Button-Up Bud Vase
Crochet a cozy that'll transform a bottle into a cute vase, or use it as a bottle wrap.
Button-Up Bottle Cozy
Customize your cozy to fit any container!
By Linda Permann
You can adjust this standard bottle cozy pattern to any size round bottle with a few changes to the original pattern. Imagine that your bottle has horizontal stripes drawn around it every 1/2", and think of each of these stripes as a round of crochet. You'll build the bottle round by crocheted round, taking into account the varying diameters of each round. Here are the areas you'll need to examine in order to make a custom-fit bottle cozy.
Bottle Bottom Diameter
If after working round 3, the crocheted circle diameter is not as wide as the bottom of your bottle, continue to work more rounds to achieve the right size. You'll want to add 10 dc to each subsequent round to keep the circle from curling (so round 4 should have 40 stitches, or 2 dc in each 3rd stitch of the round; round 5 should have 50 stitches, or 2 dc in each 4th stitch of the round, and so on). You can also change to a single crochet stitch if you find you need just a little more width.
If the bottle is smaller than the circle, rip out round 3 to decrease the diameter.
The number of stitches in the last round of your bottom circle will dictate how many double crochets to make in the next rounds - just dc in each stitch no matter how many rounds you crocheted for the bottom and the cozy will automatically scale up to fit your bottle size.
If your bottle is taller than the standard beer bottle used in this pattern, repeat rows 8 and 9 until you reach the height of your bottle. You can work the same number of stitches in each round to build up the height as long as the bottle width remains constant.
Bottle Width and TaperYour bottle may have a different silhouette than the one used for this cozy. The stretchiness of the yarn will take care of minor differences. However, at any place where your bottle gets significantly wider, you'll need to add increases (that is, 2 dc in one dc stitch of the previous round) to the rows that align with the increased width of the bottle. Start off by adding an increase in every 5th stitch. Try the cozy on after completing the row with the increases. If the cozy is too wide, make the increases less frequent (say, every 7th stitch); if it's too tight, add increases more frequently (say, every 3rd stitch). Play with the number to see what works. Continue to make increases in subsequent rounds if the bottle widens further.
If the bottle gets significantly narrower in any one area (such as the neck, rows 16-23 in the pattern), you'll need to make decreases (that is, dc2tog over 2 stitches) in each narrower round to make the cozy smaller in those areas. Start out by making a dc2tog over every 4th and 5th stitch of the round, and check the fit. Make more frequent decreases if the cozy is still too big, or less frequent decreases if it's too tight. Continue to make decreases in subsequent rounds if the bottle continues to taper.
The (hdc, ch 1) edging looks best from the wrong side, so you'll want to end your bottle cozy on a WS row (that is, a row where you're crocheting across the inside of the bottle cozy). If your cozy doesn't end on a WS row, fasten off the yarn and reattach it at the right-hand corner of the WS of the work, then work your row. Or, customize your cozy with any edging stitch pattern you like.
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