Sunday, February 6, 2011

Basic Wine Bottle Cozy

This pattern is free, but please don't sell it. I did work semi hard on making this and I'd like to keep it as a freebie. If you do decide to make it, please send pics, I'd love to see variations! Also, this pattern is the same idea for any crocheters out there. My sister tried it and the chain length and decreases worked out the same for her. So if your a chicks with sticks or a happy hooker, enjoy the pattern!!

Fits a 9" diameter bottle, height depends on your wine of choice
You will need:
Worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Acrylic) unsure of exact amount but any yarn that gives you 4 stitches per inch works fine
Size 8 dpn (set of 4)
Wine bottle (empty is fine, but I don't recomment gifting the empty)
Crochet hook or darning needle for weaving in ends
Optional: novelty yarn for trim
CO 36sts and divide among needles (12 on each)
Starting with a PURL row, make 2 ridges in garter stitch
Switching to st st, work until piece measures 7.5 inches (or it reaches the bottle neck taper)
Dec Rnds:
Rnd 1: *K1, k2 tog; repeat to end
Rnd 2: Knit
Rnd 3: *K1, k2tog; rep to end.
Optional trim: Using novelty yarn and size appropriate crochet hook (size H/8 worked fine for me) sc around top and bottom edges. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Thats it! Tuck in the ends, and you have a cozy wine bottle! The fun part is that this is such a basic pattern that it can be dressed up into anything. Motifs can be added, different yarns can be used to make stripes, whatever you can dream up.

I made a Santa bottle (crochet belt and buckle, sewed the buckle on, sewed the belt together to the cozy itself). The belt was an afterthought, you could knit it right into the cozy itself. Support your local wineries and show off your knitting all at once!

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