Well, I just got talked into teaching a knitting class for 4th thru 12 graders at my home school co-op. So….now I have to figure out what to do. Based on my research…thank you Dorothy Ann…sorry could help that flash back to Magic School Bus…I know I need to use bigger needles and definitely start small. How do you find a project that is quick and yet something the kids would want to make. That is my quandary and I think I have the first one figured out thanks to the discovery of the “Super Bulky Garter Stitch Coffee Cozy”.
It seems perfect…big needles…fast project…only uses a knit stitch. I found it on Ravelry, which is pattern sharing website for knitters and crocheters. Here’s a link to the project – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/super-bulky-garter-stitch-coffee-cozy. (To view the project you have to be a member, but its a free website with an amazing selection of projects. Some of the project are free and so cost a little.) The coffee cozy by Kym Meyer is a free one!
This one is perfect. It was stashed in the top of my cabinet languishing unused for at least 10 years…so…Coffee Mug – check.
Next I needed a bulky yarn and size 13 needles. Found the yarn and size 11 needles, which I am going to use anyway. The pattern says the gauge is not important so I’ll have to knit a few more rows, but I am desperately trying not to add cost to this projec.t I found a very nice chunky yarn in my stash so I am off to do some knitting.
After about a half of an hour of knitting, here is my finished project.
It is a crummy picture because the yarn is brown..but no biggie.. you can still get the idea. It was very easy to do. The beginning of the project is only knitting so the kids will master that stitch just in time to learn now to do a decrease, a yarn over, and cast off. It is a nice beginner project.
Here’s the finished project…as you can see it is brown.
The only issue I have is since my mug is on the shorter side my cozy seems to overwhelm it but it works.
An added bonus is when the kids are done, they will have a present for mom. I like also like the fact you can take a mug you are not longer in love with and change it up and make something different.