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This Coffee Cozy uses a part of a motif I've been using in my Finnish patterns for the "Knitting XX from Around the World" books (socks, scarves, mittens, sweaters).
This pattern includes a brief tutorial and photos on how to make a plaited cast-on and bind-off. You don't NEED to know how to do stranded knitting. In fact, if you're the type who learns by doing then this is an excellent pattern to learn and practice on.
The cozy is forgiving and works well for handspun of an inconsistent gauge (ask me how I know).
The sample you see here uses Lamb's Pride worsted and US8/5mm for knitting in the round, the other uses the same needles and worsted(ish) handspun.
For more information, see: http://crafting-a-life.com/mamaoknits/?p=2432
4.5 stitches and 5 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
30 yards of Worsted weight
Author of "Grounded: The Seven", editrix of the WWMDfK series ("What Would Madame Defarge Knit? Creations Inspired by Classic Characters"), host of CraftLit: a podcast for crafters who love books, Heather Ordover lives, writes, and designs in Northern Virginia with her amused husband, her goofball sons, a sly cat, and far too many devoted mosquitoes.
Oh, and she knits.