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dyeing for coffee
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beatnik breakfast > bait and switch > café au laine >
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Samhain 2010

Simone Van Iderstine (photo & model)

Café au Laine

Love coffee? Love wool ALMOST as much? Amazing things can happen when you mix the two. Besides, if you're ever stranded in the middle of nowhere in the wee hours of the morning, you can always chew on your cowl to get a caffeine fix!

by Simone Van Iderstine

Suggested Listening

"Come Home Late" by The Woolly Wombs


MoonPrincess Dropout
Click here for definitions of difficulty levels.

Finished Measurements

7/17.8cm when folded, 12.5/31.8cm unfolded, 22/60cm in circumference


  • MacAusland Woolen Mills [100% wool; 200yds/183m per 4oz/113.4g skein]; Natural White, 2 skeins
  • US 10/6 mm 24/61cm circular knitting needle
  • US 10/6 mm set of 2 DPNs
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle


17 sts and 20 rows per 4/10cm in k2p2 rib, unstretched, but the gauge is pretty forgiving for this project since it's so bulky and stretchy.

Design Notes

For a tutorial on dyeing wool for this project, see "Dyeing for Coffee" in this issue.

This pattern calls for a knitted i-cord tie but would look wonderful with ribbon laced through the eyelets instead.


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Simone Van Iderstine (photo)

Using circular needle, CO 88. Place stitch marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist.

Work in k2p2 rib for 3.75/9.5cm.

Eyelet round: *K2, p2tog, YO* around.

Work in k2p2 rib until piece measures 10.75/27.3cm from CO edge.

Repeat eyelet round.

Work in k2, p2 rib until piece measures 12.5/31.8cm from CO edge.

BO loosely in pattern and break yarn.

Finishing and Assembly:
Weave in loose ends. Fold cowl over so the eyelet rows line up. Thread the i-cord through both layers of knitted fabric. Tie i-cord in a bow and wear wherever coffee can be enjoyed!


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