Today I bring to you the Bonfire Ice Cream Cozie for #FreePatternFriday! (Is that a thing? If not, I’m making it a thing! Who doesn’t love a free pattern?)
I have to admit, when I first saw an ice cream pint cozie, I thought that it was a really novel idea, but also kind of a novelty item – something that seems really awesome in concept so you buy it but then you never really use it and it ends up living in a forgotten corner of some drawer, never to be seen again (you know what drawer I’m talking about). But then a few weeks later I was eating ice cream straight from the pint (because bowls are for amateurs) and I realized just how cold my hands were getting. Suddenly the idea didn’t seem so silly.
This cozie features two different post stitches – the front post double crochet and the double front post double crochet stitch – to give it a fun texture that looks a bit like rising smoke (hence the name “Bonfire”). The finished cozie is approximately 4.5 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall when laid flat and fits most pint-sized ice cream containers.
For a cold cozie like this, either cotton or acrylic worsted weight yarn work well. I chose to use Bernat Handicrafter Cotton and Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton for mine. If you use a soft cotton yarn or acrylic, you may need to go down a hook size to get your cozie to grip the cup appropriately because softer yarns can have a lot more stretch to them. They work up fast, so play with it and see what works best for you. At only 30-40 yards of yarn, this is a great stash buster!
Bonfire Ice Cream Cozie Pattern
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Pattern Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
*Crochet Hook: H/5.0mm, or what is required to match gauge
*Yarn: Approximately 30-40 yards of #4/worsted weight yarn
*Yarn needle for weaving in ends
*Stitch markers (optional)
slst: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
fsc: foundation single crochet (optional)
dc: double crochet
fpdc: front post double crochet
dfpdc: double front post double crochet (click here to see how to make this stitch!)
Invisible slst to join: After you complete the last st of the round, remove your hook from the loop, insert your hook from back to front through the first st of the round (make sure the working yarn is under your hook), put the loop you dropped back on your hook, and pull it through to the back. Chain and work the next row as written. This pulls the seam to the inside of your work.
Gauge: Approximately 13.5 dc sts by 7 rows = 4 inches x 4 inches
NOTE: If you are having trouble matching gauge in both width and height, match width (number of stitches) because that determines the circumference. You can always add or subtract rows to get the desired height, if needed.
* This pattern is written using US terminology.
* The starting chain at the beginning of the round does NOT count as a stitch, so the first stitch will go in the same stitch as the chain. When you close each round, you will slip stitch to the top of the first stitch, NOT the starting chain.
Round 1: To start, you can either crochet 30 fsc OR ch 31 and then sc across starting in the 2nd ch from the hook. Crocheter’s choice. Making sure your row hasn’t twisted, invisible slst to the first stitch to join, forming a circle. (30)
NOTE: You will have a small gap at the bottom of this row. When you finish your cozie, use your tail to sew the gap closed.
Round 2: ch 1, dc in each st around, invisible slst to first st to join (30)
Round 3: ch 2, *fpdc, dc, dc, dfpdc, dc**, repeat from * to ** around, invisible slst to first st to join (30)
Round 4: ch 2, *fpdc, dc, dfpdc, dc, dc**, repeat from * to ** around, invisible slst to first st to join (30)
Helpful Hint: The fpdc will always stack on top of the previous fpdc and the first and last dc of the repeat will stack on top of dc sts. The only thing that changes is the 2nd dc and the dfpdc.
Round 5-7: Repeat Rounds 3 and 4
Helpful Hint: The height of your finished piece can vary a lot depending on the yarn you use and how much you lift up your loops when making the dfpdc. Use your measuring tape before moving to the last round to ensure you will get the height you want (should be about 3.25” tall).
Round 8: ch 1, sc in each st around, slst to first st to join (30)
Fasten off, sew the gap closed in your starting band using your tail, and weave in your ends.
A big THANK YOU to a few of my favorite crochet people who helped me test this pattern. Check out their work below and then go check out their Instagram pages!
Posting on social media? Please give pattern credit to @FromNicolesCreations and use hashtags #bonfireicecreamcozie, #thebonfirecollection, and #fromnicolescreations. I want to see what you make!