Spine Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve

Hello everyone!

I hope you all are having a great weekend, despite the frigid weather that has rolled in to the majority of the country. I wish I could say that my weekend has been great but unfortunately, it has not been.

Yesterday, while walking the dog, I tripped and severely rolled my ankle. After hearing a very loud “pop” I instantly fell to the ground and found myself not being able to get back up. With the assistance of some kind neighbors, I made it back home. Upon sitting down on the couch, the overwhelming pain finally set in which made me light-headed and on the verge of passing out.

I went to the hospital and after a few X-rays, I was diagnosed with a broken ankle. In fact, I had done such a great job breaking it that I managed to fracture both sides of the ankle, called a bimalleolar fracture. I left the ER with a splint, anti-inflammatory meds and painkillers with a pending surgery scheduled for early next week. I’ve never broken a bone before so this is definitely a new and scary experience.

bimalleolar fracture

In the meantime, I am stuck at home, hopped up on pain medication and being comforted by knitting and Netflix. While looking through my knitting notebook, I found a coffee cup sleeve pattern that I had written up a while ago. This pattern was designed using one of my favorite stitches, the Spine Stitch. In fact, I’ve knitted a cowl using this same stitch called the Spine Rib Cowl.

So, if you’re in the mood to knit something quick, then check out the Spine Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve pattern below. This is a great opportunity to use up some leftover yarn from the holidays.

Spine Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve detail green

Materials

1 skein (or leftover yarn around 20 yds approx. 18 m) of worsted weight yarn
A set of US 8 (5mm) DPN (double pointed needles)
Yarn/Tapestry needle

Pattern

CO 40 stitches. Join in the round and make sure the stitches are not twisted.

Rd 1 (RS): *C2B, C2F; rep from * to end of row.
Rd 2: knit.

Repeat Rounds 1-2 for 15 rounds (you will end with Round 1). Bind off and weave in loose ends. View the tutorial below for more help.

Spine Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve white

Spine Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve green

 

Spine Stitch

 

Spine stitch is a simple cable stitch that produces a look which resembles the spine, hence its name. The first row of the spine stitch involves combinations of C2Fs and C2Bs and the second row is purling the whole row. The final result of the stitch is an intricate design that looks more complicated and involved than it actually is.

If you like the spine stitch, you might enjoy the Spine Rib Cowl free pattern.

Spine Stitch

Pattern

Skill: intermediate
Multiple of 4 sts

Here is a video tutorial on how to knit C2B and C2F without a cable needle. This technique is a lot faster than when using a cable needle.

Row 1 (RS): *C2B, C2F; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: purl.

Repeat Rows 1-2.

 

Spine Rib Cowl

Hello knitters!

I hope everyone is doing well! It seems like so long ago since I’ve written a blog post, but in actuality, it’s only been a little over a week. I’ve been somewhat busy this past week and haven’t had much time to write.

I recently started a new job which has taken up most of my time. I find myself coming home from work and still thinking about work. I can’t seem to find to off switch. In addition, the transition from being jobless for a month to getting back to a normal work schedule has proven to be quite difficult. Though I am happy to have been able to catch up on some sleep this weekend.

With my now busy schedule, I am very sad to say that I will not be able to design knit patterns the way I used to 🙁 Even though I will be slowing down my design work, I will continue to knit and will still be adding new stitch patterns, tips and tutorials!

Now with that being said, I have managed to finish a cowl pattern that I’ve been working on for the past week or so. My first design for this cowl was completely different. It was a simple mesh lace pattern that I had designed specifically for beginning lace knitters. I had to completely frog it because I made the mistake of posting the written pattern on social media before I had the chance to finish it. So in turn, my design was stolen by a fellow knitter (you know who you are) who has now claimed it to be their own.

Simple mesh lace

It was meant to be a FREE pattern! They wouldn’t have had to pay a dime to use it. I guess now they can sell it and make money because it is technically theirs. The sad part is that they could have at least changed the edging or modified it somehow, but they didn’t. How pathetic! And to be my follower on Instagram too! I was naive to think that everyone has good morals and integrity. Oh well, what goes around comes around. That is the law of the universe…at least I believe so.

Okay, I have to let it go. I’ve made my mistake and have learned my lesson. On to my new and improved cowl pattern. Hope you all enjoy! Note: my patterns are free but if you are to use it or include it on your site, please allow me the deserved credit. In fact, please do so for all patterns you use that is not yours. It’s proper copyright etiquette.

Spine Rib Cowl - Purl Avenue

Materials

2 skeins of Berroco Flicker (color: Brown)
US 11 (8mm) 24″ circular needles
Stitch marker
Yarn needle

Gauge

16 sts=4″
20 rows=4″

Pattern

CO 144 sts.

Edging

Rnd 1-5: *K4, P4; rep from * to end of round.

Main body

Rnd 1: *C2B, C2F; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 2: Knit.

Repeat Rnds 1-2 until cowl measures about 7.5″ from cast on edge (4o rounds).

Spine Stitch - Purl Avenue

Repeat Rib 4×4 edging pattern above.

Now bind off and weave in loose ends.

spine rib cowl folded - Purl Avenue

Measurements: 30″ (approximately 76 cm) circumference and 9.5″ (approximately 22 cm) wide.

Intended for personal use only and NOT selling or re-selling purposes. Please be considerate when using our patterns by allowing us credit for our hard work.