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Crochet Club hot water bottle cover

Published on November 30th, 2017 | by Kate Eastwood

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Crochet Club: Sparkly Stars Hot Water Bottle Free Tutorial!

Following on from Kate Eastwood’s fabulous Sparkly Star Christmas Stocking that she made for the Crochet Club, this pattern and tutorial is for the matching hot water bottle cover!

Using the rest of the Rico Basic Super Big Aran yarn from the stocking I have designed the cover to match the stocking by having a large star in the centre and two small stars attached to tie around the top of the cover.

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The cover is worked to fit a 2L hot water bottle, measuring approx. 20 x 32cm / 8 x 13″, with a straight edge along the bottom of the bottle.

The design of the cover allows you to fill the bottle from the top without taking the cover off, but there is also a fold over flap at the back so the cover can easily be removed for washing.

I used 1 x ball of RICO Basic Super Big Aran in Stone Grey 007 and 1 x ball of DMC Metal Chic Marquise in 01.

I used a 4mm hook for the cover and a 3mm hook for the stars, and this pattern is written in UK crochet terms.

You will also need a small amount of coordinating ribbon.

The cover is made up of a front piece, an upper back piece and a lower back piece.

To make the lower back piece:

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Row 1: Chain 31 and starting in the second chain from the hook work a row of DC. 30 sts

At the end of the row CH1 and turn.

Row 2: Work a row of DC. 30 sts. At the end of the row CH1 and turn.

Row 3: We are now going to start making the curved edge to the cover to fit the shape of the hot water bottle. To do this work a row of DC, working 2 DC in to the first and last stich. 32 sts.

Rows 4 to 6: As row 3, remembering to CH 1 and turn at the end of each row . 38 sts. ***

That is your shaping complete. Now work a further 30 rows of DC, remembering to CH 1 and turn at the end of each row. Finish off and sew in ends.

To make the upper back piece:

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Row 1: Chain 39 and starting in the second chain from the hook, work a row of DC. 38 sts.

Rows 2 to 26: Work a further 25 rows of DC , remembering to CH 1 and turn at the end of each row.

We now need to begin the shaping for the neck of the hot water bottle.

Row 27: ****Work a row of DC, and decrease by working the first 2 DC together and the last two DC together. 36 sts. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 28 to 37: Repeat Row 27. 16 sts.

Row 38 to 42: Work 5 straight rows of DC, remebering to CH 1 and turn at the end of each row. 16 sts.

We are now going to increase again to widen the neck.

Row 43: Work 2 DC in to the first and last stitch of this row. 18 sts. CH 1 and turn.

Row 44 to 46: Repeat Row 43 ,remembering to CH 1 and turn at the end of every row. You should now have 24 sts.

Row 47 to 53:  DC 24, remembering to CH 1 and turn at the end of each row. 24 sts. Finish off and sew in the ends.

To make the front piece:

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You are now going to be making the front part of the cover. Work as the lower back piece to ***

Work 48 rows of DC , 38sts. Remember to CH 1 and turn at the end of each row.

You are now going to begin the shaping of the neck , as from ****

Finish off and sew in the ends.

Joining the pieces together:

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You are now ready to join all of the three pieces together. Start by pinning your pieces together, aligning the upper back and lower back pieces so that it is the same size as the front piece.

You are going to be joining the pieces together by working DC all the way around the edge, starting from the neck and working all the way around. Finish off and sew in the ends.

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To create a good firm opening at the top fold down the last two rounds and pin in place.

You are now going to work the decorative cream edge all the way around the cover.

Using a 3mm hook and the DMC Marquise work a deep DC all the way around the cover. When working around the top of the neck ensure the couple of rounds that you pinned down are secured in to place.

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Once you have worked the deep DC all the way around the edge, work a row along the edge of the fold over piece on the back of the cover.

To make the large star:

Make the large star for the centre front of the cover as follows:

Round 1: Make a Magic Ring and work 5 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from Round 1, 10 sts.

Round 3: Work 1 DC in to the first stitch, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch. Repeat all the way around, 15 sts.

Round 4: Work 1 DC in to each of the first two stitches, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch. Repeat all the way around, 20 sts.

Round 5: DC 20.

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Round 6: *Chain 8 and starting in the second chain from the hook work back down the chain with the following stitch pattern: SlSt, DC, HTR, TR, DTR, TTR, TTR. Skip 4 stitches, rejoin with a Sl St and repeat from *. Work all the way around the central circle until you have 5 points. Finish off and sew in the ends.

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Pin the large star to the centre front of the cover and stitch securely in place with a needle and thread.

To make the small stars:

To finish my cover off I tied a piece of ribbon around the neck of the cover and stitched two stars on to the ends of the ribbons. I made 4 small stars in total as each star is a front and a back stitched together, encasing the ribbon.

Round 1: Make a Magic Ring and work 5 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from Round 1, 10 sts.

Round 3: *Chain 5 and starting in the second chain from the hook work back down the chain with the following stitch pattern:  SlSt, DC, HTR, TR. Sl St in to the next stitch and repeat from *. Work all the way around the central circle until you have 5 points. Finish off and sew in the ends.

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Once your cover is complete all that’s needed is a good book, a cup of tea and you’re good to sneak off for a cosy evening in bed!

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Living just outside Bath, Kate is fortunate enough to be able to indulge two of her biggest loves — living right in the middle of the countryside but within easy distance of retail therapy. When not working at her nursery school she loves nothing more than a day of pootling around, with crochet, sofa and tea being right at the top of the list.




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