Upcycled Mosaic Crochet Tin Can Cozy

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I designed my Upcycled Mosaic Crochet Tin Can Cozy Pattern as part of the Gift to Myself Crochet Along. The free written pattern is available in my post below.

Mosaic Crochet Cozy

The Gift to Myself CAL is being hosted by Underground Crafter and is taking place from January 2nd to February 1st. Along with 15 fantastic crochet patterns (that you get for free!) you’ll also have a chance to win prizes in our end of CAL giveaway! Learn more about the CAL here.

For this CAL we were tasked in designing something that we’ve meant to make for ourselves but haven’t taken the time to crochet. For my design I combined a technique that I love with something practical I’ve been meaning to make just for myself. I present to you a free pattern to make an easy to crochet Upcycled Mosaic Crochet Tin Can Cozy.

I like to upcycle my old cans for purposes like holding my crochet hooks, or pens, markers and pencils for when I do Sudoku or Word Searches.

For this project you will need an empty and washed can (I used a 7 fl oz / 199 mL Green Giant Niblets Whole Kernel Corn can) that measures approximately 3.25 inches – 3.5 inches diameter. I also used some black felt and glue to cover the outside of the can and upper rim of the can. Then you just need some Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn and a 3.5 mm (E) crochet hook.

If you’d prefer an ad-free PDF copy it is available in my Ravelry shop and includes a chart for those who prefer working from charts.

Upcycled Mosaic Crochet Tin Can Cozy

Supplies

  • Yarn: King Cole Big Value Recycled Dish Cloth Cotton (check your local yarn shop here). 3.52 oz (100 g) and 175 yds (160 m). 85% Cotton, 15% Polyester. Worsted Weight Yarn [4]. Machine wash at 30°C. Dry flat. Warm iron.
  • Color: 1 skein Black (Shade: 5619) and 1 skein White (Shade: 5061)
  • Crochet Hook: 3.5 mm (E) 
  • Finished Project: Cozy:  0.95 oz (27 g) and  47 yds (42 m)
  • Scissors, Tapestry Needle (yarn needle), empty and clean can measuring approximately 3.25 inches – 3.50 inches diameter 
  • Optional: black felt and glue

Difficulty Level

  • Easy

Finished Sizes

  • Cozy width approximately 5 inches X 4 inches tall.

Gauge

  • Approximately 8 sts per 2 inches and 9 rows per 2 inches worked in bl sc

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

  • bl – back loop
  • ch(s) – chain(s) 
  • drdc – dropped double crochet (*see special stitches)
  • fl – front loop
  • g – grams
  • m – meters
  • oz – ounces
  • rem – remaining
  • rep – repeat 
  • Rnd – round
  • RS – right side
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip/skipped
  • st/sts – stitch/stitches
  • WS – wrong side
  • yds – yards
  • * to ** – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain multiple instructions.
  • [ ] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches
  • ( ) – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch, or space

Special Stitches

Dropped double crochet (drdc): A double crochet stitch worked into the unworked front loop of a stitch located directly below and 2 rounds before.  

The stitch will be worked in the front loop of the stitch immediately below the next stitch in the current round. The stitch on the current round will not be worked into, this is indicated in the instructions.

The double crochet stitch is worked as a regular dc stitch: Yarn over, insert the hook under the front loop of the specified stitch, yarn over and pull up 1 loop. Yarn over and draw through 2 loops, yarn over and draw through last 2 loops.

Helpful Tutorials

Notes:

  • Add the Mosaic Crochet Tin Can Cover pattern to your Ravelry library here
  • Stitch multiple of 10+1 (although you can work the pattern as a 5 stitch set instead; 5+1)
  • The initial ch 1 does not count as a stitch
  • When I work into the foundation chain, I prefer working into the back bar (back bump) of the chain. You can work under the back loop only if you prefer.
  • Beginning in Rnd 2 all single crochet stitches are worked in the back loop only, unless otherwise indicated.
  • All double crochet stitches are worked in the front loop only, in the stitch immediately below the next stitch of the round, but made 2 rounds prior.
  • The slip stitch join is worked under both loops of the first stitch of the round, in the same color of yarn as the round was worked. Make your slip stitch tightly.
  • The first stitch of each round is worked into the bl of the same stitch as you slip stitched to join (or if you are making a drdc, in the FL of the stitch directly beneath that stitch).
  • Change to your new yarn color for the chain 1 at the beginning of the next round.
Round 1 join Mosaic Crochet Can Cozy
  • Carry your dropped yarn color up the inside (WS) of the project.
  • MC: black, CC: white
  • To make the pattern easier to follow, after Rnd 2 you will see the following format: (1 drdc, 3 bl sc, 1 drdc, 5 bl sc) 4 times. This means: Work *1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from 2 rounds previous, sk the next st in the current round (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of each of the next 3 sts,  1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from 2 rounds previous, sk the next st in the current round (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of each of the next 5 sts** Work from * to ** 4 times.
  • Round by Round photos are included after the written pattern.
Upcycled Mosaic Crochet Can Cozy Pattern (Instagram Post)

Ad-Free PDF Upcycled Mosaic Crochet Can Cozy Pattern

Upcycled Mosaic Crochet Can Cozy

This project is crocheted in joined rounds.

Using your 3.5 mm (E) crochet hook (or size required for gauge):

Rnd 1: RS: With MC: Ch 41, sk the first ch, 1 sc in each rem ch across. Sl st to join. [40 sc]

Rnd 2: With CC: Ch 1, 1 sc in the bl of each st around. Sl st to join. [40 bl sc]

Rnd 3: With MC: Ch 1, (5 bl sc, 5 drdc ) 4 times. Sl st to join. [20 bl sc, 20 drdc]

Rnd 4: With CC:  Ch 1, (1 drdc, 3 bl sc, 1 drdc, 5 bl sc) 4 times. Sl st to join. [20 bl sc, 20 drdc]

Rnd 5: With MC: Ch 1, (1 bl sc, 3 drdc, 1 bl sc, 1 drdc, 3 bl sc, 1 drdc) 4 times. Sl st to join. [ 20 bl sc, 20 drdc]

Rnd 6: With CC: Ch 1, (1 drdc, 3 bl sc, 1 drdc, 1 bl sc, 3 drdc, 1 bl sc) 4 times. Sl st to join. [20 bl sc, 20 drdc]

Rnd 7: With MC: Ch 1, (1 bl sc, 3 drdc, 1 bl sc, 1 drdc, 3 blsc, 1 drdc) 4 times. Sl st to join. [20 bl sc, 20 drdc]

Rnd 8: With CC: Ch 1, (1 drdc, 3 bl sc, 1 drdc, 1 bl sc, 3 drdc, 1 bl sc] 4 times. Sl st to join. [20 bl sc, 20 dr dc]

Rnd 9: With MC: Ch 1, (5 bl sc, 1 drdc, 3 bl sc, 1 drdc) 4 times. Sl st to join. [32 bl sc, 8 drdc]

Rnd 10: With CC: Ch 1, 40 bl sc. Sl st to join. [40 bl sc]

Rnd 11: With MC: Ch 1, (5 drdc, 5 bl sc) 4 times. Sl st to join. [20 bl sc, 20 drdc]

Rnd 12: With CC: Ch 1, (5 bl sc, 1 drdc, 3 bl sc, 1 drdc) 4 times. Sl st to join. [32 bl sc, 8 dr dc]

Rnd 13: With MC: Ch 1, (1drdc, 3 bl sc, 1 drdc, 1 bl sc, 3 drdc, 1 bl sc) 4 times. Sl st to join. [20 bl sc, 20 drdc]

Rnd 14: With CC: Ch 1, (1 bl sc, 3 dr dc, 1 bl  sc, 1 drdc, 3 bl sc, 1 drdc) 4 times. Sl st to join. [ 20 bl sc, 20 drdc]

Rnd 15: With MC: Ch 1, (1 drdc, 3 bl sc, 1 drdc, 1 bl sc, 3 drdc, 1 bl sc) 4 times. Sl st to join. [20 bl sc, 20 drdc]

Rnd 16: With CC: Ch 1, (1 bl sc, 3 drdc, 1 bl sc, 1 drdc, 3 bl sc, 1 drdc) 4 times. Sl st to join. [20 bl sc, 20 drdc]

Rnd 17: With MC: Ch 1, (1 drdc, 3 bl sc, 1 drdc, 5 bl sc) 4 times. Sl st to join. [ 32 bl sc, 2 drdc]

Rnd 18: With MC: Ch 1, 1 bl sc in each st around. Sl st to join. [40 bl sc]

Proceed to finishing instructions.

Finishing Instructions:

  • Using the yarn tail left from the foundation round, sew the two edges of Rnd 1 together neatly.
  • Weave in ends.
  • If you are preparing your tin can (I used an empty corn can), make sure you wash and dry it completely. Then cut a piece of felt that wraps around the outside of the can and fold the edges over the top of the can to cover the top edge. If you want you can create a liner using the felt for inside the can too. Glue in place. Let dry. If you have a can opener that opens cans and leaves a clean edge (that isn’t sharp!) you do not need to line your can 🙂

Other Options:

To make this fit a coffee cup instead, downsize to a 3.25 mm (D) crochet hook and follow the pattern.

This cozy also fits a mason jar; however, you will need to increase the finished height of the project by adding a couple extra rounds of single crochet. Then you can weave a ribbon through the final round of stitches and tie it in a small bow (hemp cord or twine works great too!). 

For a tall tin can (tall Hunt’s spaghetti sauce can) repeat rounds 2-17 before working Rnd 18. This works perfectly for storing knitting needles or Tunisian Crochet hooks.

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