Swift Gifts: Wine Winter-Wear

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The holidays are here, and it always seems like there is a last-minute gift on the list.  Wine, sparkling ciders and juices and liquors are always a welcome treat around the holidays. These beanies and scarves for your bottles can lend a way to make your gift a little extra-special.

I have to confess, I felt a bit like I was turning my wine bottles into a set of dolls when I was done with a few beanies and scarves, which felt weird, and like I really ought to go do something more professional and/or grown-up. (Or get help?) But then I went right back to making more mini-patterns to help you use up scraps of yarn for festive wine gifts for hostesses and friends during the holidays.

This project is basically a sampler of all kinds of stitches converted to winter wear for your wine bottles.  They work up in a snap.  It is a perfect project while watching your team lose on a Sunday afternoon (if you’re a Broncos fan).

Each beanie starts with single crochet ribbing that is joined with slip stitches. A row of single crochet is added around the top. Then the variation starts with each of the stitches. I tried to make “the beanie part” about 3″ high, then cinched the top with a darning needle and long tail. Each is capped with a simple pom pom. I decreased some and didn’t decrease others, and found that it didn’t matter all that much with the end product.

The matching scarves are simply about the length of 25-30 chains with 1-2 rows of the coordinating beanie stitch. Each scarf was finished off with a row of single crochet stitches, worked from the back to add contrast. I rooted around my button jar for coordinating buttons that are just tacked in-place.

I’ve always loved button jars, don’t you? They are a bit like time capsules with buttons from outfits long-gone from the closet. Rooting around my Mother’s button jar is basically remembering the journey of our lives.

Here are the stitches used: Mesh stitch, Griddle stitch, Wainscoat Stitch, Basketweave (front post and back post stitches), Double Crochet (woven colors), and a Berry stitch. I made an honest attempt at video demos that turned out woefully bad – I am still figuring that part out! If you have questions about the stitches, I suggest visiting Tiffany and Hannah’s informative and beautiful tutorials at Daisy Farm Crafts.

Do you have a favorite mini-beanie and scarf combo? It’s hard to decide!

What you’ll need
Medium weight yarn in festive colors
Size 5-6 (I or J) hooks
Darning needle
Sewing needle/ thread
Buttons

Gauge
1 beanie about 3-4″ high and 3″ wide, 1 scarf about 1 1/2″ high and 5-6″ long

Abbreviations
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
SlSt – Slip Stitch
DC – Double Crochet
FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC – Back Post Double Crochet

METHOD: MINI-BEANIE

1. CH 9. SC in second stitch from hook and in remaining stitches. CH1, turn.

2. SC first stitch. SC BLO for 6 stitches. SC last stitch. CH 1, turn.

3. Repeat Step 2 for 17 rows.

4. SlSt and join the back, CH1. Invert the band, so that the slip stitches are in the inside and the loop is on top.

5. SC 16 stitches around the base.

6. Choose your desired beanie stitch and crochet about 3 inches of “beanie.”

  • Mesh stitch: SC 1, CH 1 around the beanie. Join with a SlSt. *SC in the CH1 space from the row below, then SC.* Repeat pattern nail desired height is reached.
  • Griddle stitch: *SC1, then DC1* for the round. SLSt and join. On the next round, alternate the SC/DC with the row below. in other words, DC into a SC, then SC into a DC. repeat for rounds until desired height is reached.
  • Wainscoat Stitch: This one is tricky. SC 1, then find the “V” in the next SC from the row below. Pull your second color; you will have one “color A” loop and one “color B” loop. Drop the second color, then pull “color A” through. SC 1, then repeat *SC1, wainscoat stitch 1* for the round. SlSt, join, and repeat for all rounds.
  • Basketweave Stitch: *FPDC two stitches then BPDC two stitches* for the round. Join with a SLSt, then alternate for the next round.
  • Double Crochet (Tapestry): This technique involves two yarn, “Color A” and “Color B.” Double crochet (DC) “Color A” twice, carrying “Color B.” Before pulling through the last loop, drop “Color A” and pull through “Color B.” Now DC “Color B” twice, and carry “Color A.” Again – before pulling through the last loop, pull through “Color A” and repeat the process. Alternate *DC Color A/ DC Color B* for the round and join with a slip stitch. Alternate colors on the next round. Continue until desired height is reached. This weaving technique where yarn is carried is called tapestry crochet.
  • Berry Stitch: SC 1, Ch 1, Berry Stitch 1: Yarn Over (YO), insert in SC from row below, pull through one loop, YO, insert again, pull through all 5 loops on hook, SC 1. repeat *SC 1, CH 1, Berry stitch, Ch 1* for round. Join with a SlSt, repeat round until desired height is reached.

7. Fasten off with a long tail (6-8″). With a darning needle, weave the top loops and cinch shut. Pull tail through to wrong side of the beanie.

8. Make a pom-pom

Cut a piece of yarn about 6″ long. Set aside. Wrap yarn around two fingers about 8 times. Carefully pull the wound loops off of your fingers, loops intact. Tie through the middle of the loops with the yarn piece that you set aside. Snip the loops and shape the Pom-Pom.

9. Attach the Pom Pom

With the darning needle about an 8″ piece of yarn, thread through the middle of the Pom Pom. Now thread one piece through the hat, then the other. Infer the beanie and tie off tightly.

10. Roll and tack the headband in-place. (Tie a knot on either side of the headband to keep it from rolling down.)

METHOD – SCARF

1. CH 27. In the second CH from the end, crochet a row of your coordinating beanie stitch. CH 1, turn.

2. At your discretion, add a second row.

3. Edge in SC. Tie off and weave in ends.

4. If making a button scarf, bring the ends together and make a slight “V.” Tack a button in-place to hold.

5. If making a fringe scarf, you will the scarf to be longer. Crochet an additional 10-15 rows in Step 1. Make slip knots from yarn and thread through each end. Trim.

Enjoy, and happy holidays!

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