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pattern preview: wine bottle koozies

I’m putting finishing touches on two new crochet patterns, just in time for the upcoming gift giving season. These adorable wine bottle koozies work up quick, and – dare I say – they are quite unique in the world of handmade crochet gifts.

Aren’t they just perfect? Seriously. Don’t tell me you can’t think of at least 5 people who’d be over the moon if you brought them a bottle of wine in one of these beauties.

If you want to get a head start – and save up to 75% – on these, read on. The patterns are available for pre-order and I’ve listed the materials needed below!

Crochet Wine Bottle Koozies / Cozies by jakigu.com

Both designs employ the waistcoat stitch, which creates a lovely knit-like fabric. This stitch is also known as knit stitch or center post single crochet stitch, and I will be publishing a detailed photo and video tutorial of the stitch shortly. Don’t worry! The link to the video is included in the detailed instructional booklet, along with countless photos.

To boot, I have used my trusted coiled crochet technique to design wine bottle koozies that are not only adorable but also practical. Combination of coiled crochet and waistcoat stitch creates a dense, durable material that will protect your bottle against any accidental bangs and bumps.

Whether you famously finish your Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving, or you tend to wait until last moment, I’m sure you’ll find good use for these awesome handmade gift bags. Pre-order today, gather all the materials (listed below), and get crocheting next weekend! By the time December rolls in, you can finish a dozen wine bottle koozies. At least!

Apropos, how do you spell the word describing a sleeve we put around a vessel holding our drink? I’m sticking with koozie throughout this post, but according to A Way with Words (my all-time favorite PBS radio show), there are are least a dozen ways to spell it!

Pattern Details:

As with all my other designs, you will be getting much more than a written pattern. Each multi-page instructional booklet contains over 100 close-up photographs that illustrate every step of the process, from the starting loop to the finishing invisible join. I annotated each photo with detailed, specific instructions. Whenever you need more than crochet shorthand, inconspicuous notes in the otherwise concise pattern written in standard American terms will refer you directly to the section of the visual guide containing relevant images.

To prove that I am not kidding or exaggerating when I say these guides are detailed, following sections and/or techniques are fully illustrated in both words and step-by-step photographs:

  • Waistcoat stitch
  • Adjustable magic loop
  • Rounds 1-3
  • Adding the coil, and working the stitches over the coil
  • Gauge troubleshooting: base and sides
  • Transition from the base to the sides
  • Adding new color and color change
  • How to form handles
  • Leaving the coil out
  • Invisible join

Please note that there are several aspects of these two crochet projects that can prove challenging to crochet beginners. Waistcoat stitch itself takes a little bit of practice before you get the hook placement and tension just right. Moreover, the waistcoat stitches on these wine bottle koozies are worked with a relatively small hook size, which can also take some getting used to. Also, both koozie are crocheted over a coil for added durability and stiffness. Coiled crochet is yet another non-traditional crochet skill you may require some time honing. And lastly, working with jute can present its own challenges. I summarized all I learned about crocheting with jute in the past 5 years in this post.

While I am do not doubt a determined crochet beginner might successfully complete this project with the aid of my visual guide, I would recommend this project to crocheters at at least an intermediate skill level. Neither of these projects is the right choice for a novice crocheter or as the first crochet project.

Materials Needed:

Jute and Cotton Wine Bottle Koozie:

112 g (4 oz) of 3 mm jute (I use this one from Hobby Lobby – not an affiliated link)
162 g (5.8 oz) of Sugar n’ Cream cotton in Ecru
14.1 m (46 ft 2 in) of 7/32 cotton clothesline with polyester core (I use this one from Ace Hardware – not an affiliated link)

5 mm (H) and 5.5 mm (I) crochet hooks

Ombre Wine Bottle Koozie:

12 g (0.45 oz) of Sugar n’ Cream cotton in each: Wine, Country Red, Tangerine, and Tea Rose
200 g (7 oz) of Sugar n’ Cream cotton in Ecru
14.1 m (46 ft 2 in) of 7/32 cotton clothesline with polyester core (I use this one from Ace Hardware – not an affiliated link)

5 mm (H) and 5.5 mm (I) crochet hooks

How to Pre-Order:

Pre-order between 9-29-2018 and 10-05-2018 for a 50% discount. PDF pattern will be delivered to your inbox on October 6, 2018. For even greater savings, you can pre-order both patterns for 75% off. Simply follow the two links below, add both patterns to your cart, and use coupon code 102018 at checkout.

***Price after October 6, 2018: $8/each.

Pre-order the ombre wine bottle koozie by clicking here, or on the image below.

Ombre Wine Bottle Koozie / Cozy, Crochet Pattern by jakigu.com
Pre-order the jute and cotton wine bottle koozie by clicking here, or on the image below.

Wine Bottle Cover / Cozy - crochet pattern by jakigu.com

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