I love designing a good water bottle holder pattern! First of all, they are such a practical item! They are an easy way to provide free hands to a teacher at recess, a parent carrying all the baby gear, or an outdoor enthusiast on a hike! They make a great “project for yourself”, as well as a useful gift!
The other reason I love designing a good water bottle holder pattern is because once you create the basic design, you can pretty much make it in any stitch your heart might desire! If I had all the time in the world I would probably make one for every stitch I know, plus a few mixed together!
Unfortunately, I don’t have all the time in the world… so this is just my 3rd water bottle holder pattern! Ha! If you’d like to see the other two, check out the Star Stitch Bottle Holder and the Peek-A-Boo Bottle Holder.
The Origin Of This Pattern
I originally designed this pattern for a collaboration with Allfreecrochet.com. They celebrated their 10 year anniversary last year and invited designers to create a new pattern for the event.
So, if you’ve been following me for a while, you may recognize that this is not a brand new pattern from me. I did announce it’s release back in June 2020. However, now I am posting it here on my own website as well so that it is easier for those who visit my site to find.
The Yarn For This Pattern
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I chose to use Lily Sugar & Cream 100% cotton yarn for this pattern, the same as my other water bottle carrier patterns. The main reason was that it dries well and is easy to wash. It is also inexpensive to purchase, which is certainly a positive when making more than one for gifting purposes, and comes in a wide array of colors: solids, stripes, ombres, and even scented!
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- Size 4 Yarn, 120 yards (I used one skein of Lily Sugar N Cream)
- US I9/ 5.5 mm Crochet Hook
- Yarn Needle
The easiest place to measure gauge in this pattern is after the base (round 6) has been completed.
After round 6, my base was 3 ¾” in diameter.
When completed at this gauge, the bottle carrier should fit a typical 16.9 fl oz. water bottle loosely and a slightly larger bottle with a snug fit.
Stitches & Abbreviations Used:
(sl st) slip stitch
(sc) single crochet
(dc) double crochet
(yo) yarn over
Technique: Crocheting in the back loop
Beginning chain of each round/row does not count as a stitch.
I tend to crochet tightly. So be sure to check your gauge and if you are crocheting more loosely you can move to a smaller hook (or larger if you crochet even more tightly).
This pattern instructs you to join at the end of each round. This will create a slightly noticeable seam that runs diagonally along the side of the project. If this bothers you, an alternative method (once you have started working up the sides on round 8) is to not join, but crochet in a “continuous” round. If you choose to use this method, just be sure to use a stitch marker to keep track of the end of your round.
Round 1: Ch 2. 6 sc in the 2nd chain from the hook. Join with a sl st to the first sc in the round. (6)
Round 2: Ch 1. 2 sc in the same stitch and each stitch around. Join with a sl st to the first sc of the round. (12)
Round 3: Ch 1. 1 sc in the same stitch. 2 sc in the next stitch. *1 sc in next stitch. 2 sc in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * to the end of the round and join with a sl st to the first sc of the round. (18)
Round 4: Ch 1. 1 sc in the same stitch. 1 Sc in the next stitch. 2 sc in the next stitch. *Sc in next stitch. Sc in next stitch. 2 sc in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * to the end of the round and join with a sl st to the first sc of the round. (24)
Round 5: Ch 1. 1 sc in the same stitch. Sc in next stitch. Sc in next stitch. 2 sc in next stitch. *Place 1 sc in each of the next 3 stitches. 2 sc in next stitch.*
Repeat from * to * to the end of the round and join with a sl st to the first sc of the round. (30)
Round 6: Ch 1. 1 sc in the same stitch. 1 sc in each of the next 3 stitches. 2 sc in the next stitch. *1 sc in each of the next 4 stitches. 2 sc in the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * to the end of the round and join with a sl st to the first sc of the round. (36)
A note on gauge at this point: Round 6 will complete the base of the carrier and as you move on to Round 7, you will begin to work up the sides. With the gauge of this pattern the base after Round 6 should be about 3 3/4” in diameter. If your base is much larger or smaller, you may want to consider starting over with a smaller or larger hook.
Round 7: Ch 1. (Crochet in the back loop only for this round) 1 sc in the same stitch and in each stitch around. Join with a sl st to the first sc of the round. (36)
Note: In an effort to break up some of the instructions in rounds 8 and 9, so that they are not one long paragraph that is hard to follow, I will insert a line break for each sub-step. This will make the directions look a bit like a long list.
Round 8: Ch 2. Dc in the same stitch. Ch 1.
Insert hook into the same stitch again. Yarn over and pull through. (Pull enough through so that the tension is loose. This will allow the loop to stretch across the space created by the upcoming skipped stitch.)
Skip the next stitch (you still have two loops on your hook).
*Dc in the next stitch. Note: As you complete your dc, since you have an extra loop on your hook, on your final yarn over and pull through, you will pull through 3 loops (rather than the usual last 2 of a dc). Ch 1. Insert hook into the same stitch again. Yo and pull through (again, the goal is to have loose tension on this loop). Skip the next stitch (you still have two loops on your hook).*
Repeat from * to * around.
At the end of the round your last step will be to skip the last stitch. You will have two loops on your hook. Join with a sl st to the first dc of the round. (36) (see photos below for visuals for this round)
You can find a video tutorial for this stitch pattern here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5WeHqkerP0&t
Round 9: Ch 2. Dc in the same stitch. Ch 1.
Insert hook into the same stitch again. Yarn over and pull through.
Skip the next stitch.
*Dc in the next stitch. Ch 1. Insert hook into the same stitch again. Yo and pull through. Skip the next stitch.*
Repeat from * to * around.
At the end of the round your last step will be to skip the last stitch. You will have two loops on your hook. Join with a sl st to the first dc of the round. (36)
Note: If you’re unsure what stitch your dc should be going into for rounds 9+, it should go in the dc from the previous round, which is the “more loose” stitch, which looks like it stretches between the gap between dc. The ch 1 will be skipped, which will probably be the tighter stitch in your row. See photos below for additional help.
Rounds 10 – 19: Repeat round 9. (36).
Note: At this point my bottle holder was 6 ½” tall (measuring rounds 7 – 19). If you would like your bottle holder to be taller or shorter, you can add or remove rounds here. This round will be followed by two rounds of sc, which will add about ½ an inch.
Round 20: Ch 1. Sc in the same stitch and each stitch around. Join with a sl st to the first sc of the round. (36)
Round 21: Repeat round 20. Do not finish off.
Creating the Strap:
Row 1: After completing round 21, ch 1. Sc in the same stitch and each of the next 5 stitches. (6)
Row 2: Ch 1. Turn. Sc in the same stitch and each stitch across. (6)
Rows 3-108: Repeat row 2.
At this point my strap was roughly 27 ½” long. You can add or remove rows to create a strap length according to your personal preference. When you reach the length you desire, finish off, leaving a long tail.
To attach the 2nd end of the strap, count along the top of the bottle carrier, 12 stitches from the strap. Align the second end along stitches 13 – 18 (see photos below). Position the strap so that it is on the inside edge of the bottle holder, overlapping by one row (double check that your strap is not twisted). Use the tail and a yarn needle to sew the strap to the bottle holder.
Positioning the strap at stitches 13-18 of the bottle holder will mean that there are 12 stitches between both the straps on either side.
Once you have sewn the strap, if you like, you can further secure it by weaving the yarn needle along a few of the edges on the inner side of the bottle holder. Once you have secured it to your satisfaction, weave in the ends.
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