Scrappy

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by Chloe Nightingale

Introduction

Scrappy

I have a little problem. Unless it’s only a few inches long, I cannot throw yarn away.  I’ve even bought bags of scraps and partial skeins from charity shops. I think this stems from my college crocheting years when every strand was sacred.

Rather than collecting leftover bits of yarn until the end of time, I am always on the lookout for odd-ball, one-skein, and scrap-yarn projects. I have a problem with a lot of scrap yarn patterns, though. Just because something is made with leftover yarn doesn’t mean it has to be messy-looking and made with clashing colors. Choose the scraps for your projects carefully, making sure the colors go well together. Repeat after me: scrappy does not mean crappy.

When I worked as a barista, I used scrap yarn to crochet coffee cup cozies for my customers, but now that I do most of my coffee drinking at home, I figured it was high-time I designed a cozy for my french press.

This Mondrian-inspired cozy is just one way to work-up a cozy for your cafetière. Try a monochrome version (a great way to use odd balls and one-skein impulse purchases) with an embroidered embellishment, try stripes or fancy stitches, or try something completely different. And definitely send me pictures!

Materials List

  • Approximately 165 yards (151m) scrap yarn (DK or sport weight is recommended for the pattern — for thinner yarns, try using two complimentary strands at once; for thicker yarns, I would recommend making the cozy a few stitches narrower and a few rows shorter to ensure a proper fit)
    • C1 (yellow):  20 yards (18m)
    • C2 (black):  40 yards (37m)
    • C3 (white):  50 yards (46m)
    • C4 (red):  40 yards (37m)
    • C5 (blue):  15 yards (14m)
  • US F/5 (3.75 mm) hook
  • Buttons
  • Needle
  • Sewing thread (optional)
  • Yarn needle

Finished Size

Will fit standard size coffee press: 7″ x 14″ (18cm x 36cm)

Gauge

17 sts x 18 rows of sc = 4″ (10 cm)

Notes

When changing from one color to another, I find it looks best to change color mid-stitch.  For a single crochet stitch, the final yo and draw-through is done with the second color.  Although it is not necessary to ‘carry’ yarns for this project, this color-changing technique is sometimes known as tapestry crochet, explained by Carol Ventura here.

The Pattern

ScrappyThe Pattern

With C1, ch 28, turn.  

Row 1:  Starting in second ch from hook, sc in each st to end, ch 1, turn.  (27 sts)

Row 2-4:  Sc in each st to end, ch 1, turn.   

Rows 5-6:  With C2, sc in each st to end, ch 1, turn.    

Row 7: With C3, sc in each of the next 17 sts, with C2, sc in each of the next 5 sts, with C3, sc in each of the last 5 sts, ch 1, turn.  

Row 8: With C3, sc in each of the first 5 sts, with C2, sc in each of the next 5 sts, with C3, sc in each of the last 17 sts, ch 1, turn.   

Rows 9-22: Repeat Rows 7 and 8.

Rows 23-24:  With C2, sc in each st to end, ch 1, turn.  

Row 25:  With C4, sc in each of the first 17 sts, with C2, sc in each of the next 5 sts, with C3, sc in each of the last 5 sts, ch 1, turn.  

Row 26:  With C3, sc in each of the first 5 sts, with C2, sc in each of the next 5 sts, with C4, sc in each of the last 17 sts, ch 1, turn.

Rows 27–44:  Repeat Rows 25 and 26.

Rows 45-46:  With C2, sc in each st to end, ch 1, turn.  

Row 47:  With C3, sc in each of the first 11 sts, with C2, sc in each of the next 5 sts, with C5, sc in each of the last 11 sts, ch 1, turn.

Row 48:  With C5, sc in each of the first 11 sts, with C2, sc in each of the next 5 sts, with C3, sc in each of the last 11 sts, ch 1, turn.

Rows 49–56: Repeat Rows 47 and 48.

Row 58:  With C2, sc in each st to end, turn.  

Row 59:  With C1, ch 3 (counts as first tr), tr in each st to end.  (Note:  Feel free to substitute hdc, dc, double-tr, etc. for the tr stitches to accommodate button size.)   

Finishing

Fasten off.  Using yarn needle, weave in ends.  

Sew buttons onto the area between Rows 1-4. Not everyones coffee presses have their handle in the same place, so you will have to figure out the placement yourself — the good news is that you don’t have to make button holes! The buttons fasten into the tr-spaces of the last row.  

If you find sewing on buttons a nightmare, you may fasten the cozy by attaching lengths of ch-sts to the foundation chain and tying them to the tr stitches.

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