easy tea and coffee press cozy pattern

for christmas of 2007 i decided to knit a cozy for my brother’s french press. since he has both a passion for hot espresso and all things italian i searched for a lovely yarn that would suit both criterion. artfibers cheesecake in color #5 did just the trick. to create the pattern i purchased for measurement (or i should say my boyfriend purchased) one of the bodum presses that you can get at starbucks; and being a bit of a tea and coffee drinker myself i figured it was a good investment. so without further ado – here is the pattern:

beth’s easy tea and coffee press cozy

yarn: worsted or light worsted with a gauge of 18 stitches and 20 rows per 4″ on #8 (us) needles (i used artfibers cheesecake – link above)

skills needed: casting on and binding off, stocking stitch, rib stitch, button holes (mid-row bind off), and i-cord

size created: your cozy will be about 11.5″ wide and 6″ in height depending on gauge. you may want to measure the press you are knitting for and adjust accordingly.

cast on 30 stitches

row 1 – k2, p2* to end

row 2 – p2, k2* to end

row 3 – [k2, p2, k2, bind off 2] repeat 3x then k2, p2, k2

row 4 [p2, k2, p2, cast on 2] repeat 3x then p2, k2, p2

row 5 k2, p2* to end

rows 6 – 56 switch to stocking stitch (you will start on wrong side with a purl row)

row 57 p2, k2* to end

row 58 k2, p2* to end

row 59 [p2, k2, p2, bind off 2] repeat 3 times, then p2, k2, p2

row 60 [k2, p2, k2, cast on 2] repeat 3x then k2, p2, k2

row 61 p2, k2 to end

row 62 bind off

block using whatever method you prefer to get a nice flat piece.


create three 13″ i-cords by casting on 3 stitches and using two #8 (us) double pointed needles. if you don’t know how to make i-cord there are some great tutorials on the net. here’s a good one to get you started.

once you have all three i-cords thread them through to the three “button” holes you made on each side of the cozy in the ribbed portion. i ended up tying the top and bottom ones using a bow, and then taking the middle one and tying a knot on each end and then just leaving it attached to the cozy. take a look at the pictures for reference. this pattern is really just meant to be a starting point – so get creative and have fun – but most of all enjoy a good cup of hot espresso once you’re finished!

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