This is the first time I’ve tried making any kind of cozy other than for mugs – and I love how it turned out! I took my hubs to the store and picked out an inexpensive bottle of wine (like, seriously one of the cheapest ones we saw! lol), but this cozy will work for way more than just wine.
This cozy is a little shorter than the average bottle of wine so it will fit larger water bottles as well, so if you have an average sized bottle of wine, you will want to add more rounds of sc in white (see note in pattern).
A friendly little polar bear to keep your drink nice and cozy. What more could you want? I plan on making several different ones of these to put on water bottles for my boys, so be on the lookout for some new cozy patterns coming out very soon!
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton, 1 skein each White (MC), Royalty (CC1), and Black (CC2), Lion Brand Go For Faux, 1 skein Gray Wolf (CC3)
Hook: US Size J (6.0mm)
Notions: Yarn needle, 1/2″ button, scissors
Gauge: 16 sts and 20 rows = 4″ in sc worked in the round
Finished Size: Approximately 4.5″ wide when flat (9″ circumference) by 9″ tall (may need to be lengthened for taller bottles – see notes in pattern)
Ch 2 at beginning of row does not count as hdc.
Back Loop Only (blo): Work in the back loop only of the stitch indicated.
Front Post: Yarn over, insert hook from front to back to front around post of stitch below, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Back Post Half Double Crochet (bphdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of stitch below, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
With MC, make a magic ring.
Row 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 sts)
Row 2: Pull ring tightly to close, work 2 sc in each st (12 sts)
Row 3: *Sc, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around (18 sts)
Row 4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around (24 sts)
Row 5: *Sc 3, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around (30 sts)
Row 6: *Sc 4, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around (36 sts)
Row 7: Sc blo in each st around (36 sts)
Rows 8-32: Work even in continuous rounds of sc on 36 sts.
Note: If you have your wine bottle handy, try it on at this point. The wine bottle I purchased for this project was a bit shorter than an average bottle, so that it would also fit a large bottle of water. If your wine bottle is taller, add 10 more rows of sc in MC before moving to the hat portion. You can try it on to get a feel for where the hat should start – which is just before the bottle starts to curve for the neck.
Change to CC1.
Row 33: Ch 2, skip first st, *fphdc, bphdc; repeat to last 2 sts, fphdc; turn, leaving remaining sts unworked (35 sts)
Row 34: Ch 2, *bphdc, fphdc; repeat from * to last st, bphdc; turn (35 sts)
Row 35: Ch 2, *fphdc, bphdc; repeat from * to last st, fphdc; turn (35 sts)
Row 36: Ch 2, *hdc 5, hdc2tog; repeat from * to end (30 sts)
Row 37: Ch 2, *hdc 4, hdc2tog; repeat from * to end (25 sts)
Row 38: Ch 2, *hdc 3, hdc2tog; repeat from * to end (20 sts)
Row 39: Ch 2, *hdc 2, hdc2tog; repeat from * to end (15 sts)
Change to CC3 (fur yarn).
Rows 40-41: Work even in sc (15 sts)
Ear (Make 2)
With MC, ch 4.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 ch (3 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st (6 sts)
Sew on button and create loop closure with single strand of yarn. To do this, start by threading your yarn through a yarn needle and pulling it though a stitch across from your button. Tie the yarn tail tightly to secure, leaving enough to weave in. Loop the yarn around the button, not pulling too tightly, just tightly enough to keep the cozy closed. Weave thread through stitch near the other strand of yarn. Use first yarn tail to tie this end securely as well. Weave in ends.
Sew ears on as seen in photos.
Embroider face with CC2 as seen in photos.
Weave in ends.
That’s it! I plan on making a video tutorial soon for this type of cozy – so keep your eye out! 🙂
I hope you’ve enjoyed this free crochet pattern. Be sure to check out my other free crochet patterns, too!
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