Protect Your Stainless Steel Water Bottles!
Stainless steel water bottles have been getting more popular due to concerns about drinking from reusable plastic bottles. The downside is that stainless steel bottles get dents when dropped or hit with strong force. Since the cost of a stainless steel water bottle is rather steep, you can protect your bottles by making this covered cozy!
Things to Consider Before Starting
- While it is not necessary to actually have the bottle with you as you do this project, it would be best to have it on hand so you can make sure the cozy fits well. This project is a good way to wrap a water bottle to give someone as a gift.
- As with dishcloth projects, cotton would be the ideal material for this project in order to absorb the moisture that forms when you put cold water in the bottle. However, I just used acrylic yarn for this project since the bottle will mostly be used to hold lukewarm to warm water.
Abbreviations Used in American Terms
- Ch - chain;
- Sc - single crochet;
- Sl st - slip stitch;
- Dc - double crochet;
- RS - right side; and
- WS - wrong side.
Materials and Gauge
- Worsted Weight Yarn;
- Size "G" Hook;
- Tapestry Needle; and
- Gauge is not important for this project. Just change your hook size depending on the size of your bottle to make the cozy fit.
Starting with the base:
Round 1: In a magic circle, work 8 sc, join with a sl st in the first sc. (8)
Round 2: Ch 1, sc, dc in the first sc, (sc, dc in the next sc) around, join, turn. (16)
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in the first dc, 2 dc in the next sc, (sc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next sc) around, join, turn. (24)
Round 4: Ch 1, sc in the first 2 dc, 2 dc in the next sc, (sc in the next 2 dc, 2 dc in the next sc) around, join, do not turn. (32)
At this point, you should try it out on the base of your water bottle. The edges should be just at the edge of the bottle to make it fit properly. If the first 4 Rounds end up bigger than the bottle, the cozy will be loose, which defeats the purpose of the cozy. So you will need to use a smaller hook to make the base tighter. Here is a photo on how the base should look like on your bottle:
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join, do not turn. (32)
Round 6 (RS): Ch 1, (sc in the next st, dc in the next st) around, join, turn. (32)
Repeat Round 6 until you reach the desired height, ending with a WS Round. Try on the cozy while it is still short to make sure you got the size right as shown in the photo below:
Last Round (RS): Ch 1, sc in each st around, join.
Fasten off and weave in the ends.
You can opt to end here to make a basic sock-type cozy. The bottle I used for this project has a screw cap on top, so I had to end the bottom part a little bit lower than the line where the bottle and cap meet as shown in the photo below:
Now working on the cap:
Repeat the same process as the base, ending the Round once you reach the top of the base with the cap. End with a single Round of sc's to straighten the edge. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing the two parts together.
Here is what the cozy should look like now on your bottle:
Sew the two parts together by matching the sc's of both edges and doing whip stitches on 14 pairs of sc's. You can adjust the number of stitches you sew together depending on your preference. But here is a closer view of how the cozy works with the two parts sewn together:
How to Customize the Covered Water Bottle Cozy
- Change the Stitch Pattern. Once you have finished the first five rounds, you can opt to use your favorite stitch pattern from round 6 onward. The body can be made into a stitch sampler for whenever you see a new pattern you like to try out.
- Change the Colors. As for color changes, the stitch pattern that I used in this tutorial will only do solid stripes if you make even rounds before changing colors.
You can opt to combine the two methods to come up with your own personalized cozy. I will leave you with this photo of my attempt to customize a different water bottle using V-stitches:
Joan Burt on May 29, 2015:
Thank you for a lovely pattern which I hadn't tried before. Just the thing for a water bottle, the extra thickness and bobbly texture making it easy to grasp especially when cold and wet.
Korneliya Yonkova from Cork, Ireland on March 22, 2015:
Amazing work of art. This will keep the liquid even warmer. Thanks a lot for sharing :)