Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Drop Stitch Wine Bag

I love it when someone brings me a bottle of wine in a bag. This means that I now have a bag to bring to someone else when I bring them a bottle as a gift. I wanted to design something that I could whip up when I didn't happen to have an extra bag around. The drop stitches make this project knit up quickly, making it perfect for a last minute gift wrapping.

Materials Required

  • Miscellaneous remnants of machine washable worsted weight yarn in three colors.
  • size 3 double pointed needles (I like a tight gauge on my cozies)
  • Gauge: ~ 11 sts/2 inches; 17 rows/ 2 inches over stockinette
  • A wine bottle to check the desired fit. (Measured flat the cozy is ~5"x13")
  • Yarn needle or crochet hook to weave in loose ends
The Pattern

Row 1: Cast on 6 sts, join to knit in the round and knit 1 round even
Row 2: KfB across (12 sts)
Row 3: KfB across (24 sts)
Row 4: K 1 round even
Row 5: *K3, Kfb* repeat to end (30 sts)
Row 6: K 1 round even
Row 7: *K4, Kfb* repeat to end (36 sts)
Row 8: K 1 round even
Row 9: *K5 Kfb* Repeat to end (42 sts)
Rows 10-13: K across
Row 14: *YOx5, K1* repeat from * across
Row 15: Knit across the row, dropping the YO’s.(When you have completed this row you may need to pull on the end a bit to make sure things are lined up properly).
Rows 16-17: K across

Repeat rows 14-17 6 more times or until the project measures over 13 inches when stretched (so it will fit over a wine bottle when tied). Cast off and weave in loose ends. Use a ribbon or piece of yarn to tie the bag closed at the top of the bottle.

When not tied to the bottle, the dropped stitches look scalloped.

Abbreviations Used in this pattern:
Kfb - increase by knitting into the front and back of a single stitch.
K - knit
P - purl
SSK - decrease by slipping two stitches then knitting them together. Alternatively, you could slip one stitch, knit one stitch and pass slipped stitch over.
K2tog - decrease by knitting two stitches together.

YO - yarn over

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. © 2010 ChemKnits


  1. thats cool i could actualy help my mom with last minute gifts

  2. I am looking forward to making this! Really cool

  3. I don't understand what they mean by join and knit.what are they joining? I know it's in a tube shape,don't understand how to get it started

    1. Sorry about that. The wine bag is knit in the round, so you join the ends to knit in the round. This means that the first stitch you knit into is the first stitch you cast on (rather than turning the work and knitting into the last stitch you cast on.)

  4. So I use three double sided needles first then when I get more stitches I use 4?

    1. If you want you can. I believe that I knit this with a set of 4 dpn's, so I always had the stitches on three needles.

  5. Thank you I think I got it haha. So when it's knitted up the drop stitches are on the inside?

    1. I'm not really sure what you mean by "on the inside." The dropped stitches end up being their own rows. (Each dropped stitch is essentially a very long knit stitch. Wrapping the yarn around the needle and then dropping those extra wraps is the way that I keep those extra long knit stitches even.)

  6. You are very patient hahaha.

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