The hot water bottle is making a comeback, and a crocheted cover for this item can be great when homemade. When the weather gets cold, and the thermostat is turned down to save money and energy; there’s nothing like a hot water bottle at the end of the bed, keeping the toes warm. Take that ordinary dull looking hot water bottle and crochet a cover or cosy to dress it up.
Crochet Hook G and 4 ply worsted weight yarn in the color of your choice is all that is needed.
Make a foundation chain of 40 chains, check to see if the chain goes around your hot water bottle. If needed, add more chains. Single crochet into the first stitch to join.
*Chain 2, double crochet into the first stitch, double crochet in the remaining chains. Single crochet into the first stitch to join (if you added more chains, Double crochet until the row is completed)
Chain 2 ,double crochet in each stitch, single crochet to join. Repeat this row for 20 more rows.
Slip the hot water bottle into the tube just made to check for length, if needed, add more rows
At the end of the last row, slip stitch to complete and finish off by cutting the yarn off, leaving 6 inches to weave in. Trim off any excess yarn showing. Turn the tube inside out and slip stitch or single crochet along the bottom to join the two sides together.
Chain 60 times to make a cord to weave in and out of the last Double Crochet row. This is the neck edge. After placing the hot water bottle into the cover, pull the cord and tie.
Trims and decorations may be added to dress up the hot water bottle cover and make it your own. A thin ribbon in matching or contrasting color may be used instead of a crochet cord. Colors can be changed at any time or a variegated yarn can be use. Crochet flowers and leaves can be added to the front. Buttons can be sewn on in decorative designs.
Be sure the temperature of the water is not so hot that it can burn your skin. Be especially careful if the hot water bottle is going to be near a baby or young child.