One thing I’m super good at: Drinking Coke Zero. One thing I hate about drinking Coke Zero: The condensation on the can. It makes my hands wet and we all know that’s not a fun thing when you’re trying to crochet. Enter: The Cactus Crochet Can Cozy to not only look absolutely adorable but to also keep our hands dry (and not frozen!) this summer. Using half double crochet (both standard and front post) creates the adorable cactus ribbing.
Crochet Can Cozy | Cactus Style
I remember when I was a kid, my parents ALWAYS had can cozy’s (or can koozies, their other name) for their drinks. They had a shelf full of all different types – from sports team memorabilia to random sayings. If my parents had a can in their hand, it had a cozy on it. But… They never had a crochet can cozy.
When I was in my early 20’s, it was my mission to gift my best friend a can cozy for every possible holiday or event I could as a joke. He ended up amassing a huge can cozy collection and most of them were as ridiculous as they were useful. To his credit, he ended up using all of them! I even bought a knitted can cozy for him once and never even thought of crocheting a can cozy… that is, until now!
What I love about this crochet can cozy is that once you get started, it only takes approximately an hour to make. The half double crochet ribbing creates height quickly but also keeps a dense texture. You could nearly make a new can koozie for every new drink you have! Just kidding. 🙂
These cactus can cozy’s are so customizable, which is also one of my favorite things. You can make them in any color, with any color flower and choose to add spines or not. Make it your own!
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MATERIALS & TOOLS
You can use any medium (4) weight yarn you prefer for the body of the cactus. Any lighter or heavier weights will skew the size. For the flower, I used scrap yarn and you can use any weight of yarn you like. All the yarn I used was scraps from previous projects.
Loops and Threads Impeccable in Forest (green for body) – Approximately 65 yards or 1.1 oz.
Red Heart with Love in Cameo (pink for flower) – Very small amount, scrap yarn, enough for two starting rounds.
Red Heart Super Saver Brand in Soft White (white for spines on cactus)–Very small amount, scrap yarn, enough to wrap around the cozie approximately 3-4x.
You will also need a 4 mm hook, scissors, a tapestry needle and stitch markers (if you prefer them)
Because this pattern is written in the round, I do not have a swatch size. However, after row 5 your circle should have a diameter of 2.5 inches to fit the can. If your circle is too large, go down a hook size. If it is too small, go up a hook size.
This can cozy is created to fit a standard 12 oz soda can or a smaller mason jar.
This pattern is written in US terms.
- Mc – magic circle
- Sc – single crochet
- Hdc – half double crochet
- Tr – treble crochet
- Blo – back loop only
- FPhdc – Front post half double crochet: For a FPhdc, instead of placing your stitch into the top of the stitch, you will instead place it around the post. Yarn over, insert your hook from front to back in front of the stitch where you’ll be placing the FPhdc. Now, with your hook still inserted, push the hook back out to the front of your work. You should have only one post around your hook. HDC as normal from here.
- Ch – chain
- FO – Finish off
- When you slip stitch to close, you will always slip stitch to the first stitch of the round, not the previous slip stitch.
- This pattern uses a magic circle. If you are unfamiliar with the magic circle but want to learn, check out my Magic Circle Tutorial.
- If you prefer not to use the magic circle, you can instead chain 4, slip stitch to close and work into the circle created by the chains.
- Unless otherwise noted, your ch 1 does NOT count as a stitch.
To help you understand this written pattern, I am including an example to explain instructions.
In this pattern, you will see directions within brackets […]. The directions inside the brackets are what you will repeat around.
[FPhdc 1st stitch, hdc second] – This means that you will [Place 1 front post half double crochet in your first stitch and place 1 half double crochet in your second stitch] and repeat inside around for the indicated amount of repeats.
[1 sc first stitch, 2 sc in second stitch] – This means that you will [Place 1 single crochet in your first stitch and increase your second stitch by placing two single crochets in the same stitch]] and repeat inside around for the indicated amount of repeats.
How to make this crochet can cozy
R1 – In mc, place 6 sc. Sl st to close. (6)
R2 – Ch 1, place 2 sc in each stitch around. Sl st to close. (12)
R3 – Ch 1, [1 sc first stitch, 2 sc in second stitch] Repeat 6x, Sl st to close. (18)
R4 – Ch 1, [1 sc in first two stitches, 2 sc in third stitch] Repeat 6x, Sl st to close. (24)
R5 – Ch 1, [1 sc in first 3 stitches, 2 sc in fourth stitch] Repeat 6x, Sl st to close (30).
From here on out, your stitch count is 30.
R6 – Ch 1, working in blo, place 1 hdc in each stitch around.
R7 through 17 – Ch 1, [FPhdc 1st stitch, hdc second] Repeat 15x, Sl st to close. Your last stitch will always be a hdc.
R18 – Place 1 sc in each st around, sl st to close. FO, weave ends.
R1 – In mc, place 10 sc. Sl st to close.
R2 – Ch 1, [Place (dc, tr, dc) in first stitch, sl st to second] Repeat 5x. FO, weave ends.
If you prefer spines on your cactus, sew X’s around the cozie to give that effect. For my spines, I did X’s around every other ribbing.
Sew the flower on the top of the cactus cozy and you’re done!
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