Recycling is great – but reusing is even better! And the Crafty Hanging Can Cozy is a great way to take something that normally gets chucked in the kitchen recycling bin, and make something that’s both attractive and useful – in almost any room of the house!
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If you’re crafty (and if you’re here, I’m betting you are!), you know how all those craft supplies can start to take over. Crochet hooks, knitting needles, paintbrushes, washi tapes, special pens, scissors… and on and on it goes! This summer I’m going to be remodeling part of my basement into Moogly Headquarters, and this pattern is going to be a big part of getting organized down there!
But as I mentioned before, the Crafty Hanging Can Cozy isn’t just for the craft room – you can use it in the kitchen to store utensils, use it in the bathroom to hold your makeup brushes, use it out in the garage to hold nuts and bolts… the only limit is your imagination! With the handy loop to hang it up, it doesn’t even take up any counter space!
This pattern was also a fun way for me to test out Lion Brand’s new Color Waves yarn! This lovely acrylic wool blend has a hand-painted look, and in this pattern it creates these gorgeous swirls right around the can! Serendipity!
Crafty Hanging Can Cozy
- US-G, 4mm hook (Furls Fiberarts recommended)
- 60 yds Lion Brand Color Waves (DK/yarn symbol “3”; 306 yds/280 m; 3.53 oz)
Colorways used (as shown above): Rainbow; Green Apple; Prairie Sunset; Twilight
- 14-16 oz empty food can (washed, label removed)
- Optional: Washi Tape/Decorative Duct Tape
- Optional: Cardstock/Paper 10″ x 4 3/8″
- Gauge: Round 4 = 3″ diameter
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- Highlighted Stitches in the pattern link to their video tutorials.
Round 1: Make a magic circle, ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc 12 in the ring; join with sl st in 1st dc. (12 sts)
Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st around; join. (24 sts)
Round 3: Ch 2, dc in the 1st st, 2 dc in the next st, *dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st; repeat from * around, join. (36 sts)
Round 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in the 1st st, sc in the next 2 sts, *2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 2 sts; repeat from * around, join. (48 sts)
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in blo of each st around; join. (48 sts)
Round 6: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, ch 1, skip next st, *sc in next st, ch 1, skip next st; repeat from * around, join. (24 sc, 24 ch)
Round 7 – 31: Sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip next st, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip next st; repeat from * around, join. (24 sc, 24 ch)
Round 32: Ch 12 (or to desired length for hanging loop), sl st in the same st as the join, sl st in each ch sp and st around; join and break yarn.
Step 1: If there are any sharp edges in the can, use a pair of pliers to squish them down flat. Then cover the top lip of the can with decorative tape.
Step 2: Insert the paper inside the can as a lining, secure with tape if desired.
Step 3: Insert the can in the crocheted cozy. Then hang and fill!
And that’s all there is to it! I had a lot of fun trying 4 different colorways – and seeing how they all reacted to the same pattern! This is a fun yarn, and a practical (and pretty!) free crochet pattern that I hope you’ll enjoy!
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