This leprechaun beer cozy is the perfect accessory for a bottle of green beer this St. Patrick’s Day. Use green, yellow and black yarn to crochet this cute leprechaun hat beer cozy that will keep your drink cold and your hand warm.
What is a beer cozy and why do I need one?
A cozy (or koozie or cosy depending on where you are from and how you want to spell it) refers to a piece of foam (or in this case crochet) that wraps around your beer bottle to keep it cold. It’s also know at a beer jacket or beer huggie. They can be rigid or soft and flexible or even slide onto cans and cups. And they’re everywhere! They are often used as marketing tools with business names and logos slapped to the sides.
The origin of the beer cozy is surrounded in myth and folklore, just like the leprechaun who’s hat takes the form of one in this tutorial.
Some say the beer cozy was invented in Australia in the 1970’s, others say it’s origins are rooted in England where knit cozies were used on bottles to keep their contents ice cold.
Despite the myths and legends, here is what we do know for sure:
The Radio Cap Corporation registered a trademark for the name “koozie” in 1980. Just a year later, a woman named Bonnie McGough filed a patent for an “insulated drink cozy” with insulating material sandwiched by outer fabric. She suggested goose down as the insulator. And there you have it, the rest is history.
Supplies for Leprechaun Hat Beer Cozy
- green, yellow and black yarn
- 5mm crochet hook
- darning needle
- beer bottle
I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn for this project. It’s a basic medium weight yarn that you can buy at more craft stores or online.
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Tips for Making a Leprechaun Hat Beer Cozy
You will need to know how to do the following crochet stitches:
- slip stitch
- single crochet
- half double crochet
- double crochet
Follow the instructions in the card below to full details on how to make the leprechaun hat beer cozy. You may have to modify the pattern slightly depending on the size of your bottle. I made mine to fit a 12 oz beer bottle. Keep in mind that the yarn does stretch a bit so you can fit it on a bottle or can that is a little bigger or smaller.
- Green yarn
- Yellow yarn
- Black yarn
- 5mm Crochet hook
- beer bottle
The Base of the Hat
- Chain 4 and slip stitch in the the first chain.
- Half double crochet 10 times into the center of the circle. Slip stitch in the the first stitch. Chain 2 to start second round.
- Double crochet into the first stitch one time and then twice into each stitch two times for a total of 20 stitches. Slip stitch into the first stitch. Chain two to start third round.
- Double crochet into the first stitch one time then twice into the next two and then once into the third. Repeat this all the way around until you get back to the first stitch. Slip stitch into the first stitch and then chain two to start the fourth round.
- Double crochet once into the first two stitches and twice into the third stitch. Continue this all the way around and slip stitch into the first stitch. Tie off the end and weave it in.
Tall Part of the Hat.
Follow the instructions for the base of the hat for the circle up to and including step three. When you get to the next row, don't increase the stitches. Keep adding rows to make the circle taller and not wider. Add at least 6 more rows. Tie off the end and weave it in.
Use a darning needle and more green yarn to attach the two pieces together. Sew them to once another and tie off and weave in the ends.
The Black Band
Chain 20, chain one, flip the chain over, skip the first chain and double crochet into each stitch. Tie off the end and weave it in. You will have a long black piece that will get tied around the hat after the buckle is assembled.
Chain 11. Slip stitch back into the first stitch. to make a circle. stitch four more, attach the end of the four stitch chain into the opposite side of the circle so it looks like an 8. Tie off and weave in the end.
Slip the buckle piece onto the black belt.
Sew the buckle and belt onto the hat with the darning needle and more black yarn.
Are you drinking green beer this St. Patrick’s Day? Let me know your plans in the comments!