Ever since my shoulder surgery a few years ago I haven't been doing much knitting. I picked up the needles again over the holidays only to remind myself WHY I stopped knitting in the first place? Ah, the shoulder, yes, it aggravates the shoulder WAY more than crochet. I don't understand why it would, but it does, so there you go. However, I stuck it out long enough to create a new pattern and test it no less than a dozen times. Presenting Jewell's Java Jackets, the pattern *drum roll*
Printable PDF version of the Pattern in the sidebar
Jewells’ Java Jackets
I wanted a quick gift that I could knock out in the evening after dinner using leftovers from other projects. After a bit of experimenting I hit upon the following knitting recipe for a coffee sleeve to fit paper to-go cups similar in shape to the cardboard sleeve you get at Starbucks, but taller to protect your hand a bit more. I tried two different versions, one just slightly taller than the cardboard sleeves, and one even taller in case, like me, you have a taller, ceramic coffee tumbler shaped like an XL paper to-go cup. I used cotton so it would work well for hot OR cold beverages.
small amount (about ⅓ oz) of cotton dishcloth yarn (I used Lily Sugar and Cream)
size 7 circular needle (9” or 12”) or set of size 7 dpns
2 stitch markers
Using long tail method CO 34 stitches, placing one stitch marker between stitch 17 and 18 and the other marker at the end to mark the beginning of each round.
R1-5: K1P1 across
R6: Kfb or first stitch, K to marker, slip marker, Kfb of first stitch after marker, K to end (36 total stitches)
R7-9: Knit all stitches
R10-17: repeat R6-9 two times (40 total stitches)
Bind off loosely in pattern
Slip your Java Jacket onto your to-go cup or your reusable tumbler and head out the door!
For a taller sleeve, insert a third repeat of rounds 6-9 before starting your 1x1 ribbing (42 total stitches).
Give it a try, let me know what you think!