Monday, 21 January 2013

Hot water bottle cover

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Lets get started, grab your hook & yarn. 
Lets party!

4.5 MM crochet hook
Tapestry Needle
I ball of fine weight yarn 4ply weight UK (fine 2 American). (I used yarn paradise angora design) click here to view the yarn I used.
1 small snap fastener
sewing thread and needle

Stitches used and abbreviations (American terms): 
(English terms are high-lighted in pink)
CH - Chain (ch)
DC - Double crochet (tr: Treble crochet)
V stitch -  dc, ch 1 , dc in same stitch (tr, ch1, tr in same st)
SK - skip a stitch
SC-Single crochet (dc: Double crochet)
FPDC - Front post double crochet (FPTR: around the post and treble crochet)
st - Stitch/es
sl st - Slip stitch
* * - Repeat from * to *
Back loops - the stitch loop furthest away from you. do not go through both parts of the stitch just the back loop. This gives a ribbed effect.

Pattern Notes:
This hot water bottle cosy will fit a 2 litre standard size bottle, it is worked in one piece. It has a draw string closure made by crocheting a long chain. It also has a snap faster for the top (this is optional). On row 5 make sure you place your hook under both rows between the scales to secure them down together. (I will be making a video tutorial soon. A fellow crocheter got stuck on the first two rows so for now all I have is a talk through the first two rows click here if you would like help) The pattern below is written in American terms. I have shown the conversion to the English/American stitches above.

Intermediate. I recommend familiarising yourself with the crocodile stitch. 

To start Ch71 turn
Row 1: DC in 4th ch from the hook and each st across (67dc) turn
Row 2: CH3 *SK 2 ST ,V Stitch in next st*repeat to end and dc in last st turn (22 v stitch and 2 dc) turn
 You will now start to make the crocodile stitch using the v stitch as a base for your stitches. You will be working around the post of the first part of the V stitch chaining 1 for the point of the v stitch then work your way back up the other side of the 'v' of the v stitch.
Row 3: ch 1 *5 fpdc ch1 and work 5 fpdc up the other side of the v of the v stitch. sk next v stitch* repeat to end sl st in last v stitch and last 2 st. turn
Row 4: repeat row 2 working v stitches into each of the v stitches of previous v stitch row. Turn
Row 5: sl st in first 2 st *5 fpdc, ch1, 5fpdc, sk next v stitch* sl st in 2nd ch of the ch3 or previous row. Turn
Row 6: Repeat row 2
Row 7: Repeat row 3
Row 8: Repeat row 2
Row 9: Repeat 5
Row 10:  Repeat Row 2
Row 11: Repeat row 3
You should now have 5 rows of scales and 5 rows of v stitches
Row 12: Ch 3 dc in v stitch * dc in next 2 st dc in v stitch * repeat across dc in last st (67 dc & 1 ch3). Turn
Rows 13-17: ch3 and dc in each st across 67dc 
You should now have 6 rows of dc and a ribbed effect
Row 18: Repeat Row 2
Row 19: Repeat row 3
Row 20: Repeat Row 2
Row 21: Repeat row 5
Row 22: Repeat row 2
Row 23: Repeat row 3
Row 24: Repeat Row 2
Row 25: Repeat Row 5
Row 26: Repeat row 2
Row 27: Repeat row 3

You should now have 5 rows of scales and 5 rows of v stitches
Rows 28- 43: Repeat rows 12 -27
To finish crochet a sc edging to give it a neat finish. sc all the way around evenly making sure the front of your work is facing you, placing 2sc in each corner. When you come to sc across the top, sc as row 12 from * to * fasten off leaving a long tail end. The way I measured my tail end was by placing the tail end across one side and then the bottom of the cosy (in an 'L' shape) add a little extra then cut off...this will give you enough to sew it together. Fold it in half length ways making sure the top (the last row your crocheted) is facing up towards you and the back of your work facing out. Sew in an 'L' shape down the side and bottom. Top Tip!! Line up your crocodile stitches by using a clothes peg. This will ensure that you are sewing the seam symmetrically and evenly. Weave in your tail ends. I single crocheted over my starting tail end so I only had one tail end to weave in.
Draw string: I cut about 3 meters from the ball and folded it in half to double it up then chained along until I reached the end.  Using a tapestry needle weave it in and out through your last row of dc ( I sang in and out the dusty blue bells as I done this bit! ) and tie it around the neck of the bottle.
Tassel's (make 2) : I used a business card and wrapped the yarn 10 times around the card then cut and placed them over my hook centred and then latch hooked it through the two ends. You will notice there are 2 strands separated (the starting draw string ends)  pull these through the centre of the tassels to tidy it up and then snip the tassels so they are both equal lengths.
Snap fastener (optional): I sewed with a needle and thread a snap fastener to the top to secure  the sides over the  top of the bottle. This was for looks alone as I did not like to see any part of the hot water bottle, it  will make it tidy and  presentable.

Enjoy your beautiful hot water bottle cosy!!

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