Wine makes an excellent gift to present to the host or hostess of a party. Like any gift, wine deserves its own wrapping, usually in the form of a wine bottle cosy or adornment. Indulge in a bit of whimsy by knitting a hat and scarf to dress up a bottle of wine, champagne or sparkling cider for the winter holidays. This project is excellent for novice knitters learning how to knit in rounds with double pointed needles, how to switch colours and how to form a basic decrease because it does not need to be perfect in size or shape. It is also ideal for using up small scraps of yarn.
Select approximately 50 yards of worsted-weight yarn in the colour of your choice.
Select a set of double-pointed knitting needles that are 4mm in diameter, or US knitting needle size 6.
Cast on 22 stitches with your yarn. Distribute the stitches evenly across three of your double-pointed needles.
Join your stitches in a circle, making certain not to twist the stitches. They should all face the same way on the needle.
Knit one stitch. Purl one stitch. Continue this way for the rest of the round. Knit four rounds in a knit one stitch, purl one stitch pattern.
Knit 14 rows of plain stockinet stitch. This is accomplished by simply knitting every stitch of every round.
Knit two stitches on your next round. Then knit two stitches together as if they were one stitch to decrease the number of stitches you have on your needles. Repeat this one more time, then knit one stitch. After knitting one stitch, knit two stitches together. Repeat this sequence for another round for a total of 16 remaining stitches on your needles.
Knit one round of plain stockinet stitch.
Knit one stitch. Knit two together as if they were one stitch, decreasing the number of stitches you have by one. Repeat the knit one, knit two together pattern until you reach the last stitch of the round and knit one more stitch, for a total of 11 stitches left on your needles.
Knit one round of plain stockinet.
Knit two stitches together as if they were one, decreasing the number of stitches on your needle by one. Repeat this around your row of knitting until you reach the last stitch. Knit the last stitch, for a total of six stitches left on your needle.
Knit two stitches together around. Cut your yarn. Thread the end of the yarn through the tapestry needle. Slide the tapestry needle through all of the remaining stitches. Slide the stitches off of your knitting needles. Pull the yarn tight and weave the tapestry needle through several stitches to secure it and ensure it does not unravel.
Cast on eight stitches to one of your double-pointed needles.
Use the double-pointed needles as if they were a regular pair of knitting needles, knitting back and forth in rows.
Knit one row using your main colour. Purl one row with the same. This creates a stockinet stitch fabric while working back and forth.
Knit one row of stitches and purl one row of stitches, or work in stockinet stitch, until your project measures approximately 15 inches long.
Bind off all of your stitches in the manner of your choosing. Cut the yarn and weave in any loose ends to ensure the scarf does not unravel.
Fit the hat over the bottle's corked mouth and tie the scarf around the bottle's neck.
Tips and warnings
- Fit the hat over the bottle's corked mouth and tie the scarf around the bottle's neck.