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Windowpane French Press Cozy

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Knit in two colors of Cascade 220 Wool Heather and Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted, our easy Windowpane French Press Cozy adds a cheery dash of color to your breakfast table. Any yarn of a similar gauge will work, like Koigu Kersti. Pockets formed from strands on the wrong side trap hot air keeping your press hotter longer. You could knit one up in less than a day, and have it blocked just in time for Mother’s Day brunch!

It may look complicated, but the colorwork is actually bands of color with a lattice of slipped stitches over the top. Even though you have three balls to manage, you’re only knitting in one of the contrast colors while slipping the main color.

At the beginning of each right side row, wrap the working yarn (in this case the yellow strand) around the strands not in use. By catching the non-working yarn, you avoid long vertical floats between stripes and wind up with fewer strands to weave in.

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Here’s a view of the wrong side. As you can see, the non working yarn travels up the edge, trapped under the first stitch of each right side row.

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Back on the right side; the windowpane effect is created by alternating between knitting in the contrast color (yellow) and slipping the main color (white).

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After slipping two stitches in the main color, strand the contrast color and continue knitting.

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For full colorwork instructions, download our free pattern PDF.
Happy knitting!
-Emma

Useful Links:
FREE Windowpane French Press Cozy pattern!    ETA: pattern updated 11/16/2012
Cascade 220 Wool Heather
Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted
More colors of Koigu Kersti

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6 Responses to “Windowpane French Press Cozy”

  1. Olof says:

    Your photo´s are beautiful and your blog is pretty. Very well taken care of and very informative. Thank you for all of your work and creativity. You inspire me.

    http://www.knittingwitholof.com

  2. emma says:

    Aw! Thank you, it’s so rewarding to hear that our hard work has been a source of inspiration. :)
    Cute patterns, btw! Love the color on your Collared Cabled Cowl!

  3. Jen says:

    This is the pattern I was looking for but the wrong size. How can I make this for a 5 inch single serve Bonjour?

  4. emma says:

    Hi Jen!
    Sorry for the delay, I had to locate the cozy. :)
    So, I would knit a swatch to get a ball-park estimate for how many stitches and rows you will need to cover your coffee pot. Then, keep in mind that the colorwork pattern is made up of eight stitch units, so your cast-on needs to be divisible by eight. You may need to add or subtract a few stitches from the cast-on number determined by your swatch, so you have a number divisible by eight.
    Enjoy!
    -Emma

  5. Andrea says:

    This cozy is beautiful! I can’t wait to make it for my mom for Christmas. Is there a particular reason you used circular needles instead of single point? Would it be possible to use US 6 single point needles or is there an advantage to using the circular?

    Thank you!

    ~Andrea

  6. Knit Culture says:

    Hi Andrea!

    You could definitely start on single points, but the cozy is joined in-the-round at the top. At which point you would have to switch to double-pointed needles or a circular.

    Have a merry Christmas! Hope your mom likes the cozy!
    -Emma G.

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