January 15, 2015

Wine Cozy

You don't have to be around my dad for very long to figure out he is something of a wine connoisseur. Our wine cabinet is cataloged on Excel and organized unlike anything else my dad owns. We have multiple boxes in the garage that solely contain wine corks-- organized by country, grape, or maker. I just got a used bike and the payment in thanks was a bottle of wine. And I've learned over the years that the gifts that are sure to be well received are anything having to do with wine-- wine charms, wine gift bags, Mickey Mouse wine corks, or this wine cozy. 

Ruth's gift to my dad was the cork trivet pictured here. Not pictured: decorative wine cork snowman, yet another wine gift.
I've made several wine bags out of fabric and ribbon, but I wanted to try knitting one for variety. I read a few existing patterns for wine bags and jumbled them together to create the design for this wine cozy. The result is a finely knit bottom-up bag that spaciously fits a bottle of wine of any width. The i-cord ribbon completes the piece. 



This project is great for an adventurous beginner or a more advanced knitter who wants a relaxing project to make a stock of gift bags for those upcoming dinner parties. Who wouldn't want to make a wine cozy for the wine enthusiast in their life? It's tried and true!



Wine Cozy Pattern

Difficulty: Advanced beginner
Yarn: Loops and Threads Woolike in Navy #15 – about ½ skein
Gauge: 28 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch with two strands of yarn
Finished Size: Fits around standard wine bottle with extra width, 14 in (35 cm) tall
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm), at least four double-pointed needles

Cast on 9 sts onto 3 dp needles.
Row 1: K round. Place stitch marker at beginning of round.
Row 2: Kfb all sts = 18 sts.
Rows 3 & 4: K round.
Row 5: K 2, kfb across = 24 sts.
Row 6: K round.
Row 7: K 1, kfb across = 36 sts.
Rows 8 & 9: K round.
Row 10: K 1, kfb across = 54 sts.
Rows 11 & 12: K round.
Row 13: K 1, kfb across = 81 sts.
Rows 14 & 15: K round.
Row 16: P round.

K round until piece measures 8.5 in (21 cm).
Next round: * K 2 tog, k 4, yo, k 2 tog, * repeat * to *, end k 1 = 71 sts.
K 3 more rounds, then rib * k 3, p 3 * repeat * to *, end k3, p2 across until piece measures 14 in (35 cm).
Cast off and weave in yarn ends.
Then CO 3 sts and make I-cord until it measures 12-15 in (30-38 cm). Weave through yarn overs.

Abbreviations: 
k – knit
p – purl
yo – yarn over
k 2 tog – knit two sts together in the back loops
kfb  – knit through front and back of stitch (increase)
st(s) – stich(es)
dp – double-pointed
CO – cast on

You can find this pattern on Ravelry here.

You can view this pattern as a free PDF here.

Happy Crafting!!
--Elizabeth

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