Friday, November 30, 2012

fashionable wine garb - a knitted hat & scarf




My post today is obviously not about food! :)  I'll explain what happened to all my new food photos next time.  In the meantime, since wine is the perfect accompaniment for many of us with our delicious foods, it's kind of ok to post...right? :)  I thought it would be fun to share some gifts I knitted this year (including the pattern), which will go along with my favorite homemade gift bags of biscotti for friends this Christmas.

While watching the Giada Christmas Special last season, she was in a relative's home in Colorado.  In the kitchen scene, there were wine bottles adorned with red and white hats and scarves, which I fell in love with!  I immediately paused the show (thank goodness for technology), and took a quick photo with my iPhone, so I wouldn't forget exactly how they looked. (see photo captioned below)



iPhone photo from the Giada Christmas Special I took from the TV screen. :)


My google search began for a knitting pattern that could replicate the charming wine bottle hat and scarf.  The pattern  I found was called "Chilled Wine Garb."  The adorable knitting pattern was courtesy of Lisa Valentino of Knitsburgh: where steel meets wool.  Although slightly different from the ones displayed on the Giada TV Show, I thought the set was just as lovely!  Actually you can achieve the look of Giada's by using a lighter weight yarn and a smaller size needle.






The only changes I made were to lengthen the scarf, and shorten the ribbing on the hat.  With the extra length, I could wrap the scarf in different ways, and since I didn't want to fold over the ribbing on the hat, I limited it to fewer rows.  You can choose the lengths you like, or follow the pattern as written...either way, it makes the cutest gift anyone would cherish!

Red and white traditional colors, pink and green girly/preppy colors, or your favorite sports team colors...there are so many possibilities to customize this fashionable wine garb!  For the fluffy mini pom poms, I used an extra small pom pom maker just like this one on Amazon.  You can find it at any craft or knitting store.






Hope you enjoy this impromptu post, and that all you knitters out there will find it a delightful gift to knit, not just for Christmas, but for any occasion throughout the winter season!  If you're not a knitter, maybe this easy gift idea will inspire you to learn how to knit! :)

Until next time...mangia...or in this case - salute (cheers)!!! xox

Carol






"Wine Bottle Garb" Knitting Pattern

Yields about 12 sets

Ingredients:

worsted weight or DK yarn (3 skeins - colors of your choice)
#6 / 4mm double point knitting needles
tapestry needle for sewing in ends

Create the Hat & Scarf:

PDF free download pattern found here from Knitsburg: where steel meets wool.




25 comments:

  1. What an adorable idea! I don't knit, but maybe that needs to change....:)

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    1. Thanks, Val! A bit impromptu for me, but thought it would be fun to post another segment of my life, due to a slight macbook disaster! :)

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  2. I love this post, cuz ya know, it's love is not always about food, but whatever we make from our hearts! My mother and I were knitting and crocheting today as a matter of fact. A labor of love! Che bella per la Nativity!

    Wishing you a most happy holiday season!
    Roz

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    1. Thank you, Roz! You're a sweetheart!!! Buon Natale!!! Carol xox

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  3. ahahah I absolutely love this whimsical wine bottle garb. How brilliant. I wish someone will get it for me as a hostess gift one of these days! :) Absolutely adorable!

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    1. Hi Shulie!!! Thanks so much for the kind words, and for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment!!!

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  4. This is such a cool idea! Perfect touch for gifting wine bottles. Now, I need some yarn...!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ashley! Happy you enjoyed it!!! Have a great weekend!

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  5. Isn't Christmas just the best time of year!? This is such a great idea and would make a lovely touch to gifts!

    We have awarded A Cup of Mascarpone with the Sunshine Blogger Award - http://honeyandlulu.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/yo-yo-biscuits-sunshine-award.html

    Congratulations - we are inspired by your blog and you most definately deserve it!

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Chloe & Sarah

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    1. OMGoodness, you girls are too kind!!! This has to be the nicest recognition that has happened to me since starting my blog in July. I am truly honored by your sweet kindness! I'm also in love with your new recipe for yo-yo biscuits! They are adorable and look so tasty! Happy Sunday, Chloe and Sarah!!! Thank you so much! Carol xox

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  6. What a cute idea! I have a few friends that are constantly knitting - I'm passing this on to them :).

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    1. Thank you, Laura! I'm sure they will love the simple, quick pattern...especially to use on all those bottles of incredible California wine you have in your backyard! xox

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  7. I absolutely love these. I am going to make them for my Hospital Guild's fundraiser next season.
    You are extra special in everything you do.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jeannette! What an awesome idea to make for the Hospital Guild's fundraiser. I'm positive they will love you for such a wonderful handmade donation!

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  8. This has to be the cutest wine bottle garb I've ever seen-you are so talented!!! Thanks for sharing, although I'm not a knitter-I will pass your post on to friends with the talent for knitting ;-)

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    1. Thanks for such a kind comment, Patty! I would love you to share this pattern with your knitting friends. I'm sure they'll like it as much as me! :)

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  9. these are just so adorable! I don't knit. Totally envy you right now

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    1. Thanks so much, Roxana! You have nothing to envy me for with all those gorgeous sweets and breads you create! You are amazing! Happy Friday! xox

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  10. These have to be the most stylish wine bottles Carol! I love that you knit, and reminds me of the handmade things I sell, we do a lot of crochet and some knitting. And I have been meaning to make knitted cup holders. Adorable!

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    1. Hi Paula! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment! Always love hearing from you!!!

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  11. Hi Carol. What a cute idea. I just posted it here on my german knitting blog: http://schoenstricken.de/2012/12/schal-und-mutze-fur-eine-weinflasche-stricken/
    Please see if you like it.
    Best from Berlin, Jessica

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    1. Looks great, Jessica! So happy you liked it! Thanks for linking back to a cup of mascarpone! Have a wonderful day!!!

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    1. Thank you also for sharing on fb, appreciated so much!!!

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Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by a cup of mascarpone, and taking the time to leave a comment! I read, smile, and cherish each and every one of them! xox

Carol