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COFFEE COZY CELEBRATION!

For the whole month of September, Level Up Nerd Apparel is celebrating the arrival of fall (and the return of our favorite hot beverages) by featuring a new coffee cozy each day.

Want to make one yourself? Keep scrolling, because here are all the instructions to make each and every one of them! 

Before you start

 

The cozy is worked in the round with increases to create a narrow base with a wider top; this allows your cozy to snuggly fit most coffee cups, from small to large. It has a fair amount of negative ease, so it'll stretch to fit the cup. 

Dimensions (unstretched)

​3" (7.6 cm) high

7.5" (19 cm) around at the base

9" (23 cm) around at the top 

 
Gauge​

16 ldc x 11 rows = 4" (10 cm)

What you'll need
  • Worsted yarn​

    • 35 yds of main color​

    • small amounts for accent colors

  • F (5/3.75mm) crochet hook​ (or size needed to achieve the gauge)

  • Yarn needle

Abbreviations used
  • Ch - chain

  • Fsc - foundation single crochet

  • Ldc - linked double crochet

  • Sc - single crochet 

  • Sl st - slip stitch 

  • Yo - yarn over

Foundation single crochet (fsc)

The first round is worked using a foundation single crochet, which is stretchier than regular chain. 

For more instructions, watch the video between 0:05 and 3:30. 

First stitch: Ch2, insert hook in 1st ch, yo, pull up a loop; yo, pull through 1st loop (making a ch), yo, pull through both loops on hook (making a sc).

Fsc:  Insert hook in the base ch of the previous fsc, making sure to catch both loops; yo, pull u a loop, yo, pull through 1st loop (making a ch), yo, pull through both loops on hook (making a sc).

Repeat fsc until the desired chain length has been reached .

Linked double crochet (ldc)

This stitch creates a sturdy yet light fabric with fewer gaps than when working with regular dc. It also creates a grid wall that makes stitching the designs much easier.

For more instructions, watch the video between 3:35 and 6:40. 

Starting the round: Ch2 (does not count as a stitch), insert hook in 1st ch, yo, pull up a loop; insert hook in same stitch as ch2, yo, pull up a loop; yo, pull through first 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through remaining 2 loops on hook. 

Ldc: Insert hook in the horizontal bar of the previous ldc, insert hook in 1st ch, yo, pull up a loop; insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, pull up a loop; yo, pull through first 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through remaining 2 loops on hook. 

Repeat ldc for the indicated number of stitches

Last ldc of the round: Insert hook in the horizontal bar of the previous ldc, insert hook in 1st ch, yo, pull up a loop; insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, pull up a loop; insert hook into the 2nd chain of the round's starting ch2, yo, pull through the ch and the first 2 loops on the hook, yo, pull through the remaining 2 loops on the hook, sl st into the top of the round's first ldc.  

 

Making the cozy

All the coffee cozies are made with the same body using the main color listed in the design's note.

Round 1: Leaving a tail, fsc for 30 sts; make sure the chain is flat, join with sl st into the top of the first fsc - 30 sts

Round 2: Ch2 (does not count as a st from here on), ldc in each st around; join with sl st into the top of the first ldc - 30 sts

Round 3: Ch2, ldc in next 7 sts, ldc 2 in next st (increase), ldc in next 14 sts, ldc 2 in next st (increase), ldc in next 7 sts; join with sl st - 32 sts

Round 4: Ch2, ldc in each st around; join with sl st - 32 sts

Round 5: Ch2, ldc in next 7 sts, ldc 2 in next st (increase), ldc in next 15 sts, ldc 2 in next st (increase), ldc in next 8 sts; join with sl st - 34 sts

Round 6: Ch2, ldc in each st around; join with sl st - 34 sts

Round 7: Ch2, ldc in next 8 sts, ldc 2 in next st (increase), ldc in next 16 sts, ldc 2 in next st (increase), ldc in next 8 sts; join with sl st - 36 sts

Round 8: Ch1, sc in each st around; join with sl st, fasten off - 36 sts

Use the starting tail to secure the bottom of the first and last fsc together in Round 1. 

Weave in loose ends. 

 
 

Stitching the designs 

After the cozy is made, the designs are stitched on use the accent colors using one or both of the following techniques. 

Back stitch

This technique is best used for straight lines. It can be worked with the yarn held single or double for varying effects. 

Surface slip stitch

This technique is best used for curves and circles. It is generally worked with the yarn held single, but it can be worked with the yarn held double for a bold design. 

Do you have more questions?

Whether you're new to knitting,

or you're just unclear about a special technique, we're always happy to help.

 

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Reading the charts

The charts use the cozy pattern as a grid and colored lines to show each stitch. Since the ldc's line up from one round to the next, they create an even grid that is easy to stitch. 

When looking for which holes to work your stitches through, aim for the bottom of a ldc. This is symbolized on the chart as one short line going from the bottom of one ldc to the bottom of the one directly above it: 

Because ldc's are taller than they are wide, some stitches are done over two ldc's at once to make them more even. In this case, simply skip a ldc and stitch into the next one:

Stitches can also be done on a diagonal: 

Sometimes a stitch has to be worked through the middle of an ldc. In this case, work the stitch through the ldc at the horizontal bar; it will be indicated on the chart: 

Do you have more questions?

Whether you're new to crocheting,

or you're just unclear about a special technique, we're always happy to help.

 

Send us a Bat Signal 

and we'll come to the rescue!