Easy Crochet Can Cozy Pattern

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If you're going to have a few beverages, why not have crochet can cozy's around the cans to prevent your hands from getting cold and wet. Learn how here.

Easy Crochet Can Cozy Pattern

There’s nothing better than sitting and watching the sunset by the beach while having a delicious cold beer or cider.

It’s become a weekend tradition around here and every Friday and Saturday, we’ll find our group of friends slowly sauntering down to the beach after dinner. We all bring our lawn chairs and cheers our drinks as we watch the sun slowly sink down behind the trees on the opposite side of the lake.

Ahhh, lake life is the best life.

Now if you’re going to have a few beverages, why not have cozy’s around the cans to prevent your hands from getting cold and wet. My first cozy turned out so well, soon I was getting requests from all my friends to crochet can cozy’s for them too. 

This is a really easy crochet project that you can complete in under an hour. You can keep it plain or spruce it up with different colors and stripes if you’d like. You have the power to customize it as you see fit.

Easy Crochet Can Cozy Pattern

NOTES: Pattern in U.S. crochet terminology

SKILL LEVEL: EASY/INTERMEDIATE

MATERIALS:

  •        Hook: U.S. 10/J 6.0mm
  •        Medium size 4 –  Bernat Marker Yarn
  •        Stitch Markers
  •        Tapestry Needle & Scissors

PATTERN:

Ch4 – join

Round 1: Ch3, 11dc into the circle, join with a sl st.

Round 2: Ch3, 2dc into each st, join with a sl st.

Round 3: Ch1, *1sc in the next 3 st, 2sc in the next st*, repeat around the circle, join with a sl st.

Round 4: Ch1, 1sc in each st around, join with a sl st (use a stitch marker to keep track of your rounds).

Round 5 – 16: Repeat row 4. Bind off and weave in ends.

Have fun with colors and creating stripes – change colors as you see fit. I went in and added stripes with a row of slip stitches once all the rows were complete. 

If you're going to have a few beverages, why not have a crochet can cozy around the can to prevent your hands from getting cold and wet. Learn how here.

Looking for more great crochet patterns: Tulip Textured Crochet Dishcloth, Colorful Solid Granny Square DishclothEasy Cozy Crochet BlanketCrochet Beach BagOutland CowlCaps for a CauseCrochet Infinity ScarfCrochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

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11 Easy Yarn Crafts Anybody Can Make

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Are you fascinated with yarn, but don’t really know how to crochet or knit? Don't worry, there are a ton of fantastic and easy crafts you can make with yarn.

11 Easy Yarn Crafts Anybody Can Make

Are you fascinated with yarn, but don’t really know how to crochet or knit? Don’t worry, there are a ton of fantastic and easy crafts you can make with yarn.

Check out our list below for some great ideas for fun yarn crafts that anybody can make without spending a lot of money or time.

 

1. Yarn Wrapped Flip Flops

Take some $2 red flip flops and some left over rainbow yarn from your stash. The two become one in this awesome little pair of summer sandals – yarn flip flops!
Via Dream A Little Bigger

yarn-flip-flops

 

2. Macrame Yarn Garland

Macrame is an awesome knotting art that you can start learning with this easy garland.
Via A Beautiful Mess

macrame yarn garland

 

3. Toilet Roll Bracelets

Toilet roll crafts, such a versatile everyday material. No need to get the wallet out for the craft shops, all you need to make these colorful toilet roll bracelets is within your four walls.
Via Molly Moo Crafts

toilet-roll-bracelets

 

4. Yarn Tassel Bedskirt

Are you one of those people who just love tassels? Well, this should tickle your fancy.
Via Tater Tots and Jello

Tassel Bedspread

 

5. Tassel Dandelion Bouquet

These dandelion flowers are impeccable and if you already know how to make tassels – easy!
Via Bren Did

tassel flowers dandelion

 

6. Yarn Wrapped Ombré Monogrammed Letter

Adorn cardboard or wooden letters with an ombré flair.
Via Catch My Party

ombre yarn monogram letters

 

7. Ice Cream Cone Garland

This would be a trendy decoration to use for parties or a little section of a kid’s room.
Via Growing Up Gabel

yarn ice cream garland

 

8. DIY Wall Hanging

Find a cheap woven rug somewhere and add some of my own yarn to it. Boom, in less than an hour you’ll have an awesome feature that will be the perfect upgrade to your decor
Via Brepurposed

no_weave_wall_hanging 

 

9. Yarn Dolls

For kids who appreciate simple pleasures this yarn doll is perfect.
Via Little House Living

yarn doll

 

10. Neon Nonslip Hangers

Make all your hangers nonslip with this colorful update.
Via Brit+Co

yarn-wrapped nonslip hangers

 

11. Pom Pom Mobile

Who can resist cute pom poms? They are so easy to make and great for all sorts of fun craft projects. Learn how to make a pom pom mobile that will look adorable in a nursery, child or teen bedroom.
Via Kids Craft Room

How-to-make-a-pompom-mobile

 Do you have more yarn craft ideas? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

 

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Tulip Textured Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

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Tulip Textured Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

This post is late coming but each year, at the end of the school year, I like to make gifts for all of Noelle’s teachers and coaches. It’s a little tradition I started a few years ago and have now grown fond of. I’ve had a lot of very sweet comments from my daughter’s teachers expressing gratitude for receiving something handmade and personal. One of my favorite gifts is my handmade soap accompanied with crocheted washcloths.

This is a perfect opportunity to test out a new pattern so this year I created these very pretty dishcloths using a stitch I’ve been wanting to try, the tulip stitch. It has a really beautiful repetitive pattern with a lovely bumpy texture.

As with many crochet patterns, this pattern is really easy and moves along quickly once you get past the first couple of rows. The stitches are very basic, it’s just a matter of getting the stitches in the right place.

I hope you enjoy this sweet little pattern as much as I do. Happy hooking!

Tulip Textured Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

NOTES: Pattern in U.S. crochet terminology

SKILL LEVEL: EASY

MATERIALS:

  •        Hook: U.S. 4.5mm
  •        Medium size 4 Worsted Weight Yarn – 120 yards (Loops & Threads Capri in            Turquoise used in photos)
  •        Tapestry Needle & Scissors

ABBREVIATIONS:

st = stitch

ch = chain

sl = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

FINISHED SIZE:  8” x 8”

PATTERN:

Chain 45 stitches (to make the pattern smaller or larger, chain in multiples of 4 + 5 ch at the end)

Row 1: 3dc in the 5th ch from the hook, skip 3ch, 1sc in the next ch. *Ch3, 3dc in the same ch as the last sc, skip 3ch, 1sc in the next ch*. Repeat from * until you reach the end of the row ending in a sc, turn.

PHOTO 1

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Row 2: Ch4, 3dc in the same ch as the last sc from the previous row (photo 2), skip over the 3dc from the previous row, 1sc in the next ch3 space (photo 3), *ch3 (photo 4), 3dc in same ch sp as last sc (photo 5), skip [1sc, 3dc], 1sc in the next ch3 space, rep from * ending with 1sc under the ch4, turn.

PHOTO 2

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Row 3 – 19: Repeat the steps in Row 2

Row 20: Ch3, 1dc in the same stitch at the bottom of the ch3, *ch2, sl st in the ch3 space from the previous row, 1dc in the first dc at the bottom of the “V” from the previous row (see photo 6)*, repeat from * along the rest of the row, ending in a sl st. Bind off and weave in ends.

PHOTO 6

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For a more interesting look, add different colors of yarn as you work through the pattern. Or, if you’re looking for an idea for your next blanket pattern, just make this in a much larger size (multiples of 4 + 5 ch).

Looking for more great crochet patterns: Colorful Solid Granny Square DishclothEasy Cozy Crochet Blanket, Crochet Beach BagOutland CowlCaps for a CauseCrochet Infinity ScarfCrochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

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Tuscan White Bean Soup

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This Tuscan White Bean Soup is absolutely incredible. It's thick and creamy and brimming with flavor. Protein packed and healthy - it's a must try!

Tuscan White Bean Soup

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I L.O.V.E. soup!!! I don’t know why exactly but this obsession started about 6-7 years. Whoa, as I just typed that sentence I had a flashback – actually, I take back that former statement…I do know how this obsession started.

A few years after having my daughter I realized that I really hadn’t lost all my baby weight. I think for the first while after having a child you’re so deep into mommyhood that you barely have time to even look in the mirror. I woke up one morning and had a serious look at myself and decided it was time to do battle.

Overall, I’ve been fortunate enough that my weight hasn’t really been a huge issue prior in my life so diets had never entered my realm of existence. I was too embarrassed to ask friends what their experiences had been – I was determined to do this on my own without anyone knowing. Enter Weight Watchers. I had known a few people who had experienced really great success with this program and knew I needed something to keep me accountable. I really didn’t need to lose a ton of weight – I just didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin and knew I was past my own personal comfort zone. I signed up in the early fall and by Christmas, I had surpassed my goal weight by about 5 pounds – victory!!!

Now, getting back to our soup… I feel like my weight loss success was mostly due to getting a handle on portion control but also altering my typical eating habits, in particular, my lunches. I used to eat out or have huge leftovers for lunches. Instead, I switched up my lunches by taking homemade soup to work every day for my lunch. My go-to lunches were my homemade Chicken noodle, roasted butternut squash soup or vegetable soups.

Now, years down the road from my initial foray into soups, that lunch time soup habit has stuck. I was looking for a new soup that had lots of protein but that didn’t involve meat and I discovered bean soups. Now, I have to tell you, this Tuscan White Bean Soup is absolutely incredible. It’s thick and creamy and brimming with flavor. Honestly, it’s outstanding! I’ve made this soup for a number of people now and they always ask for the recipe. So, without further ado, here’s my Tuscan White Bean Soup.

TUSCAN WHITE BEAN SOUP RECIPE

Modified from Giada De Laurentiis’s recipe here.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 small potatoes, cubed and parboiled
  • 2 sage leaves
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans/white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups of low-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable stock)
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 tbsp parmesan or asiago cheese
  • 4 pieces of bacon or back bacon cooked and diced into small pieces
  • 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place a medium, heavy soup over medium heat. Add the butter, olive oil, potatoes, and shallot. Cook, stirring occasionally until the shallots soften.
  2. Add sage, sun-dried tomatoes and beans – stir and combine.
  3. Add the stock and bring the mixture to a simmer. Add the garlic and simmer until the garlic has softened, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Pour the soup into a large bowl. Carefully ladle 3/4 (or all if you don’t want any full beans) of the soup into a blender and puree until smooth – make sure to hold the lid tightly on the blender while pureeing the beans.
  5. Pour the blended soup back into the soup pot.
  6. Add salt, pepper, cheese and bacon to the soup. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately or ladle into containers for the freezer.

Download the Tuscan White Bean Soup recipe here.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Check out some of my other recipes including Curried Apple Egg Salad Sandwich, Double chocolate pecan cookiesThe ultimate rice krispie squareBest salad everNo bake energy ballsthe best chicken soup you’ll ever eatBailey’s dipped toasted marshmallowszucchini quinoa pattiesperfect chocolate chip cookiesmarinated feta cheeseMediterranean humus.

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