Gay Beer Can Cozies by Duke of Nikko

Gay Beer Can Cozies

May 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in double knitting stockinette stich worked in round
US 3 - 3.25 mm
80 - 100 yards (73 - 91 m)
Fits on a 16oz (355ml) can
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Happy #StoneWall50 ! 2019 is a very special year in U.S. LGBTQ history as it marks the 50th anniversary of the June 1969 Stonewall Riots. LGBTQ people fought back during a routine police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, which became a key turning point in the LGBTQ civil rights movement.

To commemorate this historic year, I created 2 patterns. The first pattern (“HRC Motif Beer Can Cozy”) uses standard double knitting. The “equal sign” motif, which symbolizes equality, is the logo of the Human Rights Campaign. More information of the organization can be found at

The second pattern (“GAYGAYGAY Beer Can Cozy”) uses two-pattern double knitting. The design was inspired by a poster used for the first NYC Pride March, in 1970. More information on the first Pride March can be found at NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project at

If you enjoy knitting these cozies, please consider donating to both organizations.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skills Needed: Double knitting in the round. Two-pattern double knitting for pattern #2. Magic loop (Optional).
Finished Size: 12 oz (355ml) can

Suggested Materials:
• Lion Brand Yarn 24-7 Cotton Yarn
1 skein in Lemon (Color A) and 1 skein in Navy (Color B)
Alternative suggestion: Aqua (Color A) and Charcoal (Color B)
25 yards / 23m (0.5 oz / 15g) each color for one pattern, 50 yards / 46m (1 oz / 30g) each for both patterns.
• 1 set of US #3 (3.25mm) circular needles (14” or longer for magic loop), or size to obtain gauge
• Stitch marker
• Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
• Crochet hook F-5 (3.75mm) for troubleshooting (Optional)

18 sts and 26 rows per 4” (10cm) in double knitting stockinette stitch worked in the round

Pattern Notes:
The HRC Motif Beer Can Cozy is knitted in standard double knitting. The GAYGAYGAY Beer Can Cozy is knitted in two-pattern double knitting. Two-pattern double knitting is a technique to make asymmetric designs truly reversible, making alphabets legible on the reverse side.
* For more information on two-pattern double knitting, visit: by Alasdair Post-Quinn.