Americana Crochet Evaporative Beverage Cooler
Lion Brand« Lion® Cotton
16 sc + 16 rows = 4 inches x 4 inches (10 cm x 10 cm) in sc. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. 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. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
With A, chain 4. Sl st into first ch to form a ring.
Work 8 single crochet (sc) in ring. Place marker for beginning of round.
Rnd 1: 2 sc in each sc around -- 16 sc.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around -- 32 sc.
Rnd 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around -- 48 sc. This is the base of the holder. Note: piece has been designed to ripple; this is deliberate; the bottom of soft drink bottles is rippled and the ripple in the cooler gives the exact fit needed for best cooling.
Rnds 4-6: Change to B, work even in sc.
Rnds 7-9: Change to A, work even in sc, carrying 'the 'B' yarn up the wrong side (WS) of the work.
Rnds 10-12: Change to B, work even in sc, carrying 'the 'C' yarn up the wrong side (WS) of the work.
Rnds 13-15: Change to A, work even in sc, carrying 'the 'B' yarn up the wrong side (WS) of the work.
Rnds 16-18: Change to B, work even in sc, carrying 'the 'C' yarn up the wrong side (WS) of the work.
Rnds 19-21: Change to A, work even in sc, carrying 'the 'B' yarn up the wrong side (WS) of the work.
Rnds 22-24: Change to B, work even in sc, carrying 'the 'C' yarn up the wrong side (WS) of the work.
Rnds 25-27: Change to A, sc 24, ch1, turn. This is the striped side of the top part. Leave remaining 24 sts unworked.
Rows 28-30: Change to B, sc 24, ch1, turn.
Rows 31-33: Change to A, sc 24, ch1, turn.
Rows 34-36: Change to B, sc 24, ch1, turn.
Rows 37-39: Change to A, sc 24, ch1, turn.
Rows 40-42: Change to B, sc 24, ch1, turn.
Rows 43-45: Change to A, sc 24, ch1, turn.
Rows 46-47: Change to B, sc 24, ch1, turn.
Row 48: At end, fasten off, leaving enough yarn to sew sides.
Row 25 Change to C, sc 24, ch1, turn.
Rows 26-47: With C, ch 1, turn.
Row 48: Fasten off, sew Star Field to striped side.
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.
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.
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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