Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Owl Coffee Cup Cozie pattern


materials:
- aran, dk or worsted yarn (18-20sts =4"),  13 grams
- dpn's (right size for yarn & tension) set of 4
- 10 sew-on eyes, 8mm-10mm
- cable needle, darning needle (to sew on eyes) and crochet hook (to weave in ends)
- optional: scrap yarn in a contrasting colour to sew on a beak

Finished size: mine ended up being 4" tall, and fits a large cup of take out coffee (approx 8-9" in diameter)

Terms used in this pattern:
C4F: put 2 sts on a cable needle, hold in front, k2, then k2 from cable needle
C4B: put 2 sts on a cable needle, hold in back, k2, then k2 from cable needle
C2F: put 1 st on a cable needle, hold in front, k1, then k1 from cable needle
C2B: put 1 st on a cable needle, hold in back, k1, then k1 from cable needle
K_tbl: Knit the stitch thru the back loop; in this case, knit two stitches each thru the back loop

how-to:
Cast on 48 sts. Divide between 3 dpn's, and join.
K2tbl, P2 rib for 4 rows.
Next row (5th row): continue doing k2tbl, p2 rib while increasing 2 stitches evenly around. 50 sts.


Work Owl Cable: (there are 5 owls around)
Rows 1 & 2: *k8, p2* around to end.
Row 3: *C4B, C4F, p2* around.
Rows 4-9: *k8, p2* around to end.
Row 10: *C4B, C4F, p2* around.
Rows 11-15: *k8, p2* around to end.
Row 16: *C4B, C4F, p2* around.
Row 17: *k8, p2* around to end. Or, to make pointy ears: *C2B, k4, C2F, p2* around to end. 

Next row: work k2tbl, p2 rib while decreasing 2 sts evenly around. (48 sts)
Work 4 rows of k2tbl, p2 rib.
Cast off loosely, weave in ends.

To finish: Sew on 2 eyes per owl, just under the third cable that was worked in row 16. Add a beak using duplicate stitch - a tuturial I like can be found here.

Sets of 10 SEW ON EYES available here in my zibbet shop - zibbet is free to sign on, and works just like etsy or ebay does!

© 2009 by Sabrina Thompson - original design and pictures. Please do not sell pattern or copy my pictures. Please use proper descretion with all finished objects, and respect local copyright & trademark laws. Pattern cannot be distributed for sale, or as a 'free pattern' promotional tool for selling yarn or knitting supplies. If posting Finished Items on personal blogs, please link back to this blog and pattern, thanks. :D If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other of my patterns, please contact me by posting your questions in the comments, I'll address them a.s.a.p.!

38 comments:

Aoife said...

wow, thanks so much for this pattern! its perfect for christmas presents for my 3 friends. We are all mad tea drinkers and all recently realised that we all secretly knit! ill be sure to post a picture on ravelry when i get around to knitting it.

DJdeeKnits said...

Great pattern!My daughter loves owls!Thanks

ilovebestfriends said...

This is sooooo cute! I'm working on mine. I've had to start over a bunch of times but I finally got past row 3 :P
Having lots of fun with this! Thanks for the awesome pattern!

Orghlaith said...

This is adorable and will save my arse since I have not finished knitting Christmas gifts. Thank you.

Annie said...

I Just love this pattern and would like very much to print it off. May I print it off (which includes the picture..I do love having the pic to refer to!)? It is for my own personal use. If not, how else may I get a copy of the pattern without having to hand write it?

knitphomaniac said...

Annie - of course you can print it. Printing free patterns doesn't violate any copyrights... using the pattern for other than personal use does. Print away :) and happy knitting to you!

Annie said...

Thank you so much!!!! :)

GeekGirl said...

That is so cute! I starting one tonight. I'll post a link on my blog of the finished item!

elise said...

I love this pattern! I made one yesterday and mentioned your adorable pattern in my blog. Kudos!

trillium said...

Could you revise this into a handwarmer pattern? I don't have enough knitting expertise to do it. It would be a cute set.

kareno said...

i can't seem to get past row 3 "*C4B, C4F, p3* around." the math doesn't seem to work. 55 stitches total, with a 7 stitch repeat? it doesn't end on p3. help?

knitphomaniac said...

kareno - it's an 11 stitch repeat: C4B is 4 sts, C4F is 4 stitches, and p3 is 3 stitches, making 11. :)

Michael Marr Studio said...

Received this from a new knitting friend. Love it. Almost done. Thanks!!

The High Plains Knitter said...

A really cute pattern! I want to make it, but haven't been able to find google eyes that are sew-on. The only ones I've found are stick-on. Can you tell me where to get them?

lovecrafts said...

Great tutorial, Love it, thanks for sharing

knitphomaniac said...

The High Plains Knitter - I've got sew on eyes available in my zibbet shop, I've added the link right to the listing at the bottom of the pattern. :)

buttons and beeswax said...

This cup cosy is so cute! I am messaging to ask permission to feature it on our blog, www.cosytea.wordpress.com. We feature free patterns for tea and cup cosies every 1-2 weeks and this one is right up our street!

Thanks
Faye :)

knitphomaniac said...

Faye - sure no problem!

FranB said...

Hi! Would I be able to use this pattern to teach a class on cabling? Thank you so much!

knitphomaniac said...

FranB sure, on the condition that your students print their own pattern from my blog. :) That'd be great! Looking forward to seeing all your FO's on ravelry!

Karen said...

Just finished knitting this up (minus the eyes since your shop is out of them!) and I love it so! A fast, easy & super fun knit that will make a great gift this fall. Thank you so much for sharing it here.

knitphomaniac said...

Thanks Karen! Sorry about the eyes - the link should work now, I've listed some new sets!

KrestieKrew said...

Hi...need a little help please. New knitter and have gone OCD with owls...LOL!! My need is this, can you please tell me what needle size you used to knit this cute owl cozy? I am NO GOOD at figuring out what needle size I need (still must depend on pattern to tell me) thanks so much.. now to make a reminder to check back for answer..thanks in advance

knitphomaniac said...

KrestieKrew - it'll depend on what kind of yarn you're using. Your yarn label should recommend a needle size, alternatively do a swatch. Tension should be around 20sts = 4". Patons Classic Wool, for example, needs a 4.5mm needle; Elann Peruvian Highland Wool needed a 4mm needle. It really depends on the yarn. I've purposely left the yarn choice and needle choice open, but I did give tension for this project.

KrestieKrew said...

ok...as I said, new at all this so will have to get someone to help me figure it out... LOL!! do fine if the pattern has exactly needle size and which yarn..that is why I wondered what yarn and needle you used when you made it...;-D

knitphomaniac said...

KrestieKrew - personally, I've so far made this pattern using Elann Peruvian Highland Wool and Paton's
Classic Wool, and both cases used a 4mm needle. If you check on Ravelry, in the project pages, you can see what other yarns others have used & their needle sizes, to get ideas. :D Hope this helps!

KrestieKrew said...

;-D thanks... you have given me somewhere to start and will look at Ravelry

tamznlaws said...

Hi Im new to knitting has any one got this pattern for straight needles? or can suggest how to alter the pattern above?
Thanks tam

Rebecca said...

I seem to do fine until I get to the increase row. What do you mean by add 2 "evenly"? I've been KFB at the 1st and 24th stitch, but then when I go to the next two rows, they don't line up. Help!

Rebecca said...

Oh, I got it! Did and invisible increase on both sides, counted more carefully -- voila!

Zara O said...

My friend just made one of these for me - is it okay if I post pics to my blog and link back to the pattern here?

knitphomaniac said...

absolutely :D

Areeanna Gregory said...

I tried this pattern for my first project knitting in the round with DPN! It turned out great and took me only a few hours! I was wondering if you know how to do the owl pattern by knitting with regular knitting needles not in the round?

Robb and Rebecca said...
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Robb and Rebecca said...

I decided not to add the googly eyes (it's close to Christmas and I've got to get them done quick!). So, on row 15, I changed it from k8 to k2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k2. This created little holes for eyes. What a cute pattern! Only 6 more to make in the next 10 days!!

Jennie Lindquist said...

I have a friend who is in Chi-O. Owls are their symbol and this is a perfect birthday gift!
It only took a few hours to knit over 2 days.

Thank you so much for this great pattern.

Meriyn said...

My granddaughter will love this pattern. She is really into Owls now. Can I print the pattern out without your black background to save my ink? Again thanks for the pattern. Merilyn

purplespirit1 said...

Meriyn - the black background won't print, just the text, so no worries. :)