Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Because Knitting is Nerdy...

In my constant perusing of ravelry -- an online forum/database for knit/crochet things -- I've come across many, many "nerdy" patterns.  There's references to sci-fi shows/movies, video games, and science.  There's tons of anime related things.  (Though some may not call that "nerdy" and to my sister and brother in law, who are currently living in Japan, it's just normal life.)  In meeting other knitters I've come to realize that many of us have at least a little geek inside and we've embraced it in the form or yarn and needles.
I've been wanting to make myself a new coffee cozy for awhile now.  I've also been wanting to knit something Dr Who related.  Thus, the idea for the Tardis Coffee Cozy was born.  It was the perfect idea being that I often wish my coffee cup was "bigger on the inside."

You'll need:
Blue and white yarn -- I have no idea how much.  I had the right color blue on hand leftover from a few hats I made recently.  It takes very little white.
Size 6 needles
Tapestry needle

CO 42 stitches
Row 1: k2, p1
Row 2: k1, p2
Rows 3-5: knit in stockinette (knit 1 row, purl the next)
Rows 6-11: (for the windows) continuing in stockinette,  alternate 2 stitches white and one stitch blue for 2 rows, then one full row in blue.  Repeat 1x so you have 2 rows of windows.
Row 12: Purl all stitches
Row 13: p12, k1, p8, k1, p8, k1, p11
Row 14: k11, p1, k8, p1, k8, p1, k12
Rows 15-22: repeat rows 13 and 14
Row 23: knit all stitches
Row 24: k11, p1, k8, p1, k8, p1, k12
Row 25:  p12, k1, p8, k1, p8, k1, p11
Rows 25-32: repeat rows 24 and 25
Row 33: purl all stitches
Row 34: knit all stitches
Bind off loosely

Stitch "POLICE BOX" across the top -- preferably above the middle 6 windows.  (I still need to work on stitching letters.  This took me nearly as long as knitting the whole thing because I didn't like how they looked.  Heck, I still don't really like how the lettering looks...)

Stitch up the back seam
This easily fits a grande or venti Starbucks cup.  I'm pretty sure it's a bit big for a tall...but I never order those anyway.  I've gotten a lot of compliments on my cozy over the last few weeks but I don't think anyone has recognized it.  First barista that does gets a big tip. 


Luella M.Hill said...

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Amber said...

LOVE the pattern!! I wanted to make mine a bit shorter, so I modified it a bit this way, & now the bottom has a similar look as the top:

(everything the same through row 23)
Row 24: k1, p2
Row 25: k2, p1
Row 26: k1, p2
Row 27: k2, p1
Row 28: purl all stitches
Bind off