Water Bottle Cozy

A snazzy bottle holder with a shoulder strap is a great way to make sure you always have your water bottle handy. The yarn carrier absorbs the condensation, so you can toss it in the car or into a tote bag without worrying about getting things wet. The easy lace pattern expands to fit any size bottle and an I-cord provides a sturdy strap.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 6½” high and 8” around [16 x 20 cm]; it stretches to fit most bottles

Gauge: 20 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after blocking

Materials

Yarn: Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic (100% cotton; 108 yards [95 meters]/50 grams): #3876 Dark French Blue (MC, 1 ball), #3003 Linen White (CC, 1 ball)
Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm) double pointed needles, 2 circular needles, or 1 circ for Magic Loop technique
Notions: Marker, tapestry needle

Special Stitches

S2kp: Slip 2 sts together as if to knit, k1, pass both slipped stitches over knitted st.

Pattern

With MC, loosely CO 40 sts. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist sts. PM to indicate beg of round.
Rnds 1-2: *K1, p1, rep from * around.
Rnd 3: Using CC, k to end of rnd.
Rnd 4: *K1, p1, rep from * around.
Rnd 5: Using MC, k to end of rnd.
Rnd 6: *K1, p1, rep from * around.
Rnds 7-10: Repeat rnds 3-6.
Rnd 11: Using MC, *k1, yo, s2kp, yo, rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 12: Knit.
Rep Rnds 11-12 until piece measures 6” [15 cm], lightly stretched, ending with Rnd 12.
Knit 1 rnd. Cut yarn for MC, leaving a 5” [13 cm] tail for weaving in.

Decreases

Rnd 1: Using CC, *k1, yo, s2kp, yo, k1, s2kp, rep from * to end of rnd (5 times). (30 sts)
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: *K1, s2kp, k1, rep from * to end of rnd (6 times). (18 sts)
Rnd 4: Knit.
Rnd 5: *K2tog, k1, from * to end of rnd (6 times). (12 sts)
BO rem 12 sts.

Finishing

Using DPN or circular ndl, pick up and knit 4 sts at CO row. *K4, slip the stitches to right end of needle (this is I-Cord)*, rep until strap is about 30-35” [75-87cm], lightly stretched.
Increase the length if the wearer is taller – note that the bottle’s weight will cause the strap to stretch.
Attach I-Cord to opposite side of CO row.
Weave in ends. yarn ball

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