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diy wednesdays: knitted french press cozy

by Grace Bonney

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!


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  • 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 http://www.cbc.ca/stevenandchris/ in the “watch videos from the show”.

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

  • 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…

  • 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…

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

  • 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….:)

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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 ;)

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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: http://www.magpieceramics.com 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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 ;-)

  • 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!

  • 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! :)

  • 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.

  • 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.