I Heart Dad Can Cozy Crochet Pattern
Here’s an easy, fun, DIY, crochet gift for Dad and his beer/soda/pop can! This free crochet pattern and tutorial will help you learn how to crochet a Can Cozy that every father will love. Add it to your list of “crochet gifts for men/him” ideas and make it as a Father’s Day, Christmas or birthday gift for Dad.
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I Heart Dad Can Cozy Crochet Pattern
My husband won’t take a sip of his drink without a cozy. And while he has a lot of different beer / soda / pop can cozies, I wanted to make him something special for Father’s Day – his first as the Dad of two. Now he won’t use anything else! I’m excited to give one to my own Dad for Christmas.
The pattern (below):
- Includes a complete walk-through guide with pictures outlining every step
- Is a great introduction to colorwork for beginners, only requires knowledge of how to single crochet, chain stitch, slip stitch and read a pattern.
- Also great for more advanced crocheters who love colorwork (but experience with colorwork is not required)
- Includes full written instructions for the pattern and a chart/graph
This I Heart Dad Can Cozy Crochet Pattern is written in English for right-handed crochet using standard US crochet terminology. If you’re more familiar with UK terminology, check out my US to UK Conversion Chart.
Dad Cozy Pattern Details
The completed pattern will fit any standard 355 ml can (a regular beer, soda or pop can)
Easy – Colorwork and Simple Stitches
Yarn: Any two colors of worsted weight, medium (4) yarn. I recommend a 100% acrylic yarn with a skein weight of 4.5 oz / 127.5 g. The main color uses less than half a skein and only a few meters of the contrast color is needed.
Crochet Hook Size: H/8 (5.00 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Other Materials: scissors, yarn needle and stitch marker
- The diameter of the bottom of the can cozy (diameter is the length of a line through the center that touches two points on the edge of the circle) is approximately 2.75 inches (7 cm).
- The side of the can cozy is approximately 4 inches (10 cm) from top to bottom.
- Each row around (on the side of the can cozy) is approximately 10 inches (25 cm).
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch: insert hook into stitch, pull through yarn
sc = single crochet: insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull yarn through both loops
ch = chain: yarn over, pull though loop on hook
MC = Main Color: The bottom and background of the Can Cozy
CC = Contrast Color: The letters and heart
BLO = Back Loops Only: work your single crochet stitch into the back loops only
PM = Place (Stitch) Marker
Working with Two Colors
New to colorwork? Read my step-by-step guide: How to Crochet with Two Colors. You’ll be a pro in colorwork in no time!
For this pattern, you will be working in a continuous spiral (you won’t turn your work) and you will be working on the right side only (the right side is also referred to as the front, outside or RS). When it comes time to add the contrast color, you will add/pick up and use the contrast color when working on the letters and heart symbol and carry the main color along the back (the inside/the wrong side) until you are ready to use it again.
Once you add the contrast color on Row 3, you will be carrying it all the way around until the letters / heart symbol are finished (at the end of Row 10).
How to Add/Switch/Change Colors:
With the color you are currently working with:
1) Insert hook into the next stitch. With current color, yarn over.
2) Still with current color, pull yarn through stitch (you will have two loops on your hook) but instead of finishing the single crochet stitch…
3) Put the new color on hook
4) Pull through new color, leaving the old color hanging (keep it attached to ball of yarn, don’t cut).
Give the previous color a slight tug to keep stitch tight.
Now use the new color until the pattern says to switch back. To switch back, repeat the same steps.
When you complete the color addition/switch, it counts as a stitch with the old color as you are setting up the next stitch with the new color.
Pattern Note: for this pattern, you will be working in the back loops only. The exact same instructions apply, just remember to only work the back loops.
Where to Add/Switch/Change Colors
When following the chart: always add/ switch color in the second half of the single crochet stitch (when you have two loops on your hook with the old color) BEFORE the chart shows the new color.
When following the written instructions: always add the new color in the second half of the last sc stitch of the current color (when you have two loops on your hook with the old color) BEFORE the written patterns says to use the new color.
Once you add the contrast color, the color you are not working with will be carried along the back (the wrong side). These strands of yarn are “floating.”
In order to ensure these pieces of carried yarn don’t become too long, we need to “catch” them and incorporate them into the back of a stitch every 2-3 stitches.
How to Catch Floats
Insert your hook into the stitch and take the strand of the opposite color and place it on the hook (behind the stitch). Yarn over with the color you are working with and pull through. The opposite color should not have come through but instead be caught in the stitch (hidden from the front of the work). Give the opposite color a little tug.
As this is a pattern in the round, you’ll only be working on right side rows so you only need to know how to catch floats on right side rows.
Catching Floats Notes:
- This pattern is worked in the back loops only. All the instructions still apply but you will only be working in the back loops.
- The pattern does not indicate when to catch floats. You need to remember to do this every 2-3 stitches.
- Always check each “catch” to ensure the opposite coloured yarn is not visible from the front.
Please note: This pattern and all images associated with this pattern cannot be copied, shared, altered or sold on your own. You are welcome to sell the finished product but please include a link (if online) and reference jototheworld.com.
- The pattern has two sections: The Bottom of the Can Cozy and the Side of the Can Cozy.
- The Pattern Chart applies to only the Side of the Can Cozy.
- The numbers are reset when bottom is completed.
- If you need help creating a magic ring/circle, Crochet365KnitToo has a great step by step photo tutorial here.
Bottom of Can Cozy Written Instructions
With main color, create a magic ring/circle.
Round 1: Sc 11 times into magic ring/circle. Pull tight. Join with a sl st into 1st sc. Do not turn. (11 sc)
Round 2: ch 1. 2 sc into first st (the same st where you joined), 1 sc into next st. *2 sc into next st, 1 sc into next st* repeat until there is one st left. 2 sc into last st. (17 sc). Join with a sl st into 1st sc. Do not turn.
Round 3: ch 1. 2 sc into first st (the same st where you joined), 1 sc, 1 sc. Repeat: *2 sc into st, 1 sc, 1 sc* around until there are 2 stitches left. 2 sc into next. 1 sc into last st. (23 sc). Join with a sl st into 1st sc. Do not turn.
Round 4: ch 1. 2 sc into first st (the same st where you joined), 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc. Repeat: *2 sc into st, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc* around until there are three stitches left. 2sc into next st, 1sc, 1sc. (29 sc). Join with a sl st. Do not chain.
Turn your hook and start working in the opposite direction.
Round 5: Sl st into the back loops of the last sc (not the st attached to the chain).
Place stitch marker as this is the first st of the row. Sl st into back loops of the next 2 stitches. Sc into BLO around. Join by sc into back loops of the 1st sl st (the st with the marker).
This now concludes the bottom section of the pattern. Do not fasten off.
Side of Can Cozy Written Instructions
Notes for Side of Can of Cozy:
- The row numbers are now reset
- The pattern chart (below) now applies
- Each row has 29 stitches.
- Never chain at the end of the row, join row with sc
- Place your stitch marker on the first stitch of each row
- Work into the back loops only (BLO) of every stitch (until the last row).
- Once you add the contrast color, you need to catch your floats every 2-3 stitches.
- Ensure all strands are always kept on the wrong side (the inside of the Can Cozy)
- Add/switch colours when you have two loops with the current color on the last sc stitch BEFORE the new color stitch.
Round 1: Still with your main color, sc into BLO of next st. Place marker. Sc into BLO around.
Round 2: Join by sc into 1st st (where marker is). Place marker. sc into BLO around.
Round 3: Join by sc into 1st st (where marker is). Place marker. This counts as first st. Sc for 18 st. On the next st, add CC during the 2nd half of your sc st (when you have 2 loops on hook). This still counts as a st with the MC.
You will now be working with the two colors. The instructions for the remainder of the row are:
With CC sc 1, with MC sc 5, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 2.
What this means: (with the contrast color) insert hook into next st, yarn over and pull through contrast color (you now have 2 contrast color loops on hook), put main color on hook and pull through loops. You’ve now completed your “With CC sc 1.”
With your main color, sc for 4 st. On the 5th st, insert hook into st, yarn over and pull through main color (you now have 2 main color loops on hook), put contrast color on hook and pull through loops. Insert hook into next st, yarn over and pull through through contrast color (you have 2 contrast color loops on hook), put main color on hook and pull through loops. Sc with Mc for 2 st.
This is how it looks from the beginning of the row: 20 stitches in the main color, 1 stitch in the contrast color, 5 stitches in the main color, 1 stitch in the contrast color, 2 stitches in the main color.
Round 4: With MC sc 2, with CC sc 3, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 2, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 2, with CC sc 3, with MC sc 4, with CC sc 3, with MC sc 4, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 2.
Round 5: With MC sc 1, with CC sc 2, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 2, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 2, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 3, with CC sc 5, with MC sc 3, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 2.
Round 6: With MC sc 1, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 2, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 4, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 2, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 2, with CC sc 7 with MC sc 2, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 2
Round 7: With MC sc 1, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 2, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 2, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 2, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 9, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 2.
Round 8: With MC sc 1, with CC sc 2, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 4, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 2, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 4, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 4, with MC sc 1, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 2.
Round 9: With MC sc 2, with CC sc 3, with MC sc 2, with CC sc 2, with MC sc 3, with CC sc 3, with MC sc 2, with CC sc 2, with MC sc 3, with CC sc 2, with MC sc 2, with CC sc 1, with MC sc 2. You can cut off the contrast color. Leave a tail to weave in.
Round 10: Join by sc into 1st (where the marker is). Place marker. Sc into BLO around.
Round 11: Join by sc into 1st (where the marker is). Place marker. Sc into BLO for 22 stitches (1st st + 22 st). There will be only 6 stitches left before stitch marker. Sl st VERY LOOSELY into the BLO of the next 6 st.
Round 12: When you get to the marker, sc into both loops of the st that the marker is in. This counts as first st. Sl st into next st into both loops. *sc into next, sl st into next* repeat around. When you get to the first sc, sl st. Fasten off and weave in loose ends.
Pattern Chart Legend:
- White Square = single crochet with main color
- Dark Grey Square = single crochet with contrast color
- (black dot) = slip stitch (very loosely)
And now you have an amazing gift for Dad!
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