October 22, 2015

Bordeaux Wine Cozy

You know you've reached adulthood when you're asked to donate something for the local silent auction fundraiser. This year, I sewed two wine bags and knitted one wine cozy for my college sorority's philanthropy "Red Dress Gala" benefit for women's heart health research. After making so many wine accessories for my dad over the years, I knew I could produce quality handmade items for this event.

I started this wine cozy after an ah-hah! moment when I was daydreaming during class- a combination of my Beatity beanie and standard wine cozy patterns. I think the scalloped cable is an easy-yet-elegant detail that makes the cozy pop. Together with the fine knitting in the entire piece that took far more hours than I was anticipating (like always), I hope the draw of these wine bags bring in that much more money to support heart health. 

I'm calling this a "Bordeaux Wine Cozy" not because of the color of the yarn, but because my sorority's colors are silver and bordeaux. And it was for this reason that I chose this Loops and Threads Woolike yarn in the "Mauve" colorway. I wanted to call this pattern "Α wine cΦzy" --I'm sure you could never guess what sorority I'm in from that title-- but I wanted to make the pattern accessible for the entire knitting community, not just the college-aged sorority girl knitters (of which there is more than just me, I promise). 

So in the name of heart health, fine knitting, autumn, birthdays, and whatever other occasion suits your fancy, enjoy this free wine cozy pattern! 

Bordeaux Wine Cozy Pattern

Difficulty: Intermediate
Yarn:  Loops and Threads Woolike in Mauve – about ½ skein (300 m)
Gauge: 28 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch with two strands of yarn
Finished Size: Fits around standard wine bottle, 14 in (35 cm) tall
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm), at least four double-pointed needles
Other materials needed: Cable needle, stitch marker, yarn needle, ruler

CO 9 sts onto 3 dp needles.
The Base:
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 2, kfb across = 32 sts.
Rows 8 & 9: K round.
Row 10: K 1, kfb across = 48 sts.
Rows 11 & 12: K round.
Row 13: K 1, kfb across = 72 sts.
Rows 14 & 15: K round.
Row 16: P round.

Stitch Pattern for the Body:
Rows 1, 2, & 4: P 2, K 9, P 2, K rest of round
Row 3: P 2, sl 3 sts to cn and hold in back, K 1, K 3 sts from cn, K 1, sl 1 st to cn and hold in front, K 3, K 1 st from cn, P 2, K rest of round

Repeat rows 1-4 until piece measures 8.5 in (21 cm).

Next round: P 2, K 9, P 2, K 2 * K 2 tog, K 3, yo, K 2 tog, * repeat * to *, end K 1 = 61 sts.
Next three rounds: K rows 2-4 in stich pattern.

Rows 1, 2, & 4: P 2, K 9, P 2, * k 3, p 3 * repeat * to *.
Row 3: P 2, K 9, P 2, * P 2, sl 3 sts to cn and hold in back, K 1, K 3 sts from cn, K 1, sl 1 st to cn and hold in front, K 3, K 1 st from cn, P 2, * repeat * to *.

Repeat rows 1-4 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 ends.

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)
cn – cable needle
sl – slip indicated number of stiches knit-wise
dp – double-pointed
CO – cast on

You can find this pattern on Ravelry here.

You can find a free PDF of this pattern here. 


Happy Crafting!!