By Vickie Howell
Flowers aren’t the only way to add a pop of color to otherwise plain-Jane vases. With just a bit of yarn and an evening in front of the TV, you can whip up a craftier solution! These vase sleeves are worked up in the current pattern-craze du jour (see my Ode-to Missoni Blanket): the chevron stitch. Make them in your favorite colors, then change ’em out to fit the season… or your mood!


Stitch.Rock.Love Sheep(ish) for Caron (167 yds/153m; 30% wool/70% acrylic) in colors: (A) Yellow(ish), (C) Lime(ish) (D) Pumpkin(ish), (E) Robin’s Egg(ish), (F) Olive(ish), plus small amount of (B) White(ish)
US 8 (5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle
3 cylindrical vases measuring approx. 10″, 12 1/2″, and 15″ around, any height. (Psst! I got mine as a set from Ikea.)

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Stretches to 10″, 12 1/2″, and 15″ circumference
18 sts, 22 rows = 4″ (10cm) in St st.
Special stitches
dbl dec = Slip next two stitches, knit 1, pass slipped stitches over.
dbl inc = Knit 1, YO, knit 1 (all in same stitch).
K2togtbl = Knit two stitches together, through the back loops.


Chevron Stitch Pattern:
Row 1 (RS): K1, K2tog, *K4, dbl inc, K4, dbl dec; rep from * to last 3 sts, k2togtbl, K1.
Row 2: Purl.
Repeat two rows for pattern.
CO 39(48,60).
Work in Chevron Stitch Pattern until piece measures 1 1/2″ shorter than the vase, at top point of chevron.
Note: You can play with the stripe placement as you like, or follow my choices as a guide.
Vase 1:
Vase 1.png
Vase 2:
Two-row stripes, using colors C & E
Vase 3:
Vase 3.png
Tip: Always change colors on a RS row!
BO, leaving a long tail for seaming.
Weave in ends.
Wrap piece around the vase and seam shut.
About the Author:
Vickie Howell is a mother, designer, author, broadcast host, and spokesperson for Caron International. Sheep(ish), the first yarn in her Stitch.Rock.Love line for Caron, is available now in select Jo-Ann & Michaels stores, and online. For more patterns and how-to help, go to
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10 thoughts on “Missoni-Style Vase Cozies

  1. I think these will be cute as cozy’s for dinking glasses. A set in different color combinations help identifiy who’s drink is who’s.

  2. As written, the stitch pattern has no increases to compensate for the “K2tog” at the beginning and end of each row, so as you knit, you’re going to have a triangular piece and the inc/dec pattern for the chevrons will not stack up properly.

  3. Hello! Love Vicki Howell and her work! I went to look at the children’s leg warmers and did print out the pattern. The problem I had was that I couldn’t find the “Helpful”section as noted in that pattern. It is supposed to tell us how to make these leg warmers in a larger size, if we would like to do that. Where is this section?
    Thanks so much and keep up the great work!!
    All the best,

  4. Leave it to Vickie to come up with this chevron pattern – I have seen it in crochet but not in knit until now..cannot wait to try it. Thanks, Vickie and “knit on!”…Norma

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