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Easy Crochet Can Cozy – Free Pattern

Learn how to make a crochet can cozy to keep your drinks cold and your tabletops dry.

I’ll also show you how to adapt this quick and easy crochet cozy pattern to fit slim or skinny-style cans.

top down picture of crochet can cozy made with cotton yarn

Crocheted can cozies (or koozies!) are a fun, quick crochet project that you can complete in under an hour.

Bring some with you to the beach or the lake to you can keep your beverage cold while you enjoy the outdoors.

Crochet can cozies are a great stash-busting project. They take just a small amount of cotton yarn, and you can use as many or as few colors as you like. You can keep them plain or design your own version with different colors and stripes.

This pattern is great to make for hostess gifts, housewarming parties, or to sell at craft fairs.

They’re great for Father’s Day presents too. Pair them with a six-pack, and you’ve got a great gift idea. If you’re fan, you can even make them in your favorite team’s colors.

Moss Stitch in the Round

I love the texture of crochet moss stitch (sometimes called linen stitch and granite stitch. A little confusing, right?)

Moss stitch is very easy to work and creates a lovely texture. It almost reminds me of woven fabric.

To crochet moss stitch, create an alternating pattern two stitches: the chain stitch and the single crochet.

Crocheting moss stitch flat in rows is simple enough, but working it in the round can bit tricky at first.

  1. To start, chain an even number of foundation stitches and join with a slip stitch. (Your foundation stitches can be chains or single crochet, like we have in this pattern.)
  2. Then, chain 2, and make a single crochet in the second stitch from the hook.
  3. Next, chain one, skip the next stitch and single crochet into the next stitch. Repeat that sequence until the end of the round. The last stitch in the round should be a single crochet.
  4. Join the round by making a slip stitch into the chain space you made to begin the round.
  5. Start the second round by chaining 1. Make a single crochet into the first chain-1 space, skip the next stitch, and chain 1. Repeat that sequence until the end of the round. The last stitch in the round should be chain 1.
  6. Join the round by making a slip stitch into the first single crochet of the round.
head on shot of two crochet can koozies

Materials

I like to use cotton yarn for this project because it’s durable and absorbent. You can substitute other worsted weight yarn made with acrylic or other fibers, if you like.

  • worsted weight (CYC 4) cotton yarn, such as Lily Sugar’n Cream
  • 5mm (H) crochet hook
  • darning or tapestry needle

Abbreviations

  • A, B = Color A, Color B;
  • ch = chain(s);
    sc = single crochet;
  • st(s) = stitch(es);
  • * = repeat whatever follows the * as
    indicated.

Measurements

Cozy measures 3″ (7.5 cm) in diameter x 4″ (10 cm) tall.

The cozy may be tight at first, but I find that the cotton yarn stretches with use.

Slim Can Cozy Variation

To make a can cozy for a slim or skinny-style can, end the bottom circle after row 4 (24 stitches). Then, continue with the pattern for the sides of the can.

Gauge

For this pattern, it’s important to meet the gauge so the cozy doesn’t slip from your can. I like to measure the bottom circle to check gauge.

Rounds 1–5 = 3″ (7.5 cm). Use any size hook to obtain the correct gauge.

Likewise, if your linen stitch is working up too tight, feel free to move up a hook size.

two crocheted can cozies in ombre colors worked in the crochet moss stitch

Notes

  • The pattern is written in US terms.
  • The can cozy is worked in the round, in joined rounds.
  • Ch 1 at the beginning of the round does not count as a stitch.
  • Carry the main color yarn (A) and the contrast color yarn (B) up the inside of the piece when not in use.
  • To join a new color, work to the last loops on the hook of the previous color. Yarn Over with the new color, and draw through the remaining loops on the hook. Then proceed with the new color. (In this pattern, you’ll complete the color changes at the slip stitch join.)

Pattern

With the main color (A), make a Magic Circle. (To learn how to make a magic circle, read this tutorial.)

Round 1: Into the magic circle, work 6 sc. Pull the loop to tighten the circle. Join with slip st in the first sc. (6)

Round 2: Ch 1, make 2 sc in each st around. Join with slip st in the first sc. (12)

how to crochet a round circle

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in the first st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around; join with a slip st in the first sc. (18)

Round 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in the next 2 sts *2 sc in
next st, sc in the next 2 sts; repeat from * around. Join with a slip st in the first sc. (24)

Slim can variation: To make a cozy for a slim or skinny-style can, finish the bottom circle after this row(24 stitches). Then, continue with the pattern for the sides of the can (skip row 5 and continue with row 6).

Round 5: Ch 1, sc in first 3 st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st;
repeat from * around. Join with a slip st in the first st. (30)

Round 6: Ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in each st around. Join with slip
st in the first st. (30)

staring a can cozy by crocheting a circle

Start the moss (linen/granite) stitch pattern.

Round 7: Ch 2, skip the very first st, and sc in the next st, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in the next st; repeat from * around. The last stitch should be a sc. Join with a slip st into the chain space created at the beginning of the round. (30)

Round 8: Ch 1, sc in the first ch-1 space, ch 1, skip the next st, *sc in the next ch-1 space, ch 1, skip the next st; repeat from * around. The last stitch should be a ch 1. Join with a slip st into the first sc. (30)

crocheting the moss stitch in the round to make a can cozy

Rounds 9-14. Repeat rounds 7 and 8 with the main color, change to contrast color (B) at the end of Round 14.

crocheting a can cozy with two colors of cotton yarn

Round 15: Repeat Round 7 with contrast color (B).

Round 16: Repeat Round 8 with main color (A).

Round 17: Repeat Round 7 with contrast color (B).

Round 18: Repeat Round 8 with main color (A).

Round 19-21: Repeat, alternating Rounds 7 and 8 with contrast color (B).

two crochet can cozies in ombre colors with a crochet needle and yarn


Finishing

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

You are welcome to sell any items you make using this pattern. Please credit Sarah Maker and provide a link to this webpage and sarahmaker.com.

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Crochet Can Cozy

Crochet Can Cozy

Yield: 1
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

A crochet can cosy made with cotton yarn in the moss (or linen) stitch. Fits standard cans and slim-style cans.

Materials

  • worsted weight (CYC 4) cotton yarn, such as Lily Sugar’n Cream

Tools

  • 5mm (H) crochet hook
  • darning or tapestry needle

Instructions

  1. With the main color (A), make a Magic Circle. (To learn how to make a magic circle, read this tutorial.)
  2. Round 1: Into the magic circle, work 6 sc. Pull the loop to tighten the circle. Join with slip st in the first sc. (6)
  3. Round 2: Ch 1, make 2 sc in each st around. Join with slip st in the first sc. (12)
  4. Round 3: Ch 1, sc in the first st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around; join with a slip st in the first sc. (18)
  5. Round 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in the next 2 sts *2 sc innext st, sc in the next 2 sts; repeat from * around. Join with a slip st in the first sc. (24)
  6. Round 5: Ch 1, sc in first 3 st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st;repeat from * around. Join with a slip st in the first st. (30)
  7. Round 6: Ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in each st around. Join with slipst in the first st. (30)
  8. Round 7: Ch 2, skip the very first st, and sc in the next st, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in the next st; repeat from * around. The last stitch should be a sc. Join with a slip st into the chain space created at the beginning of the round. (30)
  9. Round 8: Ch 1, sc in the first ch-1 space, ch 1, skip the next st, *sc in the next ch-1 space, ch 1, skip the next st; repat from * around. The last stitch should be a ch 1. Join with a slip st into the first sc. (30)
  10. Rounds 9-14. Repeat rounds 7 and 8 with the main color, change to contrast color (B) at the end of Round 14.
  11. Round 15: Repeat Round 7 with contrast color (B).
  12. Round 16: Repeat Round 8 with main color (A).
  13. Round 17: Repeat Round 7 with contrast color (B).
  14. Round 18: Repeat Round 8 with main color (A).
  15. Round 19-21: Repeat, alternating Rounds 7 and 8 with contrast color (B).
  16. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Notes

Slim can variation: To make a cozy for a slim or skinny-style can, finish the bottom circle after this row(24 stitches). Then, continue with the pattern for the sides of the can (skip row 5 and continue with row 6).

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