The Chalkboard Crochet Can Cooler is a fast project that combines crochet and chalkboard iron-on for the perfect accessory for summer fun! Claim your beverage or keep score on your game with this free and quick Cricut craft and crochet pattern!
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The Chalkboard Crochet Can Cooler (aka Coozie or Coolie) is a simple pattern that's perfect for using up leftover bits of 100% cotton yarn - like from the Beer Growler Cozy, made with Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie!
Make it Fancy with Chalkboard Vinyl
Then, Chalkboard Vinyl from Siser can be cut with a Cricut Maker (or just household scissors!) and ironed right onto the cooler. You can use this to write your name to prevent mixups, or keep track of the game you're playing... or how many drinks you've had!
You've Got Options
Of course, the chalkboard iron on is optional - but it's a lot of fun! Linked stitches in the Color B section provide a firmer background for the iron-on, but if you are skipping that portion, regular dc stitches work just fine too!
Chalkboard Crochet Can Cooler
US-G+/7 - 4.5mm - Clover Amour
40 yds Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie (100% cotton; 4/Medium/Worsted/UK 10-12 ply; 153 yd (140 m); 3.5oz (100g))
Color A: Blueberry (1 ball, less than 20 yds)
Color B: Grey (1 ball, less than 15 yds)
Color C: Loofa (1 ball, less than 15 yds)
Cricut Maker (optional - can use scissors instead)
Gauge: 2.5" across after Rnd 3
Size: fits standard 12oz beer/soda can
Helpful Links & Tutorials:
Rnd 1: With Color A, make a magic circle, CSDC, work 11 dc in the ring; join with sl st in first dc. (12 sts)
Rnd 2: CSDC, dc in first st, 2 dc in each rem st around; join. (24 sts)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, *hdc in the next 2 sts, 2 hdc in the next st; rep from * around, join. (32 sts in each rem rnd)
Rnd 4: BLO CSDC, BLO dc in each rem st around; join.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in each st around; join.
Rnd 6: CSDC, dc in each rem st around; join.
Rnd 7: Rep Rnd 5, break Color A.
The Label-able Section: (may use standard dc sts if not applying the blackboard vinyl)
Rnd 8: With Color B, join to any st with STDC, BLO linked dc in each rem st around; join.
Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 5.
Rnd 10: CSDC, linked dc in each rem st around; join.
Rnd 11: Rep Rnd 5.
Rnd 12: Rep Rnd 10, break Color B.
The Last Few Rounds:
Rnd 13: With Color C, join to any st with BLO STSC, BLO sc in each rem st around; join.
Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 6.
Rnd 15: Rep Rnd 5.
Rnd 16: Rep Rnd 6.
Rnd 17: Rep Rnd 5, break yarn weave in all ends.
Adding the Chalkboard Vinyl:
Step 1: Either cut the vinyl to the desired shape and size using household scissors or use the Cricut Maker to cut a special shape. I recommend cutting a piece no larger than 1.25" high and 3" wide.
If using the Cricut, there are lots of free label shapes to choose from in Cricut Access! I went with Label #M95A0FBA from the Lacy Labels set, and by "unlocking" the padlock on the shape I was able to stretch it to fit my desired dimensions.
Siser recommends using the normal Fine Point Blade, and the paper setting to cut. However, I found that that cut was a little too deep - I switched to Vinyl, with Less Pressure, and got a better result.
Step 2: Always pre-heat your project before applying the vinyl. Using a Cricut EasyPress, heat your machine to 275°F/135°C. Using a household iron, set iron dial between Cotton and Linen.
Either way, press for 10-15 seconds, peel off the carrier, et voila! Be sure to check out Siser's BlackBoard Heat Transfer Vinyl recommendations for a full walkthrough of this process.
And that’s how to make your own Chalkboard Crochet Can Cooler! These are so simple to make, and work up quickly - and are great for stash-busting! If you’ve got a craft fair with a local brewery involved, I’m sure they’d be a hit there too!
If this pattern does inspire you to make your own project, and you post a photo on social media, be sure to tag me @mooglyblog or #mooglyblog so I can check it out too! I love seeing what you make!
The Fine Print
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