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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Knit Your Wine Bottle A Sweater


October flew by so fast, I can't believe its the beginning of November already.  Things have been a little quiet around here this past week as I was sick with stuffy nose and sore throat but am luckily feeling better now.  We had a nice night in for Halloween that consisted of cold medicine, tissues, popcorn, candy and of course scary movies.  We watched  The Conjuring and it was so good!
 If you are looking for something really really scary, check this film out.  It will definitely not disappoint.

Fun fact, some scenes in the movie were filmed in Wilmington at the local university where I worked and took some classes.  One of the scenes were even filmed in the building I worked in while I was working!  I knew camera crews were set up in the auditorium of my building and just thought they were shooting a commercial, but now I know Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson were just mere feet away from me filming a major motion picture!  I totally wish I would have just snuck a little peak and maybe asked for an autograph, but that's ok you live and learn.

Now that Halloween has past and Thanksgiving on its way, I wanted to make a craft that would be practical for the upcoming holidays.  The pattern was inspired by this cute idea on Pinterest.  I thought a little sweater would be a great way to dress up  wine bottles to give as  hostess gifts for Thanksgiving and Christmas parties.  It's a pretty quick project and can be easily knit over the course of a couple evenings.  

Here's what you'll need:

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Coral (or any worsted weight acrylic yarn will do)
5 Double Pointed Needles, US size 5
stitch holder ( I just use a circular needle or extra dpn)
yarn needle
thread needle
embroidery floss
buttons

Pattern Note: "C8R" means 8 stitch cable to the right.  To do this, move 4 stitches onto your stitch holder and put behind your working needles, knit 4 and then knit the 4 stitches off of the stitch holder. And there you have your C8R, easy!

Here is a photo of the process:


Pattern Starts Here:
Bottom:
Co 8 st on 4 dpn with 2 stitches per needle (making sure you have  not twisted your stitches)

Round 1:  kfb in every stitch (16)

Round 2: knit
Round 3: kfb, k1 (24)
Round 4: knit
Round 5: kfb, k2 (32)
Round 6: knit
Round 7: kfb, k3 (40)
Round 8: knit
Round 9: kfb, k4 (48)
Round 10: knit
Round 11: kfb, k5 (56)
Round 12: knit

Body:
Round 13:  k1, p2, C8R, p2, k1, repeat 3 more times
Round 14: *k1, p2, k8, p2, k1, repeat * 3 more times
Round 15-19: repeat round 14

Repeat rounds 13-19 until entire piece measures 9 ½ inches or desired length for your wine bottle

Collar:
For the collar, work in rows not rounds by just knitting all the way across the row and turning the work once you get to the last stitch, and knit your way back.

Row 1: turn work and k1, p1 to end of row, turn work
Row 2 : k1, p1

Keep repeating k1, p1 until ribbed collar measures 2 ½ inches

Your collar should look like this:


Bind off and weave in loose ends.  For a little added character sew on a few buttons with a coordinating embroidery floss.

Key:
co - cast on
k - knit
p - purl
kfb - knit in the front and back loops
C8R - 8 stitch right cable



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27 comments:

  1. what size needles did you use?

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    1. US size 5 double pointed needles, thanks for catching that! I am adding that in the post right now!

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    2. oh I'm casting on right this very moment! It's adorable!! I'm sorry but I'm already stuck at Round 3: kfb, k1 (24)... I have 12 sts on the dpns, I understood I have to kfb every stitch that gives me 24 but where do I do K1?

      Thanks a heap.
      pat

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    3. Hi Pat, I'm so happy you are making a sweater!! To answer your question..when you cast on there should be 8 stitches (2 stitches on each of the four needles). In round 1, you will kfb (increase) in every stitch, giving you 16 stitches (4 stitches per needle). Round 2, is just knit to the end of the round.

      So, in round 3 you kfb, k1, and repeat (kfb, k1) until the end of the round giving you 24 stitches. Hope that helps, if you need any more assistance let me know, I'm happy to help!! :)

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  2. So I am not a knitter, but this adorable wine bottom sweater, makes me want to learn! I used to crochet so I may need to break out the needles and finally learn to knit. I just love this...so adorable. I think the popped collar does it for me :) I would LOVE it if you'd like up your wine bottle sweater at Two It Yourself's Link It or Lump It Link party this week! http://www.twoityourself.blogspot.com/2013/11/features-and-link-it-or-lump-it-link.html#more

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    1. Thank you! And I am headed over to your blog to link up my pattern. I am excited to check out all the other projects as well! Thanks for the invite! :)

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    2. Thanks @Brittany for linking up! I just featured your adorable wine bottle sweater on 2IY's facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-It-Yourself-DIY/379219858853082

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    3. Awesome, thanks! I'll check it out!

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  3. Super cute! I wish I had more time to knit and knew someone to make this for! I'll have to keep it in mind for later on when I do (hopefully) have some time. Visiting from the Dream to Reality hop!

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    1. Hi Natasha, thanks for stopping by! :)

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  4. OMG, sooo far beyond my capabilities! But I love your bottle sweater, it's so cute:@)

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    1. Hahah, thanks Lynn! It really is a lot easier than it looks! :)

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  5. Thanks for the pattern - I might consider this for some of my wine-drinking friends for Christmas this year.

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    1. Awesome! I'm sure they would love it!

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  6. thank you for visiting my blog!!!!!
    xxx Ale

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  7. I can't knit but I wish I could. This is absolutely amazing and your photos for the tutorial are great. Thanks for linking up to Link It or Lump It this week :)

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    1. Thanks Alison, and thanks for hosting the link party! :)

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  8. Love it! Thanks for linking up on Hookin On Hump Day!

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  9. Thanks for this useful tutorial: I was thinking of making some before seeing this post but I've been too busy with my coasters - maybe for next year! I'm sharing this on my Facebook page.

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    1. Hi Sophie, thanks for stopping by! I love your coasters, and thanks for the Facebook share!!

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  10. Thanks for the super easy and beautiful pattern. I've modified it slightly, but it still seems to be pretty true to what you've done. I'm excited that I was able to finish most of it tonight. One of the changes I did was to start with the 8 stitches on one needle instead of 4. After a couple of tries, I figured out that I wasn't coordinated enough to start with that few of stitches on the needles. Then I did several rows on the one needle (purling the even row instead of knitting it). I think I switched to 4 needles once I hit about 32 stitches. I love that you've got it split between the 4 needles. It was nice to not have to think about where I was, except on the cable rows. The other thing I did differently is that I used size 8 needles instead of 5's. Since I'm traveling, I happened to have the one sized needles with me. It seemed silly to purchase more of what I knew I had at home. Thanks for the inspiration. These are making for great quick and easy christmas gifts!

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    1. Hi Stephanie, thank you so much for your comment! I agree the first few rounds are a little awkward and a bit difficult to keep control of the needles. I'm so happy you came up with a way that worked for you! Another method to make it a little less awkward could be to use 3 needles instead of the four for the first few rounds then add in the fourth needle a little later. I'd love to see your finished product, if you're a Ravelry user link up your photo!!

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    2. Brittany, I took some pictures of the finished project, but never seem to have the photos in the same place as I am when looking at the pattern. I did find out that I have an account with ravelry, but it was created so long ago that I don't remember doing it. As soon as I can figure it all out and have my photos in the same place, I'll link it all up. Thanks again for the inspiration. I have plans to make many more.

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    3. Brittany, I figured out how to add the project to Ravelry, but I don't know how to find you to link back to you or your pattern. Can you help? I'm listed as HanieRene there. Thanks!

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  11. Hi Brittany, this is so darn cute and I would love to knit it, but I am not adept at using dpn's. Would it work using circular needles?

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    1. Hi Sanna, unfortunately no matter what, in the first few rounds you will have to use the dpns just because it would be too small for a circular needle. You could probably use a circular needle after the first 11 rows but only if it is short enough. If you use a circular needle that is too long, the sweater will be all stretched out.

      My suggestion would be to try spreading the stitches over 3 dpns rather than 4. That will save some the of the awkwardness. It's always awkward for the first few rows, but after that it gets much much easier! The reason I have the stitches spread over 4 dpns is because it saves you from having to count your stitches as you will be doing the same thing on each of the four needles.

      Let me know how it goes!

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