Friday, May 31, 2013

DNA Cable Beer Cozy Knitting Pattern

Sometimes the need to swatch results in a knitting pattern.  I am working on the design of a DNA Cable Kindle Cover and I wanted to test out my DNA cable chart.  Making a flat swatch wouldn't work very well because I'd have to adjust the wrong side stitches.  Therefore, I decided to go ahead and turn my swatch into its own pattern!

I have been inspired by many DNA knitting patterns there were out there, and used elements of the different cables to create my own version that you see here.

  • US Size 6 (4.0 mm) double pointed knitting needles
  • KnitPicks Comfy Worsted Yarn (17 g, ~40 yards) in color Vinca or other worsted weight yarn.  This project would work with many different fiber substitutions.  
  • Notions: Cable Needle, Yarn needle for weaving in loose ends, Beer bottle to measure your progress.  
  • Gauge - 16 sts/3", 14 rows/2" over stockinette.  
  • Finished size - 6.5" high x 3.25" wide.

Abbreviations used in this pattern
  • CN - Cable Needle
  • K - Knit
  • P - Purl
  • S1 - Slip 1 
  • St - Stitch
  • P2tog - purl 2 stitches together.  

The Pattern
  • Cast on 36 stitches with the long tail cast on method.  Arrange the stitches as follows across 3 double pointed needles:  10, 16, 10.  
  • Join to knit in the round and knit 3 rounds of 2x2 ribbing (K2, P2 across)
  • Next Round: P14, Knit the 9 sts of  the DNA cable chart Row 1, P13.  
  • Continue knitting rows 1-26 of the chart until the piece measures 5.5 inches.   In my sample, I knit rows 1-26, then rows 1-12 once more.  Alternate version: Knit rows 1-28 of the helix chart and then p all rounds until the cozy measures 5.5 inches.  
  • Begin Bottom Decreases:
    • *P4, P2tog* across (30 sts)
    • P across
    • *P3, P2tog* across (24 sts)
    • P across
    • *P2, P2tog* across (18 sts)
    • P across
    • *P1, P2tog* across (12 sts)
    • P2tog across (6 sts)
  • Break yarn and pull through remaining stitches.  Weave in loose ends.  

The DNA Cable Chart
The DNA Cable Chart.  Each row is to be read from right to left.  (The repeat of this chart is 26 rows.)
DNA Cable Knitting Chart Key

I hope that you enjoyed this fun little pattern.  Stay tuned for the free DNA Cable Kindle Cover Knitting Pattern!

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. © 2013 ChemKnits


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks! It was something I've been wanting to create for a long time.

  2. yes indeed, Awesome!!! I'm trying it right now... ! thank you for sharing!

  3. My daughter asked me to make 14 of these beer cozies to give to everyone in the lab for Christmas . It took me two weeks of knitting in my spare time, but I finished the last one today.
    I made a couple modifications, the most dramatic being that I knit instead of purled the body, with one purl stitch on each side of the pattern panel so the DANA cable would stand out more.I wish I could figure out how to post a picture so you could see them.

    1. (Obviously that should have said DNA, not DANA)

    2. It is so nice of you to make so many cozies for your daughter!

      I don't think there is a way for you to post a picture in the comments here. However, you could tag me on Ravelry (chemknitsblog), instagram (@chemknits), or twitter (@chemknitsblog). You can also post on the ChemKnits facebook page ( or send me a PM through facebook.

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