This super soft and chunky hot water bottle cover is perfect for those nights when you don’t want the heating on but you’re just starting to feel the chill. The pattern is for a mini hot water bottle but can easily be adjusted to suit a larger standard size. It would be a great gift. Why not start stock piling now ready for Christmas!
This hot water bottle cover is made using 2 strands of Aran. You could also use a chunky yarn. As long as it’s appropriate for a size 10mm hook.
Special stitches used include the waist coat stitch and front post double crochet.
10mm Crochet Hook
8mm Crochet Hook
2 strands of chunky yarn that can be worked together or 1 strand of super chunky yarn
2 stitch markers
SC Single Crochet
SS Slip Stitch
WC Waist Coat Stitch
BPDC Back Post Double Crochet
DC Double Crochet
SKP Skip a ST
Main Body – 10mm hook
You will work the hot water bottle from the base upwards towards the neck. The button hole section will be completed separately at the end.
Start by completing enough CH to fit around your water bottle. For the mini hot water bottle this was CH20. Join your CH being careful that it doesn’t twist.
CH1, SC into same CH as CH1, SC around. Do not join but place the first WC into the first ST of previous round and work in a spiral fashion. Be sure to place a stitch marker in the first ST of each round so you know where your round ends.(20)
WC in the post of each SC from the previous round as described in the special stitches section.
Repeat R3 until your cover reaches the neck of your hot water bottle. (for the mini hot water bottle this is 18 rows) When your piece has reached the neck of the hot water bottle fasten off your work with a 5 inch tail. Using stitch markers mark where the neck of the bottle is and sew up the “shoulder seams” weaving in your ends.
Bottle Neck – 8mm hook
SS your yarn back into the neck of the hot water bottle and CH3 (CH3 does not count as a ST) DC in same ST as CH3, DC around the neck of the bottle. SS to join.
CH3, DC into same ST as CH3, *BPDC into next, DC into next ST* repeat until the end of the round then SS to join.
Repeat R2 until the neck of the bottle is twice then length of the actual bottle neck (as pictured below) When you have reached the desired length fasten off and weave in ends. You can then fold the bottle neck section back on itself forming a roll neck jumper effect.
Button Holes – 8mm hook
The base is where the opening for your hot water bottle will be to make it easy to remove and wash when necessary.
SS around, you will be SS into the opposite side of the original starting CH. SS around will stop the piece from looking too “gappy”
once you have completed this lay your piece flat and decide where you want your buttons to be placed. Place stitch markers for the corresponding button holes. SC around until you reach your first ST marker. For the mini hot water bottle this required 12 SC. When you reach the ST marker CH2 and SKP 1 ST. Continue to SC until the next ST marker. For the mini hot water bottle this was 3 SC. When you reach the second ST marker CH2 and SKP 1 ST. Continue to SC until end of round.
You will start this round using the DC ST as you need the first half of the piece to have a slightly longer edge for sewing on your buttons when compared with the opposite side where your ST markers are marking your button holes. CH3, DC in same ST as CH3, DC in the next 7 ST, HDC, SC in the next 3 ST, SC in the CH2 space (button hole 1), SC in the next 3 ST, SC in the CH2 space (button hole 2), SC in the next 3 ST, HDC into last ST then SS to join.
Fasten off, weave in your ends and attach you buttons. You’re ready to snuggle on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate!