So I’ve been working on a couple of crochet projects off and on lately and this one is a holder for my new water bottle (which I love; it keeps water fridge-cold even after sitting in a hot car for hours, and it says “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” on it with an awesome nature design — Canada Day sales at Superstore for the win!).
I figure I’ll need it when we go away on our annual Labour Day Weekend trip — we go glamping and often it’s very hot. Need to stay hydrated! And I won’t be carrying a purse around with me because I’ll probably be in a swimsuit for most of the weekend.
There’s not really a pattern to this — I’m making it to fit this particular water bottle, so it’s a bit loosey goosey. But I am going to tell you what I did for it so you can try to replicate it if you like!
Supplies: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn
Crochet hook: US F5/3.75mm (I got mine in this set)
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
Ch = chain
US terms used.
Chain 4. Join chain into a circle.
Chain three. Double-crochet into the first stitch of your circle. Chain one, DC into next stitch. Continue around until you reach the ch 3. Double crochet into this ch 3 as if it were a stitch. Ch 1. *Dc, ch1, dc* into next chain space. Continue from * to * for one round.
Now the increases can be spread out instead of in every ch1 space. Continue around doing dc, ch1 in each ch1 space, increasing with an extra dc and ch1 as you see fit. Continue until the circle is the right size for the bottom of your water bottle. When it is, stop increasing, and just continue dc, ch1 in each ch1 space until it’s the right height.
I haven’t gotten to the end myself, yet, but what I plan is this: when it’s the right height, I’m going to switch to single crochet for a few rounds, and possibly decrease a little to tighten it up near the top (it’s pretty loose on the bottle). Once my sc section is thick enough, I’ll add a strap. I won’t need to finish off; when I want to add my strap, I’ll just ch 1, turn, and then sc across for the width I want my strap to be. Then ch 1, turn, and sc for as many rows as it takes to make the strap long enough.
When the strap is long enough, I’ll connect it to the opposite side with sc stitches, making sure it’s not twisted.
For a great tutorial on how to do this, check out this pattern for a crochet market bag (which I’m also making right now, actually! Post on that forthcoming).
Hope you enjoyed this not-a-pattern. 🙂 I’m going to finish it soon because it’s already super hot this summer and I need to keep water on hand.
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