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Monday, December 10, 2007

Candy Cane Cozy

I never hang candy canes on the tree because I fear my kids will eat them when I'm not looking. And today my suspicions were confirmed. I hung this candy cane cozy with a candy cane in it on the tree. Later in the day I noticed there was a chopstick in its place. You read right, a chopstick! My four year old made the old switch-a-roo. As if I wouldn't notice, LOL. So you see, they actually serve a purpose, if there's an empty cozy then you know someone ate a candy cane.

Today I got the idea of making this candy cane cozy/ornament. You can hang them on your tree or give them as little gifts. They only take about a half an hour to make. Directions below.

This cozy was designed to fit a standard sized candy cane

Size 6 needles
100% cotton 4 - PLY yarn
silver bell
sewing needle
cream thread

With Size 6 needles cast on 20 stitches.

knit 8 rows of stock knit stitch

Bind off - leave a long tail for sewing

my piece measured 1 1/2" by 5"

Fold in half length wise, and sew seam.

When sewing the bottom closed, use the yarn to add the bell.

With thread sew the button on the top.

Fold ribbon in half and sew into the inside of the cozy. This is a little tricky because the opening is so small. So as Tim Gund would say, "Make It Work".

* success tips - don't sew right sides together, then turn right side out, this will stretch the piece and it will look sloppy


greetingarts said...

Oh. My. God. So freaking cute, and the story about the missing candy cane and the chopstick? HYSTERICAL! You can't even get irritated at a kid like that, that is so funny and amazing and inventive!

You're the best.

Melissa said...

That is really cute. I don't knit, but I think I'll have to see if I can whip up a crocheted one!

Michelle Frae Cummings said...

aww so cute and the story is sdo funny! Wish I could knit.

Marie {Make and Takes} said...

I love love love this. What a fun and unique idea for the holidays. I need to learn to knit.

Camilla said...

That is so cute! And I love that you have channelled the mighty Tim in making it work!

Anonymous said...

Neat...but If i want to take the cane then I cant make a case.

Oiyi said...

This is way too cute!

Anonymous said...

Darn it- I can't remember who I am on Blogger!
I had to say something though, even at this late date. These cane cozies are too great. Just an idea...sew in the ribbon before you sew the cozy closed!
I love them, thank you for sharing, something so simple , it takes a creative mind to think it up!

zakkalife said...

Thanks for suggesting to sew in the ribbon before hand. Makes perfect sense. Why didn't I think of that?

thanks for your comments


Shellie Shufelt said...

This ornament is so CUTE! The perfect thing for me to make for my daycare children. A couple of questions...is the yarn that you used the kind that is made for dish cloths? Also, what kind of stitch did you use to sew the seam? Thanks, Shellie

Peach said...

I'm the "stalker" who keeps coming back to this page. I love these things and I'm wanting to make some this year, so I'm just letting you know why I keep coming back. :)
(and showing my friends...)

Patty said...

Chopsticks?! Hmmmmmmmmmmm.....sounds like something my resourceful DGDs might cook up. But the sticky unwashed faces would give 'em away. Very clever quick pattern and darned nice embellishing!

Anonymous said...

Verrry adorable. Thank you so much for sharing.

alittlebitofscrap said...

My SIL sent me this link and I LOVE this idea and I'm making her some as a surprise. Thanks so much for the idea, it's brilliant! I've blogged about it and gave you credit and I'm gonna share the pattern with some knitting friends and send them to your blog. Again, Brilliant!

Anonymous said...

I just came across this pattern on Ravelry while searching for Christmas gifts. I've queued this. These are adorable! I was wondering though if you have tried sewing the ribbon on before sewing the Candy Cane Cozy together. It seems like that would be the easiest way to do it since the opening is so small.
Tina (fromaggista on Ravelry)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this!! Too cute!! I am unemployed and everyone is getting this for xmas :) One note: I find it easier to sew the button and ribbon in before sewing the seam.

dbunk902 said...

How absolutely adorable! I'm always trying to find inexpensive ways to give something to my fellow co-workers that doesn't break the bank....except for the bells, I have all on hand! Thank you for sharing!

Sarah B. said...

So great! Thank you for sharing this. I'm gifting one each to the preschool teachers this year. Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

I start looking for new Christmas projects in the summer and came across this one. I've been working on ornaments for a while and these are going to go so well with them! Thank you so much for having posted this, I'm excited about them.

Anonymous said...

I too agree. Very cute and an easy thing to make. Thanks for the directions

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