These are a good idea when buying identical drinks for two or more children who have a genuine concern in contracting some sort of imaginary infection from each other. They are also handy when you want to throw a cold bottle of water in a nappy bag, without it sweating all over the change of clothes and fresh nappies you've packed for your son or daughter. And they're cute to boot!
The one I've done here is inspired by the charming little pink and green character on the cover of this Japanese crochet book.
I don't own this book, nor seen inside it. Again, I am being a copycat. I'm sure the instructions in the book above are alot better than the ones forthwith (even if they are in Japanese).
This cover is made to fit a kiddy sized bottle of water (350ml). The pattern following is for the bottle cover and the ears, how you decorate it is totally up to you. Look through your fabric scraps and see what sort of costume you can come up with for your bottle cosy. Mine is sporting a jolly polkadot scarf and looks a bit like an interior designer. I'm in the middle of making one for Sophie May and am planning to dress hers up in a girly skirt and maybe some sequins. And please excuse the totally rubbish drawstring affair; my intention down the track is to make hats to stick on top to cover that lousy bit of craftsmanship and the tacky bottle cap. But I will leave that for another day, because I'm rather sick of crochet at the moment. But you can get started on yours in the meantime, so chop chop!
Acrylic or cotton yarn. This is another scrap-buster so look through your stash for half skeins.
4.00mm crochet hook
2 buttons for eyes (Mine are 10mm shanked ball buttons)
Scrap of felt
Black embroidery floss or crochet cotton for embroidering nose
Yarn needle for sewing ears onto bottle cosy
Embroidery needle for embroidering features
Sewing thread to match felt
Fabric scraps and whatever it is you want to dress up your cosy with. Go wild!
An empty 350ml bottle (this makes sewing on the features a helluva lot easier!)
(Rounds 1 - 21 will be the body of your cosy friend. Within these rounds you can do stripes, or colour blocks or whatever colours you want your character to be clothed in. Rounds 22 to 32 is the face of your cosy, so only one colour when working these rows.)
Rnd 1. Ch 2. 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to 1st sc (7sc)
Rnd 2. Ch 1. 2 sc in first sc and in each sc around. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. (14sc)
Rnd 3. Ch 1. Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc. *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. (21sc)
Rnd 4. Ch 1. Sc in first sc, and in next sc, 2 sc in next sc. *Sc in each of next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st sc. (28sc).
Rnd 5 Ch 1. Sc in first sc, and each of next 2 sc. 2 sc in next sc. *Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around. Join with sl stitch to 1st sc. (35sc)
Rnds 6 - 21. Ch 1. Sc in each sc around. Join with sl stitch to 1st sc. (35 sc)
Change colour of yarn to work face.
Rnd 22 - 31. Continue as Rnds 6 - 21.
Rnd 32. Ch 2. Skip next sc, *sc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st stitch of round. Fasten off.
Ears (make 2)
Rnd 1. Ch 2. 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Do not join, the ears are just worked in continuous rounds. (6 sc)
Rnd 2 - 5. Sc in each sc of previous row around, without joining rows. Fasten off, leaving a tail about 20 cm or sew for sewing onto the body.
Make a chain about 40 - 45 centimetres long. Fasten off and trim ends evenly.
(Before you sew the pieces of your cosy together, just take note of where the joining rounds of the body piece are, and keep this side of the cosy at the rear, so there's no tell-tale join running through your friendly's face. Also, pop your faceless cosy on a bottle if you have one handy, it's a lot easier to sew all the bits together that way.)
Attach the ears to the cosy, on opposite sides. I like to pinch a pleat in mine and secure it with a couple of stitches before sewing on, but you don't have to do this. I have sewn mine on so that they stick out, but you could sew them on so they look like flopsy puppy dog ears. All personal preference.
Cut a muzzle shape out of felt and use your embroidery thread to sew on a nose and/or mouth. I am crap at embroidery, so I have sewn a 'V' shape on mine. I really don't know whether this is a mouth or nose, but it does the trick. Of course, if you are more artistically inclined, you should show off your embroidery skills! Sew the muzzle on in place with cotton sewing thread, using small running stitches.
Position your eyes to either side of the muzzle (or wherever you want them) and sew them on.
Now decorate your cosy however you like! Hem and gather up a strip of fabric to make a skirt, sew on beads and sequins, embroidery flowers, knit a mini scarf, make up some miniature fairy wings out of felt, go crazy! If your making them for your kids, get them involved in the decorating process! Endless possibilities here and loads of fun!
Once your happy with how everything looks, thread the crochet chain through the top row of your cosy, weaving between those gaps, starting at the rear side, to create a drawstring. When you pop your bottle in, gentle pull the ends of the drawstring together and tie loosely. I'm sure you know how to work a drawstring.
If you make one of these, I would love to see it! Happy weekend!