So I saw knitted cozies floating around on the forums and I thought to myself, "What a great, quick gift for just about everyone."
Well, My boyfriend and his family are Canadian, so TADA: CAN-UCK COZIES!
These are designed to hold pounders, bottles and 12oz cans with two buttons and the ability to fold over! Hooray.
I'm pretty sure they're awesome... except for the maple leaves. I've never made a crochet project that's had very successful color-changing patterns. Does anyone have any improvements on the leaves idea? I was just winging it.
Quick tute (I don't know crochet pattern lingo, but it's pretty easy to understand, I think)
I used cotton worsted weight, with a 4 mm hook.
Chain maybe five or six stitches, and connect to make a loop-- for a circular piece.
"Cast on" 12 stitches for Row 1.
Row 2: increase to 24 stitches.
Row 3: increase to 30 stitches (double up on every fourth stitch).
Crochet three rows.
Crochet one row.
Then start working in a maple leaf as best you can over the next five rows. (Sorry, I can't really help you with this. I'm thinking for the next Canuck cozies I make, I'll just cross stitch the maple leaf on.
Crochet three rows, but don't connect them at the end, turn around like you're crocheting a flat piece.
On the last row, create a button hole by crocheting 1, chaining 2, and skipping a stitch on the row below. Continue to crochet until the last stitch.
CREATE A "BUTTON FLAP"
Then "cast on" three stitches in between the last two stitches of the row below.
Crochet one row, and "cast off."
Sew a button on the flap, and sew a button so a bottle can cozy up.
Detail of the last row --
What do you think?