Sunday, November 22, 2009

Hangover Beer Cozy Pattern

In thinking about the biochemistry of inebriation (and subsequent dehydration and hangover), I thought that it would be funny to incorporate these molecules into charts. How often do you stop and think what you're doing to your body when you're drinking? I therefore present to you the "Hangover" Beer Cozy. This cozy has a scheme of the ethanol metabolism pathway on one side (the inebriated side) and the structure of ibuprofen on the other (the recovery side).

Materials Required
  • Miscellaneous remnants of machine washable worsted weight yarn.
  • size 3 double pointed needles (I like a tight gauge on my cozies)
  • Gauge: ~ 12 sts/2 inches; 17 rows/ 2 inches (The gauge is not critical as long as the cozy will fit around the beer bottle you care about.)
  • A beer bottle to check the desired height
"Hangover" Beer Cozy Pattern
  • Cast on 45 sts in the main color (this will be the top of the cozy)
  • Work in (k2, p1) rib for two rows
  • Knit 1 row even in MC
  • Work the 42 rows of the chart, starting at the bottom, working right to left.
  • K 1 round even
  • *K7, K2tog*, repeat 5 times across. (40 sts)
  • K1 round even
  • K1, *K1, K2tog* Repeat from * 13 times (27 sts)
  • K1 round even
  • K2tog across until the last stitch, K1 (14 sts)
  • K2tog across (7 sts)
  • Cut yarn, pull through remaining stitches and weave in loose ends.
  • Put the cozy on a beer bottle and admire.

"Hangover" Cozy Chart to create a beer cozy with the ibuprofen structure on one side and the ethanol metabolism pathway on the other.

My heptapeptide beer cozy chart was 32x33, versus this 42x45 chart. They both seem to fit onto bottles very nicely.

Incorporate the ethanol degradation pathway or the ibuprofen charts into your own

Ibuprofen knitting chart. Dimensions: 15 x 29

Alcohol metabolism Knitting Chart. Dimensions: 10 x 42.

I hope that you've enjoyed my molecule knitting charts. Keep an eye out for more to come!

This this pattern was created by ChemKnits for your personal or charity use. This pattern is not to be replicated, sold or redistributed without permission from ChemKnits. © 2009 ChemKnits


  1. love the beer cozy! i know a few chemists who would find these very practical and useful - and very amusing. : )

  2. Wow! That's fantastic! I want to make one for all my co-workers.

    The only problem is: which size 3 needles do you mean? US or European? Or are you talking metric? Please advise...


  3. All needle sizes in my patterns are US sizes, I used US size 3, 3.25mm needles for this project.

  4. Love your approach both to knitting & to life.

  5. i am looking for mittens to knit with a beer cossy knitted in them can you help send free pattern thankyou ep.boone@rogers .com

    1. Unfortunately I do not know of a pattern for this right now. If I find something I'll let you know!

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