This crochet bottle bag is whipped up in the watermelon colors, which is perfect for the summer. Black snap buttons resemble the watermelon seeds. And the handle is sewn with some green rick rack to resemble a watermelon rind. It’s a clever design and makes for a stronger handle than if you were to just crochet it.
Crochet Watermelon Bottle Holder
In the good ol’ summertime I am usually enjoying the sunshine or retreating to the cooler air inside to beat the heat. This crochet watermelon bottle carrier fits well into both activities—making it and using it.
Things You Will Need:
- Worsted weight acrylic yarn-1 oz. bright pink and small amounts of hunter green, grass green and light pink
- G crochet hook
- Coordinating fabric scrap, rick rack, matching thread (handle)
- Black snaps-5 sets (watermelon seeds)
- 2 buttons-decorative
- Black thread and pink or green embroidery floss
- Sewing and/or embroidery needle
- Sewing machine, iron
- Ruler, scissors, straight pins
- sc = single crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
- ch = chain
- rnd(s) = round(s)
- hdc = half double crochet
- dc = double crochet
Special Notes and Tips:
- This crocheted carrier fits a standard 16.9 oz water bottle. No gauge is given for this project as a sized fit is not important. The pouch construction is stretchable and will easily accommodate bottles of slightly larger or smaller girth.
- Bottle carrier is worked in continuous rnds. Do not join or ch up.
- Crochet over the tails of color changes to omit the need to weave in as many ends when finished.
- 5 sets of black snaps yield 10 pieces (front and back). Use more or less if desired.
Bottle Carrier Base
Rnd 1: Using hunter green yarn, form a magic ring. 10 hdc in the ring. Pull the tail to cinch the center closed. (10 hdc)
Rnd 2: 2 hdc in each st around. (20 hdc)
Rnd 3: *Hdc in first st, 2 hdc in the next.* Repeat from * to * around. (30 hdc)
Rnd 4: Hdc in the third loop of each hdc around. (30 hdc)
*Half Double Crochet Third Loop: Each stitch has two, v-shaped loops on top. These loops are considered the front and back loops of the finished stitch. On a hdc there is a third loop behind the back loop. Crocheting into this loop will provide a crisp turning edge between the base and the sides of the bottle carrier.
Rnd 5: Hdc around.
Rnd 6: Change to grass green yarn. Hdc around.
Rnd 7: Change to light pink yarn. Hdc around.
Rnds 8-22: Change to bright pink yarn. Hdc around.
Rnd 22: *Sc, hdc+dc in the next, dc+hdc in the next, sc, sl st.* Repeat from * to * around. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Bottle Carrier Handle and Finishing
Select a scrap fabric that coordinates with the watermelon yarn colors of the carrier pouch. Cut a strip 3″ x 42″. If your scraps are not long enough, piece smaller scraps together.
Fold the strip in half with the wrong side facing out and the long edges matching. Pin. Sew the long pinned edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance. You now have a tube.
Turn the tube right side out. Tip: Attach a large safety pin to one open end. Insert the pin into the tube and use it to thread the end through to the other end, thus turning the tube right side out.
Place the tube on your ironing surface. Turn with the seam running down the middle. Press. Top stitch a zig zag along each long edge. With the seam side facing down, sew rick rack down the center using a zig zag.
When crocheting in the round you will be able to see where the end of rounds are with the color changes. Turn the carrier pouch with the ends in the back. Fold over 1″ of a handle end and pin the fold on the top side of the pouch. Repeat with the other end of the handle and pin to the other side. Using a sewing machine, sew along the pinned handle edges to secure.
Using coordinating embroidery floss, sew a decorative button over each stitched handle end. Tip: My buttons were an auction find. They were shank buttons but I really wanted to use them. I snipped off the shank using wire cutters and drilled sewing holes.
Take apart five black snaps to make ten. Randomly hand sew each snap to the pouch. Note: Sew and finish off each snap before moving on to the next. This will prevent the thread from showing through the crochet stitches and will allow the pouch to stretch unimpeded when inserting a water bottle. Snaps come in a variety of sizes. Choose a size that says “watermelon seeds” to you.
Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been designing/writing craft, crochet and DIY articles for over 20 years. By far her favorite medium is junk. She gets giddy at the possibilities of the “8-R’s”: restyling, recycling, re-purposing, reclaiming, re-imagining, reusing, reinventing and rebuilding.