One of the fantastic handmade presents my sister Amie gave me this Christmas is this crocheted cafetière cosy.
Working in an office, it’s pretty standard that I rely on my dear friend caffeine to get me through the day. At work I have a little cafetière that makes one cup of coffee (no instant coffee for me, thank you!), but I’ve been struggling to keep my coffee warm while it’s brewing. I either pour it when it’s still hot but not quite brewed to perfection, or I wait and it brews properly but loses too much heat. Resorting to the microwave to give it a heat boost is obviously not ideal as it impairs the flavour.
Thus when Amie asked what I wanted for Christmas I came up with a cafetière cosy. I’d obviously heard of a tea cosy, so why not one for my cafetière?
Amie made this one out of red wool with a dinky little white and red button, but you can of course make it with whatever colour combination you choose, and adapt the measurements to fit your cafetière (this fits a standard one-cup cafetière). Here’s how she made it (forgive me if the instructions are not perfect – I’ve never done crocheting so relied on Amie’s notes, and interpreting her handwriting!):
- Slip knot the wool onto the crochet hook (size five).
- Chain the appropriate number of stitches to fit round the cafetière.
- Chain two
- DC (double crochet) in second chain from hook. DC in all chains.
- DC in all chain spaces, remembering to chain two at the beginning of each new row (approximately nine rows in total for this size of cafetière).
- Slip stitch to finish and sew in ends.
- Using the excess thread from the starting chain (which you made at the beginning), chain enough to accommodate the button (approximately five).
- Slip stitch into the end of the eighth row and sew in the end.
- Sew the button onto the corresponding side.
- At the bottom of the cosy sew the two ends together (from the first two rows) to fit underneath the cafetière handle.
- The cosy will button up at the top once you have pulled it on to the cafetière.