Sunday, November 02, 2008

Soda or Juice Sleeves

This week's off-screen unpleasantry: mouth surgery. (And no, it wasn't a bigmouthectomy, although many have diagnosed me with that condition.) Doctor's orders were to drink as many cold beverages as I could hold to keep the swelling down.

Problem is, it's a little cold these days in Beantown. Wrapping my sensitive typing hand around a cold can or bottle all day long for days on end wasn't the most appealing thought, so I did what any self-respecting crocheter would do.

I whipped up a cozy. Or two. Possibly six.

Couldn't be simpler. Just a few rows of single crochet with a couple of loop closures on the last row, and two beads to pull the loops over. Interestingly, the size, with a little stretching, seems to fit any size or shape of bottle.

I used beads to close mine, but buttons would work. It would be easy to work in stripes, and the gauge isn't that important because you can easily check the size as you go by holding it up to a bottle of your favorite beverage and adjust the size with a few more or less chains or rows.


Hook: Size H
Yarn: I used leftover worsted weight dishcloth cotton
Other: Large beads or small buttons, tapestry needle

  1. Ch 16.
  2. Sc in each chain across (15 sc), ch 1, turn.
  3. Repeat this row 32 more times (33 rows sc).
  4. On row 34, sc in first 3 stitches, chain 4, sc in next 9 stitches, chain 4, sc in last 3 stitches. This will create 2 loops evenly spaced across the edge.

Break off yarn and pull through last loop.

Attach a bead or buttons on the other edge (beginning of piece) in the 3rd stitch from each side.

Weave in all ends.


Lisa said...

still laughing at the bigmouthectomy.....I love the sleeves...and that just moved you up in the aforementioned Ravelry discussions.... ;)

Anonymous said...

Yay I need me some of those! Looks like I'll be taking a short break from face cloths to make some of these in yummy Sugar n' Cream colors...