Buttoned Bottle Cozy
Don't attend the next big holiday party empty-handed; be sure you bring a Buttoned Bottle Cozy for your host or hostess. This easy Christmas knit pattern makes the perfect homemade Christmas gift that will look like nothing else your loved ones will have. It's also useful for them to use for their future parties, and the design fits in perfectly with the holidays. The buttons are the perfect touch to give this knitting pattern a cute, homey look.
RED HEART® Holiday®: 1 ball 1360 Aran/Gold.
Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 4.5mm [US 7]
Cable needle, stitch holder, 7 buttons, sewing needle and thread, yarn needle.
GAUGE: 27 sts = 4" (10 cm); 22 rows = 4" (10 cm), in 2x2 Rib. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.
(4 Medium) RED HEART® Holiday® Art. E759 available in 3.5 oz (100 g), 235 yd (215 m) balls.
3/3 LC = 3 over 3 Left Cross – Slip next 3 sts to cable needle and hold in front, k3; then k3 from cable needle.
M1 = Make 1 (Increase) – Lift strand between needles to left-hand needle and knit strand through the back loop, twisting it to prevent a hole.
sk2p = Slip next stitch knitwise to right needle, k2tog, lift slipped st over the k2tog st and off needle.
Cozy measures 12½" (32 cm) tall.
Cast on 40 sts.
Row 1 (Right Side): Slip 1, k4, *p2, k2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 2: Slip 1, *k2, p2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3 (buttonhole row): Slip 1, k1, yo, k2tog (buttonhole made), k1, *p2, k2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 1 (Right Side): Slip 1, *k2, M1; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3—58 sts.
Row 2: Slip 1, k2, [p2, k2, p6, k2] 4 times, p2, k5.
Row 3: Slip 1, k2, p2, [k2, p2, 3/3 LC, p2] 4 times, k5.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5: Slip 1, k2, p2, [k2, p2, k6, p2] 4 times, k5.
Rows 6 and 7: Repeat Rows 4 and 5.
Row 8: Repeat Row 4.
Row 9 (buttonhole row): Slip 1, k1, yo, k2tog, p1, [k2, p2, 3/3 LC, p2] 4 times, k5.
Rows 10–14: Repeat Rows 4–8.
Row 15: Repeat Row 3.
Rows 16–18: Repeat Rows 6–8.
Row 19 (buttonhole row): Slip 1, k1, yo, k2tog, p1, [k2, p2, k6, p2] 4 times, k5.
Rows 20–26: Repeat Rows 2–8.
Row 27: Repeat Row 3.
Row 28: Repeat Row 2.
Row 29 (buttonhole row): Repeat Row 19.
Rows 30 and 31: Repeat Rows 4 and 5.
Repeat Rows 2–31 once more (a total of 7 buttonholes made).
Repeat Rows 2–7 until piece measures 10" from beginning, end with a Row 4 or 6.
Row 1 (Right Side): Slip 1, k2, p2, k2, p2, k6, p2, slip last 10 sts worked onto st holder, [k2, p2, k6, p2] 3 times, k5.
Row 2: Slip 1, k2, [p2, k2, p6, k2] 3 times, p2, cast on 10 sts, p2, k5.
Continue in pattern as established until piece measures 12½" from beginning or to desired height for bottle, end with a Wrong Side row.
Bind off 3 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows—52 sts.
Row 1 (Right Side): K2, [K1, sk2p, k5, sk2p] 4 times, k2—36 sts.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K1, sk2p, k3, sk2p, [k5, sk2p] 3 times, k2—26 sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: [K3, sk2p] 4 times, k2—18 sts.
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: [K1, sk2p] 4 times, k2—10 sts.
Cut yarn leaving a long tail. With yarn needle, thread tail through remaining 10 sts and pull to close opening. Overlap first and last 3 sts of side edges, placing buttonholes on outside. Sew from center of bottom to just below last buttonhole.
Return pocket sts from holder to needle. Work in established cable pattern for 2" (5 cm). Bind off. Sew inside of pocket to Wrong Side of cozy.
Weave in ends. Sew buttons opposite buttonholes.
ABBREVIATIONS: k = knit; k2tog = knit 2 stitches together; p = purl; st(s) = stitch(es); yo = yarn over; * = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated;  = work directions in brackets the number of times specified.
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