Crochet Pattern: Water Bottle Holder

By Rachel Choi – 48 Comments
Keep yourself hands free and hydrated during hot summers by crocheting a water bottle holder. This holder is fast to crochet and will fit most water bottles, since it stretches. The netted pattern keeps your water bottle holder as light as possible while still have a solid bottom. Wear is around your neck or over your should like a bag.

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: 2 3/4″ (7 cm) in diameter, 4 1/2″ (11.5 cm) tall
Note: will stretch with water bottle inside.

Medium Weight Yarn (small amount)
Crochet Hook J (6.00 mm)
Yarn Needle
crochet yarn size 4
crochet water bottle holder

2 rounds = 2 2/3″ (7 cm) in diameter
Gauge Swatch:
Work rounds 1 – 2 in pattern.
Finish off.

Crochet Pattern: Water Bottle Holder
Round 1: ch 4, 12 dc in forth ch from hook, sl st in top of beginning ch-4: 12 dc
Round 2: ch 3, 2 dc in each dc around, sl st in top of beginning ch-3: 24 dc
Round 3: (ch 4, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc) around, place marker: 8 sc
Round 4: (ch 4, sc in next ch-4 space) around: 8 sc

Repeat round 4, nine times or unitl water bottle holder is as tall as you desire, then finish off.

Start by chaining 120 or as long as you want your strap.
Row 1: ch 3, dc in forth ch from hook and in each ch across: 120 dc

Finish off and use a yarn needle to sew each end of the strap to opposite sides of the top of water bottle holder.

If you need help with this pattern, let me know and I’ll be glad to help!

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  1. Mich says:

    Oh, this is really cool! It actually would be great for school, I’m always having trouble carrying my water bottle around, and this would probably really help! I use larger ones actually, so its nice that it stretches too :D.

  2. Mich says:

    Ok, I do have one question about this. Round 4, what am I supposed to do? I’m confused by what it means

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Mich,
      for round 4, you are going to chain 4, then single crochet in the next chain-4 space in the round (the ch-4 space is a ch 4 that you created in previous round). You are going to repeat this all the way around (which also means you are going to do it 8 times). This creates the “netted” look. Let me know if you need more help!

  3. Mich says:

    Thanks, I just finished it :). Its wonderful, and it can hold the regular water bottles and my big reusable one!

  4. Sarah R. says:

    Hey, Rachel! I have a question, but it doesn’t have anything to do with this post (I’m sorry).

    I’m just finishing a crocheted caterpillar and I’d like to sew buttons on it for eyes. My question is (and this may be very basic to some of you) how do you knot the thread at the beginning and the end? What I mean is I’m used to sewing buttons on regular fabric and I just knot the thread, but obviously I can’t do that on a crocheted item because the knot will just go right through the yarn… I’m lost. Please help!!

    By the way, I like the water bottle holder. Would be great to take to the park with the boys. 🙂

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Sarah, I knot the thread by slipping it into part of the work as if you are sewing, but don’t pulling it through all the way. Instead it makes a loop, so then insert the neelde into the loop and pull it through. I hope that makes sense.

  5. Cami says:

    This is a great pattern and I can’t wait to try it. I might use it for my commuter mugs too. Thanks, Rachel!

  6. Collette Griffith says:

    Hi, Rachel!
    I love the water bottle holder!! And, if I may–I have another solution for Sarah R., who asked how to knot the thread when sewing on buttons. I learned something from Counted Cross Stitch classes–When threading the needle, fold thread in half. Thread the needle, and go through the fabric and the button (or whatever you’re using) eye. Then insert the needle thru the folded end of the thread. Pull tight!–No knot!
    Hope this makes sense!

  7. aram says:

    very nice worc
    i like v. much

    thanx alot

  8. Lizzy says:

    I tried making this the other day, but it didn’t seem like I was doing it right. When I get to round 4 and the rounds after that, it doesn’t curve up. When you sew on the strap, does it lift the holder up? I didn’t do the whole project so I’m not sure.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Lizzy, each round after round 4 should have the same amount of stitches in it so that it doesn’t get wider and wider. It should start to make a cylinder shape. Just make sure that you are counting stitches. The strap does lift the holder, but the holder should still look cylinder like without the strap.

  9. Sydni says:

    Rachel, I want to ask you one question. How do you come up with your own patterns and so many. I am 13 and I try super hard to come up with my own patterns, but mess up a lot. I want to say thanks too. I will not give up. I now have seen someone who has succeeded. I really love your patterns too. They will make some nice gifts.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Sydni, I come up with my own patterns and so many because it’s FUN! It’s the one thing that I can never get tired of doing. If you want to make patterns too, I definitely encourage you to!!!

  10. Diana says:

    i dont under stand round 1 Round 1: ch 4, 12 dc in forth ch from hook: 12 dc
    so do you end up with 24 dc at the end of round one or only 12 im really confused

    • Rachel says:

      There are 12 dc after round 1, because you are making 12 dc in the forth chain from your hook. This will create a circle. There will be 24 dc after you complete round 2, since you will make 2 dc in each of the 12 double crochets around the circle.

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  12. Caroline says:

    I managed to get in a mess with this one – probably over thinking things! At the end of each round, do you carry on in a spiral, or slip stitch to the first stitch in that round (concentric rings)?

    • Rachel says:

      Caroline, rounds 1 and 2 end by slip stitching in the first stitch in that round. But the rest of the pattern is crocheted in a spiral. Let me know if you need more help.

      • Nancy says:

        I am having a problem with row 3 after I get my 8 sc what do I do next I doesn’t say to join where do I start the next 8 sc .I must be doing something wrong.I really love this pattern. Thanks

        • Rachel says:

          Hi Nancy, the 8 sc that’s after the colon is the stitch count for the round. It tells you how many of the single crochet stitches we made on the round you just made so that you can go back and double check it if you need to. You don’t have to do another 8 sc for that round.

  13. Dorry says:

    I have found that when you are working on the third round which begins the “netted” look, and you have come to the end of the round, instead of doing Chain 4 for your last loop of that round, do chain two and then double crochet into the base of the first chain four.
    Next round: chain four, sc into middle of next chain four loop. Repeat around till last loop. Chain two, double crochet into top of double crochet of the last round.
    Continue in this method without having to use a stitch marker for as many rows as you want to fit your water bottle. I like to do a round of single crochets on my last round to give it tension and make it fit snug at the top of my water bottle so I don’t accidentally drop my bottle out of the holder as I have done so many times. Just a suggestion anyway.

  14. Cami says:

    Awesome! Clever pattern and a great stash-buster! I just finished it and it took no time at all. I’m going to make more this weekend!! :o)

  15. tara w says:

    i have had to make about 10 of these ,of corse mine then 1 for the neighbor girl then my 2 girls ,then with my oldest girls friends seen them theres was 5 more ,the 12 year old girls went crazy over them ,then my moms neighbor seen the girls running around with them and also wanted on good thing i have a ton of yarn, i may just sit the girls down and teach them how to make them .they are so easy to make thank you again for the pattern that has kept me so busy…….. i was also looking for a toy hammock,could not find one so i use the basic of row 3 -8 of this one starting with my foundation ch. thanks bunches

  16. Teresa says:

    love your free patterns,I am making the arm warmers now.Do you have easy free slipper patterns? I can’t find easy ones anyplace.
    Thank you,Teresa

  17. hezaaa says:

    Love it! Im making one as a present for everyone this Christmas!!

    Thank you for all the wonderful patterns.


  18. Donna says:

    Thanks for a great pattern!! I am stuck in bed with a back injury and have made 3 of these

    I hate to sew in the ends so I tied off at the end of the body but then made a new loop and crocheted the chain for the handle. At the other end I joined it with a sc then did a top round of 4 dc in each loop right around the top. Then continued up the handle with dc and ended with a couple sc at the other end and had one small end to weave in. I have used this handle technique with string shopping bags and it makes it really strong. I also had to adapt one of mine to fit a rectangular refillable bottle for my son.
    Thanks again

  19. Lynn says:

    Hi. I am 46 and a beginner. This is only the third project I have ever done and I can see myself making lots of these because everybody is going to want one. I crochet with recyclables and I am using plastic yarn from grocery bags for this project! Love your creativity!

  20. Faith says:

    Ok my only question is Can I make it out of cotton yarn instead of acrylic yarn?

  21. dorry says:

    I always use cotton yarn.

  22. Kristy says:

    Rachel, is yours seamless? Mine is not, althought it is not I still love it. My simple way to fix that is to sew on the strap on the opposite sides of the ‘ unseamless side’ and so the unseamless part is facing my body while wearing it! Thank you!

    • Rachel says:

      Kristy, yes it is seamless after round 2 where you start to make the netted part. I actually forgot to write the slip stitch at the end of rounds 1 and 2 to join the rounds, thanks for helping me catch that! So if you did do those slip stitches along with a slip stitch after each round, then you would have a seam. But after round 2, if you worked continuously in the round like a spiral without joining (as it’s intended to be made), it will turn out seamless.

  23. I have only just recently learnt to crochet and love your easy patterns. I had fun making this one. TFS.

  24. Thank you this pattern is so easy tp read even beginners like me can make it!!!!!!

  25. janet says:

    hi! love the bottle holder but im a complete novice here. teaching myself so do you think you could give me the measurements for the same holder but the 2L bottle.
    thanks so much!

  26. Laura says:

    Great pattern! Wonderful for a beginner! I whipped one up in a half hour! I used Red heart Super Saver yarn and my sister in law made one using plarn.

  27. Becky says:

    Thanks for the pattern Rachael I think this is a great idea and I will be making a few of them for friends and relative!

  28. Lynne says:

    Great pattern! Thanks for sharing! I am making these as thank-you gifts for teachers, and guiding and scouting leaders.

    Instead of sewing the straps on, I have been creating a single crochet chain from on side to the other, and then going back and double crocheting along the whole chain. I make sure the chain has not twisted before connecting it or I will end up with a twisted strap. I used a slip stitch to attach the chain at the opposite side and slip stitched one or two stitches along the top of the opposite side to anchor the handle before double crocheting back to the start of the strap. I slip stitch to connect the double crochet back at the starting end. So far I have made two this way.

    For the third one I am using a yarn that changes colour. I decided to use foundation double crochet for the strap which looks better with the colour changes. I am also less likely to twist the strap this way.

  29. Andie says:

    This is neat!! I was wondering, if I altered the pattern a bit, could it work for a larger cup? I have a 28 oz cup that I got from the hospital when I had my daughter, and I always take that with me on walks… but it doesn’t fit in the cup holder! 🙂 I usually put it in the basket down below, and that’s usually not a problem as long as I have other things in the basket.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Andie, sure you can alter the pattern so that it’s wider. When you’re making the beginning circle, try to sit your cup on top of it to see if it’s the correct size. You can add another round to make it wider if needed.

  30. Kathy says:

    Hi! Thank you for the pattern. I find mine is loose for the size water bottle I would like to use. Is there a way to fix it? The bottom is tight but then when I begin the repeating pattern, that’s where it is loose. Thank you.

  31. Kathy says:

    Another question. How do you finish it off without it looking uneven? And how do you attach the straps with there not being much to sew the straps to. I’m pretty new at this. Thank you so much.

  32. Stacy says:

    I’m so happy I found this pattern!! It’s simple and perfect! I used two strands of the common acrylic yarn sold here in Peru, with an H hook, and it’s perfect for the standard 625ml plastic water bottle sold here. I made 15 rows after round 4. I love the stretchiness, so that it hugs the bottle and looks so neat. I used a medium blue with light blue, and the netting effect almost looks like waves 🙂 instead of a long strap I made a chain of 15 and then sl st to join to next ch 4 space, so it has just a short loop to hang from a d clip from my ministry bag. Thank you!! Where can I find more of your patterns?

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