I can’t help myself. Whenever I see this Grinch Wine Cozy, I just want to break out singing “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch”…. What is it about that grouchy grinch that makes me smile? Maybe those grumpy eyebrows. Or that snarly smile. I’m not sure, but I sure am loving this Grinch wine cozy pattern! So maybe you’ve noticed… I’ve kinda been on a wine cozy frenzy lately. They are so easy to make and they make bringing a bottle of wine to a gathering extra fun. Plus they are fast to make so they are perfect for that last minute gift. It all started with the Fall Wine Cozy that I’m sure my dad looked at for all of 2 seconds before he pulled it off to pour us some wine for Thanksgiving dinner.
And now we have 3 great cozies for the holiday season. Because not only is toting around a sweet wine cozy fun, they are fun to make as gifts too! First was the snowman wine cozy. My personal favorite and apparently yours too because it is all over social media! Thanks, guys! I love it when you make my patterns and tag me!
Then came the Santa wine cozy (also a hit) and now THIS. This Grinch wine cozy is deliciously bad but in a decidedly good way. It’s my sister’s favorite and maybe it will be yours too.
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Crochet Grinch Wine Cozy Pattern
Here is what you will need:
- US J10/6.00 mm crochet hook (Did you know you can purchase my go-to hooks on Amazon?)
- Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice worsted weight yarn in Radiant Lime, Scarlet, Black, White and Lemon.
- tapestry needle and scissors
- Sewing pins (optional but helpful for placing the mouth)
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet Abbreviations, US to UK Crochet Conversion Chart. Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.
Wine cozy is worked using 2 strands of yarn. So either pull a strand from the outside and inside of the yarn skein or wind a small ball to use as your 2nd strand.
R1: Using 2 strands of Lime color yarn, make a magic ring, chain 3 (counts as 1st dc) 11 dc in ring (12 dc total). Sl St to 1st st.
R2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout), 1dc in same st as joining, 2 dc in each of the remaining stitches. Sl st to 1st st. (24 st)
Now work in even dc:
R3-11: Ch 3 for 1st stitch, dc in remaining stitches (24 st) Sl st to 1st st. Change to Scarlet color in joining slip stitch of last round.
R12: Continuing with Scarlet, Ch 3 for 1st stitch, then, working in the back loop, this round only, dc in remaining stitches (24 st) Sl st to 1st st.
R13-17: Continuing with Scarlet, working in both loops, ch 3 for 1st stitch, dc in remaining stitches (24 st) Sl st to 1st st.
R18: Ch1, sc in same st as joining and next 2 st, ch 14, skip 7 st, sc in next 5 st, ch 14, skip 7 st, sc in last 2 st. Sl st to 1st st.
R19: ch 1, sc in same st as joining and next 2 st, sc 16 in ch-14 loop from the previous row, sc in next 5 st, sc 16 in ch-14 loop, sc in next 2 st. Sl st to joining. (42 st)
R20: ch 1, sc in same st as joining and around row. (42 st)
R1: Using 2 strands of yarn, and holding wine cozy right side up (with the handle loops up and green face down), attach White yarn to the free loop of any stitch in round 12. Chain 3 (counts as 1st st), dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. (24 st)
R2-3: Chain 3 (counts as 1st st), dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. (24 st)
The eyes and nose are worked with 1 strand of yarn as follows:
With Lemon Color yarn, make a magic ring. In the ring work: ch1, 3hdc, 3dc, 3tr. Fasten off Lemon yarn, leaving a long strand for sewing. The piece should have a flat edge and a rounded part. The flat edge is the top of the eye, with the last triple crochet worked forming the top right side of the eye. Now you will work a row of single crochet with black on the top flat edge of the eye as follows: Attach black to the side of the last triple crochet worked. Work 4 sc in the side of the triple crochet, work 1 sc in the side of the first hdc, then rotate your work slightly and work 2 sc in the top loops of the same hdc. Zoom in on the photos if you need to; when you are done there should be a row of black on the flat side of the eye.
The left eye is similar to the right eye, just in reverse. With Lemon Color yarn, make a magic ring. In the ring work: ch4 (counts as first tr), 2 tr, 3 dc, 3 hdc. Fasten off Lemon yarn, leaving a long strand for sewing. The piece should have a flat edge and a rounded part. The flat edge is the top of the eye, with the last half double crochet worked forming the top right side of the eye. Now you will work a row of single crochet with black on the top flat edge of the eye as follows: Attach black to top of the last hdc work. Work 2 sc in the top of the hdc, rotate work, work 1 sc in the side of the same hdc, then work 4 sc in the side of the starting ch 4 (which represents the first tr of the lemon crochet). Remember to zoom in on the photos. Remember, the goals is 1 row of 7 sc across the top of the flat part of the eye.
Pupils and Nose (Make 3):
With black, make a magic ring. Work 6 sc in the ring, sl st to 1st sc and fasten off. Leave a long strand for sewing.
Finishing the Grinch Wine Cozy:
Sew nose in the center of rows 7 and 8. Referring to photos, sew pupils on to eyes. Position eyes slanting up over nose. Take time to make sure they are in the perfect position. Sew down the eyes, using the appropriate color for each section (lemon yarn for lemon color area, black for black area).
The eyebrows and mouth are sewn with black yarn using a back stitch. The eyebrows are two long stitches over each flat part of the eye and a short stitch angling over row 11 of the cozy.
The mouth is what really makes the grinch, the grinch. It is easy backstitches again, but placement can be tricky. Here is what I suggest: Lay the wine cozy flat on a stable. Take a scrap piece of black yarn and carefully form a mouth with the curves, as you lay it on the Grinch’s face. Use straight pins to carefully pin the “temporary mouth” in place. Use this as a guide as you back stitch the mouth. Thread a needle with black yarn and back stitch a small section at a time, unpinning the “temporary mouth” as you go.
Weave in any loose ends.
If you loved this Grinch Wine Cozy pattern, be sure to check out the Fall Wine Cozy Pattern. And.. the holiday wine cozies: The Snowman Wine Cozy and the Santa Wine Cozy! Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter so you won’t miss a thing!
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