hot-water-bottle-cover

This is not an exact ‘pattern’ of sorts, more of a guide, so some knowledge of crochet will be needed. To fit most hot water bottles, but exact measurements are not given – adjust size to suit

Supplies:

DK/8ply yarn – approx. 180g total (scraps are ideal for this project!) Wool works best for hot water bottle covers because of its natural insulating properties

4mm crochet hook

UK Terms

Stitches and Abbreviations:

ch = chain   dc = double crochet   htr = half treble   tr = treble   sl st = slip stitch

Main Rectangles:

Using your favourite crochet square pattern and joining method, create 2 rectangles that almost cover the main body of your hot water bottle – one for the front and one for the back

For my cover, I used a classic granny square pattern of 2 rounds, which I joined together on the last round using the ‘join-as-you-go’ method. My finished rectangles had a total of 24 squares (4×6). I have also made covers with 6 bigger granny squares (a total of 2×3)

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Border:

Using a contrast colour, add a border to your granny square rectangles. Beginning in one corner: join yarn, ch1 and work 3dc into same space. Work one dc into each stitch around (3dc into each corner), and join with a sl st into Ch3

Repeat the round but use a treble stitch instead, and a ch3 to begin. Work 3tr into each corner

Repeat this treble round as many times as you need, so that your rectangle covers your hot water bottle completely. I had to work 2 treble rows total

Joining:

It helps if you’ve darned the ends at this point because it can get a little tricky to access them later!

Place rectangles wrong sides together. Using the same colour as the border, and starting on the short edge, approx. 6-8cm from the corner (see diagram below) join the two sides with a sl st through both loops – into each stitch including the corners. When you reach the bottom edge, work slip stitches into one rectangle only (otherwise you’ll close the bottom up)

Stop approx. 6-8cm after working last corner. This will leave a hole at the top for the neck of the hot water bottle. Do not break yarn

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Neck:

We’ll now be working around the ‘hole’ at the top of the hot water bottle cover

  1. Ch3 and work 1tr into each stitch around the hole, join with a sl st to top of initial Ch3
  2. Ch3, work one treble into same space, work 2tr into next stitch, one tr into each stitch until you are at opposite side of neck to start, (2tr into next stitch) twice, one tr into each stitch to end of round, sl st (increase of 2 stitches on each side of neck)
  3. Repeat Round 2 (increase of 2 stitches each side)
  4. Ch3, work one treble into each stitch around, join with a sl st
  5. Ch3, work 2tr into next stitch, one tr into each stitch until you are at opposite side of neck to start, 2tr into next stitch, one tr into each stitch to end of round, sl st (increase of 1 stitch each side)
  6. Repeat Round 5 (increase of 1 stitch each side)
  7. Ch3, work one treble into each stitch around, join with a sl st
  8. FINAL PICOT ROUND: *Ch3, sl st into 1st chain, sl st into next 2 stitches* Repeat around, join with a sl st into bottom of initial Ch3

Bottom Closure:

To create a neat bottom closure (and room for a buttons), using the same colour as border hold the cover upside down and join yarn to far right hand side – next to the border join.

NOTE: If you need to add some extra length to your cover work a round of trebles first before creating the curved edge

Ch1, and work the following along the bottom of one rectangle only (otherwise you’ll close the opening):

One side may be a little tricky because of the slip stitch row when you joined

*2dc, 2htr, tr each stitch until 4 stitches from end, 2htr, 2dc*

Do not break yarn but turn cover over and work the same * * to the bottom of the other rectangle. Break yarn

Finish:

There is no need to add button holes, the space between the trebles on the curved edge is perfect. Darn any ends and sew buttons to the bottom curve (on the inside so that they’ll be on the right side when fastened!)

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Place hot water bottle inside cover, your cover will stretch so don’t be alarmed if it’s a snug fit. The good thing about this cover is that you do not need to remove it each time to fill the bottle. Another good reason to use wool as you won’t need to wash it as often either!