When my local recycling plant stopped accepting glass bottles, I wanted to find a way to reuse them, so I came up with this simple crocheted cozy. The buttons make it easy to change out the bottle if you need to wash or empty your new “vase.” It also doubles as a great way to wrap a gift of wine, flavored vinegar, or anything else that comes in a bottle.
This pattern works up quickly using the double crochet stitch, so it’s easy enough for beginners. For a colorful display, make it in a variety of colors to use when you empty your next six-pack.
Finished size: 9" tall × 2½" diameter. This cozy will fit most standard beer or soda bottles. Check out my tips for customizing your cozy at http://craftzine.com/09/bottlecozy if you’d like to cover a different bottle.
Row 24 (edging) Ch 2 (counts as hdc), sl st in first dc, (hdc, sl st) in each st across — 12 hdc, 12 sl sts. Fasten off and weave in the ends.
On the straight side of the cozy neck, use yarn and a yarn needle to sew a button across from each ch-5 button loop. Place each button over the first and second dc from the straight edge and sew in place with an X (Figure H), then weave the yarn through the next row to put it into position for sewing the next button. Repeat until all buttons are attached, then weave in the yarn ends. Slide the cozy over the bottle and button it up.