A simple, useful thing of beauty. Thoughts of carefree days. Of travels. Of adventures. A cool sip of water on a hot day. Meet the lovely Crochet Water Bottle Holder:
These photos make me wistful in a way you only feel when you look back at a time where you didn’t know what you didn’t know. Happy, carefree, mostly worry free times. A warm day at a theme park with my hubs. Sigh. How does 6 months back in time feel like a lifetime ago?
It is decidedly “BEFORE”. And what came “AFTER”, was just so much. So much for so many. A week after this photo, I was sitting in an urgent care back home, running a very high fever, feeling grateful that I only had influenza and not that novel sickness in a far away country. Grateful it wasn’t here. Blissfully unaware that it lurked beneath the surface, quietly invading our world too.
And then 2 days after that one of our beloved pups passed away suddenly. Such sorrow and loss.
And then came that novel illness I thought would never hit our shores, quickly spreading. It shut down so many things and brought worry and fear with all the unknown things, restrictions and loss of things we took for granted.
But through all that, good things happened too. We found out we are resilient and strong. We find joy in all the little things in life.
Like our little Winston pup. Full of energy and fun. Making us laugh deep belly laughs when we needed that so much.
And crochet. We have our crochet. That comforting motion of yarn and hook, soothing the soul during troubled times.
And now this. Coming full circle to this lovely crochet water bottle holder. And realizing that adventures await even if they are different than originally planned. Because, really, any time you’re adventuring you might need a sip of water from a bottle you’d like to carry with you. On a hike maybe or to a park.
This little cutie is sized for a traditional water bottle. The crochet water bottle holder will fit a similarly sized container if you’d like to tote something else instead. It’s pretty stretchy and forgiving. The strap is perfect for throwing over your shoulder or wearing it cross body style–which is my personal favorite. The water bottle cover is worked in cotton worsted weight yarn, the kind often used for dishcloths. You might even have some yarn in your stash for the project!
The instructions describe how to crochet from the bottom up and then work the strap as part of the final row. If you find that too confusing or difficult, you can always crochet the strap separately and sew it on afterward.
Let’s dive in!
Water Bottle Holder
Here is what you will need:
- US H8/5.0 mm crochet hook. (Did you know you can purchase my go-to hooks on Amazon?)
- 1-3/4 oz Worsted Weight Cotton such as Lily Sugar N Cream
- Tapestry needle and scissors
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. I really like to use the invisible seamless join when finishing pieces that get sewn together.
Bottle Holder Size
Fits a standard 16.9 water bottle
Crochet Water Bottle Holder:
Make a magic ring
R1: 6 sc into ring (6 sts). (Do not join, worked in rounds)
R2: 2 sc in ea st (12 st)
R3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next. Repeat from * around. (18 st)
R4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next. Repeat from * around. (24 st)
R5: sc in next, 2sc in next st, *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next. Repeat from * around, ending with a sc in the last 2 st. (30 st)
R6: *sc in next 14 st, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * once. (32 st)
R7: sc around in the Back Loop Only (this row only). (32 st)
R8-11: Working in both loops, sc around. (32 st).
The next row sets up the mesh section of the water bottle holder. Rows are joined (no longer continuous as in previous rounds):
R12: Slip stitch in next st, ch 1, sc in same stitch, *ch 5, skip next 3 st, sc in next st. Repeat from * around until last 3 st. Then ch 2 and work a dc into the 1st sc in the round (this forms the last loop in the row and positions the work to be in the middle of a loop for the next round). (8 loops).
R13-19: ch 1, sc in same loop as joining, *ch 5, sc in next loop. Repeat from * around. After working a sc in the 7th loop, ch 2, dc to top of first sc in round. (8 loops).
R20: This is the last round of mesh. Continue as for previous rounds, HOWEVER, at the end of the round, after working the sc in the 7th loop, ch 5 and slip stitch to top of first sc in round. (8 loops).
R21: Sl st in next loop. Ch 1, work 4 sc in same loop. *4 sc in next loop. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st sc in round (32 st)
R22-23: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining. Sc around. Join with sl st to 1st sc in round. (32 st).
The next row begins the strap. As an overview, we’ll chain for the strap length and work a mesh pattern on the chain back to the bottle cover. We’ll attach there, and work a round to finish that side of the strap and one side of the bottle cover edge. We’ll fasten off and re attach the yarn on the opposite side to attach the opposite side of the strap and work the final round on that side of the water bottle cover.
PART ONE: Strap and Finishing of Side One:
R24: Chain 164, dc in 4th chain from hook (this forms a loop on the end that we’ll attach in PART B later). *ch 1, skip next chain, dc in next chain. Repeat from * across chain. When you come to the end of the chain, you’ll be back where you started the strap chain. Next it’s time to attach this side of the strap to the water bottle. To do this, skip the next 2 stitches on the water bottle cover and sc in the next st. The strap is connected to the bottle on this side. Next work a single crochet in each of the next 13 st.
At this point, there is a long strap attached to the opposite side of the holder. We attach this next side in 2 steps. First, carefully position the strap, without twisting, to the holder. Then, work a half double crochet into the double crochet on the end of the strap. (The chain loop on the end of the strap will be attached to the water bottle later in Part 2).
Work a hdc in every dc and space across the strap. At the end of this section, you are back at the base of the strap. Fasten off and use an invisible join to attach to the next sc. (Alternatively, you can slip stitch to the next st and fasten off that way.)
PART TWO: Finish Opposite Side of Strap
Now go to opposite side of water bottle where the strap is partially connected. At this point, that side of the strap is only connected by the hdc where we started the finishing the side of the strap in the previous round and it looks pretty precarious!
Next we will attach the strap along the short end of the strap through the loop we made in Part 1 to the body of the water bottle and then we’ll work the finishing round on the opposite side of the strap.
R25: Carefully hold the short edge of the strap in place on the water bottle holder. Find the location where you worked a single crochet into the body of the holder right before the hdc you worked into the strap edge. Attach the yarn to the NEXT stitch on the body of the holder, right next to the last sc worked on that side of the body.
Next, while continuing to hold the edge loop on the strap to the body of the holder, work sc into the next 3 stitches. (These 3 stitches go OVER the loop end of the strap and into the next 3 stitches on the body. I like to work them from behind the strap so the top edge of the 3 stitches are not noticeable.)
Then single crochet into the next 13 st on the water bottle cover body. Now you are at the opposite side of the holder at the strap edge. Pause for a moment and ensure that your strap is connected approximately equal distance from one another and that a total of 14 sc are between each strap. If you need to adjust, now is the time to do so. You can rip back a bit and reposition the 2nd strap so it it is in the right place and fudge things a little if you need to. This is a forgiving pattern.
Finally, work hdc in every sc and space on the opposite side of the strap. When you get to the base of the strap on the opposite side, fasten off and use an invisible join to attach to the next stitch.
Weave in any ends.
Go forth! Laugh. Love. Go on adventures. Crochet often. And drink a little water now and then.
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