Sunday, June 15, 2008

Knitting Pattern--Take-Out Coffee Cup

Recently I've started making hand-knitted play food for my friends' children to use with their doll tea sets and play kitchens. Inspired by ilikelemons' knitted ice cream cone pattern, I decided to design a knit take-out coffee cup.

I hope you enjoy making this as much as I enjoyed designing it. The pattern is below or you can download a PDF version here.

Knit Take-Out Coffee Cup



MATERIALS

DK or worsted weight yarn in the following amounts and colours:

• Dark brown—20 metres
• Light brown—20 metres
• White—40 metres

Set of double-pointed needles to achieve a tight gauge with the yarn you are using (I used 2.75 mm needles with a DK weight yarn). Exact gauge is not important, but gauge should be tight enough that stuffing does not show through stitches.

Small, flat round object the same size as bottom of cup--I used a pill bottle lid about 4.5 cm in diameter. This will fit inside the bottom of the cup and help keep it flat so it can stand up.

Stuffing of your choice: wool fleece, cotton batting, etc.

INSTRUCTIONS

Cup

Using white yarn and one dpn, CO 6 sts.

Knit as for i-cord.

Divide sts onto 3 dpns and pm to indicate beginning of round.

Round 1: Kfb into each st. 12 sts total.
Round 2: K all sts.
Round 3: K1, kfb. Rep to end of round.
Round 4: K all sts.
Round 5: K2, kfb. Rep to end of round.
Round 6: K all sts.
Round 7: K3, kfb. Rep to end of round.
Round 8: K all sts.
Round 9: K4, kfb. Rep to end of round.
Round 10: K all sts.
Round 11: K5, kfb. Rep to end of round. 42 sts total.
Round 12: P all sts.

Turn work inside out. Continue to work in the round (now you will be going the opposite direction).

Knit in the round in stocking stitch for 1 inch.
Increase round: K until last st on each needle, then kfb last st.

Continue to knit in stocking stitch; do an increase round after every inch three more times. 51 sts total.

Knit another inch, then do two purl rounds. BO knitwise.

Put a flat, round object such as a bottle lid into the bottom of the cup. The object should fit snugly and allow the cup to stand upright. Stuff the cup with the fibre fill of your choice and set cup aside.

Coffee

Using dark brown yarn and one dpn, CO 6 sts.

Knit as for i-cord.

Divide sts onto 3 dpns and pm to indicate beginning of round.

Round 1: Kfb into each st. 12 sts total.
Round 2: K all sts.
Round 3: K1, kfb. Rep to end of round.
Round 4: K all sts.
Round 5: K2, kfb. Rep to end of round.
Round 6: K all sts.
Round 7: K3, kfb. Rep to end of round.
Round 8: K all sts.
Round 9: K4, kfb. Rep to end of round.
Round 10: K all sts.
Round 11: K5, kfb. Rep to end of round.
Round 12: K all sts.
Round 13: K6, kfb. Rep to end of round. 48 sts total.

BO all sts knitwise and set aside.

Cardboard sleeve

Using light brown yarn, CO 9 sts. Do not join in the round—you will be knitting flat in seed stitch. *K1, p1 across row. Turn*. Repeat from * to * until the strip of knitted fabric fits comfortably around the stuffed cup.

Stitch the strip together so that one end overlaps the other slightly to form a visible seam. Set aside.


ASSEMBLY

Whipstitch the coffee, reverse stocking stitch side up, to the inside top of the cup using brown yarn. It is easiest if you don’t stuff the cup to the top before seaming. When there is one inch left to seam, stuff the cup until full. Finish the seam as invisibly as possible, knot, and hide the end by pulling it inside the cup with the needle.

Slide the sleeve onto the coffee cup until it fits tightly.

You’re done!


NOTE: This pattern is for personal use only--please don't reproduce it elsewhere, try to take credit for it, or make money off it. Thanks!

5 comments:

Miss 376 said...

That looks fantastic

Nathalie said...

Aw! So cute! Good job!

Melinda said...

Thanks!

Kare said...

This is wonderful!! Thanks for posting it. (I found it on Ravelry)

The Orchard said...

Well, I am not sure if that particular picture is the one that you sent to us, but I will tell you that my kids love to play with it. I have also had several people tell me how much they adore it. It is the perfect gift for my kids who like to play "coffee shop" on a regular basis.