Sep 14, 2006
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by Chloe Nightingale



I have a little problem. Unless it's only a few inches long, I cannot throw yarn away.  I've even bought bags of scraps and partial skeins from charity shops. I think this stems from my college crocheting years when every strand was sacred.

Rather than collecting leftover bits of yarn until the end of time, I am always on the lookout for odd-ball, one-skein, and scrap-yarn projects. I have a problem with a lot of scrap yarn patterns, though. Just because something is made with leftover yarn doesn't mean it has to be messy-looking and made with clashing colors. Choose the scraps for your projects carefully, making sure the colors go well together. Repeat after me: scrappy does not mean crappy.

When I worked as a barista, I used scrap yarn to crochet coffee cup cozies for my customers, but now that I do most of my coffee drinking at home, I figured it was high-time I designed a cozy for my french press.

This Mondrian-inspired cozy is just one way to work-up a cozy for your cafetière. Try a monochrome version (a great way to use odd balls and one-skein impulse purchases) with an embroidered embellishment, try stripes or fancy stitches, or try something completely different. And definitely send me pictures!

Materials List

  • Approximately 165 yards (151m) scrap yarn (DK or sport weight is recommended for the pattern -- for thinner yarns, try using two complimentary strands at once; for thicker yarns, I would recommend making the cozy a few stitches narrower and a few rows shorter to ensure a proper fit)
    • C1 (yellow):  20 yards (18m)
    • C2 (black):  40 yards (37m)
    • C3 (white):  50 yards (46m)
    • C4 (red):  40 yards (37m)
    • C5 (blue):  15 yards (14m)
  • US F/5 (3.75 mm) hook
  • Buttons
  • Needle
  • Sewing thread (optional)
  • Yarn needle

Finished Size

Will fit standard size coffee press: 7" x 14" (18cm x 36cm)


17 sts x 18 rows of sc = 4" (10 cm)


When changing from one color to another, I find it looks best to change color mid-stitch.  For a single crochet stitch, the final yo and draw-through is done with the second color.  Although it is not necessary to 'carry' yarns for this project, this color-changing technique is sometimes known as tapestry crochet, explained by Carol Ventura here.

The Pattern

ScrappyThe Pattern

With C1, ch 28, turn.  

Row 1:  Starting in second ch from hook, sc in each st to end, ch 1, turn.  (27 sts)

Row 2-4:  Sc in each st to end, ch 1, turn.   

Rows 5-6:  With C2, sc in each st to end, ch 1, turn.    

Row 7: With C3, sc in each of the next 17 sts, with C2, sc in each of the next 5 sts, with C3, sc in each of the last 5 sts, ch 1, turn.  

Row 8: With C3, sc in each of the first 5 sts, with C2, sc in each of the next 5 sts, with C3, sc in each of the last 17 sts, ch 1, turn.   

Rows 9-22: Repeat Rows 7 and 8.

Rows 23-24:  With C2, sc in each st to end, ch 1, turn.  

Row 25:  With C4, sc in each of the first 17 sts, with C2, sc in each of the next 5 sts, with C3, sc in each of the last 5 sts, ch 1, turn.  

Row 26:  With C3, sc in each of the first 5 sts, with C2, sc in each of the next 5 sts, with C4, sc in each of the last 17 sts, ch 1, turn.

Rows 27–44:  Repeat Rows 25 and 26.

Rows 45-46:  With C2, sc in each st to end, ch 1, turn.  

Row 47:  With C3, sc in each of the first 11 sts, with C2, sc in each of the next 5 sts, with C5, sc in each of the last 11 sts, ch 1, turn.

Row 48:  With C5, sc in each of the first 11 sts, with C2, sc in each of the next 5 sts, with C3, sc in each of the last 11 sts, ch 1, turn.

Rows 49–56: Repeat Rows 47 and 48.

Row 58:  With C2, sc in each st to end, turn.  

Row 59:  With C1, ch 3 (counts as first tr), tr in each st to end.  (Note:  Feel free to substitute hdc, dc, double-tr, etc. for the tr stitches to accommodate button size.)   


Fasten off.  Using yarn needle, weave in ends.  

Sew buttons onto the area between Rows 1-4. Not everyones coffee presses have their handle in the same place, so you will have to figure out the placement yourself -- the good news is that you don't have to make button holes! The buttons fasten into the tr-spaces of the last row.  

If you find sewing on buttons a nightmare, you may fasten the cozy by attaching lengths of ch-sts to the foundation chain and tying them to the tr stitches.

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lavendarblitz wrote
on Sep 16, 2006 11:21 AM
Traveling along, there's a song that we're singing.
Come on get Scrappy!

Sorry, I could not contain myself. This is so cute!

Bambi wrote
on Sep 18, 2006 6:09 AM

Thank you for this pattern! I think we suffer from the same scrap yarn addiction and I am soooo happy to find a pattern that is useful AND nice looking. Already planning a couple in my head!!!

Anonymous wrote
on Sep 18, 2006 7:30 PM

This is great! I've been trying to crochet up a cozy for my french press, but my brain has been too lazy to think of a really cool pattern for it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Debby wrote
on Sep 21, 2006 12:36 PM
As usual, you have come up with a pattern that's inventive, cute

and really cool looking. Great job! You rock!!

Martha wrote
on Sep 24, 2006 10:24 AM

Please get the CrochetMe folks to offer your coffee cup cozies - I've been trying to figure out a way to make some.

I always look forward to your patterns and designs. Thanks so much and stay creative!

jo wrote
on Sep 24, 2006 5:44 PM

I am a scrap junkie as well! I have found the coolest way to use up my scraps! There is an organization called newborns in need ( they provide patterns or accept originals. I hope this inspires you as much as it did me. I design original crocheted baby clothes, so I end up with a ton of baby yarn scraps. Thanks so much for all your inspiration! Jo

hatice wrote
on Oct 1, 2006 7:30 PM

this is great... this is crazy...

Daphined wrote
on Oct 24, 2006 9:51 AM
No wonder you teach! Wish you were nearer MY area! I guess North Carolina is too far for you to visit? BTW, I am also short, but not at all crabby; therefore, I doubt you are really crabby, either! See, I look at the bright side of everything! Lucky I am an optimist, since I married a pessimist! (Opposites attract, right?)We have been married almost 54 years, so it worked for us! Keep up the good work!

LOL (as in Lots of Love!)

Chloe wrote
on Oct 24, 2006 5:34 PM

54 years? That's wonderful! I've been married for 7, but we're working towards 50+ years!

P.S. Shhh! You'll spoil my crabby reputation! ;D

Mary Anne wrote
on Nov 6, 2006 6:01 PM

What a good idea! I use a press pot too, and the second cup is never hot enough. Gotta make me one of these...

Anonymous wrote
on Nov 19, 2006 4:35 PM

I hope to be making this lovely cozy very soon. Hopefully I will remember to send you some pics. Thank you for the pattern.

on Dec 5, 2007 8:17 PM

I think this Mondrian inspired piece is what made me finally decide to join this site! I love love love it. And I also have the issue of not wanting to throw my yarn scraps away. I'll be doing something similar soon!!!

on Mar 10, 2008 7:17 AM

Thanks for the pattern. I too, am a scrap yarn collector. I've actually been thinking of unraveling a sweater that doesn't fit anymore....maybe my project for today.

yellofaerie wrote
on Apr 22, 2008 10:10 AM

Very cool idea! I may have to do that with some of my scraps too. Thanks for posting this!

mignonette wrote
on Aug 6, 2008 4:22 PM
This is a terrific idea! Although I'm in the middle of three other projects (isn't everyone?), I'm hauling out my scrap yarn for this project as I type.
Do you have a pattern for the cup cozies? I'll definately need to make a couple of those as well!
Thank you!


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on Feb 22, 2009 10:15 AM

This pattern is delightful! You mentioned that you had made coffee cup cozies when you were a barista -- do you still know what you used for a pattern? I'd love to play around with some of my scrap yarns -- I have that same addiction. I love this, though. Thanks!

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