Friday, April 22, 2016

No Bees in My Beer Can Cozy

With warm weather approaching, we all like to enjoy our favorite beverage outside.  Unfortunately, bees, flies, and other crawly pests like our beverages too.  Here is a simple crochet pattern for a can cozy with a top to stop those pesky invaders from ruining your drink.  Or even worse yet, getting a bee sting.

I ended with a simple FLO (front loop only) sc on the rim
and a ch 10 for the loop
No bees, bugs or anything crawly will swim in your beverage again!  The written pattern is also available on Ravelry for free HERE.

You will need worsted weight yarn.  (less than half a skein)  I used Red Heart SS in camo and pink camo, and an H (5mm) hook.

Pattern Notes
Work in continuous rounds; do not join rounds or turn unless otherwise instructed.

Crab stitch or reverse single crochet is optional to finish the edges. Crab stitch is basically a single crochet worked back along your work. Meaning you work a sc back around to the right instead of the left (if you are right handed.) There are some great tutorials for this stitch on the web!

Directions
Start with a magic circle (or ch 2 if you haven’t quite mastered the magic circle).

Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in magic circle (or in 2nd ch from hook). Place marker for
beginning of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed. Or use yarn marker.
white yarn is my stitch marker
Tutorial for yarn marking on my blog HERE.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12 sts.)

Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around (18 sts).

Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around (24 sts).

Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around (30 sts).

Rnd 6: Working in back loops only, sc in each st around (30 sts).

Rnds 7-21: 1 sc in each st around. Slip stitch to first sc of last round.

Finish off (leaving approx 10” tail to sew top on) or do another round of sc in front loop only for a more finished look. If you are more ambitious, do a round of
“crab stitch” for the rim.  Or not.
I used a white piece of yarn to
mark the rounds

Cozy should fit snuggly around can as it will stretch a bit after using.

For the top:
Complete rnds 1-6 for cozy.

Rnd 7-12: 1 sc in each st around.

Slip stitch to first sc of last round.

Finish off with a round of front loop only sc, or crab stitch for rim. You can also ch 10 and attach with slip stitch to form a loop so you can “flip” the top on and off easily.

Using tail from finished cozy, sew top on (through about 4
stitches), finish off and weave in ends.

            
This one I crab stitched the rim before
 I attached the top
Have a happy bug-free beverage!