– H/8 5.0mm crochet hook or whatever is needed to obtain the correct gauge
– Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in White – 1 ball (I used exactly 1 ball. You might want a little bit extra on hand just in case)
– Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Scarlet – 1 ball
– Cascade 220 in Chartreuse #7814 –
– tapestry needle
– handful of straight pins
Okay, gauge is unfortunately rather important in these projects to ensure that your cozy fits the box. My “model” tissue box is usually the cube-shaped box from Target/Up & Up. I highly recommend keeping a tissue box around, to continuously check for proper fit.
16 sc x 18 rows = 4 inches x 4 inches
dec = decrease
lp st = loop stitch
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sl st =slip stitch
YO = yarn over
( ) = work everything in the parentheses into the next stitch
[ ] = repeat what is inside the brackets the number of times indicated
inv dec (invisible decrease): Insert hook into front loop of next st, then insert hook into front loop of following st, YO, pull through 2 loops. YO, pull through 2 loops.
Loop Frosting (Top and Sides of Cozy)
With White, ch 19.
Row 1: Sk 1st ch, 18 sc evenly across. (18)
Rows 2: Ch 1, turn. Lp st evenly across. (18)
Row 3: Ch , turn. Sc evenly across. (18)
Rows 4-9: Repeat Rows 2 and 3, three times. (18)
Row 10: Ch 1, turn. 4 lp st, ch 10, sk 10 sts, and 4 lp st, being careful not to twist your chain. Your chs and sks create the hole for your tissue to come out. (18)
Row 11: Repeat Row 3. (18)
Rows 12-19: Repeat Rows 2 and 3, four times. (18) Don’t break off.
You should have a square, with a slit in the middle for the tissue, that fits on top of your tissue box. To work the two sides of your cake, you’ll be working in rows along the sides of your square.
Row 1: Ch 1, turn. Work 18 lp sts across. Then keep working along the edge of your square, 18 lp sts across. (36)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly across. (36)
Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Lp st evenly across. (36)
Rows 4-23: Ch 1, turn. Repeat Rows 2 and 3 ten times. (37) Break off, leaving about a yard of yarn for sewing later. Weave in the other end.
You’ll be creating the next 2 sides of the cozy with 3 layers of white cake and 2 strawberry stripes.
With White, ch 39.
Row 1: Sk 1st ch, work 38 sc evenly across. (38)
Rows 2-6: Ch 1, turn. Work 38 sc evenly across. (38) After Row 6, drop White (no need to break off) and join Scarlet.
Rows 7-8: Ch 1, turn. Work 38 sc evenly across. (38) After Row 8, break off Scarlet and pick up White. You’ll see a little bit of the White yarn traveling up the side of the rows, but you can hide this when you sew the whole cozy together.
Rows 9-14: Ch 1, turn. Work 38 sc evenly across. (38) After Row 14, drop White (no need to break off) and join Scarlet.
Rows 15-16: Ch 1, turn. Work 38 sc evenly across. (38) After Row 16, break off Scarlet and pick up White.
Rows 17-23: Ch 1, turn Work 38 sc evenly across. (38) After Row 23, break off and weave in the ends.
* Fit the Cake Layers against your tissue box to see if it fits properly. I had to work one more row of White to make mine fit properly. Sometimes, even if the math is perfect, the project still might need some tweaking. Don’t sweat it!
Strawberries (make 5) pattern also at Michaels.com
With Scarlet, make adjustable ring, or ch 3 and sl st to 1st ch to form ring.
Don’t join rounds. Right Side of work should show on outside of Strawberry.
Ch 1, 6 sc into ring (6)
[2 sc into next st, 3 sc evenly] Repeat 12 times until you have 18 sc.(18)
[inv dec, 1 sc] 6 times. (12)
Keep hook in your work, but break off leaving an arm’s length of yarn to continue crocheting with later. Use more red yarn from the skein to stuff Strawberry.
Continue to crochet. [inv dec] 6 times. Sl st to next st to join. (6)
Break off leaving approx. 8 inches of yarn. With tapestry needle, use yarn tail to close hole by weaving through remaining 6 sts. Break off and weave in end.
Strawberry Top (make 5)
With Chartreuse, make adjustable ring, or ch 3 and sl st to 1st ch to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc into ring. Sl st to 1st ch to join. (6)
Rnd 2: [Ch 8, sl st into next st] 6 times. (6)
Break off leaving 18 inches of yarn for sewing later. Weave in beginning tail.
1. Put Loop Frosting on your tissue box and pin Cake Layers to Looop Frosting. Sew the pieces together with the long yarn tail you left on Loop Frosting. I find this is easiest to do while all the pieces are pinned to the tissue box.
2. Plan where you want to sew on your Strawberries and then sew them down with the Chartreuse yarn tails.
*The instructions and photos on this page are copyright 2013, Twinkie Chan Inc. They are intended for personal use and for sales from which most of the proceeds go to a charitable organization.