStrings archives. Please purchase the pattern here –
Due to popular request, Supplies Paks for Irish Coffee Cozy are available for purchase. There is even an upgrade option to have me string the beads for you (yah – I know I am crazy!! but I’m not going to give you any excuse to not try knitting with beads). You can choose your own combo of yarn and bead colors. But if you would like suggestions, here are my top fav’s:
- Bright Green with either White Pearl Ceylon or Chartreuse-lined Green AB
- Dark Green with either Ivory Ceylon or Turquoise Ceylon
- Mocha with either Silver-lined Root Beer or Ivory Ceylon
I still encourage you to stash dive or give yourself an excuse to visit your local yarn shop for the supplies to make Irish Coffee Cozy. But if you’d like the convenience of one-stop shopping, I can get a Supplies Pak of your choosing out to you as soon as possible. Be aware that supplies are limited, so some choices may be eliminated as inventory runs out.
A floss threader is included if you want to string your own beads OR you can purchase the upgrade option to get the beads already strung on the yarn ready to start knitting right away!
If you already have yarn and just need beads, please see the selection here of the size 8/0 beads called for in the Irish Coffee Cozy pattern. One 20g bag will be enough for at least 3 cozys.
Beads are packaged in clear zip-top bags for easy handling; no tubes to roll around or tops popping off and spilling beads. Approximately 800 per 20g bag unless otherwise noted (premium beads come in smaller 10g bags; mixes come in 15g bags). You can also optionally purchase a nylon floss threader for stringing beads.
If you need help in selecting a color to coordinate with your yarn, please ask and I'll do my best to describe and help you.
Knit, learn, and enjoy the making!
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