This is the ultimate in recycling. A can and some t-shirt yarn and you have yourself a pretty sweet vase.
I could not think of what to call this pattern, so I settled on a can cozy. I made these can cozies with store bought t-shirt yarn, but you could make your own yarn. There are lots of tutorials on how to do it. I bought mine a Joann’s. It is called Fettuccini by Lion Brand, and is made with remnants from garment manufacturing. One skein makes two cozies to fit most cans – 10.75 oz. soup can, 28 oz. crushed tomatoes can, 20 oz. fruit can, etc. They are knit in the round with a circular needle, so there aren’t any seams. I made two different versions. One is stockinette stitch and the other is a rib knit pattern.
Hand Knit Can Cozy Pattern
Supplies (makes two cozies):
1 skein of Lion Brand Fettuccini – 55 yards
size US 15 circular knitting needle (16″)
2 recycled cans
Gauge: 6 stitches and 10 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
For the stockinette version: Loosely cast on (CO) 18 stitches. Place marker (pm) to mark beginning of round and join to knit in the round. Knit all stitches for approximately 12 rows or until you reach 5 inches. Bind off loosely in pattern. Weave in loose ends.
For the rib knit version: Loosely cast on (CO) 20 stitches. Place marker (pm) to mark beginning of round and join to knit in the round. Knit two stitches (K2), purl two stitches (P2), continue in pattern for about 12 rounds or until you reach 5 inches. Bind off loosely in pattern. Weave in loose ends.
It is such an easy project and what a cute way to dress up a can. They almost have a nautical feel with thick rope like texture. I will be using these year round.
Have a great weekend!