I tried to come up with a clever title for my entry into this month’s whiplash competition, but I have failed. I am just saying it like it is. I like to drink beer, and occasionally malt liquor. Frequent readers here may also remember that I like to keep my beer cold, and my hands warm. I also like to make small efforts to reuse materials, or recycle – you know, like taking your own bag to the grocery store… Now I can have it all – warm hands, cold 40’s, and no soggy paper bag to throw in the recycling.
Made from superwash wool to look like a paper bag, this cozy will meet my 40 transportation needs perfectly. It has vertical details that look like the folds on the side of a paper bag. The top edge is pointed like the pinked edge of a paper bag*. Though the fit around the body is snug, a proper 40 sack can cling tightly to the neck of the forty so mine has a drawstring for cinching up. It also looks good when the top is folded down.
I am happy to have this new cozy to add to my collection.
Though i haven’t written up the pattern for this cozy, I do have a beer cozy pattern available for your enjoyment. And if you like to drink forties in your home, you should try participating in Simpson’s and 40’s.
edit:I forgot to mention that I made a flickr group for whiplash participants. Please join! Or visit and look around.
*I had a heck of a time figuring out how to make the pointed top edging. If you are interested in the knitting details on how to get that done, the pattern is below.
This is worked in multiples of 5 stitches. If you don’t have an even multiple of 5 stitches, you need to sneak some decreases in somewhere (I have never tried entrelac, but I bet it works something like this).
* k1, turn
Cast off 5 *
Repeat from * to *.