Here in South Australia, single use plastic cutlery and straws have been banned. Many cafes now use wood cutlery and paper straws, which are used once and discarded. A zero waste solution is to carry your own metal cutlery and straws.
These cosies are fast to make in cotton for easy washing. This is more of a recipe than a pattern. The cosy is made by crocheting two long rectangles. One just longer than your cutlery and another 3-4 cms longer for the flap.
UK crochet terms used.
- 100% cotton yarn 10ply (Finch Fiddlesticks)
- 3.5 mm crochet hook
- Stitch markers or pins
- Dc – double crochet
- Htr – half treble
- St/s – stitches
Chain 11 Loosely.
Row 1 (1dc,1htr) across (10sts last st is a htr)
Repeat row one until the rectangle measure just a little longer than your cutlery.
Make a second rectangle 3-4 cms longer than the first
Lay your rectangles on top of each other. Use pins or stitch markers to pin the pieces together.
Joining 1 – The pink one. DC around the the edge through both layers to join and around the flap. I start at a bottom corner and remove stitch markers/ pins as I go.
Joining 2 – The taupe one. Surface slip stitch around in a contrasting colour, working through both rectangles to join them and then around the flap.
Sew in ends.
Make a chain 30-40cm long and use it to thread through the front rectangle and the flap. Tie with a bow. Another option would be to add a button or Velcro.
The cosies are made out of the same cotton I use for dishclothes so can be thrown in the washing machine or hand washed easily.