Crocheted Candle Cozy DIY

free crochet pattern
I’m a little obsessed with crochet since doing those granny squares. (I know, I know, they aren’t *actually* granny squares, but for the sake of classifying, let’s call them that.) I was told that learning something like those sort-of granny squares right off the bat is a difficult place to start, but since then I’ve managed to teach myself how to do some of the simpler stiches by spending some time with expert crocheter friends (hi Kelly!) and watching youtube videos. It was inevitable that I included some sort of crocheted handmade gifts this holiday season, in addition to the crocheted rocks.
This is an extremely simple pattern to crochet wool cozies for those pretty and inexpensive IKEA Driod glasses* (The Sittning glass on IKEA’s website looks similar).  By the time this post hits the airwaves, I will have given these to a list of neighbors, teachers, good people, and friends. If you put a nicely scented candle in each of them, you have a great gift for under $20. 
free crochet pattern

I am probably way out of my league here, creating a crochet pattern of even the simplest sort, however I’m just going to put this out there and hope for the best, because its easy and fun. What I am really loving about crochet in general is that it is forgiving, there is actually room for little mistakes or miscounts, and they won’t usually wreck the whole design. As an example, my first dozen of these were all completely different, but still completely useable when I looked closely at them, and I used them all (well, there may have been one or two thrown out). I finally got some consistency in the last batches, so that’s where this pattern was tried, tested, and finalized.

Crocheted Candle Cozy

Supplies needed:

Short, wide-mouthed drinking glasses like the ones mentioned above (I also have luck finding votive and candle holders of all sizes at thrift stores)
Yarn in your chosen weight and color (I used Cascade 220 worsted, my favorite)
Crochet hook in US size H/5.0mm (or size appropriate for your yarn and guage)
free crochet pattern
To Make:
(This cozy is crocheted from the bottom up, and has an open bottom. I didn’t take step by step photos of each of these rounds because of the simplicity of this design. If there’s enough requests for photos, I’ll try to add them in.)
Round 1= make a chain of 30 stitches, slip stitch to join into a circle, careful not to twist. (check your gauge, this chain should fit snugly around the bottom, it will stretch a little as rounds are added).
Round 2 & 3 = 1 Half Double Crochet into each chain, 30 stitches. Join round with a slip stitch.
Round 4 = Chain 1,  *1 Half Double Crochet into first and second stitch, then 2 Half Double Crochet stitches into the next/third stitch*. Repeat from * till end of round, 40 stitches. Join round with a slip stitch.
Round 5 = 1 Half Double Crochet into each stitch, slip stitch to join round, 40 stitches. Join round with a slip stitch.
Continue as Round 5 until you have the desired number of rows to cover your candle holder. I wanted my rows to reach all the way to the rim of the glass, so I did 5 more rows for a total of 10 rows. Eyeball this, it may vary depending on your gauge and tension. You may prefer to have a little of the candle holder showing at the top (after all, they do come in pretty colors). If so, do one less row.
That’s it. And when I say this is quick, I was able to do one in about 20 minutes once I’d worked out the kinks. Granted, I’m crochet obsessed, but I’m still very new. And right now, I am enjoying the one I kept for myself. I can’t live without candles in winter.
free crochet pattern
free crochet pattern
If you make these, I’d love to know! Send me your pictures and thoughts (and, of course, if you see any blaring mistakes in my instructions, let me know). Please tag all with #wisecrafthandmade on your social media posts so we can all see what you’re up to!
*IKEA calls these drinking glasses, and they are sold in that section of their store. But, for whatever reason, I use these for candleholders. So for this exercise, they are candleholders. If you do use these for drinking glasses, the cozy would work well to keep your warm drinks warm longer, and protect your hands from heat. Your choice.
**The candles I used, which happen to fit perfectly into these glasses, are the Rainforest and Euphoric refills from Aveda. These come in little paper cups, and my suggestion is to remove the candle from the paper cup before using, (sadly, I don’t see these on their website). 
Helpful tip- Put a few drops of water in the bottom of your candleholder before putting in the candle, to hopefully avoid the candle sticking to the bottom and make it easier to get it out when its done.

  • krista

    January 1, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I can’t crochet (yet?) but this project makes me wish that I could! So simple and beautiful.

  • Hannah

    January 1, 2011 at 8:15 am

    those are very cute. I am definitely going to give this a try. You know what else these could work for, a mug wrap. you know like the cardboard ones you get a starbucks on hot drinks. I think these would work great and they are reusable. just an idea. Thank you for the pattern. simple and oh so adorable!

  • Sarah Jackson

    January 1, 2011 at 8:19 am

    cute!! I’m seeing a lot of crochet in my 2011 plans. Maybe it’s the year of the hook.
    Happy new year!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 1, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Take the plunge and learn how Krista, its so fun (and portable)! Happy New Year!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 1, 2011 at 8:33 am

    You’re right Hannah, a mug wrap would be so great, and you could even customize your cup with your own favorite color that way (not to mention how nice it would feel in your hand). Hope you make some!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 1, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Me too Sarah. These are almost going backwards from grannies, but they are oh so easy! Happy New Year!

  • Nancy Cook

    January 1, 2011 at 8:48 am

    happy new year blair. these are really cute.

  • Lizette

    January 1, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Your crochet looks flawless Blair. Thanks for sharing. I wish I had time to try this for fun.

  • Kirsty

    January 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    These are lovely!

  • Erin | house on hill road

    January 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    ok. this is great! now to find an ikea….
    (also the blog looks fantastic, blair!)

  • Rachel at Stitched in Color

    January 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    What a lovely gift! I love Tif’s jars too. So fun to see crochet popping up all around. I’m crocheting up more squares for my pillow cover tonight =).

  • Lindy

    January 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    love the new blog redesign.

  • Irmhild

    January 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    oh cute! have you got any photos with a lit candle inside? does the light shimmer through the crochet?
    Happy 2011!

  • Nicholas

    January 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    What a coincidence! I (a) just learned to crochet over the holidays and (b) was looking for a fun thing to crochet that wouldn’t take a ridiculous amount of time. Additionally, I’m hitting up the IKEA next weekend… all this is good.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Thanks Nancy! Happy New Year!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Lizette, next time you’re up my way, you have a standing invitation for a crochet lesson. It’ll be easy for you!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks Kirsty! Happy New Year!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    No IKEA close? Give them a few months…they seem to be popping up everywhere! xo

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I’m in the mood to do some crocheting tonight too. Enjoy Rachel!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks Lindy! Happy New Year!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I’ve been trying to get a good photo of the lit candle. It doesn’t noticeably shimmer through, just a wee bit. It’s a “cozy” look thought (sorry, couldn’t resist that!). Happy New Year!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Enjoy Nicholas! These are quite addictive, but fun. Happy New Year!

  • Chara Michele

    January 2, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    What a cute gift! Now if only I could crochet 🙂

  • monica

    January 3, 2011 at 1:39 am


  • Sherman Unkefer

    January 3, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Cute and colorful! Wishing you a happy new year!

  • Traduceri

    January 3, 2011 at 4:19 am

    I love your idea. This is so much fun 🙂

  • Jo

    January 3, 2011 at 6:10 am

    You clever thing, these are gorgeous- They are on my list of things to do, and I’ve put this on my fav tutorials list. Peace:)

  • Nicole

    January 3, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Love these! Couldn’t resist so I made a couple last night. A very fun, fast project even with my beginner crochet skills. Thank you for sharing your idea!

  • Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons

    January 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I love love love this! I can’t crochet though… I would love to see a few photos though… I can’t imagine what the process looks like b/c ive never seen it been done before.

  • Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons

    January 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I love love love this! I can’t crochet though… I would love to see a few photos though… I can’t imagine what the process looks like b/c ive never seen it been done before.

  • Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons

    January 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I love love love this! I can’t crochet though… I would love to see a few photos though… I can’t imagine what the process looks like b/c ive never seen it been done before.

  • Fernanda

    January 7, 2011 at 2:20 am

    perfeito.cores lindas, trabalho lindo. parabéns 🙂

  • Allison

    January 13, 2011 at 6:38 am

    These are very cool. And just like you, when I saw these glasses in Ikea I immediately saw them as candle holders and have been using them as such.I’m not good at crocheting, but these might just be the perfect sized project for practicing.

  • Alicia P.

    January 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

    (Hi! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Love you!)

  • Sara B

    January 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I’ve been dying to make these! I just got back from Ikea. Made a special trip to Renton just to pick up the glasses!!!

  • Sara B

    February 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I finally gave this a try and here’s the final result –
    My stitches look distinctively different than yours! I’m going to have to keep at this pattern. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong.
    Even so, I love this and love the way my first one looks – warm and cozy! 🙂

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