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A decorative way to keep your wine at its optimum temperature at the dinner table. This wine bag has the advantage of a knit-in i-cord around the base to keep your bottle from tipping over. The knit leaves and berries are from Nicky Epstein's book Knitted Embellishments (an incredible source of inspiration).

This pattern has lots of potential for creativity -- embroider your hostess' initials, or add stripes of novelty yarn for a funky effect. Use your imagination!

This pattern is for knitting on straight needles, since I despise knitting in the round, but the pattern can be adapted to knit up without seams like a sock.

This project is also an excellent way to reduce your stash!

photos: Jennifer Carter

Fits a standard 750ml wine bottle.

Circumference 11 inches
Height 11.5 inches



1 ball (50g) worsted weight yarn (e.g. Patons Canadiana, 100% Acrylic)
Small amounts of worsted weight yarn in a contrasting color for embellishments, if desired.

1 set US #4/3.5 mm straight needles
US E/#4/3.5 mm crochet hook
Tapestry needle



16 sts/ 26 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations can be found here]

To make it easier to pick up purl bumps in a straight line when forming the ridge, thread a length of cotton embroidery floss through the purl bumps of the appropriate row first. This can easily be picked out every inch or two, as sts are picked up.


CO 42 sts.
Row 1 [RS]: [K3, p3] to end.
This row forms 3x3 rib.

Work in 3x3 rib until work measures 1.5 inches from beg, ending with a RS row.
Next row
[WS]: K2, [YO, p2tog tbl, p2, YO, k2tog] to last 4 sts, YO, p2tog tbl, p2.
Cont in 3x3 rib until work measures 3 inches from beg.
Work in St st until work measures 8 inches, ending with a RS row.

Form Ridge
Next Row [WS]: [With left needle, pick up purl bump of next st, 6 rows down, p this st tog with next st on needle] to end of row. This will form a ridge on the right side of the work.

Row 1 [RS]: [Ssk, k2, k2tog] to end. 28 sts rem.
Row 2 [WS]: P all sts.
Row 3 [RS]: [Ssk, k2tog] to end. 14 sts rem.
Row 4 [WS]: P all sts.
Row 5 [RS]: [Ssk, k2] to last 2 sts, ssk. end.10 sts rem.
Row 6 [WS]: [P2tog] to end.
Break yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing up seam. Draw yarn through rem 5 sts on needle, pull tight.


Sew seam.
Work 2 rows crochet along CO edge as follows:
Row 1: Single crochet in each st.
Row 2: Single crochet in first st, [chain 5, slip stitch in 3rd chain from hook, skip next 3 sts, single crochet in next stitch] around.
Break yarn, secure, and weave in ends.

Twisted Cord
Cut a piece of yarn 3 yards in length. Fold it in half, and attach the halfway point to a fixed object (eg. hang it over a hook). Twist the two lengths of yarn together until they begin to twist back on themselves. Fold this twisted length of yarn in half -- the two halves will twist together, and you will have a twisted cord. Remove the end from the fixed object and knot the ends together. Thread the cord through the eyelets, using the photo as a guide. Embellish as desired (Some examples follow).

Leaves and Berries
Embellishments taken from Knitted Embellishments by Nicky Epstein, Interweave Press.

Knit Aspen Leaves (Make 3)
CO 5 sts.
Row 1 [RS]: K2, YO, k1, YO, k2. 7 sts.
Row 2 and All WS Rows: P all sts.
Row 3 [RS]: K3, YO, k1, YO, k3. 9 sts.
Row 5 [RS]: K4, YO, k1, YO, k4. 11 sts.
Row 7 [RS]: K5, YO, k1, YO, k5. 13 sts.
Row 9 [RS]: Ssk, k9, k2tog. 11 sts.
Row 11 [RS]: Ssk, k7, k2tog. 9 sts.
Row 13 [RS]: Ssk, k5, k2tog. 7 sts.
Row 15 [RS]: Ssk, k3, k2tog. 5 sts.
Row 17 [RS]: Ssk, k1, k2tog. 3 sts.
Row 19 [RS]: Sl 1, k2tog, psso. 1 st rem. Bind off.

Bobble (Make 3 or more)
CO 1 st, leaving 6 inch (15cm) tail.
Row 1: ([K1 f & b] 2 times, k1) in same st. 5 sts.
Rows 2, 4 and 6: P all sts.
Rows 3 and 5: K all sts.
Row 7: K2tog, k1, k2tog. 3 sts.
Row 8: P3tog. 1 st rem. Bind off.

Sew on leaves and berries, using photo as guide.
Tip: put a wine bottle in the cozy while sewing them on to ensure the proper fit.

Other embellishment options
Embroider daisies or stars with embroidery floss. Sew on buttons or beads.


Jennifer lives in Toronto with her husband and new baby.

She regularly switches between phases of knitting and sewing. Now she's in her knitting phase. But for how long, no one knows.