05Oct

Free Crochet Pattern - Hot Water Bottle Cosy

Free Crochet Pattern - Hot Water Bottle Cosy | Lululoves Blog

So the cosy season is finally upon us. This is my absolute favourite time of year to be crocheting. I am all about chunky knits, blankets and anything to make me feel warm and cosy. Today I’m sharing a crochet pattern for this simple hot water bottle cosy…

I love a hot water bottle in winter and in fact they are used here all year round (particularly useful for that time of the month!) I first created a version of this cosy for an issue of Simply Crochet Magazine several years ago now (issue 11) and I’ve made it many times since then so thought I would share it here.

It uses a very simple pattern of double crochet and treble crochet (UK) to make a lovely texture. I’ve totally given in to my love of tweed for this pattern but you could easily make this with any aran weight yarn and experiment with stripes or block colours. I've added a ribbed collar to this one which gives enough stretch to be able to easily insert the hot water bottle – just make sure you put it in empty! 

As always there is an inexpensive ad free pdf version of the pattern available on Ravelry or Etsy if you prefer to print your patterns.

I hope you enjoy it, any queries please feel free to email me (all my details are in the 'About Me' section of this blog).

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Free Crochet Pattern - Hot Water Bottle Cosy | Lululoves Blog

Free Crochet Pattern - Hot Water Bottle Cosy | Lululoves Blog

Free Crochet Pattern - Hot Water Bottle Cosy | Lululoves Blog

Hot water bottle Cosy

Yarn:

Yarn A: 1 ball King Cole Big Value Tweed Aran (100% acrylic, 100g/257yds/235m) shade 1751 Berber – 65g used

Yarn B: 1 ball Bergere De France Twiste Aran (52% wool, 48% acrylic, 50g/80m/87yds) shade Rubis Orange – 35g used.

Yarn Alternatives:

Approx. 100g of any aran weight yarn should give similar results.

Hook: 5.5mm (I/9)

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Gauge:

13 sts and 11 rows of stitch pattern (dc, tr) to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) using a 5.5mm hook.

Measurements:

Cosy should fit a standard Flashy 2 litre hot water bottle. I find the cover has a good amount of stretch but if you feel like you need to make it wider just add to the starting chain in multiples of 2 (includes a turning chain) so you keep an odd number of stitches in row 1 and add extra rows as needed.

Stitches/Abbreviations used:

st(s) - stitch(es) 

ch - chain


sl st - slip stitch 

dc - double crochet  (US = sc)

tr - treble (US = dc)

Special Stitches:

Rtrf – Raised treble front (US = Fpdc – Front post double crochet)

Rtrb – Raised treble back (US = Bpdc – Back post double crochet)

Pattern notes

*Pattern is written in UK terms*

The texture in this cosy is created by working a double crochet into each treble crochet from the previous row and a treble crochet into each double crochet. Each row should begin and end with the same stitch. If a row ends with a double crochet, then the turning ch-3 counts as the 1sttreble of the next round. If the row ends with a treble then the turning ch-1 is not counted as a stitch and a double crochet is worked into the last treble of the previous row.

The cosy is worked in two pieces, which are then joined along the sides and bottom. The collar is then worked in rounds along the top of the cosy. 

Pattern:

Make 2 

Foundation: Using Colour A, ch20

Row 1: 1dc in second ch from hook, *1tr, 1dc; repeat from * across ending with a dc, turn. [19 sts]

Row 2: 3ch (counts as 1tr), (1dc, 1tr) into same st as ch-3 (2 st increase made), *1dc into next tr, 1tr into next dc; repeat from * across until final st, (1tr, 1dc, 1tr) into last st (2 st increase made), turn. [23 sts] 

Row 3: 3ch (counts as 1tr), 1dc into same st as ch-3 (1 st increase made), *1tr into next dc, 1dc into next tr; repeat from * across until final st, (1dc, 1tr) into last st (1 st increase made), turn. [25 sts] 

Row 4: 1ch (does not count as st) *1dc into next tr, 1tr into next dc; repeat from * across, turn. [25 sts]

Row 5: 3ch (counts as 1tr), *1dc into next tr, 1tr into next dc; repeat from * across, turn. (25 sts)

Switch to yarn B

Rows 6– 9: Repeat rows 4 & 5 twice

Switch to yarn A

Rows 10 – 13: Repeat rows 4 & 5 twice

Switch to yarn B

Rows 14– 17: Repeat rows 4 & 5 twice

Switch to yarn A

Rows 18 – 21: Repeat rows 4 & 5 twice

Switch to yarn B

Row 22 – 25: Repeat rows 4 & 5 twice

Switch to yarn A

Row 26: As row 4 

Row 27: As row 5

Row 28: As row 4 

Row 29: 1ch (does not count as st), skip first st, 1dc into next tr (1 st decrease made), *1tr into next dc, 1dc into next tr; repeat from * across, skip last st (1 st decrease made), turn. [23 sts]

Switch to yarn B

Rows 30 – 32: As row 29, decreasing 2 sts each row, until 17 sts remain.

Row 33: 3ch (counts as 1tr), *1dc into next tr, 1tr into next dc; repeat from * across, turn. [17 sts]

To join

Place both pieces together and working from the top of the cosy rejoin yarn A around the side of the post of the last stitch. Double crochet evenly through both pieces around the sides of the cosy, joining as you go (working through the loops of the foundation chains around the bottom of cosy). Leave the top unworked for opening.

Collar

Rnd 1: Re-attach yarn A to top opening of cosy, work 1dc into each st of top opening, join with a sl st to beginning dc, no not turn – you should have worked 34dc in total.

Rnd 2: 3ch (counts as 1tr) 1tr in each st around, join with a sl st to top of beginning ch-3. [34 sts]

Rnd 3: 1ch (does not count as st) 1rtrf in tr directly below (the beginning ch-3 of rnd 2), *1rtrb, 1rtrf; repeat from * around, join with a sl st to top of first tr. [34 sts]

Rnds 4 – 16: Repeat rnd 3 until collar reaches approx. 14cm (5.5”)

Free Crochet Pattern - Hot Water Bottle Cosy | Lululoves Blog

Weave in ends. Fold collar down and keep cosy!

Free Crochet Pattern - Hot Water Bottle Cosy | Lululoves Blog

Free Crochet Pattern - Hot Water Bottle Cosy | Lululoves Blog

Let me know if you do make one, I'd love to see them (p.s if you use the hashtag #lululovescrochet on Instagram I can find your projects)

Bye for now. Em xx

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