In our post on maximizing the cozy in crochet and knitting, we discussed how therapeutic it can be to work with yarn. In that post, we shared an exercise for slowing down and adding intentionally cozy aspects to crafting a shawl. Today, we want to build on that with an exercise in making knit and crochet cozies. Wrapping yarn cozies around the items in your home are a wonderful way to add more hygge, homey, comfy, soothing feelings to your space. Stitching for yourself and your home is truly a form of self-care.
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What Are Knit and Crochet Cozies?
Anytime your wrap an inanimate object in crochet, that’s a cozy. Just to name a few examples, there are:
- mug cozies and can cozies and jar cozies
- teapot cozies and wine bottle cozies
- tablet cozies and cell phone cozies
- cozies for golf clubs
- home cleaning cozies for things like Swiffers and bottle scrubbers
- ice pack cozies and hot water bottle cozies
- bowl cozies and flower pot cozies and candle cozies
- and even cozies for food like eggs and apples and pumpkins!
Cozies By Any Other Name
We’re about to share a bunch of patterns with you for knit and crochet cozies. But we wanted to point out that if you’re searching for your own patterns, there are also some different words to use that will help you find the same types of things.
Here are the most common ones:
- Knit or Crochet Covers
- Crochet or Knit Sleeves
- Coozies, Koozies and other variations on that
So, if you don’t find what you’re looking for when you search for mason jar cozies, for example, then try looking for mason jar covers. Likewise, if you want a cozy to wrap around your dog’s leash, look for knit or crochet dog leash covers. Or if you want a knit cover for your laptop, try looking for knit laptop sleeve patterns. Coozies are usually reserved for beer and soda can cozies.
Therapeutic Crafting: How to Get More Benefits from Making a Cozy for Your Home
Please read this post on making knitting and crochet cozy. It gives you lots of tips and thoughts for how to add a “craft as therapy” element to your crochet. The questions it poses for you will assist you in getting into the right mental and physical space to really enjoy the comfort of crafting.
Of course, a cozy itself is going to add comfort. Your laptop won’t be cold. You’ll feel the plush texture of wonderful yarn wrapped around your coffee mug. But the more you really delve into the therapeutic aspects of it, the more these wonderful crafts can improve your life!
What Should You Put Knit and Crochet Cozies On?
You can truly add cozies to anything at all. If you’re trying this as therapeutic crafting, then you might want to consider the following options:
- You might want to choose an item in your home that you use every single day. Your coffee mug, your pencil, your journal, a cell phone … You can even make knit and crochet cozies for your refrigerator door handle and boxes of tissues. Use crochet to make your every day items cozier. So, ask yourself: what’s something I use every day that it would delight me to have be just a little bit cozier?
- You might want to choose an item in your home that feels decidedly NOT cozy. Maybe it’s your laptop. Perhaps it’s a vase that is the perfect size but just isn’t cozy. Alternatively, maybe it’s the hard edges of a dresser. What in your home is going to stay there but really doesn’t feel cozy? Use crochet to cozy it up.
- You might want to choose a special item. Is there something in your home that you already love but that could really be extra cozy if you added a special touch? A lampshade for a favorite lamp, a a book cover for a favorite book, a pot cozy for your favorite plant perhaps?
- You might want to buy something new. It can be a fun experiment to go out shopping just for something that will add a sense of “cozy” to your home. You can go to a thrift store or yard sale to keep it affordable. Keep your eye out for that item that feels extra cozy and think about how you’ll add knitting or crochet around it to make it even cozier.
Crochet and Knit Cozy Patterns to Get You Started
Here are just a smattering of my knit and crochet cozy patterns that you might want to start with:
Note: The other patterns above have direct links to free patterns. However, this is one that you can find in my Entrelac Knitting book, which you can get in print and ebook form. Find that and all my other books here.