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Americana Knitted Evaporative Beverage Cooler
Lion Brand® Lion® Cotton
Pattern Number: BK4K-70425 You're covered! Make this quick and convenient insulating holder for a picnic or a gift. Bring it for 4th of July festivities. Note: This bottle sleeve is the version on left. Fits 2-liter soda bottles or wine bottles.

SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)
SIZE: One Size
Fits a standard 2-liter soda bottle: piece is approximately12 inches circumference x 12 inches tall on the bottle (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm)

CORRECTIONS: None

MATERIALS

760-108 Lion Cotton Yarn: Morning Glory Blue

A wonderful medium blue.


Quantity needed: 1 Skeins
Estimated Price: $ 6.99
Note: C

760-100 Lion Cotton Yarn: White

Crisp clean white.


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Note: B

760-112 Lion Cotton Yarn: Poppy Red

Bright and bold red


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Note: A

Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 8 [5 mm]
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Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size H-8 (5 mm)
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Additional Materials
paper clip
GAUGE:
14 sts x 24 rows = 4 inches x 4 inches in stockinette When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles. Making a Gauge Swatch
Exact gauges is not imporant to this project.


INSTRUCTIONS



COOLER
Base:
With A, cast on 8 sts.
Row 1: Knit 8 sts
Row 2: Knit 1, knit into the front and back of next stitch (increase 1), knit until there are two stitches remaining, knit into the front and back of next stitch (increase 1), knit 1 -- 10 sts
Rows 3-5: Knit
Row 6: Knit 1, knit into the front and back of next stitch (increase 1), knit until there are two stitches remaining, knit into the front and back of next stitch (increase 1), knit 1 -- 12 sts
Rows 7-9: Knit
Row 10: Knit 1, knit into the front and back of next stitch (increase 1), knit until there are two stitches remaining, knit into the front and back of next stitch (increase 1), knit 1 -- 14 sts
Row 11: knit
Row 12: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit until there are 3 stitches remaining, knit 2 together, knit 1 -- 12 sts
Row 13-15: knit
Row 16: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit until there are 3 stitches remaining, knit 2 together, knit 1 -- 10 sts
Rows 17-19: Knit
Row 20: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit until there are 3 stitches remaining, knit 2 together, knit 1 -- 8 sts
Row 21: Bind off.

Fasten final stitch, cut yarn, leaving a tail of 24 inches (61 cm) for sewing.



Sides:
With B, cast on 44 sts.
Rows 1-6: Knit
Rows 7-12: Change to A, knit
Rows 13-18: Change to B, knit.
Rows 19-24: Change to A, knit.
Rows 25-30: Change to B, knit.
Rows 31-36: Change to A, knit.
Rows 37-42: Change to B, knit.
Row 43: Slip 22 stitches onto a stitch holder.
Change to A, knit to end of row.
Rows 44-48: With A, knit.
Rows 49-54: Change to B, knit.
Rows 55-60: Change to A, knit.
Rows 61-66: Change to B, knit.
Rows 67-72: Change to A, knit.
Rows 73-78: Change to B, knit.
Rows 79-84: Change to a, knit.
Rows 85-90: Change to B, knit.
Bind off, leaving sufficient yarn to sew the side together.
Slip 22 stitches from the stitch holder back to needle, and work on these sts only as follows:
Rows 43-90: with C, knit.
Bind off, leaving sufficient yarn to sew the side together.



FINISHING
Optional Star Embroidery:
To embroider small stars on the blue portion of the piece, starting at the third stitch of the third row from the beginning of the blue portion, embroider a small star or "X" using the white yarn (B).

Repeat every third stitch until there are 6 'stars' in the row.

Skip next row; on the row above that, embroider 5 'stars', positioning each between two stars in the row below.

Repeat, ending with a row of 6 stars.

There will be 50 stars total -- 5 rows of 6 and 4 rows of 5.

Sew side, matching stripes where appropriate and make a tube.

Sew base to lower end of tube.

Weave in ends.



Tie Cut a 48 inch (123 cm) length each of (A, B and C).

Loop the pieces through a paperclip and tie off.

Hook the paper clip over something so you can maintain even tension on the piece while braiding.

Holding the two long strands of A together, the two long strands of B and the two long strands of C, braid the long pieces until approximately 6 inches (15 cm) remain.

Tie off.

The loose ends become the finishing tassel on that end of the cord.

Remove the paper clip.

Starting from the right side of the work and using a crochet hook, thread the cord evenly through the top of the piece, approximately every fourth stitch until it matches up at the beginning.


Cut an 8 inch (20 cm) length each of A, B and C.

Using the crochet hook, pull this through the loop at the end of the tie where there is no tassel.

Tie off to make a tassel.

Trim tassel ends evenly.
USAGE
Place beverage bottle in cooler, drench in water, hang up out of the sun in a place where there is a little breeze.

As the water evaporates, the beverage in the bottle will be cooled.

If the cooler dries out, pour more water over it as needed.

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