The intricate business of creating a coffee plunger cozy!


I hope you’re all enjoying your sunday… many of my blog friends will be fast asleep (or out on the town!) as I type this… I was reflecting the other day, on how amazing it is to meet and keep in touch with so many people from all around the world, and follow their lives.  It makes me realise how isolated we are all the way down at the bottom of Mother Earth, and I am thoroughly enjoying watching your seasons change, I feel so much more… connected!  It’s great.  I hope you are all enjoying watching my winter turn into spring and not feel too many regrets about the changes you’re going through…  I promise to post many pictures of sunshiney happiness to warm you up on the inside in a few months time!

No sunshiney happiness is happening here today though!  It seemed like it might be a nice day, but by 8.30am a random rainstorm had happened, a gust of howling wind blew through (it has gone now) and the greyness set in.  KB and I hung out together all morning, all our windows steamed up… until we couldn’t take it anymore!  We got in the car and went to the supermarket… even though Sunday afternoon is the WORST time ever to go to Pak’n’Save!  We managed to escape without uttering too many swear words, and our cabin fever was gone!  Home we came as fast as we could!!!

I’m going to post the spoils of my morning stuck inside…  I didn’t make ALL of it today, some was last night too!  I’m not a crochet machine!  I really, really wanted to show you my crazy stripes hat, but I want to take the pictures outside, so that will have to wait until the rain has subsided.

I’m crazy about the colours I used, have you noticed by now that I totally get off on bright and beautiful colours!

Granny stripes have been happening…

And a matching mandala too!

Last night I really felt like getting some mandala action happening.  I was going to make one in many different shades of green, but it created itself into dazzling blues and turquoises and I’m pleased!  I love it! 

A couple of weeks ago, KB found a BRAND NEW Bodum coffee plunger at the op shop and snapped it up for $8 (yessssss!) and we were happy about that because the one we bought a few months ago had already broken.  However, this one is huge and the skull coffee plunger cozy I made the old plunger, didn’t fit this new one, so I decided to hook one out of these stunning colours this morning.  I cannot stand luke-warm plunger coffee, it’s bad news in my world, and plunger cozies work a treat.  So how about a wee tutorial?

I’ve made so many things from the Lovely Lucy’s granny stripe pattern I’ve remembered it off by heart!  It’s wonderful, thank you Lucy!  To begin, I made a piece to fit my plunger, (make it in granny stripes or whatever you prefer…)

 … making sure it didn’t meet at the back, then edged it in a different colour with single crochet…

Then I edged this piece with a pretty shell stitch… It’s a bit more delicate than the big shell stitch I usually use… after I joined my single crochet round with a slip stitch, I chained one, then into the next stitch, 1 sc, 1hdc, 1 sc, slip stitch into the next 3 stitches… repeat around and around and around… Lovely!

By this stage in the creative process I was getting very, very excited!  I’ve discovered that coffee plunger cozies stretch, so I created a device to stop them slipping off the plunger!  (It’s so technical  ha ha)… check it out!

Simple it seems!  But so utterly necessary!  I joined the wool with a slip stitch to the top of the cozy and chained a few stitches until it JUST reached the other side.  Remember if you make one, it will stretch!  I slip stitched it to the other side and single crocheted back across the chain to make it nice and strong.

THEN!  (It’s such an involved process isn’t it!)  Then I made the tie-up part at the back.  The first two plunger cozies I made (this is my 4th) I used buttons and loops which looked so pretty!  But when you are constantly taking the cozy off to wash the plunger, you get really p**sed off with the pretty buttons and loops, so I now create a tie on either side of the cozy which works like a charm!

Ta daaaaa!!!!

This is turning into quite a long post!  I’m sure you noticed that the mandala was the same colour as the plunger… well, I’m quite partial to matching things, and thought that it might be nice to have them matching for coffee drinking occasions!

I LOVE this mandala.  I’m wondering if it’s my favourite yet, or if that’s just because it’s new.  KB is a very talented painter, and she taught me about blending colours.  So I took it on board and have been blending my wool in the same way she blends her paints when I make my mandalas. 

Here’s one of that lovely mini shell stitch…

And one more gratuitous shot of mandala-licious-ness!

Getting home from the supermarket was the best… especially sitting down for a coffee and testing it all out!

Complete and utter fun!

I hope you enjoyed that colour therapy!  I’m off to upload them onto my ravelry page! woo hoo!  Ravelry is the best!   Then after that, I’m going to be highly disciplined!  I am giving a 30 minute (plus 15 minutes for questions) presentation tomorrow at 9.15am for one of my polytech classes.  I get reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllllllllllly nervous when I have to do public speaking, so I’m going to get myself well prepared and practiced!  And start imagining all of my classmates in their underwear… or maybe not…

Have a lovely beginning to your week everyone, and thank you so much for popping in,

lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXX


About Crochet with Raymond

I'm a crochet obsessed, reiki master, crystal healing, yoga junkie, counselling student, in a happy long term relationship... and Raymond's mum!
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53 Responses to The intricate business of creating a coffee plunger cozy!

  1. Mrs Twins says:

    Congratulations on a beautiful piece of work.
    Lovely colour combinations.
    We’re having a Bank Holiday here in the UK so a nice long….
    break for all of us.
    Hugs Suex

  2. Yeah maybe not…you might get tongue tied , or worse gag 😉

    Beautiful colour blending and lovely matching coffee set! You will have to add that skull to something else!

    Hope Raymond didn’t get his paws wet when he went outside this morning xx

  3. Planet Penny says:

    Hi Alice and Raymond! I’ve just found you via Vanessa and have enjoyed all your colourful crochet projects. I’m just on the last bit of a blanket and plan to make a cafetiere cosy with the leftovers. Don’t think it will be so tastefully blended tho’! Raymond is beautiful, very elegant. My studio assistant is Higgins, a miniature dachshund and a small bundle of mischief! love Penny and Higgins x

  4. inkberryblue says:

    Love it! I need to crochet a cosy for my thermos at work and you’ve just given me lots of inspiration. Thank you! Happy Sunday. =)

  5. Dorien says:

    Lovely! But either you are showing of work you have already stashed somewhere, or you really are a ‘crochet machine’. The rate you are working at, is stunning. Or is it all that coffee you are drinking that keeps you going?
    groetjes, Dorien

  6. carol says:

    Lovely, the colours are wonderful, must agree with Dorien the speed at which you get things done puts me to shame, well I do get them done just never finish them off lol

  7. Teacup Lane says:

    Very pretty and nice photos! No one is as slow crocheting as me.

  8. Merchy says:

    Yes I feel the same as you, so connected, when I think about all the people I am meeting from all around the world.
    Nice cozy and combination of colours. I’ll keep the idea to give it a try, if you don’t mind…
    Have a nice beginning of the week!

  9. Tania says:

    Love it !! Another lovely project to add to my list xxx

  10. Madeleine says:

    Colour happiness! 😀

  11. lyn says:

    Fantastic colours they blend so well. Thank you for sharing your creation.

  12. Steph says:

    Gorgeous colours – I luurrrrrve them. x

  13. tejehannah says:

    Dear Alice! How wonderful colours! I think it’s always about the colours! What the life could be without colours… I have my dear friend from Finland visiting me and didn’t have time to read all your posts… but soon I shall do it. If you have time please visit my new blog. Do you mind if I put yours in my Favorite list?
    I’m waiting autumn after a long and too hot summer. I hope you enjoy your summer!

  14. Heather says:

    lovely colours and what a beautiful mandala ( never heard that word before!)
    I’m finally making some buntings from your pattern!
    My Son is now over in the USA ( he went this week for 6 weeks)so its great to visit my fav USA blogs!
    Heather xx

  15. Andrea says:

    That turned out really cute! Enjoy your coffee!

  16. Penelope says:

    Such lovely colours Alice, feels like a day at the ocean when I look at your mandala, I too get such a thrill and serious therapy over colour combinations. Good luck tomorrow, whenever I do public speaking and get an awkward question or one I don’t have a clear answer to, I have learnt to reply with the same question back to that person, this opens up discussion, try it see what happens xox

  17. It’s marvellous to be surrounded by crochet goodness isn’t it? Lovely, lovely colours Alice, and a wonderful idea, but I have to ask this, what does Raymond think? Please can we see more photos of Raymond?It’s the closest I’ll ever get to him!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love Vanessa xxx

  18. anka says:

    I love the colors, the shell stitch, the fact that the cozy and mandala are a set (I am a sucker for sets). Nice way to finish the week, I think.

  19. natalie says:

    Hey Alice! Just found your cool blog recently and wanted to say Hi! I’m a knitter who adores crochet but hasn’t mastered it, yet. I live in Australia and will soon be taking a holiday in first trip overseas, hugely exciting…South Island here we come!!!

    Really enjoying your blog, it brightens my day, so thankyou!

  20. Maria says:

    The colour blends are inspirational and clever girl to work that into a cozy

  21. PosyLinda says:

    Ah Alice, you never let me down! Love the coffee cozy and those great colors. I’m happy to see that Raymond is looking so serene. Enjoy a wonderful weekend….

  22. Patz says:

    Yeah, I agree with Do; surely you pop coffee pills to keep going at that rate!! But I don’t care: I love the end result, so keep going, girl! I am making stars, inspired by the Royal Sisters, and hope to make a pretty bunting for the girls room… Keep up the inspiration, and should you ever take a break, we’ll try to catch up!! 😀 XOX

  23. All dressed up for the breakfast table I’d say. It is a perfect way to brighten the morning .
    Tis funny the different terms for things in other parts of the world. It is called a French press here. (the coffee plunger)

  24. Mar says:

    What a lovely idea. Heading to my leftover corner to see what I can manage with them, will show you when finished.
    Enjoy your mug of goodness!

  25. Melissa says:

    I have to say that your creations are absolutely lovely! The colors are so pretty and serene. I’m really going to start a mandala.

  26. Sarah says:

    Those colors are just beautiful! The coffee cozy turned out AMAZING! Great work!!

    Have a great day!

  27. Megan says:

    Love it! I made a French Press Cozy awhile back, but with a different approach. I love yours! And the colors in your mandala are awesome!

  28. Joyce says:

    Hi Alice, oh I just love those colours. You have a magical way of blending, I love it. xx

  29. allison says:

    seriously, i love all of your crochet projects! they’re so colorful, fun, and funky. i’ve got a coffee press cozy in the works, too.

  30. Olubunmi says:

    I really liked the colors that you chose for this project. Sometimes I tend to go either one color or too many. I do like the mixtures of colors that you have. They blend very well together. I guess that it is good to focus on a particular type of yarn and when you don’t have many left over, then you can use them up on a project like this. I like the table cover, and what I like that it looks very modern and it can go with many colors decor. 🙂 Way cool!

  31. JeannieBug says:

    Very nice, indeed!

  32. how do I get the patterns for the cozies? thanks in advance~Sharon

  33. bdawnb says:

    This is just the edging I have been looking for. I am in the process of making a granny square scarf, my first big project, as I only started crocheting about a week ago. I have been looking for an edging, but most of them I found were too, large or complicated, this delicate edging is just the job. Thank Alice and Raymond.

  34. Hi Alice! I was searching the web and came across your blog. I couldn’t find a “follow” button to click (as on my blog) How would I follow you? Please see my blog at

    Thanks! Love your blog!

  35. LindaSonia says:

    where is the tutorial??? I thought this was a link to the mini shell stitch mandala tutorial???

  36. Jillian_R says:

    Wow, once again your talents amaze me! THis is so pretty, thanks for sharing the “How to’s”.

  37. Angelika Gorham says:

    What a wonderful sense of color you have!!!! Can you share the painter color lessons you are learning from KB??? I LOVE-AH color… just am never quite sure how to combine!! Love your blog…. from New York State, USA

  38. titus2woman says:

    I would buy this pattern if you’re selling, as it’s PERFECT for a living room rug!!!!! And I have some living room plans… 🙂

  39. KristysKrafts says:

    Where can I find your pattern for the arm warmers, i think I saw it in the February newsletter issue?

  40. Stephanie B. says:

    Great colors used, and I love your photos of Raymond. he’s so sweet looking!

  41. mau says:

    Hi Alice,
    nice colour combination you have used.
    I am trying to make it..but finding little difficult..can u explain me the pattern.plzzz..
    Thanks and regards

  42. creativemau says:

    Thanks for your reply.can you give me entire pattern..??
    I had completed 2nd nad 3rd round..but I am not able to understand 4th and 5th….srry to bother you.

    • I have not got a pattern as such, this is a tutorial and I’m not sure what you are stuck on. Are you making a mandala or a coffee plunger cozy? There is a separate mandala pattern in the sidebar. My apologies if you are confused but I am unable to write out a stitch by stitch pattern as I have left it open for people to improvise. My suggestion is that you hold it up to your coffee plunger and see where you need to make it longer or wider and go from there, then add the ties?

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  44. I love the colors and your work always look so well done!
    Great job,

  45. Havana says:

    wow! those colors are amazing 😀 i’m totally inspired to try something similar 🙂

  46. Kim Brogren says:

    Hello. I am just starting out with crochet and did a trial mandala. I got to rows 12, 13, 14, etc. however and it started to get really wavy and would not lie flat. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong?

  47. Love your work and the colors you use.

  48. Bernice says:

    I’ve just picked up my crochet after a 30 year break. Raising kids work and life left no time for fun. Here I am just starting to rebuild my stash and you’ve inspired me as to which colors to go with. I have no imagination for projects and seeing your patterns has given me ideas for Christmas presents. Thank you. You are such a pleasant person, thank you for taking the time to blog.

  49. My comment is similar to Bernice’s comment. It’s been about 30 years for me as well, having only picked the hook to make a baby blanket for each of my 4 kids when I was preggers with them. This summer I rediscovered crochet, and cannot believe the colors and projects to be inspired by and learn from that are shared in blogs from all over the globe (thank goodness for Google Translate!)! I love your color choices and love of mandalas! I can’t wait to make my own! Thank you for sharing your joy with us, and also for sharing your patterns! Your blog is a very wonderful discovery for me! Hope you and Raymond are well. 🙂

  50. Verna Welch says:

    Where can I get the pattern for the rainbow crochet bag?

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