Every Monday and Tuesday we get free hot chocolates from some magical vending machines. They’re surprisingly delicious for something that’s (sort of) free. I’m fairly sure extortionate tuition fees cover the cost. The cups that they are dispensed in are thin, and as such, spectacularly fail to insulate your hands from the scalding heat of a freshly brewed hot chocolate. It seemed wasteful to take more than one cup to protect my hands, so I decided to knit up a little cup holder.

Cable Knit Cup Holder

To make your own you’ll need:
Some wool (I used some that I had leftover from another project)
Four double pointed knitting needles (dpns)
The gauge doesn’t really matter too much, as the knit and the cables give it quite a bit of elasticity. Nevertheless, if you are interested, my gauge was about 28 sts/36 rows = 10cm/4ins. The finished product is between 16cm and 20cm in circumference, depending on how stretched out it is.

Pattern:
Cast on 36sts over three needles – each needle should have 12 sts.
Row 1 – Knit 6, Purl 6, k12, p6, k6 – repeat this pattern three more times.
Row 5 – k6, slip three stitches onto a fourth double pointed needle, hold these stitches in front as you p3 that are still on the original needle, then p3 on the fourth dpn, k12, slip 3sts to 4th dpn, p3, p3 on 4th dpn, k6.
Row 6 – repeat row 1 four times.
Row 10 – see row 5.
Repeat the pattern until you reach your desired length.

If you want to make the circumference to be slightly larger to fit a Starbucks cup, for example, use the pattern below.
CO 48 sts over 4 dpns – 12sts on each needle
Row 1 – k3, p6, k6, p6, k6, p6, k6, p6, k3 – repeat this for three more rows
Row 5 – k3, sl3 on to another needle, p3, p3 from other needle, k6, sl3, p3, p3 on other needle (repeat until end of round)
Row 6 – same as row 1.
Repeat as desired.

You could also flat knit this if you don’t have dpns, but you will need to sew up the sides. Also, don’t forget to alternate your knits and purls on each row:
Row 1  –  k3, p6, k6, p6, k6, p6, k6, p6, k3
Row 2 – p3, k6, p6, k6, p6, k6, p6, k6, p3
Row 3 –  see row 1
Row 4 – see row 2
Row 5 – k3, sl3 on to another needle, p3, p3 from other needle, k6, sl3, p3, p3 on other needle (repeat until end of round)
etc.

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