Felted Beverage Can Cozies *UPDATED*

This is a recipe for knitting and felting beverage can cozies. I designed this pattern as an easy top-down one-piece knit that can be easily adjusted to work with your personal felting style so that it will fit around a can of your favorite beverage.

You will need:
• 45-50 yards of feltable yarn in your favorite colors
• Five size 11 dpns
• One large stitch marker
• Yarn needle
• An old-fashioned washboard or a washing machine
• Laundry detergent

Gauge:
14 stitches and 19 rows = 4″
Gauge is not super important with this pattern because you may have a different felting style. I felt can cozies by hand in the sink. If you felt in the washing machine you may get a different result. Experiment with the number of stitches and rows to see what works best with your personal knitting and felting style.27022627314_74a0024724_oFelted Can Cozy Pattern – Intense Felting Experience for Best Results:
Felting a can cozy using this pattern is not for the faint of heart. When I felt can cozies using this pattern I felt for approximately one hour to get the results I want. I want my can cozy to be super thick. When I hold it up to the light I don’t want to see light shining through any small holes in my fabric. If this is not the experience you’re looking for you might like my Felted Can Cozy Lite pattern that is listed at the bottom of the page.

• Cast on 48 stitches using the long-tail cast on (9 stitches on each needle).
• Join for working in the round (be careful not to twist stitches). Put a large stitch marker after the first stitch to count rows easily.
• Rows 1-30: Knit. Cozy should measure approximately 7″.
• While knitting these 30 rows, change colors whenever you want using the traveling jogless stripes method.
• Row 31: *K2, K2tog*. Repeat to end of round. (If you haven’t adjusted the number of cast on stitches, you should now have 36 stitches).
• Rows 32 & 33: Knit
• Row 34: *K1, K2tog*. (If you haven’t adjusted the number of cast on stitches, you should now have 24 stitches).Repeat to end of round.
• Row 35: Knit
• Row 36: *K2tog*. Repeat to end of round. (If you haven’t adjusted the number of cast on stitches, you should now have 12 stitches).
• Row 37: Knit
• Row 38: *K2tog*. Repeat to end of round.
• Using a yarn needle, thread the tail of the yarn through the remaining 6 stitches.
• Pull the stitches closed and cut yarn leaving a tail long enough to weave in.
• Turn the cozy inside-out and weave in the ends.
• Turn cozy right-side-out and felt.
• Squeeze excess water out of the cozy and shape it over an empty beverage can.
• Let cozy dry upside-down until completely dry before removing and using.

Felted Can Cozy Lite: 
Felting a can cozy made from this pattern will be faster and easier. Your can cozy will be much thinner but you will still have a fully functional can cozy.

• Cast on 36 stitches using the long-tail cast on (9 stitches on each needle).
• Join for working in the round (be careful not to twist stitches).
• Put a large stitch marker after the first stitch to count rows easily.
• Rows 1-27: Knit. Cozy should measure approximately 6″.
• While knitting these 27 rows, change colors whenever you want using the traveling jogless stripes method.
• Rows 28 & 29: Purl
• Row 30: *K2, K2tog*. Repeat to end of round. (If you haven’t adjusted the number of cast on stitches, you should now have 27 stitches).
• Row 31: Knit.
• Row 32: *K1, K2tog*. Repeat to end of round. (If you haven’t adjusted the number of cast on stitches, you should now have 18 stitches).
• Row 33: Knit
• Row 34: *K2tog*. Repeat to end of round. (If you haven’t adjusted the number of cast on stitches, you should now have 9 stitches).
• Using a yarn needle, thread the tail of the yarn through the remaining 9 stitches.
• Pull the stitches closed, cut yarn leaving a long enough tail to weave in the end, and weave in ends at the bottom and top of cozy using a yarn needle.
• Turn the cozy inside-out and weave in the ends.
• Turn cozy right-side-out and felt
• Squeeze excess water out of the cozy and shape it over an empty beverage can.
• Let cozy dry upside-down until completely dry before removing and using.

You can find my tutorial on felting by hand here.

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