Got a hankerin’ fer some coffee? This felt-lined coffee cozy will keep your brown gargle mighty hot and your hands cool!
Pattern: Arbuckle [download free pattern here]
Materials: Gefidra Volata Tweed (100% wool, 110 yds/ 50 g per ball); approx 1/4 of a ball used for one coffee cozy, tapestry needle, 1 piece of store-bought felt, sewing needle, thread to match yarn, and sewing pins.
Needles: 1 set size 7 US (4.5 mm) double pointed needles, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE (Pretty please, check your gauge)
Gauge: 19 sts and 28 rows = 4” in St st, blocked
Size: Fits a standard 12 oz coffee cup which measures 7¼” circumference at base, 9” circumference at top. Coffee cozy measures approx 3” tall.
Back in the American old west, cowboys roasted their own green coffee beans in a skillet over the campfire. They made hot, strong coffee that was “thick enough to float a six shooter in”. Making so called “brown gargle” was a tedious job; one burned coffee bean ruined the entire batch. Then Arbuckle’s Grocery store (in my very own Pittsburgh, PA) developed a new roasting technique which kept roasted beans fresh in airtight containers. It became a favorite at chuck wagons all across the west.
Although, admittedly, they probably didn’t use felt-lined coffee cozies.
And if you couldn’t tell, I’m a big fan of westerns (books, not films). I mean a REALLY big fan.
Special thanks to Beth and Lisa K. for test knitting and finding sleep deprived typos in the original pattern!