Years ago, I was shopping for inventory for the Lucketts Spring Market and found a ziplock bag containing some cream crochet work. I wasn’t sure what they were initially, but I’ve learned how to hunt and peck to try to find things others might overlook. I’m the one crawling into the depths of an antique booth, opening all of the cases and boxes and bags and looking at the bottom of piles! When I pulled the pieces out, I knew immediately what they were. Socks! Not the kind you wear on your feet, but the kind you put on your glass.
You see, I grew up using socks that my great-grandmother made. We used them to identify our glasses and to prevent water rings on wood furniture. I even still have a few of them in a ziplock bag in my butler’s pantry.
But, I loved the style of these and the neutral, cream yarn. My great-grandmother’s socks were always brightly colored and striped, which weren’t my thing. I bought them to sell, but I ended up falling in love with them when I put them on some jelly jars in my old studio. They were just totally “me.”
When I learned to crochet last fall, these socks (or cozies as they are better known) were the first on my list of things to figure out how to make. And let me tell you, it has been quite a process!! I started by watching several tutorials on making glass cozies, but none of them were quite right. What they did do, though, was give me some ideas of all of the different ways glass cozies can be made. And, in making things, my eye was further developed, so I could examine the vintage inspiration cozy and have a better idea how they might have been made…or at least how to reproduce something similar.
I made a lot of circles trying to figure it out.
The biggest hurdle, though, was finding the right yarn! Oh my…I’ve been buying yarn for this project for months! Either it was too thin or too thick, too shiny, not the right texture, or not the right color. I think I bought about 20 skeins of yarn trying to find the perfect one. (These are expensive glass cozies at this point!) It was all worth it, though, because I have found it!
The perfect yarn for this project is Mojave linen/cotton blend yarn in Natural that I found on Etsy. It is the perfect color, finish, and size. It’s also not so tiny that it’s hard for beginners to work with. Some of the other linen yarns I tried would probably be good for cozy-making, but they were very thin and that means it’s harder to see the stitches and it’s much more fiddly to work with.
The only downside to this yarn is that it doesn’t come in a ball. I loved the look of the twisted skeins, but it was only after working with it that I realized unwound yarn can be a mess. For the first skein, I just placed the open loop of yarn around a pillow and pulled from it carefully. When I was done, I would twist it up again. It was a little more precarious, especially with cats around, but I was able to make it work. I did decide to buy a yarn-winder, though, so I can put the yarn into a ball to make it easier to work with.
One of the best things about this pattern is that it just uses variations of one stitch – the double crochet (US.) That makes this a good “round” project for beginners.
Here are the supplies needed for this project…
- Scissors – https://amzn.to/365S6LL
- Tapestry Needle – https://amzn.to/2RrWrU7
- Mojave Linen/Cotton Yarn – Etsy (one skein makes 5 1/2 cozies)
- 3.75 Bamboo Handle Aluminum Crochet Hook – Hobby Lobby
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make a magic loop/circle, crochet “in the round”, make a double crochet stitch, increase a circle size, create “open work”, and finish with a scalloped border. All with one stitch!
Here is the video tutorial (featuring my helpful assistant, Violet)…
These cozies will fit a typical highball tumbler. I bought THESE for a dollar each at Target. To make the cozies larger, like for a juice glass, just increase one more row (or more if you want to make a cover for something larger.)
I love how they turned out! And it’s a fun thing to make. I can whip one out now in about 30-45 minutes, so it’s a nice project to pull out while I’m watching TV or just hanging out.
You can download and print the PDF pattern HERE.
Also, I’ve been asked a lot about the zipper pouch I use to keep my crochet hooks, scissors, and needles in. The pouch is from the Dunn by Designs Etsy shop…
Susan makes beautiful pillows, pouches, and bags. I’ve owned this pouch (and another smaller one) for several years and have used them for all sorts of things…art supplies, jewelry, and now crochet supplies. THIS is the exact pouch I have, but she also makes beautiful linen monogrammed pouches.
And here are a few other crochet tutorials and resources…
Hmmm…I wonder what I should try to figure out next??
PS – My latest round of paintings from the #indexcardartproject are now available! You can purchase them HERE.
PPS – Sorry, they’re all sold out, but I’ll be painting more!