She’s a Hottie!
Hot Water Bottle Cover & Insulator
Pattern written by: Pammy Sue of Scotty’s Place
Two Skeins of Worsted Weight Yarn
DK Weight Yarn for Embellishments
Size N Crochet Hook
Size F Crochet Hook
Note: Pattern written in American crochet terms. This cover fits a standard American, 2-quart hot water bottle measuring 7 ¼” x 10.” Be sure to measure your hot water bottle first and check fitting, making adjustments as needed. Make your cover slightly larger than the water bottle so it will fit appropriately when filled.
The body is crocheted in 4 pieces using a double-strand of yarn.
Piece #1 (Front)
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1; turn. (21 sc)
Row 2: Sc in each st across, ch 1; turn. (21 sc)
Row 3-29: Repeat Row 2.
Row 30: Sc2tog using first 2 sc, sc in each st across to last 2 sc, 2sctog using last 2 sc, ch 1; turn. (2 sc2tog and 19 sc)
Row 31: Repeat Row 30. (2 sc2tog and 17 sc)
Row 32: Sc in each st across; fasten off and weave in ends. (19 sc)
Piece #2 (Top Back)
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across to end, ch 1; turn. (21 sc)
Row 2: Sc in each sc across, ch 1; turn. (21 sc)
Row 3-10: Repeat Row 2.
Row 11: Sc2tog using first 2 sc, sc in each st across to last 2 sc, sc2tog using last 2 sts, ch 1; turn. (2 sc2tog and 19 sc)
Row 12: Sc across; fasten off and weave in ends. (21 sc)
Piece #3 (Bottom Back)
Repeat instructions for Piece #2 through Row 10.
Repeat Row 10 until you have 19 rows. Do not ch 1 at the end of Row 19; turn and fasten off, weave in ends.
Row 20 (Shells): (Change colors if desired) With a single strand of DK yarn and starting on the right-hand edge, sk first sc, dc 4 times in second sc, *sk next sc, sc in next sc, sk next sc, dc four times in next sc*, repeat from * to * to end of row, sc in end st one row below current row. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Sew any flowers and leaves and do cross-stitching on the right side of Piece #1 before sewing or crocheting pieces together. See last page for a flower & leaf pattern link and a basic cross stitch instruction link.
I crocheted my pieces together with sc stitches (right side facing). You can sew or crochet the pieces together however you desire.
Sew Piece #2 to the top side of Piece #1 (wrong sides facing together) along both sides and sides of top edge, leaving a gap open in the center-top big enough for the top of the water bottle to fit through.
Sew Piece #3 to Piece #1 (wrong sides facing together) along bottom and sides, overlapping Piece #2 slightly. Leave top of Piece 3 open (where the shells are). This is where you will remove and insert the hot water bottle if needed.
Piece #4 (Top of Piece #1)
This piece is crocheted directly onto Piece #1 using the stitches you left open at the top when crocheting Piece #2 to Piece #1.
Row 1: Attach your double-strand of yarn and crochet sc stitches around opening, join with a sl st to first sc.
Row 2-3: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc around, join with a sl st to first sc.
Row 4: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.
Row 5 (edging): (Change colors if desired) With the smaller hook and a single strand of DK yarn, 2 sc in each dc around. Fasten off and weave in ends.
I hope you enjoy this pattern! It is written in the spirit of friendship and love of crochet.
Links & Info:
1. Credit and inspiration for pattern go to Coco Rose Textiles and Cherry Heart. See these blogs for pictures of their hot water bottle covers and embellishments. Coco Rose also gives a basic pattern for a “mini hot water bottle cover” on her blog. I do not take credit for the design of this cover. I only take credit for the written pattern for the standard size hot water bottle in the
2. I used the basic instructions for cross stitching here: Mochimochi Land I used DK yarn for my cross stitching. I tried it with embroidery thread, but it was too thin for the large stitches created by the double-strand of worsted weight yarn and looked very messy and uneven.
3. The rose and leaf patterns can be found here: Attic24’s May Roses I also used DK yarn for those.
4. The yarn I used for the pictured hot water bottle cover was made with Premier Yarns, Deborah Norville Everyday (cream), Stylecraft DK, and Yarn Bee Snowflake wool.