diy wednesdays: knitted french press cozy

this project was a fun way to combine two of our current obsessions: coffee and knitting.
derek recently discovered the art of home roasting coffee beans, and decided he needed a french press to better enjoy his brew. the coffee tastes great, but since the press isn’t insulated, it gets cold real quick. what to do? knit the little guy a sweater, of course! the pattern couldn’t be simpler, it’s just a rectangle with 3 buttons. now we’ve got the tastiest, toastiest roast in town! click here for the full instructions and more photos or just click “read more” below.

have fun!
derek & lauren


Knitted French Press Cozy

Note: Although this is a simple pattern, basic knowledge of knitting is required for this project.

Here’s what you’ll need:
-size 5 knitting needles
-yarn (we used Debbie Bliss’ Cashmerino Aran in color #300502)
-3 to 4 small buttons. Our vintage anchor buttons came from an old shirt.
-yarn darning needle

To cover an 8 cup Bodum french press you’ll need to knit a rectangle that measures approximately 12″ x 6″.

1. Using size 5 needles, cast on 60 stitches.
2. Knit in k2, p2 rib for 4 rows.
3. Knit in stockinette stitch for 36 more rows.
4. Knit in k2, p2 rib for 4 rows.
5. Cast off stitches.
6. Attach 3 buttons to left edge of rectangle.
7. Using the tails of yarn remaining from your first and last rows, make 2 loops for the top and bottom buttons and attach a third loop in the middle of the right edge of your rectangle. Tuck in all loose ends with your yarn darning needle.
8. Button up your french press and enjoy a hot cup of joe!


  1. Ariane says:

    Thought I would pass on a similar DYI – minus the knitting portion (for those of us that don’t knit, but love the look). The project uses old sweaters to create a similar look. The project can be found at in the “watch videos from the show”.

  2. elizabeth says:

    are those paper cups or porcelain in that photo? if porcelain i would love to know where they came from.

  3. MissNatalie says:

    This reminds me of hanging out at the Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland ( where they always have knit cozies on glass mason jars for tea cups.

  4. shing says:

    okay, that is simply adorable.

  5. Taryn says:

    I was recently gifted a home coffee roaster AND french press a couple weeks back. I think my little french press will be happy to have such a cool sweater!

    Thanks for the tutorial…

  6. lauren says:

    we picked up those cups at the crate & barrel outlet, and it looks like they can also be purchased here (on sale!):

  7. jen says:

    dang! i wish i drank coffee so i could make myself one. but we do have a press here at the office… do i love my co-workers enough to knit a cozy to keep their coffee warm? i’m not sure…

  8. me too says:

    I just wanted to say the same thing as elizabeth – if those are porcelain cups that look like paper cups I want them too!

  9. Ben says:

    Absolutely brilliant! And adorable.

  10. kristy says:

    i love it! I’m just learning to knot and this looks like a very doable – and useful next project!

    thank you!

  11. kristy says:

    i love it! I’m just learning to knit and this looks like a very doable – and useful next project!

    thank you!

  12. Lisa says:

    I think this may be the final reason I need to start knitting. Love it!

  13. sarah says:

    i love the buttons. they’re a nice touch.

  14. Sasha says:

    How cute! I haven’t broken out my knitting needles yet this season and this makes me want to do it. Coffee is my obsession too….:)

  15. Heather says:

    I love both of these projects! I was obsessed with making felted bowls for Christmas gifts and ended up using one of them as a Cozy for my Bodum…thanks for sharing this DIY!

  16. read me... says:

    Love the jacket, love the porcelain cups, love the gingham table cloth… love it all & mustrack open my knitting needles. Thanks!

  17. read me... says:

    Love the jacket, love the cups, love the gingham tabletop… i am so cracking out my knitting needles for this project. Thanks!

  18. Suzanne says:

    the coffee looks so COZY!

  19. Margo Morgan says:

    Does it really keep it hot for very long? I know my husband and I had that problem — he bought the insulated stainless bodum french press. But he still didn’t think it was warm enough so we have to put the coffee in a Nissan insulated pot after we brew it. Two instead of one. :P

  20. Too cute:) Looks like I sweater I have from J.Crew. It’s pretty cozy too.

  21. elissa says:

    How cute! I had been sketching some ideas for my own french press cozy. I had been thinking more like a typical tea cozy, made of fabric and batting that goes over the top but this is cuter. Maybe I’ll crochet a version instead.

  22. Tamar says:

    This is pretty adorable, but not actually very practical for a serious coffee drinker. I have a stainless insulated french press that I like very much for its ability to keep the coffee as hot as possible during the brewing process. However, coffee gets unpleasantly bitter if allowed to hang out in the press with the grinds for too long as it continues extracting flavor from the beans long past deliciousness. If you aren’t going to drink it all right away, you should really transfer it to something without grinds in it.

  23. Oh, I LOVE this one! Can’t remember when last I saw such a coffee pot warmer, but it’s been a while :-)

  24. katelyn says:

    Thats adorable, I really need to learn how to knit. I’ve been teaching myself how to crochet, but knitting is really beautiful too. I’ll have to try to crochet one of these, it would be great for when we go camping!

  25. Mary Moody says:

    Love this idea and started stitching before I realized I have a smaller coffee press. As someone who has only recently taught themselves to knit, is there a formula to figure out how to make this smaller to fit my press?

  26. My french press is a 1cup, and therefore doesn’t need a cozy.

    I wish I had a bigger french press, so it did need one.

  27. Victoria says:

    I am so in LOVE!! I had to start knitting right away… check my blog for pictures!

  28. Victoria says:

    I am so in LOVE with this project! I had to start knitting right away! And pictures were posted this morning. :)

  29. Carli says:

    Lovely. I’ve recently become a fan of the french press and have been pouring it directly into a thermal carafe for warmth— but how cute! (You’ll still end up with a second really stiff brew if you leave it in there too long ;)

  30. Kelli Lucas says:

    What an adorable idea!

    I tried one, too, using scrap skeins leftover from other projects. It was the perfect quick project to occupy a couple of days at home with the flu!

    (photos at my blog…

  31. Celine says:

    best idea ever! makes me wish I knew how to knit. or remember how to, at least.

  32. Sascha says:

    best idea, i think so too…

  33. Kristina says:

    Thank you for the pattern! I finished my cozy a few weeks back and my husband loves it. I have some pix I’d love to share with you of the final product. Is there any way to post them here?

  34. Amy says:

    I just broke my French Press, if only it has a little jacket like that, it won’t break as easily. So it actually has two functions. Will get on making it right away, so my new French Press will be protected.

  35. Andrea says:

    How much wool do you need to buy? I’m a beginner knitter so not sure whether one ball or two? And are they 50g or 100g balls of wool? Any tips on thickness of yarn? Thanks.

  36. Deb says:

    Hi folks,
    I came here for the pattern, but noticed several of you inquiring about the ceramic cups. I’ve been making my own ceramic “paper cups” with fitted lids for a little while now. If you want, you can check them out on my website: in the gallery. I am selling them, but don’t yet have an etsy page up. You can contact me through the website if you’re interested in purchasing one (or several). Just thought I’d pass that on.

  37. Connie says:

    Can anyone help me out with how to adjust instructions so that it would fit a 10 cup coffee press?

  38. Linda Robbins says:

    Dear Connie,
    This pattern would be really easy to adjust for a 10 cup press or any size. Measure around the press. Look at the gauge of your yarn and determine how many stitches are in an inch using the size of knitting needle they suggest on the yarn package. Multiphy the number of stitches per inch times the number of inches around the pot to tell you how many stitches you should cast on. You will want to subtract about an 1/2 to an inch of stitches to make sure the cozy does not fall off of the cozy. Be sure to use the size needle the yarn suggest and make a swatch to make sure you have the right gage. Knit the cozy as long as you want it. Follow the directions to place buttons. Hope that helps. You can use these directions for different yarns and different needle sizes.

  39. claresa says:

    love the french press pattern. it will be perfect for my sister-in-law who is devoted to her french press.

  40. Traci says:

    Thanks for the super cute project! I just finished mine and it looks so cute!!

  41. Tim Kilroy says:

    OK…this is just really cute. I want to strat selling these! What a great idea (and a great color, too!) Bravo! You are making my poor little Bodum feel neglected ;-)

  42. liz says:

    i added a slight variation which i hope will make it more insulating. after the ribbing i knit in the front and back of each stitch so i would have double the number of stitches. then i worked the body in double knit (k1, s1 purl-wise). then on the row before the bottom ribbing i k2tog all the way across to end up with the original number of stitches. this will make the body of it double thickness!

    also, i have a 4 cup bodum and it took casting on 40 stitches on size 5 needles with worsted weight yarn for it to fit with my guage. happy knitting/coffee drinking!

  43. missy says:

    i made this for my sister, but she found it still cooled too quickly. we created our own pattern out of old flannel shirts and insulated it with the same stuff they put in pot holders and oven mitts. keeps the coffee piping! here’s a link to a pic if you’d like to check it out:

  44. Libby says:

    Great project! I’m attempting to try this…I bought a french press for my boyfriend for christmas and was thinking of adding a cozy into the present. by size 5 needle, do you mean 5mm or US 5? Thanks for sharing! :)

  45. Hi Kersti…very interesting reading your post today. I started knitting years ago, but didn’t keep up with it. I know have decided to start up with it again, seeing as how I have now gone to a few wool and sheep festivals. Plenty of yarn there I’ll tell you. I have two of the French Presses actually. One for like 4 cups also. And now I plan on making one of your covers for the shorter one first…not right away though..other projects going on now. Now to the yarn. I never wanted to use he wool because it itched so, but the new wool is really quite nice and I to like it very much. I want to make socks out of some of mine.

  46. Jane Hines says:

    Thank you I am making one for my son . Jane

  47. Jarita says:

    Thanks for the post. I also like french press coffee. It is one of my favorite . When Me and my hubby also visit any coffee cafeteria, We always ordered french press coffee.


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