Free Hot Water Bottle Cover Crochet Pattern

Crochet this cute heart motif Hot Water Bottle Cover to snuggle up with!

This is part 1, of my 2 part Granny Stripe Heart Snuggle Set. Part 2, a matching Cushion Cover, is available here.

The pattern uses the Granny Stripe stitch and 4 colours to create a gradient effect design, but you can use any colour combination you like.

The Hot Water Bottle Cover is designed to fit most standard 2Litre sized rubber bottles. The finished flat measurements are approximately 23cm (9”) in width, 28cm (11”) in length excluding neck, and 35cm (13.75”) from base to top of bottle neck.

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The cover should be a little larger than your actual hot water bottle dimensions. This allows for seaming and room for filling the bottle with water. I purchased my hot water bottle from Asda.

You can use any yarn type for this project. I have used Aran/Worsted weight Cotton. Using Wool or Acrylic yarn will allow for more stretch if needed.

Free Hot Water Bottle Cover Crochet Pattern

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WHAT WILL I NEED?

I have used Drops Paris Cotton, Aran weight yarn with a 5mm hook. For my main background colour, I have used Off White-17. For my gradient colours, I have used Peach- 27 as the lightest shade, Apricot- 01 as the middle shade, and Heather- 07 as the darkest shade.

You can substitute Drops Paris for similar yarns, like Rico Creative Cotton Aran 100% Cotton, and Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran available from LoveCrochet. Or use any other type of Aran/Worsted weight yarn instead.

For the same gradient effect I have created, you will need 4 colours in the quantities as follows:

MC = Main Colour (Background colour) – Approx. 190yds (3x 50g balls)
CA = Colour A (The lightest shade) – Approx. 20yds (1x 50g ball)
CB = Colour B (The middle shade) – Approx. 29yds (1x 50g ball)
CC = Colour C (The darkest shade) – Approx. 22yds (1x 50g ball)

You can work with 2 or 3 colours instead, if you like. Or even use a variegated/ombre yarn. For 2 colours/variegated, just replace Colours A, B, and C with your second colour. For 3 colours, alternate your colours with each Colour row.

You will also need a 5mm hook (or size needed for gauge), a Hot Water Bottle (a similar size to the specifications above), 2 stitch markers, yarn needle and scissors.

Free Hot Water Bottle Cover Granny Heart Crochet Pattern HWB

GAUGE:
Working the Granny Stitch in rows (sets of 3dc sts),
4” square (10x10cm) = 5.5 sets of 3dc x 9 rows.
I have used Aran (US Worsted) weight cotton yarn with a 5mm crochet hook.

FREE GRANNY STRIPE HEART HWB COVER

This HWB cover crochet pattern, uses the following US crochet stitches and terms:

(ch) Chain, (sp) Space, (sl st) Slip Stitch, (sc) Single Crochet, (dc) Double Crochet,
(dc2CL) 2 Double Crochet Cluster – yarn over, insert hook into st/sp, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and insert hook into the same st/ sp, yarn over and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.

We will also join new colours using a Standing dc st, explained below. This can be replaced with a standard sl st to join and ch3 instead.

A number shown before a stitch, means work that number of stitches in the same next stitch (eg. 3dc = work 3 double crochets into the same stitch/space).

A number shown after x, means work the same stitch in the following number of stitches (eg. 3dc x2 = work a 3 double crochets into each of the next 2 stitches/ spaces).

Instructions within [ ] are to be worked into the same stitch/space.

Numbers within ( ) show the total number of stitches you should have after that row/round.

Granny Stripe Stitch

For this hot water bottle cover pattern, we will be using the granny stripe stitch. These are sets of 3dc sts worked into the same space, stacking each row by working into the spaces in between the sets of 3dc sts made in the previous row.

These spaces will be referred to as sp within the pattern. We will also be working single dc sts and 2dc sts at the edge of rows. Spaces (sp) will refer to the space in between any 2 sets of stitches, so will include spaces in between these dc/2dc sts and the adjoining 3dc sts as well.

Changing Yarn Colours

Changing Mid Row:

Change colours on the last pull through of the previous colour. As we will be working sets of 3dc stitches, work the first 2 dc normally and then start the 3rd dc {yarn over, hook through sp, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops} in the current colour, then cut your yarn leaving approx. 3 inches. Leave your hook in place, with 2 loops remaining on hook, to hold the tension of the stitch. Tie your new colour yarn to the tail end, with a double knot, close to the back of the stitch. Yarn over with the new colour yarn and pull through the 2 loops on hook to complete the 3rd dc stitch.

Photo tutorial for a Crochet mid-row colour change
Continue working with the new colour as normal, and repeat to change colours again.

Changing at Beginning of Row:

When working complete rows of different colours, as for the back sections, you can join your new colour using a Standing dc join. For this, start with a slip knot on hook, place your finger over the slip knot to hold it in place and yarn over (2 loops on hook). Insert hook into the first joining stitch or space, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops.

Photo tutorial for making a Crochet Standing dc stitch

You could just use the standard slip stitch to join and ch3 to start, if you’d prefer.

You can weave in your ends after each row to keep them manageable, or wait until the end.

Let’s get started!

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HOT WATER BOTTLE COVER CROCHET PATTERN

The main hot water bottle cover is worked in one flat piece. We will start with the back bottom flap section, and continue on to work the front heart motif section, then continue with the back section after leaving a neck opening. We will be decreasing and increasing to shape the corners as we go. We will then work an edging around the entire flat piece, add the neck, then join the seams to finish.

Free Hot Water Bottle Cover Crochet Pattern

Beginning ch3s count as the first dc st throughout. To maintain the starting chain’s structure, either work through the back bumps of the chain, or through 2 loops (top and bottom, or top and back). Working through the standard top loop only will over-stretch the chains.

Using your Main Colour yarn (MC), start by chaining 37,

R1.

dc in the 4th ch from hook (first 3 ch sts count as a dc st), *sk2, 3dc in the next ch,* repeat between * until 3 chs remain, sk2, 2dc in the last ch, turn
(You will have a total of 10 sets of 3dc stitches with 2dc st at both ends)

From here on, we will be working into the spaces in between sets of stitches only, except from working edge dc stitches into the top of previous beginning ch3s.

R2.

ch3, 3dc x11 working into each sp, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 11 sets of 3dc stitches with a dc st at both ends)

R3.

sl st into the first sp, ch3 and dc into the same first sp, 3dc x10 along the sps, 2dc in the last sp, turn
(You will have a total of 10 sets of 3dc stitches with a 2dc sts at both ends)

R4.

ch3, 3dc x11 working into each sp, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 11 sets of 3dc stitches with a dc st at both ends)

R5.-R6.

Repeat R3.-R4. once more.

We will start reducing at the edges from here to shape the back bottom corners.

R7.

ch3, skip the first sp, 3dc x10 working into each sp, skip the last sp, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 10 sets of 3dc stitches with a dc st at both ends)

R8.

ch3, skip the first sp, 3dc x9 working into each sp, skip the last sp, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 9 sets of 3dc stitches with a dc st at both ends)

We will begin increasing at the edges from here to shape the front bottom corners.

R9.

ch3, 3dc x10 working into each sp, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 10 sets of 3dc stitches with a dc st at both ends)

R10.

ch3, 3dc x11 working into each sp, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 11 sets of 3dc stitches with a dc st at both ends)

R11.

sl st into the first sp, ch3 and dc into the same first sp, 3dc x10 along the sps, 2dc in the last sp, turn
(You will have a total of 10 sets of 3dc stitches with a 2dc sts at both ends)

R12.-R13.

Repeat R10.-R11. once more.

We will start changing colours for the heart design on even numbered rows from here, odd numbered rows will be worked in MC only. Continue working the 3dc sets into the spaces of the previous row.

Free Hot Water Bottle Cover Granny Heart Crochet Pattern Bottom and Front

R14.

ch3, 3dc x5 changing to CA on the last dc, 3dc with CA changing back to MC on the last dc, 3dc x5, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 11 sets of 3dc stitches {10 in MC, 1 in CA} with a dc st at both ends)

R15.

sl st into the first sp, ch3 and dc into the same first sp, 3dc x10, 2dc in the last sp, turn
(You will have a total of 10 sets of 3dc stitches in MC with 2dc sts at both ends)

R16.

ch3, 3dc x4 changing to CB on the last dc, 3dc x3 with CB changing back to MC on the last dc, 3dc x4, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 11 sets of 3dc stitches {8 in MC, 3 in CB} with a dc st at both ends)

R17.

sl st into the first sp, ch3 and dc into the same first sp, 3dc x10, 2dc in the last sp, turn
(You will have a total of 10 sets of 3dc stitches in MC with 2dc sts at both ends)

R18.

ch3, 3dc x3 changing to CA on the last dc, 3dc x5 with CA changing back to MC on the last dc, 3dc x3, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 11 sets of 3dc stitches {6 in MC, 5 in CA} with a dc st at both ends)

R19.

sl st into the first sp, ch3 and dc into the same first sp, 3dc x10, 2dc in the last sp, turn
(You will have a total of 10 sets of 3dc stitches in MC with 2dc sts at both ends)

R20.

ch3, 3dc x2 changing to CB on the last dc, 3dc x7 with CB changing back to MC on the last dc, 3dc x2, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 11 sets of 3dc stitches {4 in MC, 7 in CB} with a dc st at both ends)

R21.

sl st into the first sp, ch3 and dc into the same first sp, 3dc x10, 2dc in the last sp, turn
(You will have a total of 10 sets of 3dc stitches in MC with a 2dc sts at both ends)

R22.

ch3, 3dc in the first sp changing to CC on the last dc, 3dc x9 with CC changing back to MC on the last dc, 3dc in the last sp, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 11 sets of 3dc stitches {2 in MC, 9 in CB} with a dc st at both ends)

R23.

sl st into the first sp, ch3 and dc into the same first sp, 3dc x10, 2dc in the last sp, turn
(You will have a total of 10 sets of 3dc stitches in MC with a 2dc sts at both ends)

R24.

ch3, 3dc in the first sp changing to CB on the last dc, 3dc x4 with CB changing back to MC on the last dc, 3dc with MC changing back to CB on the last dc, 3dc x4 with CB changing back to MC on the last dc, 3dc in the last sp, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 11 sets of 3dc stitches {3 in MC, 8 in CB} with a dc st at both ends)

R25.

sl st into the first sp, ch3 and dc into the same first sp, 3dc x10, 2dc in the last sp, turn
(You will have a total of 10 sets of 3dc stitches in MC with a 2dc sts at both ends)

R26.

ch3, 3dc x2 changing to CC on the last dc, 3dc x2 with CC changing back to MC on the last dc, 3dc x3 with MC changing back to CC on the last dc, 3dc x2 with CC changing back to MC on the last dc, 3dc x2, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 11 sets of 3dc stitches {7 in MC, 4 in CC} with a dc st at both ends)

Continue in MC only for the rest of the front section and the top of the back section.

R27.

sl st into the first sp, ch3 and dc into the same first sp, 3dc x10, 2dc in the last sp, turn
(You will have a total of 10 sets of 3dc stitches with 2dc sts at both ends)

R28.

ch3, 3dc x11, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 11 sets of 3dc stitches with a dc st at both ends)

R29.-R30.

Repeat R27.-R28. once more.

We will start reducing at the edges from here to shape the front top corners.


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R31.

ch3, skip the first sp, 3dc x10, skip the last sp, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 10 sets of 3dc stitches with a dc st at both ends)

R32.

ch3, skip the first sp, 3dc x9, skip the last sp, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 9 sets of 3dc stitches with a dc st at both ends)

We will now work the top row, leaving an opening to allow for the neck of the hot water bottle.

R33.

ch3, skip the first sp, 3dc x2, ch13 and skip the next 4 sps, 3dc x2, skip the last sp, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 4 sets of 3dc stitches with 13 chains in between, and a dc st at both ends)

We will now increase again and work the back section.

R34.

ch3, 3dc x2, 3dc into the first ch, *sk2 chs, 3dc into the following ch,* repeat between * a total of 4 times, 3dc x2 along the remaining sps, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn
(You will have a total of 9 sets of 3dc stitches with a dc st at both ends)

R35.

ch3, 3dc x10, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn. Fasten off MC here and weave in end.
(You will have a total of 10 sets of 3dc stitches with a dc st at both ends)

We will start changing colours for each row from here. When changing colours, cut and fasten off the previous colour, then join the new colour with a Standing dc st. If you prefer, you can substitute the Standing dc for a sl st and ch3.

Remember to keep turning your work for each row, to keep the stitch pattern consistent.

Of course, you can decide to work the back all in one colour instead, or mix up the colour of stripes as you like.

Free Hot Water Bottle Cover Granny Heart Crochet Pattern Back

R36.

Using CC, Join with a dc into the top of the previous last dc st, 3dc x11, dc into the top of the previous ch3, turn. Fasten off and weave in.
(You will have a total of 11 sets of 3dc stitches with a dc st at both ends)

R37.

Using MC, Join with a dc into the first sp and ch3, dc into the same first sp, 3dc x10, 2dc into the last sp, turn. Fasten off and weave in.
(You will have a total of 10 sets of 3dc stitches with 2dc sts at both ends)

Continue repeating R36. for even numbered rows and R37. for odd numbered rows, changing colours as follows:

R38. CC, R39. MC, R40. CB, R41. MC, R42. CC, R43. MC, R44. CB, R45. MC, R46. CB, R47. MC, R48. CA, R49. MC, R50. CB, R51. MC, R52. CA, R53. MC, R54. CA

R55.

Using MC, Join with a sl st into the first sp and ch3, dc into the same first sp, 3dc x10, 2dc into the last sp, turn, don’t fasten off yet as we will continue on to the edging.
(You will have a total of 10 sets of 3dc stitches with 2dc sts at both ends)

Edging:

We will now work a complete round of single crochet stitches around the whole piece. Ensure you have woven in all of your ends before working the edging.
We will ch1 at the corners to work around the edges, these ch1s will not be included in the stitch counts.

Step 1.

Working back along the last row, ch1, sc x33 along the dc sts, [sc, ch1, sc] into the last st.
(35 sc sts made)

Step 2.

Rotate to continue up along the entire edge of the piece, 2sc around the post of each dc st / starting ch3 along the edge of each row.
(another 110 sc sts made)

Free Hot Water Bottle Cover Granny Heart Crochet Pattern Edging

Step 3.

Rotate to work along the opposite side of the original starting chain, [sc, ch1, sc] at the base of the first dc st, *2sc around the 2 skipped chs, sc at the base of the 3dc,* repeat between * a total of 10 times, 2sc around the last 2 skipped chs, [sc, ch1, sc] at the base of the last 2dc.
(another 36 sc sts made)

Step 4.

Rotate to work along the other side edge, 2sc around the post of each dc st /starting ch3 along the edge of each row, sc in the first dc of the round again, ch1 and sl st into the first sc to join, fasten off and weave in ends.
(another 111 sc sts made, giving a total of 292 sc sts for the edging)

To tell the right and wrong side of the piece, the right side of the coloured stitches (CA, CB & CC) will show as the right side of the hot water bottle cover.

 

Bottle Neck:

We will now work around the neck opening made in R33. of the main piece. You will have 5 sets of 3dc across the front, and 5 upside down 3dc sets across the back. Counting from before to after these 5 sets, you will have 6 spaces on each side, giving a total of 12 spaces that we will be working the neck section into.

Ensure the right side of the piece is facing out, and start at the top of the back section. You can replace the Standing dc joins with sl st and ch3, if you prefer.

Counting in the direction you will be working (right to left for right-handed, left to right for left-handed):

Free Hot Water Bottle Cover Granny Heart Crochet Pattern Bottle Neck

R1.

Join CA with a Standing dc in the 5th space along the back side, 2dc into the same sp as join, dc2CL in the next sp along the back side, dc2CL in the first sp along the front side, 3dc x4 along the front sps, dc2CL in the last front sp, dc2CL in the first back sp, 3dc x3 along the remaining back sps, sl st into the Standing dc to join, fasten off and weave in ends.
(total of 8 sets of 3dc and 4 dc2CL sts)

R2.

Join MC with a Standing dc in the sp before the previous round join, 2dc into the same sp as join, 3dc in the next sp (in between the 3dc and dc2CL sets), skip the next sp (in between the two dc2CL sts), 3dc x5 along the front sps, skip the next sp (in between the two dc2CL sts), 3dc x3 along the remaining back sps, sl st into the Standing dc to join, fasten off and weave in ends.
(total of 10 sets of 3dc)

R3.

Join CB with a Standing dc in the sp before the previous round join, ch3, 2dc into the same sp as join, 3dc in the next sp, 4dc in the following sp, 3dc x4 along the front sps, 4dc in the next sp, 3dc x2 along the back sps, sl st into the Standing dc to join, fasten off and weave in ends.
(total of 8 sets of 3dc and 2 sets of 4dc)

R4.

Join MC with a Standing dc in the sp before the previous round join, 2dc into the same sp as join, 3dc x2 along the next sps, 3dc in between the 2nd and 3rd stitch of the 4dc set, 3dc x5 along the front sps, 3dc in between the 2nd and 3rd stitch of the 4dc set, 3dc x2 along the back sps, sl st into the Standing dc to join, fasten off and weave in ends.
(total of 12 sets of 3dc)

R5.

Join CC with a Standing dc in the sp before the previous round join, 2dc into the same sp as join, 3dc in each sp around, sl st into the Standing dc to join, fasten off and weave in ends. (total of 13 sets of 3dc)

R6.

Join MC with a Standing dc in the sp before the previous round join, 2dc into the same sp as join, 3dc in each sp around, sl st into the Standing dc to join, continue – do not fasten off here
(total of 12 sets of 3dc)

R7.

ch1 (does not count as a stitch), sc into each st around, sl st into the first sc to join, fasten off and weave in ends.
(total of 36 sc sts)

Fold and Seam:

Keep the right side of the piece on the outside. Fold the bottom flap up, matching the corner-most sc st on the side edge with the bottom sc st along the edge of R16. (this is the row with 3 sets of CB 3dc stitches near the base of the heart), and place stitch markers through both sc sts to hold together on both sides of the cover.

Fold the back section down on top of the aligned bottom flap. Row R33., where we added the bottle neck, is the top row of the hot water bottle cover.
Join the sides by slip stitching the sc stitches of the back and front together.

Free Hot Water Bottle Cover Granny Heart Crochet Pattern Joining Seam

Step 1.

With the back facing you, fold the top row (R33.) in half, join yarn with a sl st through both of the sc sts of that row. Hook through the next back sc st and the corresponding sc st of the front and make a sl st, continue slip stitching along the side until the first marked stitch.

Step 2.

Remove your marker and hook through the Front Loop Only of the back sc st, Back Loop Only of the bottom flap sc st, and both loops of the front sc st and sl st together. Continue through the 3 layers to the end of the back section.

Step 3.

Work through both loops of the bottom flap and front sc sts to finish the seam. End with a sl st around the bottom edge.

Fasten off and repeat to seam the other side. Weave in your ends to finish.

CONGRATULATIONS!

You have now completed my Granny Stripe Heart Hot Water Bottle Cover crochet pattern. Slip your empty hot water bottle up the back, bending in the rubber neck to fit through the top opening, and tuck the bottom of the hot water bottle into the bottom flap to secure into place. You can now fill with hot water and snuggle up!

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